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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 28, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Martin Sits On The Pole Russian Strikers Return To Work Page IB NA Pfanners Recommend Annexation A Quick Read Another DC10 Makes Emergency Landing TORONTO AP A Canadian Airlines DC10 was forced to land at Pearson International Airport in To ronto today minus its nose wheel An airport spokesman said the plane lost its wheel on takeoff from Rio de Janeiro The spokesman said the flight crew was aware of the problem and the aircraft landed without incident or injury It was not known how many people were on the jet In the past nine days two DClOs have crashed one in Sioux City Iowa on July 19 and the other Thurs day in Tripoli Libya The crashes have killed 200 people The Sioux City crash occurred when a tail engine blew apart and cut off the flow of hydraulic fluid needed to control the jet AIDS Drug Tests Prove Promising WASHINGTON AP Early tests of a new AIDS drug are so promising that federal scientists are expressing hope it may become a powerful new weapon against the epidemic that now numbers 100000 cases Scientists say they hope to start an expanded second phase of tests this fall and perhaps have the drug avail able for wide use next year Phase I trials described in a re port published today in the journal Science showed that the drug called DDI controlled the growth of the AIDS virus and enabled patients to gain weight feel better and develop some resistance to infection This is not a cure for AIDS said Dr Robert Yarchoan a National Cancer Institute researcher who helped direct the Phase I trials But it appears to control the disease The number of AIDS cases reached the 100000 mark in recent weeks the Centers for Disease Control said and 58014 AIDS patients had died as of June 30 No one is known to have recovered from the disease Weather Chance Of Rain Fair skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of evening thun derstorms The low will be in the low 70s Partly cloudy skies are forecast Saturday with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms The high will be in the low 90s Please see details on Page 4A Deaths 0 Dudley Edwards Langley Guy Fox Ridge Spring Georiga Mae Jones Edgefieid Dewey R Kennedy Augusta Lydia I Laugninghouse Augusta Myrtis C Lee North Augusta Wesley A Lybrand Wagener Peggy R Rushin Edgefieid Veronica H Taylor Augusta Please see details on Page 4A Inside Today Bridge5C Calendar12B Classifieds3B Comics2C Crossword6C Cryptoquote4C DearAbby2C Local Front1B Obituaries4A Opinions1C Sports8A Television1C Weather4A Producer Says Film Is Debate Forum By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer An independent film producer denied Thursday night that the making of a 54 minute documentary about the Savannah River Site was part of an effort to shut down nuclear facilities and disarm America Susan Robinson an economics major from the University of North Carolina said she joined the production effort be cause we need to have reasonable de bate about nuclear materials Ms Robinson said she didnt consider the film Building Bombs blatantly anti nuclear but only an expression aimed at helping people on both sides of the issue find common ground to discuss the future of nuclear weapons What we need to find out is how many nuclear weapons are enough and if there is a different way to live in this world she remarked Ms Robinson bemoaned the fact that nuclear discussion generally is confined to those who are adamantly opposed and those who are defenders of the process She said she would like to see everyone get involved in the debate Ms Robinson and Mark Mori a politi cal activist and former union organizer spent five years making the film and are traveling the country showing it to small groups Thursday night the film was shown twice to accommodate audiences in a small viewing auditorium at USC Aiken Between 200 and 250 people attended the showings It was seen as a weak effort by several of those interviewed afterward but most were impressed by the fact that it steered away from radical positions I just came because I wanted to see what it was all about said Carlos L Skip Townsend Jr It didnt change my opinion one bit But it wasnt as nega tive as I thought it would be Townsend the husband of Aiken Coun ty Coroner Sue Townsend pointed out their property is only a short distance from the nuclear reservation and they havent been concernedabout safety Besides Townsend Harold Bud Ray mond Al Symonds Jr and Gene Bagwell said they werent overly impressed with the production since about everything covered has been in the public domain for years Dr I Lehr Brisbin a University of Georgia ecologist who does environmen tal studies at the reservation said it was a bit odd that the filmmakers failed to interview those most closely associated Please See PRODUCER Page 3A Staff Photo By Scott Webster READYING THE PROJECTOR Producers Susan Robinson and Mark Mori prepare to show their film on the Savannah River Site to an audience ai USC Aiken last night Israeli Commandos Kidnap Iran Ally Staff Photo By Scott Webster CHANGES Changes are taking place at 905 Hayne Avenue The home which was formerly owned by the Durban family is being renovated by Robert F Eakle of Aiken Please see story on Page 1B By The Associated Press BEIRUT Lebanon Israeli commandos today kidnapped a Shiite Moslem leader who is con sidered Irans closest ally and who sources say was linked to the ab duction of US Lt Col William R Higgins Police said Sheik Abdul Karim Obeid 33 was kidnapped from his secondfloor apartment in the vil lage of Jibchit 21 miles north of the border with Israel A curious neighbor was killed by the com mandos police said Obeid is reputed to be the