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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 6, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Page 2A Bakker Still Maintains Innocence Page 1B 2 Found Guilty In Aiken Drug Trial Cubs Even NL Playoff Series PagellA A Quick Read Lone Candidate Loses Primary SACO Maine AP Mark John ston was the only candidate from ei ther party running for mayor in this coastal city and he lost Johnston failed to get enough votes in Tuesdays primary to appear on the November ballot according to city attorney Mary Kahl As Kahl interprets the city charter a candidate in the primary must win votes amounting to at least 5 percent of the total cast in the previous gen eral election in order to appear on the general election ballot But Tues days voter turnout was only 3 per cent so Johnston failed to get the required support Johnston said Thursday he is chal lenging his loss He said another sec tion of the charter says the primary candidate with the most votes wins Bush To Undergo Surgery on Finger WASHINGTON AP President Bush making light of minor surgery to remove a cyst from his right mid dle finger says its no federal case and promises to show off his scar afterward The president was to be operated on early this afternoon as an outpa tient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for removal of the cyst which has troubled him for several years Its not really painful but its a nuisance in the cense that its large enough to cause him some anxiety presidential press secretary Marlin Fitzwater told reporters The procedure was expected to take about an hour Students Hijack Burmese Airliner BANGKOK Thailand AP Two Burmese students hijacked a Bur mese airliner carrying 85 people and forced it to land at a military airfield in neighboring Thailand today an army officer said The hijackers presented Thai mili tary officials with a list of unspeci fied demands and were holding the passengers hostage the officer said The plane which was on a domes tic flight in Burma landed in Uta phao 80 miles southeast of Bangkok the officer Col Somchai Dhanara jata said Weather Increasing Clouds Skies will become increasingly cloudy tonight The low will be in the 60s Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and a high in the mid 80s Please see Page 8A for details Deaths Thomas M Bodie North Augusta George F Boozer Greenwood Elzie W Brooks Graniteville Mildred S Harmon North Augusta Mary M Hodges Ware Shoals Ruby Smith New Ellenton Amy Lou Sprouse North Augusta Charles Thompson Aiken Please see Page 8A for details Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 6B 148 4B 3B 7B 5B 3B 1B 8A 4A 11A 3B 8A Friday October 61989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 247 Only 2 Real Issues In Power Pact Fight By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer A senior vice president of South Caroli na Electric and Gas Co said Thursday that its time to drop the cosmetic sur gery and discuss the real issues in the feud between her company and Aiken Electric Cooperative Cathy B Novinger who heads govern mental relations for said in an interview that there are only two real issues in this case the right of a city to decide its power supplier and who can do the best job You can throw out all the ancillary issues for those are the only two that counts said Mrs Novinger The controversy over municipal power rights specifically who the city desig nates as its primary supplier has end ed up in a circuit court thanks to a re straining order filed by the cooperative The order was handed down Monday by Judge John H Waller Jr only hours be fore Aiken City Council was scheduled to hold a public hearing and second reading of an ordinance designating as the citys primary power provider The cooperatives injunction blocked the citys action until at least Oct 16 Meanwhile a hearing on the restraining order is scheduled for Oct 11 Mrs Novinger along with Aiken manager J Sidney Ballentine and development specialist Har ry Busbee replied to charges made by a cooperative spokesman that city officials are being orchestrated by her company in an effort to win a favorable vote Mrs Novinger said she resents impli cations that is dictating to the city and is the aggressor in the case not ing that Aiken Electric first raised the franchise matter last December by ap plying for one with the city Ballentine said the council gave first reading to such an ordinance but with drew it after being told by City Attorney Please See Page 9A fit Staff Photo By David Kidwell CIRCUS FUN Children and adults alike responded enthusiastically to the animal clown highwire and juggling acts of the Roberts Brothers Circus Thursday night For the story see Page 1 B 2 Swiss Kidnapped In Lebanon By The Associated Press SJDON Lebanon Gunmen to day kidnapped two Swiss men who work for the International Commit tee of the Red Cross in this south ern port city police said The two were seized at am am EDT when they ar rived at a Red Cross center in this port 25 miles south of Beirut in a white Peugot car police said Officials at the Geneva head quarters of the humanitarian orga nization condemned the kidnap ping which comes 11 months after the abduction of another Swiss Red Cross worker in Sidon There was no immediate claim of responsibility Police and the Red Cross identi fied the victims as Emmanuel Christen 32 and Elio Erriquez 23 and said both worked as orthopedic technicians at the center which distributed artificial limbs to vic tims of Lebanons 14yearold civil war The assailants wearing black masks were waiting in two cars at the entrance of the center near the Ein elHilweh refugee camp when the Peugeot arrived police reported Christen parked the car at the centers parking lot and climbed out holding an artificial limb Er riquez got out from the cars oppo site door followed by a Lebanese ICRC employee a police spokes man said Two men immediately leapt out of a darkcolored Mercedes one wielding a pistol and the other a submachine gun trained at the ICRC men said the spokesman who cannot be named under stand ing rules Christen and Erriquez immedi ately threw their arms up offering no resistance They were bundled at gunpoint into the trunk of the Mercedes which sped off followed by the other car loaded with armed