Aiken Standard, September 14, 1989

Aiken Standard

September 14, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 14, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina County Sports Aiken Silver Bluff Open Prep Action Page 8A A Quick Read 5 Persons Dead In Downtown Shooting LOUISVILLE Ky AP A print ingcompany employee with an as sault rifle and a handgun walked into the plant today and killed at least five people before taking his own life police said Chief Richard Dotson said nine others were shot in the rampage at a building adjacent to The Courier Journal newspaper offices Their conditions were not immediately known Dotson said authorities began a floorbyfloor search for victims be cause of the StandardGravure Co buildings many nooks and crannies The chief described the gunman as a disgruntled employee of Standard Gravure which prints newspaper in serts and Sunday newspaper supplements Afterward the gunman lay face down in a pool of blood on the floor of a pressroom A small handgun was on the floor beside him and another gun which police described as an AK47 assaulttype rifle lay nearby The newspaper building was evac uated following the shooting at about am At least two blocks were sealed off and about a dozen ambu lances lined the streets Airline Smoking Ban Before Senate WASHINGTON AP Champi ons of a cigarette ban on all US air line flights and their tobaccostate opponents face a Senate showdown over whether current smoking re strictions should be made dramati cally broader A vote was planned for today on whether to halt a filibuster by ciga rette industry supporters aimed at derailing the proposed ban Advo cates of the ban said Wednesday they had the 60 votes needed to stop the filibuster No doubt about it said sponsor Sen Frank Lautenberg DNJ Smoking ban opponents served no tice that even if they lost they would keep trying to block the proposal Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 320 percent chance of evening thunderstorms The low will be in the upper 60s Partly cloudy skies are forecast Friday with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms and a high in the upper 80s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Cora Lee Allen Aiken Siller Baxter Aiken Rudolph Chavis Windsor Brenda W Duckett Augusta Erskine E Farrar Ocala Fla Ansel E Fowler WinstonSalem NC Henry T Howell Matthews Ga Carrie Parker Aiken Harry Pennington Williston Edna H Pritchard Greenwood Charles A Quattlebaum Arlington Va Helen V Studley Aiken Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge7B Calendar11A Classifieds58 Comics4B CrosswordSB Cryptoquote6B Dear Abby4B Local Front18 Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports8A Television4B Weather6A Page 2A Government Could Save Milli Page 1B Inited Way Kicks Off 1989Campaign Thursday September 141989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 225 10 Miners Die In Fiery Gas Explosion By The Associated Press WHEATCROFT Ky A fiery meth ane gas explosion smoke and dust fig ured in the deaths of 10 miners in the nations worst coal mine disaster in five years officials said as a federal investi gation got under way It was just a big boom The ears popped and that was it The dirt flew said Tony Hawkins who was installing support timbers in the mine about a half mile from the explosion Wednesday morning It was just scary My knees started shaking Hawkins said he and others helped to evacuate some miners who scrambled out of the smoky blast site about 1000 feet underground in the Pyro Mining Cos William Station Mine By late Wednesday rescue teams had removed 10 bodies which were taken to the state medical examiners office for autopsies and all other miners were safely accounted for authorities said Fourteen to 15 miners were in the im mediate area when a jet of flame erupt ed said Jim Greenlee an executive vice president of Pyros parent company Cos tain Coal Inc Officials believe some of the victims survived the explosion and succumbed to the smoke and dust Costain Presi dent Charles Schulties said Some of the miners were found wearing selfrescuing units devices miners carry on their belts to filter out poisonous carbon monoxide Please See 10 MINERS Page 7A Fast Food Comparisons of calorie and fat content in sample meals obtainable at your local fastfood restaurant 1275 calories 65 grams fat Highfat meals 655 calories i 40 grams fat j 885 calories 40 grams Double burger with sauce Milkshake French fries reg size nuggets 6 i pie Fish sandwich with cheese i tartar sauce Soda 12 oz with cream j French fries Lowfat alternative meals 495 calories 22 grams fat i 445 calories I 16 grams fat 340 calories 7 grams 315 calories i 6 grams fat Beef tacos 2 Lowfat milk 8 02 burger salad lowcaiorie dressing milk potato plain i Margarine 1 pat j Tossed 53 ad lowcalorie dressing j Lowfat milk i Cheese pizza 1 slice Tossed salad iowcatorie dressing juice 8oz New Car Purchases Pace Retail Market Source Massachusetts Medical Society Greer HEALTHFUL TIPS Medical experts looking into the medical value of fast foods have come up with these comparable tips Meanwhile fastfood chains are being urged to reveal more information about what they sell For the story please see Page 7A Broad Advance Offset By Merchandise Sales By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Retail sales paced by soaring automobile purchases ad vanced a moderate 07 percent last month in their best performance since May the government reported today The Commerce Department said sales increased to a seasonally adjusted billion in August following a 05 percent gain in July Sales had remained flat in June after rising 08 percent in May The department said auto sales ad vanced 26 percent last month their best performance since a 3 percent gain in January 1988 Those sales had risen 17 percent in July Auto sales driven last month by endof modelyear sales incentives and the threat of steep price increases for 1990 models represent about 20 percent of re tail sales Overall retail spending itself accounts for about onethird of economic activity and is closely watched as a measure of the overall economy Excluding the automobile category however retail sales edged up only 02 percent in August Sales of durable goods bigticket items that are expected to last more than three years rose 24 percent Building materials advanced 22 percent and fur niture and other home furnishing sales gained 16 percent Sales of nondurable goods however fell 04 percent The only advances in this category were apparel