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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 29, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Gamecocks Head For Hedges Page 7A A Quick Read Two Men Break Into Er San Quentin SAN QUENTIN Calif AP Two suspected burglars got to San Quentin a lot faster than most after unwittingly breaking into the state prison while running from the police Its more than funny its a scream Dick Zimmermann a po lice spokesman for the neighboring cities of Larkspur and Corte Madera said of the incident The strange chain of events began when three men tried to break into a parked pickup truck Wednesday af ternoon in Larkspur which is near San Quentin The trucks owner ar rived on the scene began to chase the men and then hailed a police car Two of the three fugutives climbed a fence onto prison property said prison Lt Paul Williams The third man was still missing Thursday night Pair Survive Trip Over Niagara Fails In Barrel NIAGARA FALLS Ontario AP Two men who became the eighth and ninth persons to survive a ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel said they did it to show kids there are better things to do than drugs It felt like a roller coaster ride falling straight down Jeffrey Pet kovich said afterward But with a roller coaster ride you come to a mi nor stop You feel it but not as much as we did Petkovich 25 of Ottawa and Pe ter DeBernardi 42 of Niagara Falls Ontario rode a 10foot metal contain er over the 176foothigh Horseshoe Falls on Wednesday to become the first pair ever to go over together in the same barrel Three people did not survive the plunge We wanted to show these kids theres a lot better things for kids to do than be on the brink of dope DeBernardi said The two suffered very very mi nor cuts and scrapes during their ride said Constable David Jahns of Niagara Parks Police Weather Cloudy Skies Cloudy skies are forecast tonight and tomorrow with a 50 percent chance of rain possible each day The low will be in the mid 60s The high will be in the mid 70s Please see Page 4A for details Deaths Pauline T Burke Chesnee Marian H Ela Augusta Emma Glover North Augusta Thomas S Harris Aiken Leonard L OBanion Leesville Fayette Pilot Aiken EldredP Willis Jr Aiken Please see Page 4A for details Inside Today Bridge5D Calendar88 Classifieds3D Comics68 Crossword6D Cryptoquote4D Dear Abby6B Local Front1B Obituaries4A Opinions1D Sports7A Television68 Weather4A Page 2A No Marcos Burial In Philippines Page 1B Langley Pond Group Gets Assurance ilrai Councy Library Friday September 291989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 240 Bush To See Hugos Devastation Local Efforts ContinuePagelB By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush is readying his signature for a billion relief package for victims of Hurricane Hugo during a visit to stricken areas in South Carolina Bush who has been criticized by some local officials for not responding faster to the emergency was to take a helicopter tour today of the stormdevastated port city of Charleston and the resort commu nity of Myrtle Beach We need him to understand how deep NAACP Files Lawsuit By The Associated Press COLUMBIA Civil rights legislation is necessary in South Carolina to protect minorities from racial discrimination NAACP officials said We have had enough incidents to justi fy this said William Gibson president of the South Carolina chapter of the Na tional Association for the Advancement of Colored People Id like to see the same kind of enthu siasm legislators had for burning the flag prohibitions he said NAACP officials announced Thursday that a millionSfiwsuit had filed against the owners of a North Augusta restaurant accused of refusing to serve blacks The suit was filed Wednesday in US District Court on behalf of six black NAACP and Aiken County officials who were refused service at the Buffalo Room restaurant on Sept 5 The suit seeks in actual dam ages for each plaintiff on grounds they were humiliated they were embarrassed and they were discriminated against Gibson said See NAACP Page 6A Indicators Rise In August By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The governments chief economic forecasting gauge rose 03 percent in August its second consecutive advance indicating continued growth in the months ahead the Commerce De partment reported today The increase in the Index of Leading Indicators designed to foretell economic activity six to nine months into the fu ture followed a 01 percent gain in July It declined 01 percent in June Todays index reinforced recent gov ernment and private industry reports in dicating that the nations longest peace time economic expansion will reach its seventh birthday in December I think if were going to have a reces sion it probably wont start before then the human suffering is in this said South Carolina Gov Carroll Campbell who was to accompany the president on the visit I want him to know that its a long haul for us and its not a quick fix Presidential press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said in advance of Bushs pre dawn flight that the president would sign perhaps during todays trip the emergency relief package that zipped through Congress on Thursday The legislation the largest disaster re lief package ever was attached to a stop gap spending bill which passed the Sen ate 100 to 0 on Thursday and then sailed through the House on a voice vote Fitzwater said Bush wants to get a firsthand look at the disaster and to make sure federal