Aiken Standard, September 9, 1989

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September 09, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 9, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Prep ScoresA Quick ReadCouple Convicted In Starvation Death WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A jury today convicted a couple of third-degree murder in the starvation of their 14-year-old son while the family went without food for six weeks though they had nearly $4,000 they were saving for “God.” The jury deliberated a half-hour today after considering the case for little more than an hour Thursday night. The defendants, Larry and Leona Cottam, held hands but displayed no emotion when jury foreman Maria Uitti read the verdict. Jurors also convicted the couple of two counts each of recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of children. Son Erie died Jan. 3 after the family had not eaten since Nov. 22; Cottam summoned police the day after the boy died.55 Dead In Crash Of Chartered Plane COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A chartered plane carrying Norwegian shipping company officials to a ship-christening in West Germany crashed in the sea Friday, killing ail 55 people aboard, rescue officials said. The twin-engine Convair 440 turboprop plane, belonging to the Norwegian airline Partnair, was en route from Oslo, Norway, to Hamburg, West Germany. It crashed in the Skagerrak Strait, a heavily traveled shipping route that borders Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Rescue officials said 32 bodies have been recovered and helicopters and about 30 vessels, including a West German warship and fishing trawlers, were searching the 55-degree water for other victims.WeatherPartly Sunny Partly sunny skies are forecast today with a high in the low 90s. Tonight will be fair with a low in the 70s. Sunday will be partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. The high will be in the 90s. Please see details on Page 6A. SATURDAY Huff Lauded For Work/Page 7AAllicit September 9, 1989 Aiken.....................7 Midland Valley...........24 South Aiken..............15 North Augusta...........14 Strom Thurmond 14 Batesburg-Leesville.......9 Ridge Spring-Monetta.... 20 McCormick  ............0 Wagener-Salley..........12 Saluda....................6 Williston-Elko............47 St. George................0 Wardlaw................14 Sloan....................42 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 220Deaths Irene Winstead, Monetta Please see details on Page 6A.Inside Today Bridge..............................................6B Calendar............................................12 Classifieds........................................6B Comics.............................................5B Crossword........................................8B Cryptoquote......................................7B Dear Abby.........................................5B Local Front.......................................7A Obituaries.........................................6A Opinions.........................................14A Sports...............................................7    a Stocks..............................................9A Television.........................................5B Weather............................................6A Watkins To Check Nuclear Plants By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Federal inspectors appointed by Energy Secretary James D. Watkins will visit nuclear weapons plants in Tennessee, Texas and Ohio over the next five weeks to check for compliance with environmental and safety rules, Watkins said Friday. The investigations are part of a broader effort by Watkins to identify environmental and safety problems at the 17 ma-jor weapons plants owned by the department and to attempt to reassure Congress that known flaws are being corrected. The plants earmarked by Watkins for special investigations are the Pantex weapons assembly plant at Amarillo, Texas, the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., which makes uranium and other nuclear materials, and the Mound plant near Dayton, Ohio, which produces detonators and other components for nuclear weapons. New doubts about the department’s commitment to safety were raised Friday by environmentalists and arms control experts who questioned Watkins’ decision to restart an aging nuclear weapons reactor in South Carolina before all safety issues are settled. Watkins announced Thursday that the Savannah River reactor would begin low-power testing late next summer and then enter production by year’s end. The reactor has been shut down for more than a year for safety reasons. The department is studying the environmental impact of a Savannah River restart, but it has refused to promise to complete the work before firing up the reactor. David Albright, senior staff scientist at the Federation of American Scientists, said in a telephone interview Friday that Watkins appeared to have caved in to pressure from the Pentagon to get the Dropped Shot reactor running as soon as possible. The facility is the only source of tritium, a perishable gas needed to make nuclear warheads. “It’s tiring to see Watkins confusing our national security with making the Defense Department angry,” said Albright. Paul Leventhal, president of the Nuclear Control Institute, which specializes in nuclear non-proliferation issues, said there was no need to resume tritium production even if the Savannah River plant was determined to be entirely safe. (Please See WATKINS, Page 10A) Reagan Recovering From Brain Surgery AP Laserphoto SEMI-FINALS VICTOR: Steffi Graf of West Germany drops her racquet and covers her face after beating Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open. For the story, please see Page 1B. By The Associated Press ROCHESTER, Minn. — Former President Reagan underwent successful brain surgery Friday afternoon for removal of fluid that apparently resulted from his horseback riding accident two months ago, his spokesman said. “President Reagan