Aiken Standard, October 24, 1989

Aiken Standard

October 24, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 24, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Cleveland Rips Bears Page 9AA Quick ReadZsa Zsa Says She's Ready For Anything BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, facing a possible jail term for slapping a police officer, insisted she’s “IOO percent innocent” but was ready to accept whatever sentence was issued. “I have no idea what will happen, but I am a strong lady,” the Hungarian-born actress said in a telephone interview Monday night. Municipal Judge Charles Rubin was to announce the sentence today. A jury on Sept. 29 convicted Miss Gabor of battery on a police officer, driving without a valid driver’s license and having an open container of alcohol in her car. She was acquitted of failing to obey an officer. The maximum possible sentence for the misdemeanor conviction was 18 months in prison and a $3,500 fine. District Attorney Ira Reiner urged a 30-day jail sentence, a fine of more than $3,000 plus $14,000 to compensate the Beverly Hills Police Department for its costs. But Deputy District Attorney Elden Fox had dismissed the idea of a jail term after her conviction, saying she was too old to serve time. “I can’t believe this is happening to me,” said Miss Gabor, who is secretive about her age but according to court documents is 66. “I’m IOO percent innocent.”The Who To Enter Rock Hall of Fame NEW YORK (AP) - The Who, The Four Tops, The Platters, Bobby Darin and Hank Ballard have been selected to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Daily News reported today. Joining those rock notables, in the forefathers category, will be Louis Armstrong and Ma Rainey, the newspaper said. The Who — whose hits include the song “My Generation,” the rock opera “Tommy,” and guitarist Pete Townshend’s in-concert destruction of his instruments — will be inducted along with the other nominees at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York in a ceremony in January, the newspaper said. The hall’s announcement was expected at a news conference today in Cleveland, where the four-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is based. Cleveland has raised $37 million of the $40 million necessary to build a museum honoring the new members as well as the 56 people and groups already inducted, said the hairs director, Larry Thompson.WeatherFair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight and tomorrow. The low will be in the low to mid 40s. The high will be in the mid 70s. Please see Page 8A for details.Deaths Earnest S. Bach, Aiken Edith F. Hooks, New Ellenton Elvin T. Mangum, Henderson, N C. Please see Page 8A for details. Inside Today Bridge...............................................7B Calendar............................................4B Classifieds.........................................5B Comics..............................................3B Crossword.........................................9B Cryptoquote.......................................6B Dear Abby..........................................3B Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................6A Opinions............................................4A Sports................................................9A Television..........................................3B Weather.............................................6A Page 2A Baker Calls For Weapons Reduction Page IB Testimony Begins In Drug Trial Aiken County Xikm Tuesday, October 24, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Durable Goods Slip In September By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON Orders for “big ticket” durable goods, held back by slumping demand in the transportation category, slipped 0.1 percent in September, the government reported today. The Commerce Department said orders for durable goods, items expected to last three or more years, edged down to a seasonally adjusted $126.68 billion last month after a huge 3.9 percent rise in August. Orders to factories for durable goods are a key bellwether of the health of American industry, providing an early indication of future production and hiring needs. Analysts said that both the August and September orders reports were skewed by a big swing in demand for automobiles, which had surged in August only to drop back to a more normal level in September. Without this wide swing, orders would have risen 1.8 percent in September following a 2.6 percent August advance. Many analysts are looking for “ie manufacturing sector to slow in coming months as demand weakens, not only for new cars but also for U.S. export sales and for production of capital equipment for American businesses. In September, orders in the transportation category fell by 4.7 percent to $34.78 billion following a 7.3 percent August increase. The September weakness was attributed to a $3 billion decline in orders for new cars, a drop that was partially offset by a $1 billion rise in aircraft orders. Orders in the volatile military category surged 56.3 percent to $12.39 billion. Orders in the machinery category that includes computers dropped 2.4 percent to $22.13 billion, while orders for other electrical machinery were up 6.3 percent to $20.64 billion. Orders for primary metals such as steel were up 1.9 percent in September to Vol. 122 No. 265 -m/mm Plant Explosion Deaths To Rise AP Laserphoto PLANT EXPLOSION: Fire and smoke pour from the Phillips Chemical Plant after an explosion. By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press Writer PASADENA, Texas — Fire at a plastics plant burned today after a series of explosions that flung debris five miles and shook the ground 25 miles away. At least one worker was killed, more than IOO were injured and 23 were missing. “I thought it was the end,” said Billy Ridenour, a 35-year-old worker who was inside the Phillips Petroleum Co. plant. “I was thinking, ‘Run till you die.’” Flames and intense heat kept rescuers from getting close enough to investigate Monday afternoon’s explosion, and officials feared the worst. “We’re betting there’s a lot of fatalities, just because of the nature of the explosion and where it happened,” said Dr. Paul Pepe, director of Houston’s emergency medi cal services. “We don’t think there’s anybody alive in there.” Twenty Phillips employees and at least three contract workers were unaccounted for, Phillips Petroleum President Glenn Cox told reporters late Monday. The body of a worker was found at the plant, but Cox did not have other details. “We know these people, we pray for their safety,” Cox said. “It’s a difficult time for all of us.” He said 109 people were taken to hospitals, where 33 were admitted and five or six were listed in serious or critical condition. Cox said the company sent representatives to families of the missing. At least IO others were treated for injuries, hospital figures showed. Officials