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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 6, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                jUUNIK rOlui Llii Aiken Posts Win Gregg Park Falls The Aiken AllStars won their first game in the 1314 yearold Dixie Youth World Series while Gregg Park suffered a loss in the PreMa jors Tournament Aiken scored four runs in the bot tom of the first on its way to a 61 verdict over Virginia in the first round of the tournament in Gonzales La Frank Roberts went six innings for Aiken and picked up the win Cedric Johnson came on in relief in the last inning to preserve the decision Aiken next takes on North Caroli na a 54 winner over Florida today at 6 pm in the winners bracket Gregg Park fell behind Florida 5Q couldnt recover and lost 133 in the first round of the PreMajors World Series contest in Texarkana Texas Calvin Coach was credited with the loss as three Gregg Park pitchers faced the Florida Stars Gregg Park drops into the losers bracket and will play Mississippi to day at 4 pm Mississippi lost its first round contest to Alabama 83 Page 2 A Shuttle Countdown Begins Page7A Flea Market Attracts Thousands Sports 1 Hall Of Fame Inducts Four Page 1B A Quick Read Stones Promoters Say Concert PossibSe By The Associated Press COLUMBIA Promoters for the Rolling Stones and University of South Carolina officials say a concert at WilliamsBrice Stadium is a possi bility after the football season is over Were going to keep the lines of communication open with both The Rolling Stones management and the university said Columbia attorney Jack Swerling who is representing Entertainment promoters of several Rolling Stones dates in the Southeast Were not trying to put any pres sure on USC Were just offering this concert to the city of Columbia and the university just happens to over see the facility where it would be staged Swerling said Officials at the statesupported school emphatically said no to promoters of the rock band who were trying to negotiate a Sept 30 concert at the stadium However Swerling said promoters would explore other options such as alternative dates for a Columbia show Weather More Heat Today will be sunny and hot with a high near 100 Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low in the mid70s Monday will be partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms The high will be in the 90s and the low will be in the 70s Please see details on Page 9A Deaths Elizabeth Bettis Hempstead NY Haltie L Brunson Edgefield Pete Busbee Windsor Ruth Butler Aiken Gail A Fisher Belton Ella Mae Richardson Glover Warrenville Brittany Elyse Maroney North Augusta John Henry Rankin Batesburg Barnie Kelly Sanders Windsor Please see details on Page 9A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Weather 5B 5C 3B 6C 7A 9A 1D 7A 9A Sunday August 61989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No High Risk Bush Avoids Perils But Not Anguish By The Associated Press WASHINGTON George Bush had watched a hostage crisis help destroy one president and ensnarl another in scandal so he knew full well he was plunging into highrisk territory when terrorists claimed to have killed one American and set an execution date for another in Lebanon For the first six months of his presiden cy Bush had been largely spared from any pressures over the hostages plight even though nine Americans remained in captivity in Lebanon That suddenly changed after Israeli commandos seized a Shiite Moslem cler ic in Lebanon Three days later a shad owy organization called the Organization of the Oppressed on Earth declared it had hanged Marine Lt Col William R Hig gins and released a videotape purported ly showing the execution Suddenly Bush began to feel the sting of experiences that had bludgeoned Jim my Carter and Ronald Reagan Bush spoke of the overwhelming events of the hostage crisis and commented These are not easy days Bush was spending the weekend with family at the presidential retreat at Camp David Md while national securi ty aides monitored the hostage develop ments at the White House The president did not have any policy staff with him and the hostage situation was considered stabilized White House spokesman Jay Allison said Saturday He said Bush did routine paperwork received intelligence briefing materials and made phone calls during the morn ing then played tennis and went swimming Back in Washington US officials sought to downplay any negative inter SCIENCE BUILDING USC Aiken has set Monday as the target date to begin moving into the new Science Building The fourstory building will house the Staff Photo By Scott Webster departments of natural science Please see story on Page 7A Push For PariMutuel Betting Continues By TOM STRONG Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA Proponents of legalized gambling on horses and greyhounds in South Carolina continue to bet on legisla tive success despite the death of an influ ential lawmaker possible constitutional challenges moral opposition and ques tions about whether the state can sustain a firstclass track Parimutuel betting would generate million annually for state coffers bring 4000 jobs to the state and eventually con tribute million in economic develop ment supporters say I would jump on it right away Theres no catch said Elliott Thompson a lob byist for the South Carolina Tourism Council Legislation that would put the issue be fore the voters narrowly passed a House committee in April and will be before the full House when it reconvenes in Janu ary A similar bill has made little pro gress in the Senate Horse owners breeders and trainers take hope in the fact that 43 other states have parimutuel betting Three that do not South Carolina Georgia and North Carolina are islands along the Eastern coast where gamblers are marooned The future of parimutuel betting in South Carolina may depend upon action in neighboring states Its not a question of whether theres going to parimutuel betting in one of those three states Itll be fairly soon Which state itll be I dont know said Othniel H Wienges a St Matthews thor oughbred breeder If Georgia or North Carolina acts first it