is conscious and recovering in his room, where he is comfortable and in good spirits,” said spokesman Mark Weinberg. Weinberg said the hour-long surgery, performed at St. Marys Hospital by a team of Mayo Clinic surgeons, went “without complications.” The 78-year-old former president “will be carefully monitored, although no further treatment is anticipated,” he said. The fluid on the right side of the brain — blood that accumulated over a period of time — was found during a routine examination at the Mayo Clinic, Weinberg said. Fluid on the brain can cause pressure that can damage or kill brain cells. Although Reagan “has not experienced any symptoms,” physicians had advised the fluid be removed in a routine procedure, Weinberg said. He said the surgeons made a “small burr hole” in Reagan’s skull and drained a collection of fluid. “The procedure, which was performed under a general anesthesia, lasted slightly over one hour and was without complications.” Weinberg said he did not know how long Reagan would be hospitalized. “He will go home when the physicians say he is ready,” he said. Mayo Clinic physicians said the former president is otherwise in excellent health, Tutor Feels Good About Contribution ‘The procedure lasted slightly over one hour and was without complications.’ — Spokesman Mark Weinberg Weinberg said earlier. Reagan’s wife, Nancy, who also underwent routine tests, was found to be in excellent health as well, he said. Weinberg’s description of the president’s problem as a “subdural hematoma caused by President Reagan being thrown by a bucking horse in July” indicated the fluid had collected underneath the dura, a membrane that covers the brain inside the skull. A hematoma is a pool of blood, as in a bruise. The blood had collected on the top of the right side of the brain, Weinberg said. President Bush tried to phone his predecessor from Air Force One en route from New Orleans to Washington, but Reagan had already entered surgery. “I hope it’s all right — pray it’s all right,” Bush told reporters. The Reagans arrived in Minnesota on Wednesday and checked into the clinic Thursday. They left the clinic Friday morning and he later checked into St. Marys, said a hospital spokeswoman who would not be identified. Reagan, an accomplished rider, was thrown from a bucking horse July 4 while visiting the ranch of William Wilson, a friend, near Cananea, Mexico, about 30 miles south of the Arizona border.Series By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer For a few hours each week, Frank Manter joins a small group of dedicated volunteers to wage a little publicized fight against one of South Carolina’s biggest problems — illiteracy. Manter, a graduate of Brown University and a retired textile executive, is a 70-year-old World War II Navy veteran. His military service, the years he spent in the textile business with such firms as United Merchants and Manufacturers and Burlington Mills, qualify him to take it easy the rest of his life. But, reluctant to sit around, Manter be gan looking for something to do a few years ago and settled on literacy. He became a tutor for the Aiken County Literacy Council, Inc. “I don’t look at this as a civic responsibility,” said Manter while arranging a group of books on a table at the Adult Education Center’s learning lab on Jones Street. Explaining, Manter said he gets a lot of enjoyment out of tutoring because it is “a joy and a pleasure when you see someone finally grasp words and begin reading for the first time. “The wonderment is something you don’t forget. It makes you feel good about your contribution. Calling it satisfaction? I don’t think that is a big enough word for it.” Saying his tutoring is a small part of the literacy program, Manter has a lot of heroes in the literacy ranks and one of them Ralph O. Pekkala, 73, a retired Du Pont employee at the Savannah River Site. “Ralph Pekkala is a tremendous worker. He is a very good man,” said Manter. “We need more people like Ralph in this program. We need more tutors.” Pekkala, who worked at SRS until he was 70, began tutoring in 1987 but before that was well known for his leadership in (Please See TUTOR, Page 10A) Staff Graphic by Melissa Culp Palmetto Federal Stock Jumps Amid Speculation By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Palmetto Federal stock jumped more than $1 a share Friday amid growing speculation that the Aiken-based banking institution is a target for a buyout by First Union of Charlotte. Palmetto Federal started the day at $16 a share and had increased to $17.25 a share by the close of trading. A total of 61,100 shares exchanged hands during the day. A Robinson-Humphrey spokesman said the day’s trading in Palmetto Federal shares amounted to “the highest volumePALMETTO FEDERAL day in a long time.” Talk about Palmetto Federal being absorbed by First Union has been going on for more than a week, but no public comments have been made by officials with either institution. (Please See PALMETTO, Page 10A) 'Free Education' Not So Free,-Pupils Pay Fees To Meet Costs By NINA J. NIDIFFER Staff Writer A “free public education” is not nearly as free as it used to be. Students are now expected to pay fees for the classes they attend, money that helps offset the cost of their education. Ideally, education in public schools is paid for with money allocated by the state government each year for that purpose. But in reality, the money allotted by the state is not nearly enough to cover the need, according to James Gallman, administrative intern and director of community services of Aiken County Public Schools. “We say this is a public or free education, but when you look at it, we are not receiving enough money from the government to pay for the supplies and equipment needed to teach these classes,” he said. “We have to offset the cost through fees from the students’ parents. “If we actually took a look at how much we spend per child each year, we would find the money we receive from (Please See FREE, Page 10A) ;

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