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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 19, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Preakness Awaits Thoroughbreds Page 9A A Quick Read SC Highway Patrol Adding 50 Mustangs COLUMBIA AP Highway troopers who cruise the states roads in unmarked highperformance Mustangs write twice as many tick ets as their counterparts in marked patrol cars officials say So it should come as no great sur prise that the state Highway Patrol is in the process this week of adding 50 Mustangs The patrol will have 115 Mustangs in its stable once the latest shipment hits the road That accounts for less than 10 percent of its total fleet Since December the fiveliter ma chines have been averaging 70 viola tions per month compared to about 35 per month for marked patrol cars If youre in a Mustang its a busy day Patrol Commander Col JH Red Lanier said The Mustangs have accounted for 28159 violations since going into ser vice last October The cars have re corded more than 3500 speeding vio lations in each of the past three months including 3893 in March Spotted Ow Fight Lost In Federal Court PORTLAND Ore AP al judge has lifted the ban on logging large tracts of virgin forest but chas tised the agency that administers them for failing to plan for the pro tection of a rare spotted owl In a major defeat for environmen talists US District Judge Helen Frye ruled Thursday against chal lenges to the Bureau of Land Man agements timber sales plans for the forests of western Oregon Frye said the agencys decision not to update the timber plans was ar bitrary and capricious in light of the new significant and probably accu rate information that the planned logging of spotted owl habitat raises uncertainty about the ability of the spotted owl to survive as a species Nevertheless her hands were tied fay an amendment to a budget resolu tion in Congress that prohibits chal lenges to the agencys plans Frye said Weather Chance Of Showers Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night and Saturday with a chance of showers or thunderstorms The low will be near 60 with a high in the mid 80s Please see details on Page 12A Deaths Nathalee 0 Dicks Jamaica NY Nellie Gowdy Augusta Marion S Guinn Aiken DeForest Hall III Augusta Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge6B Calendar5BA Classifieds3B Comics6A Crossword6B Cryptoquote4B Dear Abby6A Local Front1B Obituaries5A Opinions4A Sports9A Television6A Weather12A AKEN COUNTY PUBLIC UW 435 NEWBESHY ST S Page 2A Congress Completes Work On Budget HCA Aiken Adopts No Smoking Policy Thursday May 18 1989 Vol 122 No 119 SRS May Lose Space Plutonium Task By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer A million Savannah River Site facil ity built three years ago to process Plu tonium238 for the US space program would be closed or converted to other uses under a government proposal to con solidate PU238 work at the Hanford Reservation The Department of Energy proposal described as only an option under consid eration would give the DOEs Washing ton State facility the space plutonium work now done at both Savannah River and the departments Mound Plant in Ohio The proposal would mean an estimated 1300 new jobs and a clear mission for a sophisticated new reactor at Hanford a congressional official said No layoffs would result at Savannah River which had up to 50 people working on PU238 several years ago but has since scaled back officials said The proposal affects HBLine a section of Savannah Rivers HArea separations facility that prepares and packages 238 for the space program Right now either the actual facilities would be closed or they would be con verted for use with other material namely Plutonium239 said Julie Mad den a spokeswoman with the DOEs Sa vannah River Operations This is just one option Ms Madden said of the consolidation proposal It is currently under consideration Theres no immediate decision pending she said though a decision is possible in late summer or early fall PU238 a different atomic variety from the PU239 used for nuclear weapons gives off heat because of its radioactive decay and is used as an energy source for deep space probes The heat can be used either directly to keep instruments warm for example or to power thermoelectric devices that convert heat to electricity Plutonium from SRS was used on the Apollo moon flights and plans are to use it again for space missions later this year Ms Madden said The section of the Mound plant that as sembles Savannah Rivers plutonium into thermoelectric generators also would be closed under the proposal she Please See SRS Page ISA District Budget 19891990 198990 Budget Items Salaries A i v s f EXPENDITURES General Fund Items 198990 198889 To 198990 Expenditures Difference plus Salaries mmis Salaries minus Fringe pius Unemployment 0 Workers Insurance plus Purchased Instructional Services plus Purchased 0 Association and Evaluation Dues plus Heat aria Ughts Contracted minus 500 SuMdingsaad Contents minus 0 minus Transportation Special Programs Travel plus Productivity 0 1 0 Tuition Governors 0 Printing and plus Purchased Services Other Supplies plus Supplies minus Supplies minus Supplies