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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 19, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Columbia Duo Wins 4Ball A Quick Read Defining Dixie New Book To Tell It All JACKSON Miss AP You can be doggone sure Dixie aint like other parts of this here United States Thats the message of a work scrunching the Souths AtoZ unique ness into an 8pound 1643page book to be unveiled at a Washington DC gala Tuesday Starting with baseball great Hank Aaron and ending with zydeco won derful Cajun music played with an accordion editor Bill Ferris says the newly published Encyclopedia of Southern Culture provides a oneofa kind single volume reference work He says the book boils down the region to its bare bones but leaves the marrow of the Souths contribu tions and history in 24 major subject areas including agriculture art and literature black life law poli tics science and medicine French Was The Clue In Show Dog Capture MOUNT PROSPECT HI AP Korsair a valuable European show dog missing for a week had only to hear a few words of French to realize he was back among friends As soon as I started speaking to him in French he came right up to me and buried his head in my side said Gerald A Rousseau a dog train er who took command of the 3year old Belgian Malinois after he was captured by police The dog valued as high as slipped from his cage while he and his French owner were changing flights at OHare International Air port on June 12 An examination by a vet showed the dog had gashes on his front legs and inside an ear but otherwise was alert and in good shape said Rousseau Weather Mostly Cloudy Mostly cloudy skies are forecast for tonight with a 45 percent chance of thunderstorms Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms The highs will be in the upper 80s Please see details on Page 5A Deaths HW Barinowski Augusta Florence G Ford Barnwell JC Gleaton Springfield Josh Harris St Albans NY James W Jones Norcross Ga George C Lenz Augusta Eldon Lowe Newberry Ida Parker Aiken Lena F Pridgen Clarks Hill William B Swancey Aiken G Maxwell Toole Williston Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote DearAbby Lewis Grizzard Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5B SB 3B 2B 68 4B 2B 3A 1B 5A 4A 8A 2B 5A ored To Most Residents Hollings Wants Funds For Business Monday June 19 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 146 Safety Lapses Linked To NPlant Secrecy From Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON Widely publicized breakdowns of safety at the Savannah River Site and other government nuclear weapons plants are rooted in a perverse devotion to secrecy and poor manage ment congressional investigators said in a report issued Sunday The safety problems which came to light mostly over the past two years were aggravated by a lack of outside scrutiny and effective oversight from the Energy Department which pays private companies to run the facilities the report said A variety of congressional committees and independent panels have been study ing problems in the weapons complex which includes 16 major facilities in 12 states Some of key facilities are closed down for repairs and improvements The report said there was inadequate fire protection at SRS near Aiken whose temporarily idled nuclear reactors pro vide the nations only source of tritium a radioactive gas used to make warheads The report cited a 1986 federal review of the problem that said the only fire fighting device available at one nuclear reactor there was an ordinary garden hose Site officials have since begun install ing additional sprinkler systems as pre ventive measures The 1950sera reactors have been shut down nearly a year for a range of DOEordered management and equipment upgrades and are to be reac tivated starting early in 1990 The latest blow to the weapons pro gram was struck at the Rocky Flats plu tonium fabrication plant near Boulder Colo where FBI agents swooped in June 6 to check out allegations of a coverup of illegal storage and waste disposal practices The Energy Department subsequently froze nearly million in bonus payments to the operator of the Rocky Flats facili ty Rockwell International Corp The bonuses were to cover work per formed between September 1988 and March 1989 but have been frozen indefi nitely according to W Henson Moore Energy Department deputy director Theyre not going to get that money until we know more Moore said Friday Energy Secretary James D Watkins is putting together a master plan for mod ernizing the complex and cleaning up the radioactive and toxic wastes that have contaminated the sites and surrounding areas during 40 years of bomb making He says national security may be jeopar dized if improvements arent made quickly Estimates of the rebuilding and clean up cost range up to billion over 30 years Please See SAFETY Page 3A Sales Tax Option Still Awaits Action AP Laserphoto SECOND TIME AROUND Curtis Strange clutches the US Open trophy after becoming the first golfer to repeat as champion since Ben Hogan in 195051 For story please see Page 8A By The Associated Press COLUMBIA State lawmakers pre dict a calm few days when they return today to consider budget vetoes a new tax for local governments and expanding the state Senate I dont see any fireworks at all said Sen John Land DManning of the ses sion that could extend until Thursday Most lawmakers predict theyll finish be fore then Land chairs the committee considering the issue with the most potential contro versy the socalled local option sales tax But lawmakers must also deal with Gov Carroll Campbells million in vetoes on the budget and other hills as well as a biP to the state Senate from 46 to 48 members The local option sales tax proposal would allow cities and counties to end their reliance on the property tax for rev enue by raising the sales tax a penny on the dollar from 5 percent to 6 percent if voters approve The revenue would be split between property tax rollbacks and the general funds of cities and counties So far though state House and Senate conferees have been unable to agree