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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 30, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Joel Pock Wins NA Junior Page 7A A Quick Read Westinghouse Funds Research Program Westinghouse Savannah River Co will provide up to to fund a planning study for a joint research program with a consortium of South Carolina universities officials said The consortium centered around research at the Savannah River Site will focus initially on waste manage ment technology and environmental protection Westinghouse replaced the Du Pont Co on April 1 as contractor at the federallyowned nuclear weapons plant The planning study will define the scope of the research and the way the cooperative program will function Westinghouse officials said in a news release The would a cover a first phase of the study company spokeswoman Pat Weber said but had no additional details The recently formed consortium the product of more than a year of discussions includes the University of South Carolina USC Aiken Clem son University South Carolina State College and the Medical University of South Carolina The South Carolina Research and Education Foundation including representatives of each school was formed to plan the consortium Ste phen Jones assistant to the presi dent of MUSC is the interim director of the foundation James S Moore WSRC president said the agreement signed with the Foundation starts a very important relationship Westinghouse is committed to working closely with the regional universities they are a significant resource Moore said in a statement We think the results of our re search will have applications far be yond the site Differ On Use Of Tanker Pilot Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy today with a high in the upper 80s and a 20 percent chance of rain Mostly cloudy tonight with a 20 percent chance of thundershowers and a low in the upper 60s Partly cloudy Saturday with a 30 percent chance of rain and a high in the up per 80s Please see details on Page 4A Deaths Ruth D Carswell Aiken Maybelle Hancock Vaucluse Patricia S McManus Edgefieid Marie T Stokes Camden John Clifton White Belvedere Please see details on Page 4A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote DearAbby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5C 7B 2C 4B 7C 4C 4B 1B 4A 1C 7A 4B 4A New Ellenlon Passes Balanced Budget Aiken County South Caroling Rudnick Proud To Be On GOP Hit List By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer South Carolinas new Republican Party chairman said Thursday the GOP will make a strong effort to defeat five Demo cratic House members it blames for play ing big roles in scuttling Gov Carroll A Campbells automobile insurance reform bill Chairman Barry De lumbia press conferc box vengeance against the legislators by making certain the voters dont forget in the 1990 elections He identified the targeted Democrats as Reps Irene K Rudnick of Aiken Timothy F Rogers and Candy Y Waites of Columbia Harriett H Keyserling of Beaufort and James J Bailey of Charleston Im proud to be on tr v iid the state Rf old Lee A trick of not facing the issues but trying to divert the issues They are using the gov ernors office to try and defeat Democrats If the insurance bill was so bad Car roll Campbell could have vetoed it Chairman Wynn said the GOP will at tempt f HrVvit the five by ON A RAFT Bobby Eubanks finds two ways to cool off from the summer heat The elevenyearold Langley Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth resident enjoys an icy snow cone as he floats on a raft at Gregg Park in Graniteville HUD Loan Plan Canceled As Disaster7 By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Department of Housing and Urban Development is can celing a million mortgage loan guar antee program that one official says is an absolute disaster HUD Secretary Jack Kemp ordered the troubled program canceled Thursday as the department said the program was riddled with abuse Meanwhile a House Government Oper ations subcommittee today was begin ning review of another HUD program the mortgage coinsurance program in which a recent inspector generals audit found lenders had underwritten mil lion in loans that defaulted by mid1988 On Thursday the subcommittee pro duced a government memo that links a staffer in George Bushs vice presidential office to a project involved in alleged in fluencepeddling at HUD The program canceled by Kemp guar antees mortgages to finance land acquisi tion and site preparation such as street construction and sewer line installation for smaller developers who would include housing for lowincome and moderate in come families in their projects Twentyfive of 58 projects financed through the 12yearold Title X Land De velopment Mortgage Insurance Program have defaulted costing the government million the department said About million in loans were guar anteed since 1977 Please See HUD Page 6A Abortion Wait To Last Through Weekend By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The wait for the Su preme Courts latest word on abortion rights will last through the weekend The court prolonged the drama sur rounding its most closely watched case of the 1980s by postponing until Monday any word in an abortion dispute from Missouri In it the justices are being asked to reverse the courts 1973 decision legaliz ing abortion Scores of partisans who had gathered on the court buildings front steps voiced disappointment Thursday Olivia Gans of the National Right to Life Committee said It is difficult to wait but we