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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 25, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Clemson Still 7th In Poll Page 7A A Quick Read NASA Launches Last Unmanned Rocket CAPE CANAVERAL Fla AP After more than 400 liftoffs NASA launched its last unmanned space rocket from this spaceport today propelling a million Navy com munications satellite into orbit A 31year era ended when an Atlas Centaur rocket blazed away from the pad at am and hoisted a 5100 pound payload intended to link land sea and air forces around the globe with the Joint Chiefs of Staff the Na tional Command Authority and the presidents military command network We have had a successful mission today the satellite is now being tracked by spacecraft controllers af ter a flawless ride aboard its Atlas Centaur rocket said launch com mentator Lisa Malone 30 minutes after the fiery liftoff Fire Kills Two On Passenger Ferry COPENHAGEN Denmark AP Fire broke out on a 600foot Danish ferry in the North Sea early today killing at least two people and injur ing 10 the Danish Sea Rescue Center said The Tor Scandinavia was carrying 540 passengers mostly British citi zens and 110 crew members when the ship caught fire out at dawn about 90 miles off the west coast town of Esbjerg The fire was under control within a few hours the rescue center in Arhus in central Denmark said The Danish radio said the ferry was heading for Esbjerg on its own engines Joergen E Petersen a spokesman for the shipping line DFDS said none of the 540 passengers 110 crew mem bers had been evacuated One of the injured was flown by helicopter to Esbjerg because of asthma respira tory troubles The nationalities or identities of the victims were not immediately re leased The rescue center said inju ries were minor and caused by inha lation of smoke Weather Cloudy Skies Cloudy skies are forecast tonight with an 80 percent chance of rain or thunderstorms The low will be in the upper 50s Cloudy skies are forecast Tuesday with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms and a high in the mid 70s Please see Page 11A for details Deaths Sadie Y Berry Johnston Willie Brantley Nassau NY Noah G Fulmer Wagener Mildred R Gardner Martinez Hervey S Granade Thomas Ga Robert E Gosey Beech Island John B Hendrick Beech Island Edmee L Hess Aiken Rufus E Jennings Edgefield Mamie McClain Jackson Laura Reed Evans Ga Bertha H Rineharl Aiken Crystal P Rodgers Ward Ephrem Z Scott Aiken Jessie C Wood Goose Creek Please see Page 11A for details Inside Today Bridge4B Calendar8B Classifieds3B Comics6A Crossword68 Cryptoquote5B DearAbby6A Local Front18 Obituaries11A Opinions4A Sports7A Television6A Weather11A Page 2A Bakker Trial Set To Resume Page IB Olympic Training Site Planned Monday September 251989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 235 Good News Economy Will Continue To Grow In 1990 By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The economy will continue to grow through 1990 forestall ing until at least 1991 a recession that many once forecast for next year top business economists said today Nearly twothirds of the 72 forecasting experts surveyed by the National Associ ation of Business Economists said they think a recession is not likely before 1991 A third of them said a recession will not arrive until 1992 or later If the expansion does continue until that time the association said it will set a record for the longest expansion in either war or peacetime in the history of the United States The nations economy currently is en joying record peacetime growth which will be seven years old in December The longest expansion ever occurred in the February 1961December 1969 period that included the Vietnam war The survey was being presented at NABEs annual meeting in San Francis co A copy was made available here In its previous quarterly survey last May NABE found that 63 percent of the respondents expected the next recession next year Now only 37 percent foresee a serious downturn by 1990 In todays survey 32 percent said the next recession would not begin until 1991 another 14 percent said 1992 and 17 per cent said 1993 or later Twelve percent said a recession would arrive before years end and 25 percent expected it next year At the time of this writing the Fed seems to have engineered the much awaited softlanding the report said referring to the continued but slower eco nomic growth sought by the Federal Re serve as it seeks to control inflation Economic growth has dropped to be low 3 percent inflation is dropping and interest rates are easing it continued Please See GOOD NEWS Page 12A Thousands Still Without Power AP Laserphoto LINING UP FOR ICE Volunteer worker Frederick Stevens unloads ice from a truck as people wait in line Sunday at the Red Cross headquarters in North Charleston Ice is in big demand for those who weathered the fury of Hugo By BRUCE SMITH Associated Press Writer CHARLESTON Electricity finally flowed through five downtown hospitals in hurricaneravaged Charleston but thousands of people were without power and short of food clean water or cash for a fourth day today I eat where I can get a meal said Renildo Holmes 26 who had no food at home and was eating barbecued chicken sweet corn and butter beans from a mo bile kitchen opened Sunday by the Ala bama State Baptist Convention My neighborhood looks like a trash barrel Everything is out trees light poles and cars overturned Hundreds of Isle of Palms and Sulli vans Island residents meanwhile were to learn today whether Hurricane Hugo spared any homes to return to Boats were scheduled today to begin ferrying them to the island which like other barri er islands has been offlimits since being evacuated