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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 28, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Prep Scores Aiken HHRoberts North Augusta BrooklandCayce 14 0 31 7 Silver Bluff Jasper County 25 0 Strom Thurmond Keenan 59 3 Wardlaw Andrew Jackson 40 North WagenerSalley Irmo Midland Valley 36 11 17 7 RSMonetta Pelion 35 0 A Quick Read Girl Burned By Gas Used For Head Lice PENDLETON AP A 5year old girl burned over 25 percent of her body when her mother used gasoline as a treatment for head lice re mained in critical condition Friday Police continued to investigate the incident but charges are unlikely Police Chief James Cleveland said I dont believe any intentional harm was meant he said It still looks purely accidental Crystal Kilgore was at Humana Burn Center in Augusta with second and thirddegree burns on her head hands neck back and arms Pendle ton police said On Wednesday the childs mother Mary Kilgore put gasoline on the childs head then took her through the kitchen to rinse her hair in the sink On the way the child got close to the gas stove and her hair caught fire FBI iowa Explosion Evidence Inconclusive WASHINGTON AP The FBI said Friday its laboratory studies of the USS Iowa disaster found no evi dence that any device was deliber ately used to detonate the blast that killed 47 sailors We didnt find anything that would lead us to conclude that a de vice was used to prematurely deto nate the charge FBI spokesman Mike Kortan said Thats not to say something wasnt there Our findings were in conclusive he said But the chairman of the House Armed Services investigations sub committee said he reads the FBIs laboratory report as undermining the Navys findings of evidence sug gesting a detonating device caused the blast The FBIs lab report has been de scribed as inconclusive Rep Nich olas Mavroules DMass said in a letter I do not see it that way It clearly says that they did not find elements that the Navy techni cians said they found Mavroules wrote hi a letter to Rep Mary Rose Oakar DOhio Weather Sunny And Warm Clear skies are forecast today and tonight The low will be in the mid to upper 40s Tomorrow will be sunny and warm The high will be in the upper 70s Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Calendar12B Classifieds6B Comics5B Crossword9B Cryptoquote7B DearAbbySB Local Front9A Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports1B Stocks8A Television5B Weather6A Federal Deficit 2A OTJRDftt Watson Taps John 9A October 28 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 209 BaysBall Back We Need A Respite By CHRISTOPHER SULLIVAN Associated Press Writer SAN FRANCISCO The Bay area turned its attention back to baseball Fri day looking for a break from 10 days of earthquake cleanup and strain The Bay Bridge World Series its sym bol now fractured by the quake resumed at Candlestick Park renamed Wiggly Field by one wag For some the jokes making the rounds and the baUgame itself were a kind of therapy in the wake of the deadly quake I think its my attempt to conquer my own fears Steven Walch said of his de cision to attend the game Having seen Candlestick shudder and crack he add ed I want to be at the World Series and I dont think its more unsafe than any other place And I want to get back to my normal life The organizers of the game tried to help They gave the ceremonial job of throwing out the first ball to rescue work ers police firefighters and heroes of the quake Weve realized we need all this Base ball can be part of this areas mental therapy said Giants manager Roger Craig Baseball is the most resilient of all American institutions said Commis sioner Fay Vincent who announced a million gift from baseball to earthquake relief Dave Stewart startling pitcher for the Oakland Athletics said the players have had difficulty preparing for the game Weve all been through a national tragedy Im sure Im not alone but the earthquake had a deep psychological ef fect on me Stewart said San Francisco Giants outfielder Brett Butler said the game gave 62000 fans a chance to let out all that frustration and hurt and trauma This is Americas game Its going to bring all of us in this area back together again Please See BAYSBALL Page 7A As Rock Giants 137 The Oakland As hit a record five home runs including two by Dave Henderson and took a 30 lead in the World Series last night Dave Stewart outpitched Scott Garrelts for the win and now stands 40 in postseason For the story please see Page 1B AP Laserphoto THUMBS UP Ranked by host Oscar Arias and his wife Margarita President Bush gives a thumbs up sign as he arrives for Western Hemisphere talks Advisers Say Watkins May Be Moving Too Quickly To Restart SRS Reactors By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON The Energy Department may be moving too quickly to restart nuclear reactors that produce material for nuclear warheads and reactor managers may not be emphasizing safety enough advisers told Energy Sec retary James D Watkins on Friday In a letter to Watkins members of the Advisory Committee on Nu clear Facility Safety said that while prospects for a safe resump tion of production at the Savannah River Site had unproved recently they were concerned that reactor operators were not being trained in reactor fundamentals like com mercial reactor operators The operators are employed by Westinghouse Corp which runs Savannah River Site under con tract The letter did not detail what the advisers meant by reactor fundamentals The reactors produce tritium a gas and are similar in basic de sign to most civilian power reac tors though they operate at much lower temperatures and pressures That this omission will remain through restart may belie Westing houses claim that safety is their primary concern and that early re start of the reactors is not the driv ing factor in training the letter said The three Savannah River Site reactors built for the government in the early 1950s were shut down more than years ago because of mechanical problems and