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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 2, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Eagles Meet Bears In Tonights Game Page 7A A Quick Read Unneeded Care May Cost Billions WASHINGTON AP Ameri cans waste billions of dollars on un needed medical costs while nearly half the US population cant pay for decent care says a report to a con gressional study group Witnesses before the panel recom mend national health insurance na tional care standards to avoid unnec essary treatments an emphasis on preventive medicine and a shift of more research dollars to health prob lems affecting the elderly according to the report The American health care system is expensive wasteful and denies millions of Americans even the most basic medical attention Rep James H Scheuer DNY said to day in releasing the report f We spend billion a day on health care much more as a share of GNP than any other industrialized nation he said Are we getting our moneys worth Absolutely not The report was based on nine days of hearings conducted in 1988 by the Joint Economic Committees sub committee on education and health chaired by Scheuer The 18member committee is a bipartisan economic advisory group with membership weighted in favor of the majority party Exhibit Asks Who Wears The Pants WASHINGTON AP Bulletin from the sexual war front Washing ton businessmen borrowing an idea from their female colleagues have begun wearing white running shoes beneath their phistripe suits for the rushhour dash to fee subways First it was the women who broke out of high heels and now the men are wearing running shoes says Claudia Kidwell costume curator of a new Smithsonian Institution exhibit titled Men and Women A History of Costume Gender and Power Kidwell a specialist in costumes for the Smithsonians National Muse um of American History is encour aged by this casual abandonment of sexual stereotypes in footwear high heels for women stiff wingtips for men in favor of mutual comfort Weather Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a chance of rain The low will be in the 60s Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and warm The high will be in the upper 80s Please see Page 6A for details Deaths Arthur Butler Far Rockaway NY Mrs Donnie H Derrick Chesterfield Lillie L Good Evans Ga James Henley Augusta Evan Johnson Newark NJ Essie B Lampp Augusta Alma L Lawson Aiken Ralph Padgett Barnwell Joe B Raines Johnston Fairey M Rasmussen Augusta Amelia Soudeleir North Augusta Henry Thomas Augusta Ruby S Williamson Burnettown Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Bridge7B Calendar3B Classifieds5B Comics4B Crossword8B Cryptoquote6B DearAbby4B Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports7A Television4B Weather6A Page 2A More Questions In HUD Scandal Page IB New Auto Insurance Law Takes Hold Monday October 2 1989 Aiken South Carolina V6K122N6243 Hugo Help Continues By The Associated Press CHARLESTON Former President Reagan sent a check for and Mari lyn Quayle planned to visit the Low country today joining a number of peo ple helping victims of Hurricane Hugo The city ravaged by the storm paused Sunday to thank the volunteers What youre doing will never be for gotten Mayor Joseph Riley told several hundred weary workers who gathered at a noon rally People from all over the country came to help a community in need We might have suffered some dam age but our spirit is alive The mayor read several letters of sup port from children and other wellwish ers from across the land Meanwhile the weather hadnt let up in South Carolina with a tornado touching down in stormravaged Berkeley County early this morning and heavy rain caus ing flooding throughout the state A trailer in the Berkeley County com munity of Lebanon that survived the hur ricane was tossed onto a road by the tor nado early this morning causing minor injuries to two occupants The twister went between an empty house and the trailer about 10 miles north of Goose Creek said Doris Brow der a dispatcher with the Berkeley Coun ty Emergency Medical Service The trailer was slung across the road she said Im sure most of their injuries were mental not physical They probably got through the hurricane ail right then to have this happen About 100 people in Anderson County in the northern part of the state were evacuated from their homes for a few hours Sunday because of rising flood wa ters No injuries were reported Heavy rain hampered cleanup efforts throughout the state Sixtythree build ings collapsed in the historic city of Charleston when Hugo crashed ashore and more than 350 were severely dam aged by the hurricanes 135 mph wind Volunteers flooded into town to remove trees clear debris and pitch in to help people in need Marilyn Quayle planned to tour the damaged areas by helicopter today and work at disaster centers in Moncks Cor ner and Charleston this afternoon She also planned to work at disaster centers in Charleston on Tuesday Sen Fritz Rollings DSC an outspo ken critic of the response by the Federal Emergency Management Agency praised the volunteer laborers for their efforts See HUGO Page 11A Rains Bring Minor Flooding To Upstate By The Associated Press Two people in Berkeley County suffered minor injuries from a tor nado early this morning and au thorities said at least 100 people in about 35 homes in Anderson County had to be evacuated for a few hours because of flooding The two suffered cuts and bruises early today when a tornado hit their trailer in the Berkeley County com munity of Lebanon about 10 miles north of Goose Creek The twister went between an empty house and the trailer said Doris Browder a dispatcher with the Berkeley County Emergency Medical Service Embassies Attracting Refugees By The Associated Press BONN West Germany Bonn sought today to arrange passage to the West for hundreds more East German refugees converging on Prague and Warsaw now that East Berlin has allowed trainloads of their compatriots to emigrate In midSeptember East Germanys Communist leaders registered fierce pro tests when Hungarys liberal leaders opened their border to the West and thou sands of East Germans fled But this weekend East Berlin actually agreed to allow another wave in the exo dus after the grounds of West Germanys embassy in Prague Czechoslovakia had become a crowded muddy encampment for hundreds of East German refugees No sooner were East Germans told they could leave however than 700 new arrivals were reported at Bonns embas sies in Prague and Warsaw See EMBASSIES Page 11A