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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 29, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports USC Prepares For Opener Page 7 A A Quick Read Private Funds Used For Seat Belt Signs SPARTANBURG AP No mon ey was budgeted for new signs telling South Carolinians to buckle up be cause the General Assembly ap proved the mandatory seat belt law late in the legislative session state officials say But officials are planning to install warning signs using money donated from a private highway safety group Unlike neighboring states South Carolina has yet to erect traffic signs warning motorists that a new state law requires them to wear their seat belts Seat belt proponents say increased seat belt use will save lives on high ways in South Carolina which had the thirdworst traffic fatality rate in the country in 1987 Safety Belts for South Carolina has donated a couple of thousand dol lars to the state to pay for warning signs said Tracy Whited assistant director of the group She did not say the exact amount donated Lone Woman Blocks Europe Skyscraper I FRANKFURT West Germany Developers offered Hannelore Kraus million to drop her lawsuit block ing the construction of what would be Europes tallest skyscraper in her neighborhood in downtown Frankfurt She refused It would ruin the neighborhood Mrs Kraus explained in her home about 200 feet from the building site overlooking one of Frankfurts busi est and noisiest intersections Her onewoman campaign against the Campanile as the skyscraper would be called has made the 49 yearold Mrs Kraus a local celebrity and the bane of developers plan ning other skyscrapers in Frankfurt a world financial center Mrs Kraus has the right under Hesse state law to block the Campa nile because it would cut her home off from sunlight and the law speci fies that every homeowner has a right to sunlight Page2A Fears Force School Program Changes Page IB Council To Study Power Co Rights Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms The low will be in the lower 70s Partly cloudy skies are forecast Wednesday with a 30 per cent chance of thunderstorms and a high in the mid 90s Please see de tails on Page 10A Deaths Frank W Black Martinez Charles M Boswell Bakersfield Calif John J Cunning Aiken Larry W Galloway Bath Jasper T McDaniel Augusta Linda J Milas Wagener Lettie I Muns Augusta Please see details on Page 3B Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 7B 10A 5B 4B 8B 6B 4B 1B 3B 6A 7A 4B 10A Bush Cabinet Draft Drug Battle Plan By The Associated Press KENNEBUNKPORT Maine Presi dent Bush on a business break from his vacation meets today with his drug czar and top Cabinet officers to put the final touches on his antidrug battle plan Among the participants summoned for todays strategy session at Bushs ocean front retreat were drug czar William J Bennett Attorney General Dick Thorn burgh Defense Secretary Richard Che ney CIA Director William Webster and Lawrence Eagleburger acting as secre tary of state while James A Baker III is on vacation Bush will unveil the drug strategy Tuesday in a nighttime televised address to the nation his first as president White House officials have said the plan will cost about billion billion above current levels and will try to cut off drugs at the source stiffen penalties for users and expand treatment for addicts Drafts of the speech are being circulat ed for comment within the administration Meanwhile in Washington on Monday Colombian justice minister Monica de Greiff and Thornburgh discussed extradi tion of about 80 Colombian drug traffick ers wanted in the United States and tighter security for judges in her nation Ms de Greiff and Thornburgh also dis cussed training and equipping Colombian police and armed forces for the war against the Medellin cocaine cartel the Justice Department said Colombian President Virgilio Barco in Bogota put to rest rumors that Ms de Greiff had decided to resign in the face of death threats from drug cartel leaders worried about possible extradition to the United States Please See BUSH Page 10A Colombia Detains Major Drug Dealer Barco Blames US Users For Violence By The Associated Press BOGOTA Colombia Authorities announced the capture of a major drug trafficking figure wanted in the United States as President Virgilio Barco blamed American drug users for caus ing the violence that wracks his country Those of you who depend on cocaine have created the largest most vicious criminal enterprise the world has known Barco said in a videotaped En glishlanguage address delivered Mon day to US television networks Also Monday US Ambassador Thomas McNamara met privately with Colombias foreign minister to formally request extradition of a key narcotics trafficking suspect In Washington Co lombias justice minister and Attorney General Dick Thornburgh discussed ex tradition and millions of dollars of US aid In Jerusalem police on Monday ques tioned two former Israeli military offi cers about reports they trained gunmen for Colombian cocaine bosses Please See COLOMBIA Page 10A GNP Shows 27 Surge For Spring Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth SHE MADE A DIFFERENCE Josephine Riley Matthews MamaJo to many people around Wagener is featured in a new book on black women who helped change America For the story see Page 1B By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The US economy expanded at an annual rate of 27 percent in the spring significantly faster than previously believed the government said today in a