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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 21, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Prep Games Preview Pagel2A A Quick Read Overnight Lens Use Tied To Eye Ulcers BOSTON AP People who sleep wearing contact lenses face 1015 times the usual risk of potentially blinding eye ulcers researchers warned today But many eye doctors already dis courage patients from routinely wearing their lenses to bed You significantly increase the risk of complications when you wear any contact lens overnight and the more nights you wear it in a row the greater the risk said Dr Ronald E Smith of the University of Southern California Socalled extendedwear lenses are designed to be kept in the eye for several days at a time When ap proved in 1980 they were recom mended for use up to one month But because of concern about complica tions the US Food and Drug Ad ministration reduced the limit last May to one week By then however many eye doc tors already had grown suspicious of the safety of wearing lenses to bed in part because they began seeing the usually rare eye ulcers in patients fitted with extendedwear lenses New Emission Rules May Increase Recalls WASHINGTON AP A very upset auto industry predicts many more recalls will result from the swift collapse of a Bush administra tion plan to let carmakers meet pol lution targets by averaging vehicle emissions A House subcommittee removed the averaging plan from the presi dents clean air bill Wednesday in a unanimous voice vote that shocked a standingroom crowd that expected a closely divided tally The vote means the Bush bill would require each car sold in this country to pass antipollution requirements for hydrocarbons carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide Current law has the carbycar requirement but the Bush plan would make the standards tougher to meet Tim MacCarthy of the auto indus trys Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association said the new standards would be too tough for each car to meet after theyre driven for several years Weather Heavy Rains Heavy rains and thundershowers are forecast tonight with strong winds possible A flash flood warning is in effect tonight The low will be in the upper 60s and there is a 100 per cent chance of rain Diminishing winds and an 80 percent chance of rain are forecast tomorrow with a chance of thunderstorms The high will be in the upper 70s Please see Page 6A for details Deaths Roderick M Busby Charleston Cole B Carpenter Aiken Rebecca B Dick Summerville Katie C Gary Greenwood Dencie M Goodwin Johnston Martha Thomas Brooklyn NY Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Bridge78 Calendar3B Classifieds5B Comics4B Crossword8B Cryptoquote6B DearAbby4B Local Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports12A Television4B Weather6A Page 2A Shevardnadze To Take Message To Bush r CoOp Consumers Attack City Decision Thursday September 211989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No232 2 Dead As Jet Skids Into River T LaGuardia Airport By The Associated Press NEW YORK A USAir jet carrying 63 people aborted takeoff and skidded into the East River killing two people About 10 people were rescued clinging to drift wood while others huddled on the wing We just grabbed on to a big piece of wood and held on for dear life said Tom Newberry 27 of New York City The pilot of the 9monthold Boeing 737 400 decided to abort takeoff from La Guardia Airport late Wednesday for un known reasons authorities said Something happened and he put on the brakes The plane took a dip and the next thing I knew all hell broke loose said passenger Larry Martin of New York City who huddled in blankets with his wife Valerie People were on top of each other Peo ple were screaming There was the smell of gas Everyone was saying Get out Get out Get out he said The Martins got out and held fast to driftwood until a police boat plucked them from the water Officials said two passengers in the rear of the jet were killed Fortyfive peo ple were taken to the hospital two were reported in serious condition and a third was in stable condition after a heart attack The Coast Guard said overnight that up to six people were missing and divers were sent to look for them But an airline spokeswoman Susan Young said all 57 passengers and six crew members were accounted for as of 8 am Flight 5050 bound for Charlotte NC originally scheduled for departure at pm was delayed by heavy rain But of ficials said weather was not a factor in the crash The plane split into three pieces its nose perched on pylons about 10 feet above water The other pieces were part ly submerged in 25to 40footdeep water What held it up was a bridge Mayor Ed Koch said of the front section The Please See 2 DEAD Page 6A AP SC Coast Placed On Storm Alert H ir J N When two storm systems develop close to each other such as Hugo and Iris they compete for warm moist air and rain producing clouds This inhibits the outward growth of the systems Conditions as of Wed 6pm EOT Hilton Head Patients Evacuated To Aiken By DANA RODGERS Staff Writer With hurricane Hugo threating to strike the South Carolina coast todays rain is only one of the effects the hurri cane is having on Aiken Members of the staff and administra tion of HCA Aiken Regional Medical Cen ters met Wednesday afternoon to prepare for patients evacuated from Hilton Head Hospital The Hilton Head Hospital which has a capacity of 64 patients transported six patients to HCA Aiken Wednesday night including one neurosurgery patient Three of the patients are orthopedic pa tients and one is a surgical patient ac cording to Mickey Smith hospital administrator Aiken County EMS units transported three of the patients Two Aiken County EMS units hadbeen designated to help with the