TEARS OF JOY An unidentified East and their baby look out the window arrives in Hot West Germany Sunday German couple when their train morning Along AP Laserphoto with some 4000 East Germans they were allowed to leave the West Germarj embassy in Prague to the West US Backstax Hike To Help Drug War Rblic Oi ublic Media General AP Poll By The Associated Press NEW YORK Americans overwhelm ingly favor an increase in sin taxes to help fund President Bushs war on drugs according to a Media GeneralAssociated Press poll The poll also found that many pre ferred treatment of drug users to punish ment and expressed doubt that more prisons will help And many doubted Bushs plan will succeed Among the 61 percent who called drug abuse the nations most im portant problem barely more than a third expected the problem to ease dur ing the next decade Nearly onethird of all respondents knew someone who uses cocaine But most said drug abuse is not a serious problem in their own neighborhoods and just oneseventh rated it very serious where they live The poll conducted Sept 1424 among 1071 Americans had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points Bush has proposed a billion pro gram to fight illegal drugs saying they are sapping our strength as a nation Seventy percent of the money is ear marked for law enforcement the rest for education and treatment In the poll though six in 10 said provid ing treatment for drug users would ac complish more than punishing them And 57 percent said building more federal prison cells for drug offenders as Bush help Sixtyfive percent believed boosting military and lawenforcement aid to co caineexporting countries would help re duce drug abuse But the highest levels of support were for greater federal spend ing on drug treatment with 80 percent in favor and education with 91 percent in favor Respondents split on whether Bushs plan spends enough money too little or too much Nearly half wanted antidrug money taken from other pro grams while a third favored raising tax es The rest were unsure Though taxes were generally unpopu lar threequarters said they would sup port raising cigarette or alcoholic bever age taxes to pay for a bigger drug program and seven in 10 supported a 1 percent increase in corporate income taxes Another funding scheme had less sup port By 5343 percent respondents op posed a 1 percent increase in personal income taxes The number of people calling drug abuse the nations greatest problem has risen steadily in opinion polls as the issue gained increasing attention While most rank it the No 1 problem nationally how ever just 14 percent reported a very serious drug problem where they live An additional 26 percent rated the prob lem somewhat serious in their neigh borhoods The larger six in in your opinion how much of a problem is illegal drug use in your neighborhood very serious somewhat senous not too serious or not at alli serious Q i Poll is based on telephone Interviews ol 1071 sduiislnthe continental US Sept 1424 Tha poll has a 3poinI margin I of error Because of A rounding sums may not tola 100 14 Very Somewhat Not loo Not at all Dont knowho answer 5 10 rated their local drug problem as not too or not at all serious Bigcity dwellers were most concerned with half saying illegal drugs posed a se rious problem in their neighborhoods Abortion Heads List Of Closely Watched High Court Cases By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Supreme Court begins its new term much where it left off last summer with the issue of abortion heading the list of closely watched cases After a threemonth recess the justices return to the bench today to begin delib erations in a variety of controversial le gal and political disputes None is likely to be more divisive or a better bellweth er of the courts conservative course than abortion The court will hear arguments in three abortion cases probably in December or January that will determine whether it will expand the new regulatory power it gave states last July Harvard University law professor Laurence Tribe said the July ruling be gan in a very major way the disman tling of Roe versus Wade the courts 1973 ruling that established a right to abortion The court may never say Roe versus Wade is overruled but is likely to say Roe versus Wade never heard of it Tribe said Officials from Minnesota and Ohio are urging the justices to allow laws requir ing young unmarried girls to get paren tal consent before having abortions In the third case Illinois is seeking stricter control over clinics that perform the great majority of abortions The state officials are not asking the court to overturn Roe vs Wade which legalized abortions nationwide The Bush administration which urged the court last term to reverse the 1973 ruling is taking a lower profile this time The Justice Department will not partic ipate in oral arguments in any of the three cases although it is expected to submit a legal brief supporting Minneso tas parental consent law The abortion debate in America was recast dramatically by the courts July 3 ruling in a Missouri case cutting back abortion rights and letting states make abortions harder to obtain The court by a 54 vote said states may require doctors to administer tests for determining whether a fetus is capa ble of surviving outside the womb It also ruled that states may ban even privately paid abortions in public hospitals Holding the balance of power in that case and perhaps for the future of abortion rights is Sandra Day OCon nor the only female justice in the courts history In a separate concurring opinion in July she said the Missouri regulations do not place an undue burden on a wom ans right to an abortion OConnor said she was not prepared to decide then whether the right established 16 years ago now should be discarded Chief Justice William H Rehnquist and Justices Anthony M Kennedy and Byron R White are ready to overturn Roe vs Wade Justice Antonin Scalia voted to do so Justices Harry A Blackmun William J Brennan Thurgood Marshall and John Paul Stevens reaffirmed their support of the 1973 holding The July ruling has made abortion a hotter issue for the state legislatures where rejuvenated womens rights activ ists and antiabortion forces are taking the battle The system was in force for five years before a federal judge ruled it was uncon stitutional But the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the judges ruling The second parental notification case Ohio vs Akron Center for Repro ductive Health raises similar issues   

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