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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 14, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Braves Still Not Celebrating Page 6A A Quick Read Retail Sales Plummet In June By 04 Percent WASHINGTON AP Retail sales fell 04 percent in June their first monthly backtoback drop in more than two years as consumer spending remained sluggish particu larly for cars and other more costly durable goods the government re ported today The Commerce Department said sales dropped to a seasonally adjust ed billion last month following a 01 percent decline in May The May figure was revised downward from an 01 percent increase origi nally reported last month Sales had risen 04 percent in April and 01 per cent in March It was the first consecutive month ly decline since 1986 when sales fell 51 percent in October and 04 per cent in November Retail spending accounts for about onethird of economic activity and is closely watched as a measure of the overall economy Economic growth has been slowing recently prompt ing concern that Federal Reserve ef forts to contain inflation could move the economy into a recession instead of the softlanding it seeks Wholesale Prices Post 1st Drop In IS Months WASHINGTON AP prices fell 01 percent in June the first drop in 18 months driven down by steep declines in energy and food prices the government said today The slight decline in the Labor De partments Producer Price Index su prised most economists who were expecting a moderate increase of 03 percent and marked a sharp turn around from the big 09 percent jump in May Energy costs which had soared more than 20 percent over the first five months of the year fell 31 per cent in June the biggest drop in three years Food prices fell 08 percent the steepest in a year and a half revers ing an identical increase in May Despite the overall decline econo mists were likely to read mixed sig nals from the June report because goods other than food and energy rose 07 percent the largest increase since October 1986 Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms The low will be near 70 Partly cloudy skies are forecast Saturday with a 40 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms The high will be near 90 Please see details on Page 11A Deaths Jerry Cunningham Rock Hill Lawrence Gowdy North Augusta Katherine Ann Hughes Apple Valley Calif Albert C Ott Warrenviile Ethel Scott Aiken Please see details on Page 3B Inside Today Bridge7B Calendar14B Classifieds5B Comics4B Crossword8B Cryptoquote6B Dear Abby4B Local Front1B Obituaries3B Opinions4A Sports5A Television4B Weather11A Pilot Of Downed Plane Was Shot Economic Board Approves Budget 1000 Workers Added To SRS Staff By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Since Westinghouse took over opera tion of the Savannah River Site on April 1 approximately 1000 people have been hired or transferred to the facility Becky McSwain a spokesperson for the Department of Energy contractor said that approximately 700 people have been hired to fill jobs at the site in the past three months In addition to the new employees Wes tinghouse has transferred 300 to 350 workers to the site and Bechtel the ma jor subcontractor at the DOE facility has brought in between 400 to 450 employees DuPont retirees have helped to offset Westinghouses new employees Between 300 and 400 DuPont workers retired prior to the April 1 changeover The Coordinating Council on Economic Development which is preparing an im pact study to help prepare the county for the infrastructure changes due to the contractor change estimated that ap proximately 250 employees would be re locating at SRS said J David Jameson director of the Economic Development Partnership Accelerated employment practices at SRS may shift the demands placed on the county closer to the current date he said The county however will not have to provide housing and services for all 1000 new workers Not all of the new or relocating employ ees will decide to live in Aiken County Jameson stressed Historically the coun ty attracts approximately 60 percent of the employees at the facility He added that some of the new employees at the plant already were area residents The CCEDs final report for its impact study is expected to be released by the end of this month Jameson said Please See 1000 WORKERS Page 12A SRS EMPLOYMENT CHANGES New Employees Bechtel Transfers Westinghouse Transfers etirees i a S Ji Staff Graphic By Kim McNeely US Mexico Deal rly On Debt Plan AP Laserphoto LEADERS MEET President Bush and French President Mitterrand chat during a preliminary meeting for the economic summit By The Associated Press PARIS President Bush and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari held a hastily arranged meeting today amid indications that Mexico was close to a debtrestructuring agreement with its creditors New York Times reported today thauhe United States will offer Mexico a temporary loan once an agreement is reached to bridge the gap until the deal with the commercial banks can be implemented White House spokesman Marlin Fitz water said he could not confirm the report Walking into the meeting with Bush Salinas gestured to reporters that a debt agreement was near Afterward Bush told his Mexican counterpart Let me know on all this other stuff down the road The Bush administration has made Mexico a test case for its major initia tive announced March 10 to relieve a portion of the Third Worlds trillion debt problem The BushSalinas meeting came as more than two dozen leaders of rich and poor nations marked todays 200th anni versary of the French revolution Getting under way this afternoon was the annual economic summit of the worlds seven richest