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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 12, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Aiken County Public Library Sports Chdng Fights To Open Title Page 7A A Quick Read Bush Makes It Into Senior Citizen Ranks WASHINGTON AP George Bush turns 65 today only the 13th president in US history to hit that milestone while in office Friends and experts say they dont expect his new status as senior citi zen to slow down Bush a trim non smoker who jogs and plays tennis regularly Dr T Franklin Williams director of the National Institute on Aging says I dont know anything at all about President Bushs medical his tory but just to observe him from a distance I would predict he has 25 or 30 good years ahead of him anyhow Robin HUD Stole Millions To Help Poor WASHINGTON AP A Mary land woman dubbed Robin HUD by federal investigators claims she embezzled as much as million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to give to the poor HUD Secretary Jack Kemp was described Sunday as being very up set by the losses which according to The Washington Post could reach million in the Washington field office alone be cause of extraor HARRELL dinarily lax book keeping involving foreclosure sales of government property Marilyn Harrell a private escrow agent in Maryland whos being called Robin HUD said she was able to divert million during a fouryear period to help feed clothe and house the poor I figured that as long as I was going to go to jail anyway I would help a few people with the time I had left the 46yearold Temple Hills Md resident told the New York Tunes Kemp ordered HUD Inspector General Paul Adams to conduct an immediate investigation of the al leged embezzlement in the Washing ton office Weather Storms Possible Mostly skies fair are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of eve ning thunderstorms Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms The high will be in the 90s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Marion Bates Aiken Dian Frain Schmidt North Augusta Cora Dozier Sims Aiken Ethel C Smallwood Bronx NY Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge5B Calendar5A Classifieds3B Comics2B Crossword6B Cryptoquote4B OearAbby2B Lewis Grizzard3A Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports7A Television2B Weather6A Poge2A Bailout Heads To House Floor Officials Optimistic About Sex Ed ijffltKifai i IB i ii i M irnrrrfnrTBMTtmTHTianiiMaraMawiHHllwrcaliriWlM Gorbachev Hopes To Seal West Ties By The Associated Press BONN West Germany Mikhail S Gorbachev arrived today for his first state visit to West Germany with the aim of strengthening ties between East and West an objective that goes to the heart of this divided nation The Soviet president and his delegation touched down at ColognesBonn airport a few minutes ahead of their scheduled ar rival in an Aeroflot jet dubbed Kremlin One Gorbachev and his wife Raisa emerged from the plane and stood som berly for a 21gun salute before descend ing to the tarmac to be greeted by For eign Minister HansDietrich Genscher The Kremlin entourage set off in a mo torcade of ZIL limousines for a quick stop at the Soviet Embassy in the suburb of Bad Godesberg before heading to official welcoming ceremonies at Villa Hammer schmidt the residence of President Rich ard von Weizsaecker During his fourday visit to West Ger many Gorbachev leaves behind rioting in the Central Asian republic of Uzbeki stan and two weeks of sharp debate in the new Congress over political power and economic failures His talks with West German officials will give him a chance to concentrate on foreign policy his area of greatest suc cess in four years in power and the tech TAKING PRIDE RorvToole chief of the Belvedere Volunteer Fire Dept and fireman HT Lott clean up one of the pumpers outside the fire station The fire Staff Photo By Scott Webster department set a state record recently when 17 of its 30 volunteers graduated from the South Carolina Fire Academy For story please see Page 1B Falwell Disbanding Moral Majority By The Associated Press LAS VEGAS The Moral Majority is being dismantled after a decade of lead ing religious conservatives out of the po litical wilderness but analysts said the effects of its lobbying efforts will endure There are those that are saying we are witnessing the end of the religious right said the Rev Richard Neuhaus director of the Center on Religion and Society in New York I do not think this is the beginning of the end To para phrase Churchill This is the end of the beginning Television evangelist Jerry Falwell founder and chairman of Moral Majority announced Sunday that the organization will be disbanded Aug 31 The once feared lobbying group which I do not think this is the beginning of the end To paraphrase Churchill This is the end of the The Rev Richard Neuhaus raised million and helped elect three Republican administrations since its founding in June 1979 had accomplished its mission of politicizing religious con servatives Falwell told a meeting of the Religion Newswriters Association I feel that I have performed the task to which I was called in 1979 The reli gious right is solidly in place and like the galvanizing of the black church as a polit ical force a generation ago the religious conservatives in America are now in for the duration he said Neuhaus a Lutheran theologian said Moral Majoritys ability to bring Chris tian fundamentalists out of an isolationist stance and into public policy debates was a major development of lasting consequence While the work of Moral Majority will go on forever the Moral Majority organi zation is no longer needed Falwell said An average