on how much should go for property tax relief The full House adopted a bill dedicating 50 percent of the money to tax relief The Senates proposal raises the amount to 75 percent House conferees have since agreed to as much as a 65 percent rollback but Land says his instructions from the Sen ate have been firm to stick with the 75 percent level He has called a meeting of the commit tee today hoping both sides can receive direction from their colleagues to end the stalemate I hope some compromise can be reached because I believe all of us want a bill Land said At least one of Lands colleagues though disagrees Sen Glenn McConnell RCharleston has insisted all the money raised from the new tax should be used for property tax reduction If they bring a version out that has a few weaknesses in it I plan to exploit those and make debate as hot as I can McConnell said I havent given up hope of beating that I just keep looking for the Achillesheel on it McConnell also promises a floor fight on a measure to have the South Carolina Public Service Authority take over oper ation of the troubled Patriots Point de velopment in Charleston Construction on a proposed multi million dollar hotel and marina at Patri ots Point was halted after the developers said they had already spent the mil lion in bonds sold to finance the project The state House has approved a plan for the Public Service Authority also known as Santee Cooper to buy out the project finish construction and take over operation of the ongoing attractions there such as the USS Yorktown and a naval and maritime museum But McConnell wants assurances that the prjects troubles will be fully exam ined and that state taxpayers will not be stuck with a bill with the transfer We want some answers he said Speaker of the House Bob Sheheen pre dicts some debate as well over Camp bells 63 budget vetoes that cut mil lion and 117 new employees though he doesnt believe Campbells vetoes will wreck the week Please See SALES Page 3A Political Situation Remains Murky In China By The Associated Press BEIJING Authorities today post poned indefinitely a special session of the national legislature that was scheduled before the prodemocracy movement was crushed with the intent of discussing the movements demands The move further deepens the mystery about what is going on inside Communist Chinas traditionally secretive leadership The legislature may be waiting until the Communist Party holds an expected Central Committee meeting to formally oust party General Secretary Zhao Ziyang who has reportedly already been stripped of power Qiao Shi the party of ficial responsible for security has emerged as a likely successor Wan Li the chairman of the National Peoples Congress had scheduled a spe cial session beginning Tuesday But a man who answered the telephone at the Congresss press office said the session was postponed because Beijing has not yet returned completely to nor mal No new date was set Several thousand student protesters had planned to stay in central Beijings Tiananmen Square outside the Great Hall of the People where the Congress meets until the session began But they were routed out June 34 when troops with tanks and machine guns shot their way through huge crowds protect ing the students and rolled into the square Hundreds of unarmed civilians were killed The nearly 3000legislature normally meets just once a year with a 135mem ber Standing Committee fulfilling its du ties the rest of the year It was not clear what Wan had in mind by calling the session though discussion had been expected on how to deal with the prodemocracy movements demands for reforms including a free press Schools Get Low Marks On Teaching Kids To Think By The Associated Press NEW YORK Most Americans be lieve standardized tests fail to measure how well pupils learn and fear that schoolchildren are being taught facts without absorbing them a poll has found To improve education majorities in the Media GeneralAssociated Press sur vey supported greater spending and tax es and increased competition among pub lic schools A sizable minority supported the notion of yearround classes School competition through programs allowing parents to choose which public schools their children attend is a corner stone of President Bushs education poli cy Bush has questioned whether greater spending is needed After a decade in which the backto basics movement swept the nations schools 52 percent in the poll said their local schools do an adequate job teaching basic facts and skills But just 39 percent gave the schools good marks for teaching pupils how to think and reason Despite that mixed report 53 percent rated their local public schools as good or excellent overall Respondents with chil dren in the schools rated them even more highly with 61 percent favorable The national poll of 1084 adults con ducted May 513 as the school year ap proached its end found considerable en thusiasm for a variety of initiatives being tried or debated around the country Among the findings Twothirds favored more spending on public schools and nine in 10 of that Please See SCHOOLS Page 3A Mebbe Stoodent Shuddave Studyed By The Associated Press LECANTO Fla A high school sophomore dissatisfied with his educa tion in this rural community vented his gripe in a student newspaper ad that read Id dun learned a heks of alOot astlecanto Jimmy Porter placed a 17line adver tisement complete with misspellings and improper grammar in the yearend issue of Lecanto High Schools Panther Prowl The best education you get if you play a sport 4 out of 5 doctors said thev would rather be stranded on a de sert than go to Lecanto High School Maybe someone will realize that this is not the real world wrote Jimmy who was newspapers advertising manager Principal Mike Fox whose 950stu dent high school ranks in the top 10 per cent in Florida was not happy It was not received with great kind ness he said adding You have to remember this is a 15yearold kid Its kind of an immature thing to do He and other administrators defended the school Please See MEBBE Page 3A   

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