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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 29, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Pape2A 70000 Protesters Rally In Moscow rwmakers Trying To Balance Budget Waltrip Wins CocaCola 600 Page 8A A Quick Read Hurricane Forecasters Want More Help CORAL GABLES Fla AP Forecasters preparing for Thurs days opening of the Atlantic hurri cane season wish they could predict the arrival of new technological help they say may be crucial to ever growing coastal populations The Air Force has agreed to fly hurricane reconnaissance flights for two more years but has made it clear it plans to phase out the mis sions And only one satellite is avail able for tracking hurricanes We just have nothing right now to lean on says Ken McKinnon a spokesman for US Rep Tom Lewis of North Palm Beach Fla who has introduced a bill in Congress to keep hurricane hunters flying at least an other five years Weve got one sat ellite and theyre telling us itll do the job If it blinks how do you track weather Author Of Sequel Addresses Alma Mater CHARLESTON AP Alexandra Ripley whos writing a sequel to Gone With the Wind doesnt like giving speeches but that didnt stop her from keeping a promise to her high school alma mater Ms Ripley was the commence ment speaker Sunday at Ashley Hall a private girls school in Charleston The speech is to be her only public appearance until the muchawaited sequel to Margaret Mitchells origi nal is published in September 1990 A few years ago the Charleston born 1951 Ashley Hall graduate promised to be a commencement speaker at Ashley Hall Weather Fair Skies skies are forecast tonight with a low in the upper 50s Mostly sunny skies are forecast Tuesday with a high in the upper 80s Please see details on Page 5A Deaths Dorothy W Anderson Walla Walla Wash MattieJ Barton Philadelphia Pa Pauline M Blanchard Aiken Emory Briggs Aiken Dr RR Clifford Augusta Connie F Clyde Columbia Graver M Davis Belvedere Eddie Holloway Trenton Richard M Johnson Jr North Augusta Claude B Monroe Newberry Leila F Murphy Graniteville Mateila F Paul Greenwood Harry Lee Rhoden Ward Karen S VanNess North Augusta James J Williams Aiken Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today BridgeSB Calendar6A Classifieds3B Comics2B Crossword6B Cryptoquote4B DearAbby2B Lewis Grizzard3A Local Front1B Obituaries5A Opinions4A Sports7A Television2B Weather5A Monday May 291989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 128 Bush Proposes Troop Reduction President Challenges Soviets To Match Plan By The Associated Press BRUSSELS Belgium President Bush today proposed a 20 percent cut in US combat troops in Europe and chal lenged Soviet President Mikhail S Gor bachev to order comparable troop with drawals to transform the military map by 1993 Here we go now on the offense with a proposal that will test the Soviet Union said Bush clearly seeking to seize the initiative in EastWest relations at the opening of the twoday NATO summit Finessing a divisive quarrel among Western leaders over the issue of mod ernizing shortrange nuclear missiles Bush countered Gorbachevs recent dis armament proposals with a major plan to achieve balance between the convention al forces of NATO and Eastbloc Warsaw Pact armies Challenging Gorbachev at a televised news conference after he outlined his pro posals for 15 other NATO leaders Bush asked How serious are you Do you really want to reduce the imbalance or do you just want rhetoric Bushs plan included a ceiling of 275000 troops each for the American and Soviet sides in Europe which would require a 20 percent reduction in US troop strength and a withdrawal of 325000 Soviet troops to achieve the same level US troop levels in Western Europe now range between 305000 and 325000 while some Western estimates put Soviet troop strength in Central and Eastern Europe at more than 600000 After first briefing the Western allies privately Bush sent Gorbachev a letter on Sunday outlining the US proposals Today Bush won an enthusiastic re sponse from Western leaders who had been pressing Washington to regain the offensive from Gorbachev British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said Bushs proposals had transformed the summit and West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl a key figure in the missile dispute hailed the presidents great initiative for rapidly reducing conventional arms Bush thus succeeded in taking the sum mit spotlight away from West Germanys demands for early EastWest negotia tions to reduce and perhaps eliminate shortrange nuclear missiles in Europe Bush ruled out any such negotiations soon at least until a comprehensive con ventional arms agreement is implement ed and said he would never accept the idea of a nuclearfree Europe The president said a NATO working group had been established to seek a compromise on the missile dispute In another major move Bush said he was recommending that the West drpop its nineyear automatic ban on transfers See BUSH Page 10A US Observes Memorial Day Staff Photo By Scott Webster LOCAL VIETNAM VETERANS Sgt Terry Overstreet from Sgt Jesse Canaday and Staff Sgt Jackie Stone are three of the men in the Graniteville Armory of the National Guard who served in Vietnam Some Local Veterans Of Vietnam Still Help Defend Their Country By FRAN PODA Staff Writer Some Aiken County soldiers who spent time in Vietnam are still in the business of helping defend thencountry Sgt Jesse Canaday Staff Sgt Jackie Stone and Sgt Terry Overstreet are three of the men in the Graniteville Armory of the National Guard who were in Vietnam All three were there in their early 20s left the military for a while then joined back up later Today Memorial Day soldiers who have given their lives are remembered A large memorial in Washington DC remembers those who died in Vietnam Overstreet visited it One of my wifes cousins was shot down he said His name was there But these were three of the lucky ones and Stone was especially lucky He spent much of his time at the front breaking his armored personnel carrer APC through the jungle never knowing when hed run into a bunker complex Canaday was an engineer running asphalt and rock quarry operations supplying materials needed for roadways He was there for 18 