of 2 million to 3 million eople either donated money or sub scribed to the organizations newspaper Please See FALWELL Page 10A nology and financial help needed to mod ernize the Soviet economy Gorbachevs agenda includes meetings with scientific and business leaders and factory tours Gorbachev says Germany is at the cen ter of what he calls our common Euro pean home Public opinion polls in West Germany have found him to be the most popular foreign leader ever Please See GORBACHEV Page IDA Clean Air Sincerity Played Up President Drafts Overhaul Of Laws By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The White House is billing President Bushs proposal to over haul federal clean air laws as evidence that his campaign promises to protect the environment were more than just talk Bush was expected to call today for sharp cuts in acid rain and urban smog pollutants as well as more stringent re quirements to protect Americans from toxic industrial chemicals The proposals falling short of what some environmentalists had sought were widely viewed as the first test of whether the Bush administration plans to take de cisive action on environmental issues The president promised in his cam paign last year and repeatedly since tak ing office that he will move to tighten the federal clean air laws especially by tak ing action to curb acid rain Last week Bush told a conservation group the clean package he intends to send Congress would represent sweep ing changes in the 1970 Clean Air Act and significantly improve every North Americans quality of life whether they live near industrial plants or in the countryside The final package was approved by Bush over the weekend at Camp David where the president reviewed an array of option papers prepared by his Domestic Policy Council which had debated provi sions of the package for weeks While details of the presidents propos als were not yet clear Sunday govern ment and congressional sources said the plan was expected to include Requirements for cutting sulfur di oxide emissions mostly from older coal burning electric power plants by 10 mil lion tons by the year 2000 to combat acid rain which damages lakes streams and forests The curbs would cut such emis sions in half A requirement for industry to install control technology to curb the release of cancercausing and other toxic chemicals from facilities as chemical plants and oil Please See CLEAN Am Page 10A China Continues Sweep Denounces US By The Associated Press BEIJING The government today pressed on with its crackdown on dissent and stepped up criticism of the United States for rumormongering and shel tering leading dissident Fang Lizhi whose arrest it has ordered As a result of the armys assault on unarmed prodemocracy protesters to clear Tiananmen Square USChinese relations have plunged to perhaps the lowest point since diplomatic ties were restored a decade ago The governmentcontrolled media to day accused the Voice of America which has reported the hundreds of deaths in the city center a week ago of false re porting and distortion Official media claim no one was killed on the square Authorities have launched a massive propaganda campaign aimed at convinc ing the populace that soldiers were the victims of a rampaging mob and that for eign reports of troops opening fire on un armed crowds are lies The countrys official trade union today urged workers to eradicate independent labor groups which sprung up as the stu dentled movement for a freer China gained momentum and found support among workers and intellectuals Official media told people to study se nior leader Deng Xiaopings speech Fri day that praised the army for crushing the 7weekold prodemocracy move ment Deng claimed the movements leaders intended to turn Communist Chi na into a capitalist republic National television repeatedly showed scenes of one man identified as a leader of an independent labor union in Shang hai who had apparently been beaten and was being held at gunpoint by police His face was swollen so badly he could barely open his eyes Broadcasts also showed the arrests of dozens of other people many described as thugs who took advantage of the prodemocracy movement to commit crimes during protests that hit more than a dozen Chinese cities Four hundred people have been arrest ed in Beijing alone authorities said Please See CHINA Page 10A Political Asylum For 2 Defectors In Hands Of Immigration Officials By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO Immigration au thorities must decide whether to grant political asylum to Chinese diplomats who said they were defecting during an emotional vigil honoring prodemocracy students slain in Beijing the FBI said The Consulate of the Peoples Repub lic of China would not confirm the two men had defected but FBI agents said the pair requested asylum and were un der federal protection Sunday Agents referred the matter to the Im migration and Naturalization Service1 which decides asylum requests A spokesman for David Ilchert re gional INS director said Sunday that the two had yet to file an asylum request but he would provide no other information White House spokesman Bob Hall said in a telephone interview from Washing ton that the Bush administration had no official statement as yet on the defections At a Sunday rally organized by Chi nese exchange students in Oaklands Chinatown some of the 300 demonstra tors said they were touched by the diplo mats actions I was really moved when they said they are on our side said Yu Maochun an exchange student from the Universi ty of California at Berkeley I am a Chinese national and I know how brave Please See POLITICAL Page 10A   

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