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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 5, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Violence Ends At Resort Page 2A A Quick Read MD Telethon Raises Record Million LAS VEGAS AP Jerry Lewis drew a record in pledges from viewers of his 24thannual La bor Day Telethon with muscular dystrophy victims appealing for an end to the deadly disease that devas tates families The figure surpassed the 1988 re cord by slightly more than million Corporate sponsors donated an ad ditional during the hour event that ended Monday after noon drawing an estimated 100 million television viewers Market To Keep Bath Mill Closed BATH United Solid Company announced today that current mar ket conditions will prevent them from opening a plant in Bath offi cials said Before arriving at this decision company officials considered numer ous scaled down operating scenarios but found no feasible alternatives Rather than keeping the building idle indefinately we have retained a New York consulting firm which spe cializes in reutilization of facilities such as the Bath complex to market the facility a company spokesman said United Solids longrange plan is to return to the United States market and reestablish ties with Aiken County officials said Labor Day Snow Too Good To Be True LAKE PLACID NY AP Summers unofficial end brought re ports of snow by two radio stations and some local officials who couldnt resist the prank Dennis Ryan managing partner of WIRDAM and WLPWFM said the sister stations reported Monday morning that temperatures dropped 80 degrees between 4 am and 6 am and that 12 inches of snow had fallen The winter weather on Labor Day also froze an early morning waters kiier on Lake Placid and passengers on a tour boat had to walk to shore on the ice the stations reported Ryan said the station got the idea for the hoax during a bad snowstorm last winter and worked for two weeks with local officials to set it up Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night and Wednesday The low will be in the upper 60s with lows in the mid 80s Please see details on Page 3B Deaths Myrtle Belle All Fairfax Archie S Barker Olar Elijah Bates New York Annie Mae Bolan Orangeburg Lillian Johnson Aiken Evelyn K Smith Trenton Please see details on Page 3B Inside Today Bridge7B Calendar9B Classifieds5B Comics48 Crossword8B Cryptoquote6B DearAbby4B Local Front1B Obituaries3B Opinions6A Sports7A Television4B Weather3B Page 2A Strikes By Teachers Affect 110000 Page IB Incumbents Raising Funds For 1990 Tuesday September 51989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 216 Bush To Unveil Billion Drug Plan By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush is suing an antidrug battle cry tonight will urge a crackdown on drug users and ask Americans to join a billion war on narcotics whose funding source he has yet to reveal For his first nationally televised ad dress to the nation scheduled for 9 pm EOT Bush will talk about drugs in what White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater called a personal message from himself to the American people that talks about the collective need of society to pull together to solve this problem Hie presidents speech on his new drug strategy will be carried live by ABC CBS NBC and CNN at 9 pm Bush will talk considerably about us ers and the need to crack down on them and who they are and why this is such a pervasive problem in our society Fitz water said Monday Bush today planned to discuss his drug plan with Cabinet members and mem bers of Congress Just back from a threeweek vacation in Kennebunkport Maine Bush re hearsed his speech Monday afternoon and went over lastminute refinements of the text He got tips on delivery and style from his campaign media adviser Roger Ailes All four major television networks ABC CBS NBC and CNN plan to broadcast the speech which will be car ried from the Oval Office The speech will outline the national drug strategy put together over several months by his drug policy coordinator William Bennett with assistance from advisers across the government The strategy has been billed as a coordinated effort to link the drugfighting programs by various government agencies in a more cohesive way than has been seen in the past Some details have been revealed but officials have not disclosed where Bush will siphon off money from an already squeezed federal budget Sources have said it will come from various categories in next years budget rather than cutting back in one or two places Bushs package for 1990 will be close to billion above the current antidrug spending levels Please See BUSH Page 10A AP Laserphoto DRUG WAR AID Colombian soldiers guard warplanes sent from the United States to help combat the escalating violence between the government and the drug cartel US Increases Aid To Colombia Gunman Killed In Airport Attack By The Associated Press MEDELLIN Colombia More US military aid was on its way today to bol ster the government