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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 24, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Foodtball Edition In Standard Today The annual football edition is in cluded in todays Aiken Standard The football edition features pre views rosters and schedules of 10 high schools in the Aiken area as well as indepth looks at the states two largest football programs Clem son and USC For all the details see todays special supplement Weather Partly Cloudy Tonight Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms The low will be in the mid 70s Variable cloudiness is fore cast Friday with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms The high will in the mid 90s Please see details on Page 15A Deaths Mattie H Coleman Brooklyn NY James L Hall Orange Park Fla Doris H Snipes Aiken Bettie J Stearns Aiken Please see details on Page 10A Inside Today Bridge6B Calendar16A Classifieds4B Comics3B Crossword7B Cryptoquote5B DearAbby3B Local Front1B Obituaries 10A Opinions4A Snnrt5 11A Television3B Weather ISA A Quick Read Cystic Fibrosis Gene Discovery Suspected TORONTO AP A team of sci entists from the United States and Canada believe they have discovered the fatal gene defect that causes cys tic fibrosis The team of molecular biologists scheduled news conferences today in Toronto and Washington to report on the discovery details of which are to be published in the scientific journal Science next month This is one of the most significant discoveries in the history of human genetics Dr Ronald Worton chief geneticist at Torontos Hospital for Sick Childrens said and skin to pro duce too much mucous and retain an excess of sodium ions Treatment includes a variety of medications and more recently dou ble lung transplants although even tually a new lung will become irrepa rably damaged also LapChee Tsui at Sick Childrens heads the team with the collabora tion of Francis Collins of the Univer sity of Michigan at Ann Arbor He stresses that finding the defective gene isnt a cure First we need to have the actual gene Tsui said Then we have to find out what the gene does or does not do that causes the disease Genes are units of DNA the mole cule of heredity Before the chemical structure of a gene is identified it must be located on one of the 46 chro mosomes found in every human cell Credit Card For Kids is Wrong Message SAN FRANCISCO AP A bank for children thinks a credit card is just what its kiddie customers want but one opponent says teaching a new generation how to borrow is the last thing this debtplagued country needs We think it teaches absolutely the wrong message said Loren Dunton president of the National Center for Financial Education a nonprofit group that seeks to promote financial responsibility Our message is to save now so you can buy later and theyre pro moting the philosophy of buy now and pay later The San Diegobased center plans to use its branches in 50 states to ask parents and teachers to oppose a plan by the Young Americans Bank to provide credit cards to children ages 12 and older It offers the temptatation to spend that even much older people too often cant resist Duntori said in an interview in San Francisco Wednesday But the Denverbased bank whose customers are all young people said it is trying to teach the proper use of credit as part of personal finance Page 2A East Bloc Gets New Premier PickensSalley House To Be Moved Thursday August 241989 Aiken South Carolina Founder Of Cocaine Empire Captured US Offers Funds To Protect Judges By The Associated Press BOGOTA Colombia A founder of Co lombias billiondollar cocaine industry was arrested on the Caribbean coast and the government remained steadfast in its promise to extradite drug suspects to the United States Meanwhile US Attorney General Dick Thornburgh announced Wednesday a million program designed to help protect Colombian judges and others threatened by hitmen hired by the drug cartels Colombian police have blamed traffick ers for the assassinations last week of a judge a national police colonel and Sen Luis Carlos Galan an outspoken foe of cocaine lords who was the nations lead ing presidential hopeful Police since have begun a nationwide crackdown on the traffickers arresting suspects and seizing their property They said they arrested Bernardo Lon dono Quintero in a raid Wednesday on a daughters apartment in an upperclass neighborhood in the Caribbean city of Barranquilla Quintero 60 nicknamed The Diplo mat for his smooth manner has long been considered a pioneer of Colombias narcotics business which began expand ing in the late 1960s Law enforcement officials say he man aged to retain some of his power when new violent organizations began mus cling into the business in the mid1970s Quintero offered no resistence during his arrest but a 38caliber Smith and Wesson revolver was seized in the raid police said He told local reporters in Barranquilla that he used to have legal problems but had resolved them with the Justice Ministry more than a year ago He denied any role in drug trafficking An extradition request from the United States dating to the mid1980s is be lieved to have been filed with Colombian authorities A US Embassy spokesman said he could not comment The drug lords who run todays cocaine industry remained at large Wednesday Please See FOUNDER Page 10A Encounter With Neptune August 25 1989 hours to tench Earth ttom Hopluno Nuclear power generat Needed because Discovered 1846 Distance from Earth 27 billion miles Diameter about 30000 miles Day about IB hours Year 164 Earth years VOYAGERS FLIGHT PATH Q am EOT Aug 25 Passes 3000 nulus above Neptunes north polo at more than 17 miles per second Disappears behind Noptune for 49 minutus am Passes 25000 miles above Neptunes largest moon Triton Voyagers signals Jof each event late four hows and six minutes to raatft garth All evenls are indicated hefft to Eastern Oayffght Snifl as they occyrat Neptune H After encounter Voyager will leave the solar system and will not come within one lightyear of any known star in the next 958000 years Sources Jel Propulsion Labwalory Sky and Telescope magazine The Encyclopedia al US Spacecmtt Final Frontier magazine Tau AilNight Vigil Planned To Tap Neptune Secrets By The Associated Press PASADENA Calif Voyager 2 began its final approach to Neptune today showing the planets strange moon Triton to be a bright pink red and blue marble ringed by what could be a snowcovered glacier of frozen natural gas scientists say At 9 am PDT today Voyager was ex pected to be 472056 miles from Neptune caught in the grip of Neptunes powerful gravity and falling toward the fourth largest planet at a speed of 38599 mph At pm PDT Voyager will pass 3042 miles from