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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 11, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Dravecky Wins Comeback PagelOA A Quick Read Spurned Lucas To Get Another Justice Job WASHINGTON AP President Bush frustrated in his efforts to win confirmation for William Lucas as the governments chief civil rights enforcer has decided to give Lucas another Justice Department job that does not require Senate approval ad ministration officials said today Lucas was to be named director of the departments office of liaison ser vices said the officials who declined to be identified by name The department was expected to announce Lucas new assignment later today The office coordinates Justice De partment activities with state and lo cal governments and civil rights organizations Bush had considered appointing Lucas assistant attorney general for civil rights while Congress is in its current recess a manuever that would have permitted Lucas to serve through 1990 without requiring a Sen ate vote Lucas has recently been working in the Justice Department as a consultant Increase In Youth Suicides Expected WASHINGTON AP Public health officials must prepare now to meet an expected upswing in youth suicides in the late 1990s says a task force that recommends educating more people about the warning signs In a report released late Thursday the task force said that while mental illness is often related to suicide many young people who take their own lives dont have a major mental illness An estimated onethird of all young people who commit suicide do not appear to fit the known picture suicides occur in loving and support ive families as well as in disrupted families among highachieving as well as lowachieving students said the report The report said that among the 28620 Americans who committed suicide in 1985 about 4760 were be tween the ages of 15 and 24 For this age group suicide is the second lead ing cause of death after accidents Weather Chance Of Rain Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms The low will be in the mid 60s Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms The high will be in the SOsPlease see details on Page ISA Deaths Sam Blalock Warrenville James A Day Gilbert Richard M Eubanks New Ellenton Mildred Hood North Augusta Thomas B Lee North Augusta Henrietta E White North Augusta Please see details on Page 13A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 4B 12A 2B 8A 58 3B 8A 1B 13A 4A 9A 8A 13A Page 2A Wreck Survivors Recall Experience Page 18 Aiken County On Supercomputer List Friday August 111989 Aiken South Carolina Far East Presses Higher Textile Imports By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON US trading part ners in the Far East are putting more pressure on the Bush administration to accept increased levels of textile im ports according to sources familiar with recent trade talks Ron Sorini the chief US textile negoti ator has just finished an initial round of talks with Korea and Taiwan aimed at renewing bilateral trade agreements governing the textile trade with those countries He will open similar trade talks with Japan in September These are very important agreements because they are such large suppliers he said Its too early to tell where the negotiations will end up but they are go ing to be tough no question about that he added Korea and Taiwan negotiators have asked increased quotas in many product categories and Japan is expected to ask for the elimination of the bilateral agree ment with its quota system altogether Taiwan Korea and Japan are the three largest suppliers of textile goods to the US market after China which became the largest source of cloth goods in the mid1980s JMilSAe AP Laserphoto STILL CHARGING Arnold Palmer acknowledges the crowd after making a charge for the lead in the first round of the PGA tournament in Hawthorn Woods III For the full story see Page 9A Audit Aiken Firm Sticks HUD With Million In Bad Loans By The Associated Press COLUMBIA An Aiken company that violated federal lending policies has left the US Department of Housing and Ur ban Development holding the bag on more than million in guaranteed loans that went bad according to a gov ernment audit The loans were supposed to refinance mortgages on singlefamily homes in nine South Carolina cities Instead Mid South Mortgage Co of Aiken used the money to build more than 1700 apart ments and townhouses that were sold to investors as tax shelters according to the 1987 HUD audit obtained by The State newspaper through the Freedom of Infor mation Act MidSouth is out of business but 15 peo ple associated with the loans were sanc tioned by HUD in June after a twoyear investigation by the agencys Office of Inspector General The US Attorneys office in Columbia is reviewing the investigation report to determine whether criminal charges should be brought said Wayne Conway inspector general for investigation The audit report characterized Mid Soutlis acquisition of the loans as an elaborate scheme that fooled HUD into shouldering full risk for the mortgages But the audit also said HUD officials in Columbia and Washington had suffi cient knowledge to stop the scheme be fore or soon after it was initiated Howev er they did not Please See AUDIT Page 16A Textile imports have been blamed by American textile industry leaders for loss of US textile manufacturing jobs The American textile industry has asked the Bush administration to work to re duce textile imports Korean and