democracies the United States Britain Canada France West Germany Italy and Japan The combined events have brought to gether leaders of some of the worlds richest and poorest nations although there were no plans for them all to sit down together to thrash out world prob lems Smaller meetings were planned however to discuss such pressing issues as the foreign debt of the developing nations Egypt India Venezuela and Senegal wasted no time Thursday in asking French President Francois Mitterrand to call a summit of rich and poor nations so they can talk about international eco nomic and environmental problems Brazilian President Jose Sarney also Please See US MEXICO Page 12A Millions Line Paris Streets For Bicentennial Binge By The Associated Press PARIS Brass bands marched down the ChampsElysees today and scores of planes streaked across the sky leaving a trail of blue white and red smoke wafting over the heads of 1 million bicentennial revelers Celebrants danced and frolicked into the wee hours this morning at nearly a dozen places around Paris to celebrate the July 141789 storming of the Bastille prison and the beginning of the historic French Revolution The traditional Bastille Day military parade in the morning followed allnight partying that briefly got out of hand re sulting in a 5 am scuffle between a few stragglers that riot police tried to clear from the Place de la Bastille Three of the batonwielding policemen were slightly injured as were an unknown number of others the French news agen cy Agence FrancePresse reported About a dozen people were arrested President Francois Mitterrand rode standing up in a jeep from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde where he took his place in the parade viewing stands behind bulletproof glass shielding more than 30 world leaders in Paris Among those seated in the VIP stands to watch the military parade were Presi dent Bush Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of Britain and President Cora zon Aquino of the Philippines Nine bands set the stirring pace for units representing every branch of the French military including the Foreign Legion Among the more than 100 planes that swooped over the avenue were nine Mi rage 2000Ns designed to carry nuclear warheads One squadron of aircraft trailed blue white and red smoke the French national colors About 1 million people lined the avenue for the parade according to police estimates A meeting of leaders from the seven major industrialized nations was to begin this afternoon coinciding with the festivities The parade was the first of two sched uled today the second of three days of bicentennial celebrations that began with a human rights ceremony Thursday and the inaugural performance at the new Bastille Opera EPA Places SRS Osi Priority List For Superfund Cleanup By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON The Environmental Protection Agency made public its inten tion Thursday to become actively in volved in the cleanup of the Savannah River nuclear weapons plant by an nouncing a proposal to place the Aiken facility on its Superfund national priori ties list The list names hazardous waste sites around the country which are deemed to be longterm threats to safety and the environment It is compiled under provi sions of a federal law called the Compre hensive Environmental Response Com pensation and Liability Act known as the Superfund Law Placing the site on the list also invokes other provisions of the Superfund Law including a requirement that officials of the Energy Department sign an agree ment with EPA setting a timetable for cleanup of the plant The Aiken facility which manufac tures plutonium used in nuclear weap ons is administered by the Energy De partment Its reactors have been shut down for safety reasons for over a year According to an EPA statement issued Thursday any agreement signed by DOE will be legally binding The state of South Carolina or ordinary citizens may seek enforcement of the agreement in federal court the statement said The Aiken plant is one of 52 federal sites chosen by EPA officials for addition to the list which now includes about 40 federal sites Most of the new sites pro posed Thursday are military bases and installations Eight are nuclear weapons production facilities Talks to hammer out the terms of the agreement began several months ago but were never publicly announced said Please See EPA Page 11A Harley Sleele Lead Early In Garden Contest From Staff Reports Area gardeners are bringing the fruits of their labors to the Aiken Stan dard in hopes of winning cash As of noon Thursday 11 gardeners had weighed in kingsized tomatoes and 13 greenthumbs had hauled in giant cucumbers Pat Harley 584 Stormbranch Road North Augusta is leading the tomato contest with a 2 pound 85 ounce ripe red giant JL Steele of Aiken is currently win ning the cucumber contest with a 2 pound 153 ounce green masterpiece The contest which will run until Aug 2 is for all gardeners with the exception of Aiken Standard employees and their families Weight rather than firmness taste or color will be the criterion in the con test The heaviest tomato and the heavi est cucumber will win prizes for their growers Second prize in each cat egory will be and third place will be Gardeners who believe their vegeta bles are second to none may haul trun dle or tote their entries to the front desk of the Aiken Standard at 124 Rutland Drive between am and pm Monday through Friday A receptionist will weigh the vegetables and record the results Contest winners and their vegetables will be announced in early August An article and picture featuring the win ners will appear in the Aiken Standard   

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