Neptunes cloud tops closer than it has come to any other ce lestial object on its 44 billionmile jour ney from Earth Researchers at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory planned an allnight vigil as the most detailed images begin coming back from the spacecraft early Friday morning It takes 4 hours and six minutes for radio signals from the spacecraft to reach Earth Two days of tracking the spacecraft showed that a difficult course correction Monday had put Voyager smack dab in the middle of the path navigators want ed it to follow said Norman Haynes Voy ager project manager The spacecraft launched in 1977 will reach a speed of 61148 mph as it sweeps around Neptune headed for a pass 23888 miles from Triton at am PDT Friday Tritons equator is encircled with what appears to be a slightly blue band of fresh snow or frost probably made of frozen natural gas or methane said Robert Brown of the Voyager imaging team If you were standing there youd see crystals of frost growing much as you see frost growing on a window in the winter time Brown said in an interview Please See ALLNIGHT Page IDA SRSProduced Plutonium Fuels Voyager On Historic Space Trip By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer As Voyager 2 transmits closeup pic tures of Neptune this week it does so with the aid of the Savannah River Site Plutonium238 produced at SRS pro vides power for Voyager 2 which was launched on its multibillionmile trip through the solar system in 1977 The spacecrafts power comes from nu clear batteries called thermoelectric gen erators Each generator consists of a heat source and a converter The heat source contains fuel in the form of plutonium dioxide Plutonium238 has a long halflife almost 98 years I and low shielding requirements Dining its decay piutonium238 emits mostly helium particles or alpha radia tion which usually requires no shielding The converter transforms heat pro duced by the fuel into electric energy Missions such as Voyagers cannot use solar power because at such extreme dis tances from the sun the solar energy is too weak Neptune is about 28 billion miles from the sun The spacecrafts three generators are each 23 inches long and 157 inches wide They each weigh 83 pounds and contain 6 kilograms of plutonium238 Even traveling at the speed of light it will take Voyagers photos of Neptune four hours and six minutes to reach Earth After the rendezvous with Neptune Voyager 2 will fly to the edge of the solar system and then continue into interstel lar space for eternity Rose Barred From Baseball For Life Terms Allow Appeal For Reinstatement By The Associated Press NEW YORK Pete Rose was barred for life from baseball today for gambling on games but the Cincinnati Reds manag er may apply for reinstatement after one year In the absence of a hearing and in absence of evidence to the contrary yes I have concluded that he bet on base ball Commisioner A Bartlett Giamatti aid today at a news conference announc ing the suspension Asked directlyif he concluded that Rose bet on the Reds Giamatti said Yes The agreement announced in a state ment from the commissioners office said that Rose neither denies nor admits that he bet on any major league baseball game but the games alltime hit leader acknowledges that the commissioner has a factual basis to impose the penalty provided The banishment for life of Pete Rose from baseball is the sad end of a sorry episode Giamatti said in the statement One of the games greatest players has engaged in a variety of acts which have stained the game and he must now live with the consequences of those acts There had no been such grave allega tions since the time of Landis the state ment said in a reference to Kenesaw Mountain Landis the commissioner who Rose AcceptsPage 11A suspended for life the players involved in the Black Sox scandal after the 1919 World Series The suspenison came in a fivepage agreement signed Wednesday by Rose and Giamatti There was no mention in the agreement that Rose would undergo counselling for gambling and there was no mention of whether the suspension would keep Rose from getting into the baseball Hall of Fame Rose agreed to a stipulation dismissing his lawsuit against Giamatti in federal court in Ohio Section 21 d of the Major League Rules specifies the penalties for gam bling on baseball It reads in part Any player umpire or club or league official BANISHED Baseball superstar Pete Rose admits theres basis for banishment of employee who shall bet any sum what soever upon any baseball game in con nection which the better has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible Rose was accused of violating that rule in a 225page report submitted to Gia matti on May 9 by John M Dowd the commissioners special investigator Rose was summoned to New York by thenCommissioner Peter Ueberroth on Feb 20 During the meeting which Gia matti attended in his role as president of the National League Rose denied having bet on baseball But three days later baseball hired Dowd and began the inves tigation which cost about million to complete The Reds manager steadfastly denied the allegations But each day brought new charges The one that potentially is most serious involved an alleged scheme to defraud the US government Former associate Paul G Janszen said Rose had Thomas P Gioiosa an associate of the manager claim the winnings from a parimutuel ticket at a horserac ing track in 1987 and that Gioiosa gave the money back to Rose Public Wants Revolution In Nations School System By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Americans want traditionshattering changes in schools including flexible hours more parental control and a national curriculum and most are willing to pay higher taxes for them a poll shows today Americans rate the quality of public schools poorly with only 8 percent giv ing an A 35 percent a B and 33 percent a C according to the 21st an nual Gallup Poll released by Phi Delta Kappa International a professional education fraternity The public is ready for tradition shattering changes in the policies that govern US public schools said the poll based on inhome interviews con ducted in early May and early June Key findings of the survey were 60 percent favored allowing pupils and their parents to choose which public schools in their communities the young sters will attend popularly known as parental choice Thirtyone percent were opposed and 9 percent were undecided s 75 percent favored reducing class size in the early grades to as few as 15 pupils while 18 percent were opposed But by a 68 percent to 25 percent mar gin those questioned said they would nay higher taxes for the extra expense Please See PUBLIC Page 10A   

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