remain optimistic Faye Wattletpn president of Planned Parenthood said further delay would be an indication of the turmoil that this court is willing to create in this country Randall Terry national director of an antiabortion group called Operation Res cue said If I was a Supreme Court jus tice I would throw the decision off the airplane as I was leaving the country Before beginning its threemonth sum mer recess the court must deal with three cases awaiting decision Please See ABORTION Page 6A meetings to expose the voting records of these legislators on key auto insurance votes Saying her voting record is open to in spection in the public library Mrs Rud nick expressed no fear of being made a target for defeat I have worked long and hard for the citizens of Aiken County and I put my record of service before them anytime Please See RUDNICK Page 6A President Heats Up Flag Issue I wo Jima Backdrop For Protection Plea By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush is using the statue of perhaps the nations most famous flagraising scene as a backdrop for his campaign for a Republi candrafted constitutional amendment to ban flag burning The president scheduled a ceremony today at the Iwo Jima Memorial the stat ue of Marines raising the flag on a Pacif ic island in World War n for a a public endorsement by members of Congress and the president said White House spokesman Martin Fitzwater Bush agreed with congressional Repub licans Thursday on the amendment which would reverse the effect of a Su preme Court ruling last week that said flag burning is a form of free expression protected by the Constitution The amendment would read The Congress and the states shall have power to prohibit the physical dese cration of the flag of the United States Both Democrats and Republicans have publicly deplored the Supreme Court de cision but a spokesman for the Demo cratic National Committee accused Bush of using the issue for political opportunism Hes running for president instead of being president Mike McCurry DNC communications director said Wednes day The heroes of Iwo Jima didnt die so they could become a backdrop for some political photo opportunity Bush used the flag ceaselessly in his presidential campaign last year He visit ed a flag factory and attacked Democrat Michael Dukakis the Massachusetts gov ernor for vetoing as unconstitutional a bill requiring the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited in schools House Minority Leader Robert Michel RflL introduced the resolution Thurs day before the House adjourned for its holiday recess Michel said he expects Senate Republi can Leader Bob Dole of Kansas to intro duce it there when that chamber returns from its extended Fourth of July holiday which began last week House Speaker Thomas S Foley D Wash said Thursday the House Judicia ry Committee will begin hearings on the flag issue in July Foley while condemning flag burning has urged caution about amending the Constitution Lawmen Out In Full Force For Holiday Weekend By The Associated Press Drivers and boaters in South Carolina had better be on their best behavior this Fourth of July weekend law enforce ment officials say Law enforcement agencies will use highspeed cars specially equipped vans new breathtest devices and patrols to de tect those who drink and drive on the states roadways and waterways The State Highway Patrol will be out in full force to catch speeders and other traffic offenders Troopers some in un marked Ford Mustangs will patrol inter states and other roads where traffic and drunken driving are anticipated such as Greenville where the Freedom Aloft fes tivities will be held and the Grand Strand area Maj HM Addy said The highway patrol also will use spe cially equipped vans in Greenville and the Midlands to detect drunken drivers Addy said The vans are equipped to administer Breathalyzer tests and to videotape suspects In addition some police departments will use a device no bigger than a flash light to detect open containers of alcohol in cars and the level of alcohol on a per sons breath While many agencies will be looking for drunken drivers the state Depart ment of Wildlife and Marine Resources will be looking for litterers and drunken boaters Wildlife spokesman John Evans said agents will concentrate on campgrounds islands and marinas Were going to be looking for anything being thrown overboard he said It seems like every holiday people dont care about littering Gas Prices Stable For Holiday Travel By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Gasoline prices on the Fourth of July weekend are stable for the first time since the Alaska oil spin in March but officials in many states are still pressing oil companies to prove they didnt use the spill to gouge consumers Attorneys general in several states are investigating whether oil refiners conspired to use the market turmoil caused by the Exxon tanker wreck to force higher prices on gasoline whole salers thus triggering big increases at the pump The industry says its not to blame and some say the charges are inspired by politics Yet the oil compares are facing a level of public suspicion about gasoline price collusion not seen in this country since the oil crises of the 1970s There was something very special about this leap in prices it was the fast est and greatest increase in the history of the United States said Trilby Lund berg of the Los Angelesbased Lundberg Survey which tracks gasoline prices The national average retail price Please See GAS Page 6A   

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