spiritu al guide of Hezbollah or Party of God in south Lebanon However he has repeatedly de nied links with the proIranian group which is affiliated with fac tions holding most of the 17 foreign hostages in Lebanon Nine Ameri cans are among the hostages Security sources in south Leba non speaking on condition of ano nymity said Higgins was briefly held at Obeids apartment after his abduction in south Lebanon on Feb 171988 One source said the late leader of the mainstream Shiite Moslem Amal militia in south Lebanon Daoud Daoud sent a group of his followers to obtain Higgins release from Obeids apartment but the force was encircled by Hezbollah gunmen stripped of its weapons and sent back The source said Higgins kidnap pers the Organization of the Op pressed on Earth later took the American marine out of Jibchit to another village in south Lebanon and then to the slums of south Beirut Daoud and Mahmoud Faqih an other Amal leader were assassi nated by unknown gunmen in south Beiruts seaside suburb of Ouzai on Sept 22 1988 Amal blamed the Please See ISRAELI Page 3A Thermal Discharge Denied For KReactor By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Environmentalists have won a battle in the war to make the Savannah River Site less damaging to surrounding wildlife in defeating an at tempt to exempt thermal discharges from the nuclear weapons plants Kreac tor from the Clean Water Act The amendment sponsored by US Rep Butler C Derrick DSC was re jected Thursday 34870 according to to days editions of The State newspaper The measure would have cut funds for a cooling tower for the reactor and in stead would have authorized million over two years for other environmental projects at the sprawling f acility near Ai ken the newspaper reported from its Washington bureau I hated to lose it because I think the money for the tower is a waste But the environmentalists made this the litmus test and thats hard to fight Derrick said Derrick and others acknowledged that the reactors discharge into streams would cause some thermal pollution and damage 200 acres of wetlands on site But the damage would reverse itself over tune by natural regrowth they said The Kreactor is one of three tritium producing reactors at Savannah River that have been shut down for more than a year because of safety and maintenance reasons The facility is the nations sole source of tritium the radioactive gas needed to make nuclear weapons Water to cool the Kreactor is pumped from the Savannah River and discharged into a stream on site at 170 degrees In 1984 the Department of Energy agreed to build a cooling tower by 1992 at a cost of million Derrick after consulting with DOE de cided the tower was not a good idea giv en the Kreactors age and doubts about length of service once it was restarted The congressman proposed spending the money on groundwater cleanup re moval of about 34 million gallons of high level radioactive waste from tanks at the Please See THERMAL Page 3A Bush Hopes Senate Will Restore Programs By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The White House is counting on the Senate to rescue Presi dent Bushs defense priorities torn asun der in House votes gutting or cutting back virtually every major strategic weapons program In two days of votes on a billion defense authorization bill the House ig nored White House and Pentagon lobby ing and turned Bushs defense priorities on their head It restored funds for conventional air craft discarded by the Pentagon while suspending most production of the radar evading stealth bomber It cut money for the Star Wars missile defense system stripped funds intended to make the MX missile a mobile weapon and eliminated all of the million provided for the Midgetman missile Rep Les Aspin DWis said the House had shredded Bushs defense priorities to produce a Michael Dukakis defense bill The Senate meanwhile only narrowly turned aside a strong bid to freeze re search and development of the Star Wars strategic defense initiative It tabled the amendment offered by Sen Bennett Johnston DLa 5047 But that action may result in the cham ber retaining needed leverage to resist House cuts on that and other weapons systems The Senate will need all the leverage it can muster when representatives of the two bodies meet in conference to resolve the many differences between the two bills Senators are to continue their consider ation of the measure next week We are watching the strategic posi tion of the administration unwind step by step on the floor of the House said Sen Sam Nunn DGa chairman of the Sen ate Armed Services Committee It is important that we not emasculate this program Nunn said as the vote neared on an amendment to cut Star Wars by million in addition to the million trimmed earlier by the Sen ate pane Please See BUSH Page 3A Deadline Nears For Contest As the August 2 deadline approach es 30 gardeners have towed in prize cucumbers and 23 have trundled giant tomatos into the Aiken Standard in hopes of winning this years vegetable contest Ridge Spring resident Guy Clark was leading the cucumber contest as of 1 pm Thursday with a 4 pound 190 ounce potential pickle Hoyt Hamilton continues to hold his twoweekold lead in the tomato con test with a 2 pound 460 ounce giant All garderners except for employees of the Aiken Standard and their fam ilies are eligable for the contest Weight is the only factor in the con test The heaviest tomato and the heaviest cucumber will each win prizes for the growers Second prize in each category will receive a prize and third place takes Entries may be weighed in at the front desk of the Aiken Standard at 124 Rutland Drive betwwen am and pm Monday through Friday A receptionist will weigh the entries and record the results   

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