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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 8, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Vikings Nelson Ends Holdout Page 9A Gregg Park Loses Aiken Rained Out Gregg Parks season came to an end Monday night in the PreMajors World Series while Aikens AllStars were rained out in the Dixie Youth 1314yearold World Series Alabama eliminated Gregg Park 126 in Texarkana Texas The Stars got the early lead but were unable to hold on as Alabama posted five runs in the second inning and four more in the fourth Gregg Park ended its season with a 203 record including two losses in the tournament The team which left Texas this morning will be arriving home around noon on Thursday Aiken meanwhile is set to play Arkansas at 6 pm today The All Stars have had little difficulty in the tournament being held in Gonzales La thus far with victories against Virginia and North Carolina Please see Page 7A for details A Quick Read Councilwoman Loses Dog To Extortionists HOPKINTON RI AP Kelly mother of seven litters and beloved golden retriever of Town Council President Sandra Johanson is miss ing the victim of what looks like a political dognapping It started as nothing more than a lost dog story But Kellys disappearance turned sinister after 12 hours when a man telephoned Mrs Johansons home and said Get off the council and youll get your dog Ginger and Chris Kellys daughter and former mate respectively are upset Mrs Johanson said The entire family is devastated We havent been right for a week she said John Hinckley Says He Backs Gun Control WASHINGTON AP John Hinckley says his attack on Presi dent Reagan could have been pre vented with proper gun control Hinckley now a patient at a men tal hospital says he shot Reagan in a paradoxical rage induced by the constant use of Valium Hinckley said that if a waiting peri od for buying weapons had been re quired I believe I would not have gone forward with the effort to shoot the president Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast for tonight with a low in the mid 60s Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunder storms with a high in the low 80s Please see details on Page 5A Deaths Elizabeth Bennett Augusta Hester A Hall Wagener Jessie G Lykes Florence William H Tarte Augusta Please see details on Page 2B Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 7B 38 5B 4B 88 6B 4B 18 2B 5A Page 2A US Asked To Respect Contra Pact Page IB NA Council Approves Annexation Tuesday August 81989 n South Carolina Moslems Reject Talks On Hostages By The Associated Press BEIRUT Lebanon Shiite Moslem fundamentalist leaders today again re jected talks on exchanging three Israeli servicemen and Western hostages for a kidnapped Moslem cleric held in Israel Their statements came amid indica tions that Syria may be authorized by Iran and Hezbollah Tehrans main ally in Lebanon to negotiate the release of US hostage Joseph Cicippio and 15 oth ers held in Lebanon In Iran the Englishlanguage Tehran Times said Tehran would be willing to American Woman Shot5A use its influence in the hostage crisis if the United States agreed to release bil lions of dollars of Iranian assets longfro zen in New York banks They also came as there were signs of a rift in Irans new leadership over the hos tage issue pitting hardline Interior Min ister Ali Akbar Mohtashami against pragmatist President Hashemi Rajsanjani In a statement distributed in Beirut Sheik Sobhi Tofaili a senior Hezbollah leader said There shall be no contacts and no negotiations as long as Sheik Abd ulKarim Obeid remains in captivity This is the partys unshakeable con viction and this is what we shall do To faili said adding Hezbollah is not con cerned with the question of the hostages or the negotiations revolving around it The hostage crisis was triggered when Israeli commandos kidnapped Obeid 33 from his home in south Lebanon July 28 and whisked him to Israel Israel has offered to trade Obeid and all 450 Shiite prisoners it holds for the three Israelis and the Western hostages held in Lebanon but Hezbollah insists the cleric should be unconditionally freed Hezbollahs spiritual guide Sheik Mo hammed Hussein Fadlallah said in a separate statement published by several Beirut newspapers that Obeids abduc tion left the region poised on a powder keg That act of piracy led to the killing of the American officer Higgins Fadlallah said referring to the announcement nine days ago by the underground Organiza tion of the Oppressed on Earth that it Please See MOSLEMS Page 5A Staff Photo By Scott Webster NO BREAK For these youngsters there was no summer break from school this year They took advantage of special tutoring classes set up by Barbara Hicks Right at Clearwater Elementary School For the full story see Page 1B San Francisco Jolted By Quake By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO A sharp earthquake jolted the San Francis co Bay area for 10 seconds early today shaking buildings breaking glass and apparently causing one man to jump to his death from a fifthstory apartment window au thorities said The quake occurred at am PDT and had a magnitude of 51 on the Richter scale according to both the US Geological Survey in nearby Menlo Park and the USGS National Earthquake Information Center in Golden Colo An aftershock measuring 42 rip pled through the area at am Police in Los Gatos about 50 miles south of San Francisco said an unidentified 19yearold man ap parently was asleep when the earthquake occurred Officers be lieve he was startled awake and jumped out of his bedroom win dow dispatcher Lisa Douglas said in a statement There were no other immediate reports of injuries me quake was centered on the San Andreas fault about 13 miles south of San Jose It was felt throughout a wide area as far away as Santa Cruz 75 miles south of San Francisco The epicenter was in almost ex actly the same place as a 50 mag nitude quake on June 271988 said USGS geophysicist Dave Oppenheimer There was some damage in