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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 31, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Braves Drop Roses Reds Page 5A Ajuickjead Unhappy With Boss Call A Witch Doctor ALEXANDRIA Va AP If your boss is making life miserable Earnest Dr Buzzard Bratton says he can solve your problem with a couple of shiny dimes a teaspoon of black cat oil and an incantation over a cemetery grave plus of your cash A piece of cake says Bratton a selfproclaimed voodoo witch doctor in this Washington suburb who says hes licensed by the state of Virginia herbs and potions I have your boss removed from his job he says I give him what I call the hotfoot It works no doubt about it If it doesnt work theres no dogs in Georgia Bratton 57 a native of Gaffney says he was born with magical pow ers and perfected them with the help of ghostly visions He boasts he can improve his clients sex lives rid them of pesky neighbors bring them good luck at the racetrack retire debts cure rheumatism and banish assorted spells and curses He says he can even help President Bush Woman Found In Raft After 14 Days At Sea NEW YORK AP A woman res cued after 14 days in a life raft in the Atlantic was trying to decide on a sailboat trip to Bermuda whether to marry her sailing partner But au thorities say he did not survive the ordeal The 37foot sailboat Anaulis sank on July 16 as it carried Janet Culver 48 of Passaic NJ and Nicholas Ab bott 50 toward New York from Ber muda said Coast Guard Lt jg Mat thew Warmamaker The pair climbed into an inflatable dinghy and waited for help On Wednesday a fatigued Abbott climbed out of the raft without a life jacket and swam off Wannamaker said He seemed disillusioned maybe even slightly deranged according to Ms Culver he said Ms Culver was rescued by a US research vessel early Sunday 450 miles southeast of New York or about halfway between the city and Bermuda and was transported to the Royal Viking Star a cruise ship with full medical facilities Weather Fair And Hot There is a 20 percent chance of eve ning thunderstorms tonight other wise fair The low will be in the 70s Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms The high will be in the lowmid 90s Please see details on Page 2B Deaths FlauraM Bell Augusta Joyce C Boland Aiken Daisy Crawford Jackson Ella K Durden Swainsboro Ga Richard T Elder Aiken West Felder Augusta Robert W Ford Augusta Radford L Powell Washington Ga Please see details on Page 28 Inside Today Bridge6B Calendar2B Classifieds4B Comics3B Crossword7B Cryptoquote5B Dear Abby3B Local Front1B Obituaries2B Opinions4A Sports5A Television3B Weather2B Vietnam To Reject Peace In Cambodia i Tobacco Lobbyists Fight Attack Fanatics Hang American Colonel By The Associated Press BEIRUT Lebanon ProIranian Shi ite Moslem captors said today thev hanged US Marine Lt Col William R Higgins and released a videotape show ing his execution in retaliation for Isra els kidnapping of a Moslem cleric The group calling itself the Organiza tion of the Oppressed on Earth said it would kill proven spy Higgins at 3 p m 8 am if Sheik Abdul Karim Obeid were not freed Government sources in Jerusalem have noted that Israel has repeatedly stated that it would not bow to such threats In Jerusalem earlier today Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel pro posed trading all his countrys Shiite Moslem captives for all captured Israeli soldiers and foreign hostages held by Shi ite groups in Lebanon Rabin made the proposal in an announcement broadcast on staterun Israel radio Shiite groups in Lebanon are believed to hold three Israeli soldiers and 17 for eigners including nine Americans Israe li security sources estimate 50 to 60 Shiite Moslems from Lebanon are held in Israe li prisons Higgins 44 of Danville Ky was serv ing as head of an observer group at tached to the UN peacekeeping force in south Lebanon when he was seized Feb 17 1988 His captors accused him of soy ing for the CIA In Tehran earlier today Iranian For eign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati con demned both the death threat and the kid napping of Obeid Lebanese security sources and Israeli officials say Obeid played a role in the kidnapping of Higgins last year but Obeid denies it Hezbollah and the Syrianbacked main stream Shiite Moslem Amal militia called a general strike in Lebanon today to protest Obeids abduction Reactor Startup Cost Quadruples Billion Reportedly Needed At SRS Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth LIBRARY MAY BE DELAYED The opening of Aiken Countys new library may be delayed from its earlier expected September or October date Please see story on Page 1B By The Associated Press NEW YORK The cost of repairing and restarting the three idle reactors at the Savannah River Site is more than four times the Energy Departments esti mate according a published report A confidential report submitted to the department on June 26 by the Westing house Savannah River Company the sub sidiary of the Westinghouse Electric Cor poration that operates the nuclear weapons plant said the project will cost at least billion and not be completed until 1991 The New York Times reported in Monday editions In December the Energy Department estimated that repairs at the plant would cost million and be completed in 1990 Savannah Rr V is trW of the gov ernments nucle ar reactors the nations only source of the radioactive gas used in nuclear warheads Energy Secretary James D Watkins planned to announce on Tuesday a five year plan to bring all of the nations nu clear weapons production plants into compliance with environmental and safe ty laws The Washington Post reported in its Monday editions Under the proposal the department would spend billion next year and up to billion in each of the following four years Watkins told the Post in an inter view that the plan would include manage ment of hazardous waste and restoration of the environment around