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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 2, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports In Extra Innings Report Says Astronaut Deaths Likely No Bail Set For Captured Fugitive S Aiken Standard To Add Saturday On August 19 The Aiken Standard will add a Sat urday paper on Aug 19 making it a sevenday a week newspaper The Saturday Allen Standard will be delivered in the mornings It will feature local sports news features and advertising The Aiken Standard had been pub lished five days a week for many years until the addition of a Sunday paper in October of 1985 The Aiken Standard will remain an afternoon paper on weekdays and will be a morning paper on Saturdays and Sundays The decision to go seven days was based upon the desire of workers at the Aiken Standard to be able to bet ter serve readers and advertisers Growth in the market and the suc cess of the Sunday paper factored in the decision Sales of the Sunday pa per grew at 66 percent during the past audit year far surpassing the national average The Saturday newspaper will be delivered free to subscribers on Aug 19 and Aug 26 Beginning Sept 1 there will be a 50 cents a month price increase for subscriptions Home de livery will be per month Current subscribers and those wishing to subscribe however will have until Sept 30 to subscribe for up to one year at the current per month rate Those wishing to sign up for the current rate may call tlv Aiken Stan dard s Circu aJon D oarunent at 6495316 or v dc so at the Ai ken Standard s it 124 Rutland Drive The nvspape office is open MondayFriday from pm You can also reach the Circula tion Departments Customer Service department until 7 pm each day by calling 6495316 The price of the Sunday paper in newspaper racks and newsstands will increase on Sept 3 The Sunday paper has cost 50 cents since the pa per was added It will cost 75 cents in racks and on newsstands beginning Sept 3 Weather Partly Cloudy The hot humid weather we have experienced for the past two months will remain in our area for the fore seeable future Expect to feel warm temperatures very high humidity and afternoon tnundershowers popping up in the area 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 and hot with the high in the 90s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Roy L Arnold St Charles Mo Rebecca M Carter Augusta Maxim J Fesik Williston Rev Harold Mishler North Augusta W Arthur Taylor Laurens Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge9B Calendar13A Classifieds7B Comics6B Crossword10B Cryptoquote8B Dear Abby6B Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports9A Television2B Weather6A Librarian Honored Iran Pressure Saves Cicippio Execution Delayed For 48 Hours Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth AN HONORED NAME Nancy Bonnette Wagener librarian for the past 19 years stands before the library named in her honor last year Please see story on Page 1B By The Associated Press BEIRUT Lebanon Iran is believed to have pressured proIranian militants to put off killing American hostage Jo seph Cicippio and the chance his life will be spared has increased Shiite Moslem sources said today Cicippios captors the Revolutionary Justice Organization had said they would kill him unless Israel freed by Tuesday a Shiite Moslem cleric Sheik Abdul Karim Obeid But two hours after the deadline the Shiite Moslem group announced a 48hour postponement The group acknowledged a plea from Cicippios Lebanese wife El ham and cited friendly appeals and sin cere behests for the postponement Even if it was a postponement for only one minute its better than nothing El ham Cicippio said today Shiite sources in Lebanon speaking on condition they not be further identified said they believed Iran may have stepped in to save Cicippio after an international uproar over Mondays reported hanging of US Marine Lt Col William R Hig gins by another extremist group Israel said Obeid was abducted Friday in south Lebanon in a bid to use him in a swap for three captured Israeli servicemen President Bush faced with his most se rious foreign policy challenge consulted world leaders including Pope John Paul II and met with his Cabinet twice in 24 hours West Germany said today it has con tacted Iran and Syria on the United States behalf and the Vatican said it would seek to intervene to recover Big gins body Iran is the financial and spiritual back er of Hezbollah or Party of God the fun dameritalist faction that is believed to be the umbrella for terrorist groups holding most of the 16 Western hostages in Lebanon The Iranians probably are bringing immense pressure on their Lebanese sur rogates seeking to defuse the crisis gen erated by Higgins murder one Shiite source in Lebanon said speaking on con dition he not be identified The source noted that Revolutionary Justice has never killed a hostage it held but has used death threats in the past to back a political demand The group announced on March 12 1987 that it would kill French hostage JeanLouis Normandin unless France suspended arms supplies to Iraq which was then fighting Iran Normandin a lighting engineer with Frances Antenne2 television station was kidnapped March 81986 The group later announced three post ponements two for 48 hours and the third for one week On March 25 it said the death threat had been canceled Normandin eventually was freed Nov 271987 Please See IRAN Page 8A Watkins Outlines Nuclear Plant Cleanup Plans By KATIE HICKOX and KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON Energy Secretary James D Watkins described Tuesday some aspects of a detailed plan being written by Energy Department officials for cleaning up radioactive and toxic ma terials at the Savannah River Site and 16 other nuclear arms