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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 26, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports NFL Still Seeks New Leader Page 9A A Quick Read Builder Developing Private Toll Road LEESBURG Va AP Trans portation officials at home and abroad are watching plans for a 15 mile stretch of road in congested northern Virginia that the builder says will be the first private US toll road in 30 years I love a traffic jam said Ralph L Stanley former chief of the feder al Urban Mass Transportation Ad ministration and president of the Toll Road Corp of Virginia Theyre all customers to me The million road would extend the existing Dulles Toll Road adding a third eastwest route from the Leesburg area to the nations capi tal Stanley said Taiwan Jet Crashes On Domestic Flight TAIPEI Taiwan AP A Chi na Airlines Boeing 737 carrying 49 passengers and seven crew mem bers crashed into a mountainous area today while traveling from the eastern city of Hualien to Tai pei airline officials said Officials said the jet left Hualien about 90 miles southeast of Taipei at pm EOT and crashed into a village about five minutes later No other details were available Sen Glenn Slugged At Tree Ceremony WASHINGTON AP yuppie type man faces arraignment on a charge of slugging Sen John Glenn one day after authorities say he broke through a police line and ap proached Vice President Dan Quayles motorcade Glenn a former Marine officer rubbed his jaw and said I havent been hit like that in 30 years said Gary Nurenberg a television report er who was talking to the senator Wednesday when a welldressed stranger approached from the side and landed a solid right The man identified by Capitol Po lice as Michael Breen 31 of Wash ington was muttering about earth quakes and the Pope Nurenberg said Weather Fair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the low 40s Tomorrow will be mostly sunny The high will be in the uppper 70s Please see Page 6A for details Deaths E Stanley Bach Aiken Irene D Cannon Augusta Charles Lee Edwards Baker La Rosa Lee D Levingston Aiken Ernest E Sligh Columbia Mary Toole Aiken Please see Page 6A for details inside Today Bridge7B Calendar2B Classifieds5B Comics8A Crossword88 Cryptoquote6B Dear Abby8A Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports9A Television8A Weather6A Page 2A louse Fails To Override Abortion Veto Salaries For SC Teachers On The Rise Thursday October 26 1989 Aiken South Carolina Theft Not Ruled Out In Probe Of Missing Tritium By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON Threequarters of a test shipment of tritium a key ingredient in nuclear warheads was lost between buildings at a Tennessee weapons plant a year ago according to government docu ments released The documents obtained Wednesday said investigators could not rule out theft as an explanation for the disappearance of a little more than two grams of triti um though no evidence of theft could be found Ironically the test was arranged as part of an internal investigation at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory into the cause of discrepancies in the amount of tritium shipped from the lab to commer cial buyers Jim Alexander an Oak Ridge spokes man said Wednesday he did not know whether the tritium in the test shipment had been recovered He said efforts to resolve the discrepancies in commercial shipments dating back to 1985 were continuing Tritium a radioactive form of hydro gen boosts the power of ordinary nuclear warheads and provides most of the ener gy of thermonuclear weapons Most triti um produced in the United States is for weapons but about 200 grams a year seven ounces are sold to domestic and foreign companies that use it in biologi cal research and in making luminous lights and dials Only a few grams of tritium are needed in most weapons The nations entire in ventory of tritium has been estimated at about 40 kilograms to 50 kilograms 88 pounds to 110 pounds spread over thou sands of weapons Production normally has been a few ki lograms a year but currently the depart ments production reactors at the Savan nah River Site in Aiken are shut down for safety renovations Commercial shipments from Oak Ridge were suspended last July while a joint team of experts from the Energy Department and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission conducted an investigation This group reported in late July that it Please See THEFT Page 5A SUSPECT IN CUSTODY Sheriffs deputies place a suspect into car on Vauduse Road after Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth Wednesdays chase Bloodhounds were called in to assist local enforcement officers Teen Fugitive Eludes 4Hour Search By PHILIP LORD and KEITH WARD Staff Writers An extensive fourhour manhunt that involved a juvenile felon scores of police officers and several bloodhounds ended in frustration yesterday for authorities as the youth slipped through their nets The drama began at approximately pm with an anonymous tip to po lice that a child was picked up by four black males in a white GMC Jimmy truck The tag number was also given by the caller The Aiken County Sheriffs De partment immediately suspected a kid napping said Aiken County Sheriff Car rol G Heath A check of the vehicles tags revealed that it had been reported stolen near At lanta according to Daisy Miller Aiken County Investigator A county police officer then happened upon the stolen vehicle on Croft Mill Road and attempted to arrest the four men county authorities stated officials said After arresting two of the suspects Mrs Miller arrived on the scene and ap prehended a third man she related The 16year old youth though man aged to escape to a nearby wooded area Following their arrest the three were taken immediately to the Aiken County Detention Center They explained that af ter picking up the child they dropped him off at his grandmothers house in Balltown Sheriff Heath said Police went to the grandmothers house and found the story true The child was unharmed