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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 23, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Rose Evidence Heard Page 7A A Quick Read Dog Has His Day This One In Court ROCKVILLE Md AP A dog named Master Teddy who inherited his owners house and fought off her relatives in a legal wrangle is battling them in court again this time to save his hide When Celeste V Crawford died in 1984 her will said Teddy could live in her Silver Spring home for the rest of his life Her relatives went to court be 1 cause they didnt want to wait for the dogs death but three years ago a judge ruled they cannot inherit and diwy up proceeds from the houses sale until Teddy dies Fearing another white spitz could be substituted for Teddy the six heirs want a Montgomery County Circuit judge in Rockville today to order a veterinarian to tattoo Ted dys hind leg They said the tattoo would posi tively identify the dogs body and serve as a safeguard against possible dognapping Obviously they think somebody is going to cheat them Master Ted dys attorney Karl G Feissner said Thursday Outside Jury To Hear Teens Starving Death WILKESBARRE Pa AP A judge has granted defense motions to look for jurors from another county for the trial of a couple accused of starving their son to death A fair trial is impossible at this time in Luzerne County Judge Gif ford S Cappellini said Thursday Because of the nature of the pretri al publicity virtually every prospec tive juror in Luzerne County was ex posed to it Defense attorneys for Larry and Leona Cottam renewed their calls to seek jurors outside the county after 14 potential jurors were dismissed during the eighth day of jury selec tion on Wednesday The Cottams face thirddegree murder charges in the Jan 3 death of their 14yearold son Eric Authorities said the Cottams al lowed thentwo children to go with out food for 42 days rather than spend more than in cash set aside as a religious tithe The Cot tams and their 12yearold daughter Laura were hospitalized for malnutrition Weather Storms Taper Off Partly cloudy today with a 40 per cent chance of afternoon thunder showers and a high of 90 Mostly fair tonight low of 70 Partly sunny Sat urday 30 percent chance of rain high in mid 90s Please see details on Page 4A Deaths Sibyl K Ammongs Jackson Lannie Mae Jones Johnston Joe Kneece Aiken William C Lyon Jr Edgefield Robert S Moore Aiken Please see details on Page 4A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather SB 4C 36 20 68 48 2C 16 4A 1C 7A 2C 4A Page2A Americans Must Pay Far Clean Water Page IB County Discusses Subdivision Rules County Friday June 23 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 150 China Capitalism Behind Unrest By The Associated Press BEIJING The Chinese government today announced the arrests of more stu dent activists and said leaders of the crushed prodemocracy movement sought to turn China into a vassal of international capitalism Four student leaders were caught in Zhangjiakou a city about 110 miles northwest of Beijing One of them Liu Fuan of Beijing Medical University was said to have organized health care for students who mounted a oneweek hunger strike last May on Beijings Tiananmen Square Zhao Yiqiang a teacher at the medical school and his wife were detained Also arrested was Qin Weidong a student at Beijing Iron and Steel Institute He was accused of organizing crowds to set up barricades to block the military advance into the city Troops smashed through the barri cades on June 3 killing scores of un armed people as they shot their way to ward students occupying Tiananmen Square The government has said variously that 200300 people most of them sol diers died in the unrest Western intelli gence reports and Chinese witnesses say the death toll may have been as high as 3000 A fifth person a worker accused of beating soldiers and throwing stones dur ing the military attack was also arrested in Zhangjiakou the Economic Daily reported Beijing radio said today that 27 people were given prison terms for rioting in the southern city of Changsha last April in the early days of the protest movement It said one of them Li Weihong was giv en a death sentence with a twoyear re prieve meaning the sentence will be commuted to life imprisonment if he be haves well for two years ENJOYING THE SIGHTS Pamela Hamm and her two sons Mark left and Chad enjoy Hopeland Gardens Staff Photo By Scott Webster along with Mrs Hamms niece Erika Key The bridge is located in a recently completed section of the Gardens Flag Ruling Stirs Up Patriotic Storm From Staff And Wire Reports WASHINGTON South Carolinas Senator Strom Thurmond RSC and Rep Butler Derrick DSC announced Thursday they will propose constitutional amendments giving Congress the power to set criminal penalties for desecration oftheUSflag And Sen Ernest Rollings DSC called the US Supreme Courts ruling a gross misinterpretation of the Constitution In prepared statements Sen Thur mond and Rep Derrick said they were outraged at the Supreme Court decision announced Wednesday that political pro testers could not be prosecuted for dese cration of the US flag The United States Flag is a symbol of our Nations freedom and a tribute to the men and women who valiantly fought for our Countrys independence Sen Thur mond said in a prepared statement The Court held that freedom of speech provisions of the constitution protected a demonstrator who burned a flag at the Republican National Convention in Dal las in 1984 The 54 decision overturned the convic tion of a Texas man who had been given a year in jail for burning the flag during the 1984 Republican convention I am just shocked Rep Derrick said Reluctant Bush Will Uphold Law By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush says hell enforce the Supreme Courts ban on flag desecration laws but he doesnt like it one bit Bush returned to the White House shortly late Thursday after a day trip to New York where he mixed politics with a patriotic call to all Americans to join his crusade for volunteerism He made dear his distaste for the Su preme Courts 54 ruling striking down the 48 state laws