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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 11, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Page 2A AntiAbortion Measure Defeated Allen Named County Teacher Of Year COUNTY PUBLIC NFL Commissioner Still Undecided PagellA A Quick Read MGMUA Merger Off Million Suit Filed BEVERLY HILLS Calif AP One of the biggest deals in Hollywood history collapsed when MGMUA Communications Co sued Qintex Group and terminated its billion merger agreement with the Austra lian media conglomerate After announcing the deal was off MGMUA filed a lawsuit Tuesday in US District Court against Qintex Group alleging breach of contract fraud and negligent representation MGMUAs board of directors vot ed to cancel the planned acquisition because Qintex Australia Limited failed to deliver a million letter of credit last month as required MGM UA Chairman Jeffrey Barbakow said We have done everything we pos sibly could Barbakow said We really wanted this deal and we did everything we possibly could to hold it together and come up with an ap proach that they could perform un der And they couldnt work it out Syndex May Doom Popular Cable Shows WASHINGTON AP The face on the television screen intones the bad news quietly but firmly the feds may take away some of your favorite TV shows That message designed to make any couch potato boil is being spread by cable TV operators who are alerting viewers that the dreaded syndex is coming Syndex is not a virus that eats TV shows its industry jargon for syndi cated Commu nications Commission regulations that allow local overtheair televi sion stations exclusive rights to the syndicated nonnetwork programs they show in their market The FCC lifted the rules in 1980 to help boost the infant cable TV indus try but now the commission is bring ing them back effective Jan 1 If the rules survive a pending court challenge viewers may find fewer showings of syndicated hits such as Cheers or evergreens such as Mork and Mindy and HeeHaw Fearing a backlash from viewers cable operators are making a pre emptive strike to make sure every one knows whos to blame the government Weather Clear Skies Tonight Clear skies are forecast tonight with a low in the upper 40s Sunny skies are fore6ast Thursday with a high in the lower 80s Please see Page 6A for details Deaths LC Covington Langley Effie E Holmes Johnston John G Lyon Aiken Gladys B McKinney Langley Grace C Rikard Johnston Caroline W Salley Coatenville Pa Mallie Tyler Salley Frances L Walker Statesboro Ga Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Bridge7B Calendar6C Classifieds5B Comics2C Cryptoquote6B DearAbby2C Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions1C Sports11A Television2C Weather6A Siken Wednesday October 111989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 252 Watkins Firm On Tower For KReactor By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON Energy Secretary James D Watkins has announced he will go forward with construction of a new water cooling tower for the Kreactor at the Savannah River nuclear weapons plant following a new estimate released this week that lowers the projected cost of the new facility In a letter to Sen Strom Thurmond R SC dated October 10 Watkins cited two recent studies by the Westinghouse Sa vannah River Company WSRC and an independent contractor putting the cost of construction at around million This represents a significant down ward revision from the million esti mate included in the Conceptual Design Report and used as the basis for congres sional authorization Watkins wrote Thurmond like other members of the delegation has expressed serious reser vations about the advisability of building a new tower solely for the KReactor which already has a cooling tower The Kreactor and two sister reactors produce tritium an isotope used in mak ing nuclear weapons The reactors at the Aiken facility have been shut down since April 1988 due to safety concerns DOE experts have acknowledged the aging Kreactor expected to be restarted in late 1990 may not be in service more than a decade Total lifetime operat ing costs of a new tower however will exceed billion according to WSRC cal culations reported to Watkins this week These are the numbers that have mem bers of the delegation worried Congressman Derrick is very pleased the construction cost estimate has been lowered but hes still concerned theyre going to waste million instead of i 1 i Staff Photo By David Kidwell CLEANUP PAINTUP While Alan Brown shovels finishing touches to the signtor the Aiken Mall which debris from in front Charlie Burcham puts the is having its grand opening today Mall Developers Dream Comes True By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer After a 10year wait developer George D Zamias opened the longawaited Aiken Mall this morning When fully occupied the mall will have an annual payroll of million and pro jected yearly sales of million Zamias said The facility will also create an addi tonal 800 jobs The Johnstown Pa developer started looking at the Aiken area as a location for a mall in 1979 but extremely high inter est rates at the time did not allow for mall construction Most all of your mall construction was at a standstill because of the high interest rates Zamias said As soon as the rates dropped and the market became economically feasible we renewed our option on this property from the Holleys he added Zamias said Basically it was never a matter of wheather Aiken could support a mall It was a question of when it was going to be built Twentytwo