the plants The three reactors at Savannah River have been shut for more than a year be cause of safety and management con cerns During the shutdown the previous contractor Du Pont Corp withdrew and the government hired Westinghouse The reactors are the sole source of triti um a shortlived radioactive gas essen tial for many nuclear weapons Because tritium decays to inert helium the triti Please See Page 1B For Related Stories urn charge must be renewed from time to time The Energy Department pays for oper ation of the plant and the additional mon ey will come from the departments budget The confidential report calls for re starting the first reactor in September 1990 the second in December 1990 and the third in February 1991 the Times said Jack Herrmann spokesman for Wes tinghouse Savannah River Co said Wes tinghouse has submitted plans to the En ergy Department proposing a timetable and cost estimates for restarting the plants three reactors The plans he said present a number of variables and a number of options At this point its an interim process with DOE Were not really in a position to comment because theres a lot of give and take in this process Weve made some recommendations but not necessarily binding recommenda tions Its up to DOE to make the final decision Herrmann said Westinghouse presented a restart plan for the idled Kreactor to the Energy De partment on June 26 and supplemental plans for restarting the other two reac tors on July 10 Herrmann said Herrmann said the Energy Depart ment and Westinghouse have held discus sions about the plans off and on the last several weeks but there has not been a formal resolution Technical experts with the Energy De partment told the Times that recovering tritium will not be possible until nine months after a reactor has been turned on This means that the first new supplies l of tritium will not be available until June Please See REACTOR Page 8A Governors Tread Gingerly Around Abortion Issue By The Associated Press CHICAGO The nations governors are stepping carefully around the emo tional issue of abortion avoiding direct discussion of it at their annual meeting even as each ponders the political quag mire it could create back home While a small band of abortionrights protesters demonstrated outside Sunday governors attending the fourday Nation al Governors Association conference said they planned no discussion of the issue despite the recent Supreme Court decision giving states broader leeway to regulate abortion Several acknowledged the issue may dominate their states politics and legis latures in coming months It will bring out some polarized feel ings said Delaware Gov Michael Cas tle a Republican I think in the course of the next year or two that will be a dominant issue Its important that we not let it domi nate our state legislatures Castle said It has that ability to dominate things so Senate To Begin Debate On Defense Budget Bill much that you cant do anything else Another governor sharing that concern was Marylands William Donald Schaefer Schaefer a Democrat said he would ask the legislature to confine debate and action on abortion to the first 30 days of its next session Please See GOVERNORS Page 8A By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Senate is aiming for a defense bill that closely resembles the blueprint sought by President Bush unlike the House version that rips apart the administrations strategic weapons programs In a rush to complete its work before the recess that begins Friday Congress tackles a full plate of appropriations bills this week with the Senate trying to pro duce a defense package that serves as a counterbalance to the House version In final action late Thursday the Dem ocraticcontrolled House approved a billion defense bill that severely curtails production of the B2 stealth bomber slashes billion from the Star Wars budget and restores two planes the F 14D Tomcat jet fighter and V22 Osprey that Bush planned to kill The last cut came as Alabama Republi can William Dickinson joined forces with Massachusetts liberal Democrat Barney Frank and succeeded in eliminating all million earmarked for the Midget man missile Yesterday was not the Houses most memorable moment Bush told report ers Friday But were going to keep fighting on for what we believe in The president said lie is counting on the Senate to produce a bill that keeps White House defense priorities in order The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Democrat Sam Nunn of Please See SENATE Page 8A Bush Not Satisfied With Congress By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush says hes not too happy with the way things are turning out between himself and Congress but then Nobody ever said it would be easy Bushs resigned commentary came as he emerged from a rough stretch that saw his policy positions from military spending to savings and loan bailout undergo a trouncing on Cap itol Hill r I would not give Congress very high marks on doing what I want done on legislation Bush told reporters in a news conference Friday when be was asked to rate his legislative success But in keeping with his repeated comments about wanting to work har moniously with the Democraticcon trolled Congress Bush said he would not get into personal criticism I have to work with these people the president said I have never been too hot at being a namecaller After spewing antiCongress rheto ric with gusto during his presidential campaign last year Bush launched his presidency with an inaugural address calling for a bipartisan working spirit between the White House and Con gress The American people do not want to see their leaders bickering the new president said But Democrats now say such concil iatory language belies an unsettling pattern in which Bush takes the high road while his aides and Republican allies undermine legislative agreements Bush wants kinder and gentler Please See BUSH Page 8A   

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