Aiken Standard, May 24, 1989

Aiken Standard

May 24, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 24, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Miss Holland New Miss Universe Page 3A A Quick Read French ProNazi Leader Arrested LYON France AP Paul Tou vier accused of committing crimes against humanity as head of a French proNazi militia in Lyon dur ing World War II was arrested this morning in southern France police sources said The sources said Touvier 74 was captured at an abbey near Nice Touvier was sentenced to death in absentia in 1945 and 1947 on convic tions of collaborating with the Nazis and executing and torturing mem bers of the resistence as Lyon head of the Milice The Milice had worked closely dur ing the Nazi occupation with the Ge stapo which was at the time headed in Lyon by Klaus Barbie who was sentenced to life in prison Because Touvier was not caught the sentences against him could not be carried out due to a 20year stat ute of limitations Touvier went into hiding two years later when new charges against hu manity were filed against him in 1981 and an international arrest warrant issued Record Sand Castle On Drawing Board CHARLESTON AP An estimated 10000 volunteers are ex pected to shape sand along the beachfront in Myrtle Beach in an ef fort to create the worlds longest sand castle organizers say When completed organizers of next weeks effort hope the castle will be almost three miles long and qualify as the longest sand sculpture in the Guinness Book of World Records Everybody at one time or another has played in the sand said project organizer John Reyelt Here is a chance to participate in building the worlds longest sand castle On Friday six truck loads of sand will be dumped on the beach in prep aration for building the centerpiece of the castle a 15foothigh carving of a castle and logos of the corporate sponsors Walesa Government Violated Accords Bonds Linked To Million Center Weather Partly Sunny Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low near 60 Partly sunny skies are forecast Thursday with a high in the low 90s Please see details on Page 5A Deaths Frances B Greenwood Aiken Helen L Huff Warrenville Christine B Mattocks New Ellenton Elma D Nunn Winnsboro Samuel F Watson Jr North Augusta Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 9B 3B 7B 8A 10B 8B 8A 1B 5A 4A 9A 8A 5A COUNTY PUBLIC 435 NEWBERRY ST S W AIKEN S Wednesday May 241989 Kaspar Denies SRS Safety Compromised By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer The Department of Energys top offi cial at the Savannah River Site defended a new DOE organisational plan Tuesday against charges that it compromises safety at the nuclear weapons facility Paul W Bill Kaspar said the plan guarantees instead that the depart ments assistant secretary for defense programs will have the resources to as sure that safety is coequal with produc School Zone Lines Settled By Trustees By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer Recent disputes over school area boundary lines in the Aiken County School District ended Tuesday night when the Board of Education drew a defi nite line between Aiken and Valley atten dance areas The lines will remain as they are cur rently being practiced and no student will be moved from the school area he now attends During a school board meeting Febru ary 14 River Bluff Developers requested that the boundary lines between Area 1 city of Aiken and Area 3 the Valley be changed The board denied the develop ers request and decided to continue boundary linens they are currently be ing practiced In the following that meeting residents near the Area 1 and Area 3 at tendance line questioned whether the current line being used is the correct line The current boundary between the two areas is poorly defined because Wilson Pond one of the natural landmarks of the line is incorrectly identified on most of the maps that have been used The line is also unclear because the present atten dance areas are growing and there was a need for the school district administra tion to clearly identify the correct school to which newcomers to the community would be assigned Misinterpretation of the boundaries could cause poor public relations and oth er problems for school patrons accord ing to school district officials If the lines were changed according to which Wilson Pond landmark was used students from housing areas such as Gem Lakes Westcliff Houndslake and Fox chase might be in jeopardy of attending the wrong area schools Please See SCHOOL Page 16A tion in terms of importance Kaspar manager of the DOEs Savan nah River Operations made the com ment after an address to the 50 Plus Club at Houndslake Country Club His talk detailed the technical and management upgrades under way at the plants three nuclear production reac tors which supply the only US source of weaponsgrade tritium and plutonium Energy Secretary James D Watkins issued a reorganization plan last week thats drawing criticism from several congressmen and environmentalists who say it could downplay the role of the DOEs environmental safety and health division The plan effective June 1 specifies that responsibility for nuclear weapons safety lies with the Assistant DOE secre tary for defense programs The Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy is respon sible for nonreactor nuclear facility safety ES H is to oversee environmental safety and health issues in other areas School Attendance Line For Aiken and Valley Schools Burgundy Rd Elementary sc Staff Map By Sharon McLaughlm Millage Reduction Brings Break For Taxpayers By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer The Aiken County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to use only 784 mills of the 84 mills approved by the Legisla tive Delegation to balance the school dis tricts 198990 budget While this means increased property taxes for Aiken County residents