had said the injured were being treated for bums, breathing problems and cuts from (Please See PLANT, Page 12A) Rescuers Give Up Hope Of Finding More Survivors By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO A week after a devastating earthquake, Congress moved to offer billions in aid to Northern California, commuters returned to work and hopes ended for finding any more miracle survivors in a crumpled freeway. The death toll rose to 62, with dozens still listed as missing in the rubble of Interstate 880 in Oakland, which was the first elevated freeway built in California. Those left homeless by the earthquake numbered in the thousands, and their ranks continued to grow Monday when additional homes were evacuated near I-880. Crews preparing to dismantle a shaky Related Stories..................Pages    2A, 12A section of the double-deck roadway planned to start today after bracing the structure further. The search for bodies remained on hold because of a fear of further collapse — even from pooling rain water. For most of the San Francisco Bay area, returning to routine meant snail-paced commutes on a jury-rigged transit system that includes extra trains and ferries because vital freeways and the crucial Bay Bridge remain closed. Monday’s heavy rain tapered off by evening rush hour, and only scattered showers and a few thunderstorms were forecast for later today. In Washington, a relief package of $2.85 billion moved ahead in Congress, with the full House expected to consider it today. San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos called on the federal government to raise the maximum home rebuilding loan to $500,000 from $100,000, reflecting high housing costs in the region. “One-hundred thousand dollars in South Carolina can make a big difference. It doesn’t here,” Agnos said. Already, damage from the quake of one week ago today — estimated at more than $7 billion — has surpassed Hurrcane Hugo as the costliest disaster in U.S. history. Gov. George Deukmejian said he would call a special legislative session within two weeks to work out the state’s response to the devastation. Buck Helm, the gritty longshoreman who was dug out alive Saturday from the wreckage of Interstate 880 in Oakland, continued to heal and signaled to incredulous doctors Monday that he now felt no pain. Helm’s condition was upgraded Monday from critical to very serious and may improve again today to serious, Dr. Floyd Huen said. Helm, 57, was trapped in his silver Chevrolet Sprint under tons of steel and concrete Oct. 17. He was pulled from the (Please See RESCUERS, Page 12A) Americans Need Less Salt, More Vitamins In Diet By HARRY F. ROSENTHAL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The average American adult can get along on as little as 500 milligrams of salt a day, far less than the usual diet contains, the National Research Council says. “Although no optimal range of salt intake has been established, there is no known advantage in consuming large amounts of sodium and clear disadvantages for those susceptible to hypertension,” the council said in an update of its nutritional recommendations. The NRC’s 10th edition of its Recommended Dietary Allowances, published today, also says cigarette smokers need at least IOO milligrams of vitamin C per day — as opposed to 60 milligrams for adult non-smokers. “Smoking seems to increase metabolic turnover of the vitamin, leading to lower concentrations in the blood,” said the NRC. The new guidelines also say pregnant women should increase vitamin C to 70 milligrams a day. The new guidelines are the first update of the nutrient recommendations in nearly IO years. The RDAs are a major guide for developing nutrition programs and policies. “There are a lot of little changes, up and down, but not earthshaking,” said Michael Jacobson, executive director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a health advocacy group. One of the noteworthy changes, he said, is the one on sodium. “This marks the first time this committee or any other official committee sug gested so low a number,” Jacobson said. “They are telling Americans what is optimal, not what’s convenient.” About 75 percent of the sodium consumed by Americans comes from processed food. “A typical serving of canned soup has almost 1,000 milligrams of sodium as flavoring,” Jacobson said. “A fast-food cheeseburger has 1,400 milligrams.” He said previous recommendations specified 1,100 to 3,300 milligrams of sodium a day for adults. (Please See AMERICANS, Page 12A)GAO Claims Problems At Rocky Flats Played Down By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - The Energy Department underestimated or ignored health and safety problems at the Rocky Flats nuclear arms plant as it gave the operator millions of dollars in bonus fees, federal auditors said today. A report by the General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, said in the fiscal years 1986-88, Rockwell International Corp. won $26.8 million in award fees for running the plant, which has been under FBI investigation for al- V leged criminal violation of environmental laws since June. “We believe that the seriousness of the (environmental, safety and health) problems ... were never conveyed in the evaluations” of the plant’s performance, the report concluded. Rockwell announced last month that it was withdrawing from the plant, and the Energy Department said Oct. ll that EG&G Inc. had agreed to take over Jan. I. The plant makes plutonium triggers for nuclear warheads and is owned by the government. The GAO report was being released today during a House Government Operations subcommittee hearing on Energy Department problems with the private companies that run major nuclear weapons facilities in 12 states under government contracts. Many of the contracts, including that at Rocky Flats, reimburse the company for all operating costs and allow bonus fees based on performance in key areas, including production of arms materials and compliance with health and safety rules. The fees are set during semiannual performance evaluations Rep. Mike Synar, D-Okla., chairman of the subcommittee, said Monday that the terms of the Rockwell contract made it difficult for the Energy Department to effectively manage the plant about 16 miles from downtown Denver. Synar said the Rocky Flats problem was typical of management weaknesses throughout the nuclear weapons manufacturing complex, which includes 17 major plants. The department effectively has left itself no way to control the performance of (Please See GAO, Page 12A) Ilf I    7 Durable Goods Billions o! dollars, seasonalh adjusted Sept. *88 Aug. '89 Sept. ’89 1119.3 I 1126.7 F H26.7 I Source: U.S. Dept of Commerce $11.49 billion. Shipments of durable goods fell 2.8 percent to $124.8 billion following a 9.6 percent rise in August. Both the September decrease and the August advance in ship- (Please See DURABLE, Page 12A) ;