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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 29, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports USO Prepares For Opener Page 7A A Quick Read Private Funds Used For Seat Belt Signs SPARTANBURG (AP) - No money was budgeted for new signs telling South Carolinians to buckle up because the General Assembly approved 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 highways in South Carolina, which had the third-worst traffic fatality rate in the country in 1987. Safety Belts for South Carolina has donated “a couple of thousand” dollars 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 FRANKFURT, West Germany -Developers offered Hannelore Kraus $1.6 million to drop her lawsuit blocking the construction of what would be Europe’s 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 Frankfurt’s busiest and noisiest intersections. Her one-woman campaign against the Campanile, as the skyscraper would be called, has made the 49-year-old Mrs. Kraus a local celebrity — and the bane of developers planning other skyscrapers in Frankfurt, a world financial center. Mrs. Kraus has the right under Hesse state law to block the Campanile because it would cut her home off from sunlight, and the law specifies that every homeowner has a right to sunlight. Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Wednesday with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms and a high in the mid 90s. Please see details 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..............................................7B Calendar.........................................10A Classifieds    ....................5B Comics........................ 4B Crossword........................................8B Cryptoquote......................................6B Dear Abby.........................................4B Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................3B Opinions................ 6A Sports......................................  7A Television.........................................4B Weather..........................................10A Page 2A Page IB Council To Study Power Co. Rights DIP 'liken SianiMrfi Tuesday, August 29, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 209 Bush, Cabinet Draft Drug Battle Plan By The Associated Press KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — President 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 anti-drug battle plan. Among the participants summoned for today’s strategy session at Bush’s ocean-front retreat were drug czar William J. Bennett, Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, Defense Secretary Richard Cheney, CIA Director William Webster and Lawrence Eagleburger, acting as secretary 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 $8 billion — $2 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 extradition of about 80 Colombian drug traffickers wanted in the United States and tighter security for judges in her nation. Ms. de Greiff and Thornburgh also discussed 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 U.S. 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 causing 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 English-language address delivered Monday to U.S. television networks. Also Monday, U.S. Ambassador Thomas McNamara met privately with Colombia’s foreign minister to formally request extradition of a key narcotics trafficking suspect. In Washington, Colombia’s justice minister and Attorney General Dick Thornburgh discussed extradition and millions of dollars of U.S. aid. In Jerusalem, police on Monday questioned two former Israeli military officers about reports they trained gunmen for Colombian cocaine bosses. (Please See COLOMBIA, Page 10A) 'Mama-Jo' Remembered GNP Shows 2.7% Surge For Spring Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth SHE MADE A DIFFERENCE: Josephine Riley Matthews — ‘Mama-Jo’ 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 U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.7 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 fill percentage point higher than its original estimate made a month ago. The initial report had put GNP growth in the April-June quarter at an anemic 1.7 percent. That was the poorest performance in three years and had increased fears that the economy could be facing an imminent recession. However, more recent government statistics have shown that economic activity in the second quarter was not as weak as previously believed, prompting economists 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 administration’s defi-cit-reduction goals. In more good news, today’s report showed that inflation did not worsen even though growth was stronger than originally thought. An inflation gauge tied to the GNP rose at an annual rate of 5.1 percent from April through June, down slightly from an original estimate of 5.2 percent made a month ago. The increase in prices, which followed a rate of 4.8 percent in the Gross National Product first quarter, was blamed on higher energy costs. Almost two-thirds of today’s upward revision in growth came from higher con-sumer spending than previously believed. Consumer purchases climbed at an annual rate of 2.2 percent, double the previously reported rate. Other areas of strength were government purchases, which rose at a rate of 12.3 percent, and spending for business investment, which rose 8.2 percent. One remaining area of weakness was housing construction, which fell 12.6 percent in the second quarter, the biggest decline since the recession year of 1982. S.C. Dealers See Hard Times Ahead For Liquor Sales By The Associated Press MYRTLE BEACH - High alcohol consumption by South Carolinians as compared to residents in many other states has not been enough to keep fierce competition from weeding out liquor retailers, 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 average of 1.7 gallons annually. The national average for the same year was 1.54 gallons, according to Janet Flynn of the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S., head quartered in Washington. Statistics for 1989 weren’t available. The ABC Commission doesn’t monitor consumption, but officials said a good indicator are the state taxes collected by the Tax Commission for hard liquor sales. For fiscal 1989, taxes brought in $42,757,219, a slight decline from the fis cal 1988 total of $42,805,265. Taxes collected on beer and wine rose during the same time period with figures of $67,095,273 for 1989 and $64,329,489 in 1988, the tax commission reported Monday. (Please See S.C. DEALERS, Page 10A) Tanker Struck By Syrian Shells Off Christian Coast; 9 Missing By The Associated Press BEIRUT, Lebanon — A tanker carrying desperately needed fuel for Lebanon’s 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 between the 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 machine gun exchanges by 8:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. EDT). That raised the casualty toll since fighting erupted March 8 to at least 795 people killed and 2,263 wounded. A police spokesman, who cannot be named under standing- regularions, said the fighting spread when Aoun’s gunners shelled Syrian howitzer emplacements in Moslem west Beirut “to cover coast guard boats trying to rescue the tanker.” Syrian artillery batteries along west Beirut’s seafront fired on Aoun’s positions and the shelling quickly spread to residential districts, police reported. Police said the ship, identified only as the Sunshield, was hit at least once by radar-guided artillery. A police spokesman, who cannot be named under standing regulations, said Lebanese coast guard 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 supported by 70 Presbyterian churches. The Rev. William R. Johnston, pastor of Aiken’s First Presbyterian Church, confirmed Monday that Trinity Presbytery is renegotiating the paperwork on the project. The minister said he is “hopeful” that the financial agreements can be worked out without delay. Trinity Place, a $5.3 million retirement 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 Education for $285,000. The Rev. Johnston said the presbytery’s governing body is looking at a new approach to financing after the bank said it would require the presbytery to sign a letter of credit for the project. The minister said the bank providing the financing earlier had indicated no problems with the denomination’s intention to issue revenue bonds, but loan policies have changed in recent weeks. The presbytery, the minister noted, has endorsed a number of major building projects throughout the district in recent months and its long-term financial obligations have soared into the millions. ;

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