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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 18, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Kite Positive7 Entering Open Page 7A A Quick Read Lizardmania Creator Now Wants To Forget SUMTER AP The young man who started Lizardmania a year ago with his story about a reptilelike creature chasing liim near Scape Ore Swamp says he wishes the whole business had never happened After a year as a celebrity Chris Davis just wants to go his own way I wish it had never happened he said this week in his third interview in two days with media checking on his year in the fast lane I had no free time I had to do interviews said the Bishopville High School senior who hopes for a career in the Air Force Last year Chris was a hot media property fielding questions from people in places such as Australia Sweden and China So was Lee County Sheriff Listen Truesdale We were on national news three times Truesdale said We were getting 200 calls a day from all around the world Golfer Sues Keeps Hoein0ne Shot Car HARRISBURG Pa AP A golfer who shot a holeinone to win a car will get to keep it even though he made the shot two days after the car contest ended A car dealer had refused to deliver the 1988 Chevrolet Baretta GT that Amos Cobaugh claimed after hitting the shot on the ninth hole of the Fair view Golf Course in southeastern Pennsylvania in May 1987 The car was intended as a prize for a charity golf tournament two days before Cobaugh played The car and signs announcing the prize for a hole inone were still on the tee when Co baugh dropped the ball into the cup with one shot during another tournament In a 21 decision released Monday the Pennsylvania Superior Court said Cobaugh is entitled to keep the car offered by KlickLewis Inc of Palmyra Contract law dictates that if a per son performs as stated in a contest and wins its an enforceable con tract the court said Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of eve ning thunderstorms The low will be in the 70s Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms The high will be in the lower 90s Please see details on Page 10A Deaths Richard O Graver North Augusta Ellie Lou Hutto Graniteville George E Malone Aiken Rosa Salley Pearson Wagener Pearl Lou Poole Salley Beulah Mae Price Washington DC Herbert Lee Raborn Gracewood Ga Connie A Smith Trenton Annabelle S Story Augusta Lena Mae Whitehead Graniteville Please see details on Page 2B Inside Today Bridge6B Calendar3B Classifieds4B Comics9B Crossword88 Cryptoquote5B Dear Abby9B Local Front1B Obituaries2B Opinions6A Sports7A Television9B Wealhet 10A Souths Super Tuesday In Doubt North Augusta Approves Annexation Tuesday July 181989 Conflict Erupts On Cleanup Funding By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON A conflict has bro j ken out between the White House staff I and some conservative members of the House and Senate over proposed in creases in spending for environmental cleanup at the nations weapons plants Lawmakers in the House and Senate including Sen Strom Thurmond RSC and Rep John M Spratt DSC are pressing the Bush administration to in crease allocations in the 1990 budget for environmental cleanup In a letter sent Monday to Senate lead ers by Richard Darman the presidents top budget advisor the White House com plained about increases approved by the House Appropriations Committee Dar man said that under the terms of a bipar tisan agreement reached in January with Hill leaders the increases in cleanup funds would have to come from defense department weapons programs Because of the ceiling in the budget this addition would be at the expense of needed national security pro grams Hence it cannot be supported Darman wrote The White House originally asked for about billion for next year for envi ronmental cleanup But in separate actions House and Sen ate committees which review the budget for the weapons plants have called for adding hundreds of millions of dollars to this amount Congressional sentiment in favor of greater spending on environmental cleanup even at the expense of defense programs has spread to conservatives who usually support the president For example the Senate Armed Ser vices Committee of which Sen Thur mond is a member last Friday voted to tack on over million to the adminis trations budget request a strong sig nal that even conservatives believe the president is not moving fast enough on environmental problems The committee felt we needed to be more aggressive on the cleanup said Christopher Simpson Sen Thurmonds press secretary Sen Thurmond wants him to put environmental restoration on the front burner Please See CONFLICT Page 10A TOUCHDOWN Smoke rises from the wheels of the B2 Stealth Bomber as it touches down after a successful test AP Laserphoto flight The bomber the most expensive buiU by the United States hasnt convinced Congress yet Foreign Goods Appetite Widens Gap By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The US trade defi cit widened dramatically in May to billion the biggest imbalance in five months as Americas appetite for for eign goods rebounded sharply the gov ernment said today The Commerce Department said the May deficit figure represented a 236 per cent increase from a revised imbalance of billion in April when the nation registered the lowest monthly trade gap in more than four years The deterioration in May reflected a sharp 43 percent increase in imports to a new high of billion and a 09 per cent drop in sales of US goods abroad Analysts had been expecting the deficit to widen in May but only to about billion Mays trade gap was the biggest since a billion deficit recorded last December Even with the spurt in May the trade gap for the first five months of the year was running at an annual rate of billion below the actual 1988 deficit of billion Last years figure represented a dra matic 221 percent improvement over IMPORTS billion EXPORTS billion Rounded figures seasonally adjusted AP 1987 when the trade deficit hit an alltime high