last week Aerial surveys showed more than half the island homes to be unsafe Propane gas leaked and power lines trees and debris cluttered roads Coastal South Carolina hit hardest by Hugo as it swept onto the US mainland with 135 mph wind late Thursday suf fered billions of dollars in damages offi cials said Preliminary damage esti mates in the Charlotte NC area reached more than million But it will be days before anyone has accurate assessments of ttie losses In surance agents were going houseto house gathering information and hand ing out initial checks The death toll from Hugos sixday rampage stood at 51 at least 27 people in the Caribbean and 24 in the Carolines Virginia and New York Citizens Of Aiken Pitch In With Help By NINA J NIDIFFER Staff Writer Aiken County citizens have rallied in force to send needed supplies to the people whose lives were devas tated by Hurricane Hugo Larry Murphy of Clearwater was watching football games Saturday when a news broadcast announced the enormous need of the people of Charleston for food and fresh water Reacting to the need he decided to take a pickup truck of food and water Please See CITIZENS Page 12A Damage estimates were in the billions of dollars There were small signs of life returning to normal in Charleston Garbage pick ups were scheduled today and five bank branches were opening Mayor Joseph P RileyJr said Construction was to begin today on a pontoon bridge to link the barrier islands to the mainland The only land link the Ben Sawyer Bridge was ruined and repairs will take four to six months said engineer Herman Snyder of the state De partment of Highways and Transportation Charleston Memorial Hospital about a block from the harbor was one of five with full power late Sunday Please See THOUSANDS Page 12A Charlestons Less Fortunate Line Up For Free Food By The Associated Press CHARLESTON A minister of an af fluent church prayed for speedy damage settlements and less fortunate victims of Hurricane Hugo lined up in drizzling rain for free barbecue and milk to feed their babies If you dont have money youre in trouble Carlotta Dennis said after visit ing a food yan parked at the Citadel Square Baptist Church You cant get President Bush Challenges Soviet Union By The Associated Press KENNEBUNKPORT Maine Presi dent Bush is preparing to challenge the Soviet Union to match the United States in making cuts of more than 50 percent in chemical weapon stockpiles as a step to ward abolishing them administration sources say Bush planned to make the proposal to day in New York in his first presidential speech before the 44th session of the UN General Assembly Secretary of State James A Baker HI said the initiative would move the world closer to a ban on chemical weapons Administration sources in New York the money out of the bank because the electricity is off The van operated by volunteers from the Alabama Baptist State Convention fed an estimated 2000 people Sunday It is one of 30 such vans It tells me theres a lot of hungry peo ple and thats what were here for said spokesman Emmette Jones of Montgom ery Ala A lot of them will go through the line a dozen times but thats beside the point because theyre hungry Nearby the Rev James E Hampton rector of St Philips Episcopal Church asked for divine help in processing insur ance claims of his welltodo congregation We pray Lord that all who have lost something may begin the process of re covery he said We pray specifically for insurance agents that they may be motivated by a sense of fairness and urgency With a citywide power outage expect ed to last weeks many residents cant cook Water service has been restored but residents were told to boil it before drinking There has been no mail since the storm delaying some paychecks But even if the checks had arrived no banks were open to cash them Amid the debris hurled about by the storms 135 mph winds needy people Please See CHARLESTONS Page 12A Supreme Soviet Opens Second Kremlin Session said Sunday night that Bush would tell the United Nations he is prepared to slash US chemical weapons stockpiles by more than 50 percent provided the Soviet Union makes similar reductions Bush also planned to suggest sanctions against other countries which proceed with chemical weapons production the sources said Baker informed Soviet Foreign Minis ter Eduard A Shevardnadze of the presi dents intention in their talks over the Please See PRESIDENT Page 12A By The Associated Press MOSCOW A revamped Soviet legis lature opened its second session today to tackle the countrys huge budget deficit ethnic unrest and ambitious bills to rede fine property in a Communist state and overhaul the tax system The Supreme Soviet has some 80 items on its agenda including the matter of granting economic sovereignty to several of the countrys 15 republics and methods for settling labor disputes the official Tass news agency said The session was gaveled to order by President Mikhail S Gorbachev under whom the legislative body has been transformed from a rubber stamp for Communist Party directives into a lively forum for debate This Supreme Soviet chosen after spring elections that gave the countrys voters their first choice among candi dates in seven decades is to sit for the next two months It will devote Mondays and Tuesdays to general sessions and the rest of each week to committee meetings The countrys battered economy is at the top of the agenda with a large pack age of draft laws on economic reform be ing put before the legislators for action Emergency legislation to halve the def icit from billion to billion has been drafted by the government for de bate by the 542 members of the Supreme Please See SUPREME Page 12A   

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