sales up 11 per cent in part because of backtoschool clothes shopping and drug stores up 14 percent But general merchandise sales includ ing department stores fell 09 percent Other declines in the nondurable cate gories included food stores down 02 per cent service stations down 15 percent reflecting falling gasoline prices and restaurants and bars down 1 percent For the three months from June through August overall retail sales were up 58 percent over the same period in 1988 Retail sales so far in 1989 were 59 percent above those in the first eight months of 1988 SRS Working On Details Of Research Pact By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer By years end the Savannah River Site should have an agreement in principle for a joint research program with five Georgia colleges that would resemble its pact with five South Carolina universities Clinton R Wolfe manager of the Sa vannah River Research Center said Wednesday that talks with the five Geor gia institutions are progressing very nicely The five include the University of Geor gia which already runs the ecology lab oratory at SRS Georgia Tech the Medi cal College of Georgia Emory The objective will be re search that could have wide application in society in general University and Clark College Wolfe said the colleges are thinking they will have their issues resolved this week mean ing they will be ready to present a pro posed outline for working with SRS Management at both Westinghouse Sa vannah River Co the operating contrac tor at SRS and the US Department of Energy which owns the facility will re view the proposal and then approve a framework for cooperation with the Georgia schools Wolfe said He added that this probably will be done by the end of the year Then in the following months SRS and the institutions will specify the scope and areas of joint research Wolfe explained Although talks continue Wolfe said SRS and five South Carolina universities have defined a number of points in their research accord These five are the University of South Carolina USC Aiken Clemson Universi ty South Carolina State College and the Medical University of South Carolina At present SRS has million in con tracts with US colleges and universities about half that total goes to institutions in South Carolina and Georgia Wolfe said We hope to see that increase significant ly he added SRS is unlikely to do work with the universities of a classified nature ac cording to Wolfe Rather the objective of the joint programs will be research that could have wide application in society in general he said Wolfe elaborated that the goal in deal ing with the universities is to achieve a solid alignment of their interests and ours Please See SRS Page 7A USC Aiken Shows Another Increase For Fall Semester From Staff Reports Enrollment at USC Aiken has grown to a high of 2633 for the Fall semester ac cording to Dr Chris Plyler associate chancellor for student services We are pleased to report an increase in enrollment again this fall with student headcount at 2633 an increase of 39 per cent equating to an FTE fulltime equivalent of 1923 an increase of 53 Dr Plyler said The Universitys FTE count is the num ber of course hours students have en rolled for divided by the number of hours it takes to be considered a full time stu dent For example three students en rolled in five hours each would be taking the equivalent of one full time student 15 hours The untiring efforts of our admissions and financial aid staffs are responsible in large part for our steady growth in new student enrollment says Dr Plyler Conversely the number of con tinuing students who have reenrolled has increased slightly from Fall 1988 indicat ing that the efforts of our faculty to retain students are having positive results ChartPage7A The increase in the number of students is also paralleled by an increase in the caliber of freshmen entering USCA this fall according to Randy Duckett asso ciate dean of admissions The average SAT scores of freshmen meeting regular admissions standards was 925 over last years 922 score The average SAT scores of all students admitted as freshmen was 881 over last years 872 The freshman class at USCA tliis fall comes from 17 states and from 31 coun ties in South Carolina and 137 percent are from outofstate This outofstate number for entering freshmen is up over the 99 percent number for 1988 Minority enrollment at USCA is also on the rise making up 149 percent of the total student body over the 145 percent last year Graduate school programs enrollment for fall semester 1989 according to Dr Mary Leslie Hudson dean of continuing education and graduate regional studies is at 463 students over 451 students last year Recyclable Day Goes Smoothly But Impact Due Further Study By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aikens first try at collecting recy clable garbage ran smoothly Wednes day but it will take several weeks to determine the impact of the program the citys public works director said Roger LeDuc said the pilot venture involving 1200 residences was launched early Wednesday with two sanitation trucks picking up the trash and indications are most residents are participating We have gotten good comment and from the phone calls we have received the public is very excited about it said LeDuc He noted that several calls were from home owners apologiz ing for forgetting to put out the recy clable materials The project instigated by a letter from school children asking that the city take steps to protect the environ ment is the first undertaken by a mu nicipality in South Carolina The collection focuses on separation of newsprint plastics glass metal cans and waste oil The sanitation de partment will turn the materials over to recycling companies making con sumer items from the waste LeDuc said early indications are that there is a lot of material out there and we used two trucks the first day Eventually we hope to to be able to go with one truck LeDuc said city officials are sched uled to meet today with the school ad ministration as a first step in making organized contacts about the program Later sessions are planned with civic clubs and other organizations We hope to get permission from grade schools to set out containers so children can participate said LeDuc noting that elementary school children provided the impetus for the program LeDuc said it will take a few weeks to iron out all the opening day wrinkles and make accurate assessments of the volumes of waste that can be expected ;