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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 10, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Sluman Recalls The Shot Page 9A Aiken Eliminated Gregg Park Returns The Aiken AllStars were eliminat ed from the 1314year Dixie Youth World Series Wednesday in Gon zales La Virginia a team Aiken had defeat ed in the tournament opener knocked off the AllStars 1311 Aiken outhit the opposition 135 but had trouble with four errors and 11 walks The team is scheduled to arrive in Aiken tonight at the H Odell Weeks Activities Center Meanwhile Gregg Park returned from Texarkana Texas last night af ter being eliminated in the PreMa jors World Series Please see stories on Page 9A A Quick Read Claims Cereal Should Be Tested MINNEAPOLIS AP General Mills Inc says its new cereal is noth ing more than a breakfast food that can reduce cholesterol but Procter Gamble Co thinks it should be test ed as a drug if its going to make health claims which sells overthecounter medicines wants the US Food and Drug Administration to order Gener al Mills to pull the cereal Benefit off the market It contends cereals should be under the same federal testing as drugs before health bene fits such as reduced cholesteral can be advertised General Mills disagrees Its a cereal thats made from grain Its consumed like a cereal Its no different from any other cere al thats on the marketplace that con tains soluble fiber and has the ability to lower cholesterol General Mills spokesman Craig Shulstad said Wednesday The FDA is reviewing Procter Gambles June 8 request and is ex pected to respond soon said Chris Lecos press officer for the agency Benefit contains oat bran rice and psyllium a grain grown mainly in India According to General Mills which is based in the Minneapolis suburb of Golden Valley tests conducted in 1987 on men with average and above average cholesterol levels found that Benefit reduced cholesterol levels an average of 9 percent when 2 ounces were eaten daily as part of a lowfat diet Weather Cloudy Skies Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms The low will be in the mid 60s Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a percent chance of thunderstorms The highs will be in the low 80s Please see details on Page 16A Deaths Steven R Aikman Grovetown Ga Sadie Lee Carlton Orangeburg Frank 0 Foreman Aiken Jeanette Norman Aiken Virginia J Scarboro Dearing Ga George T Sharp Edgefield Leola M Sharptori Belvedere Willie Smith North Augusta DB Wells Bath Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5B 13A 3B 14A SB 4B 14A 1B 6A 4A 9A 14A 6A Bush OpenMinded On Hostage Crisis Coroner Seeking Identities Of Two Thursday August 10 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 191 Convict Frees 2 Hostages Kills Self By The Associated Press McCORMICK Authorities today are trying to determine how a convicted mur derer smuggled into prison an automatic pistol that he used to hold two hostages for 9 hours and eventually turned on himself Thomas Walden 42 serving a life sen tence plus 24 years for murder and armed robbery at the McCormick Cor rectional Institution fatally shot himself in the neck at pm Wednesday after earlier releasing unharmed another in mate and a prison worker being held hos tage officials said Walden was unhappy Wednesday about conditions at the prison and his impend ing transfer to the Perry Correctional In stitution in Greenville County officials said But they said he never asked to re main in McCormick and appeared to ac cept the move later in the evening Walden was armed with a 25 caliber silverplated automatic pistol Depart ment of Corrections spokesman Francis X Archibald said Somebody could smuggle a weapon into the institution he said We have deliveries made everyday clothes food supplies Archibald said corrections officials plan an intense investigation of how Wal den got the gun You never want a person like this to die said State Department of Correc tions Commissioner Parker Evatt And we had never thought that he would die during the whole time Walden took the two hostages about am in the prisons furnituremanu facturing building Archibald said He had asked for his attorney his prison file and to be allowed to make a phone call to his wife the spokesman said Officials ultimately agreed to his first two demands but said they were never able to reach his wife Walden did speak to his brother and a former motherin law officials said By 9 pm Wednesday Walden had re leased the two hostages and had tried to telephone other members of his family Archibald said After complaining of having trouble with a cargo door that had been opened earlier Evatt said Walden moved to an office chair and shot himself in the neck Please See CONVICT Page 16A College Costs Annual percentagMncfeasss in tuition and fees ancf private 4year Institutions Public 20 US Panama End Military Standoff Source College Board Dean Caple SCHOOLING SURGE The decadelong surge in college costs is moderately higher this fall with average tuitions 5 to 9 percent higher For story please see Page 2A Confrontation Began With Soldiers Arrest By The Associated Press FORT AMADOR Panama US forces blockaded the entrance to Fort Amador after Panamanian forces arrest ed two American soldiers and the stand off ended three hours later when both sides exchanged arrested troops US military officials blamed Wednes days confrontation the second in as many days on the arrests of the Ameri can soldiers and strongly protested the action The Panamanian Defense Forces in turn condemned the blockade during which Panamanian troops trained anti aircraft weapons on US helicopters cir cling overhead The Defense Forces under strongman Gen Manuel Antonio Noriega accused the United States of trying to humiliate us in our own home and said Panama would not respond to provocation Fort Amador is at the southern en trance to the Panama Canal and includes barracks for Panamanian troops the Southern