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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 22, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports USC Assistant Acquitted Page 9A A Quick Read it Back in Tummy Trouble7 BURBANK Calif AP Roger Rabbit is back and hes in trouble The hare brained star of Who Framed Roger Rabbit re turns Friday in Tummy Trou ble a animated short appearing on the front end of Dis neys liveaction feature Honey I Shrunk the Kids ROGER It is the first such Disney short in 25 years and picks up where Roger Rabbit left off with the title char acter in hyperkinetic distress In Tummy Trouble Roger baby sits Baby Herman who promptly terrorizes his keeper yet again by swallowing a rattle The two end up in a hospital St Nowhere filled with threatening doctors dangerous medical machin ery and a shapely nurse Jessica Rabbit Like its predecessor Tum my Trouble is loaded with a hutch of highflying totally improbable vi sual gags Largest Video Store FORT LAUDERDALE Fla AP It triggered riots and arrests law suits and lectures Several countries banned it Now the nations largest video store chain has decided against stocking The Last Temptation of Christ at its 343 companyowned outlets Its certainly unusual but it was a corporate decision considering all that went on with the film said Wal ly Knief spokesman for Fort Lau derdalebased Blockbuster Video stores Nearly 80 percent of its 387 fran chise locations also have indicated they wont carry the video said Knief Blockbuster does not carry all kinds of films such as pornography Weather Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms The low will be in the 70s Tomorrow will be partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms The high will be in the 90s Please see details on Page 5A Deaths Robert E Ailstock Williston EilaJ Blair Edgefield John H Calhoun Jamaica NY Jack N Conover Aiken Sevil M Elfert Scranton Alice C Matthews Coward Everett R McGahee Dearing Ga Erma K Rushton Orangeburg Millen M Trottie Williston Tanner D Wilson Clearwater Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge9B Calendar3B Classifieds7B Comics2B Crossword10B Cryptoquote8B DearAbby2B Local Front1B Obituaries5A Opinions4A Sports9A Television2B Weather5A Page 2 A Baby Abandoned In Service Station Local Option Tax Has Last Chance Thursday June 221989 Aiken South Carolina Taxpayers Seek Clarification Of Reassessments BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer Property in Aiken County was reas sessed this year for the first time since 1982 and close to 70000 Aiken County res idents have received letters from the tax assessor reflecting newly appraised property values that are at least 55 per cent higher than before And by noon on Wednesday appraisers for the tax assessors office had talked with 400 property owners about the in creased value of their property accord ing to Aiken County Tax Assessor Sally Fox Mrs Fox said this years reassement actually started in 1986 when property values countywide fell below 80 percent of the fair market value of property For example there were residential proper ties listed on the tax books as being as sessed at but realtors were ap praising and selling that property for The fair market value of that property would be since tf ts what it would sell for Under state tax laws the tax assessors office can order property reassements if the county falls below the 80 percent mark In 1986 Aiken County did fall short and appraisers for the county began look ing at property countywide Mrs Fox said In all 58234 real estate properties and 10790 mobile homes in Aiken County were reassessed Mrs Fox said Property owners unhappy with the new assessements have 30 days to make an appeal to the tax assessors office In ap peal cases Mrs Fox said her employees would look at the property again and check to see if any errors were made If a property owner is still dissatisfied he can take his appeal to a ninemember tax review board named by the Aiken County Council After that he can appeal to the South Carolina Tax Commission Please See TAXPAYERS Page 5A Bookkeeping Ploy Boosts GNP 44 AP Laserphoto FLAG SAVER Daniel Walker who scooped up the ashes of a burned US flag at the 1984 Republican Convention and buried them is grieved by the Supreme Court decision overturning the conviction of the demonstrator arrested in the incident For story please see Page 8A Economists Hold To Belief Of 989 Slowdown By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The US economy grew at an annual rate of 44 percent in the first three months of the year slightly better than previously believed the gov ernment reported today However the Commerce Department said more than half the growth in the gross national product came from a re bound from last summers drought a onetime boost that is more of a reflection of the governments accounting methods than a measurement of the real economy Discounting the bookkeeping entry to return expected farm production this year to its predrought levels growth ac tually slowed dramatically in the Janu aryMarch quarter The nonfarm economy grew at a slug gish annual rate of 19 percent compared with a 35 percent rate in the final three months of 1988 This slowdown is in line with many economists expectations Private ana lysts predict the US economy will slow dramatically this year under the impact of an antiinflation campaign waged by the Federal Reserve The central bank in March 1988 began to drive interest rates higher in an effort to dampen demand The new