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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 18, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Stall Graphic by Melissa Gulp Mystery Series Begins Saturday A fourpart series on unsolved mysteries will begin Saturday in the AJken Standard The Saturday edition which makes the Aiken Standard a sevendaya week newspaper for the first time will also feature a look at University of South Carolina quarterback Todd Ellis plus a profile of Air Force Gen Hansford Tillman Johnson a native of Aiken County The unsolved mysteries series written by veteran reporter Carl Langley will also run in the Sunday Monday and Tuesday editions of the Standard Among the cases probed are the disappearance of a child the shooting deaths of a North Augusta couple the hitandrun killing of a bi cyclist and the rapemurder of an Edgefield County widow A Qyick Read From Asteroid LOS ANGELES AP For the third time this year scientists dis covered an asteroid will fly relative ly close to Earth and while there is no threat of collision experts say such a disaster is likely sometime in the future While the new asteroid poses no immediate danger in astronomical terms it will be making a very close pass when it comes within 2Vz mil 1 lion zniles of Earth about 8 pm PDT next Thursday night said planetary scientist Eleanor Helin who discov ered the milewide hunk of rock At million miles about 10 times the distance between the Earth and the moon the asteroid desig nated 1989 PB will be one of the very closest larger objects to pass the Earth this century said Helin a planetary scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administra tions Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena Its not going to hit us Certainly theres no danger astronomer Bri an Marsden said by telephone from Cambridge Mass where he directs I the International Astronomical Unions Central Bureau for Astro nomical Telegrams an astronomy reporting agency Portly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a chance of thunder storms The low will be in the upper 60s Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of thunder storms The high will be in the 80s Please see details on Page 4A James Q Austin New Ellenton Mack A Brown Mullins Jessie Day Aiken Lonnie L Harris Vauciuse Johnny B Huff Evergreen Ala Albert L Leverette Burnettown Jessica N Ramirez Edgefieid Lillian B Scarborough Stone Mouiain William J Stevens Columbia Reese H Williams Graniteville Please see details on Page 4A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryploquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries 68 5D 5B 2C 7B 5B 7B 1B 4A 1C 7A 2C Striking Russians Begin Labor Talks School Board Threatened With Lawsuit Friday August 181989 Planners Head For Showdown Commission To Insist Subdivision Regulations Be Kept Intact Subdivisions Approved Page 1B By CARLLANGLEY Staff Writer The Aiken County Planning Commis sion sent a signal Thursday night that it is heading for a showdown with the Coun ty Council and developers over changes in subdivision regulations With only one negative vote among its nine members the planning body in a letter of reaffirmation said it would insist the council keep intact seven rec ommendations dealing with subdivisions Separate votes were taken on each of the seven items and the result was unani mous on six Commissioner Doug Gin grey voted against a proposal that would keep road widths 26 feet in small subdivi sions He said a reduction to 22 feet would not present a problem with traffic During the discussion some of the commissioners indicated they would be present Tuesday night when the council takes up the changes in the subdivision regulations Planning Commission Chairman Ralph Zieger said if the commission is not al lowed to present its case as a county agency then commissioners could speak on the revisions as private citizens Councils Development Committee Chairman Medwell Hill asked to com ment on the letter answered the commis sioners complaints by saying they have gotten to the point where they want to dictate everything Hill said some of the complaints by the commissioners are out of touch with the realities of development and their recom mendations are a burden not to develop ers but to people wanting to buy a lot and build a home The revisions contested by the commis sioners include items ranging from lot sizes in subdivisions served by tar and gravel roads to culdesac lengths curb cuts paving widths on small streets and Planning Commission vs county engi neer authority in areas dealing with pri vate unpaved roads and road capacities Zieger said in the letter that the pro posed revisions in regulations are of such potential benefit to developers that if adopted would make area developers a selfgoverning faction Zieger said if that should happen it would be a detriment to the public at large and would weaken efforts of County Council the Planning Commission and Please See PLANNERS Page IDA Consumer Prices Up 02 Percent In July By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Consumer inflation rose a modest 02 percent in July held down by the sharpest drop in gasoline prices in nearly three years the govern ment said today The increase in the Labor Depart ments Consumer Price Index last month matched the gain in June Together the two reprts showed the mildest twomonth inflation picture since JulyAugust 1986 and marked a sharp contrast to surging prices in the first five months of the year Even with the recent slowdown prices for the first seven months of 1989 rose at a 55 percent annual rate more than a full percentage point higher than the 44 per cent increases in both 1988 and 1987 The Labor Department said the most recent dampening of cost pressures re flected drops in prices of gasoline and apparel particularly vomens clothing and a modest rise in food costs Gasoline prices after shooting up 212 percent in the first five months of the year fell 10 percent in June and dropped an additional 22 percent in July the sharpest decline since October 1986 However fuel oil costs rose 15 percent last month reversing Junes decline of 12 percent and natural gas was up 05 percent Food and beverage costs rose a moder ate 03 percent in July following a 02 per cent June gain That was a marked mod eration from the first five months of the year when the lingering effects of last years drought sent food prices up at a 93 percent annual rate Cereal products beverages and sweets all rose substantially but they were off set by a 07 percent drop in the index for meats poultry fish and eggs Clothing costs were down 08 percent last month following a 11 percent de cline in June Prices for womens and girls apparel fell 20 percent and those tor infants and toddlers dropped 48 percent The Department attributed the declines to largerthanusual endofthe season price discounts for womens clothing The price of goods and services other than food and energy rose 04 percent driven up by a 20 percent gain for tobac co but dampened by a 04 percent decline for new cars The various changes in July left the overall Consumer Price Index at 1244 percent of its 198264 base That means a hypothetical selection of goods costing during the base period would have cost in July up 30 cents from June The moderation in consumer