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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 8, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Sunday Silence On Last Leg Page 9A A Quick Read Officials Hunt For Hissing Cockroaches TAMPA Fla AP State agri culture officials are hunting for four hissing mousesized cockroaches that were set free by their owner and could breed and spread Chloe Riley manager of the Crit ter Shop pet store said a customer said he dumped the Madagascar hissing roaches in his backyard fearing the state would jail him and confiscate the insects He came in and said Man I was scared I let them loose I was afraid theyd put me in jail she said Wednesday He said he didnt want the Florida Department of Agricul ture to hurt them Ms Riley would not disclose the identity of the Tampa resident not even to state agricultural agents The Department of Agriculture last week ordered the Critter Shop to stop selling the roaches fearing if they got free they might multiply across the South like the flying Asian cockroach When the Asian cockroach was first discovered in 1985 spreading through central and south Florida scientists found 250000 Asian cock roaches per acre said Phil Koelher an entomologist with the University of Florida Progress Is Reported Toward ASDS Vaccine MONTREAL AP The first AIDS vaccine tested in the United States on humans triggered their im mune systems into action raising hopes that one vaccine may protect against many forms of the AIDS vi rus researchers said One top US researcher said he is optimistic enough to recommend wide testing of the vaccine We are making progress and I think we will be able to make a vac cine eventually said Dr Clifford H Lane head of AIDS vaccine testing at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Despite the encouraging results re ported Wednesday many important questions remain about whether this or any vaccine can keep people from catching AIDS Similar vaccines have failed to prevent AIDS virus infections in chimpanzees Weather Mostly Cloudy Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms The lows will be in the 70s Friday will be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain The highs will be in the upper 80s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Andrew P Hatcher Midville Ga Kathleen Jumper Black Mountain NC Pauline B Mills Aiken Louise E Mixon Langley Gladys E Shealy Newberry Anna Alvanos Taylor Aiken Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge8B Calendar3B Classifieds6B Comics8A Crossword9B Cryptoquote78 DearAbby8A Local Front1B Obituaries4A Opinions4A Sports9A Television8A Weather6A Iran Offers Help In Freeing Hostages AIKEN ClIBRARr 435 sr s AIKEN S C 20801 Page IB Wesfinghouse Asks For 6 Office Bids Drivers Beware Convictions Cost A Bundle In Insurance By The Associated Press COLUMBIA Drivers beware any thing but the smallest motor vehicle vio lations can combine for big increases in automobile insurance surcharges which will stay in effect for three years after the violation On Oct 1 a key provision of the Legis latures new automobile insurance re form bill goes into effect giving drivers with good records a 50 percent break on their annual recoupment fee the portion of all drivers premiums that goes to a statemandated pool system That pool offsets high insurance premi ums for drivers considered to be high risks But these highrisk drivers in South Carolina will make up the difference by paying in some cases startling in creases in their recoupment charges based on speeding tickets moving viola tions and accidents for which they were at fault during the previous three years Probable penalties are For policies issued after Oct 1 a single DUI conviction in the past three years will push the recoupment alone to annually for the next three years Three convictions for speeding more than 10 mph over the limit during the previous three years will make the annu al recoupment increase to for three years Even one conviction for speeding more than 10 mph in the past three years bumps the annual recoupment to for three vears This is one of the least understood and potentially most controversial provisions of the new insurance bill which Gov Car roll Campbell reluctantly will allow to be come law without his signature Harts ville Sen Ed Saleeby the Senates insurance expert said most lawmakers just didnt grasp the possible impact of the recoupment changes on which the House insisted Please See DRIVERS Page 5A Army Praised For Crushing Students Staff Photo By Carl Langley DECIDED EARLY Thomas L Moore decided at the age of 10 that a political career was in his future Sen Moore 2 Decades Of Determination Have Paid Off By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer CLEARWATER Sen Thomas L Tommy Moore DClearwater stayed up almost all night in 1960 watching the national election returns and when it was over had made an important decision I was 10 years old but I decided right then that I wanted to run for a political office and get elected Moore recalled I told my teacher the next day that was what I was going to do The Clearwater native had to wait nearly two decades to reach his goal but in 1978 he won election to the South Caro lina House and in 1980 stepped up to the Senate No one in my family had ever tried to win a political office said the lawmaker Now in his ninth year as a senator Moore has made an impressive mark de spite being only 38 He is the Democratic majority whip in the Senate and is a high ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee In those positions he also has landed assignments on the Joint Bond Review Committee a panel of representatives and senators who decide where the state will put capital bond investments and is chairman of a factfinding solid waste committee set up by the General Assembly Sen Moore credits his winning a third straight Senate election to the fact that Im acccessible to my people and I lis ten to what they say Thats what a legis lator is expected to do The senator said he often gets calls that put him in the position of being a court of last resort but he generally is able to direct constituents to the state agency board or commission that can give them the assistance they seek A lot of this is just helping people out said Sen Moore He often inter