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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 12, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Bo Leads ALs AllStar Show Page 8A A Quick Read Extinguisher Bursts Puts Out Small Fire MIRAMAR Fla AP A fire ex tinguisher that couldnt take the heat burst and put out a small fire at a day care center said firefighters who raced to the scene but were nev er needed Unbelievable said fire Lt Ed Murray Someone was watching over the building because the fire already started The extinguisher dangled from a nail above a table fan that shortcir cuited and caught fire Monday night The extinguisher ruptured from the heat and sprayed its chemical con tents all over the smokefilled room Murray said Firefighters ran into the Carousel Nursery School with hose stretched ready to battle a blaze originally re ported with flames shooting through the windows They were very surprised They felt the heat and couldnt find the fire said Murray a 25year veteran of fighting fires Airport For 5 Days LOS ANGELES AP A 70year old woman spent five days in an air port after she was separated from her family as a result of a series of misunderstandings police said Initially it was feared the woman might have been left behind by rela tives but that turned out not to be the case police said Tuesday Irene Rodriguez wandered around Los Angeles International Airport af ter she went there July 5 to board a flight to Lincoln Neb and found there was no ticket waiting for her Police began a criminal investiga tion because officers were unable to locate her children But her son Robin Breadwell 39 and his 47yearold wife Emily 47 reported his mother missing when they arrived in Lincoln after driving there It was just a tragic incident prob ably a communications gap Arnold said It all worked out OK I guess Western Fires Rage Out Of Control School Board To Focus On Instruction Weather Storms Forecast Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms The low will be in the lower 70s Partly cloudy skies are forecast Thursday with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms The high will be in the mid 90s Please see details on Page 4A Deaths Frank E Beerman Aiken David C Bristow Graniteville Rhett F Crider North Augusta Helen H Salley Aiken Ozell B Simpkins Edgefield Morrie W Thompson Augusta William B Wise Batesburg Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquole Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 7B 6C 56 7C 78 58 70 IB 5A 4A 8A Bush Pledges Stronger Hungary Ties By The Associated Press BUDAPEST Hungary President Bush declaring that the Iron Curtain has begun to part promised today to give Hungary unlimited access to Ameri can markets and send the first Peace Corps volunteers ever dispatched to a communist nation He also offered a million grant to spur this reformminded East Bloc na tions fledgling freeenterprise system Saluting political and economic re forms here Bush said there is no mis taking the fact that Hungary is at the threshold of great and historic change Bush made his comments in a speech at Karl Marx University which was broadcast live on Hungarian television following talks with Hungarian leaders who presented him with a box contained barbed wire fencing torn down along the Austrian border In his speech Bush noted that barbed wire separating Hungary and Austria had been dismantled and stacked into bales earlier this year For the first time the Iron Curtain has begun to part and Hungary is lead ing the way Bush said Making the same offer he presented in Poland the president promised that the United States will be your partner as Hungary tries to establish economic freedoms I believe you are ready to meet the future Bush said I see a country well on the way I see a country rich in human resources and rich in moral courage of its people I see a nation transcending its past and reaching out to its destiny Bush did not link the assistance with any demands for austerity as he did ear lier this week during his visit to Warsaw the first stop on a European tour White House Chief of Staff John Sununu said that in his talks with Hungarian leaders Bush emphasized he would be thrilled if Soviet troops withdrew from Hungary and the United States would be able to removed its troops from Europe Hungarian officials seemed satisfied with Bushs aid proposals The Americans are not selling us the fish but the net said Tamas Beck the foreign trade minister We want to use other peoples experiences but we dont want to copy the systems of others said Laszlo Kovacs state secretary in the Foreign Ministry Please See BUSH Page 12A SLIPPERY BUT WET David Buff 5 of Graniteville finds the going cold and wet as he climbs over a slippery Staff Photo By Scott Webster rock in Horse Creek The youngster was among many in Aiken County looking for relief from the recent heat Beating Some Ignore it Enjoy Summer Fun Others Just Keeping Cool By DANA RODGERS Staff Writer Although the temperatures have been reaching into the high 90s Aiken citizens havent let the heat keep them from en joying summertime The summer heat has not stopped those who go to the H Odell Weeks Activities Center to enjoy the summer afternoons either Whether it is 80 or 100 degrees it is hot Patty C Carver said She said the hot weather is all a part of summertime The people in general agreed that they could cope with the heat by avoiding go ing out when the sun is most intense Most also said they felt the summer hasnt been much hotter than usual Ms Carver said she copes with the heat by saving indoor activities such watching television for the midday and when she does go outside she looks for shaded areas Sandra V Carswell said she tries not to go outside from about noon2 pm but she added that she doesnt let the sum mer heat keep her indoors Weve made is a point to go out in the summer she said If anything we go out more She also