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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 29, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Connors Out At Wimbledon Page 7A A Quick Read Angler Pulls In Fishy 50Pounder CHARLESTON AP A fisher man has turned over to authorities what was probably his biggest catch ever about 50 pounds of cocaine worth up to million he found float ing near here the Coast Guard said The fisherman told officials he found the cocaine about 46 miles southeast of Charleston Coast Guard Lt Ronald L Roddam said Tuesday At pm Saturday the sport fishing boat Fishing Magician ra dioed the Coast Guard that it had something we might be interested in Roddam said Thirteen minutes later a 41foot Coast Guard boat met the Fishing Magician at the jetties of Charleston Harbor At the Guards Ashley River base the fisherman who asked to remain anonymous surrendered the 23 kilo grams of cocaine to the Coast Guard The cocaine was then turned over to the US Drug Enforcement Adminis tration Roddam said If sold in kilogram bricks the co caine would be worth about mil lion Roddam said But the street val ue of ounce packages would be about million he said The Coast Guard continued to search for other floating bags of the illegal substance he said Marcos Battles For His Life HONOLULU AP Former Phil ippines President Ferdinand Marcos clung to life today battling massive organ failure hospital officials said Everything that can be done has been done We are hoping for a mir acle said Marcos wife Imelda If we could just tell him he could go home I know that would save him The 71yearold exiled leader who has been hospitalized at St Francis Medical Center since Jan 15 suf fered liver failure Wednesday and had a fever as high as 104 degrees said assitant hospital administrator Eugene Tiwanak Marcos has been on life support equipment since late May when he suffered heart lung and kidney failure Tanker Captain Charged in Oil Spill Sheriff Heath Confused By Funding Weather Rain Possible Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms The low will be in the 70s Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of thunder storms The high will be in the 90s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Helen W Glover North Augusta John Kupprat Center Valley Pa CB Williams Detroit Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 12A 5B 10A 2B 13A 11A 2B 1B 6A 4A 7A 2B 6A intf Y Abortion Issue Still Before Court No Decision Handed Down In Webster Case Today Photo Courtesy US Forest Service HOME SWEET GONE An adult bald eagle is shown in a Savannah River Site nest before winds knocked down the nest in April Please see story on Page 1B America Sinks Deeper In Debt Despite Improved Performance By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Despite a huge improvement in the countrys trading performance the United States sank further into the hole as the worlds largest debt or nation last year The government was to provide its annual account ing of just how much in hock America is to the rest of the world today In advance of the report analysts believed the figure would come out somewhere around bil lion up from a foreign debt burden of billion being carried at the end of 1987 The debt means that foreigners own more in US assets than Americans own abroad Private econo mists worry this foreign debt burden will ultimately lower American living standards as more and more wealth is transferred into the hands of foreigners to pay interest on the growing debt The United States had an investment surplus of billion as recently as 1983 making it the worlds largest creditor nation That surplus fell to bil lion in 1984 and disappeared altogether in 1985 the year the country became a net debtor for the first time in 71 years The countrys investment surplus evaporated as the country ran up tnjge merchandise trade deficits durkig the IMs transferring billions of dollars into the hands of foreigners to pay for imported cars and television sets These dollars now in foreign hands have been reinvested in the United States in everything from stocks and bonds to factories and real estate raising alarms in Congress that something must be done to curb the selling of America The transformation of the United States from the largest creditor country to the worlds biggest debtor is often seen by critics as the one of the biggest failures of former President Reagans economic policies Please See AMERICA Page 16A By The Associated Press WASHINGTON A muchan ticipated Supreme Court deci sion on the fate of legalized abor tions was not announced today as the court extended its 1S88S9 term until Monday A decision in a Missouri case called Webster vs Reproductive Health Services was not among the two rulings announced from the bench during the courts brief public session The justices are being asked to use the Missouri case to reverse the courts 1973 landmark deci sion legalizing abortion Chief Justice William H Rehn quist said from the bench On Monday July 3 the court will announce all the remaining opin ions during this term of the court The Webster case is one of three cases separating the court from its threemonth summer recess which reporters previ ously had been led to believe iouid begin today Despite rumors that some jus tices are still writing opinions the delay could have an adminis trative explanation For exam ple the courts computer print shop could be having trouble producing enough copies of the abortion ruling to meet what will surely be a flood of requests The case has become the most closely watched Supreme Court controversy of the 1980s The court must say something about the case in which oral ar guments were conducted April 26 before ending its current term Rehnquists statement might indicate that decisions in the