Aiken Standard, October 14, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 14, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Virus Strikes Computers/Page 2A 1 JKK % 0 \ % J . \ • Aiken............... Keenan ............. North Augusta...... .....7? Lexington........... Airport.............. Midland Valley...... ......9 Strom Thurmond____ .....19 Columbia........... Silver Bluff.......... Allendale-Fairfax ... ......6 Denmark-Olar...... .....33 Wagener-Solley...... .....0 Wardlaw ............ Sea Island............ Williston-Elko........ .... 78 North................ South Aiken.......... HH-Roberts.......... RS-Monetta.......... Blackville-Hilda...... ____14 A Quick Read Czech Rhinos Going To Zoo In San Diego PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP) — Three rare white rhinos from a zoo in Czechoslovakia were en route Friday to the San Diego Zoo, the official CTR news agency reported. “We consider this a goodwill gesture, a contribution to the general improvement in relations between our two countries,” said Vaclav Ku-bicek, deputy director of the Dvur Kralove Zoo. “Money plays no role here.” In 1975, Josef Vagner brought the first six white rhinos to Czechoslovakia from Zaire, gradually creating the largest such herd in captivity. It is estimated that there are no more than 17 white rhinos living freely in Central Africa, CTR reported. “Reeding the only big herd in isolation is risky and so it was decided to share our females with San Diego,” Rubicek said. “San Diego is not only the richest zoo with perfect subtropical climate, but the scientific potential there is excellent as well,” Rubicek said. The Dvur Rralove zoo will receive gorillas from the San Diego Zoo in exchange for the rhinos, Rubicek said. Weather Partly Cloudy Skies will be partly cloudy today with highs in the mid 80s. Sunny skies are forecast for Sunsday with a high in the upper 80s. Please see Page 6A for details. Deaths Rosa W. Carter, Sumter Izzetta P. Grant, Belvedere George T. Livingston, Salley Raymond H. Pope, Aiken Caroline W. Salley, Coatenville, Pa. Lottie B. Tavelle, Aiken Raymond H. Pope, Aiken Lou A. Wingard, Aiken Please see Page 6A for details. Inside Today Calendar..........................................11B Classifieds.........................................5B Comics..............................................9A Crossword.........................................7B Cryptoquote.......................................6B Dear Abby..........................................9A Local Front........................................7A Obituaries..........................................6A Opinions............................................4A Sports................................................1B Stocks...............................................SA Television..........................................9A Weather.............................................6A SATURDAY Damage Angers Resident/Page 7A AIKEN COUNTY WBUC UBRA^T October 14, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 255 Massive Se 11 off Rocks Stock Market By CHET CURRIER AP Business Writer NEW YORR — The biggest selloff since the crash of 1987 rocked the stock market Friday, driving prices into a freefall decline following news that a big buyout deal for UAL Corp. had fallen through. The sudden slide came almost exactly two years after a similar Friday-after-noon rout that preceded Black Monday on Oct. 19,1987. But many Wall Streeters insisted it was far too soon to declare that another collapse was in the making. The Dow Jones average of 30 industrials plunged 190.58 points, or 6.91 percent, to 2,569.26. That marked its second biggest point drop ever, exceeded only by the 508-point loss recorded on Black Monday. On Monday of this week the average stood at a record closing high of 2,791.41. The market had been retreating steadi ly but gradually for most of Friday’s session until the group planning to buy UAL said it had been unable to get enough bank financing for the transaction it had planned. That quickly cast a pall over shares of UAL and other companies that have been involved in or are planning debt-financed deals. Brokers said the news touched a particularly sensitive nerve among traders who had been worried lately about problems in the market for high-yielding “junk” bonds. Earlier, the Labor Department reported that the producer price index of finished goods rose 0.9 percent in September, abruptly reversing a series of declines through the summer months. Out For A Thrill CRUISING: On a nice day for a drive, cruising takes on a faster and more thrilling meaning for Staff Photo By Scott Webster Marsha Bridges, 12, and Miranda Wood, 7, as they race their go-cart around a lot off Linden Street. Bush Sets Sights On Noriega Ouster By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON — President Bush issued a new call Friday for the overthrow of Panamanian ruler Manuel Antonio Noriega, saying “I wouldn’t mind using force if it could be done in a prudent manner.” But he