Aiken Standard, September 21, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 21, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Page 2A Page IBThursday, September 21, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 232 2 Dead As Jet Skids Into River NEW VORK Hugo Heads for the U.S. When two storm systems develop    f close to each other,    I such as Hugo and Iris, they compete for warm, moist air and rain producing clouds. This inhibits the outward growth of the systems. Competing currents inhibit outward growth VV. Va HUGO HS ' t rn . { Bra*:-.-:    ••••■•xv. WM Conditions as of Wed.6pjn.EDT Conditions as of Wed. 6 p.m. EDT Wilmington SC. 27.0‘N, 73.0 W Max. Winds: 105 mph MOV trig: NW 1? mph £ 22.0 N, 64.0 W | Max Winds: 56 mph I Moving: NW 12 mph Charleston Tenn Projected path Savannah .•tim ! I '• I I • a tsMss®;; -■tim ••• x Hurricane watch issued / / St. Augustin® Miss. emrnmm Cuba Prep Games Preview Page 12A A Quick Read Overnight Lens Use Tied To Eye Ulcers BOSTON (AP) — People who sleep wearing contact lenses face 10-15 times the usual risk of potentially blinding eye ulcers, researchers warned today. But many eye doctors already discourage 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. So-called extended-wear lenses are designed to be kept in the eye for several days at a time. When approved in 1980, they were recommended for use up to one month. But because of concern about complications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reduced the limit last May to one week. By then, however, many eye doctors 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 extended-wear 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 administration plan to let carmakers meet pollution targets by averaging vehicle emissions. A House subcommittee removed the averaging plan from the president’s clean air bill Wednesday, in a unanimous voice vote that shocked a standing-room crowd that expected a closely divided tally. The vote means the Bush bill would require each car sold in this country to pass anti-pollution requirements for hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide. Current Law has the car-by-car requirement, but the Bush plan would make the standards tougher to meet. Tim MacCarthy, of the auto industry’s Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association, said the new standards would be too tough for each car to meet after they’re 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 IOO percent 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, N.Y. Please see Page 6A for details. Inside Today Bridge...............................................7B Calendar............................................3B Classifieds.........................................5B Comics..............................................4B Crossword.........................................8B Cryptoquote.......................................6B Dear Abby..........................................4B Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................6A Opinions............................................4A Sports..............................................12A Television..........................................4B Weather.............................................6A I t ( I I I t £ I t Shevardnadze To Take Message To Bush  .. Derrick To Press Full House Vote On Bill To Limit Textile Imports States News Service WASHINGTON - Rep. Butler Derrick, D-S.C., said Wednesday he would move in the Rules Committee this week to have the “Jenkins Amendment” — a measure limiting overall increases in textile and apparel imports — 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 Derrick’s move — if it is successful — would guarantee a “divisive” fight between the Bush administration and House Textile Caucus leaders on what has become a bitter issue of increased textile imports. The leader of the Textile Caucus, Rep. Marilyn Lloyd (D-Tn.) has said there will be no overall textile bill in 1989.A 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, D-Ga., would build in restrictions on to the so-called the Caribbean Basin Initiative n, an administration-backed measure granting trade concessions to impoverished Caribbean nations. The CBI would permit duty-free imports of some types of apparel to the U.S. Administration officials have said the CBI is a valuable foreign-policy as well as trade measure — the goal is to help desperately poor Caribbean countries, such as Haiti and the Dominican Republic, develop a healthy clothing manufacturing industry. The American textile industry opposes the CBI because they say it will increase the flow of apparel imports, and cost American jobs. The Jenkins amendment would require that any increases in apparel imports from the Caribbean be offset by (Please See DERRICK, Page SA) Co-Op Consumers Attack City Decision s.c. Coast Placed On Army Ordered Up........................Page SA Charleston Prepares...................Page 5A S.C.Coast Vulnerable..................Page 5A 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 accelerated 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 Lookout, N.C., and landfall was expected late tonight or early Friday. Forecasters said there was a I in 4 chance that it would come ashore between Savannah and Charleston. Storm-surge 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 Agency, said he expected 490,000 people would be evacuated from the state’s barrier islands and other low-lying areas. From Florida to the Carolinas, people stocked up on supplies to board up windows and carry them through several days without electricity and water. “They’re buying me out of all my candles, tape, flashlights, propane fuel, oil and lamps,” said Tim Brindley. Economy Up But Below Expectations By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a healthy annual rate of 2.5 percent from April through June, slightly slower than previously believed, the government said today. In its final look at overall economic activity in the spring, the Commerce Department said growth in the gross national product was 0.2 percentage point lower than it estimated a month ago The small downward revision did nosing to change the view that the economy vas performing remarkably well during he spring, bolstered by a rebound in consumer spending, strong business invest-nent and continued double-digit growth n U.S. exports. Many economist believe that growth vill slow during the second half of the 'ear. However, the momentum provided >y the second quarter has erased fears I NEW JERSEY Long Island By The Associated Press NEW YORK — A USAir jet carrying 63 people aborted takeoff and skidded into the East River, killing two people. About IO people were rescued clinging to driftwood, 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 9-month-old Boeing 737-400 decided to abort takeoff from La-Guardia Airport late Wednesday for unknown 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. People 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. Forty-five people 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 a.m. Flight 5050, bound for Charlotte, N.C., originally scheduled for departure at 7:27 p.m., was delayed by heavy rain. But officials said weather was not a factor in the crash. The plane split into three pieces, its nose perched on pylons about IO feet above water. The other pieces were partly submerged in 25- to 40-foot-deep water. “What held it up was a bridge,” Mayor Ed Koch said of the front section. “The (Please See 2 DEAD, Page 6A) Storm Alert By The Associated Press CHARLESTON - Gov. Carroll Campbell declared an emrgency today as Hurricane Hugo’s 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 tonight between Florida and North Carolina and the killer storm’s winds rising to 110 mph, schools were closed, homes were boarded up, residents stocked up on emergency supplies and shelters opene-d.As manv as 490,000 people were being evacuated from Georgia’s coast. Hilton Head Patients Evacuated To Aiken By DANA RODGERS Staff Writer With hurricane Hugo threating to strike the South Carolina coast, today’s rain is only one of the effects the hurricane is having on Aiken. Members of the staff and administration of HCA Aiken Regional Medical Centers 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 patients and one is a surgical patient, according 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 patients because if the hurricane strikes near Charleston and Savannah, HCA Aiken 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 individual cases. Patients’ records have been forwarded to HCA Aiken. HCA Aiken, with a capacity of 190 patients, 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) 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 Board’s goal of restraining inflation. A price index tied to the GNP rose at an annual rate of 5 percent from April through June, a bit lower than the estimate a month ago. The overall growth rate of 2.5 percent represented a modest downward revision (Please See ECONOMY, Page 6A) ;