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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 4, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Lendl Advances In French Open Page 1B A Quick Read Spiritual Leader Khomeini Dead At 86 NICOSIA Cyprus AP Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini died Sunday 12 days after he under went surgery for bleeding in his di gestive system the official Iranian news agency reported The Islamic Re public News Agen cy monitored in London reported his death in an ur gent despatch without giving details Tehran Radio the staterun ra dio also reported the ayatollahs KHOMEINI death in its early morning broadcast reported the British Broadcasting Corp moni tored in London Iran on Saturday had said Khomei nis health was deteriorating and urged the nation to pray for the lead er who underwent surgery last month for bleeding in his digestive system Irans staterun radio and televi sion monitored in Nicosia had said the 86yearold leaders condition was declining but it gave no details Both carried a brief statement from Khomeinis office that said At pm am EOT on Saturday a complication arose in the imams condition which the doctors are trying to control We urge the nation to pray for the imams health and hope that their prayers will be answered Khomeini is referred to by Irani ans as the imam or spiritual leader Earlier in the week the television said a slight cardiac complication had arisen May 27 but that it was relieved the next day Irans main opposition group the Mujahedeen Knalq or Peoples Holy Warriors said last week that Kho meini suffered a heart attack May 27 The statement by the Iraqbased group said the heart attack came five days after he underwent surgery on the duodenum a part of the small intestine close to the stomach The Mujahedeens claim could not be in dependently confirmed Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to day with a chance of afternoon thun derstorms The high will be in the 90s with lows in the 70s Please see details on Page 7A Deaths Mattie J Barton Philadelphia Kathryn S Bridgers Aiken Orian I McCook Augusta Sarah C Phillips Clarks Hill Gus Sanders III Augusta Please see details on Page 7A Inside Today Bridge Business Calendar Classifieds Crossword Cryptoquote DearAbby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Stocks Weather Weddings 5D 1C 140 3D 6D 4D 6C 6A 7A 1D 1B 2C 7A 4C Set UPFul1 Page IB Strobs Cup final Set For Toddy Aiken South Carolina Troops Storm Square 500 Dead AP Laserphoto STOPPING TROOPS A man tries to pull a Chinese soldier away from his comrades as thousands of Beijing students tried to repel soldiers from entering Tiananmen Square Square Resembles BattlefieldPageAA By The Associated Press BEIJING Soldiers stormed Tiananmen Square early Sun day and crushed a threeweek student sitin for democracy shooting and beating their way through crowds in clashes A hospital doctor estimated at least 500 people died The helmeted troops violently cut a swath through the heart of Beijing to get to the the central square rolling through barricades and surging masses on surrounding streets The crackdown came two weeks after the government de clared martial law in an effort to end the student occupation of the square that began May 13 for a freer China with less corruption By am pm EDT soldiers and riot police surrounded Tiananmen boxing off several thousand stu dents and supporters inside A half hour later lights were turned out The square was in darkness You have to give up all hope students said over their loudspeaker at the monument You have to give your life to the movement But two hours later weeping students holding each others hands began filing out There is no more time We cant let any more blood flow a student announced over their loudspeaker We must leave Some sang the Internationale the communist anthem Others gave a Vf orvictory sign as they marched past troops About eight tanks then moved onto the square and soldiers their rifles raised moved onto a monument to revolutionary heroes in the center A complete armored division with some 20000 troops headed into Beijing from the east Please See TROOPS Page 4A Big Rise In Food Prices By The Associated Press DES MOINES Iowa May rains have eased farmers worries about another drought and have lowered grain prices but consumers can probably still expect the biggest rise in food prices in eight years economists say Its 200 percent better Last year was grim says Doug Miller who farms 350 acres in St Joseph County in northcen tral Indiana Generous spring rains provided a breather from drought in the Midwest and sent grain prices tumbling on com modity markets but they havent come close to replenishing parched soil deep down or washing out predictions for a food price increase of up to 7 percent The drought of 88 reduced corn yields 30 percent nationwide and soybean pro duction 20 percent Then a dry winter coupled with dust storms and subarctic freezes devastated winter wheat produc tion with 39 percent of that crop now deemed either in poor or very poor shape as the harvest approaches Then came the rainy spring Conditions have been so wet that planting has been delayed in such 1988 drought battle grounds as Indiana and Ohio And the rain ensured that seeds that had been planted got the chance to germinate Please See BIG Page 4A Moore Local By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Local option tax legislation now hostage to a dispute between House and Senate factions still has a chance to become law by July 1 Sen Thomas L Tommy Moore DClearwater believes When the General Assembly adjourned Thursday the multimillion dollar package of property tax relief tied to a pennyonthe4iollar sales tax hike was believed left for dead in a conference committee But in a Friday interview Sen Moore said there is still time to salvage the Tax Not Dead Option Tax Picture Under SX House Senate Plans House Plan Senate Pian Senate Plan At 50 At 100 At County Rollback Funds Farms House Auto June 19 to consider gubernatorial vetoes and do minor housekeeping work I am still optimistic that we can work out our differences with the House leadership and pass the local option tax bill said the senator I am not willing to concede it is dead The bill which has been bouncing around in the General Assembly for three years is supported by the South Carolina Municipal Association and the Association of Counties which want an alternative tax source so they can avoid raising the politically lethal property tax If the General Assembly passes the bill voters in each county will be given an opportunity in November referendums to vote the proposal up or down The bill guarantees even the smallest county at least 2 million a year in new revenue while counties with heavy commercial investment can rake in millions of dollars The tax which would jump the state sales tax from five to six cents on the dollar in counties approving it Commercial Pusiness Million Manufacturing money to cut back property tax The Senate wants to go deeper with es while funding local government oper the cuts so it rewrote the Housepassed ations School tax millage would not be plan The Senate wants its rollback foraffected by the program mula based on fair market property Basically the argument between values House and Senate is over the size of The Senate plans were written by property tax cuts and how to calculate Moore and Sens John C Land HI Dthem The House wants to hold roll Manning and Peden B McLeod Diacks to 50 percent of current property Walterboro tax levels while the Senate wants to up the rollback to 100 percent but is willing Speaker Shebeen is balking at the to compromise at 75 percent deep cuts but Sen Moore said the speaker reportedly has sent word to The House plan written by Speaker the Senate he is willing to settle for a 65 Robert J Shebeen DCamden and percent rollback based on assessed property values So far said Sen Moore that isnt acwould grant the rollbacks in exchange ceptable to senators or the new money generated by the sales tax Please See MOORE Page Street Fight New Hope Community Battles To Get Rid Of Crack Cocaine Second In A Series Slatt Photo By Scott Webster FIGHTING BACK These residents of the New Hope Community who are known as the New Hope Crusaders are helping fight against the crack cocaine problem in their area By STEPHANIE WARNECKEADAMS Staff Writer Supported by hope a small Aiken County community won a battle against neglect and is slowly winning against a larger opponent crack cocaine Formerly called Bugaboo New Hope is once again fighting for control of its streets and residents The road from Bugaboo to New Hope was as uncertain and as long as the roads in the community In 1978 community leaders tired of smelling outhouses and hog pens decided that it was time to do something to clean up the area The community watched as its young people left the dirt roads and dilapidated houses Please See STREET Page 11A I   

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