evacuation if needed HCA Aiken was targeted to receive pa tients because if the hurricane strikes near Charleston and Savannah HCA Ai ken is the closest inland hospital that can care for the patients according to Linda Surrette a spokeswomen for HCA Aiken The physicians from the Hilton Head Hospital have been in contact with the Aiken physicians concerning the individ ual cases Patients records have been forwarded to HCA Aiken HCA Aiken with a capacity of 190 pa tients currently has 124 patients in its care Extra patients would create a load for us Surrette said The hospital has arranged for extra nurses and physicians to be on call As of Wednesday no decisions had Please See HILTON HEAD Page 5A By The Associated Press CHARLESTON Gov Carroll Camp bell declared an emrgency today as Hur ricane Hugos leading edge brought rain to the East Coast today and ordered the coast evacuated Thousands heeded his warning and have headed inward Gov Campbell also callled out the National Guard to assist in the evacuation With landfall expected as early as to night between Florida and North Caroli na and the killer storms winds rising to 110 mph schools were closed homes were boarded up residents stocked up on emergency supplies and shelters opene dAs many as 490000 people were being evacuated from Georgias coast Army Ordered UpPage 5A Charleston PreparesPage 5A SCCoast VulnerablePageSA The military brought aircraft inland and sent ships out to sea to ride out the storm which has killed at least 25 people in the Caribbean with direct blows to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands All we can do now is watch and wait said Gov Campbell Hugo sideswiped the Bahamas and ac celerated as it moved over open water Wednesday An increase in forward speed increases the likelihood that it will strike the coast and not recurve heading out to sea said Bob Sheets director of the National Hurricane Center in Florida Early today rain from Hugo fell from North Carolina to Melbourne Fla A hurricane warning was issued from Fernandina Beach Fla to Cape Look out NC and landfall was expected late tonight or early Friday Forecasters said there was a 1 in 4 chance that it would come ashore be tween Savannah and Charleston Stormsurge flooding of 8 to 12 feet above normal was forecast near the point where the storm center crosses the coast Bill Clack executive director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agen cy said he expected 490000 people would be evacuated from the states barrier is lands and other lowlying areas From Florida to the Carolinas people stocked up on supplies to board up win dows and carry them through several days without electricity and water Theyre buying me out of all my can dles tape flashlights propane fuel oil and lamps said Tim Brindley Economy Up But Below Expectations By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The US economy grew at a healthy annual rate of 25 per cent from April through June slightly slower than previously believed the gov ernment said today In its final look at overall economic ac tivity in the spring the Commerce De partment said growth in the gross nation al product was 02 percentage point lower than it estimated a month ago The small downward revision did noth ing to change the view that the economy was performing remarkably well during the spring bolstered by a rebound in con sumer spending strong business invest ment and continued doubledigit growth in US exports N Many economist believe that growth will slow during the second half of the year However the momentum provided by the second quarter has erased fears Gross National Product that the country was in danger of toppling into a recession The GNP revision also bore good news for the Federal Reserve Boards goal of restraining inflation A price index tied to the GNP rose at an annual rate of 5 per cent from April through June a bit lower than the estimate a month ago The overall growth rate of 25 percent represented a modest downward revision Please See ECONOMY Page 6A Derrick To Press Full House Vote On Bill To Limit Textile Imports States News Service WASHINGTON Rep Butler Der rick DSC said Wednesday he would move in fee Rules Committee this week to have the Jenkins Amend ment a measure limiting overall increases in textile and apparel im ports brought before the whole House for a vote this fall Derrick the ranking member of the Rules Committee said he believed he could obtain an in order ruling from the committee perhaps as early as Monday A congressional aide familiar with textile issues said Derricks move if it is successful would guarantee a divisive fight between the Bush ad ministration and House Textile Caucus leaders on what has become a bitter issue of increased textile imports The leader of the Textile Caucus Rep Marilynn Uoyd DTn has said there will be no overall textile bill in 9A fight over the Jenkins Amend ment if it materializes is therefore likely to be the only one this year The amendment introduced by Rep Ed Jenkins DGa would build in re strictions on to the socalled the Carib bean Basui Initiative H an adminis trationbacked measure granting trade concessions to impoverished Ca ribbean nations The CBrwould permit dutyfree im ports of some types of apparel to the US Administration officials have said the CBI is a valuable foreignpolicy as well as trade measure the goal is to help desperately poor Caribbean coun tries such as Haiti and the Dominican Republic develop a healthy clothing manufacturing industry The American textile industry op poses the CBI because they say it will increase the flow of apparel imports and cost American jobs The Jenkins amendment would re quire that any increases in apparel im ports from the Caribbean be offset by Please See DERRICK Page 5A   

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