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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 5, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside Today Gemologist Makes The Grade Page 1B A Quick Read Robber Caught After Refusing To Pay Cab SPARTANBURG AP Police responding to a taxi drivers com plaint that a man refused to pay his cab fare landed the passenger in jail on charges of robbing a bank The FBI charged Carol Ray Shock ley 55 of Iranan with bank robbery Saturday in the theft of in cash from the American Federal Bank hi Greer Friday police said Shockley was arrested at about 2 am Saturday after a cab driver gave police a description of a man who refused to pay a fare which matched the description of the sus pected bank robber police said Former First Lady Wants To Write Book WASHINGTON AP Nancy Reagan says there were things she longed to say during her tumultu ous eight years at the White House that she promises will appear in her upcoming memoirs My Turn The former first lady speaking publicly in Washington for the first time since she and President Reagan left for California more than four months ago offered a few insights Saturday into her old and new lives at a Library of Congress and Ran dom House forum on first ladies Mrs Reagan said that while there is a certain dignity to remaining silent she decided to write a book for her own peace of mind for her chil dren and to help set the historical record straight I felt I could start rebuilding a private life by writing about some things she said Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms Lows will be in the upper 60s Tomorrow partly cloudy skies are forecast with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms The highs will be in the upper 80s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Oscar L Bethune Langley Donald Ray Farley Augusta Laura Holcomb Aiken William S Martin Aiken Laura Ann Miller Belvedere VadaC Mitchell Bath Theodore F Murrah Las Vegas Gregory W Yeargain Belvedere Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote DearAbby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather SB 36 3B 28 68 48 26 16 6A 4A 7A 26 6A Page 2A Gingrich Case Keeps Focus On House AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC 435 NEWBERRY ST S w City Looks At Toole Hill Housing Grant 8 Iranian Mourners Die In Stampede By The Associated Press TEHRAN Iran Millions of mourners today flooded into a square where Ayatol lah Ruhollah Khomeinis body lay caus ing a stampede that the official news agency said killed eight people and in jured at least 500 The Islamic Republic News Agency said scores of people were knocked un conscious in the crush as temperatures soared to 100 degrees State television showed victims being carried out of the square in front of the Mosalla mosque as crowds scrambled to get closer to the airconditioned cubical where Khomeinis shrouded body lay in a glasscovered bier The revolutionary patriarchs charac teristic black turban was on his chest The television zoomed in on a bearded young man spraying mourners with a wa ter hose to cool them Khomeini 86 died Saturday of a heart attack 11 days after intestinal surgery leaving the country gripped by its worst political crisis since the revolution that catapulted the Moslem cleric to power in 1979 President Ali Khamenei 49 was named Sunday to succeed Khomeini ap parently on temporary basis to avoid a leadership vaccuum Khomeinis body was brought out of a Tehran mortuary and transported by am bulance to the mosque where hundreds of thousands of his followers had been waiting all night He is to be buried on Tuesday Wailing men women and children screamed and pounded on the ambulance as it moved slowly through the crowd Beating on their breasts and heads in a traditional Shiite Moslem sign of mourn ing they screamed Sorrow sorrow is this day Khomeini the idol smasher is with God today The crowds waved lif esize portraits of the sternfaced whitebearded Khomeini decorated with black ribbons and red flowers Readings from the Koran Islams holy book blared from the minaret of the mosque as staterun television and radio broadcast live coverage from the site Announcers wept as they eulogized Khomeini We have been orphaned Our father is dead several women screamed The government declared a 40day mourning period The official Islamic Republic News Agency said the crowds blocked the streets leading to the mosque and Presi dent Khamenei had to be flown to it helicopter Under the constitution Khomeinis leadership position was considered above the constitution and had no specified du ties He was considered the earthly rep resentative of the prophet Mohammed and the recipient of divine guidance Irans leadership met Sunday to study Khomeinis written political testament It NEW LEADER Ali Khameini 49 will succeed Ayatollah Khomeini as spiritual leader of Iran is believed to contain proposals for how the Islamic republic should be governed Please See 8 IRANIANS Page IDA Bush Freezes Contact With China AP Laserphoto RESCUE With the help of bystanders a rickshaw driver peddles two wounded students away from bloodshed in Tiananmen Square Soldiers again have fired on angry crowds demonstrating outside the square President Calls Violent Bloody Weekend Crackdown Deplorable By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush today condemned Chinese authori ties for a violent and bloody weekend