the Santa Cruz Mountains It was Please See QUAKE Page 5A Shuttle Roars Aloft With Spy Satellite Secrecy Surrounds Mission Of Columbias Military Crewmen By The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL Fla Columbia NASAs oldest shut tle returned to space for the first time in 3Va years today rocketing into orbit with five military astronauts on a secret mission to send a spy satellite aloft The 125ton winged spaceship blazed away from its seaside launch pad at am after a blackedout countdown and darted northeastward Were tracking it right down the middle of the pike the flight guidance officer said about four minutes into the flight Nearly nine minutes after liftoff NASA announced that Co lumbia was in orbit more than 100 miles above the Earth streaking along at more than 17400 mph We had a completely clean and smooth ascent There are no problems whatsoever to report said launch commentator Brian Welch The space agency then imposed a news blackout Apart from brief periodic status reports during the fiveday mission si lence will be broken only if there is a major problem NASA said Crew conversation will not be broadcast The satellite reportedly can focus on the Soviet Union and world hotspots such as the Middle East The exact launch time was not made public until nine min utes before liftoff when the Pentagon lifted the blackout Ear lier officials had said only that the launch would take place between am and am Liftoff was delayed about 40 minutes to allow fog to burn off The mission is the fifth shuttle flight since launches resumed last September after a 2Myear hiatus prompted by the Chal lenger disaster Columbia which flew the first shuttle mission in 1981 spent the past few years as a hangar queen stripped of parts to keep the two other remaining shuttles flying It underwent 258 safety modifications after a failed rocket joint caused the Chal lenger explosion in 1986 that killed all seven crew members Weather Hampers Search For Missing Congressman By The Associated Press ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia Poor visi bility hampered rescuers searching to day for a plane carrying Texas Congress man Mickey Leland and 13 other people that vanished en route to a refugee camp near the Sudanese border Heavy cloud cover made an aerial search of more than 400 miles of rugged terrain from this capital to Lelands des tination in southwestern Ethiopia nearly impossible said Robert Houdek charge daffairs at the US Embassy However Houdek said Interior Minis try officials in contact with police and communications points along Lelands flight path reported a small plane was sighted Monday circling a field at Dembi dolo about 75 miles from the Fugnido refugee camp where the Houston Demo crat group was bound If it was our plane what we find en couraging is that it would have trans versed a lot of the more treacherous ter rain to Fugnido Houdek said The plane circled but the pilot obviously felt that he didnt want to put down at that time Houdek said Dembidolo was in an inac cessible region far from any communica tion points which could provide a be nign explanation for why we havent heard anything But he said the region contained sever al fields suitable for landing that were cleared by the government to airlift food to people during the 198465 famine that ravaged much of Ethiopia Light aircraft that left early today to search for Leland and his party were con centrating their efforts in the Dembidolo area said Houdek However a dense cloud cover and poor visibility was ham pering their efforts he said The missing Twin Otter plane that Le land was traveling in is commonly used for bush flying Officials with Ethiopias Civil Aviation Authority coordinating the search said a C130 Hercules cargo plane was standing by to help in case of an emergency US Embassy official John Guerra said the pilots were following the general route the plane would have taken to the Fugnido camp 480 miles southwest of Addis Ababa Planes must fly over rough terrain to reach the camp but the aircraft would not pass over the area where rebels are battling Ethiopias government Ethio pias separatist movements are based in the northern part of the country in the Horn of Africa The missing plane which also carried eight other Americans including staff members and US Embassy personnel was last heard from Monday morning about 15 minutes after leaving Ethiopias Bole Airport in Addis Ababa Guerra said It was about 25 miles outside of Addis at the time said Guerra That was the last contact we had Five Ethiopians including three gov ernment officials the pilot and copilot also were aboard the airplane owned by Ethiopias Relief and Rehabilitation Commission the government relief agency The plane was due back in Addis Ababa at 5 pm Monday Please See WEATHER Page 5A Boy 14 Shot 11 YearOld Is Under Arrest A 14yearold boy was shot Monday af ternoon allegedly by an 11yearold boy following an argument between the two at the older boys home in Bluff Manor Apartments off Silver Bluff Road ac cording to the Aiken Deparment of Public Safety At pm the police received a phone call reporting that a young boy had been shot and seriously wounded at his home Police officers found the boy lying on his living room floor unconscious He was transported to HCA Aiken Regional Medical Centers in critical condition where he immediately went into surgery Inspector Pete Frommer said HCA Aiken officials stated this mom ing that the boy was still in critical condition The police officers reported that the two boys had gotten into an argument and the 11yearold returned to his home obtained a 25 automatic weapon and re turned to the 14yearold boys home He knocked on the door and when the boy opened it the 11yearold allegedly shot the boy in the chest above the heart the police reported Police officers arrested the 11yearold and contacted the parents of both the boys The police department would not release the names of the juveniles involved   

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