minus Supplies plus Supplies 0 Supplies plus Supplies minus Equipment New and Replacement pkw Equipment Vocational V minus plus Total plus Staff Graphic By Sharon Mclaughlin Tax Hike Needed To Balance Aiken County School Budget By DEMISE STUBBS Staff Writer The Aiken County Legislative Delega tion voted 81 Thursday in favor of an 84 millage rate to fund the 198990 school district budget of million which means higher taxes for Aiken County property owners Even though the 84 millage rate is the same as last years rate recent property reassessments have increased the value of the mill from to approximate ly The tax increase to cover the Aiken County School District expenses will for example cause property tax on a house to increase by according to Sen Thomas Moore DClearwater The delegations approval of the 84 mill cap leaves the school board room to de cide how much they will actually use The current preliminary budget requires a millage rate of 687 mills This amount will allow the school board to comply with the state law that prohib its the school board from levying more than 1 percent above the 198889 revenue without the General Assemblys approval With the 84 mill cap the school board has leeway to generate enough funds to cover the top seven items on the school districts 20item top priority list that is not included in the 198990 budget gen eral fund The delegation decided to meet yester day to set the mill cap following a meet ing with school board members and school officials in Columbia Wednesday At the time of the delegations vote Rep Charles Sharpe RWagener voted against the 84 millage rate Please See TAX Page 13A Peng Orders Halt To Student Revolt Party Chief Offers Resignation After Visiting Protesters By The Associated Press BEIJING Premier Li Peng said to day measures will be taken to stop a six day student hunger strike that has trig gered nationwide demonstrations Sources said Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang who opposed a crackdown offered to resign It was not if Zhaos offer repotted source and confirmed by a setpnrf source was accepted The sources who demanded anonym ity said the State Council Chinas Cabi net banned demonstrations as of mid night declaring they destroy stability and unity Beijing Television devoted most of its halfhour evening newscast to calls for the students to end their hunger strike in Tiananmen Square and for others to stop marching for democracy More than 3000 students are fasting in Beijing and tens of thousands of people are keeping vigil with them Zhao accompanied by Li visited some of the strikers before dawn today board ing buses where they were temporarily housed for protection from the rain Students of Beijing Normal University said Zhao had tears in his eyes as he spoke to them and autographed their hats and shirts They quoted Zhao as saying I came too late too late I should be criticized by you He said the problems you have raised will eventually be resolved but he made no concrete students said He was very sincere he was sympa thetic and understanding said Chen Hong a 22yearold math major who spoke with difficulty through cracked lips Please See PENG Page ISA Lawmakers Cautioned Teen Abortion Bill May Be Illegal By The Associated Press COLUMBIA The General Assembly should delaypassage of a proposed abor tionconsent law for unwed girls under 17 because it is probably unconstitutional a civil libertarian says The House gave key approval Thurs day to a bill requiring such girls to get permission from a parent or judge before having an abortion Girls who become pregnant as a result of incest would not have to obtain parental or judicial consent Steven Bates executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union South Carolina affiliate said the lawmakers should not take further action until the US Supreme Court decides on several abortion cases before the court He urged lawmakers to put the bill aside and wait for a definitive ruling from the Supreme Court The House approved the measure 1020 on second reading Routine final approv al is expected next week The bill would then go to the state Senate for its consideration An amendment that allows girls to ob tain permission from one parent not both parents as a bill sponsored by Rep Wes Hayes DRock Hill required won House approval Thursday A similar bill also sponsored by Hayes passed the House last year but stalled in the Senate Please See LAWMAKERS Page 13A MARCOS Gravely ill in Honolulu not expected to live cant return to Philippines Marcos Denied Permission To Die In Homeland By The Associated Press HONOLULU Deposed Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos was in very critical condition today following kidney cardiac and pulmonary failure hospital officials said His successor Corazon Aquino said she would not permit Marcos to return to the Philippines to die despite an appeal from Marcos wife Imelda The Philip pine government has not decided wheth er to allow Marcos to be buried in his homeland Marcos 71 suffered kidney failure Thursday morning and underwent sur gery to prepare him for kidney dialysis according to Gene Tiwanak assistant ad ministrator at St Francis Medical Center Please See MARCOS Page ISA