crackdown against prodemocra cy demonstrators and said he was ordering an immediate suspension of American military sales and commerical export of weapons to China We deplore the decision to use force Bush told reporters in a hastily convened midmorning news conference He urged Chi nese authorities to avoid violence to return to their previous poli cy of restraint Hundreds of Chinese have been killed and many more wounded since the army moved in over the weekend to clear Tiananmen Square Bush said he thought it was im possible for China to return to the days of total repression Were beyond the kind of cultural revolu tion response he said referring to the crackdown on dissent and di versity that began in the mid1960s He said he wanted to forge a careful response to the situation in China and rejected advice from some who recommended the More Chinese KilledPage 10A witdrawal of the US ambassador He said the ambassador had been active in monitoring events in Beinjing and provided an impor tant resource for the United States Bush said I do not want to see a total break in this relationship with China But in announcing steps that in cluded a freeze in contacts be tween US and Chinese military officials he said We cannot condoe the violent attacks and cannot ignore the con sequences for our relationship with China Bush also was asked about events in Iran where radical lead Please See BUSH Page IDA If you never ever have a wreck and you never ever get a speeding ticket then you may get a savings Rep Sharpe Hopefully we will be able to take action on the local option tax bill when the legislature meets on June 19 at that time Moore The entire revenue picture profits and losses will be considered be fore a rate in crease is granted Rep Huff A faulty tail light can happen to anyone while driving down a road and a driv er shouldnt be punished for this if he or she is un aware they have lost a light RepRudnick ope we can reach the day when we can to tally remove re tirees from a property tax on their homes Smith Given all the facts and cir cumstances we did what we could with insurance Rep Keesley Legislator Doubts Average Car Owner Will Feel Any Immediate Relief Under Insurance Reform By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken County Legislative Delegation members believe it will take months to see the benefits from automobile insur ance legislation passed in the 1989 Gener al Assembly session especially when it comes to determining if good drivers ac tually won a savings in premiums K you never ever have a wreck and you never ever get a speeding ticket then you may get a savings said Rep Charles R Sharpe RWagener But he added the insurance companies are go ing to be asking for rate increases He said if they are granted then most of the savings could be wiped out Rep Sharpe Sen Thomas L Tommy Moore DClearwater and Reps Thomas E Tom Huff RNorth Augusta Wil liam P Keesley DEdgefield James Ro land Smith DLangley and Irene Rud nick DAiken rated the insurance issue and the states billion budget as the biggest items of the session Automobile insurance which fea tured a fivemonth battle between the governor the legislative leadership and everyone else with a plan to cut premium charges dominated the lawmaking But everyone agreed the 89 Assembly was productive in what it did for a num ber of special interest groups mainly retirees the medically indigent and state employees Sen Moore said the session was a good one all things considered but he noted there is some important business to com plete when the legislature returns June 19 to consider gubernatorial vetoes Hopefully we will be able to take ac tion on the local option tax bill at that time said the senator The bill which would swap cuts in property taxes for a penny sales tax increase by counties ap proving the move in a November referen dum is hung up by adispute over the amount of the property tax cut Under the Housepassed bill property taxes would be rolled back 50 percent but Please See LEGISLATOR Page IDA Du Pont Sues In Severance Disagreement ByBRADSWOPE Staff Writer The Du Pont Co filed a federal lawsuit on Friday seeking reimbursement from the US Department of Energy for million in Savannah River Site severance pay company officials said The corporation distributed that pay among about 6500 site employees before withdrawing as contractor on April 1 Du Pont says severance is an allowable expense under its contract to operate SRS But the DOE which owns the nuclear weapons plant decided early last week to reject Du Fonts bill for The company responded Wednesday by threatening to sue within a week We filed Friday Albert H Peters manager of Du Fonts Aiken office said this morning Peters said the suit was filed in US Claims Court in Washington DC I have not seen the legal claim he said and didnt know if he could get a copy We think its inappropriate to discuss at all the issues while its in litigation he said Du Fonts main comment on the con troversy has been to refer to a March 22 letter to company employees from Du Pont Chairman Richard E Heckert who asserted that the company and DOE had agreed to pay severance through Oct 1 1985 if Du Pont ever withdrew Before turning the plant over to Wes tinghouse Savannah River Co on April 1 Du Pont made good on its pledge to dis tribute severance checks based on one Please Sec UU PONT Page IDA   

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