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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 7, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Falcons Sign Top Pick Page 9A A Quick Read Catawba Land Claim Causing NFL Trouble ROCK HILL AP The Catawba Indian claim to a large chunk of the Upstate is causing trouble for a group trying to bring a National Football League team to the Carolinas One of the sites being considered by the group of businessman for lo cating a stadium is in York County But the Catawbas claim 225 square miles of York and Lancaster coun ties still belong to them The suit cur rently is in US District Court Wed hate to build a stadium and have it be given to the Indians said Mark Richardson Winemakers Worry About Cork Quality YAKIMA Wash AP Some time soon that bottle of cabernet sauvignon may come with a screw top And peeling the seal from a bottle of champagne may reveal plastic Some wine experts say these and other innovations may await the na tions wine drinkers because of prob lems with corks from Portugal the industrys major source The Portuguese cork industry has been running low of virgin cork in recent years forcing some wine makers to use poor quality stoppers that can ruin some wines said Lisa Van de Water of The Wine Lab in Napa Calif a research center for the wine industry JULNflOO Page 2A Victims Call Crash Survival Miracle Weather Partly Cloudy Skies will be partly cloudy tonight and tomorrow with a low in the 70s tonight and a high in the 90s tomor row There will also be a chance of isolated showers and thundershow ers tomorrow Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Effie Brown Jackson LC Colbert Swansea Christina M Gilmore North Augusta Inez G Hartley Leesville Melvin C Jackson Edgefield Leroy Johnson West Hempstead NY M Ansel Quattlebaum Evans Ga Nathalia L Roth Aiken Grover K Stroman Wagener Lloyd D Tyler Perry Lucille R Veno Wiliiston Nellie M Waters North Augusta Mary B Webb North Augusta Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge7B Calendar11B Classifieds5B Comics4B Crossword88 Cryptoquote6B Dear Abby4B Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports9A Television4B Weather6A Newspaper Articles To Focus On Literacy Friday is National Newspaper Lit eracy Day In an effort to promote literacy and tell our readers what is going on in programs at the state and local level the Aiken Standard will begin a threepart series Friday on the im portance of learning to read The stories will include statistics comments from state and local offi cials and a look at what volunteer workers are doing Page 1B Westinghouse Seminar Draws 800 Thursday September 7 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 218 Bennett Expects Success On Drug Plan By The Associated Press WASHINGTON National drug policy director William J Bennett is taking the campaign for the administrations billion antidrug plan to Capitol Hill and he expects to succeed Bennett says he is heartened that much of the Democratic criticism heard thus far on the drug control strategy an nounced Tuesday night by President Bush has concerned money to pay for the proposal not the basic tenets A number of congressional Democrats have said the program doesnt go far enough and that Bush should recommend a tax increase to pay for it instead of proposing to take money from other pro grams The billion sought is bil lion above the 1989 budget authorization Bennett today is to face Senate Judicia ry Committee Chairman Joseph R Biden Jr who said the Bush plan isnt bold enough but its a good start in the first congressional hearing on the plan Bennett told a packed National Press Club audience Wednesday that Biden re vealed no substantive disagreements with the strategy in his Democratic re sponse to the Bush plan aired Tuesday night As for those who say the billion is inadequate to fight the war on drugs Bennett said Im just not going to be all that receptive to criticism of the figure of billion from people whose correct mark is billion Bennett said the strategy if pursued consistently over time will enable the country to win the war against drugs but he cautioned that it wont happen quickly with any Batman through the transom flashy solutions The strategy which Congress had di rected Bennett to develop calls for a law enforcement crackdown on all levels of drug trafficking from drug kingpins overseas to casual users in America It seeks a 53 percent increase in funding for treatment programs a 25 percent in BUSH VISITS After outlining his billion war on drugs President Bush visited a Washington hospital for AP Laserphoto babies In this photo the president lifts a 4monthold baby who was abandoned by his addicted mother Safety Of SRSs KReactor Defended By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer KReactor the first of the three idled Savannah River Site nuclear units sched uled to restart does not need ultrasonic testing to check for cracks in its tank before it resumes operating a Westing house Savannah River Co official said Wednesday JM Morrison program manager of the reactor tank inspection plan said Westinghouse the operating contractor at SRS has told the US Department of Energy that the prospect of a rupture in the KReactor tank is incredible Morrison told DOEs Advisory Com mittee on Nuclear Facility Safety which was meeting at SRS that there will be ultrasonic tests of P and L reactors the other two units which were shut down with KReactor last year for manage ment and equipment improvements Some committee members expressed skepticism about Westinghouses recom mendation against an ultrasonic test