added that the afternoon rain has helped to keep things cool Denise Bush said she stavs inside to Heavy Rain Lifts Drought Alert By NINANIDIFFER Staff Writer Plentiful rains in the past few months have caused the South Carolina Water Resources Commission to lift an incipi ent drought alert that was in effect for the southern drought management area According to a report released by the state agency the alert was lifted as of June 12 There are no drought alerts in effect in South Carolina at this time State meteorologist John C Purvis said that the state including the Aiken area is enjoying a wetter summer than it has in the past several years The wa ter is welcome because it will help solve problems that have bothered farmers property owners and others for months on end Exact figures were not available for Aiken but Purvis said that the Augusta Aiken area has received 2499 inches of rain this year That is 84 inches above normal Last year at this time AugustaAiken had received only 2139 inches of rain 290 inches below normal The lack of rain caused problems for farmers gardeners and those with lake side property Purvis said But those problems are beginning to abate now Please See HEAVY Page 12A beat the summer heat She said since she has a young baby she is planning her vacation for cooler months Larry Cummings who exercises daily said the heat has not cut into his exercise program He said I like to get out in the heat He listens to music as he exer cises and he said the music helps He saiu ne runs in the early mornings and afternoons making the heat less of a factor Rex A Seay said agreed that the sum mer heat had not slowed down his activities They summers are all hot he said To remain cool during the summer months Seay said he stays near an air conditioner Tax Boost Targets Narrowed Plan Affects Few Ordinary Citizens By JIM LUTHER AP Tax Writer WASHINGTON House taxwriters under orders to find an extra billion to reduce the deficit are casting an eye toward pipe smokers telephone users air travelers and lenders Those groups would pay more tax un der a proposal by Rep Dan Rostenkow ski DI1L chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee But most of the three dozenplus recommendations that he presented to the panel Tuesday are highly technical changes affecting few ordinary taxpayers During the budget year that begins Oct 1 Rostenkowskis plan would produce just the amount of new revenue envi sioned under a deficitreduction agree ment between Congress and the Bush administration Although the plan would require vari ous groups to pay more money to the fed eral government apparently no part of it is a general tax increase that would be viewed as conflicting with President Bushs pledge to oppose any tax increase Rostenkowski did not ask for a cut in the capital gains tax rate as Bush has proposed There is general agreement that a re duction in that rate which affects profits from the sale of stock and other assets would actually increase tax collections for a year But Rostenkowski has been unable to convince a majority of Demo crats on his committee to agree to a tax change that would mainly benefit upper income Americans The committee meeting behind closed doors is expected to spend several days on Rostenkowskis proposals and on vari ous taxcut suggestions and ways to pay for them The provision in Rostenkowskis plan affecting the most people would extend for one year the 3 percent tax on local and longdistance telephone service Without congressional action the tax would dis appear after Dec 311990 Bush wants to make the tax permanent Extending the tax would raise bil lion in the 1991 fiscal year Similarly present law would cut in half various aviation taxes including the 8 percent levy on tickets the tax on avia tion fuel and the tax on air shipments Rostenkowskis proposal would keep the taxes at present levels for another year Please See TAX Page 12A Extra Funds Expected For Nuclear Cleanup WASHINGTON The Senate Armed Services Committee is expected to autho rize a substantial increase in funds for the cleanup of the nations nuclear weap ons plants when it meets in closed session today sources say The panel is also expected to reduce funding for a planned special isotope sep aration plant in Idaho by million aides say Energy Secretary James D Watkins has agreed to the cut The plant expected to cost nearly million would refine fuelgrade plutoni um produced at the Hanford nuclear re actor near Richland Wash into weap onsgrade plutonium Critics claim the facility is not needed They maintain that the department has adequate stockpiles of plutonium which undergoes little radioactive decay In a separate but related development Sen John Glenn DOhio introduced leg islation Tuesday to strengthen indepen dent oversight of environmental health and safety activities at the Department of Energys weapons plants The mea sure is generally similar to one he pro posed in the last Congress I am concerned thai there will be a lasting framework of accountability that prevents repetitions of past mistakes and puts the DOE on an unalterable path to cleaning up and modernizing its weapons program My legislation provides that in stitutional framework he told a Capitol news conference His measure would Strengthen the Defense Nuclear Safety Board by requiring timely and open reporting of unusual occurrences at DOK facilities Require independent federal agen cies In reuulate ami oversee worker safe ty and health activities at DOE sites Establish an independent board to oversee and review effects of radiation on workers health Require DOE affected states and the Environmental Protection Agency to conclude environmental compliance agreements which are enforceable by consent decrees Glenn acknowledged that Watkins had already taken action in some of these ar eas However he said he wanted to lock them in so the department will never Please See KXTKA Page 12A V