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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 21, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Rose Calls It Hatchet Job A Quick Read Batmobile Winners Problem No Motor RICHMOND Va AP Holy Harvey Wallbanger Batman A bar tender won your Batmobile Patrick McLynn who is paying his way through Virginia Common wealth University by tending bar part time has won the hottest car in Gotham City as part of the nation wide hoopla surrounding the opening of the movie Batman Theres just one problem The Caped Crusaders vehicle doesnt have a motor Greg Drebin a publicist for MTV which gave away the car explained the empty space under the hood It simply was not streetworthy Drebin said The car was the real prop used in the picture But its mo tor was too heavy the ratio wasnt according to regulations It has only been drien by stunt men Luckily for McLynn the prize also includes for batgas Police Bar Hippies At Solstice Celebration AMESBURY England AP Po lice today arrested at least 170 hip pies who they said tried to enter the grounds of the OOOyearold Stone henge monument oef ore dawn to cel ebrate the summer solstice Six people managed to scale a fence on the perimeter of the famed archaeological site before they were detained and one of them shouted to reporters Free the stones Free the people Wiltshire police said they had warned about 300 people gathered on a highway near the monument to dis perse or face arrest for breaking a ban on processions within a 4mile radius of Stonehenge The police numbering about 800 later moved in on the crowd making arrests on the highway and in and around Amesbury a village 2 miles from Stonehenge Stonehenge is a mysterious double circle of gigantic standing stones set in Salisbury Plain about 80 miles southwest of London It is thought to have been a center for preChristian and astronomical worship because the sun rises over a particular stone Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms The high will be in the 70s Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms The highs will be in the 90s Please see details on Page 4A Deaths Ellen A Allen Conway Thomas H Bodie Naw Ellenton Ethel D Ford Keysville Ga Joe Kneece Aiken Melton 0 Woodward Warrenville Please see details on Page 4A Inside Today Page2A Former Congressman Found Guilty Page IB Citizens Group Discusses New Jail Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5B 6C 3B 2C 6B 4B 2C 1B 4A 1C 8A 2C 4A Wednesday June 211989 China Carries Out First Executions By The Associated Press BEIJING Shanghai authorities to day executed three men convicted of set ting a train on fire the first executions announced since the military crackdown that has crushed the prodemocracy movement The executions were carried out a day after the United States and other govern ments had appealed for clemency for the 11 people sentenced to death since the June 34 army assault on Beijing The three were shot to death at a public gathering a spokesman at the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office said two weeks after the train was set ablaze They were convicted on Thursday and had appeals rejected on Tuesday The train was set on fire June 6 after it ran through a barricade set up by pro testers killing six people In other developments the government today ordered colleges to set up new po litical education programs so students will learn to love socialism and love the army and accept official condemnation of the prodemocracy protests New arrests were also reported rais ing the total nationwide to more than 1600 since June 4 when the army killed hundreds of unarmed civilians in Beijing in crushing the studentled movement for a freer less corrupt society Authorities at Beijing airport arrested four people who were involved in the pro tests and trying to flee the Beijing Daily said It said two were women trying to board a Parisbound plane under false names It did not detail their alleged crimes The three men executed in Shanghai today workers Xu Guoming and Yan Xuerong and Bian Hanwu who was un employed had appealed thendeath sentences to the citys highest court but Please See CHINA Page 12A US Tries To Block Million Loan By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush is tightening diplomatic and financial pressure on China trying to block at least billion in development loans while the country is gripped by an at mosphere of suspicion and reprisal The latest sanctions were announced Tuesday amid demands from Congress for tougher action to retaliate against Chinas bloody crackdown and wide spread arrests of leaders of prodemoc racy protests On Bushs orders the United States will try to postpone consideration of new loans to China by international fi nancial institutions One administration source said the action could freeze billion over the next six months from the World Bank and International Development Bank Other estimates indicated the figure could be even higher Bush also curtailed contacts by US officials with then Chinese counter parts ordering a suspension of all high level exchanges of government officials with Beijing While not affecting embassytoem bassy contacts it will force Commerce Secretary Robert Mosbacher to scrap a trip to China next month Secretary of State James A Baker HI said Please See US Page 12A