aid is getting to the hardest hit areas The president was spending just over two hours in South Carolina squeezing in the visit before a previously scheduled latemorning event in Annapolis Md Bush was to participate in a retirement ceremony at the US Naval Academy for Admiral William J Crowe Jr who is stepping down as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Oct 1 Bushs South Carolina visit follows by one day a visit to Charleston by the Rev Jesse Jackson The 1988 Democratic presidential contender visiting shelters housing those displaced by the storm urged that Bush not just come and visit a house or two but to come with a plan and resources A week after the storm slammed into South Carolinas coastline with 135mph winds five Federal Emergency Manage ment Agency centers were jammed pro cessing applications for emergency fed eral disaster relief With the FEMA bureaucracy under heavy criticism from local officials for moving too slowly Bush wants to make sure FEMA is committing all of its re sources effectively Fitzwater said Fitzwater said Bush also wants to see See BUSH Page 6A TRAIN WRECK Unidentified firemen look over the front of an Amtrak train after it ran into a fire truck Thursday night near Calverton Va The train bound from New York AP Laserphoto to Atlanta and New Orleans struck a fire truck derailing k many as 11 cars Please see story on Page 2a Leading Indicators Amendments Made To Textile Legislation and I still think we will squeeze through 1990 without one said Lawrence Chi merine senior economic adviser at the WEFA Group in Bala Cynwyd Pa But it wont be very buoyant growth So far this year the leading indicators have bounced back and forth up in January April July and August and down in February March May and June BY KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON Organized labor and the textile lobby stopped the Bush admin istration dead in its tracks this week in Congress on the only textile imports mea sure likely to come to a vote this year Last week the chairman of a House trade subcommittee Rep Sam Gibbons DFla took a head count he said and recognized he just did not have the votes to pass a measure cutting duties on Ca ribbean textile and apparel imports The administration and some Demo crats including Rep Gibbons favored the proposal a part of the second so called Caribbean Basin Initiative bill In essence the administration plan would have lifted duties on new Caribbe an textile and apparel imports and cut duties by 50 percent on cloth products coming in now under quotas All duty free items would have been admitted un der Guaranteed Access agreements to be negotiated if Congress approved the bill The sweetener for USmanufac turers who oppose reduction of import barriers was a restriction limiting dutyfree treatment to apparel items made entirely of US cloth The administration hoped to mollify garment manufacturers by requiring that dutyfree clothing from the Cam bean be cut in the US Supporters thought this formula could split the powerful textile and apparel lob by whose interests were not precisely the same in this instance they said and keep the labor lobby at bay But Rep Gibbons admitted the strategy didnt See AMENDMENTS Page 6A DOE Says Mark On Savannah River Reactor Not Crack By The Associated Press AUGUSTA The US Department of Energy has determined that a suspicious mark found on a Savannah River Site re actor vessel is not a crack and poses no danger a newspaper reported It is strictly a surface condition which will have no adverse effect whatsoever on the reactor tanks structural integri ty a DOE official who requested ano nymity said Discovery of the mark Monday trig gered Energy Secretary James D Wat kins announcement Wednesday that all three tritiumproducing reactors at the SRS near Aiken would undergo ultrasonic testing for cracks before they are restarted It is strictly a surface condition which will have no adverse effect whatsoever on the reactor tanks structural integrity DOE Official The reactors are the nations sole source of tritium needed for nuclear warheads Energy Department officials said they are unsure if the testing will delay the scheduled late1990 restart of the first re actor designated the K reactor The mark was found on the P reactor The reactors have been out of service for more than a year for repairs and safe ty improvements Cracks in the C reactor forced its shutdown in 1985 The unidentified Energy Department official said the mark found near a weld ed seam is a minor surface irregularity apparently from the original welding pro cess during construction Testing of the P reactor which began 10 days before Watkins announcement is continuing Officials said the ultrasonic tests take about three months per reactor vessel The decision to test the units was a change from earlier acceptance of a rec ommendation by the plant operator Wes tinghouse Savannah River Corp that ul trasonic testing need not be completed before the first reactor is restarted Christina Sankey a spokeswoman for Watkins said the secretary decided to overrule the Westinghouse recommenda tion after it was criticized by some of his own advisers Environmental groups op posed to operation of the reactors also had criticized the plan Tritium is a rare radioactive isotope of hydrogen used to boost the destructive power of nuclear warheads and to pro vide most of the power of thermonuclear warheads Warheads must periodically receive new supplies of the gas   

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