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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 6, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Evert Ends Career At US Open PagelOA A Quick Read Doesnt Raise Breast Cancer Risk BOSTON AP Researchers found reassuring evidence that birth control pills havent raised the breast cancer risk for middleage women Now they are starting a ma jor new study to see if thats true for a younger generation Birth control pills became avail able hi the early 1960s and women now in thenmid40s and 50s typically began using the pill when they were in their mid20s or beyond Since then however millions of American women have begun taking the pill while still in their teens Troubling data has begun to emerge that these people may be at substantially higher than usual risk of breast cancer It really becomes very important to either refute that or substantiate it in a clear way since that kind of use is routine for a large number of wom en said Dr Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health If there is such a risk and it continues throughout life thats a major problem Booklet Discourages Isolating AIDS Victims WASHINGTON AP AIDS vic tims should not be isolated or given special treatment in US schools ac cording to a new guide that says up todate knowledge about the disease should quiet fears that the virus can be easily transmitted Until now many people have been fearful that AIDS could be transmitted at school the National Association of State Boards of Edu cation said today in the booklet that updates guidelines issued by the Cen ters for Disease Control in 1985 We have enough information to stop wor rying about this What we do need to worry about and the place to put our energy and concern is into education AIDS oracquired immune defi ciency syndrome is a fatal disease that destroys the bodys ability to fight infection Weather Mostly Cloudy Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight The low will be in the upper 60s Cloudy skies are forecast Thurs day morning but skies will become partly sunny in the afternoon with a 20 percent chance of showers The high will be in the mid 80s Please see details on Page 15 A Deaths James W Grygo Thomson Ga Melvin C Jackson Edgefield William F Laughridge Greenwood Mable S Morris Johnston Cora L Snyder Aiken Please see details on Page 14A Inside Today Bridge 98 Calendar9A Classifieds7B Comics6A Crossword10B Cryptoquote8B DearAbby6A Local Front1B Obituaries14A Opinions4A Television6A Weather15A Page 2A Soviet Trawler Crew Lost In Collision Page 1B Mill A Casualty Of European Market Wednesday September 61989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 217 US Ambassador Staff Leave Lebanon By The Associated Press BEIRUT Lebanon Helicopters to day evacuated US Ambassador John McCarthy and his American staff to Cy prus after hundreds of Christians be sieged the US Embassy accusing Washington of allowing Syria a free hand in Lebanon The 30 diplomats were flown to to Cy prus because deteriorating local cir cumstances no longer permitted the embassy to function effectively said Keith Peterson a spokesman for the US Embassy in Nicosia The sudden decision to pull out of Leba non where Christian forces and Syrian troops have been battling for six months came after hundreds of angry Christians surrounded the embassy compound Tues day in hopes of forcing Washington to take a tougher stand against the Syrian presence in Lebanon Gen Michel Aoun who heads the Christian Cabinet in Lebanons dual gov ernment said in a statement released by his office It seems the American Cain couldnt endure the stare of the Lebanese Abel so he left Peterson called the evacuation tempo rary Dismissing accusations the tradi tionally proAmerican Lebanese Chris tians have repeated in recent days he stressed The United States of America is not abandoning Lebanon He said the diplomatic staff would re turn when the situation permits The US Embassy is in the countrys Christian enclave where some 1 million Christians have been trapped for six months ringed by the hostile Syrians and their allies and angry that the West has not come to their rescue Peterson added The personnel were evacuated to Cyprus and are being flown from Cyprus to their final destination He would not give details of their travel plans Asked about earlier reports that the American diplomats were flown aboard three helicopters to the British base of Akrotiri in southern Cyprus Peterson said I cannot confirm that But unofficial sources in Cyprus said a US transport plane and several heli copters flown from Sixth Fleet ships AP Laserphoto DRUG EVIDENCE President Bush holds a bag of crack cocaine as he explains his new drug strategy Westinghouse Says Safety No 1 In Reactor Restart By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer WesttnghoHse Savannah Siver Co has a commitment to operate the Sa vannah River Sites nuclear reactors better that the best commercial reac tors a Westinghouse official said today Speaking at a meeting of the US De partment of Energys Advisory Com mittee on Nuclear Safety XL Gal lagher Westiaghouse manager in charge of the SBS Restart Program said Gallagher told the committee which provides the secretary of energy with advice on the safety of DOE production facilities such as SRS that Westing houses top commitment is to safety in restarting SRS three idled reactors The reactors were shot down last year for management and equipment improvements Safety is to restart the reV actors in a safe manner Gallagher WESTINGHOUSE Page Medal Winner Nobody Looks For A Citation By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer George Ashford Ash Milner Jr says he certainly did think about getting killed while trying to replace an engine in a disabled tank but it was just