Taiwanese negotiators are said to have justified demands for in creased US exports based on an assess ment that political upheaval in China this spring has made US buyers nervous American retailers will be unwilling to renew supply contracts with the Chinese Korean and Taiwanese negotiators are reported to have said They predicted US buyers will turn to Taiwanese and Korean goods The Chinese government cracked down on prodemocracy student demonstrators in May and a manhunt for student lead ers and workers who support them is said to have spread nationwide US officials at the Commerce Depart ment who monitor imports from China and elsewhere said however that they have not detected any impact of the tur moil on Chinese exports to date The lat est import figures at the Commerce De partment show that imports from China the largest textile exporter to the US continue to grow The Japanese have said they should no longer have to operate under rules set up decades ago July Prices Dip By Sharp 04 By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Wholesale prices driven down by declining costs for gaso line and new cars fell 04 percent in July for their biggest decline in three years the government reported today The drop last month in the Labor De partments Producer Price Index fol lowed a 01 percent dip in June as the wholesale inflation gauge registered its first backtoback monthly declines since early 1986 The July improvement was even better than expected and bolstered the argu ments of economists that inflation will be well behaved in the second half of the year giving the Federal Reserve more room to lower interest rates in an effort to keep the economy out of a recession Despite the consecutive monthly de clines wholesale inflation through the first half of 1989 rose at an annual rate of 57 percent up significantly from last years 4 percent rise The inflation spurt in the early part of the year was caused by a sharp jump in crude oil prices and higher food costs caused by the lingering effects of last summers drought But with both energy costs and food prices moderating economists are look ing for inflation to slow substantially in the last half of the year Please See JULY Page 16A Producer Price Index For finished Seasonally adjusted change from prior month 05 ASOND JFMAMJJ 1988 1989 July 88 June 89 July 89 Source US Depl ol Labor AP Graniteville Co Listed Among Top Toxic Emitters By The Associated Press A report ranking the top 500 emitters of toxic chemicals in the country may contain some errors but is still a good indication of the amount of pollution be ing released into the environment offi cials with the National Wildlife Federa tion say Toxic pollution is a major batlefield in the fight for a clean environment said Jay D Hair president of the Na tional Wildlife Federation Were trying to give more informa tion to people so they will begin to ask very frank and logical questions about companies operating in their communi ty Is this the best way of doing busi ness said Jerry Poje a federation official who helped compile the 100page Related StoryPage16A report released Thursday Springs Industries in Lancaster dis putes its ranking as the top emitter of toxic chemicals in 1987 in South Carolina The company was among eight to have factories that were ranked among the nations top 500 emitters of toxic chemicals according to the report The other South Carolina factories their rankings and emissions were as follows Westinghouse Electric Hampton 94th 12722830 pounds See GRANITEVILLE Page 16A Rudnick Seeks Tax Help For Homeowners By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Rep Irene K Rud nick DAiken is seek ing sponsors for legis latipn that would prohibit local govern ments from assessing owneroccupied resi dential property at the higher business and commercial levels Mrs Rudnick said Thursday that she plans to prefile the RUDNICK protective measure for homeowners be fore the 1990 legislation session In a companion bill she also is asking the General Assembly to approve exten sion of the time period in which property owners can appeal reassessment of property Rep Rudnick wants the extension moved from 30 to 60 days in order to al low property owners more time in which to have their appeals heard I am looking for sponsors said Rep Rudnick about the bills which affect about 70000 parcels in Aiken County and would have statewide application if passed She said she was moved to write the bills because of complaints by homeown ers especially those living in the south side of Aiken who have been hit with greatly increased assessments during the current county reassessment of property Homeowners particularly those living in the rapidly developing south side have been complaining loudly about the esca lation in evaluations One homeowner claimed the value of his property was increased from to The bill dealing with residential prop ertv values should iV become law will protect homeowners from paying the much greater assessment value for busi ness or commercial property on their homes she said The key feature in the bill is that it would require residential real estate oc cupied by the homeowner to be appraised in value for its worth as residential prop erty and not its worth for business or commercial use Rep Rudnick added that if the bill is approved it should lift an unfair burden from the shoulders of homeowners who must now pay in taxes the value of their homes in business or commercial assessment   

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