safety concerns Please See ADVISERS Page 7A Peace Pledge In Nicaragua Ends Quickly By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent SAN JOSE Costa Rica President Bush sat down for talks with leaders of Western Hemisphere nations Friday and ex changed a friendly handshake with Daniel Ortega the leftist president of Nicaragua the United States wants removed from power I told President Bush that my government supports the elec toral process and that we are working for peace in Nicaragua Ortega said after the opening of a twoday discussion on drugs debt and the march of democracy through the hemisphere Bush said in reply according to Ortega that he would support the will of the Nicaraguan people who vote in elections Feb 25 The handshake took place out of view of the public Later a Nicaraguan official said Ortega has decided to end the 20monthold ceasefire with Contra rebels Manuel Espinosa Or tegas press secretary said The official announcement will be made Saturday White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said in response We find it incredible Secretary of State James Baker ITJ said I hope its not true Baker said Ortega had not mentioned it in talks with the other leaders Bush arrived in this capital to cheers when he declared I believe we can create here in the Americas the worlds first completely democratic hemisphere An extraordinary security force 4000 strong was deployed to protect the leaders at the twoday celebration of democracy arranged by Costa Ricas President Oscar Arias The Secret Service imported a twoinchthick 75foot long sheet of bulletproof glass in front of the National Museum for Satur days inauguration of Democracy Plaza to protect Bush Colombi an President Virgilio Barcp and the others Barcos life has been threatened by drug barons in his country We must do away with all the dictatorships in America be cause there will be no peace among us while even one of them remains Arias said in welcoming his guests There can be no tranquillity for our people when one govern ment lends itself to hiding corruption and distributing drugs he said in an apparent reference to Panama whose leaders were not invited to attend Please See PEACE Time Change Returns That Lost Hour By RANDOLPH E SCHMID Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON Folks who have been a bit tired all summer will finally get back that lost hour of sleep this weekend with the return of standard time The time change occurs officially at 2 am local time Sunday the moment when clocks should be set back an hour That switch provides the extra hour for sleep carousing toil or whatever that was lost last spring when the clocks were moved ahead The International Association of Fire Chiefs is trying to get Americans to use a bit of the extra time for the potentially lifesaving act of replacing batteries in smoke detectors in their homes The change to standard time moves an hour of daylight from the evening to the morning That means it will get dark earlier at night but there will be more light in the mornings The earlier darkness is also a safety consideration for parents whose children will be going out on Halloween night and for anyone driving in the dim light The change affects most Americans Bechtel Bay Operations Escape Major Damages Staff Graphic by Melissa Culp although a few areas do not change to daylight time in the spring and thus dont have to go back in the fall These include include Arizona Hawaii parts of Indiana Puerto Rico the Virgin Islands and American Samoa The date of the change is set by Con gress and while its become a tradition for most of the nation the notion of stan dard tune is only just over a century old Before that every local city and town had its own time setting the town clock according to the sun and expecting resi dents to coordinate their watches and clocks with that standard Please See TIME Page 7A By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Although the Bechtel Groups foursto ry computer operations building sus tained structural damage in last weeks San Francisco area earthquake the com panys adjacent 23and 34story sky scrapers came through the disaster vir tually unscathed according to a Bechtel spokesman Given the severity of the quake it could have been far worse than it was said Rick Laubscher Bechtels assistant manager of public relations A Bechtel division Bechtel Savannah River Inc is the chief subcontractor at the Savannah River Site The computer facility built in the 1920s as a warehouse had structural damage but a senior Bechtel structural engineer Bill White examined it and determined it was superficial according to Laubscher White said Thursday an exterior wall of the computer building is cracked and has a hole big enough to put a fist through the building also has cracks in the back of the stairwell and elevator shafts Still the building has a lot of lateral load re sistance and is not a collapse hazard White added In Bechtels two highrise buildings there was nothing more than some cracked plaster in the stairwells Laubscher said The three buildings form Bechtels headquarters The 23story skyscraper was built in 1968 and the 34story one in 1974 Laubscher said both of the newer buildings were constructed to the high est standards of the time He mentioned that in his office on the 19th floor the only damage was that a flower arrangement fell off a shelf All the pictures stayed on the walls No furniture or anything went over After the earthquake hit we did move the computer information operations to a prearranged backup facility in Phila delphia Laubscher noted In add ion because Bechtel was being very very conservative about this most of the employees in the computer building were moved into the highrises he said This involved about 100 of Bech tels 3500 employees in San Francisco he added White said access to the second third and fourth floors of the computer build ing is now limited to a skeleton crew of essential personnel Please See BECHTEL Page 7A   

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