against flag burning and other desecration The president told 1000 business lead ers he understands the legal basis for the ruling and will see that the law of the land is fully supported but I have to give you my personal emotional re sponse flag burning is wrong dead wrong Bushs distaste for the ruling was matched in Congress as a bipartisan Senate passed a resolution condemning the Supreme Court decision Congress has believed that the act of desecrating the flag is clearly not speech as protected by the First Amendment said the resolution which passed 973 Sens Edward M Kennedy of Massa chusetts and Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio both Democrats and Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire a Repub lican were the only dissenters about the court action during a telephone interview I think it is the worst have ever heard of The very idea that you can desecrate the symbol of our country is repugnant Rep Derrick said he found it appall ing that such a decision could be reached by Supreme Court justices who have ben efited so much from the american system Rep Liz Patterson DSC said she will cosponsor Rep Derricks proposed Please See FLAG Page 5A Twentyseven people were executed Wednesday and Thursday including sev en in Beijing for attacking soldiers and destroying military vehicles during the June 34 military push to Tiananmen Square In carrying out the death sen tences China has ignored international appeals for clemency and international sanctions including a cutoff of US mili tary aid In Washington the US House of Rep resentatives on Thursday unanimously condemned the murderous crackdown Please See CHINA Page 5A Sales Tax Hopes Die In Carolina Assembly Adjourns With No Decision By The Associated Press COLUMBIA Cities and counties have missed their best chance ever of winning the ability to levy a sales tax now that the General Assembly has adjourned for the year state lawmakers say I think its time to lay it to rest said Sen John Land DManning after the committee he chaired was unable to push the bUl through Thursday Lawmakers finished their regular ses sion June 1 but returned Monday for what most thought would be a rather un eventful week of finishing up remaining legislative business such as Gov Carroll Campbells 63 budget vetoes The Legis lature eventually overrode three relative ly minor vetoes God bless you all over the summer Lt Gov Nick Theodore said as he gav eled the Senate to a close promptly at 5 pm Amen Land and others predict serious consid eration may not be given again for years to the sales tax which city and county officials have sought to reduce their de pendence on the property tax If approved cities and counties could have increased the sales tax from 5 per cent to 6 percent if voters approved This was the best chance ever Speaker of the House Bob Sheheen said This was the closest its ever been More than half the sales tax revenue would have been used to reduce property taxes while the remainder would have gone into the general funds of local governments But despite intense negotiations throughout Wednesday and Thursday the measures supporters were unable to overcome industry opposition or agree to a formula for the property tax rollbacks mandated for a portion of the sales tax revenue Thats two for the people and none for the lobbyists said Sen Glenn McCon nell with a grin afterward McConnell was instrumental in killing not only the socalled local option sales tax but also a proposal for the state to rescue the Patriots Point tourist attrac tion near Charleston Questions surrounding Santee Coopers proposed rescue of the unfinished Patri ots Point site from US Bankruptcy Court turned the issue into a cliffhanger The plan fell five votes short of the two thirds vote it needed to survive a proce dural challenge in the House at pm Please See SALES Page 5A SC School Tuitions Among Highest In Southeast By The Associated Press Inadequate funding and rising costs have led students at South Carolinas col leges and universities to have to pay up to 78 percent more in tuition costs than stu dents in most other Southeastern states officials said State Commissioner for Higher Educa tion Fred Sheheen said South Carolina has historically been considered a high tuition and fee state especially com pared to North Carolina The commission would like to change that but he said state funding and rising costs have pre vented that Without full funding schools must turn to students for more money or face sharp cutbacks in programs and the prospect of losing top professors to higherpaying in stitutions said RW Pete Denton ex ecutive vice president for finance at the University of South Carolina With salaries already below the region al and national average it is almost a necessity to raise tuition and fees to make up the gap college officials said Tuition costs are rising faster than the inflation rate in the region but South Car olinas increases are even greater and are added to tuitions that are already among the highest of comparable univer sities in the region the Greenville Pied mont reported in its Thursday editions For example USC students will pay 24 percent more than students at the Uni versity of Georgia or Georgia Tech this fall the newspaper said And USC stu dents will pay 78percent more and Clem son University students will pay 72 per cent more than students at the University of Tennessee USC trustees voted last week to in crease undergraduate tuition 98 percent to per yeaV for the 198990 school year Clemson trustees will meet July 15 to consider an 8 percent increase raising tuition to per year In the Southeast South Carolinas insti tutions of higher education are second only to those in Virginia in the cost of tuition and fees for resident students the paper said To ensure smaller tuition hikes in the future Sheheen said the commission is seeking more state aid and looking at ways colleges spend their money to make sure the best use is made of state funds Only once in recent years has the Gen eral Assembly provided as much money to fund higher education as was deter mined was needed
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