production plants around the country Watkins has estimated the cleanup cost for all 17 sites in the nuclear weapons complex will reach billion by 1995 After that date spending on cleanup pro jects may have to increase he said A contaminated sedimentfilled basin at the Savannah River Site has been iden tified as sufficiently threatening to health and the environment that it has been in cluded among the top cleanup priorities under the new plan The plan which carries Watkins per sonal endorsement is a replacement for an earlier cleanup strategy devised dur ing the tenure of his predecessor Energy Secretary John S Herrington Watkins had rejected the plan saying it was based on inadequate information about the composition and location of toxic and radioactive wastes that have escaped into the environment around the nations weapons plants Since taking office in January Watkins has sent teams of specialists to weapons plants sites around the country with a mandate to make a more precise inven tory of chemicals and other waste mate rials that may pose environmental threats The plan outlined by Watkins Tuesday is in part a result of those researches According to the new plan the Energy Department will go forward with con struction of a million water cooling tower at the Savannah River Site de signed to reduce the impact of thermal pollution hot water discharges from the reactors into streams that feed into the Savannah River An amendment introduced last week by Rep Butler Derrick DSC opposing the water cooling tower project received the unanimous support of South Caroli nas delegation to the House of Representatives During the debate on the Defense De partments budget authorization bill where funds for DOEs nuclear weapons plants are allocated Palmetto state representatives signed a letter to col leagues asserting the million should be used for cleanup of toxic and radioac tive waste at the site The House voted down the amendment by a large margin Please See WATKINS Page 8A Senate Struggles With Defense Budget By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Senate strug gling toward passage of a billion de fense authorization bill voted today to pay for the war on drugs with an infusion of unspent dollars from government agencies including the Pentagon The 909 vote taken as the Senate worked into the early morning hours would authorize the transfer of bil lion from all but a short list of exempted federal programs to pay the full cost of keeping the governments promise to fight the epidemic of narcotics sweep ing this country Sen Robert C Byrd DWVa chair man of the Senate Appropriations Com mittee said the action if approved by the House and enacted into law puts the problem of paying for the drug war squarely on President Bushs shoulders This amendment authorizes the presi dent to fund the drug package Byrd said It says Mr President when it passes into law its your baby You fund the war on drugs If you dont like it find another way In other action before adjourning at am EOT the Senate Voted to give air police lastresort permission to shoot down aircraft flying narcotics into the United States Adopted a series of burdenshar ing a nenuments aimed at increasing the contributions to defense by US allies in Europe and Asia s Bolstered Bushs bid to make the MX missile a moving rather than a stationary target by shelving 6238 an amendment Please See SENATE Page 8A Thurmond Wants US Flag Amendment By KATIE HICKOX States News Service WASHINGTON Sen Strom Thur mond RSC told a Senate panel Tues day that a constitutional amendment is the most sound and safe course to pre vent flag desecration The sixterm Republican is the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee which held the first of four hearings today to consider legislative and constitutional responses to a recent Supreme Court decision allowing flag burning for political purposes An overwhelming majority of Ameri cans are looking to the Congress as their elected officials to reverse this decision and restore the proper civil respect for our American flag Thurmond told his colleagues Thurmond introduced his own amend ment proposal and has cosponsored an other backed by President Bush and Mi nority Leader Robert Dole RKan A bill that would criminalize flag dese cration has been put forth by the panels chairman Sen Joseph Biden DDel Thurmond said that although he views a constitutional amendment as the best way to protect the stars and stripes as a committee member he said he would support Bidens legislation I will support the distinguished chair mans statutory approach to overturn this decision he said However there is much disagreement among our na tions top constitutional scholars as to the effectiveness of a statute achieving our objective Other members of the panel con demned the constitutional approach to the flag burning dilemma citing the in tent of the Founding Fathers and the bill of rights A House panel has introduced a bill similar to Sen Bidens statutory ap proach to the bodys floor Veggie Contest Concludes Today Today marks the deadline for en tries in the Aiken Standard vegetable contest and the beginning of a love story Hoyt Hamiltons Tom tomato 2 lb 46 ounces met Guy Clarks Cuke 4 lb190 ounce at the weigh in in the reception area And with competition ending today it looks like they might be celebrating a vic tory tonight possibly in a salad Currently holding second and third place are James H Sleeves 2 lb 230 ounce tomato and Pat Harleys entry lb85 ounces In the cucumber competition the Rev JL Steeles 3 lb 1470 ounce and TJ Yates 3 lb 109 ounce vege tables hold second and third The Aiken Standard awards each to the winners in this Heavy Veggie contest Second place gets and third place takes   

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