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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 6, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Chang Advances In French Open Page 9A A Quick Read Spoieto Banners Just Too Enticing CHARLESTON AP New tech nology has helped city officials keep the pastel Spoieto banners flying from utility poles throughout Charlestons historic district It seems like the banners have be come collectors items for some peo ple but they arent very valuable said Danny Burbage the superinten dent of parks for the city of Charleston He said some folks climb utility poles and snatch the banners which feature the logo of the festival which this year opened on May 26 and con tinues through Sunday Burnbage said the city changed the design of the banners back in 1987 after 30 were stolen during the Spoie to season The banners had been square and were tied to utility poles with rope Now the tops are cut at an angle and metal rivets are used on top and down the sides Voyager 2 Taking Pictures Of Neptune PASADENA Calif AP Voyag er 2 has closed to within 73 million miles of Neptune and started taking photographs of the planet the last it will encounter on its odyssey through the solar system NASA officials said The space probe launched 12 years ago was about as far from Neptune Monday as Earth is from the planet Mercury said Ellis Miner Voyager deputy project scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory The spacecraft is taking about six pictures every three hours as it ap proaches the planet at roughly 37200 mph The probes closest approach is scheduled for Aug 24 when it will pass within 3000 miles of Neptune Were seeing a lot of detail on the atmosphere that we really hadnt an ticipated Miner said The first images were being re corded by the spacecrafts tape re corders and will be played back at the JPL laboratory operated under contract by the California Institute of Technology for the National Aero nautics and Space Administration Weather Rain To Continue Cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms The lows will be in the 60s with highs in the upper 80s Please see details on Page 5A Deaths William E Brown Wagener Stephen Fulmer Greenwood Ollie E Robinson Graniteville Mabel N Sharp North Augusta Ella B Weeks Aiken Horace H Wilson Augusta Sally B White Brooklyn NY Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 76 38 58 28 8B 68 28 16 5A 4A 9A 28 5A Page 2A Foley Calls For Mutual House Respect PqgetR Campbell Wont Veto Insurance Bill Tuesday June Aikerv South Carolina Vol No 135 Armies Battling In Beijing Streets Chinese Students Supported In Prior Movements By FRAN PODA Staff Writer Incidents involving students in China have been all the more shocking because of a history that shows students being backed by the government in their move ments and ideas according to USC Ai kens Dr S Thomas Mack Students have been such an important force in Chinese history and theyve al ways had some backing even if they went too far he said Students have always been encouraged in their move ments as the delegated intellectuals of society Learning as a whole has always been valued Dr Mack spent six months in China at a university in Taiyuan in 1984 giving lectures and shows on American culture especially literature Taiyuan is in north ern China he said not very far from Beijing I used to go there for extended week ends and many times walked through Tiananmen Square he said What a transformation Dr Mack has a personal interest in the situation in China because of the friends he made among faculty and students when he was there some of whom he still corresponds with One in particular is in Beijing He was one of my better students Dr Mack said I have a feeling hes right in the thick of things Im a little concerned about him Please See CHINESE Page 12A AP Laserphoto UNDER THE GUN A couple on a bicycle takes refuge under a bridge where tanks have set up positions in Beijing By The Associated Press BEIJING Civil strife threatened to engulf the Chinese capital today and sol diers of armies loyal to rival political fac tions were reported battling for control of the city A Chinese witness said soldiers of the 28th Army exchanged tank and small arms fire this afternoon in western Beij ing with the 27th Army which invaded central Beijing on Saturday night to crush the prodemocracy movement Bush Moved By CouragePage 8A Media Feels DangerPage 8A Soviets Take No StandPage 8A The 28th is believed toyai 10 ousteu Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang A soldier of the Beijingbased 38th Army said it was fired upon by the 27th on the west side of the city Chinese wit nesses also said fire from the 27th Army killed a small boy and slightly injured a girl in the afternoon The 27th has been fortifying its posi tions around Tiananmen Square Troops and tanks from the rival armies were po sitioned around the western and eastern flanks of the 27th Tuesday night Hundreds of people came out to cheer soldiers of the 38th Army on the west side of Beijing offering the troops cigarettes and shaking their hands The 28th and 38th armies are the peo ples armies the 27th Army is a bunch of bandits said a 32yearold man There had been reports of new troops moving into the city for a showdown and armored columns from the 27th took up defensive positions at major intersec tions on Monday The government announced today that nearly 300 people had been killed and more than 7000 injured in a fourday on slaught