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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 4, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports So$g£ Set Up Full Legislature Lendl Advances In French Open Page IB A Quick Read Spiritual Leader Khomeini Dead At 86 NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini died Sunday, 12 days after he underwent surgery for bleeding in his digestive system, the official Iranian news agency reported. The Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored in Lindon, reported his death in an urgent despatch without giving details. Tehran Radio, the state-run radio, also reported the ayatollah’s KHOMEINI death in its early morning broadcast, reported the British Broadcasting Corp., monitored in London. Iran on Saturday had said Khomeini’s health was deteriorating and urged the nation to pray for the leader, who underwent surgery last month for bleeding in his digestive system. Iran’s state-run radio and television, monitored in Nicosia, had said the 86-year-old leader’s condition was declining but it gave no details. Both carried a brief statement from Khomeini’s office that said: “At 3:00 p.m. (7:30 a.m. EDT) on Saturday a complication arose in the imam’s condition, which the doctors are trying to control. We urge the nation to pray for the imam’s health, and hope that their prayers will be answered.” Khomeini is referred to by Iranians 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. Iran’s main opposition group, the Mujahedeen Khalq, or People’s Holy Warriors, said last week that Khomeini suffered a heart attack May 27. The statement by the Iraq-based 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 Mujahedeen’s claim could not be independently confirmed. Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast today with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. 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..............................................5D Business...........................................1C Calendar.........................................14D Classifieds........................................3D Crossword........................................6D Cryptoquote......................................4D Dear Abby........................................6C Local Front.......................................6A Obituaries.........................................7 A Opinions...........................................ID Sports...............................................1B Stocks..............................................2C Weather............................................7A Weddings.........................................4C 4K NEWBERRY St. S « AIKEN, S. C 29801 Page IB Stroh's Cup Final Set For Today SVikm Sunday, June 4, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 133 Troops Storm Square; 500 Dead 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 Resemblea Battlefield.............. Page    4A By The Associated Press BEIJING — Soldiers stormed Tiananmen Square early Sunday and crushed a three-week student sit-in for democracy, shooting and beating their way through crowds in clashes. A hospital doctor estimated at least 500 people died. TJe 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 declared 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 3:30 a.m. (2:30 p.m. EDT Saturday), soldiers and riot police surrounded Tiananmen, boxing off several thousand students 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 other's hands began filing out. “pere is no more time. We can’t let any more blood flow,” a student announced over their loudspeaker. “We must leave.” Some sang the ‘Internationale,” the communist anthem. Others gave a V-for-victory 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 "J™?8 in the center. A complete armored division, with some 20,000 troops, headed into Beijing from the east. (Please See TROOPS, Page 4A) Big Rise In Food Prices Expected 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. “Ifs 200 percent better. Last year was grim,” says Doug Miller, who farms 350 acres in St. Joseph County in north-central Indiana. Generous spring rains provided a breather from drought in the Midwest and sent grain prices tumbling on commodity markets, but they haven’t 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 com yields 30 percent nationwide and soybean production 20 percent. Then, a dry winter, coupled with dust storms and sub-arctic freezes, devastated winter wheat production, 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 battlegrounds 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 Option Tax Not Dead Yet 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 I, Sen. Thomas L. (Tommy) Moore, D-Clearwater, believes. When the General Assembly adjourned Thursday, the multi-million dollar package of property tax relief tied to a penny-on-the-dollar 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 bill — when the General Assembly returns 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, would Local Option Tax Picture Under S.C. House, Senate Plans House Plan At 50% Senate Plan At 100% Senate Plan At 75% Aiken County Rollback Funds $2,120,409 $4,218,335 $2,689,189 Taxes $40,000 (Farms) $44.00 $4.00 $5.00 Taxes $50,000 House $56.00 $5.00 $33.00 Taxes $10,000 Auto $29.00 $27.00 $33.00 Taxes Commercial ($100,000 Business) $167.00 $89.00 $146.00 Taxes $1 Million Manufacturing $2,919 $2,679 $3,253 provide money to cut back property taxes while funding local government operations. School tax millage would not be affected by the program. Basically, the argument between House and Senate is over the size of property tax cuts and how to calculate them. The House wants to hold rollbacks to 50 percent of current property tax levels, while the Senate wants to up the rollback to IOO percent, but is willing to compromise at 75 percent. The House plan, written by Speaker Robert J. Shebeen, D-Camden, and based on assessed property values, would grant the rollbacks in exchange for the new money generated by the sales tax. The Senate wants to go deeper with the cuts, so it rewrote the House-passed plan. The Senate wants its rollback formula based on fair market property values. The Senate plans were written by Moore and Sens. John C. Land HI, D-Manning, and Peden B. McLeod, D-Walterboro. Speaker Sheheen is balking at the deep cuts, but Sen. Moore said the speaker reportedly “has sent word” to the Senate he is willing to settle for a 65 percent rollback. So far, said Sen. Moore, that isn’t acceptable to senators. (Please See MOORE, Page HA) Street Fight New Hope Community Battles To Get Rid Of Crack Cocaine Second In A Series Staff 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 WARNECKE-ADAMS 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 Buga-boo, New Hope is once again fighting for control of its streets and residents. The road from Buga-boo 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 HA) ;

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Publication: Aiken Standard

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Issue Date: June 4, 1989

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