Command offices a US naval station and a golf course used by Ameri can personnel Noriega commander of the Defense Forces and Panamas de fac to ruler has offices at the fort Wednesdays confrontation was the lat est of several between US and Panama nian forces American troops have held exercises that amounted to shows of force several times during the past few months parking armored personnel car riers across the street from Noriegas office Please See US PANAMA Page 16A 99 Die As Train Plunges Into River By The Associated Press LOS MOCfflS Mexico A local train on a milkrun from Mazatlan to the Cali fornia border plunged off a bridge into a river in northwestern Mexico killing at least 99 people and injuring 107 officials said Jose Pena Galanza of the Pacific Rail way told the government news agency Notimex that bodies had been pried from the wreckage of an engine and two pas senger cars that fell early Wednesday into the San Rafael River 59 miles south east of Los Mochis The site is 730 miles from Mexico City Torrential rains over the last week were blamed for the crash The cause was quite clear The heavy rains loosened the railbed and the rails just gave way said Roberto Martinez Maestre a spokesman for the state gov ernment based in Mexico City But it was not immediately clear if the bridge was swept away or weakened by floods before the train crossed or was knocked to bits when the train jumped the rails The search for bodies continued into the night with rescue workers working kneedeep in mud and water along the river saying they expected the death toll to surpass 99 Derailed passenger cars were jumbled along the tracks like straws Helicopters landed rescue workers nearby and casu alties were taken out on railroad handcars Please See 99 DIE Page 16A Shuttle Flies Under Cloak Of Secrecy By The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL Fla Colum bias crew worked through the third day of the shuttles secret military space mis sion today as officials on the ground kept a tight lid on what the five astronauts were doing Their flight plan called for them to monitor a package of research experi ments and to conduct tests to determine how effective astronauts can be as mili tary observers in space according to sources close to the project But no official word came from the Na tional Aeronautics and Space Adminis tration or the Defense Department on what was going on aboard Columbia NASA broke its silence briefly Wednes day to report that Columbia would return to Earth on Sunday landing between 9 am and noon EOT at Edwards Air Force Base in California The statement added that the crew is doing well and the Columbia continues to perform satisfactorily The next planned announcement if no problems occur will come Saturday giv ing the exact landing time No information was available on whether the astronauts achieved the main goal of the mission deploying a 10ton reconnaissance satellite to snap highly detailed photographs of military Please See SHUTTLE Page 16A Du Pont Declines To Debate Watkins Enjoy The Cool Because It May Not Last Long By DANA RODGERS Staff Writer Cooler weather has offered some relief from the summer heat for the past couple of days but climatologist are uncertain how long the cooler air will remain Daytime highs have dropped an average of 20 degrees from highs earlier in the week The primary cause is a cool conti nental air mass pushing through the South Wes Tyler of the South Caro lina State Climatologist office said The cool air mass has remained stationary over the South however he said climatologists have been watching a disturbance in Florida which may clear the front by the weekend It is not too unusual to have these patterns develop Tyler said How ever these patterns usually develop later in the year he said In 1986 temperatures were in the 50s in August he said Low tem peratures in the 60s in some sense are record setting on a daily basis By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Asserting that Du Pont established many many records in the area of safe ty at the Savannah River Site a spokes man for the Wilmington Delbased cor poration declined Wednesday to debate US Energy Secretary James D Watkins latest criticism of Du Fonts management of SRS Watkins recently disputed anew Du Fonts claim that SRSs three idled nucle ar reactors could restart safely at any tune and faulted training of Du Fonts SRS employees We see no value in debating or con tinuing to debate Du Fonts perfor mance at the Savannah River Plant We feel the safety records established at the site over the 39 years in which we were the operating contractor were the result We feel the safety records over the 39 were the result of a level of our commitment to safety Du Roots Clif Webb of a level of commitment to safety that Du Pont has instilled in its businesses over history and feel that these records stand on their own merit Du Pont spokesman Clif Webb said Webb added that Du Pont which was replaced as SRS operating contractor on April 1 by Westinghouse Savannah River Co always operated SRS within the constraints established for us by the government As for the difference of opinion between Du Pont and the Energy Department on how soon the SRS reactors can safely re start Watkins said I dont think theres anybody now any responsible oversight group thats gone in there who doesnt agree with me particularly the Westing house contractor The energy secretay added We have let down operators by not ensuring that the education and training programs have so inspired in them the necessary logic that permits them to under stand what theyre doing as they operate the plant that would preclude the kind of safety shutdown now in effect at And thats the difference between what I observed to have been the Du Pont philosophy and that which is mine and shared by Westinghouse now in the new philosophy CRITIC Energy Secretary James D Watkins again cniicizes Du Pont   

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