be fore KReactor restarts Morrison de Critics Cast Restart Doubts By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer For an hour Wednesday the US De partment of Energys Advisory Com mittee on Nuclear Facility Safety heard critics of the Savannah River Site cast doubt on the need to restart the three idled SRS nuclear reactors I dont believe we need them Chairman Frances Close Hart of the Energy Research Foundation in Colum bia said of the reactors She spoke at a public comment ses sion held by the committee which con cludes two days of open meetings at SRS today The panel advises the secre tary of energy on safety of DOE produc tion facilities such as SRS Mrs Hart rejected claims that with out the reactors operating there would be a national security threat because of a lack of tritium which only SRS prduces for US nuclear weapons I Please See CRITICS Page 8A fended the move He noted that a videotape examination of the K tank in December 1986 showed no sign of cracks only some minor gouges scratches and corrosion The committee which advises the sec retary of energy on safety at DOE pro duction facilities such as SRS finishes two days of public meetings at SRS today Please See SAFETY Page 8A crease in prevention efforts and a vast expansion of the federal prison system to house drug offenders The strategy also calls for million next year in military and law enforce ment aid to Colombia Peru and Bolivia the three main cocaineproducing countries The administration plans to offer those countries some billion more over the next five years once they demonstrate solid efforts to cut down on drug trafficking Meanwhile Bush on Wednesday visited Please See BENNETT Page 8A Drug Lords Defied In New Edicts Suspect Extradited New Rewards Offered By The Associated Press BOGOTA Colombia Defying threats that more judges will be murdered the government extradited an alleged drug money launderer to the United States and offered hefty rewards for Colombias two reputed top cocaine kingpins Eduardo Martinez Romero who US officials say was flown out on Wednes day is the first drug figure extradited to the United States under special emergen cy powers decreed last month as part of an unprecedented antidrug war Colombian officials and US diplomats kept mum about Mar tinezs extradition but it was confirmed by of ficials in the United States Martinez 35 is charged in Atlanta in connection with the laundering of bil lion worth of illicit co caine cash MARTINEZ Highranking US diplomats and drug enforcement officials in Bogota have said that once extraditions start they expect drugrelated terrorism and violence in Colombia will get much worse Colombias drug lords the worlds richest have said they would rather die in Colombia than suffer life in death in a US prison The traffickers threatened last month to kill 10 judges for every ex tradited drug suspect For years the traffickers had largely succeeded in evading justice through bribery and intimidation They have had politicians police judges and journalists murdered and reportedly purchased in fluence in high places In 1987 the Colombian Supreme Court threw out an extradition agreement with the United States The last Colombian drug trafficker to be extradited the Me dellin cartels Carlos Lehder was sent to the United States early that year He is serving a life sentence in a US prison The extradition agreement was revived by President Virgilio Barco last month when he invoked emergency powers after Please See DRUG LORDS Page 8A Bakker Ruled Competent For Trial BAKKER RETURNS A subdued Jim Bakker returns to the courtroom in Charlotte By The Associated Press CHARLOTTE Jim Bakker isnt cra zy and can aid in his defense a psychia trist testified before his trial resumed with a former PTL fundraiser tearfully explaining how she was fired for not keeping her mouth shut Former fundraiser Carol Price also broke into tears when she described try ing to discourage an elderly woman from purchasing a lifetime partnership that offered three nights lodging a year in a ministry hotel I told her that selling a burial policy to buy a lifetime partnership was not a good idea Ms Price said Wednesday Her testimony came after a mental competency hearing and US District Judge Robert Potters dismissal of a de fense mistrial motion week Bakker was found halluci nating under a couch in his lawyers of He has no hidden mental illness The stress that hes feeling is normal Dr Sally Johnson fice He was sent to a prison for psychiat ric evaluation He is not going crazy said Dr Sally Johnson head of the psychiatric team at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner He has no hidden mental ill ness The stress that hes feeling is normal I cant rule it out that it wont happen again but I cant rule it in either Ms Johnson said she didnt think Bakker had faked his breakdown She said Bakker told her he hadnt felt well and that radio and television news crews gathered at the courthouse took on the form of frightening animals She said he told her they appeared as large ants with antennae Ms Johnson said Bakker insisted he hadnt lost touch with reality He did not lose sight that they were actually the press she said It was an experience in which he was very fright ened and there was a largo number of people in the crowd She said Bakker simply suffered a panic attack and could stand trial on fraud charges After Potter agreed and released Bakker from custody witnesses resumed testimony that Bakker and other minis try officials oversold vacations in PTL resort hotels PleaseSee BAKKKR PaRf 84   

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