guards the spokesman said The spokesman said the two cars headed in the direction of the camp Please See 2 SWISS Page 9A PariMutuel Bucks Could Slip By SC Governor Senate SLED Hold KeyPage 9A By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer COLUMBIA A state tourism agency lobbyist said Thursday that time is running short to enact legislation that would allow the setting up of a state racing commission and bring pari mutuel betting to South Carolina There are only three states contiguous to each other that have not allowed parimutuel betting and thats South Carolina North Carolina and Georgia said Elliott D Duby Thompson who represents the South Carolina Tourism Council If we dont move before the others do we stand to lose a lot of money If North Carolina and Georgia build a track first the peoplfc will go there and we wont be able to get a lot of them back Thompson said if that happens the state will lose many mil lions of dollars each year that we cant afford to lose Using statistics gleaned from a study made by the University of South Carolinas School of Business Administration Thomp son said the figures show tracks for thoroughbreds and grey hounds could provide more than 5600 steady jobs and produce an economic impact of million a year Thompson said those kind of figures can make a person blink and he doesnt want to see North Carolina and Georgia getting the jump because the states political leadership drags its feet on the issue At present there are two pieces of legislation in the General Assembly that lay the groundwork for a state racing commis sion the first step to track construction and parimutuel bet ting and Thompson believes support is growing for them One bill is on the House contested calendar while the other is in the Senate Judiciary Committee I wouldnt say they are on the front end of the calendar but we expect to see action on them in the next session said Thompson He also admits there will be opposition mainly from the state Baptist Association and other church groups opposed to gambling of any kind The churches and other allies have been successful at keeping lottery legislation from a vote and Thompson concedes they probably will be just as active against parimutuel betting But he says that battle will be tempered by the fact that racing is different from a lottery in that it creates jobs and promotes capital investment Please See PARIMUTUEL Page 9A Job Rate Up In Surprise To Analysts By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The nations civilian unemployment rate rose a notch to 53 percent in September as a rise in jobless ness among adult men more than offset a decline among women The unemployment rate was up from 52 percent in both July and August the Labor Department said in the govern ments first comprehensive look at the economy last month The report was a bit weaker than many analysts had expected The unemploy ment rate for adult men jumped to 48 percent last month from 44 percent in August while the rate for women fell to 45 percent from 47 percent a month earlier The jobless rate is derived from a sur vey of American households A separate survey of employers showed that the economy added 209000 nonfarm payroll jobs in September bringing the total to a seasonally adjusted 1091 million August job growth was only 88000 revised down from a previous estimate of 110000 September growth was artificially bol stered by the return of 75000 striking telephone workers In the household sur 9 Elderly Patients Die As Fire Strikes Nursing Home Source US Dept of Labor vey strikers are counted as employed so their return did not affect the unemploy ment rate The department said more industries lost than gained jobs in September Goodsproducing industries represent ing about onefourth of the economy was particularly hard hit losing 108000 jobs Most of the loss was to manufacturing payrolls which have been declining since the spring and lost 103000 workers in Sep tember 33000 of them in the auto industry Construction payrolls were unchanged last month while mining which includes oil drilling lost 5000 jobs Service industries added 317000 jobs bolstered by the returning telephone workers and by a gain of 95000 govern ment jobs Economists said the distribution of gains follow the pattern set this year in Please See JOB Page 9A By The Associated Press NORFOLK Va A fire that struck a nursing home while patients were going to sleep killed nine people and injured 68 as rescuers rushed dazed patients to safe ty through halls flooded with choking smoke The elderly evacuees some in bed clothes and some of whom were naked when they were saved were helped down halls and down ladders as firefighters tackled the blaze reported at pm Thursday Patients huddled early today on lawns of houses near the 160bed Hillhaven Re habilitation and Convalescent Center at tended by paramedics and neighbors The fire was mostly contained to a room on the second floor of the fourstory brick home but smoke spread through out and many of the injured suffered from smoke inhalation said Norfolk Fire Chief Thomas E Gardner I woke up in a roomful of smoke said patient Robert Bell 82 The whole room was saturated with smoke You couldnt see and you couldnt hardly breathe Many patients were hooked up to all sorts of medical equipment Gardner said further hampering efforts to evacu ate them You couldnt see and you couldnt hardly breathe Fire Survivor The nine residents died of smoke inha lation said Deborah Myers a spokes woman for Sentara Norfolk General Hos pital Gardner had reported earlier that two people had died of burns The 68 people taken to a half dozen hos pitals suffered smoke inhalation and mi nor burns Ms Myers said Nineteen of the 29 taken to Sentara Norfolk General were admitted including five in critical condition she said The rest were treated and taken to other nursing facilities The cause and extent of the fire which was extinguished fter midnight were not immediately known Secondfloor resident Harriett Waddill 76 described the confusion Everything was quiet We were going to bed All of a sudden we heard this com motion in the hall They were running up and down the htll and they were yelling Get him out of the room It was getting Please See 9 ELDERLY Page 9A
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