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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports World Series Battle Of The Bay Page 6A A Quick Read Bird Causes Outage At New Aiken Mall A bird caused a power outage at the Aiken Mall Thursday evening A power outage which affected the Mall Lowes and about 100 homes was caused about 6 pm when a bird lit on the main feeder line in a trans former which serves those areas ac cording to Jerry Pate a spokesman for Aiken Electric Cooperative Power was restored after about an hour according to Pate Were really embarrassed about it Pate said We apologize for any inconvenience that it caused Birds squirrels and other animals can often cause such problems ac cording to Pate This sort of thing happens to all utilities he said Judge Throws Books At Drug Defendants MONTGOMERY Ala A judge threw the book or rather books at a pair of drug defendants and hes de manding book reports as part of the novel sentence Circuit Judge John E Rochester said Thursday hes been imposing bookreading sentences for about nine months in his rural circuit be cause hes tired of seeing convicts return to prison again and again Im trying to identify people who wont continue in that cycle he said On Wednesday Rochester ordered Henry McQueen 31 and Isaac McQueen 30 to read five novels each The brothers who pleaded guilty to cocainepossession charges have to write reports on the books and keep weekly diaries on what they are doing with their lives and what theyve learned from this brush with the judicial system Henry McQueen was ordered to read The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Lie Down in Darkness by William Styron Animal Farm by George Orwell Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe and The Reivers by William Faulkner Isaac McQueens reading list con sists of Lord of the Flies by Wil liam Golding Crime and Punish ment by Feodor Dostoevski The Trial by Franz Kafka Confessions of Nat Turner by Styron and East of Eden by Steinbeck The McQueens each were given suspended sentences of one year and a day plus five years supervised pro bation Page 2A Flag Burning Ban May Become Law Weather More Clouds Clear skies are forecast tonight The low will be in the mid 50s To morrow will be partly cloudy The high will be in the low 80s Please see Page 3B for details Deaths Rosa W Carter Sumter Izzetta A Grant Belvedere George T Livingston Salley Lottie B Tavelle Aiken Lou A Wingard Aiken Please see Page 3B for details Inside Today Bridge5C Calendar8B Classifieds2C Comics2C Crossword6C Cryptoquote4C DearAbby2C Local Front1B Obituaries3B Opinions1C Sports6A Television2C Weather3B Page IB j rison Officials Attempt To Ease Fearsj Friday October 13 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 254 Outright Recession Possible By The Associated Press HOT SPRINGS Va The nations top business leaders today forecast a signifi cant US economic slowdown for 1990 and warned that an outright recession is possible unless the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates The Business Council composed of 100 chief executives of the countrys largest corporations predicted that the economy will grow next year at the most sluggish rate since the end of the 198162 recession However the expected slowdown will turn out to be the pause that refreshes and growth will rebound in 1991 giving the country an unprecedented nine con secutive years without a recession the business leaders forecast This optimistic outlook came with a major caveat that the Federal Reserve must cooperate by moving soon to lower interest rates to spur economic activity There are a variety of potential weak nesses in the economy that carry the risk of a recession said Lewis T Preston chairman of JP Morgan Inc the giant New York bank If I were the Fed I would be inclined to lean in the direction of an easier policy My sense is that we will need a fair amount of insurance against trouble The call by the business leaders for the Fed to relent in its inflation campaign and start nudging interest rates lower echoed comments being made by the Bush administration which is worried that a sluggish economy next year could harm Republican chances in the 1990 con gressional races James D Robinson III chairman of American Express Co said the Fed has done a good job in keeping a lid on infla tionary pressures but now is the time to bring interest rates down Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has so far given no indication that the central bank is willing to push rates lower The Fed and the administra tion are locked in a dispute over the ad ministrations call for lower interest rates to help push the dollar lower and bolster US exports The Business Council released its semi annual economic forecast at the start of two days of meetings at this mountain resort The corporate economists who pre pared the report said they believe the na tion this summer entered a slowdown that is expected to last 15 months until the final three months of 1990 when growth will rebound to more satisfactory rates See BUSINESS Page 4A Bars Fate Still Undecided By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer COLUMBIA A decision to revoke or let stand the beer wine and alcohol li cense of North Augustas controversial Buffalo Room restaurant will be made by Oct 23 a member of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission said Thursday Julius Murray whose threeman com mission has jurisdiction over all state al cohol licensing set the timetable shortly after a discrimination hearing against Buffalo Room owners Bruce A and Rose Lee Salter Salter is accused of refusing to allow blacks service in his restaurant A decision will be made in two weeks probably on Oct 23 said Murray a Co lumbia black He gave no hint which way he is leaning although he questioned Mrs Salter extensively about the cou ples attitudes towards blacks The Buffalo Room has