prices had been expected by economists and was sure to be greeted as good news at the Federal Reserve Board which had been raisuig in rjst aVes in Border to slow the economy Consumer Price Index Percent change from prior month 02 ASONO JFMAMJJ 1988 19B9 July 88 June89 Juljr89 Source US Depl ol Labor 5Year Plan Has Goals For District By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer Development of a fiveyear instruction al plan to advance academic achieve ment for all Aiken County students en compasses a list of goals for the school district during the 198990 school year When the Aiken County Board of Edu cation met on July 11 the administration and board members discussed goals that the school district should work toward and achieve during the upcoming school year During that meeting at the Clemson Extension Service Board Member Rob ert Slay proposed a fiveyear instruction al support plan similar to the longterm fiveyear facility plan that is currently in place throughout the district The school board adopted Slays plan which would outline the amount of funds available for instruction and list priorities to improve education in Aiken County each year Using the data available from the Sa vannah River Site Impact Plan the Task Force 2000 Report the Target 2000 Sehool Reform for the Next Decade Act and other studies and reports goals for Aiken County instruction will be devel PipeBomb Killer Dies In Alabama Electric Chair oped Various local state and national studies have been compiled to predict area growth and future needs of the local community as well as suggested solu tions to future dilemmas The school district administration will involve the staff parents students and other citizens throughout the school dis trict in the development of the fiveyear instructional plan according to the first draft of 198990 goals report presented to the school board on Aug 15 Once the school board members review the goals the report will be sent to each of the five areas that make up the school district for review by principals the staff and the area advisory councils These groups will suggest changes and provide their initial reaction to the tentative goals After this process has been completed the goals will go before the school board for final approval When the general Please See 5YEAR Page 10A By The Associated Press ATMORE Ala An inmate who was married last week in a prison ceremony was executed early today in Alabamas electric chair for the 1977 pipebomb kill ing of an 11yearold girl Herbert Lee Richardson 43 was pro nounced dead at am said state Department of Corrections spokeswom an Debbie Herbert He was convicted in the death of Rena Mae Callins of Dothan whose body was blown apart on the porch of her home when she picked up a pipe bomb and it detonated The execution was carried out after the US Supreme Court followed the llth US Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta and US District Judge Robert Varner in Montgomery in refusing Richardsons re quest for a stay Thursday Gov Guy Hunt earlier refused to grant clemency Richardson was the sixth person exe cuted in Alabama and the 116 in the na tion since the US Supreme Court al lowed states to restore the death penalty in 1976 Richardson blindfolded was strapped in the electric chair as Holman Prison Warden Charlie Jones read the death warrant I have no ill feeling and hold nothing against anyone Richardson said in a final statement Soon after his body received a surge of 1800 volts of electricity In a news conference after the execu tion state Prison Commissioner Morris Thigpen said that Richardson had re quested the blindfold from the tune he left the holding cell adjacent to the exe cution room at pm He never saw the execution cham ber Thigpen said Richardson was described by his de fenders as an allaround American boy who was left emotionally disturbed by his Vietnam War experience He claimed the pipe bomb was not meant to explode only to scare the girls family The girls aunt had broken off a relation ship with him shortly before the device was planted Varner in rejecting the defense claims said Thursday it is beyond the bounds of reason to believe that a de vice which maimed and killed an 11year old child by exploding in her hands could be thought of as not presenting a rious risk of harm Richardsons wife Katie some of her family members and a Montgomery min ister visited the condemned man Thurs day until about pm AZT Proved Effective For Mildly Infected AIDS Patients By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Highly successful trials of the antiviral drug AZT suggest that AIDS may soon become a treatable disease instead of a hopeless infection federal officials say The announcement is a major turning point in the AIDS epi demic said Jean McGuire director of the AIDS Action Coun cil an advocacy group for AIDS patients Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan an nounced Thursday that trials of AZT on patients who arc only mildly infected with AIDS proved that the drug can halt FAUCI progression of the infection We are indeed entering the period when AIDS may become a treatable dis ease Sullivan said at a news conference where the AZT drug trial results were announced However he cautioned AZT is not a cure and indeed even those who are un der AZT treatment remain capable of transmitting the disease Findings of the drug trials on mildly infected patients who show no symptoms prompted federal officials to stop the tri als so that all participants can receive AZT The drug trial had required one third of the 1300 in the study to receive placebo or sugar pill AZT also known as xidovudine is mar keted by Burroughs Wellcome Co under the brand name Retrovir It formally was known bv the name azidothyrnidine which was shortened in popular use to AZT Thursdays announcement marks the third time that formal trials of AZT have been modified after the drug demonstrat ed its effectiveness against AIDS in se lected patient groups Two weeks ago a trial was stopped among patients with a stage of the dis ease called AIDSrelated complex or ARC Earlier the government halted tri als among profoundly infected AIDS pa tients In both cases the trials were stopped so that those participants getting placebo could start receiving the drug An AZT trial continues among AIDS patients whose blood immune system is still healthy but who test positive for in fection by the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV which causes AIDS This group would be at an oven earlier stage of the disease Sullivan said the new trial results along with those from the two earlier tri als provide real hope for the millions of people worldwide who are infected with HIV Ms McGuire said in a prepared state ment For the millions of Americans who have waited to be tested for HFV because there was no medical assistance available todays announcement should be reason for people to rethink that decision The HHS secretary said he is ordering that Medicare patients receiving AZT be reimbursed for the cost of the drug AZT which must be taken six times daily costs to a year per patient Dr Anthony Fauci director of the Na tional Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases the lead federal clinical agency Please See AZT Page IDA   

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