of billion and accounted for almost half of all US economic growth in 1988 Analysts have been predicting the slowing of the US economy could help hold down this years deficit by curbing domestic demand for imports But they also warn that the recent strength of the US dollar against foreign currencies could stunt further progress on the trade gap In May imports reached a new high as increases were recorded in virtually ev ery major category except autos Im ports of agricultural products jumped 107 percent Petroleum imports shot up 173 percent to billion as the price of a barrel of oil rose to up from in April The volume of oil imports also rose in May reaching 833 million barrels a day up from 757 million a day in April US exports meanwhile fell to a sea sonally adjusted billion in May as sales declined in most major categories Exports of consumer goods dropped 57 percent As usual the United States posted its largest trade deficit in May with Japan a billion shortfall that was up from billion in April The nation posted a small million trade deficit with Western Europe after posting surpluses in both March and April The imbalance with Canada the larg est US trading partner was mil lion in May up from million in April B2 Faces Checkbook Hurdle Congress Impressed Funds Another Matter By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Republicans and Democrats hailing the first successful flight of the B2 bomber warn that the halfbilliondollar aircraft must still clear the checkbook hurdle in Congress The radarevading bomber accompa nied by two F16 fighters performed test maneuvers during a nearly twohour flight Monday in Southern California a maiden excursion 18 months behind schedule Despite the success lawmakers stressed that the stealth bomber which at about million a copy is the most expensive plane in history looms large on the radar screen of the budgetcon scious Congress I think theres a great deal of reluc tance to spend that much money per air plane said Rep Newt Gingrich of Geor gia the No 2 Republican leader The president and Defense Secretary Dick Cheney will have to work hard to carry a vote in the House The Pentagon has proposed billion for the stealth bomber in the fiscal 1990 budget and about billion for the pro gram during a peak threeyear spending period in the mid1990s The House Armed Services Committee last month slashed million from spending for the B2 program The full House and Senate take up the defense bill and the spending level for the B2 next week I think its going to be one of the most controversial items in the defense autho rization bill said House Speaker Thom as S Foley DWash Right now I would say its an uphill fight for the B2 Rep Les Aspin DWis chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said the bomber just cleared one hurdle But the test program just begun has far to go to answer all the technical questions And the B2 has still another hurdle to clear the checkbook hurdle The issue is whether its worth the price Bush Ends Goals For By The Associated Press AMSTERDAM Netherlands Presi dent Bush vowing to work for a day when Europe is free of discord free of divi sion flew home today with an extraordi nary record of foreign travel for his first six months in office With stops in 12 countries under his belt since Jan 20 Bush was concluding a 10 day S000mile journey and heading home from the firstever visit to the Neth erlands by an American president He got a warm response in the Nether lands drawing cheering crowds of sever al thousand people along his motorcade route The 25hour Netherlands stop followed earlier visits to Poland and Hungary and participation at the sevennation econom ic summit in Paris Before his takeoff Bush met with polit ical opposition leader Wim Kok other party leaders and members of Parlia ments foreign affairs committee With Lofty Queen Beatrix saw Bush off at the air port along with Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers An arrival ceremony awaited Bush back on the South Lawn of the White House following the 8 Mahour flight home on Air Force One Accompanied by Secretary of State James A Baker III met over breakfast with Kok and other political leaders About 20 people American and Dutch were seated around a long rectan gular table at the US ambassadors residence During a brief photo session Bush ig nored a question from a reporter who asked about a published report that the United States and the Soviet Union have reached agreement on key elements of a treaty banning chemical weapons The highlight of his visit to the Nether lands was a speech Monday at Pieters kerk a church in nearby Leiden dating back to the early 12th centurv Please See BUSH Page 10A Entry List Grows Contest Tightens For Biggest Vegetable Competition Competition in the Aiken Standard vegetable contest is growing faster than a row of pole beans as gardeners vie for cash prizes So far 14 gardeners have heaved their fattest cucumbers onto the scales and 15 growers have hauled in giant red tomatoes As of 3 pm Monday Christopher Be heler of Aiken was holding first place in the cucumber contest with a 2 pound 159 ounce entry The new leader in the tomato contest was Hoyt Hamilton of Aiken who en tered a 2 pound 46 ounce whopper The contest which will run until Au gust 2 is open to all gardeners except Aiken Standard employees and their families Weight is the only criterion for the contest Color finness texture and taste although important to the serious gardener will not count The heaviest tomato and the heaviest cucumber will win prizes for their growers Second prize in each category will be and the third place will be Entries may be brought to the front desk of the Aiken Standard at 124 Rut land Drive betwwen am and pm Monday through Friday A recep tionist will weigh the vegetables and re cord the results Contest winners will be announced in early August and will be featured with their vegetables in an article that will appear in the Aiken Standard   

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