in its fight against drug gangs which have battled back with bombings and are blamed for a bloody attack at MedeUins airport Five US military heficopters were due to arrive today following weekend deliv eries of two C130 transport planes and eight A37 reconnaissance and attack jets Medellin police said four bombs ex ploded Monday night in or near the city home base of the worlds most power ful cocaine cartel injuring two people Officials blamed the drug barons for an attack in which a man in a camouflage uniform fired an automatic rifle at a line of people waiting outside the Medellin airport terminal killing one man and wounding 14 people before he was fatally shot by security forces It was horrendous I was hit I fell said Rodolfo Montoya a Colombian who lives in the New York City and was hospi talized with an ankle wound Montoya who was visiting his mother said he and his wife had been on their way to Bogota 150 miles south of Medel lin for a connecting flight to New York He said his wife had just passed the security inspection at the door and was safe inside the building when the gunman opened fire Among the wounded were eleven civilians and three airport securi ty officers Please See US Page 10A DHEC Official Sympathetic To Langley Pond Supporters By CARLLANGLEY Staff Writer While a handful of protesters marched outside his office waving placards and posters a state health agency official said this morning that everything possi ble is being done to restore Langley Pond to its natural state R Kim Cauthen Aiken office manager for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control also said he viewed the quiet orderly demon stration as an example of Langley resi dents concern for the pond The demonstration was called by the Aiken County Alliance for Fair Employ ment which has assailed lengthy studies on pond pollution as being guided by poli tics and cleanup efforts are too slow DHEC and Polluters in Love DHEC Less Tests More Cleanup Save Langley Pond spelled some of the posters being waved in front of the window of Cauthens office Bobby Rutland Alliance president said his group decided to picket the DHEC offices on Marion Street because the agency has the power to force the polluters to clean up Langley Pond The Alliance spokesman also accused DHEC of allowing the polluters to pro ceed with testing that is inadequate and that will result in misleading conclusions Rutland and others have blamed the pollution on Graniteville Co and the city of Aiken DHEC ordered the studies made by RMT Inc of Greenville several months ago after tests showed the 250acre pond is contaminated with high levels of mer cury and polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs Cauthen said RMT is expected to com plete its testing by February but Rutland said Langley residents dont want it to take that long We want the pond cleaned up now he remarked February is nine months away Please See DHEC Page 10A Jetliner Vanishes In Amazon Jungle By The Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil Despite picking up the planes emergency signal rescuers were still trying to locate a Varig jetliner that disappeared over the Amazon jungle with 54 people aboard an air force spokesman said The Boeing 737200 was far off course low on fuel and flying on one engine with faulty navigational equipment when it vanished Sunday while on a domestic flight air force spokesman Col Ronaldo Borges said Monday It was on the last leg of a regularly scheduled flight from the southeastern city of Sao Paulo to Belem The planes beacon emits an emer gency signal that is being picked up But it takes time ip pinpoint the exact spot where the signals coming from and we have not located the plane yet Borges said He said the search for the plane was suspended Monday night because of darkness but air force planes private planes and helicopters would resume their work early this morning The colonel said officials did not rule out the possibility the plane was hijacked Please See JETLINER Page IDA Navy Veteran Has Unfond Memories Of Midnight Charlies Nightly Visits By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Midnight Charlie was as regular as clockwork And his consistency was one of his better attributes as he worked at being one of the biggest pests possible in the final stages of World War II He would wait until about midnight and here he would come said Johnny D Southerland a Navy combat veteran who spent the last months of the war in the South Pacific Midnight Charlie was a Japanese pi lot who went on his bombing raids on Americanheld islands in the dark of night You never knew if he was coming that night or where he was going to drop his bombs said Southerland He kept people upset especially when you couldnt get any rest Please See NAVY Page 10A Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth DEMONSTRATING FOR ACTION Supporters demonstrated this morning for more progress action in cleaning up Langley Pond
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