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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                AlKBt COUNTY PUBLIC UBRARY Sports Olympic Swimmer Eyes Comeback Page 8A A Quick Read Big Cat Becomes Long Island Mystery BELLPORT NY AP Theres a cat on the loose on Long Island but its best not to set out saucers of milk authorities said It may be a cougar The animal left pawprints 4 inch es wide Tuesday in a wooded area of Bellport where it was spotted by two people including a deputy sheriff They described it as a catlike ani mal on the run Linda Pew supervisor of the Brookhaven Animal Shelter said the cat may be a runaway cougar kept as a pet We think it was probably domes ticated said Pew Old West Accented By Neiman Marucs DALLAS AP Neiman Marcus seller of sumptuous fantasies for 81 years is inviting its wellheeled cli entele to put on a pair of spurs and recapture the Wild West The Dallasbased retailer Tuesday began delivery of its Christmas cata log the annual wishbook of the wealthy For one cowpoke with Neiman Marcus will sell a handtooled saddle by Edward H Bohlin Co lavishly furnished with sterling silver and 18karat gold A cowboy aint a cowboy without a horse so for and up Neiman Marcus is offering a selection of champion bloodline painted horses from the Real Ranch in Kerrville Fatal Jail Disease Puzzle To Officials HOUSTON AP A federal judge promised a quick decision on wheth er to release up to 500 misdemeanor offenders from an overcrowded jail where a mysterious bacterial infec tion has killed two prisoners Mark Canfield chief of epidemiolo gy for the Harris County Health De partment said Tuesday that the source of an outbreak of flulike symptoms at the county jail was unknown On Monday Attorney James Oit zinger asked US District Judge James DeAnda to force jail officials to relieve overcrowding and to iso late those at greatest risk of con tracting the infection Qitzinger is representing the pris oners in a continuing lawsuit before DeAnda over jail crowding Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of scattered showers Partly cloudy skies are forecast Thursday The low will be in the upper 60s The high will be in the upper 80 to low 90s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Raymond T Boatwright Ridge Spring Mitchell 0 Glover Jr North Augusta Herman H Jordan Augusta Sarah F Metz North Augusta Betty Sue Miller Augusta Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge68 Calendar8C Classifieds4B Comics9C Crossword78 Cryptoquote58 DearAbby9C Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports8A Television9C Weather6A Page ZA I Witness Testifies To PTL Runaround Aiken Kicks Off First Recycling Project Wednesday September 13 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 224 US To Accept 40000 Soviet Refugees By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Bush adminis tration wants to accept 50000 Soviet refu gees plus another 6500 from Eastern Eu rope and phase out processing offices in Vienna and Rome a US official and sources in the American Jewish commu nity say Overall 125000 refugees would be ad mitted in the fiscal year that begins Oct 1 an increase of slightly less than 8 per cent over current quotas sources say The 50000 Soviet refugees at least half of whom are expected to be Jews are a fraction of the 250000 Soviet citizens the State Department estimated last week would apply for entry in fiscal 1990 Jewel S Lafontant the departments coordinator for refugee affairs was to testify on the new program today before the House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration Key members of Congress were informed in advance of the NYC Victor proposal Of the 50000 the sources said Tuesday 40000 would be assisted by the US gov ernment in paying their transportation and settlement costs The 10000 others would depend on private organizations friends and relatives Still others could apply under a parole program that in cludes no US financial assistance The current combined quota for refu gees from the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe is 50000 The new plan would al locate all 50000 slots to the Soviet Union and set up a separate category of 6500 for Eastern Europe Other projected quotas include 25000 for East Asia 3500 for Latin America and the Caribbean and 3000 for Africa In fiscal 1988 as emigration from the Soviet Union began to climb the com bined quota for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe was 15000 Please See US Page 7A East Germany Says Stem The Tide By The Associated Press BERLIN East Germanys Commu nist leaders are demanding that Hunga ry stop allowing East Germans to flee to West Germany by the thousands in an exodus that is draining their labor pool of young skilled workers About 11000 refugees had arrived by Tuesday night and West German border officials said the mass trek to the West may have peaked There were indica tions East Berlin had begun restricting travel to Hungary The refugees have traveled by car train and bus through Austria to their new homeland since midnight Sunday when Hungary suspended a 1969 agree ment with