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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 5, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside Senate Takes Up Health Care Page 2A A Quick Read AIDS Risk Small In Blood Transfusions BOSTON AP The risk of AIDS infection from transfusions is minus cule but blood banks should work harder to recruit and retain women donors because theyre less likely to have the AIDS virus a Red Cross report concludes today The research shows that blood from repeat female donors is nine times safer than from firsttime male donors Currently 42 percent of donors are women The report said this propor tion should be increased in part by encouraging members of womens organizations to give blood and by telephone recruiting campaigns aimed at women Every effort should be made to recruit and retain female donors wrote Dr Paul D Cumming and col leagues from the American Red Cross in Washington However an editorial published with the study in the New England Journal of Medicine questioned this tactic Earths Oldest Rock Found Says Scientist ST LOUIS AP A summer of ordinary geologic investigation in a remote area of Canada has reaped an unexpected scientific bonanza nearly 4 billionyearold rocks the oldest known on Earth It was pure scientific luck said Samuel Bowring a geologist at Washington University who has been conductin research in Canadas Northwest Territories since 1979 I actually had predicted these rocks were going to be very young Maybe 2 billion years old If I had known of course that I was looking at the worlds oldest rocks I would have done this sooner He said studying the chemistry of the old rocks will give researchers insight into the early history of Earth and its fellow planets The rocks are only about 600 mil lion years younger than the Earth it self which scientists believe was formed about 46 billion years ago For a little more perspective sci entists say the first dinosaurs began to roam the Earth about 200 million years ago and the first human an cestors who used tools didnt show up until about 2 million years ago The oldest known rocks before Bowrings discovery were about 38 billion years old found in the Isuka sia region of Greenland in the 1970s he said Weather Fair Skies Skies will be fair tonight with a low in the mid 50s Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a high in the upper 80s Please see Page 6A for details Deaths Mae 0 Barnes Williston Kella G Clamp Salley Daisy F Corder Batesburg Chester Hill New Ellenton Arthur Price Johnston Joe F Wood Parksviile Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote DearAbby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 7B 11A 5B 4B 8B 6B 4B 1B 6A 4A 8A 4B 6A Page 2A Stalker7 Sneers At Death Verdict Page IB Columbia Airport Traffic Declines Thursday October 5 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 246 Nobel Prize For Dalai Lama Upsets China By The Associated Press OSLO Norway The Dalai Lama the exiled spiritual and political leader of Ti bet won the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize to day for his nonviolent struggle to free his Himalayan nation from Chinese rule The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised the Dalai Lamas message of uni versal reverence and respect for all liv ing things China condemned the selection Though he preached peace his follow Baseball Playoffs ers repeatedly joined bloody clashes with Chinese authorities in Lhasa the Tibetan capital in the last two years The chairman of the Norweigan Nobel Committee Egil Aarvik said the selec tion of the Buddhist monk could also be seen as a signal of encouragement for the prodemocracy movement in China itself which was crushed in June The committee wouldnt have any thing against them interpreting it like that Aarvik said after reading the cita tion to reporters If I was a Chinese student I would be fully in support of the decision he said referring to the students who led the pro democracy movement that was violently suppressed in Beijing in June 34 The Chinese Embassy in Oslo de nounced the Nobel committee decision as interfering in Chinas internal affairs and called the Dalai Lama a political figure intent on splitting the fatherland Embassy official Wang Guisheng was quoted by the national NTB news agency as saying This has hurt the Chinese STEAL APPEAL Oaklands Ricky Henderson slides safely into third base while Torontos Kelly Gruber appeals the call Oakland won 63 in the American APLaserphoto League while San Francisco bombed the Cubs 113 in playoff opener in the National League For the story please see Page 8A Bakker Jury Nears Decision Judge Told By The Associated Press CHARLOTTE A federal jury consid ering the fate of PTL founder Jim Bakker was apparently near verdicts in the fraud and conspiracy trial of the man the gov ernment has portrayed as a lavish spend er of his ministrys money After a day of deliberations Wednes day US District Court Judge Robert Potter who is suffering from a cold asked jury foreman Ricky Hill if the six man sixwoman panel was close to com pleting its work Hill said he thought a verdict was possible Wednesday night but Potter sent the jurors home at 6 pm Bakker is accused of diverting more than million in PTL money to live in high style buying RollsRoyces homes diamonds an airconditioned doghouse and furnishings ranging from mirrored walls and goldplated swan bathroom fix tures to motorized bedroom drapes and gigantic walkin closets I feel fine Bakker said as he and his wife Tammy Faye left the federal court house for lunch Asked if he was worried about the outcome Bakker responded