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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 12, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports World Series Fever Heats Up Page 7A A Quick Read SC Officials Check For Computer Virus COLUMBIA State officials were taking seriously national rumors of a computer virus timed to destroy data files early on Friday the 13th Were notifying people said Larry Huckabee information tech nology officer for the state Budget and Control Boards Divison of Re search and Statistical Services Its being handled exactly like a bomb threat We havent found a thing but we are checking he added I think you have to be serious about it but not necessarily alarmist State government microcomputer systems there are more than 1000 at the University of South Carolina in Columbia alone were being checked using computer programs designed to wipe out various kinds of electronic viruses According to sketchy reports the virus was allegedly transmitted by a national computer bulletin board system and is designed to be trig gered when a computers internal clock reaches midnight today Bounty Reportedly Placed On Policemen BOSTON AP Police filed in for roll call as usual but this day they were told the neighborhood stakes had gone up A street gang had put a bounty on their heads It might just be talk police spokes man Jim Jordan said but the talks been persistent so much so that commanding officers felt they had to warn patrol units before they went out on the streets Tuesday evening Word of the Franklin Hill Giants gangs bounty has spread quickly through the streets of the Roxbury Mattapan and Dorchester sections Jordan said and people in the com munity feel a repugnance at the notion But residents become equally alarmed when one of their own is shot under murky circumstances which is what happened several hours after Tuesdays roll call Orlando Carr 30 was stopped for a search by two officers one of whom opened fire when he mistook a set of keys for a gun He was listed as sta ble Wednesday at Boston City Hospital Deputy Superintendent William Celester said the officer saw some thing shiny and feared for his life Weather Sunny Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low near 50 Mostly sunny skies are forecast Friday with a high in the mid 80s Please see Page 6A for details Deaths Suzanne Atchinson Edgefield Olive G Carter Huntington NY Adell T Davis North Augusta Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Bridge6B Calendar5C Classifieds4B Comics6C Crossword7B Cryptoquote5B DearAbby6C Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions1C Sports7 A Television6C Weather6A US Burdened By Slow Decisions i i Hearing To Decide Buffalo Room Fate Thursday October 12 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 253 Abortion Leaders Feel Momentum In Their Favor By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Abortion rights lead ers claim an unprecedented turn around is putting antiabortion forces on the political run following defeats in the US House and a special legislative ses sion in Florida And in Virginia Democratic candidate for governor Douglas Wilder is challeng ing political wisdom on abortion by airing prochoice television ads aimed at win ning support among conservative voters This is evidence that the antichoice minority no longer inspires fear in elect ed officials said Kate Michelman exec utive director of the National Abortion Rights Action League The House voted 216206 on Wednesday to allow federal aid for abortions for poor women who are victims of rape or incest rejecting Medicaid restrictions it has kept in the law since 1981 It instead backed more liberal provisions already passed by the Senate The vote was a defeat for conservatives and put Congress in opposition to Presi dent Bush who has promised to veto Medicaid abortions Rep Patricia Schroeder DColo at tributed the vote to an abortion rights movement galvanized by the Supreme Courts decision in July giving the states more power to restrict abortions The Webster decision was a wakeup call she said Rep Henry Hyde RHL for years the leader of antiabortion forces in the House said House members are increas ingly perceiving their constituencies as prochoice Darla St Martin leader of the National Right to Life Committee said the vote opens the door to the use of tax funds to destroy innocent unborn babies and vowed that members who switched on the issue will now hear from constituents In Tallahassee Fla a special session of the state legislature called by Gov Bob Martinez rejected a series of proposed restrictions on abortions that the Repub lican governor sought A right having been established is not easily removed said Tom Gustaf son Floridas speaker of the House The Florida session was the first in the nation since the July 3 Supreme Court ruling gave the longstanding debate over Please See ABORTION Page 3A RIBBON CUTTING The Aiken Mall officially opened Wednesday and Aiken Mayor HOdell Weeks did the honors at the ribbon cutting The mayor was joined at the front by from left Stephanie Corley Aiken Jr Miss Carrol Warner Aiken County Council Chairman Kimilee Staff Photo By Scott Webster Bryant Miss South Carolina Marianna Zamias executive vice president of Zamias George D Zamias president of Zamias the malls developer Judy Widrig Zamias vice president of construction and Melanie Simmons Miss Aiken County Officials On Hand For Mall Opening By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer The Aiken Mall was officially opened and dedicated to the citizens of Aiken Barnwell and Edgefield Counties during grand opening ceremonies held Wednes day morning Twenty stores were ready for business when the approximately 450 people who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony were allowed to enter the mall Belk of Aiken and Sears were the two anchor stores to open their doors Keys Jewelers ChickFilA The Hair Cuttery Afterthoughts the Great Ameri can Cookie Company Atari Expo the Shoe Show Friedmans Jewlers Pattis Hallmark Shop Regis Hairstyles the Foot Locker the Electronic Boutique Claires Boutique Radio Shack Toys the Athletic Warehouse