Aiken Standard, May 24, 1989

Aiken Standard

May 24, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 24, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Page 2A J Valesa: Government Violated Accords » Page I R I Bonds Linked To $1.3 Million Center 435 NEWBERRY ST. S. W. jute* SfewfcwJ _ „ amarna Kaspar Denies SRS Safety Compromised By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Inside Miss Holland New Miss Universe Page 3A A Quick Read French Pro-Nazi Leader Arrested LYON, France (AP) - Paul Tou-vier, accused of committing crimes against humanity as head of a French pro-Nazi militia in Lyon during 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 convictions of collaborating with the Nazis and executing and torturing members of the resistent* as Lyon head of the Milice. The Milice had worked closely during the Nazi occupation with the Gestapo, 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 20-year statute of limitations. Touvier went into hiding two years later when new charges against humanity were filed against him in 1981, and an international arrest , warrant issued. Record Sand Castle On Drawing Board CHARLESTON (AP) - An estimated 10,000 volunteers are expected to shape sand along the beachfront in Myrtle Beach in an effort to create the world’s longest sand castle, organizers say. When completed, organizers of next week’s 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 world’s longest sand castle.” On Friday, six truck loads of sand will be dumped on the beach in preparation for building the centerpiece of the castle — a 15-foot-high carving of a castle and logos of the corporate sponsors. 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..............................................9B Calendar...........................................3B Classifieds........................................7B Comics.............................................8A Crossword......................................10B Cryptoquote......................................8B Dear Abby.........................................8A Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................SA Opinions...........................................4A Sports...............................................9A Television  ...................................8A Weather............................................5A I The Department of Energy’s top official at the Savannah River Site defended a new DOE organizational plan Tuesday against charges that it compromises safety at the nuclear weapons facility. Paul W. (Bill) Kaspar said the plan guarantees, instead, that the department’s assistant secretary for defense programs “will have the resources to assure that safety is co-equal 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 definite line between Aiken and Valley attendance areas. The lines will remain as they are currently being practiced, and no student will be moved from the school area he now attends. During a school board meeting February 14, River Bluff Developers requested that the boundary lines between Area I (city of Aiken) and Area 3 (the Valley) be changed. The board denied the developers’ request and decided to continue boundarv line' 'as tiiey ar*' currently being practices In the rn. uths following that meeting, residents near the Area I and Area 3 attendance 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 attendance areas are growing, and there was a need for the school district administration 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 other problems for school patrons, according 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. The Aiken County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to use only 78.4 mills of the 84 mills approved by the Legislative Delegation to balance the school district’s 1989-90 budget. While this means increased property taxes for Aiken County residents, taxes won’t be as high as originally expected with the 84 millage rate. The impact on BEIJING — The struggle for control of China heated up today as the head of the country ’s legislature cut short a U.S. visit and China’s 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 policymaking 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 movement in Communist China’s 40 years. V tion in terms of importance.” Kaspar, manager of the DOE’s Savannah River Operations, made the comment after an address to the 50 Plus Club at Houndslake Country Club. His talk detailed the technical and management upgrades under way at the plant’s three nuclear production reactors, which supply the only U.S. source of weapons-grade tritium and plutonium. Energy Secretary James D. Watkins issued a reorganization plan last week that’s drawing criticism from several the owner of a $100,000 home at the 78.4 millage rate would be a $38.40 increase. At the 84 millage rate, the owner of the same priced house would have to pay $60 more in property taxes. The school board voted 7-1 in favor of setting the millage rate at 78.4 mills for next year’s preliminary budget. James A. Moore opposed the recommendation, and Bertha Williams abstained. The Aiken County Legislative Delegation met in Columbia on May 18 to discuss Hu is in charge of the state-run press. On Tuesday, some media reports criticized Li’s attempts to have troops crush the peaceful student movement. Tens of thousands of students today maintained their defiant 12-day occupation of Tiananmen Square, ZHAO China’s symbolic political center, but city subway and bus service resumed and traffic appeared near normal. On Tuesday, I million people marched in Beijing’s streets calling for Li’s ouster in the biggest protest since martial law was declared on Saturday, prompting throngs of people to block major roads so congressmen and environmentalists, who say it could downplay the role of the DOE’s environmental, safety and health division. The plan, effective June I, specifies that responsibility for nuclear weapons safety lies with the Assistant DOE secretary for defense programs. The Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy is responsible for non-reactor nuclear facility safety. ES & H is to oversee environmental, safety and health issues in other areas. the school district’s requests for funding next year’s expenses. The school board presented its requests to the delegation in four sections. First, the base preliminary budget would require 68.7 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 9.7 mills, (Please See MILLAGE, Page 16A) troops could not reach the students. “We won’t 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 — that’s 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 protests called for Li’s 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 military leaders and other senior Communist officials have resisted. Kaspar told club members that Watkins “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” involved in production to develop a commitment to safety oversight. (Please See KASPAR, Page 16A) GAO Urges Review Of 2 Reactors Aiken, Idaho Projects Questioned In Report By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Energy Department 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 Congress, was scheduled to detail its charges at a healing of the House Armed Services nuclear facilities subcommittee, which is examining the Bush administration’s plans for modernizing the nuclear weapons complex. The administration is pushing for financing to start development of one new reactor at Aiken’s Savannah River Site and another at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, near Idaho Falls. The reactors, estimated to cost a total of about $7.5 billion, would produce tritium, a radioactive gas needed in the production of nuclear warheads. The government’s only existing tritium-producing 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 Energy 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, announced last summer, to put the new reactors in Idaho and South Carolina. It also said the projects’ cost accounting was not clear. One alternative to these sites is the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash., where the Washington Public Power Supply System’s No. I plant could be converted to tritium production. The GAO estimated this would cost about two-thirds as much as building new reactors from scratch elsewhere, and production could be started much earlier. The troops were reported on the city’s 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 Zhao’s status in days, Foreign Minister Qian Qichen told diplomats on Tuesday that the party chief had returned to work. “We won’t 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 — that’s 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) (Please See SCHOOL, Page 16A) Millage Reduction Brings Break For Taxpayers By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer (Please See GAO, Page 16A) Political Struggle Heats Up In China By The Associated Press ;

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