some thing that had to be done For his efforts in freezing cold near a Belgian village in January of 1945 Mil ner 71 joined the ranks of American mil itary men cited for bravery during World Warll Milner was awarded the Bronze Star for pulling and replacing a blown radial engine on the crippled tank while Ger man artillery shells were dropping as close as 50 yards and a sniper was pick ing off American troops He the sniper shot the starter off the tank but some of our people finally spot ted him in a big tree and blew the entire top off it recalled Milner The Aiken businessman doesnt talk much about his Bronze Star Hes happier he came out of the war unscathed after more than a year repairing tanks and other equipment with the 2nd Armored Division in the invasion of Europe and he was glad to get home I Staff Gtaphic by Melissa Cutp I got enough points to rotate back home and thats what I did he re marked The points were based on the number of days spent in combat and the goal of every fighting man was to accu mulate enough to get home Please See MEDAL WINNER Page 5A Demos Drug Plan Short On Finances By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush is embarking on a public relations cam paign to sell his block by block child by child war on drugs but Democrats com plain the billion program doesnt go far enough and relies on cuts in other federal programs for financing Unless the president supports the tax increases that will be necessary to fight this war the drug dealers are going to win said House Ways and Means Com mittee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski Bogota Bans GatheringsPage 2A In his first primetime address to the nation Tuesday night the president held up a bag of crack cocaine seized across the street from the White House and de clared drugs the gravest domestic threat facing our nation But he said We can pay for this fight without rais ing taxes or adding to the budget deficit Bush called for expanded treatment and education programs but he also urged the country to demonstrate zero tolerance for casual drug use and re peated his support for harsh penalties on users as well as dealers Still it would be left to the states to carry out most of Bushs recommenda tions targeting casual drug users such as stiffer fines auto seizures drivers li cense suspensions and publication of of fenders names in newspapers Bush also promised stronger efforts to attack drugs at their source in South America and elsewhere When requested we will for the first time make available the appropriate re sources of Americas armed forces to nations fighting drug production he said The president arranged a meeting to day with regional editors and reporters to talk about his drug campaign and plot ted out a weeks worth of activities de signed to promote the plan Included are speeches on Thursday in Baltimore Fri day hi New Orleans and next Tuesday in the White House a noontime address SC Delegation Impressed Sees Decade Of Work By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON Members of the South Carolina delegation praised the billion national drug control plan announced by President Bush Monday in a television address to the nation But they agreed with administra tion officials that despite the pro posed stepup in federal programs against drug importers and users it could take at least a decade to eradi cate the widespread use of illegal drugs Theres no magic about handling this problem said Sen Strom Thur mond RSC in an interview at the White House Monday afternoon after he and other congressional leaders had met with the president to discuss the strategy See SCDELEGATION Page 3A that will be available for live broadcast to schools and libraries Republicans generally embraced the plan but some Democrats said it didnt go far enough while others complained it envisioned cuts in immigration and other programs As despicable as drug dealers are they understand economics said Ros tenkowski in urging a tax increase If you want to play youve got to pay Please See DEMOS Page 3A SC Counts 5 Among Most Heroic Of WWII By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer In the last great war fought by Ameri can forces South Carolina contributed more than 166000 of its sons and daugh ters to the conflict that defeated the Axis powers of Germany Japan and Italy in the 1940s From those numbers hundreds won ci tations for valor and heroism in action The awards ranged from presidential unit citations to individual medals for gallantry in action Among all the awards given for acts of great courage the hardest to win is the Congressional Medal of Honor It is not given lightly and since its creation during the Civil War it has gone to a mere hand ful of the millions who have served in combat During World War II five South Caro linians were awarded the Medal of Honor and three of them lost their lives The Medal of Honor winners were Lt Col George Mabry Jr of Sumter Pvt Thomas E Atkins of Campobello Sgt Robert Allen Owens of Greenville Pvt Furman L Smith of Six Mile and Pfc William A McWhorter of Liberty Mabry and Atkins survived the war but the others gave up their lives in ac tion against the enemy Mabrys citation came on Sept 101945 when he led his 2nd Battalion of the 4th Infantry Div against German defenses in the Hurtgen Forest near Schevenhutte Germany Personally leading the attack Mabry cut through boobytrapped barbed wire disconnected explosives destroyed three bunkers and killed in handtohand com bat several Nazi soldiers while taking others prisoner The Medal of Honor citation said his superlative courage daring and leader ship came in an operation of major importance Atkins was a rifleman serving in the 32nd Infantry Div in the Philippines on March 101945 when he earned his honor Please Sec SC COUNTS Page 5A