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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 24, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                LeMond Stuns Biking World Page 5A A Quick Read Maybe Were All Just A Little Batty WASHINGTON AP Holy Ba troots Is it really true as some sci entists suggest that human beings and bats might be distant cousins who share the same primeval ances tors Is there a Batman or Count Dracula lurking in each of us In the heat of this summers bat mania with American moviegoers breaking boxoffice records to see Batman anything seems possible The National Zoos bat expert Dr John Seidensticker says its an in triguing theory one you could sink your teeth into but hes not sure he believes it Other scientists at the Smithsonian Institution scoff at the idea From Pigpen To Parlor Porkers Become Pets NORCO Calif AP Kayla Mull raises petite potbellied pigs that skateboard squeal and sit up for their supper One pig plays Swine Lake on the piano a swimming pig has been known to perform the swine dive They are new and marginally hip said Carolyn Gray a writer for Pet Care Report They are friendly j relaxed and you can housebreak them which are the big three as far as Im concerned The little swine are selling big in Beverly Hills Yes its a trend If you have your BMW you have to have a pig now said an owner of two little pigs who wanted his name withheld because of zoning violations The minipigs originally bred in China can be raised legally only in areas zoned for livestock Weather Rain Unlikely Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of mainly evening thundershowers The low will be in the low 70s Tomorrow will be partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms The high will be in the low to mid 90s Please see details on Page Deaths Clifford E Bridges Martinez Ga Brian A Cain Martinez Ga Harold R Copeland Augusta Robert Brian Dye Martinez Ga Pearl S Evans Windsor Mozell Gathers New Ellenton Voyed S Hamrick North Augusta Louise J Harris Laurelton NY James Michael Long Edgefield Russell McCaskill Virginia Beach Va Sam S McDonald Graniteville James B Pemberton Claxton Ga Heather E Redd Martinez Ga Norman B Trotter Edgefield Ernest Walker Aiken Please see details on Page 8A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Lewis Gnzzard Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather Page 2A Mexico Finds DebtReduction Plan 5B OB 3B 9B 6B 4B 9B 3A 1B 8A 4A 5A 9B 8A C3UHTV f Useful Tips Near Thunderstorms Monday July 241989 Japans Leader Resigns Post AP Laserphoto BRITISH OPEN WINNER American Mark OJcavecchia plants a kiss on the championship trophy after he won the British Open in a playoff over Wayne Grady and Greg Norman Please see details on Page 5A By The Associated Press TOKYO Prime Minister Sousuke Uno today announced that he would re sign after his scandalplagued party suf fered a stinging electoral defeat losing control of a house of parliament for the first time in its 34 years The longgoverning Liberal Democrats had seen their popularity plummet over the Recruit influencepeddling scandal a new 3 percent sales tax and the liberal ization of agricultural imports which farmers say hurts their livelihood Uno who has been prime minister for less than two months said his partys loss of control of parliaments upper house in Sundays elections was ultimate ly his responsibility It was a very difficult election he told a nationally televised news confer ence speaking calmly Uno had been criticized by womens groups and others for his alleged extra marital affairs with women including a geisha who said he paid her to be his mistress for several months He said he hoped a successor could be found promptly Analysts said they ex pect the process to take at least several weeks Unps resignation will result in the dis solution of the entire Cabinet and a re structuring of the governing partys leadership In the balloting for half the 252 seats in parliaments upper house the big winner was the Japan Socialist Party led by Ta kako Doi the first woman head of a ma jor Japanese party Of the 126 seats at stake the Socialists won 46 the Liberal Democrats 36 The Socialists total jtrtrigth in the chamber rose from 43 to 66 the Liberal Demo crats fell from 42 to 109 Rengo a new labor based group was received 11 seats and the centrist Komeito Clean Government Party 10 with the rest split among small er parties Ms Doi said her party would quickly call a meeting of opposition leaders to form a coalition against the Liberal Dem ocrats who still hold 293 of the 512 seats in parliaments more powerful lower house Any such coalition is expected to be fragile While most major opposition par ties have called for abolishing the new sales tax they vary broadly on other is sues such as defense policy relations with the United States and nuclear power With the loss of their majority in the upper house however the Liberal Demo crats will face greater difficulties in passing legislation The upper chamber can vote down bills and can delay but not block the budget and treaties Differences between bills passed by the two houses must be ironed out by a conference committee Ms Doi called her partys victory the peoples verdict and said Unos deci sion to step down was only natural She said the Socialists first priority would be to pass a bill in the upper house abolishing the sales tax Such a bill is unlikely to be approved by the lower house however and a standstill over the issue could add to pressure for early elec tions for the lower chamber Elections for the lower house do not legally have to be held for 12 months A loss in the lower house would threat en the governing partys 34year hold on power since that chamber chooses th prime minister About 65 percent of Japans 903 million eligible voters cast ballots Poll Shows America Favors Abortion By The Associated Press NEW YORK Americans by nearly a 21 margin are inclined to oppose anti abortion candidates for their state legis