GNP report contained some good news on the inflation front as a GNP price index rose at an annual rate of 46 percent down from a preliminary esti mate of 5 percent a month ago The increase in the GNP price index that measures a fixed marketbasket of goods was up only slightly from a 42 per Gross National Product cent increase in the fourth quarter of 1988 The government said the downward revision came from slower price in creases for farm products and industrial supplies than earlier estimated Many analysts are predicting that overall growth will slow this year to what is known as a growth recession a period when the economy keeps expanding but at such a sluggish pace that unemploy ment rises Some economists believe that is al ready occurring After falling to a 15 year low in March the unemployment rate has risen to 52 percent with job growth dropping in May to its slowest pace in three years While the expectation of slower growth this year is virtually universal there is still a hot debate over whether the slow down will worsen into a recession ending the record sixyear peacetime economic recovery The Federal Reserve sent signals last week that it has begun lowering interest rates slightly China Puts More To Death Now 27 By The Associated Press BEIJING Seven more rioters were executed today bringing to 27 the number reported put to death in two days for their roles in protests against the vio lent suppression of the prodemocracy movement The official Xinhua News Agency said the seven people executed in Beijing to day were convicted of setting army trucks on fire stealing army goods or assaulting soldiers when the military in vaded the capital on June 34 The executions ignoring international pleas for clemency came a day after three men were executed in Shanghai for setting fire to a train June 6 after it ran through a barricade striking and killing six protesters Also Wednesday 17 people were exe cuted in the northeastern provincial city of Jinan a reporter for a local newspaper said by telephone Xinhua gave no details of todays exe cutions other than to say a court had re jected appeals of the seven who were convicted Saturday and included workers but not students Most executions in China are with a bullet to the back of the head The Shanghai executions were the first announced for crimes allegedly commit ted during nationwide protests after the army killed hundreds of unarmed civil ians in Beijing in June 4 None of the 27 people reported executed have been identified as students who in spired the prodemocracy movement Foreign Ministry spokeswoman U Jin hua said today that it was futile for foreign countries to try to exert pressure on China She said suppression of the na tionwide rebellion was an internal af fair and other nations should not interfere Foreign leaders have urged China to be lenient with people arrested their roles in the prodemocracy movement Please See CHINA Page 5A Union Workers Seek Severance Share By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Savannah River Site union workers looking for a piece of the severance pay pie will send the Du Pont Co a written request within three months their attor ney says Those workers mostly construction and crafts people were not among the 6500 site employees who shared million in severance pay that Du Pont distributed when it withdrew as site con tractor on April 1 Many of those additional workers esti mated at up to 1250 feel theyre entitled Safety Plan For SRSPage 8A to severance as well and a core group of 100 to 200 met Wednesday afternoon with Thomas D Broadvyater a Columbia attorney theyve hired to pursue remedies Broadwater said his next step will be to send Du Pont a request via certified let ter and that state law mandates a six month limitation for such appeals of wage decision0 He calculates there are about 100 days remaining in that period which started April 1 He is still gathering names of workers who want severance and has at least 450 so far he said this morning He plans to list those names on his cer tified letter he said If the letter brings no response from Du Pont he said his next step will be a law suit that requests the combined expect ed severance pay for everyone listed Du Fonts severance formula specifies one week of pay for each year of service through Oct 11985 Du Pont officials have said the con struction workers who became employ ees of Bechtel Savannah River Co on Please See UNION Page 8A Thurmond Has Spot In Dixie Book By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON A new encyclo pedia of Southern life and culture published this month offers readers a comprehensive look at the history manners language architecture food and people of the South It is the nations first regional en cyclopedia and it is a lengthy work of over 1600 pages Scholars at the University of Mississippi South Car olina and elsewhere spent 10 years writing and editing the entries The final product contains thousands of subjects dealing with Southern histo ry and civilization A reception to celebrate the publi cation of the encyclopedia was given Tuesday at the Senate by members of the Mississippi delegation The guests of honor were professors and editors from Center for the Study of Southern Culture at Ole Miss which sponsored the work The encyclopedia was written to reflect the evolution of the South to ward a truly multiracial experi ence said William Ferris director of the Southern Culture Center at Ole Please See THURMOND Page 8A   

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