emphasized he was not offering a blanket commitment of American troops. Ten days after an uprising against the Panamanian general was crushed, Bush vigorously defended his handling of the situation, rejecting criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike over his refusal to provide U.S. military assistance. He seemed particularly disturbed by charges that he abandoned the rebels, leaving them on their own after publicly exhorting the Panamanian military to oust Noriega. Bush said that was “a stupid argument that some very erudite people make.” At a hurriedly called news conference, Bush also addressed politically charged issues in Congress. He said: * He opposes federal funding of abortions for poor women who are victims of rape and incest but holds out hopes for a congressional compromise that would “avoid a veto on my part.” He said he would “see if there is room for flexibility” when Senate and House negotiators work out a compromise version of a bill that now would allow such federal payments. ^ He will permit a bill outlawing flag burning to become law without his signature. “I don’t think ifs enough,” Bush said, renewing his call for a constitutional amendment along the same lines but (Please See BUSH, Page 5A) Mission Of Mercy Turns Into Misery BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer Friday the 13th proved to be a bad-luck day for two Emergency Service Technicians who were delivering a patient to Aiken Nursing Home. Usa Fountain and Catrin Johnson, EMT’s with University Hospital in Augusta, were transporting a patient from the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Augusta to Aiken Nursing Home at about 4 p.m. Friday. While the EMTs were taking the patient into the nursing home, two black males approached the parked ambulance, reached in and grabbed the women’s purses. Ms. Fountain chased the two suspects on foot, while Ms. Johnson reported the incident. The bloodhound team from the Aiken Department of Public Safety was called to track the suspects. “I chased them for awhile, until they ran across the street and into some woods,” Ms. Fountain said. “I never saw their faces, only their backs as they ran away. I just want my pocketbook back...it has my car keys in it.” The suspects ran from DuPont Drive, crossed Rutland Drive and ran into a wooded area owned by Mathis Realty of North Augusta. Tile two ADPS bloodhounds tracked the suspects to a housing development near Union Baptist Church near Balltown, which is located off S.C. 19 and backs up to the wooded area on Rutland (Please Se^ MISSION, Page 5A) The UAL news “was the trigger for the whole thing,” said Newton Zinder, an analyst at Shearson Lehman Hutton Inc. “Also, it’s October. Memories of 1987 are still very vivid.” But “this time it’s different,” asserted Jim Craig, portfolio manager of the Janus Fund and the Janus Venture Fund, two Denver-based mutual funds, who said he was a heavy buyer of selected stocks late Friday. “Interest rates have been on the decline, and non-takeover-related stocks are not overvalued,” Craig said. Volume on the New York Stock Exchange totaled 251.17 million shares, up (Please See MASSIVE, Page SA) NPR Felt Secure In Aiken Nuclear Reactors Reviewed By DOE From Staff and Wire Reports Tile Energy Department is quietly reconsidering key parts of an $81 billion blueprint for modernizing the nuclear weapons complex, including plans to build new nuclear reactors in Idaho and South Carolina, officials said Friday. Also being reviewed is a recommendation in the December 1988 blueprint — known as the 2010 Report — that a new-generation plant to convert fuel-grade plutonium to weapon grade material be built at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory near Idaho Falls, Idaho. Christopher Simpson, press secretary to U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., released a brief statement from the senator concerning the blueprint report. “In the eight years I have been working to bring the NPR to Savannah River Site there have been innumerable evaluations and reassessments,” said Sen. Thurmond. “This is good and healthy for the Department of Energy and our nuclear defense industry. “The decision has been made to build the NPR at Savannah River, however, and this will not change as long as I am the senior senator.” Meanwhile, another Washington spokesman indicated there is nothing to be concerned about as far as the planned construction of a new generation of nuclear reactors at the Savannah River Site. Jay Hyde, press spokesman for U.S. Rep. Butler Derrick, D.C., said, “The congressman is confident the Nuclear Production Reactor will be built at the Savannah River Site. “As recently as June 27,” said Hyde, “the congressman was told by the director of the DOE’s new production reactor (Please See NPR, Page 5A) SADDENED BY LOSS: The faces of Lisa Fountain (left) and Catrin Johnson reflect their loss as they wait hopefully for the return of their purses. ii    i ;

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