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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 17, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Clemson Unsure About Probe Page 9A A Quick Read Chief Lays Down Law 11 Policemen Resign CLOVER The new police chief instituted some policies aimed at refining a staff that had gotten lax and his efforts were answered with 11 of his 12 employees quitting I dont enjoy having to see offi cers come and go said Troy Mar tin But Ive got a job to do Martin took over as police chief of Clover population 4470 in January for William Howe who resigned cit ing job stress Less than a week lat er officers began leaving the force 11 of his 12 employees quit were fired or were suspended When I took over here I could see the rebellion in their eyes Martin recalls I knew I was going to have to make an example of some of these guys they werent buying my story Elevated IQ Linked To Family Background NEW YORK AP A study of adopted children showed that being raised by a welltodo family or being born to privileged parents raised IQ scores The study is one of the first to clearly separate the effects of hered ity and environment on IQ scores said Matthew McGue a behavioral geneticist at the University of Minnesota Its a welldesigned study and the results are clean and clear he said Wednesday There is an effect of biology and there is an effect of rearing circumstances Weather Mostly Cloudy Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 30 percent chance of thunstorms and a low near 70 Mostly sunny skies are forecast Friday with a 40 percent chance of thunder storms and a high near 90 Please see details on Page 8A Deaths Johnnie F Blanton Belvedere Willie Bonier North Augusta Ollie P Crouch Granitevilie Wilken Dorch Jr Martin Colleen Jackson Washington DC Ethel K Tuten Aiken Please see details on Page 8A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 7B 3C 5B 2C 8B 6B 2C 1B 8A 4A 9A 2C 6A Mysteries To Be Explored In Aiken Standard Series In Aiken County more than a half dozen cases of criminal violence are listed as unsolved on law enforce ment books They include everything from hit andruns to shootings and a mysteri ous disappearance Beginning Satur day 3736 Aiken Standard takes a look at four of them Among the cases are the disap pearance of a child the shooting deaths of a North Augusta couple the hitandrun killing of a bicyclist and the rapemurder of an Edgefield County widow c FBI Wants Check On New Teachers Bill Would Ease Taxpayer Burden Nuclear Power Wave Of US Future By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer If the United States is to meet its ener gy needs in coming years it will increas ingly have to turn to nuclear power de clares a report by the Nuclear Power Oversight Committee For national policy reasons eco nomic strategic and environmental nuclear energy should play an important role in providing the new generating ca pacity that will be required states NPOC which consists of executives of several energy industry organizations The report adds Our nation needs SC Power UsePage6A safe reliable environmentally clean and strategically secure nuclear energy to help meet its longterm energy needs The report cites an inescapable fact sizable amounts of new generating ca pacity are needed if enough electricity is to be available to continue fueling US economic growth Assuming demand for electricity grows 23 percent annually through the turn of the century the US will need 120220 million kilowatts of new capacity in the 1990s beyond what is cur rently under construction A 1988 study The Cost of Turning Off US Nuclear Electricity Plants by Sci ence Concepts Inc shows that nuclear electricity has saved consumers an esti mated billion compared to what they would have paid if it had been generated by other available fuel sources the NPOC report states Moreover the report claims that even though recentlybuilt nuclear plants had high construction costs they are pro jected to generate electricity for less costs than oilfired plants over their lifetimes Nuclear generators aid US energy se curity by lessening dependence on for eign oil NPOC contends It adds that since the 197374 Arab oil embargo nucle ar plants have saved the nation 39 mil lion barrels of oil which would have add ed billion to the trade deficit On environmental grounds the report extols nuclear power because it does not produce greenhouse gases Nuclear plants for example emit not carbon dioxide The report continues If the ecological threat of the greenhouse effect is real it emphasizes the importance of ensuring that nuclear energy is maintained as one Please See NUCLEAR Page 6A Christmas Wine June Trade Gap Best Since 84 Staff Photo By Scott Webster SURPRISING CROP Montmorencis Bob Scott got a pleasant surprise with his vineyard this year The vines bore early but he still hopes to have his winery presses ready by Christmas For story please see Page 1B By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The US trade defi cit improved dramatically in June to billion the smallest imbalance since December 1984 the government said today The Commerce Deprtment said the June deficit represented a sharp 189 per cent improvement over a revised May deficit of billion The improvement came from a 15 per cent increase in US exports which pushed