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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 19, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Clemson Holds At No 7 Page 9A A Quick Read AIDS Activists Say AZT Still Too Costly RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC AP Federal officials praised Burroughs Wellcome Cos decision to reduce the wholesale price of AZT by 20 percent but some AIDS activists say the cut isnt deep enough This is a step in the right direc tion but a very small step says Pe ter Staley of the New Yorkbased AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power Its not enough Burroughs Wellcome Co an nounced Monday that it will lower the wholesale cost of the only feder ally approved AIDS treatment citing production efficiencies and research that suggests an increasing demand for the drug The expected growth in patient population coupled with recent pro duction economies will reduce some what our financial risk and will re move some of the uncertainties which existed when this drug was first introduced said IE Haigler Jr Burroughs president 10Hour TV Casette Tapes On The Way WASHINGTON AP Tired of all those videocassettes cluttering up your house Wouldnt it be nice to be able to tape 10 favorite TV soaps or five or six movies on one cassette How about 30 hours of recording per cassette West German videocassette manu facturer BASF says that by 1991 it will be offering US viewers a tape with a 10hour capacity Meanwhile a Finnish company Nokia says it has developed a new technology allowing a new line of VHS recorders to cram those 10 hours onto a tape without the loss of picture quality that results when to days VCRs are cranked down to their slowest speeds The picture quality is better than existing longplay systems Nokia spokesman Lauri Kivinen said in a telephone interview last week Nokia a major manufacturer of television sets in Europe hopes to license its new technology to VCR manufacturers and the new record ers could be on the market sometime in 1990 Kivinen said Weather Mostly Cloudy Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 30 percent chance of rain The low will be in the mid 60s Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Wednesday with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms The high will be in the low 80s Please see Page 5A for details Deaths Communists Move Up Congress Date Page IB Langley Pond Cleanup Meeting Set Margaret M Anderson Camden Hugh M Buzhardt Batesburg James Dent Jr Aiken Hasting Diggs Jamaica NY Carrie F Hewlett North Augusta Paul L Lacy North Augusta Leola S Shirley Winnsboro LeRoy B Sutton Pamplico Please see Page 5A for details Inside Today Bridge5B Calendar8B Classifieds3B Comics8A Crossword6B Cryptoquote4B Dear Abby8A Local Front18 Obituaries5A Opinions4A Sports10A Television8A Weather5A Tuesday September 181989 Aiken South Carolina Hugo Expected To Strike US Mainland By The Associated Press SAN JUAN Puerto Rico Hurricane Hugo churned toward the Bahamas today after scouring Puerto Rico with 125 mph winds and ripping apart the homes of tens of thousands of people from the east ern Caribbean to San Juan The regions worst storm in a decade blamed for at least 14 deaths skirted Puerto Ricos northern coast on Monday and roared on to the northwest sparing the Dominican Republic of hurricane force winds Forecasters said it likely would hit the US mainland later in the week Hugos winds overturned cars peeled roofs off houses and office buildings and sent chunks of concrete plunging into streets in San Juan where onethird of the US commonwealths 33 million peo ple live Gov Rafael HernandezColon told a news conference late Monday that Hugo left at least 27900 Puerto Ricans home less and said he would ask President Bush to declare the island a disaster area Fifty airplanes were reported de stroyed at the airport in Isla Verde Loot ers stripped shops of their goods in San Juan where electrical power cut during the storm had still not been restored Mon day night The capitals streets were littered with downed power lines tree limbs sheets of metal and shattered glass from blown out windows Flooding made many roads impassable and international communi cations were disrupted Officials said they had no immediate reports of stormrelated deaths but not ed that poor communications were hin dering efforts to assess the damage Please See HUGO Page 12A AP Laserphoto BRONCO BUSTERS Denver Broncos Darren Carrington left and Michael Brooks haul down James Mueller of the Buffalo Bills for a safety in last nights National Football League game For the story please see Page 10A Solicitor To Resign Jan 1 To Enter Private Practice By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Second Judicial Circuit Solicitor Rob ert J Harte confirmed Monday that he will resign his post effective Jan 1 to enter private law practice in Aiken I am going to Co lumbia this afternoon and turn over my res ignation letter to At torney General Trav is Medlock Harte said during a break in criminal court proceedings The solicitors resig nation will end a ten ure that began with his election in 1980 He has since been reelected twice to a job serv ing Aiken Barnwell and Bamberg counties Harte said once he leaves the post in January Resident Judge Rodney Pee ples of Barnwell will declare a vacancy and the governor will appoint a successor to the unexpired term Currently serving as assistant solici tors are Barbara Morgan Brenda Todd Lawrence Brown and JD Mosteller Harte said his decision was prompted HARTE by the fact that he has been given the opportunity to enter private practice with his brother John W Harte Jr a former family court judge I said when I first ran for office that I did not intend to continue as solicitor for the rest of my career Harte said Be fore becoming solicitor he served as a public defender and assistant solicitor Harte noted that he has spent 13 out of 15 years in public service since graduat ing from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1974 During his service