latures and to support legal abortion in their states a national poll has found As lawmakers across the country pre pare to take up new abortion laws 38 percent of respondents to the Media Gen eralAssociated Press poll said they would be less likely to vote for a candi date who firmly opposes abortion The same number said abortion wouldnt matter much in their vote while the smallest group about two in 10 said they would be more apt to vote for a candidate who took a strong antiabortion position Moreover 63 percent of the 1163 adults polled said they would want abortion to be legal in their state if the US Supreme Court reversed its 1973 ruling that made abortion a constitutional right and let each state make its own abortion laws That support for legal abortion was up slightly from 57 percent in an MGAP poll in March Similarly support for the 1973 ruling in the Roe vs Wade case was up to 59 percent from 53 percent While those increases were within the polls margin of error similar movement in several questions indicated a slight rise in prochoice opinion since the high court decision July 3 that permitted states to increase restrictions on abortion The new survey conducted July 716 had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points While most respondents expressed gen eral support for legal abortion they were split on specific restrictions permitted in the recent Supreme Court ruling Overall 48 percent said they opposed the July 3 ruling 43 percent favored it and 9 percent were unsure That was a split in opinion given the margin of error As in previous polls general questions on abortion produced divided views re flecting public discomfort with an issue that pits the rights of pregnant women with concern for their fetuses Sixtyseven percent said a woman should be allowed to have an abortion if she wants one and her doctor agrees to it Abortion Rights If a candidate for your state legislature is firmly opposed to abortion would that make you more likely to vote for that candidate less likely or wouldnt it matter much 3 Dont know or no answer AP Former Ambassador Bothered By Diplomat In Spy Case By The Associated Press WASHINGTON A former US am bassador to Austria said today he had a feeling there was something dramati cally wrong with a top aide who is now the target of a spying investigation but he never suspected espionage I did not like him Ronald Lauder said of Felix S Bloch today on ABCTVs Good Morning America program There was something about him that bothered me Lauder now a Republican candidate for mayor of New York said The more I got to know him the more I realized there was something dramatically wrong He reiterated weekend com ments that he had Bloch who was sec ondincommand at the Vienna embassy for seven years recalled in July 1987 be cause of insubordination But The New York Times today quoted the former director general of the For eign Service George S Vest as saying It was time for Bloch to go anyway so we brought him back He was not pulled back prematurely Vest said Bloch returned to attend a seminar for top diplomats Stansfield Turner who was CIA direc tor during the Carter administration be fore Blochs embassy stint said its not very likely Bloch would know the spe cific names and details concerning CIA agents in Vienna because such informa tion is not normally shared with officials outside the agency However a person in Blochs high posi tion could have gotten into things that werent normally his business because of his access to the embassys cable sec tion Turner said on Good Morning America LateBlooming Bush Shows Colors In Europe By The Associated Press WASHINGTON George Bush re bounding from negative reviews early in his presidency is now winning good marks after two successful trips to Eu rope and a general sense of economic wellbeing at home The president is a late bloomer says one analyst At the 100day point Bush was criti cized as being too cautious unimagina tive and unwilling to compete with Soviet leader Mikhail S Gorbachev After six months in office Bush basks in praise for winning support at a NATO summit for a US plan to reduce conven tional arms in Europe and for traveling to Poland and Hungary to encourage democratic reforms Hes actually done well after a halting beginning said Thomas Cronin a presi dential scholar at Colorado College Cronin said Bush was aided enor mously by the fact that the Democrats in Congress were in disarray as House Speaker Jim Wright of Texas and House Whip Tony Coelho of California struggled with ethical problems and then resigned There was no challenge to his leadership After losing a battle with Congress for confirmation of John Tower as secretary of defense Bush came back with a deci sive victory on his veto of a increase in the minimum wage DOEs Watkins Faces Troubles By The Associated Press WASHINGTON As his struggle to rebuild the nations nuclear arms industry grows more urgent Energy Secretary James D Watkins may be losing a grip on his most important tool public belief that the weapons plants can be made safe Since he took office last March Watkins and a team of senior department aides have been racing against time to fix decades of neglect in the weapons program before reactor breakdowns and other problems seriously undermine US defense strategy From the start Watkins believed the key to success was convincing the public including workers at the plants and nearby residents that an era of nuclear secrecy was ended that their government could be trusted to run the plants safely To his dismay the cloud of mystery and distrust has only grown darker No significant accidents have been reported at any of the 17 major weapons facilities in 12 states since Watkins took over but some have been forced to close temporarily and a series of recent incidents has raised new health and safety questions In just the past week for example The Energy Departments own auditors issued a blistering review 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