Webster case and two other cases will be announced Monday But instead of announcing a decision the justices could choose to order another round of arguments during the term that begins in October That would delay a decision until sometime in 1990 Roe vs Wade itself was a case that had to be argued twice be fore a decision was announced Such orders are not rare The court hears arguments in about 150 cases each term and since 1977 has held over at least one case for reargument the follow ing term In the 1973 decision the court said women have a constitution al right based on their right to privacy to seek and obain abortions The ruling said a womans de cision to have an abortion during the first three months of preg nancy must be left to her and her doctor It said states may regu late abortions during the second trimester only to protect the womans health and may take steps to protect fetal life in the third trimester State authority to regulate abortions after the first trimes ter was not made absolute however End Fiscal Year In Great Financial Shape By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer With only two days left in the 198889 fiscal year the City of Aiken is in excel lent financial condition and apparently will post a surplus in both its utilities and general fund budgets We have had an excellent year and we are well in the black with both bud gets City Manager Roland H Windham said in an interview Wednesday When the citys fiscal year closes Fri day the final figures could show slightly more than million left in the till with the bulk of that money in the utilities division Through May the general fund budget had an unspent balance of while the utilities budget posted an un spent balance of If Junes expenditures in both general fund and utility fund are on the same level with those of May the general fund will use about of its balance while utilities will spend about Assuming those monthly spending esti mates fall into place the final accounting should leave the city with about to carry over to the next fiscal year Although the citys million budget reaches its final days in good financial shape Windham said the utilities divi sion has some sigificant expenses loom ing in the next fiscal year Some of the utilities money left over is for capital projects that will be done in the next year said the city manager We have gone to bids on them but we have not spent the money Windham said the utilities budget also had a shortfall of about in pro jected revenues during the current fiscal year but that deficit was corrected with an increase in water and sewer fees in the next business year Windham said the increase due to go into effect Aug 1 will recoup the shortage and bring in an additional in the coming year The extra money will be used to replace worn out service lines The citys bond capacity was used dur ing the past year to provide funding for a swimming pool two public safe ty substations worth a combined and the purchase of the Aiken Mile Track Windham said the city so far has not spent from its bond reserve its share of the money earmarked for a new public library and some storm drainage Financial Report General Fund Spent through May Total Left in Budget Utilities Fund Spent through Total Left in projects The city manager said he expects that during the next fiscal year the city will tackle a number of major projects in cluding sewer line work on the south side Please See City Page 16A Derrick Assured By Official Reactor Will Be Built At SRS From Staff Reports The US Department of Energy official in charge of the new production reactor told Aikens congressman this week that a DOE team would visit the Savannah River Site this year to begin planning re actor construction Dominic Monetta newly named head of the NPR office in Washington assured US Rep Butler Derrick DSC that ground will be broken at SRS within five years and the reactor will open within a decade Savannah River is the departments preferred site for a new heavy water cooled nuclear reactor to provide perish able tritium gas essential to arming nu clear weapons A smaller backup reactor is proposed for Idaho National Engineering Laboratory The two projects expected to cost about billion together would replace SRS three existing reactors now idled for safety upgrades Rep Derrick said many of his constitu ents continue to worry that Savannah River will end up without a new reactor Some Washington State officials want to use an abandoned commercial reactor there for military production But Derrick said Monetta assured him theres no doubt the NPR will come to the Savannah River Site The alterna tives just dont measure up Environmental Groups Want DOE To Come Clean On Toxic Wastes By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Savannah River Site was among 14 of the countrys 17 nuclear weapons plants that were in serious violation of federal hazardous waste laws last year according to a published report today of federal documents obtained by an environmental gioup The Natural Resources Defense Council said the documents revealed the Savan nah River Site near Aiken was among the repeat offenders and was considered by the US Environmental Protection Agency to be a significant noncomplier the Washington bureau of the Charleston News Courier reported According to council spokesman Jim Werner the South Carolina plant violated regulations pertaining to the disposal of toxic waste and to the cleanup of hazardous waste sites Corrective action has been taken in both instances he said At other sites monitoring systems were found to be inadequate to detect contami nated ground water before it migrates off the site potentially into drinking water supplies Werner said Please See ENVIRONMENTAL Page 16A   

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