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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 7, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Pistons Snap LA Playoff Streak ie7A A Quick Read Marcos Comfortable7 Following Surgery HONOLULU AP Former Phil ippine President Ferdinand Marcos was said to be resting comfortably after emergency surgery for an ab dominal infection but his prognosis for recovery remains poor a hospital spokesman said During Tues days threehour operation at St Francis Medical Center sur geons drained a pancreatic ab scess the sus pected source of the persistent infection said Eugene MARCOS Tiwanak the hospitals assistant administrator Following surgery Marcos 71 remained in very critical condition as he has been since May 18 when he was readmitted to the intensive care unit with a variety of serious ailments Tiwanak said An infection had plagued Marcos for the past few weeks Doctors be lieved it was centered in his abdomen Planes Grounded For Safety Course WASHINGTON AP The com mandant of the Marine Corps noting that 45 Marines have died in aircraft accidents this year has ordered all the services aviation units to stop for two days of refresher safety training Our machines are not letting us down we are letting ourselves down Gen Al Gray said in the memo distributed Monday night and obtained by The Associated Press The memo sent to Marine aviation units worldwide said that prelimi nary investigations have pointed to crew error It is time to pause catch our breath and come to grips with the devastating trend established this year Gray wrote in his onepage directive When I examine the information available on the circumstances sur rounding these tragedies aircrew er ror predominates and most likely will be a primary cause in all these mishaps Page 2A Waste Disposal Probed At Rocky Flats Page IB County Council OKs Revised Budget Weather Storms Likely There is a 20 percent chance of eve ning thunderstorms tonight with a low in the 60s Thursday mostly cloudy are forecast with a 50 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms The highs will be in the mid 80s Please see details on Page 3A Deaths Azalee S Blalock Edgefield Claudis E Blandenburg North Augusta Shirley N Johnson Marmet W Va Ruth M Harris Edgefield Irene M Hill North Augusta Glenn Priester Barnwell Joseph S Walker Clemson Reid S Wingard Jr North Augusta Please see details on Page 4A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sporis Television Weather 8C 3C 6C 2C 9C 7C 2C 1B 4A 1C 7A 2C 3A County Public Library Aiken South Carolina 136 US Envoy Orders Staff Members Out Of China By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The US ambassa dor to China has asked that all American dependents and nonessential diplomatic personnel be ordered out of China ac cording to a State Department spokesman The embassy in Beijing recommend ed the evacuation of dependents and non essential diplomatic personnel to the Sec retary of State said Evans Gerakas a spokesman for the task force on China The spokesman indicated such an or der from the secretary would probably apply to all US diplomats in China but that decision wont come until later to day he said Gerakas said the suggestion had come from the embassy early this morning fol lowing reports that Chinese soldiers had surrounded an apartment complex hous ing US diplomats and prevented them from leaving the area for some time The Chinese troops outside the resi dence of the staff had prevented them from getting out but that situation had been cleared up and the people were let out and had gone back said Gerakas As far as I know our people had gone back into the compound to pack and get their things I can confirm that they the soldiers have left he added State Department spokeswoman Mar garet Tutwiler announced the travel warning noting that some 1400 nongov ernment Americans live in Beijing Ms Tutwiler said the 7360 Americans who are permanent residents elsewhere in China were advised to consider leaving the country depending on the local situ ation They were cautioned to avoid traveling through Beijing in leaving China Meanwhile US intelligence reports indicate that the number of dead in the weekend attack on prodemocracy pro testors in Beijing had reached 3000 said a US official The official speaking on condition of anonymity added that the intelligence reports caution that hard evidence about the actual number of dead is diffi cult to obtain in the confused situation and that the estimates could go higher Another intelligence source who also would not be identified by name said the unsettled situation in China represented a political struggle the outlines of which are very vague Plus there is a serious division among the PLA Peoples Liber ation Army leadership Secretary of State James A Baker III decided to issue the travel warning after speaking with US Ambassador James Lilley Ms Tutwiler said Baker was told 50 to 75 percent of the employees of American companies al ready had decided to leave Please See US Envoy Page 3A Rival Armies Add To China Chaos By The Associated Press BEIJING Troops raked a diplomatic compound with gunfire today as military convoys drove through the capital and took up defensive positions sending more foreigners fleeing Beijing in fear of open urban warfare The US embassys chief of security said bullets flew through the window into a room where lus two children were watching television Chinese witnesses reported fighting be tween rival armies in Beijing At least a dozen other Chinese cities were wracked by demonstrations in pro test of the weekend military massacre of unarmed Beijing citizens which has turned some armies against each other Six people manning a barricade on rails near the Shanghai station died Tues day when they were hit by a train unable to stop a Chinese source said Angry crowds set the train ablaze In Beijing troops today shot and killed three people adding to a death toll in four days of military occupation that could reach into the thousands a Chinese wit ness said Im going home to Hunan Im afraid for my life in