taxes wont be as high as originally expected with the 84 millage rate The impact on the owner of a home at the 784 millage rate would be a increase At the 84 millage rate the owner of the same priced house would have to pay more in property taxes The school board voted 71 in favor of setting the millage rate at 784 mills for next years preliminary budget James A Moore opposed the recommendation and Bertha Williams abstained The Aiken County Legislative Delega tion met in Columbia on May 18 to discuss the school districts requests for funding next years expenses The school board presented its requests to the delegation in four sections First the base preliminary budget would require 687 mills after roll back from reassessments Second a list of top priority items to be added to the budget would require the millage rate to be increased by 97 mills Please See MILLAGE Page 16A Kaspar told club members that Wat kins wants to minimize the layers of management between himself and the guy in the control room He has a personal commitment to the plant Kaspar told the Aiken Standard that the plan requires line managers in volved in production to develop a com mitment to safety oversight Please See KASPAR Page 1GA GAO Urges Review Of 2 Reactors Aiken Idaho Projects Questioned In Report By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Energy Depart ment misled Congress last year about key aspects of its plan for building new military reactors in South Carolina and Idaho the General Accounting Office said in a report prepared for publication today The GAO the investigative arm of Con gress was scheduled to detail its charges at a hearing of the House Armed Services nuclear facilities subcommittee which is examining the Bush administrations plans for modernizing the nuclear weap ons complex The administration is pushing for fi nancing to start development of one new reactor at Aikens Savannah River Site and another at the Idaho National Engi neering Laboratory near Idaho Falls The reactors estimated to cost a total of about billion would produce triti um a radioactive gas needed in the pro duction of nuclear warheads The governments only existing triti umproducing reactors also situated at Savannah River have been shut down since last spring for safety reasons They are scheduled to resume operation next year but their reliability is in doubt The GAO in a condensed preliminary draft of its study on the reactor plan said Congress was misinformed by the En ergy Department on how long it would take to get the new Idaho and Savannah River reactors running according to a congressional source who saw the draft The source asked not to be identified The draft report said the department needs to reconsider its decision an nounced last summer to put the new re actors in Idaho and South Carolina It also said the projects cost accounting was not clear One alternative to these sites is the Hanf ord Nuclear Reservation near Rich land Wash where the Washington Pub lic Power Supply Systems No 1 plant could be converted to tritium production The GAO estimated this would cost about twothirds as much as building new reac tors from scratch elsewhere and produc tion could be started much earlier Please See GAO Page 16A Political Struggle Heats Up In China By The Associated Press BEIJING The struggle for control of China heated up today as the head of the countrys legislature cut short a US visit and Chinas most famous author joined the multitudes in opposing conservative Premier Li Peng Also two government sources said Hu Qili one of five members of the policy making Politburo Standing Committee had thrown his support to the relatively liberal Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang who is locked in a battle with Li for the leadership Such a development would further weaken Li who is widely condemned for declaring martial law in Beijing in an effort to quash student protests that have inspired the largest spontaneous move ment in Communist Chinas 40 years Hu is in charge of the staterun press On Tuesday some media reports criticized Lis attempts to have troops crush the peaceful student movement Tens of thousands of students today main tained their defiant 12 day occupation of Tiananmen Square ZHAO Chinas symbolic political center but city subway and bus service resumed and traffic appeared near normal On Tuesday 1 million people marched in Beijings streets calling for Lis ouster in the biggest protest since martial law was declared on Saturday prompting throngs of people to block major roads so troops could not reach the students We wont leave until Li Peng steps down Persevering to the end is victory said Duan Xiaoding a freshman at Chongqing Civil Engineering Institute in Sichuan province Fight on until final victory thats what the Communist Party has taught us Hundreds of thousands of protestser have also taken to the streets in dozens of other cities from Lanzhou in the dusty northwest to Canton in the prosperous south Sources in several cities said all pro tests called for Lis resignation Reports circulated that Zhao who had urged conciliation with the students had offered to resign rather than order troops into Beijing a move many mili tary leaders and other senior Communist officials have resisted The troops were reported on the citys outskirts today and government sources said they did not believe the units would move until the political struggle is solved In the first indication of Zhaos status in days Foreign Minister Qian Qichen told diplomats on Tuesday that the party chief had returned to work We wont leave until Li Peng steps down Persevering to the end is victory said Duan Xiaoding a freshman at Chongqing Civil Engineering Institute in Sichuan province Fight on until final victory thats what the Communist Party has taught us Hundreds of thousands of protestser have also taken to the streets in dozens of Please See POLITICAL Page 16A ;