Disc Jock More PhotosPage 4A ey records and the Dollar Tree all opened for business Wednesday An additional 10 to 15 shops are expect ed to open at the Aiken Mall in time for the holiday season The facility expects to be filled to its 57 tenant capacity by this spring when an additional 20 to 25 shops open During the ribbon cutting ceremony developer George D Zamias said The Zamias organization has been working on this mall since 1979 and seeing this fin ished product we are witnessing today we are pleased and delighted in the fact that this mall justifies our faith and confi dence in the Aiken market In the ten years that we have been working on this mall we have seen our sales projections grow in excess of 50 per cent because of the great growth in Aiken County he added Aiken Mayor H Odell Weeks who cut the ribbon said We have seen a lot of changes over the years and this is a great one We are now becoming a regional shopping area and I am sure that it is going to be great for our area he said Presently there are over 30 million dollars of retail sales that are escaping the Aiken County area and we hope to capture with this mall quite a number of those dollars and keep those dollars here at home Zamias said Aiken County Council Chairman Carrol H Warner said during the ribbon cutting ceremony They have showed their sup port of Aiken County now we ask you to show your support and shop locally Vote Ban Affirmed By Judge Council May Not Act On Power Franchise By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer An injunction preventing Aiken City Council from holding a vote that could designate South Carolina Electric and Gas Co as the citys primary power sup plier will be in force until March 1 unless the Supreme Court overturns the ruling Circuit Judge John H Waller Jr at a hearing in Marion Wednesday extended an order lie signed Oct 2 blocking a vote on an ordinance the city has prepared to resolve a battle between and Ai ken Electric Cooperative over municipal power rights The judge said the council would be free to debate the ordinance but could take no affirmative action Judge Wallers order suspends action until a breach of contract suit filed by the cooperative against the city can be re solved The cooperative is suing on grounds it has prepaid franchise fees un til July 1 City Attorney James M Holly after meeting with council for an hour late Wednesday said no decision has been made on what legal course the city will take The city has 10 days to appeal the judges ruling Holly said he could not comment on the latest turn of events nor would he make a recommendation to council until he has received the judges order and read it Holly has asked that the forwarding of the order be expedited The city attorney confirmed that coun cil has the option of going to the Supreme Court and asking that Judge Wallers or der be overturned but he has gotten no instructions hi this regard Council does not want to be pressured and will make deliberate considered de cisions he said Council wants to be fair objective and impartial VOTE Page 3A Contract Awarded For KReactor Cooling Tower Kansas Firm Selected To Build SRS Facility At Million Cost By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Marley Cooling Tower Co of Mission Kan has received a million con tract to build the cooling tower for Savan nah River Sites KReactor Westing house Savannah River Co the operating contractor at SRS announced Wednesday The announcement came one day after US Energy Secretary James D Watkins gave the green light for construction of the tower following a sharp drop in its estimated cost Originally the estimate was mil lion now Westinghouse forecasts mil lion as the cost of the project Construction of the tower will begin in the first half of next year with a sched uled completion date of March 1992 Un der an agreement between the US De partment of Energy which owns SRS and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control the tower must be operating by Dec 311992 Groundwork preparation has already begun at the tower site DOE received million for the tower in the fiscal year that ended Sept 30 In the current fiscal year million has been budgeted KReactor which shut down last year for management and equipment im provements is scheduled to resume pro ducing tritium for US nuclear weapons late next year Cooling towers are standard for nucle ar reactors that generate electricity The KReactor tower would lower the temperature and lessen the flow of water used to cool the reactors radioactive core The water is discharged into two creeks which feed the Savannah River Without the cooling tower KReactor water would be discharged at between 130 and 180 degrees and 179000 gallons a minute The cooling tower will limit the maxi Please See CONTRACT Page 3A Nuclear ShareTheGrief Proposal Gets Resounding No From Derrick By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Bush adminis tration is meeting stiff resistance to its plan to spread pintoniamcontaniinated wastes from the Rocky Flats1 nuclear weapons plant among seven states in order to avert a plant shutdown early next year White House chief of staff John Sun unu and Energy Department officials urged the seven governors and mem bers of the states congressional delega tions Wednesday to temporarily handle equal amounts of waste from the Rocky Flats plant next year My answer is absolutely not said Rep Butler Derrick DSC whose dis trict includes the Savannah River weap ons plant that is among the sites target ed by the Energy Department for interim storage of the radioactive waste The Energy Department doesnt know the definition of the word tempo rary Derrick said in an interview He noted 35 million gallons of radioactive waste have been stored temporarily at Savannah River near Aiken for decades Most of the seven states Idaho Col orado New Mexico Nevada South Car olina Tennessee and Washington had indicated earlier this week they would not accept any of the waste which con tains plutonium that remains radioac tive for 240000 years The answer is still no Washington Please See NUCLEAR Page 3A   

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