East Germany and opened its border to the refugees The border officials said the number of refugees who are granted automatic citizenship in West Germany could top 15000 In West Germany the new arrivals crowded relocation camps and were greeted with plenty of job offers The exodus comes at a time of dra matic change in the East bloc Poland has installed the blocs first nonCom munist government and Hungarys leaders are promising free elections West Germany and Hungary have worked together to coordinate free pas sage for the East Germans and that Please See EAST GERMANY Page 7A Derrick Sees Gap In Closing Of FMF AP Laserphoto FAMILY CELEBRATION David Dinkins left is joined by his father William Dinkins in celebrating his victory over New York Mayor Edward i Koch For the story and other key elections around the country please see Page 2A Congressman Asks Watkins To Explain By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Closing the Savannah River Sites na val Fuel Materials Facility leaves the US Department of Energy open to harsh criticism US Rep Butler Derrick D SC said Tuesday in a letter to Energy Secretary James D Watkins On Sept 7 DOE announced that it will close FMF because demand for fuel for the Navys nuclear vessels no longer re quires the units operation In his letter to Watkins Derrick said If this announcement raises questions in my mind it practically begs the media and congressional oversight committees to maul the Department of Energy again FMF built at a cost of million began production last year The only oth er facility producing fuel for the Navy is the 34yearold Nuclear Fuel Services Inc plant in Erwin Tenn which has a history of labor and environmental problems Among other troubles the Erwin plant was found in the 1970s to be missing ura nium which is assumed to have escaped into the environment Congress was told recently that the plant also has contami nated the water supply with uranium It is not apparent to me why the De partment of Energy would choose to op erate an old naval fuel facility that has experienced operational difficulties in stead of using the million newly ishedSRS facility Derrick wrote He added Speculation has it that the Savannah River Site naval fuel produc tion facility has experienced operational difficulties resulting from design flaws In a telephone interview from his office Tuesday Derrick said he does not have concrete proof of such design shortcomings The New York Times reported Sept 9 that an aide to a US Senate committee that oversees DOE said the department cut corners in building FMF The Times added that the source said FMF is highly vulnerable to earthquakes Please See DERRICK Page 7A Buffalo Room Owner Admits Black To Restaurant By The Associated Press NORTH AUGUSTA A North Augusta restaurant is now open to all races since the owner has dropped his previous poli cy of not serving blacks Bruce Salter operator of the Buffalo Room said Tuesday he would continue serving blacks as long as they dont come in and tear up the place Salters policy against serving blacks has made the Buffalo Room the subject of an FBI investigation and a separate Jus tics Department inquiry The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has scheduled a license re vocation hearing for the Buffalo Room on Oct 12 in which the commission will seek to prove the restaurant discriminated against blacks If it proves the allegation the commission could pull the Buffalo Rooms liquor license But George Hill one of soul singer James Browns attorneys said Salter let him into the restaurant twice Tuesday and served him dinner It is the first time in recent memory that a black has been admitted to the Buffalo Room Asked whether admitting Hill had any thing to do with the hearing before the state ABC commission Salter said I aint going to say nothing Let them think what they want Please See BUFFALO Page 7A Problems Few As Aiken Dries Out From Heavy Rain Richland Avenue flooded until water lapped the tirewells of cars parked in Kalmia Plaza but the water was all gone by 10 pm and no other damage was reported during Tuesday nights storm Both the Public Safety Department and the Sheriffs Department reported all was quiet A spokesman for the Highway Patrol said the slick roads caused a few fenderbenders but nothing serious A spokeswoman for the Aiken Electric Cooperative said the storm caused scat tered outages but the damage was minor We were very lucky We had some outages in the Edgefield district and a few in the Aiken district but it could have been much worse said Harriett Skin ner manager of member services and energy use The outages we did have were caused by lightning South Carolina Electric and Gas re ported only a few outages caused by blown fuses WATERY RESCUE Ricky Swilling a Southern Bell employee carries Mattie Kinney from her job at Quick As A Wink cleaners after heavy rain flooded streets in Staff Photo By Scott Webster Aiken last night As an indication of the flooding notice how high the water has risen against the car at right No major problems were reported from the storm   

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