fHltffWtt CRIPPLED SHIP An aerial view shows the crippled luxury liner Maxim Gorky which rammed an iceberg in the Norwegian Sea Tuesday All passengers were AP Laserphoto rescued safely but some crewmen are still aboard to try to salvage the ship For story please see Page 2A Council Agrees To Balanced County Budget BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer Members of the Aiken County Council agreed Tuesday night to proceed with a balanced budget and no more tax in creases at a council budget work session Residents in Aiken County will experi ence some increase in taxes due to prop erty value reassessments this year but 67 cents of every collected goes to the school board the county only gets 35 percent of the collected tax money ac cording to County Administrator W Scott Barnes Council Chairman Carrol H Warner added that Aiken Countys tax digest is based on commercial and residential property and not industrial property The million Plan B budget with a millage rate of 45 mills is the second budget proposed to original Plan A budget was for million with a millage rate of 49 mills The Plan B budget included cuts in the budgets submitted by different county agencies and Tuesday night Council add ed back some of the items cut from the budget But the two hottest issues in this years budget cuts were not settled Tuesday night In a goal setting session earlier this year the Council agreed that fight ing drugs was a number one priority but deciding on where to begin the fight has created a problem Please See COUNCIL Page 12A EIA Bill Signed By Governor Education Goals Mapped To 2000 By The Associated Press COLUMBIA South Carolina has re newed its commitment to education re form with the massive followup to the 1984 Education Improvement Act Gov Carroll Campbell says The governor signed into law Tuesday the legislation which maps education re form into the 1990s targets dropout pre vention arts education critical thinking and flexibility in classroom instruction It is known formally as Target 2000 School Reform for the Next Decade and informally as Son of EIA The legislation reaffirms the commit ment the state has to the continuing im provement of public education in the state of South Carolina and I think its a tremendous step forward the governor said I think it should be the kind of mes sage that will be heard loud and clear across this state that South Carolina is committed to excellence in education is committed to continuing to upgrade our efforts and will continue to try to give our young people the best opportunity we can Campbell said Key provisions of Target 2000 include s Targeting atrisk youths by estab lishing dropout prevention programs The act hopes to cut by half the states dropout rate estimated at between 33 percent and 40 percent by the year 2000 Proposals to encourage students to think more analytically and support of innovations by teachers for a greater role for arts education support of funding for remedi al and compensatory programs and stresses the need for early childhood de velopment programs Please See EIA Page 12A SpillResponse Teams Set Up SPILL PLAN Mobils Alien E Murray comments on plan By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Exxon Corp and other big oil companies say theyll spend million over five years to sharpen their ability to combat massive oil spills and the Bush administration is stepping up surveillance of the Alaska oil system The major oil companies in their first comprehensive step to improve contin gency planning for big spills said Tues day they will create a nationwide net work of response teams capable of handling an accident as large as the Ex xon Valdez disaster anywhere on US coastal waters The plan is voluntary which environ mental groups and some members of Congress said minimizes its importance and underscores the need for federal legislation to require better response capabilities When it comes to the protection of our fragile environment good faith simply is not good enough said Sen Joseph I Lieberman DConn He said he will introduce legislation Thursday to increase oil companies financial li ability for oil spills Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner meanwhile said the govern ment will begin a comprehensive safety inspection of the 800mile Alaska pipe line later this month two years earlier than scheduled as a precautionary measure The Exxon Valdez oil spill has taught us a valuable lesson the need to avoid complacency when it comes to protecting our environment Skinner said On Capitol Hill on Tuesday a Senate committee approved a bill providing a range of spillprevention actions in cluding randarn alcohol testing of oil tanker crews The bill backed by Sen Ted Stevens RAlaska would open highway driving records of merchant mariners to the Coast Guard provide for alcohol testing of people in safetysensitive jobs on tankers and improve radar systems to aid in tracking ships through potentially hazardous areas Richard M Morrow chairman of the American Petroleum Institute which sponsored development of the indus trys new spillresponse plan said it is not designed to head off legislation to force more responsibility on the companies We want to move forward regard less of what Congress does he told a news conference See SPILLrRESPONSE Page 12A
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