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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 9, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Prep Scores Aiken7 Midland Valley24 South Aiken15 North Augusta14 Strom Thurmond14 BatesburgLeesville9 Ridge SprmgMonetta 20 McCormick0 WagenerSalley Saluda 12 6 WillistonEIko St George 47 0 Wardlaw Sloan 14 42 A Quick Read Couple Convicted In Starvation Death WILKESBARRE Pa AP A jury today convicted a couple of thirddegree murder in the starva tion of their 14yearold son while the family went without food for six weeks though they had nearly they were saving for God The jury deliberated a halfhour to day after considering the case for lit tle 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 endan gering another person and endanger ing the welfare of children Son Eric died Jan 3 after the family had not eaten since Nov 22 Cottam sum moned police the day after the boy died 55 Dead In Crash Of Chartered Plane COPENHAGEN Denmark AP A chartered plane carrying Nor wegian shipping company officials to a shipchristening in West Germany crashed in the sea Friday killing all 55 people aboard rescue officials said The twinengine Convair 440 turbo prop plane belonging to the Norwe gian 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 55de gree water for other victims Weather Partly Sunny Partly sunny skies are forecast to day with a high in the low 90s To night 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 Deaths Irene Winstead Monetta Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Stocks Television Weather 6B 12 6B 5B 8B 7B 5B 7A 6A 14A 7A 9A 58 6A Taggorts 2A SATURDAY Huff Lauded For 7A September 91989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 220 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 broad er effort by Watkins to identify environ mental 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 Y12 plant in Oak Ridge Term which makes uranium and other nuclear materials and the Mound plant near Dayton Ohio which produces deto nators and other components for nuclear weapons New doubts about the departments commitment to safety were raised Fri day by environmentalists and arms con trol experts who questioned Watkins de cision 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 years end The reac tor has been shut down for more than a year for safety reasons The department is studying the envi ronmental 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 reactor running as soon as possible The facility is the only source of tritium a perishable gas needed to make nuclear warheads Its tiring to see Watkins confusing our national security with making the De fense Department angry said Albright Paul Leventhal president of the Nucle ar Control Institute which specializes in nuclear nonproliferation issues said there was no need to resume tritium pro duction even if the Savannah River plant was determined to be entirely safe Please See WATKINS Page IDA Dropped Shot AP Laserphoto SEMIFINALS VICTOR Steffi Graf of West Germany drops her racquet and covers her face after beating Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina in the semifinals of the US Open For the story please see Page 1B Reagan Recovering From Brain Surgery By The Associated Press ROCHESTER Minn Former Presi dent 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 re covering in his room where he is com fortable and in good spirits said spokes man Mark Weinberg Weinberg said the hourlong surgery performed at St Marys Hospital by a team of Mayo Clinic surgeons went without complications The former president will be carefully moni tored 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 Wein berg 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 proce dure Weinberg said He said the surgeons made a small burr hole in Reagans skull and drained a collection of fluid The procedure which was performed under a general anesthesia lasted slight ly 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 The procedure lasted slightly over one hour and was without complications Spokesman Mark Weinberg Weinberg said earlier Reagans wife Nancy who also underwent routine tests was found to be in excellent health as well he said Weinbergs description of the presi dents problem as a subdural hemato ma caused by President Reagan being thrown by a bucking horse in July indi cated 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 pre decessor from Air Force One en route from New Orleans to Washington but Reagan had already entered surgery I hope its all right pray its 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 Tutor Feels Good About Contribution 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 Carolinas big gest problems illiteracy Manter a graduate of Brown Universi ty and a retired textile executive is a 70 yearold 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 be came a tutor for the Aiken County Litera cy Council Inc I dont look at this as a civic responsi bility said Manter while arranging a group of books on a table at the Adult Education Centers 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 dont forget It makes you feel good about your contribution Calling it satisfaction I dont 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 0 Pekkala 73 a retired Du Pont employee at the Savannah River Site Ralph Pekkala is a tremendous work er 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 IDA Series Staff Graphic by Melissa Gulp Palmetto Federal Stock Jumps Amid Speculation By CARLLANGLEY Staff Writer Palmetto Federal stock jumped more than a share Friday amid growing speculation that the Aikenbased banking institution is a target for a buyout by First Union of Charlotte Palmetto Federal started the day at a share and had increased to a share by the close of trading A total of 61100 shares exchanged hands during the day A RobinsonHumphrey spokesman said the days trading in Palmetto Federal shares amounted to the highest volume H PALMETTO FEDERAL day in a long time Talk about Palmetto Federal being ab sorbed by First Union has been going on for more than a week but no public com ments have been made by officials with either institution Please See PALMETTO Page IDA Free Education Not So Pupils Pay Fees To Meet Costs By NINA J NIDIFFER Staff Writer A free public education is hot near ly 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 educa tion but when you look at it we are not receiving enough money from the gov ernment to pay for the supplies and equipment needed to teach these class es 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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