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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 22, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Bulls Apply Defensive Collar Page 7A A Quick Read Tourist Season Also Means Skunk Season TISBURY Mass AP Its springtime on Marthas Vineyard and the locals are girding for whats become an annual influx of arrogant offensive pests who walk the streets at night and hang out at restaurants Its not tourists Its skunks Hordes of the black cats with white tails have inhabited the is land taking up residence under houses and frankly stinking up the place Theyre really bold and brassy You can see them on the main streets you can see them walking around anywhere said Diane Goo dale animal control officer for the Vineyard Haven section of town 12YearOlds Map World From Memory CAMBRIDGE Mass AP Last September Jennifer Cohen thought France was a blob on the eastern tip of the Soviet Union Last week the 12yearold could drew a map of the world from memory For more than a decade Shady Hill School teacher David J Smith has been sending seventhgrade ge ography whizzes into a society where according to a recent Gallup Poll one in seven Americans cant find the United States on a map of the world On Jennifers map the sinuous curve of the Americas the Scandina vian hump even the six states of Australia were correctly propor tioned on a Mercator grid Now she is f illing in countries cities mountains and rivers even adding the names of Soviet republics Weather Thunderstorms Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 50 percent chance of mainly evening thunderstorms The low will be in the mid 60s Partly cloudy skies are forecast Tuesday with a 40 percent chance of thunder showers and a high in the mid 80s Please see details on Page 5A Deaths Sally H Evans Aiken Mary R Harsey Winnsboro Janie B Hill Decatur Ga Donnie D Lambert Jr Aiken Olin E Murphy Clearwater Sarah A Oakman Ward Cleo M Patterson Aiken Henry J Power Saluda Gladys Riley Aiken Lottie C Roberson Augusta James B Summer Aiken Alma A Wall Twin City Ga T Bates Watson Jr Ward Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote DearAbby Lewis Grizzard Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5B 3B 38 2B 6B 4B 2B 6A 1B 5A 4A 7A 2B 5A Aiken County Public Library Page2A India Successfully TestFires Missile Attorney Examining Severance Pay Monday May 22 1989 Voki22Nd122 Waddell Confident About SC Budget Bill By The Associated Press COLUMBIA State lawmakers begin turning their attention today toward a compromise version of the proposed 1989 90 billion state budget and Sen James Waddeil has no illusions about the package he and his colleagues have produced I dont think its a perfect bill at all Waddell said of the Senate package wrapped up Saturday about pm af ter 10 days of debate Senators return today to balance their budget proposal which is still some million in the black And the House con venes in expectation of receiving the final product which was especially generous to education and state employees Perhaps as early as this afternoon House and Senate conferees could begin to battle over their competing versions The final package will then need to re ceive the approval of both chambers be fore being submitted to Gov Carroll Campbell for his review Waddell the Beaufort Democrat who chairs the budgetreviewing Senate Fi nance Committee predicts differences in at least three main areas Taxes The Senate levied a new tax on wine and liquor expected to bring in about million annually In doing so they eliminated million in tax relief included in the House package Camp bell who has lineitem veto power has been insistent in his calls for tax relief Hazardous Waste The Senate in cluded in the budget a plan to raise burial fees at the GSX hazardous waste landfill near Pinewood by a ton The bulk of the new money raised would go toward clean up of uncontrolled waste sites and research into waste minimization Oppo nents preferred debate wait for a pending Senate bill that included financial disclo sure requirements for the site v Supercomputers The Senate bill in cludes million for both the University of South Carolina and Clemson Universi ty for computer needs while the state studied the necessity of a supercomputer The House gave no funding toward super computers insisting that a study be done first Senators spent about million in new money to produce a budget about 8 percent larger than the one passed last year Almost a third of the budget will go toward education in part to help fund a followup program to the Education Im provement Act In addition state employees will re ceive an average 3 percent salary in crease next fiscal year in addition to a onetime bonus of up to all at a total cost of about million I Chinese Military Defy Martial Law AP Laserphoto PASSING THE TIME Beijing University students holding Tiananmen Square pass the time with a lively dance Will Never Says Letter To Li By The Associated Press BEIJING In a stinging blow to Pre mier Li Peng more than 100 top military officers signed a letter today opposing his declaration of martial law in Beijing saying the army will never shoot the people sources said Staterun television also quoted an offi cer as saying he had been told to with draw hr troops bcctiuse of widespread popular resistance In central Tiananmen Square the roughly 45000 student protesters the troops had been ordered to disperse sa vored their latest victory after hundreds of thousands of people again mired troop convoys with roadblocks For a second night masses of city resi dents had stymied the army jamming major roads with public buses trucks and garbage cans Students and citizens defiantly vowed to continue their struggle until Li and se nior