Beijing said a 25yearold construction worker at the train station Several skirmishes have been reported in Beijing between rival military factions The political situation grew more con fusing today with an official media re port indicating the rising fortunes of Qiao Shi a shadowy figure considered the Communist Partys lawandorder chief None of Chinas leaders have been seen since Premier Li Peng appeared on tele vision May 25 five days after declaring martial law in Beijing Li and senior leader Deng Xiaoping are believed be hind the crackdown Thousands of soldiers traveling by truck convoy left central Tiananmen Square this morning chanting We love the people we love the capital before opening fire They appeared to belong to the 27th Army responsible for the slaughter that began Saturday when it cleared the city center of students seeking a freer China Although most firing appeared to be warning shots into the air dozens of bul lets struck windows facing the street in a compound for diplomats and other for eign residents about 2 miles east of Please See RIVAL Page 3A 120 Persons Feared Dead As Jetliner Crashes Splits Apart AP Laserphoto VICTORY SIGNS Despite turmoil Beijing residents are stiii flashing victory signs while rival armies are reported setting up offensive positions Without Rain SC Faces Another Hot Dry Summer By The Associated Press PARAMARIBO Suriname A Surina me Airways jetliner flying from the Neth erlands crashed and split apart early to day near Paramaribos international airport and 120 people were feared dead the government news agency said Airline spokesman Glenn Jie said 175 passengers and crew members were on board the DC8 The Suriname News Agency said the crash occurred at about am am EOT in a grassy area five miles from Zanderij International Airport It said the jet split into pieces Wet terrain from recent rains ham pered rescue efforts the agency said The plane had flown from Amsterdam to Suriname a former Dutch colony on the northern coast of South America The news agency said the plane was flown by an American crew It said several passengers were Dutch soccer players of Suriname origin who were to participate in a national tourna ment in Suriname Police soldiers and medical personnel went to the area which was sealed off to civilians State radio said victims were brought to hospitals in Paramaribo through the morning The cause of the crash was not immedi ately known By TOM STRONG Associated Press Writer Sunny hot and dry is the summer fore cast for South Carolina and that triple threat could spell double trouble for growers We havent had sufficient rain or any amount of rain except for localized spo radic spots over the past weeks until Mondays storms said Lee Ann Jackson an aide at the Jasper County office of Clemson Universitys Cooperative Exten sion Service Unless you have good irrigation un less the rains comes theres nothing you can do except wait it out and hope for the best Although recent rains have eased parched conditions in several southern counties a drier and hotter than usual summer awaits South Carolina forecast ers and agronomists said Tuesday Belowaverage rainfall since winter and wanner temperatures throughout May have led the state to issue an incipi ent drought declaration in 10 counties said John Purvis state climatologist with the South Carolina Water Resources Commission Unless the rains comes theres nothing you can do except wait it out and hope for the best Farm Agency Aide The declaration means the state will closely monitor water supplies in Allen dale Bamberg Barnwell Beaufort Berkeley Charleston Colleton Dorches ter Hampton and Jasper counties Were not in the worse condition by any means Purvis said We have been concerned from midwinter on in that the rainfall during late winter was simply much below normal Most of your real major drought years begin that way and then you never get recharged Thunderstorms that flashed across the state Monday replenished arid soil and encouraged South Carolina growers Forecasters predicted the rain would lin ger until the end of the week Please See WITHOUT Page 3A Prevention Education Called Key To Winning War On Crack By STEPHANIE WARNECKEADAMS Staff Writer The fight against crack cocaine is rel atively young but already it is proving to be our hardest war National statistics dont look promis ing The availability of crack is still high the price is getting lower and reha bilitation is extremely hard Only 20 percent of rehabilitated users stay off crack according to Dan Barton assistant director of the Aiken Center for Alcohol and Drug Services In a society that is hooked on chemi cals to improve ourselves make us feel better and solve our problems crack looks like the wonder drug to millions of children and young adults Education seems to be the only route that shows any promise according to people familiar with the problem Barton said he doesnt believe trying to remove all the dealers from the streets will help the problem Prevention and education are the only answers Barton said Local law enforcement is not just sit ting back waiting for education to work though This past year drug arrests in Last In A Series Aiken County hit an alltime high The Sheriffs Department reported a 4600 percent increase the highest in the state in possession with intent to distrib ute crack cocaine The Aiken Department of Public Safe ty reported a 153 percent increase in all drug arrests for the first four months of this year Low budgets have kept the agencies from adding needed personnel though The city has two narcotics officers The sheriffs department has four but two are salaried by a grant through the fed eral government Sam Abney a former community spe cialist with the Department of Youth Services said he believes more of a community effort is necessary Nobody listens to the kids he said Abney was in charge of organizing the Youth 2000 Forum a program that al lowed students at area schools to ex press their feelings about drugs sex and other pressures they face Please See PREVENTION Page 10A
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