cedes for those voters who have the right agency but cannot get an answer or some action on a problem Please See SEN Moore Page 5A By The Associated Press BEIJING Premier Li Peng ap peared in public today for the first time since the military crushed the student protests for democracy The government issued new martial law orders demand ing that student leaders surrender Li gave a rousing speech to hundreds of soldiers inside the Great Hall of the Peo ple Youve worked hard comrades he told them Horrors RecountedPage 5A Lis speech was shown on television af ter hundreds of military trucks roared into the city center with new supplies The martial law orders appeared to suggest the government was planning largescale arrests of activists who led the movementfor a freer and less cor rupt China The capitals streets were relatively calm today Li is believed to be among the leaders who pushed for the military crackdown that ended in the weekend massacre of hundreds of unarmed civilians as troops cleared Tiananmen Square of prodemoc racy protesters He had not appeared in public since May 25 five days after declaring martial law in the capital and his appearance indicated hardliners may have prevailed over leaders who opposed using troops to quell the protests The student protesters had demanded Li resign for declaring martial law after weeks of prodemocracy protests pri marily in Beijing The martial law orders called the lead ers of independent student and union groups important members of the coun terrevolutionary turmoil It demanded that all members of the groups leaders of the prodemocracy movement smashed by the military turn them selves in to police Radio and television gave telephone numbers for people to call to report those who stood up against the military take over of the city In a continuing propaganda campaign supporting the harsh military actions national television repeatedly showed footage of crowds attacking soldiers and burning vehicles during the crackdown in Beijing on Saturday night and Sunday It showed gruesome shots of three sol diers who were burned to death One was disembowelled In his speech to the soldiers Li urged them to continue working hard to pro tect the capitals safety and order They cheered and applauded Li accompanied by Vice President Wang Zhen also regarded as a hardline conservative was dressed in a Mao suit and looked fit A Hong Kong newspaper had reported that he had been shot and wounded in the thigh by a police officer on Sunday after the military took Tiananmen Square Hundreds of troop trucks rumbled into US Believes Deng Holding Chinas Reins By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Bush ad ministration believes Chinese lead er Deng Xioaptag is stffl running the show but is urging all private American citizens to leave China as the civil strife spreads from Beijing to other cities Secretary of State James A Bak er III who ordered the 258 depen dents of US government personnel in China to leave Wednesday is strongly urging all private tLS citizens in that country to get oat On Tuesday the department had urged only that Americans leave the capital The exact number of Americans in China is not known Baker was expected to face ques tions about the China turmoil today during an appearance at the Na tional Press Club in Washington An administration official who spoke on condition he not be identi fied by name said US officials be lieve the 84yearold Deng who has been reported in ill health is still alive and stffl running the show The official noted that while the US government cant order pri vate citizens to leave the country a real change of atmosphere has taken place in recent days and that more and more people have de cided to leave the country State Department spokeswoman Margaret Tntwiler in announcing Bakers decision called the situa tion in China volatile uncertain and increasingly dangerous the city of Beijing early today but resi dents claimed the hated 27th Army which carried out the weekend assault had left the city replaced by new troops Citizens attempted to establish order in their shattered lives under the watchful eyes of martial law troops and the gov ernment issued a new decree making it illegal to put up barricades in the street and disrupt traffic Last week the people had pushed bus es trucks and other objects into the streets in futile efforts to stop troops from entering the city The main concern has been that mili tary units opposing the violent suppres sion of the prodemocracy movement would launch an attack to drive the 27th Army from Beijing Duke Power To Advise DOE On Weapons Reactors Commercial Military Tradition On Nuclear Use Not Broken Under Arrangement Official Claims By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer A branch of Duke Power Co has signed a million threeyear contract to pro vide nuclear safety advice in the design of the US Department of Energys pro posed new weapons production reactors Duke officials call it their first defense related contract with the DOE and re gional antinuclear groups are asking whether the arrangement breaks the tra ditional separation between commercial and military uses of nuclear power A spokesman for Duke which operates seven commercial reactors says it doesnt There is no attempt to have the input or output of either program cross over into each other Joseph J Maher said Wednesday Our sole role is to review their pro gram for safety design and environ mental criteria Duke Engineering Services Inc which Maher called an affiliate owned by Duke Power Co signed a contract May 25 with the University of California which operates Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico Los Alamos is providing technical support to the DOE in developing the NPR Maher said The DOE proposes spending billion to build new production reactors at the Savannah River Site and at Idaho Nation al Engineering Laboratory The reactors to be completed about the year 2000 would replace Savannah Rivers existing reactors as the source of radioactive triti um gas for US nuclear weapons Charlottebased Duke operates five electricityproducing reactors in South Carolina and two in North Carolina The Department of Energy has not built a reactor since the 1960s The DOE has committed that any new reactor they Please See DUKE POWER Page 5A