will diffuse the movement here I think we need to get it before they do Added Jim Fisher president of the South Carolina Horse Council and owner of Dixieland Arabian Stud Farm in Oran geburg County If were the last kid on the block if were low man on the totem pole its going to pass us by Efforts are under way in Georgia to establish parimutuel wagering but the outlook is considered poor for 1990 be cause it is an election year In North Car olina there is no pending parimutuel legislation Opponents in South Carolina claim pariinutuel backers inflate the potential revenue for the state Please See PUSH Page 4A pretation of the Iranian news agency re port on Iran refusing a US message last week Basically weve been trying to get different people to weigh in said one closely involved source who spoke on con dition of anonymity We have been able to get our messages one way or another through to the parties certainly to the Iranians It was last week with telephone calls to world leaders on behalf of the hostages when Bush initiated what his press sec retary Marlin Fitzwater called the most defined and highlevel diplomatic effort I have ever seen in the Bush and Reagan administrations Please See HIGH Page4A Hostage Message Snubbed By The Associated Press NICOSIA Cyprus Iran said Satur day it has refused to accept a message from President Bush about the foreign hostages in Lebanon but a UN spokes man working on the issue talked of opti mism in the air In Washington a government source said the Bush administration had suc ceeded in communicating with Iran which is believed to have strong influence over groups holding hostages Algeria assumed a leading role in ef forts to win release of the captives The proIranian group Hezbollah be lieved to be the umbrella for factions holding hostages named five prisoners held in Israel that it wants released in addition to a Shiite Moslem cleric kid napped by Israel The statement indirectly endorsed de mands made Thursday by the Revolu tionary Justice Organization after it sus pended threats to kill American hostage Joseph Cicippio Israel said it was exploring all ways of winning freedom for hostages but would not engage in public debate on the demands Irans official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted an unidentified Foreign Ministry official as saying The US ad ministration sent a message to Irans Foreign Ministry last week through a third country Since the content had noth ing to do with Iran the message was not accepted Iran has denied involvement in hos tagetaking The agency monitored in Nicosia said the official was responding to reports that Bush sent a message to Iran to pre vent the killing of hostages It gave no further details A closely involved source in Washing ton said on condition of anonymity Ba sically weve been trying to get different people to weigh in We have been able to get our mes sages one way or another through to the parties certainly to the Iranians the source said Please See HOSTAGE Page 4A OnceSegregated Swimming Pool Opens For Both Blacks Whites By The Associated Press SALUDA A swimming pool that was offlimits to blacks for 34 years reopened Saturday to both blacks and whites fol lowing complaints by a church group Its about time said Bernard Daniel a 34yearold black man who stopped out side the Saluda Swim and Tennis Club on his way to a wedding Few people showed up at the pool de spite a temperature of 100 degrees Daniel said he and a friend tried to ob tain a pool membership three years ago but were refused I was told it was for white men he recalled Nothing was done at the time although there were people here who knew it was wrong Daniel said The pool in this town 45 miles south of Columbia was closed July 26 following publicity about the clubs refusal July 13 to admit three black youths who were part of a church group that had arranged to use the pool The land on which the club stands was deeded to the town in 1933 with the stipu lation that it was for the use by the white children of the county and town of Saluda The stipulation remained when the town sold the land to the Saluda Jay cees for in 1955 The swim and tennis club rents the land from the Jaycees and enforced the rule After the church group complained the Jaycees ordered the pool closed until it was desegregated A few black families purchased half price memberships Saturday but no one was waiting in line when the pool opened About five black people swam and about 50 cars stopped so occupants could get a Please See POOL Page 4A Heat Makes Life Uncomfortable From Staff Reports By now Aiken residents might feel the devil will be knocking on the door any minute its just about hot enough to make the old fellow feel right at home Temperatures soared near 100 de grees Saturday with the humidity mak ing life even more uncomfortable To days forecast calls for more of the same Heathaters will undoubtably be stay ing indoors where air conditioning and iced drinks make the days more bear able Heatlovers can stay cool too splashing around in ponds lakes or pools Those who are suffering without air conditioning and have no other way to beat the heat may find relief by going somewhere cooler such as a mall de partment store or movie theater Unlike Richmond County Ga Aiken does not have predesignated places where people suffering from the heat can find refuge said a spokesman for the Aiken Public Safety Department We recommend that people who are overheated go to stores or public build ings that are air conditioned he said Those who cannot take shelter indoors are warned to take precautions because heatrelated injuries are dangerous and can be deadly A few suggestions from local doctors are staying in the shade keeping still as much as possible and drinking plenty of liquids that do not contain caffeine or alcohol Wearing lightcolored clothing and a hat can also help Infants and small children should be kept in the shade and sponged with cold water every once in a while to help keep them cool Thus far no heatrelated injuries have been reported to HCA Aiken Regional Medical Centers according to a spokeswoman   

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