stores of the malls eventu Please See MALL Page IDA Staff Photo By David Kidwell A CLEAN PLATE Michael Maxwell adds a shine to the plate glass window of a mall store prior to the grand opening million said Jay Hyde Rep Butler Derricks DSC aide He thinks the new Kreactor cooling tower may turn out to be a white ele phant he added The exact cost of the new tower for the reactor has not been determined be cause engineering studies are not com plete Despite this in August Derrick sponsored an amendment to the Energy Department authorization bill calling for cancellation of the project The Derrick proposal was supported by all members Please See WATKINS Page IDA Colombia Violence Escalates Crusading News Staff Told To Leave Town By The Associated Press BOGOTA Colombia Drug traffick ers claimed responsibility for the assassi nation of two employees of a crusading antidrug newspaper and threatened to kill its remaining 11 workers in Medellin if they dont leave A magazine journalist and four other people also were gunned down Tuesday in Colombias cocaine trafficking capital The shootings in Medellin followed 13 bombings in three other Colombian cities late Monday and early Tuesday the most serious rash of attacks since the countrys drug lords went to war with the government nearly two months ago Last month a car bomb exploded out side the main officies in Bogota of the 102 yearold El Espectador newspaper injur ing scores of bystanders and causing extensive damage In a telephone call to El Espectador a man said a group called The Extradita bles would kill the 11 members of the Eapers Medellin staff if they did not ave the city in three days an editor at the paper said The staff is composed of journalists secretaries and administra tive workers The anonymous caller said The Extra ditables was responsible for Tuesdays assassinations in Medellin of the papers administrator and circulation manager for the city of 2 million said the editor who asked not to be identified for security reasons Drug traffickers have issued state ments under the name The Extradita bles The countrys top cocaine barons fear extradition to the United States which seeks to put them on trial In announcing the antidrug campaign President Virgilio Barco put in place emergency decrees restoring an extradi tion treaty with the United States and em powering security forces to seize the property of cocaine bosses Millions of dollars in property allegedly belonging to the traffickers has since been seized but only one reputed high level drug figure has been extradited to Please See COLOMBIA Page IDA Norwegian Pioneer Wins Nobel For 40s Theories On Economics By The Associated Press STOCKHOLM Sweden Trygve Haa velmo of Norway won the Nobel Memori al Prize in Economic Science today for his work in the 1940s showing how eco nomic theories can be tested through mathematical and statistical methods Haavelmos work pioneered field of econometrics by explaining how random samples can be evaluated to forecast eco nomic events the Royal Swedish Acade my of Sciences said in announcing the award Econometrics holds that economic the ories can be proven by testing them with mathematical and statistical models Haavelmo 77 a professor of economics at Oslo University was the second Nor wegian to win the economics prize He was a research assistant to Ragnar Frisch who won the prize in 1969 the first year it was awarded The prize is worth about Haavelmos 1941 doctoral thesis which he presented at Harvard University had a swift and pathbreaking influence on the development of econometrics the academy said in a summary of his achievements His theories gave rise to extraordi narily rapid methodological develop ment and established the foundation of modern econometric methods the statement said Haavelmo went to the United States on a Rockefeller grant in 1939 was a profes sor at the University of Chicago and worked for the Norwegian Trade Commission He returned to Norway in 1947 and has been at Oslo University since 1948 Haavelmo the son of a school adminis trator is a member of the American Eco Please See NORWEGIAN Page 10A City Attorney Argues For Dismissal Of Restraining Order On Power Pact MARION Circuit Judge John H Waller Jr was scheduled to hear a mo tion today that the court throw out a restraining order preventing the Aiken City Council from acting on a power supply ordinance Aiken City Attorney James M Holly appeared before Judge Waller with the citys request that the legal action brought by Aiken Electric Cooperative be dismissed The hearing started at 10 am The City Council has scheduled an executive session for pm today apparently for a briefing on the courts decision The cooperative obtained the injunc tion from Judge Waller on Oct 2 a few hours before the Council was to take up an ordinance making South Carolina Electric and Gas Co the citys primary power supplier in newly annexed areas In the same ordinance Aiken Electric was granted a franchise that would al low it to continue serving those custom ers on its system before annexation The cooperative however has taken issue with the city claiming that areas being annexed into the south side belong to it through territorial agreements signed in the early 1970s The injunction was obtained after the Council refused to grant Aiken Electric equal franchise rights and passed the ordinance on first reading in September Second reading and a public hearing on the ordinance are scheduled for next Monday provided Judge Waller agrees to lift his restraining order   

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