Harte prosecuted some of the biggest cases in the state including convicted murderer Paul Koon soul singer James Brown and rapist Ben jamin Allen Benny Hall Koon was sentenced to die for the kid napslaying of Valerie White Newsome in 1981 Brown was sent to jail for drug related traffic and parole violations and Hall was given 160 years and a life sen tence for rapes in Aiken and Lexington counties During a brief interview Harte said he would be leaving the job without any re grets because with the exception of one or two cases I think we have accom plished everything we wanted to do Please See SOLICITOR Page 12A SC Coast Prepared For Worst By The Associated Press It could be Thursday before weather experts know whether Hurricane Hugo will hit the Southeast Coast but South Carolina officials were taking no chances and were preparing to face the worst of the powerful phenomenas fury Hugo whose maximum sustained winds were near 115 mph Monday night was moving northwest across the Atlantic at 12 mph after carving a path of destruction and killing at least 14 people in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands A spokesman for the National Weather Service in Charleston said it was still too early to predict the future direction of the storm which was about 1100 miles southeast of the state Monday night Scientists say the storm could ap proach the coast just in time to catch a ride on a huge current of air that would guide it to a landfall somewhere be tween northern Florida and southern North Carolina Or they say a different air current could direct the storm toward the Mid dle Atlantic states or the Northeast Please See SC COAST Pagel2A Consumer Prices Steady In August By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Consumer inflation turned in its best performance in more than three years in August as prices re mained frozen at the previous months level the government reported today It was the first time that the Labor De partments Consumer Price Index has not registered an increase since April 1986 when it fell by 03 percent The Au gust performance was credited to a 42 percent plunge in gasoline prices the steepest onemonth drop in three years Falling energy prices have given con sumers three consecutive months of good news on inflation Prices were up a mod est 02 percent in both June and July This was in sharp contrast to the situa tion earlier in 1989 when steep hikes in gasoline and food led to a surge in prices pushed the inflation rate up to an annual level of 67 percent for the first five months of the year But with the price moderation in the three months since then consumer prices are now rising at a more modest annual rate of 48 percent up only slight ly from the 44 percent increase for all of 1988 While some economists say the country is in for moderation in inflation other analysts are worried that underlying in flationary pressures are being masked by the plunge in energy costs These economists say energy prices which surged early in the year only to fall back somewhat in the past three months are likely to begin rising again this fall reflecting higher crude oil costs Gasoline prices shot up 212 percent in the first five months of the year then fell 1 percent in June 22 percent in July and 42 percent in August The August decline Consumer Price Index Staff Graphic by Melissa Gulp was the biggest drop since a 52 percent decrease in August 1986 Natural gas and electricity prices reg istered a 02 percent decline while heat ing oil costs fell by 09 percent last month Food prices rose a modest 02 percent in August following a 03 percent July gain Those figures were in sharp con trast to the first nine months of the year when the lingering effects of the 1988 drought sent food costs racing ahead at a 93 percent annual rate For August declines in the cost of pork and poultry were partially off set by in creases for beef fish and eggs Fruit and vegetable prices fell 02 per cent in August following a 05 percent in crease in July Clothing costs fell a sharp 15 percent in August SC Judged Most Radioactive By Public Interest Lobbyists ByKATHYKADADE States News Service WASHINGTON South Carolina contains within its borders more radio active waste than any other state in the country according to a report re leased Monday by Public Citizen a Washington public interest lobby group About 126 billion cubic meters of high lowlevel and mixed radioac tive material is buried or stored in the Palmetto State the report said Much of the waste was generated at the Sa vannah River nuclear weapons plant according to the reports authors The total accumulated volume of all types of radioactive waste in the US in 1988 was 146 million cubic meters enough to fill more than 14000 miles of railroad hopper cars stretching from coasttocoast almost five times over the report said The report calls for the permanent shutdown of the Aiken facility saying that Not only do these reactors pro duce highlevel waste but they are ex empt from the already lax standards which apply to commercial power re actors and thereby represent a highly dangerous and ongoing threat to the local community and the environment The report did not offer specific safe ty criticisms of the Aiken reactors En ergy Secretary James D Watkins said earlier this month he hopes one of three reactors now shut down for safe ty reasons can be restarted in the last quarter of 1990 The reactors at Savannah River manufacture tritium an isotope used in making nuclear weapons The authors of the Public Citizen re port used federal records to tally how much radioactive waste had been ated by weapons manufacture and op eration of commercial nuclear power plants since the 1940s when the first US reactors were built South Carolina heads the list of states as a disposal site for lowlevel radioactive waste Over 109 million cubic meters of lowlevel waste gener ated by commercial and industrial i medical waste is buried in South Caro lina the report said Please See SC JUDGED Page 12A   

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