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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 7, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Chris Evert Bids Farewell e7A A Quick Read NoShow Defendant Convicted Of Murder UPPER MARLBORO Md AP A man who asked to be excused to use the restroom and disappeared before the start of his murder trial has been convicted in absentia Prosecutor Claudia Koenig said sentencing will be put off until the defendant Daniel Ho well is found Defense lawyer Victor Houlon said he will base an appeal on Circuit Judge William H McCulloughs in sistence on proceeding with a jury trial I told the judge I didnt have a prayer of getting a notguilty verdict because the jury wouldnt look kindly on his said Houlon Howell a Jamacian citizen who lived in Glenarden was convicted of killing Collin Pheknin Branford 31 in a dispute over drugs Howells trial on murder and hand gun charges began June 28 one day after he fled He was convicted last week after five hours of deliberations and is sought by the Prince Georges County Sheriffs Department He said I have to go to the bath room1 and he kept on going Houlon said Husband Faces DUI in Death Of Bride WESTERLY RI AP Authori ties have charged a man with drunk en driving in a car crash that killed his wife as the couple left their wed ding reception Raymond Pelchat 24 was driving his wifes car May 14 when it veered into the oncoming lane and struck another car broadside police said His wife Bonnie Lynn Dumas Pel chat 24 was killed and Pelchat suf fered minor injuries Its a sad situation said Mrs Pelchats mother Esther Dumas Hes going to suffer enough as it is We werent looking for any charges against him Pelchats father Benjamin said his son was unavailable for comment Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy today with a 30 per cent chance of afternoon and evening thundershowers High in the mid90s with a low in the lower 70s Saturday will be partly cloudy with a chance of thundershowers high in the lower 90s and a low in the lower 70s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Marion Eugene Berrie Orangeburg Dorothy Busbee Trenton Earl H Chalk Aiken Lerline Fountain North Augusta EL Hap Hansen Aiken Albert Mealing III Edgefield Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today 6B Calendar 128 4B Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby 7B 5B 2B Local Front 1B Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 6A 4A 7A 2B 6A Venue Change Denied For Starrett Graniteville Co To Restart Sunday Gorbachev Talks With Squabbling Allies By The Associated Press BUCHAREST Romania Mikhail S Gorbachev and his squabbling East bloc allies today opened a Warsaw Pact sum mit that is expected to bring more arms control initiatives The publicityconscious Soviet presi dent was tightlipped about his expecta tions for the twoday meeting in the Ro manian capital Asked by reporters what he expected Gorbachev said only Ill tell you after we finish Bush In No RushPage 12A Gorbachev is attending the meeting with Soviet Premier Nikolai Ryzhkov and Foreign Minister Eduard A Shevard nadze Romanian officials said reporters would be allowed no access to them and the other Soviet bloc leaders during the closeddoor meetings Gorbachev arrived in Bucharest late Thursday from Strasbourg France where he announced that Moscow and its allies could agree on unilateral cuts in Soviet shortrange nuclear missiles in Eastern Europe if NATO is prepared to negotiate reductions on those weapons This meeting may produce numbers for those cuts The Western Alliance patched up a di visive row between West Germany and the United States over such negotiations six weeks ago President Bush on May 29 proposed drastic reductions in conven tional forces of both military blocs in Europe Speaking Thursday at a news confer ence in Washington Bush spurned Gor bachevs call for swift negotiations on shortrange nuclear missiles Bush noted that NATO leaders at the summit in Brussels six weeks ago agreed to begin negotiations on such weapons only after an EastWest agree ment had been reached to reduce conven tional forces and reductions were actual ly under way Please See GORBACHEV Page 12A iO Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth RELAXING Miss Aiken County Tonya Mane Smith relaxes beside swimming pool Busy Miss Aiken County Enjoying State Pageant By LYNNE KATONAK Staff Writer Tonya Marie Smith representing Ai ken County si the Miss South Carolina Pageant is doing well and having a good time according to her father Al fred Smith Smith also reported that all the 43 contestants are extremely busy They are bused to the auditorium at 8 am and they rehearse all day Then they come back to the hotel and get ready for the evenings performance he said Last night Miss Smith competed in the evening gown category wearing a TV Sat 9 pmWRDW WIS redesigned bridal gown of white lace over satin with sequined appliques The winner of this category is not an nounced as are winners of the other two categories talent and swirnsuit The contestants are divided into three groups each performing in one catego ry each evening of the preliminaries Wednesday Thursday and The scoring is 40 percent for talent 30 percent for personal interview and 15 Please See BUSY Page 12A Job Rate Market SI By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The nations unem ployment rate edged up a notch to 53 percent in June as businesses created a modest 180000 new jobs the government said today in yet another sign that the economy is slowing The civilian jobless rate was up from Mays 52 percent the Labor Department said The report said the bulk of the 180000 new nonfarm jobs added last month came in