months in 196768 He was 20 when he went to Vietnam going straight from Korea He volunteered for the See SOME Page 10A By The Associated Press US and German soldiers re united in Chicago flags adorned a highway in rural Nebraska and a memorial to Vietnam veterans was dedicated in Baltimore as the nation paused to honor its war dead on the Memorial Day weekend Massachusetts Gov Michael S Dukakis was scheduled to attend ceremonies today in Beaufort to bury the remains of 19 black Union soldiers missing in action Asance 1863 The remains are be lieve tn be those of members of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment the first black regiment in the nations history Revelers enjoying the start of the summer vacation season flocked to the nations parks and beaches Sunday Thousands at tended the Jambalaya Jam festi val in Philadelphia while hun dreds lined a beach in Wildwood NJ to watch the East Coast Stunt Kite Festival In many places however tradi tional observances were altered to provide moments of solemn re flection on the sacrifices made by Americans who lost their lives in wartime In New York several thousand people stood quietly as a fire works display ended with a lone bugle playing Taps as a barge off of the South Street Seaport was enveloped in red smoke and fire This isnt to make the drunk guys with hot dogs cheer Anyone can do that said Bruce Bassman of Garden State Fireworks of Mil lington NJ But to get them to cry to bring them to some kind of feeling AP Laserphoto MEMORIAL CEREMONY These two children place roses at memorial headstones at Arlington National Cemetery Sunday in honor of Americas war dead And there were no parades bands or speeches at a ceremony at the Tidewater Veterans Memo rial in Virginia Beach where par ticipants received flags bearing the name of a serviceman who died in combat Last year we had speeches and See US Page IDA Student Activists Divided Over Occupation Of Square By The Associated Press BEIJING Student prodemocracy protesters split today on whether to press on with their threeweek occupation of central Tiananmen Square grappling over how to face the anticipated conser vative backlash Hardliners who have seized the upper hand in the government have moved re lentlessly in recent days toward snuffing out the 6weekold movement Workers were reportedly being fined for taking part in demonstrations few were seen in a march Sunday by about 80000 people mostly students and troops called under martial law were said to have occupied Beijings biggest steel plant The staterun press which only a week ago was filled with heady reports of the democratic protests was churning out propaganda material Leading moderates were reportedly in retreat Sources said provincial officials have received documents chronicling the se rious errors of reformist Communist Party General Secretary Zhao Ziyang reportedly stripped of his post for seeking reconciliation with the students Others who similarly advocated politi cal reform or supported compromise with the students are expected to be pun ished or purged We cannot leave the square student loudspeakers blared today If the Peo ples Liberation Army suppresses us we will become an exemplary model for all future movements to come The announcement said by the loud speaker to be from a leadership group added to the confusion of who was in con trol of the movement and whether the students had veered toward a more con frontational stand Beijing student leaders had earlier pro posed staging a massive victory rally on Tuesday then leaving But students from outside the capital many of them recent arrivals have resisted The Beijing leaders have cited the un sanitary conditions on the square occu pied by students since May 13 and the need to shift the course of the 6weekold movement Students they contend should begin going out among the populace to explain their goals The protesters seek more de mocracy including a free press and an end to official corruption Wang Dan one of the Beijing leaders said late Sunday that he was determined to leave on Tuesday and expects the Beij ing students to go with him About 10000 See STUDENT Page 10A Researchers Say Nuclear Sub Had Reactor Accident In 1973 By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Navy had a se rious mishap 16 years ago with the nu clear reactor inside one of its subma rines despite claims it had never had such a propulsion accident private re searchers charged today The Navy had a major nuclear acci dent and then lied about it asserted William Arkin a researcher with the Institute for Policy Studies a liberal Washington think tank We caught them with their bellbottoms down The Navy denied it had ever tried to cover up news of the accident describ ing it as a minor mishap in which there were no serious injuries or radiological problems the ship remained fully capa ble to perform any mission required of it and there was no damage to the reactor The service acknowledged however the incident had never been publicized and spokesmen were unable to say why the subs deck logs and official com mand history made no mention of it According to the deck logs of the USS Guardfish for April 211973 which we obtained the submarine was Un derway submerged as before for the entire day without incident Arkin said In fact the submarine suffered a primary coolant leak and then sur faced ventilated decontaminated and repaired its reactor unassisted Five crewmen were later sent to the Puget Sound Wash Naval Hospital for radia tion monitoring Willis S Rich the subs skipper at the time and now a professor of engineering at Boston University said in an inter view about the report that had he no ticed there was nothing in the log about the accident he would have told the navigator to add the information It was a minor mishap he said Nobody was injured But it was a pri mary coolant leak and you cant take that lightly Arkin and Joshua Handler a re searcher who heads the Greenpeace en vironmental groups Nuclear Free Seas Campaign released their findings to day The Institute for Policy Studies and Greenpeace are about to publish a study of serious naval accidents around the world Earlier this month the two research ers disclosed new details about the loss of a hydrogen bomb off the coast of Ja pan in 1965