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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 24, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Cleveland Rips Bears Page 9A A Quick Read Zsa Zsa Says Shes Ready For Anything BEVERLY HILLS Calif AP Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor facing a pos sible jail term for slapping a police officer insisted shes 100 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 Hungar ianborn 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 Gabpr of battery on a police officer driving without a valid drivers li cense and having an open container of alcohol in her car She was acquit ted of failing to obey an officer The maximum possible sentence for the misdemeanor conviction was 18 months in prison and a fine District Attorney Ira Reiner urged a 30day jail sentence a fine of more than plus to compen sate the Beverly Hills Police Depart ment for its costs But Deputy Dis trict Attorney Elden Fox had dismissed the idea of a jail term af ter her conviction saying she was too old to serve time I cant believe this is happening to me said Miss Gabor who is se cretive about her age but according to court documents is 66 Im 100 percent innocent The Who To Enter Rock HaBI of Fame NEW YORK AP The WhoThe Four Tops The Platters Bobby Darin and Hank Ballard have been selected to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the Daily News report ed 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 op era Tommy and guitarist Pete Townshends inconcert destruction of his instruments will be inducted along with the other nominees at the WaldorfAstoria hotel in New York in a ceremony in January the newspa per said The halls announcement was ex pected at a news conference today in Cleveland where the fouryearold Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is based Cleveland has raised million of the million necessary to build a museum honoring the new members as well as the 56 people and groups already inducted said the halls di rector Larry Thompson Weather Fair 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 NC Please see Page 8A for details Inside Today Bridge7B Calendar4B Classifieds5B Comics38 Crossword9B Cryptoquote6B DearAbby3B Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports9A Television3B Weather6A Page 2A OrMvnfv Baker Calls For Weapons Reduction Page IB Testimony Begins In Drug Trial Tuesday October 241989 Aiken South Carolina Vol122 No 265 Durable Goods Slip In September By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON Orders for big tick et durable goods held back by slumping demand in the transportation category slipped 01 percent in September the gov ernment reported today The Commerce Department said or ders for durable goods items expected to last three or more years edged down to a seasonally adjusted billion last month after a huge 39 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 automo biles which had surged in August only to drop back to a more normal level in September Without this wide swing orders would have risen 18 percent in September fol lowing a 26 percent August advance Many analysts are looking for the man ufacturing sector to slow in coming months as demand weakens not only for new cars but also for US export sales and for production of capital equipment for American businesses In September orders in the transporta tion category fell by 47 percent to billion following a 73 percent August in crease The September weakness was at tributed to a billion decline in orders for new cars a drop that was partially offset by a billion rise in aircraft orders Orders in the volatile military category surged 563 percent to billion Orders in the machinery category that includes computers dropped 24 percent to billion while orders for other electrical machinery were up 63 percent to billion Orders for primary metals such as steel were up 19 percent in September to source US Oept of Commtrce billion Shipments of durable goods fell 28 per cent to billion following a 96 per cent rise in August Both the September decrease and the August advance in ship Please See DURABLE Page 12A Plant Explosion Deaths To Rise AP Laserpholo 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 de bris five miles and shook the ground 25 miles away At least one worker was killed more than 100 were injured and 23 were missing I thought it was the end said Billy Ridenour a 35yearold work er who was inside the Phillips Pe troleum Co plant I was thinking Run till you die Flames and intense heat kept rescuers from getting close enough to investigate Monday afternoons explosion and officials feared the worst Were betting theres a lot of fa talities just because of the nature of the explosion and where it hap pened said Dr Paul Pepe direc tor of Houstons emergency medi cal services We dont think theres anybody alive in there Twenty Phillips employees and at least three contract workers were unaccounted for Phillips Pe troleum 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 Its 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 seri ous or critical condition Cox said the company sent representatives to families of the missing At least 10 others were treated for injuries hospital figures showed Officials had said the in jured were being treated for burns 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 Califor nia commuters returned to work and hopes ended for finding any more mir acle survivors in a crumpled freeway The death toll rose to 62 with dozens still listed as missing in the rubble of In terstate 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 StoriesPages 2A 12A section of the doubledeck 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 juryrigged transit system that includes extra trains and fer ries because vital freeways and the cru cial Bay Bridge remain closed Mondays 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 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 maxi mum home rebuilding loan to from reflecting high housing costs in the region Onehundred thousand dollars in South Carolina can make a big differ ence It doesnt here Agnos said Already damage from the quake of one week ago today estimated at more than billion has surpassed Hurrcane Hugo as the costliest disaster in US history Gov George Deukmejian said he would call a special legislative session within two weeks to work out the states re sponse 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 incredu lous doctors Monday that he now felt no Helms condition was upgraded Mon day 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 FROSENTHAL 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 in take has been established there is no known advantage in consuming large amounts of sodium and clear disadvan tages for those susceptible to hyperten sion the council said in an update of its nutritional recommendations The NRCs 10th edition of its Recom mended Dietary Allowances published today also says cigarette smokers need at least 100 milligrams of vitamin C per day as opposed to 60 milligrams for adult nonsmokers 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 near ly 10 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 Inter est a health advocacy group One of the noteworthy changes he said is the one on sodium This marks the first time this commit tee or any other official committee sug gested so low a number Jacobson said They are telling Americans what is opti mal not whats convenient About 75 percent of the sodium con sumed by Americans comes from pro cessed food A typical serving of canned soup has almost 1000 milligrams of sodi um as flavoring Jacobson said A fast food cheeseburger has 1400 milligrams He said previous recommendations specified 1100 to 3300 milligrams of sodi um 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 Depart ment underestimated or ignored health and safety problems at the Rocky Flats nuclear arms plant as it gave the opera tor millions of dollars in bonus fees fed eral auditors said today A report by the General Accounting Of fice the investigative arm of Congress said in the fiscal years 198688 Rockwell International Corp won million in award fees for running the plant which has been under FBI investigation for al leged criminal violation of environmental laws since June We believe that the seriousness of the environmental safety and health prob lems were never conveyed in the eval uations of the plants performance the report concluded Rockwell announced last month that it was withdrawing from the plant and the Energy Department said Oct 11 that Inc had agreed to take over Jan 1 The plant makes plutonium triggers for nuclear warheads and is owned by the government The GAO report was being released to day during a House Government Opera tions subcommittee hearing on Energy Department problems with the private companies that run major nuclear weap ons facilities in 12 states under govern ment 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 in cluding production of arms materials and compliance with health and safety rules The fees are set during semiannual per formance evaluations Rep Mike Synar DOkla 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 manu facturing complex which includes 17 ma jor plants The department effectively has left it self no way to control the performance of Please See GAO Page 12A   

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