authorities said One of the trio of suspects arrested was a juvenile The other two were identified as Joe Nathan Green 21 of 345 Nicholson Dr Aiken and Lonwood Johnson 23 of 391 Nicholson Dr Aiken All three were charged with possession of a stolen vehicle The youth who bolted said Mrs Miller Please See TEEN Page 5A Trade Hugo Dont Affect Healthy Economic Growth By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON The US economy grew at a moderate annual rate of 25 percent from July through September de spite the poorest trade performance in six years and a billion income loss from Hurricane Hugo the government reported today The Commerce Department said the increase in the gross national product the broadest measure of economic health matched a 25 percent rise in the AprilJune quarter Thirdquarter growth was aided primarily by a boom in consumer spending that resulted from heavy car sales Inflation showed a marked improve ment in the third quarter with a price index tied to the GNP climbing at an an nual rate of just 29 percent down signifi cantly from a 49 percent annual advance in the first half of the year Through the first nine months of 1989 the economy has grown at an annual rate of 29 percent exactly on target with the Bush administrations forecast for the whole year Many economists predict the country will flirt with a possible recession over the next 12 months because of expected weakness in such areas as trade and busi ness investment The economy was also held back in the third quarter by a billion loss in per sonal incomes attributed to the devasta tion from Hurricane Hugo which hit the Source US Dept ol Commerce Southeast in September The estimate of income loss was attrib uted to uninsured losses and loss of rental income by property owners Aid Bill Rushed To Bush Not Enough Says California Senator By STEVEN KOMAROW Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON A billion earth quake relief plan for California Con gress largest disaster aid bill awaits President Bushs signature after being rushed through the House and Senate The White House said Bush would sign the legislation this morning The mea sure also is aimed at averting a federal government shutdown today and keeping the government operating through Nov 15 while Congress and the White House complete some late spending bills This bill is an unprecedented federal response to a disaster of unprecedented dimension Rep Glenn Anderson D Calif said Wednesday But the Californians predicted theyd be back for more We have done a little better than a down payment said Rep Vic Fazio D Calif He predicted a request for more aid in the spring but said the current bill would help provide some sustenance some security and some comfort in their hour of need The bill was given final congressional approval Wednesday night when the House accepted by a 303107 vote a Sen ate amendment that added to a bil lion relief plan the House passed Tuesday The Senate beefed up the package which it passed 971 by waiving federal rules that would have slowed the flow of money to the state and blocked federal aid in some cases including repair of the San FranciscoOakland Bay Bridge In addition to the billion in federal spending passed by the House the Senate voted to allow earthquake victims as well as those rebuilding from Hurricane Hugo to take more out of a Small Busi ness Administration disaster fund That could bring an extra million more to California sponsors said The legislation dwarfed the previous largest disaster bill a billion pack age passed only a few weeks ago in re sponse to Hugo Many expect the San Franciscoarea quake to rank as the costliest natural di saster in US history with estimates run ning above billion The emergency legislation includes billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency billion for high way repair and a million fund for the Please See QUAKE Page 5A Report Raps lameDuck7 FEW A In Hugo Response By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON The dispute among over how well Washington had responded to Hurricane Hugo went another round Wednesday when a House legislative re search group alleged that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was fighting disasters without leaders The report issued by the Democratic Study Group a legislative research arm of House Democrats cited the disturb ing slowness of the Bush administration to name appointees to federal posts a failing the report said that could have Power Rates Wont Rise Page 1B had bad effects for South Carolina Calling top FEMA temporary hold overs from the Reagan administration the report said they lacked the confi dence of the White House As a result they do not have clout with in the administration necessary to mobi lize resources that are needed quickly in South Carolina the authors wrote While these individuals do not have the confidence of the White House they remain on the payroll awaiting the nomi nation of their replacements the DSG staff members wrote The FEMA positions cited in the report as being vacant or filled by lameduck appointees were director inspector gen eral associate director for external af fairs associate director for state and lo cal programs administrator of the Federal Insurance Administration and administrator of the US Fire Administration Robert Morris the agencys former deputy director has been acting director since June The position of deputy direc tor is unfilled The position of associate director for National Preparedness is filled pending confirmation the report said William McAda a spokesman for FEMA called the allegations in the re port pure malarkey Although some top FEMA officials had not been asked by President Bush to stay on he said they had also not been asked to leave He also denied the agency had been slow in responding to Hugo victims We opened disaster assistance cen ters four days after the president de clared a disaster he said That is stan dard operating procedure Please See REPORT Page 5A   

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