them to a record level of billion and a 36 percent drop in imports which fell to billion The trade defi cit is the difference between imports and exports The overall deficit of billion was the lowest monthly imbalance since a billion deficit in December 1984 Economists had been looking for the deficit to narrow but not by as large a margin as actually occurred However analysts said the figures did not change their overall prediction that the countrys trade improvement is in danger of stall ing out Many economists are predicting that the deficits will begin rising in the second half of the year as American exports suf fer from the rising value of the dollar A higher dollar makes US goods more ex pensive on overseas markets We are looking for a substantial wid ening in the deficit in the last part of the year as the value of the dollar begins to cut into export sales said Michael Ev ans head of a Washington forecasting firm For the first half of 1989 the deficit has IMPORTS billion EXPORTS billion Bounded figures seasonally adjusted AP been running at an annual rate of billion down 84 percent from last years total merchandise trade deficit of billion Many economists predict however that deficit growth in the last half of the year will put the total imbalance for the year exactly where it was in 1988 For June the improvement in exports reflected gains in sales of bigticket capi tal goods and industrial supplies The decline in imports which put them at their lowest level since April reflected declines in imports of automobiles capi tal goods and industrial supplies Another major factor in the June im provement was a sharp drop in Ameri cas foreign oil bill which fell 115 per cent to billion reflecting declines in Please See JUNE Page 6A Schools To Put More Emphasis On Writing Skills By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer Aiken County students can expect a lot more writing exercises in their classes this year as the school district imple ments programs with a greater writing emphasis in all subjects Bus RoutesPage 6C In recent years the curriculum focus in many schools across the country has been slowly drawn away from reading and writing as the computer age has slipped into the forefront of the educa tional system US education analyses report Students have begun to prefer multiple choice exams over essays and many teachers have grown accustomed to easytograde tests instead of the in depth study of all subjects through writing As students enter universities and col leges every year they are shocked with essay exams and the volumes of texts Please See SCHOOLS Page 3A Peer Pressure To Be Used To Fight Drug Alcohol Abuse Among Teens By KIM McNEELY Staff Writer Student leaders from three local high schools attended the SC Teen Institute earlier this summerin order to create a plan of action to help reduce alcohol and drug abuse in their schools Students from Aiken High Wagener Salley High and North Augusta High participated in this program that teach es them to assert postive peer pressure on their classmates Aiken High students that participated were Wendy Windsor Colanthia Bal dwin Erwin Stephens and Michelle Cauldwell WagenerSalley students were Thomasina Garrett Carl Evans Danny Baker and Kathleen McGovern North Augusta students FinehMiryam Roland Allison Holland and Mary Storey Juanita Windsor is Prevention Educa tion Coordinator for the Aiken Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Please See PEER Page 3A Soviets Grant Greater Authority To 15 Republics By The Associated Press MOSCOW The Communist Party to day accepted the demand of the Baltic republics for a new unification agree ment to replace the one that formed the Soviet Union It also agreed to give the 15 Soviet re publics the power to question national laws before a high court with greater powers according to a draft policy pub lished in Pravda It appeared to be a partial concession to Estonia Latvia and Lithuania which have passed republic constitutional amendments claiming the right to reject national laws The Kremlin has said this violates the Soviet constitution The party calls for the working out of a new unifying agreement to replace the Treaty of Organization of the USSR of 1922 That could be limited to expanding the powers of the republics as recommended by the party in todays policy statement But it also opens the possibility that radi cals could push through a complete change in the structure of the nation Human rights activist Andrei Sakharov has suggested a loose confederation of sovereign states and many nationalists in the Baltics and Georgia have called for secession from the Soviet Union Aigar Irgens an editor at Atmoda the newspaper of the Latvian Popular Front said of the partys proposal We dont want a new agreement We want ooplete independence The draft also calls for a new law ban ning nationalist and chauvinist org zations Many of the more than 100 B tionalities in the Soviet Union have formed groups to agitate for changes ranging from restoration of their native languages to secession Such a law could be targeted against prosecession groups sucli as the Party of National Independence in Georgia Rus sian strikers protesting a new language law in Estonia or the massmembership Please See SOVIETS Page 6AI   

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