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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 4, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Lend Raises Wimbledon Point Page 7A A Quick Read Hijacked Fireworks Almost Stopped Show CHANDLER Ariz AP A cou ple of redfaced Texas truck drivers had some tall explaining to do when they nearly allowed Chandlers Un cle Sam Jam to turn into one big Independence Day dud Truckers Al Freeman and Ray mond Perez of Fort Worth were heading to Chandler with nearly a ton of fireworks when they picked up a hitchhiker Freeman described as just a goodlookin ol girl Police say the three and their car go made it all the way to Arizona before things went wrong When the truckers stopped to buy beer the hitchhiker stole their truck fireworks and all police say They were in for a little night of partying but she had other plans said police Lt John Summers The two guys were going to get some beer and she just boogied with the truck But the Uncle Sam Jam fire works display will go on Police found the truck with its cargo intact early Monday Summers said By tx HOUSTON i APi Randall Dale Adams is suing the producer of the Thin Blue Line the movie that helped win his reieate from prison after 12 years and exoneration from a murder conviction Producer Errol Morris said he is hurt and upset by the lawsuit in which Adams is seeking to gain film rights to his life story District Judge Felix Salazar on Monday postponed a hearing on the suit because the defendants filed a motion to move the proceedings to federal court The suit contends that Morris lost his rights to Adams life story in De cember 1988 when he failed to exer cise a twoyear option purchased from Adams for in December 1986 An appeals court overturned Ad ams conviction after he served 12 years in prison following his convic tion in the shooting death of Dallas policeman Robert Wood Adams was freed from prison in March and Dal las County prosecutors declined to try him again Rain Likely Today will be cloudy and rainy with thunderstorms likely The high will be in the 80s The low will be in the 70s Wednesday will also be cloudy and rainy with highs in the 80s and lows in the 70s Please see details on Page 3A Geraldine Hensley Aiken Emmie Bundrick McGrady West Columbia Steve E Campbell Aiken Pearl Y Bolen Aiken Johnnie Gustus Morgan Aiken Sadie W Morris Aiken Please see details on Page 3A inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Uear Abby Local From Obituaries Opinions Sports Television 4B 78 28 6A 5B 3B 6A IB 3A 4 A 7A 6A 3A China Dissidents Organize In Exile PagelB Cable TV Adds Channels Raises Fee Abortion Fight May Linger For Year By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The fight over abor tion called our Vietnam of the 1990s by one partisan returns to 50 state legisla tures with new intensity sparked by the latest Supreme Court ruling But the high courts role in the deeply divisive legal and political struggle is far from over Ending its 198889 term Monday the court cut back sharply on womens con stitutional right to abortion But it stopped short of letting states outlaw most abortions The justices also said that sometime in 1990 they will decide three new disputes a move that could lead them to scrap the courts 1973 decision in Roe vs Wade legalizing abortion That would let states regulate abortion more stringently or even outlaw it This decision indicates that Roes days are numbered said Randall Terry of the antiabortion group Operation Rescue Kate Michelman of the National Abor tion Rights Action League said Wom ens lives hang by a thread and the jus tices handed politicians a pair of scissors Please See ABORTION Page 10A Court Ruling Leads To Speculation By DEMISE STUBBS Staff Writer A US Supreme Court decision on abortion Monday shook the foundation of Roe vs Wade and sent Aiken County and the rest of the nation into even more heated debates and speculation on what the future holds for abortion in America Yesterdays 54 decision weakened the 1973 landmark case that legalized abortion by ruling hundreds of state and local antiabortion laws unconstitutional The justices decided against revers ing the controversial decision with one fatal swoop Instead it upheld a 1986 Missouri statute opening the door for prolifers and prochoicers to take their Please See COURT Page IDA Aiken Takes Break To Honor Freedoms Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth FIREWORKS TRADITION As traditional as the flag fireworks are a part of the Fourth of July celebration Shown is a scene from the Freedom Festival last weekend in North Augusta By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer Few modern countries can claim to be over 200 years old with their original con stitution still intact But today July 4th Americans across the United States are celebrating their nations 213th birthday Amid daily reports of uprisings re volts military coups martial law terror ist attacks and outright massacres in for eign countries Americans have a great deal for which to be thankful Despite our own inner conflicts