that ran protesters out of central Tiananmen Square and paralyzed the city Please See ARMIES Page 12A Damage Light As Storms Rake Aiken Escapes With Minor Inconveniences From Staff And Wire Reports South Carolina is counting its blessings with no injuries and only minor damage from a line of severe thunderstorms ac companied by high winds that moved through the state but weather officials say more of the same is on the way In Aiken the storm caused a few incon veniences but no serious problems Charles Staples executive vice presi dent and general manager of the Aiken Electric Cooperative Inc said winds rain and lightning caused power losses for a short time in individual homes over a scattered area but there were no major problems South Carolina Electric and Gas Com pany also had scattered instances of pow er outages but nothing serious said Ed ward Moseley manager of operations and construction The Aiken City Police and Public Safe ty also reported no damages caused by the heavy rains or lightning The National Weather Service said theres an 80 percent chance of more storms today High temperatures are ex pected to be in the mid80s compared with the upper 90s of last week The bulk of the damage from Mondays thunderstorms consisted of power out ages from downed lines broken tree limbs and lightning which started several fires in the Upstate and Midlands Authorities said there were no injuries or major property damage though there was an unconfirmed sighting of a tornado which did not touch down in Chero kee County A tornado warning issued by the Na tional Weather Service at 6 pm Monday for Spartanburg County was cancelled 40 minutes later It was the only such warn ing issued for the state The storms hit hardest in Anderson Easley Clemson Seneca Westminster and Walhalla Some homes sustained mi nor damages and the entire area re ceived as much as a halfinch of rainfall according to reports from fire police and sheriffs department dispatchers Monday night A thunderstorm with winds of up to 70 mph hit the Longs community near Myr tle Beach Monday afternoon blowing over a barn off SC 9 several trees and slightly damaging the Long Bay Club golf course Around 6 pm more than 9000 homes were without electrical service in Ander son Oconee and Pickens counties County Tax Rate Trimmed By 4 Mills By CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer An increase in taxes for Aiken County residents is inevitable but the proposed 1990 budget was trimmed by about mil lion and the millage rate reduced by 40 mills at a special budget work session of Council Monday night Members of the Aiken County Council spent four hours haggling over the bud get but in the end gave its approval to Plan B an alternate budget proposal that allows a million spending ordi nance and a millage rate of 45 mills The original budget proposal made last month was a million budget with an increase in the millage rate to 49 miUs to help pay of the countys debt service bond The countys debt services include the Aiken County and Nancy Carson Public libraries and the new Department of So cial Services building Theres going to be a tax increase this year Council Chairman Carrol H Warner said Even with Plan B Theres no way around it Now its up to Council to decide how to address the issue of how much of a tax increase Plan B of the budget is a balanced bud get with a 45 millage rate increase plus the one percent increase allowed by law and a rollback of taxes to last years bud get of million The budget also allows for to go into a Reserve Fund for the County Plan A was a million balanced bud get that called for a 49 millage rate in crease plus the one percent and a roll back to last years budget It also called for million to go into a Reserve Fund The new budget proposal will be given a second reading at tonights regular meeting of Council A public hearing will be held on June 13 and then the budget will receive a third and final reading be fore adoption Under the new budget the Aiken Coun ty Sheriffs Department the Aiken Coun ty Public Defenders office and the Aiken County Solicitors office will still be treated fairly according to the County Administrator W Scott Barnes The sheriffs department will get five new workers Barnes said and the So licitors office and the Public Defenders office will each get one new attorney to help with the drug cases Even though its not exactly what those departments re quested in their budget proposals I think its fair Barnes added Poland Wants Coalition Rule With Labor By The Associated Press WARSAW Poland The Commu nist Party is suggesting that Solidari ty join it in a governing coalition af ter the independent labor movements apparent victory in nearly every contested race in na tional elections Such powersharing is unprece dented in the Soviet bloc Solidaritybacked candidates could even be offered Cabinet posts and the union said it was willing to dis cuss such an arrangement Jubilant Solidarity campaigners celebrated with Russian champagne at their Warsaw headquarters Mon day after a Communist Party spokesman acknowledged defeat in Sundays vote For the first time since the postwar Communist takeover of Eastern Eu rope an opposition group will control a freely chosen chamber of Parlia ment the Senate and have veto power over legislation Although final official results were not expected until midweek voters rejected governmentbacked candi dates nearly everywhere Please See POLAND Page 12A   

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