the service sector and the gov ernment revised its May jobgrowth total to 205000 more than double the total giv en in a preliminary report last month There were clear signs in the report of a slowing economy and an indication as well of an easing of wage inflation that has troubled some analysts The Labor Department said the aver age factory work week slipped 01 of an hour to 409 hours last month the first time this indicator has fallen below 41 hours since September 1987 Average hourly earnings of production and supervisory workers were essential ly unchanged For the first five months of the year hourly wages had grown on av erage by 03 percent Many economists had expected an up ward revision of the May payroll expan sion totals but the 180000 figure for June was below most predictions Still it was likely not low enough to raise fears that the economy has slowed to the verge of recession For the past four months business add ed an average of just below 200000 jobs a month well below the average monthly gain of the past year The June unemployment report the first comprehensive look at economic ac tivity last month showed that the ser vice sector continues as the source of the overwhelming number of new jobs while manufacturing continues to struggle Serviceproducing industries added 231000 new jobs last month with busi ness and health services and wholesale and retail trade all posting modest gains Some of that growth was offset howev er by a decline of 31000 manufacturing jobs and 8000 construction jobs despite the summer weather Those figures are gleaned from the La bor Departments monthly survey of businesses The departments separate household survey used to set the unemployment rate found that the civilian labor force Unemployment Percent of work force seasonally adjusted i n m m m m m u a BUM J A S O N D J F M A M J 1988 1989 June 88 May 89 June 89 54 52 53 Source US Depl ol Labor AP grew by 492000 people from May to June to a total of 1241 million Of that group 1175 million held jobs and 65 million were looking for work but could not find it Among most demographic groups the unemployment rate was unchanged or up just slightly although increases in job lessness were reported for teenagers in general and black female teenagers in particular The rate for the latter group shot up from 28 percent in May to more than 40 percent last month Among all teenagers the unemploy ment rate rose from 152 percent to 156 percent That came as the labor force for that age group grew by more than 100000 apparently due to an influx of stu dents into the summer labor market The government said blacks made up the bulk of the new teenagers in the la bor force In contrast to young black women male black teenagers had some success in finding jobs as their unemploy ment rate fell more than three percent age points to a stillhigh 335 percent 60 Million Take Coronary Percent by Age S11 Sex 41 32 Race Source Journal ol ilia American Medical Assoc AP By The Associated Press CHICAGO About 60 million Ameri cans 20 and older more than onethird of the nations adults the risk of coronary disease because they have high blood cholesterol levels a study has found Whats especially disconcerting is that high cholesterol levels are often seen in association with other risk factors hypertension smoking or being over weight says Christopher Sempos one of eight authors of the study published in todays Journal of the American Medical Association And for many people most of the de sired changes could be achieved through a change in routines like diet and exer cise Sempos a nutritionist and epide miologist with the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville Md said in a telephone interview Thursday Even though weve made great strides in alerting the public to the dan gers of cholesterol and heart disease theres still too large a segment that is putting itself unnecessarily at risk The federal center lists coronary dis ease as the nations leading killer claim ing 521000 lives in 1986 the last full year for which statistics are available In the study researchers examined data from 11864 adults 20 to 74 years old who participated in the Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Sur vey from 1976 to 1980 The average blood cholesterol level for an American adult woman was 215 milli grams per deciliter For men it was 211 Cholesterol is a steroidlike compound that is produced both by the body and contained in fats that make up part of the diet It is circulated in the blood and is important for normal functioning of the cells But too much cholesterol can cause de posits to build up on the arterial walls restricting the flow of blood to the heart muscle and contributing substantially to heart disease Fruits vegetables whole grains and beans are known to lower cholesterol and nutritionists say lean meat fish and poultry in small portions are acceptable for a healthy diet Foods cited as high in cholesterol in clude fatty meats such as spare ribs and highly marbledsteak ice cream and most other dairy products egg yolks pies cakes and cookies For the studys purposes participants with a blood cholesterol level of 240 or higher were considered to be in need of medical advice and intervention to lower it The same was true for any participant whose cholesterol level was 200 or higher if they had at least two other risk factors for coronary heart disease high blood pressure diabetes previous heart dis ease or stroke excess weight or smoking 10 cigarettes or more daily Those two groups constituted 36 per cent of the participants in the survey a percentage researollers used to arrive at the estimated in million American adults
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