over government ethics the issues of abortion and drugs monumental national debt and the threatened deterioration of the environment the governmental struc ture and the systems within the United States rternain firm Many Aiken County residents began the day by unfurling Old Glory outside their homes as the sun rose above the ancient oaks on South Boundary Avenue and on other thoroughfares within the city As the morning progressed some start ed gathering the fixings for an afternoon picnic with family and friends potato salad deviled eggs sprinkled with papri ka cole slaw and chicken beef or pork basted with a freshlymixed tangy bar becue sauce Still others headed to local lakes or even the beach to squeeze in swimming fishing or skiing between predicted showers But no amount of rain appeared to be able to dampen the spirit of the day Residents of North Augusta began their New Fireworks LawsPage 1B celebration of the Fourth of July Satur day night with a flagwaving ceremony a singalong and a traditional fireworks display The holiday festivities continued in Ai ken last night with the patriotic perfor mance of the Parris Island Marine Corps Band which played despite the rain at the First Baptist Church The Marine Band concert has been a tradition in Aiken for the past 15 years according to CC Reynolds who directs the citys summer concert series The concert audience reflected the coming together of families for the na tional celebration with grandparents parents and children filling the church sanctuary and balcony The patriotic motif was made complete with the waving of small flags as the Ma rine musicians worked their way through martial and marching music before clos ing with the hymns of each service Please See AIKEN Page 10A Defense Jail For North Encourages Scapegoat Use By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Lawyers for Oliver North say imprisoning the former presi dential aide would only encourage high level government officials to evade re sponsibility for legally risky activity Responding to the prosecutions call for a prison term for North defense lawyers said in court papers Monday that a sen tence of imprisonment would be cruel and unjust Such a sentence would be deeply and fundamentally unfair the defense said in the presentence memo filed in US District Court The 45yearold former National Secu rity Council aide is scheduled to be sen tenced Wednesday for three felony con victions arising from his involvement in the IranContra affair He faces up to 10 years in prison and in fines for aiding and abetting the obstruction of a congressional inquiry into the affair destroying or altering gov ernment documents and illegally accept ing the installation of a security fence outside his home by arms dealer Richard Secord Independent counsel Lawrence E Walsh has asked US District Judge Ger hard Gesell to send the retired Marine lieutenant colonel to prison arguing that North defied Congress and lied at his trial to win acquittal of other charges But defense lawyers led by Brendan V Sullivan Jr said the prosecutions re quest demonstrates that it will stop at nothing in its effort to crush Oliver North The prosecution does not offer evi dence to support these charges it plainly assumes that if it throws enough mud some will stick the defense said Flood Ready To Take Title To Aiken House Staff Photo By Scott Webster FREE FOR THE ASKING The HiltWilliamson home at Chestodield SUeo and Patk Avenue is being offered free to anyone who agrees to the conditions set hv the ovvnet By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer An offer to give away a residen tial landmark in downtown Aiken provided the new owner pays the moving expenses and obeys cer tain restrictive convenants has unleashed a flood of potential owners The phone has been constantly ringing anu it still is Rosamond McDuffie said Monday night about those lining up for a chance to take title to the HittWilliamson home The twostory house with its unique mansard roof is located at the corner of Chesterfield Street and Park Avenue It has been turned over to the Historic Aiken Foundation on condition that it be moved to a new location The house was the property of Aiken attorney Julian B Salley but the land on which in it sits is needed for expansion by Salleys law firm The law firms quarters are on the west side of the property Salley contacted Monday said plans for the property once the house is moved are unsettled but the law firm could expand its build ing or use the site for a parking lot Mrs McDuffie who is working with Historic Aiken to find a new owner said her organization is sorting through the callers and probably will make a decision by Thursday or Friday We have had at least 50 calls from people wanting to take the house and we probably will have to decide in a first come first served basis she said The calls began pouring in after an advertisement announcing plans to give the house away ap peared last weekend in the Aiken Stamford The ad included a pic Please See FLOOD Page IQA
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