leader Deng Xiaoping resign Many people believe Li acted on Dengs orders The peoples mobilization was a severe blow to Li whose declaration of martial law in the capital on Saturday has appar ently backfired and strengthened popular support for a 10day prodemocracy pro test in the square The letter sent to the Peoples Daily newspaper mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party was a further blow Seven wellknown military figures in cluding former Defense Minister Zhang Aiping and former Peoples Liberation Army Chief of Staff Yang Dezhi wrote the letter a source at the Peoples Daily said As old soldiers we have the following demands1 the letter said The Peoples Liberation Army belongs to the people It cannot confront the people even more so it cannot suppress the people and it will never shoot the people To keep the situation from worsening the army cannot enter the city it said The letter was signed by 100 other offi cers said another source The letter and the inability to remove the students from the square called into question Lis hold on power and ability to control the army which has yet to move against the protesters Please See CHINESE Page IDA Safety Questioned In SRS Revamp By The Associated Press COLUMBIA US Rep John Spratt and several environmentalists are criti cizing an attempt by Department of En ergy Secretary James Watkins to realign management at the Savannah River Site saying it will jeopardize safety Some fear the changes could affect the DOEs watchdog arm the Environmen tal Safety and Health Division If what Admiral Watkins has in mind is the reduction of that oversight role a diminution of that I think he needs to explain what he wants to do said Spratt DSC chairman of a special subcommittee examining DOE and its weapons production facilities Savannah Rivers three aging nuclear reactors have been shut down for more than a year due to safety problems The nuclear weapons material facility near Aiken is the nations sole source of triti um a radioactive gas used to make nu clear weapons This effort will form the foundation of a new management concept with line management accountability and respon sibility acting as fundamental princi ples Watkins said in a statement re leased Friday The threepage memorandum said the changes were designed to specifically Please See SRS Page 6A Rblic 01 ublic Media Genera AP Poll Whos not doing enough to keep the environment clean Percentage of those polled who give only fair or poor ratings to the following groups Federal government State focal government Business Most Americans Based on a survey of 1084 adults conducted May 513 had a threepoint margin of error Americans Favor Tougher AntiPollution Measures AP By The Associated Press NEW YORK Americans would ac cept an array of encroachments on their lives to help clean up the environment such as a ban on aerosol cans and manda tory refuse recycling a poll has found file Media GeneralAssociated Press survey of 1084 adults found broad per ceptions that environmental pollution is on the rise and that government busi nesses and average Americans are not doing enough to combat it Threequarters of the respondents said laws against pollution in the United States are too weak and majorities fa vored urgent government action no mat ter what the cost to protect the nations drinking water Large majorities also supported strict pollution controls at all major oil facili ties and at oiland coalburning power plants even if those measures would raise the price of oil gasoline and electricity Environmental concerns were height ened by the nearly 11 million gallons of oil spilled by the tanker Exxon Valdez off I Alaska in March But the poll conducted by telephone May 513 found concerns went beyond the issue of oil tanker safety The highest enviromental priority was toxic waste disposal in which 63 percent supported urgent action by the govern ment regardless of the expense Next was the related issue of the pollution of drink ing water with 52 percent favoring ur gent action cost aside On the issue of household waste 20 per cent said their communities now require them to separate and recycle glass cans and paper refuse Of therest an over whelming 87 percent said they would sup port such a requirement Respondents also favored new steps against air pollution Seventyfive per cent backed a ban on household aerosol products 60 percent supported a ban on charcoal lighter fluid and 58 percent fa vored a ban on nonradial tires which release more rubber into the air than do radials Please See AMERICANS Page 10A Wright Claims Rules Changed In Midstream By The Associated Press WASHINGTON House Speaker Jim Wrights televised defense against ethics charges this week will be that the rules were changed in midstream but even his own law yers give him less than an even chance of winning quick dismissal of the case Wrights law yers will argue that the two most serious sets of charges brought against their cli ent by the House ethics committee should be dis missed because the panel react ing to a new moral climate has stretched the rules beyond their orig inal intent are hoping for a clear inter pretation that the rules havent changed on us Wright said But Wrights lawyers concede such motions are routinely denied and give the speaker less than even chance of winning a preemptive dis missal of the charges William C Oldaker one of Wrights lawyers said last week that in a bestcase scenario the odds of succeeding with such a motion would be 5050 in this case he conceded that the odds could be something less than that And a growing number of House Democrats are saying that while the ethics process is important it may Please See WRIGHT Page 6A WRIGHT   

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