gained wide spread notoriety for its owners admitted policy of excluding blacks but beseiged by lawsuits the Salters claim they have dropped that policy in the last 30 days Mrs Salter was the only witness for the Buffalo Room She said her husband stayed home to take care of the family business located on Georgia Avenue or US25 The ABC board called the hearing at the request of State Attorney General T Travis Medlock who has proclaimed the Salters policies could be a violation of the public accommodations section of the TESTIMONY Rose Saiter left listens as Ronald Burns a former customer of the controversial Buffalo Room in North Augusta testifies against Salter and her husband Staff Photo By Scott Webster Bruce yesterday in Columbia A decision on whether to revoke the establishments alcohol license is forthcoming 1964 Civil Rights Act Medlock also has issued an opinion that such a violation could jeopardize the al cohol license of the business Commission Chairman Elliott D Duby Thompson said in an opening statement that discrimination on the ba sis of race in a public accommodation could be grounds for revocation of a license The Salters operating under a charter issued to Salter Enterprises Inc have been accused by the Justice Department and the NAACP with barring blacks from the restaurant in a pattern of discrimina tion that has existed at least eight years The Justice Department and the NAACP have filed suits in the case See BUFFALO Page 4A Wholesale Prices Rebound By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Wholesale prices shot up 09 percent in September fueled by a sharp rise in energy costs the gov ernment said today The climb last month in the Labor De partments Producer Price Index last month wiped out consecutive price de clines of 04 percent in August and July and 01 percent in June The September reversal brought the annual wholesale inflation rate for the first nine months of the year to 51 per cent and marked a return to the high in INFLATION Gov Campbell Vows State Wont Take Nuclear Waste flation of the early part of the year Although wholesale inflation is not nearly as bad as feared after prices ad vanced at a 101 percent annual rate in the first quarter it is still significantly higher than the 40 percent rate posted in all of 1988 COLUMBIA Gov Carroll Campbell has derailed Bush administration plans to ship radioactive waste from Colorado to South Carolina And if the federal government forces the state to accept the material Camp bell pledges to take the matter to the Su preme Court if necessary If it wasnt good enough for another state and they were generating it with their jobs and their industry then it wasnt good enough for us Campbell said at a news conference Thursday The Bush administration wants gover nors in South Carolina and six other states to accept the waste from the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant 16 miles from Denver The administration is try ing to avert a possible plant shutdown Campbell also said he did not believe President Bush would intervene person ally and pressure South Carolina into tak ing the waste The president of the United States is not going to ask me for that He just wont do that Hes not the kind of guy thats going to seek a quid pro quo Campbell said The Savannah River Site near Aiken is among eight sites sought as interim holders of waste from the plant The sev en states were singled out because they have Energy Department nuclear weap ons facilities that already hold vast amounts of radioactive and toxic wastes But Campbell and governors of most of See GOVERNOR Page 4A Democrats Ask Bush To Reconsider Opposition To Abortion Bill By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Congressional Dem ocrats concede they cant override a threatened veto of a bill allowing more Medicaidfunded abortions and are pleading with President Bush to recon sider his terribly harsh opposition The president has the power to deny an opportunity for poor women to make a choice in their tragic circumstances said House Speaker Tom Foley DWash The presidents position is wrong said Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell DMaine It is harsh terri bly harsh on the poorest most vulnera ble American women Foley and Mitchell jointly urged Bush on Thursday to go along with a measure passed narrowly by the House a day ear lier and already approved in the Sen ate that drops a decadelong restric tion on federally funded abortions for the poor In an outcome that surprised even the victors the House voted 216206 to permit use of federal money to terminate preg nancies for poor women who are victims of rape or incest and who report it promptly to authorities House Republican Leader Bob Michel said he had not heard from Bush on the possible abortion veto but told reporters Ive never known him to go back on his word Bush threatened in August to veto the bill And as recently as Tuesday the White House budget office sent Congress a policy statement saying it would rec ommend the president reject legislation permitting relaxed regulations on Medic aid abortion Our signals out there and he believes in it strongly but will review the bill when it gets here White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater said Thursday The provision would revise current law permitting Medicaid abortions only in cases where a womans life was endan gered by pregnancy and she could not afford to pay for an abortion It is part of a billion measure to finance labor health and education pro grams for fiscal 1990 that has already been approved by the Senate but remains subject to final agreement on unrelated issues Not only is this a reflection of the ma jority position of the House of Represen tatives Democrat and Republican and the United States Senate but the Ameri can people as well Foley said joining Mitchell at a press conference
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