No Im trusting God But Bakker said nothing as he left the courthouse Wednesday evening Before leaving Bakker and his wife stood in a corridor at the courthouse and she cried as they embraced The jury returned to the courtroom five times after getting the case Wednesday morning One of the jurors requests was for evidence relating to wire fraud charges Please See BAKKER Page 12A peoples feelings and he reiterated the claim that Tibet was always an integral part of China Tibet was independent from 1911 until the new Communist authorities in China regained control in 1950 The Dalai Lama born Tenzin Gyatso in 1935 had been nominated for the coveted Nobel Peace Prize for at least the last three years NTB reported Please See NOBEL Page 12A USAid In Coup Debated lacked Says Critic Of Bush By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush is coming under mounting congressional criticism for his inaction during a coup attempt in Panama as top administra tion officials claim a lack of reliable intel ligence made intervention too risky They wanted certainty Rep Ike Skelton DMo said of the administra tion You do not get an engraved invita tion to a coup They just lacked boldness Alluding to a charge made against Bush during the 1988 presidential cam paign Rep Dave McCurdy DOkla added Theres a resurgence of the wimp factor A large crosssection of lawmakers both Democrats and Republicans voiced bitter disappointment at the US failure to send in military force to support Tues days shortlived uprising by 200 to 300 dissident Panamanian Defense Forces troops against dictator Gen Manuel An tonio Noriega Not all lawmakers were critical however Im convinced we did the right thing said Rep Earl Hutto DFla a member of the House Armed Services Committee Please See US AID Page 12A Gas Tax Hike May Fund Hugo Highway Repairs By The Associated Press COLUMBIA The South Carolina Highway Commission is considering rais ing the state gasoline tax by 1 cent to pay the states share for repairing highways and cleaning up after Hurricane Hugo We may need that one penny gas tax increase to pay for Hugo Chairman B Bayles Mack of Fort Mill told the com mission on Wednesday Current highway damage and cleanup estimates range from million to million and officials say the estimates are likely to increase as more detailed assessments are made Federal aid will pay about 75 percent of that but the state still must come up with milhon to million in matching funds money that it doesnt have offi cials said We dont know where the money is coming from Joseph Rideoutte the ex ecutive director of the state Department of Highways and Public Transportation said at a special board meeting We assume it will be there but we cant go too far down the road until we know Rideoutte said He was concerned the current sense of urgency may dissipate if officials wait until the 1990 legislative session is well underway I dont know how it will be in April or May he said Were talking about million to million that were going to have to come up with in state funds so I know of no other way than to ask the Legislature The General Assembly and Gov Car roll Campbells administration already are faced with the likelihood of a budget shortfall of up to million from lost revenues on top of direct Hugo expenses in the million to million range Highway officials had sought a 5cent pergallon increase in the 1987 session but had to settle for a phasedin 3cent increase in the face of opposition from Campbell and some lawmakers Please See GAS Page 12A Germans Fight For Space On Train By The Associated Press HOF West Germany Thou sands of East German refugees ar rived in this border town from Prague in locked trains today after rolling through their homeland where police reportedly battled youths who sought to jump aboard In the East German city of Dres den youths charged rail plat forms fought running battles with police overturned cars and smashed windows Wednesday night British tourist Adrian Mait land said from a hotel overlooking the main railway station He said police charged the crowd several tunes It looks like a battleground he told the British Broadcasting Corp by telephone There are fire en gines all around There are ambu lances Ive seen youths being car ried off with blood streaming down thenface Thousands of East Germans chanting We want out had flocked to the train stations and lined tracks in their homeland in hopes of joining the refugees aboard what could be the last freedom trains to the West The trains journey West was plagued by delays and passengers said they stopped for some time be fore passing through the Dresden By 9 am six trains from the stateowned railway had arrived in Hof from Prague carrying about 5500 people West German offi cials said as many as 10 trains and 12000 refugees were expected West German news media quoted passengers on regularly scheduled trains as saying they saw East German police drive back young wouldbe emigres who had taken up positions along the tracks in a bid to board the refugee trains East Germanys state railroad provided the trains for a second time in less than a week to trans port thousands of East Germans who had crowded the West Ger man Embassy in Prague and streets just outside it Maitland said he saw debris and blood outside Dresden station from earlier battles It seems to be a scene of devastation and mass in jury he said West German officials said they AP Laserphoto were still uncertain as to exactly COLD WAIT East German refugees huddle in sleeping what happened in Dresden bags while awaiting processing to the West   

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