report that further dispelled recession fears The Commerce Department said the increase in the gross national product the broadest measure of economic health was a full percentage point higher than its original estimate made a month ago The initial report had put GNP growth in the AprilJune quarter at an anemic 17 percent That was the poorest perfor mance in three years and had increased fears that the economy could be facing an imminent recession However more recent government sta tistics have shown that economic activity in the second quarter was not as weak as previously believed prompting econo mists to put away their gloomy forecasts of an impending downturn The White House was sure to be cheered by the upward revision since more robust economic growth makes it easier to meet the administrations defi citreduction goals In more good news todays report showed that inflation did not worsen even though growth was stronger than origi nally thought An inflation gauge tied to the GNP rose at an annual rate of 51 percent from April through June down slightly from an original estimate of 52 percent made a month ago The increase in prices which followed a rate of 48 percent in the Gross National Product first quarter was blamed on higher ener gy costs Almost twothirds of todays upward revision in growth came from higher con sumer spending than previously believed Consumer purchases climbed at an an nual rate of 22 percent double the previ ously reported rate Other areas of strength were govern ment purchases which rose at a rate of 123 percent and spending for business investment which rose 82 percent One remaining area of weakness was housing construction which fell 126 per cent in the second quarter the biggest decline since the recession year of 1982 SC Dealers See Hard Times Ahead For Liquor Sales By The Associated Press MYRTLE BEACH High alcohol con sumption by South Carolinians as com pared to residents in many other states has not been enough to keep fierce com petition from weeding out liquor retail ers the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission says The Palmetto State ranked 19th in the nation in per capita alcohol consumption in 1988 with each adult downing an aver age of 17 gallons annually The national average for the same year was 154 gal lons according to Janet Flynn of the Dis tilled Spirits Council of the US head quartered in Washington Statistics for 1989 werent available The ABC Commission doesnt monitor consumption but officials said a good in dicator are the state taxes collected by the Tax Commission for hard liquor sales For fiscal 1989 taxes brought in a slight decline from the fis cal 1988 total of Taxes collected on beer and wine rose during the same time period with figures of for 1989 and in 1988 the tax commission reported Monday Please See SC DEALERS Page 10A Tanker Struck By Syrian Shells Off Christian Coast 9 Missing By The Associated Press BEIRUT Lebanon A tanker carry ing desperately needed fuel for Leba nons besieged Christians was struck by Syrian shellfire today and set on fire as it tried to run a Syrian blockade under the cover of darkness police reported Nine crewmen were reported missing The incident touched off a fierce five hour artillery battle betweenthe Syrians and the Christian forces of Gen Michel Aoun in and around divided Beirut Police said three people were killed and 16 wounded in the barrage which dwindled to intermittent mortar and ma chine gun exchanges by am am That raised the casualty toll since fighting erupted March 8 to at least 795 people killed and 2263 wounded A police spokesman who cannot be named under standingregularions said the fighting spread when Aouns gunners shelled Syrian howitzer emplacements in Moslem west Beirut to cover coast guard boats trying to rescue the tanker Syrian artillery batteries along west Beiruts seafront fired on Aouns posi tions and the shelling quickly spread to residential districts police reported Police said the ship identified only as the Sunshield was hit at least orre by radarguided artillery A police spokesman who cannot be named under standing regulations said Lebanese coast vessels rescued two wounded seamen from the blazing tanker but that nine others were missing and feared dead Changes In Bank Lending Slow Financing Of Retirement Complex By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Changes in bank lending policies have slowed the final financial agreements being drafted for Trinity Place Inc a downtown retirement complex support ed by 70 Presbyterian churches The Rev William R Johnston pastor of Aikens First Presbyterian Church confirmed Monday that Trinity Presby tery is renegotiating the paperwork on theproject The minister said he is hopeful that the financial agreements can be worked out without delay Trinity Place a million retire ment center of 77 units is to be located on the corner of Laurens Street and Barnwell The property was bought from the Aiken County Board of Educa tion for The Rev Johnston said the presby terys governing body is looking at a new approach to financing after the bank said it would require the presby tery to sign a letter of credit for the project The minister said the bank providing the financing earlier had indicated no problems with the denominations in tention to issue revenue bonds but loan policies have changed in recent weeks The presbytery the minister noted has endorsed a number of major build ing projects throughout the district in recent months and its longterm finan cial obligations have soared into the millions