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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 6, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside Page 2A Civil Rights Martyrs Honored Page 1B Historical Society Sets Christmas Gala Virtuoso Recalled As Keyboard Titan Page 2A A Quick Read By The Associated Press Unpretentious Royalty Stiil Popular AMSTERDAM Netherlands It is still a crime to insult the royal family in the Netherlands as a 24 yearold Dutchman recently learned when he was fined 500 guilders for displaying a poster depicting Queen Beatrix as a pig Most Dutch frown on insults to the House of Orange whose fate and for tunes have been entwined with the Low Countries for 400 years Periodic polls indicate the public overwhelmingly favors retaining its constitutional monarchy The Orange family belongs to the antique furniture that weve inherit ed and it would be unwise to do away with it they might be very valu able said historian Coenraad Tamse of Groningen University They offer a simple icon of the con tinuity of Dutch nationa identity Politicians Hope To Forget Scandal TOKYO Pinball played in brightly lit smokefilled parlors where millions of Japanese escape stress and engage in lowstakes gam bling has long rivaled baseball as Ja pans national pastime The game of pachinko and its often gaudy parlors also are at the center of political scandal following allegations the industry sought to protect its earnings by paying off legislators After two days of special discus sions on the issue in Parliament last week however politicians now seem ready to let the issue fade Both oppo sition and governing party legisla tors have acknowledged receiving donations from the industry but deny any wrongdoing The industry has about 15000 par lors nationwide Weather Cloudy Skies Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms The low will be in the mid 50s Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms The high will be in the upper 70s Please see Page 5A for details Deaths Margaret M Byars Toledo Ohio Mae P Creed Ridge Spring Benjamin T Curry North Augusta Charles Oozier Ridge Spring Frampton O Gregory Aiken Florrie L Harrison Warrenville Sylvia A McCullough Spartanburg Edith H McNorrill Waynesboro Ga William R Pearson Granitevilie Mabel P Stanford North Augusta Mary RTurk Aiken Edward F Watson Aiken Please see Page 5A for details Inside Today Bridge5B Calendar2B Classifieds3B Comics6A Crossword7B Cryptoquote4B DearAbby6A Local Obituaries5A Opinions4A Sports11A Television6A Weather5A Monday November 6 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 278 Leaders Promise New Travel Law By The Associated Press BERLIN East Germanys Commu nist government today published the draft of a new law allowing citizens 30 days a year of free travel in the West after 19000 East Germans joined the westward stampede over the weekend A Cabinet minister urged the Commu nist Partys ruling Politburo to resign and activists planned to stage another prodemocracy rally in Leipzig tonight to maintain pressure on the government for reforms An opposition leader reacted coolly to the new travel proposal and said authori ties will need to do more to gain public trust Travel is not the primary problem in East Germany said Sebastian Pflug beil a cofounder of New Forum the largest opposition group Too many have left the country already The leadership must make other steps to prove it is earnest in its reform efforts and to win the trust of the people Pflug beil said in an interview with West Ber lins RIAS radio station The tension between the people and the party has never been so great as to day he said In an apparent bid to discourage fur ther exodus to West Germany where East Germans are automatically granted citizenship the government promised to ease restrictions on foreign travel before the year is put Announcing the decision Interior Min ister Friedrich Dickel said on national television Sunday night We want to give the possibility to all citizens to travel wherever they want without any restrictions All East German citizens would be al lowed to travel freely abroad up to 30 Way Down Low SKILLED AT FLYING A crop duster in Williston shows some impressive flying skids recently while working this Barnweli County cotton field Cotton bolls Staff Photo By Scott Webster all over the area are quickly approaching the time for harvest days a year he said The draft law will be discussed publicly until Nov 30 and will then go to Parliament It should take ef fect by years end he said In addition passport applications will be handled within 30 days with urgent cases settled in three days or less Dickel said He indicated that illegal stays in the West would be decriminalized Only direct violations of the border will be punished Dickel said indicating this referred to escapes over the border with West Germany or the Berlin Wall See COMMUNIST Page 3A Vote Planned On Oil Spill Legislation By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The power of states to set stiff liability for oil spills is the focus this week as the House votes on a measure that became a top priority after the massive Exxon spill in Alaskas Prince William Sound last spring Months of wrangling have produced a bill praised widely for moving the federal government forward on oil spill preven tion and reaction to spills but criticized for banning the states from enacting li ability laws that go further than the pro posed federal limit That issue plus the question of when unlimited liability should be imposed for negligence is expected to be addressed during final action on the bill scheduled for Wednesday In other business this week party lead ers will continue seeking agreement on a crucial debtlimit extension a deficitre duction bill and other measures The gov ernment has reached its borrowing limit of trillion and default will occur un less the ceiling is extended early in the week The Senate also plans to debate legisla tion that would ban smoking on virtually See VOTE Page 3A Gathering The Strength For Life After Hugo Editors Note This story is one of a se ries of articles taking a look at the impact of Hurricane Hugo on South Carolina By LARRY WOOD Staff Writer FOLLY BEACH For 15 nights after Hurricane Hugo Missy Durban rocked on her porch and stared at utter blackness For part of that time the Aiken native sat and listened to nothing but the wind and the waves two blocks away Birds didnt return to the island until four days after the storm I would sit on the porch or in the living room with three or four candles in utter darkness and utter quiet That time was the eeriest on the beach said Ms Dur ban rocking in daylight this time and looking across a lawn of centipede mat ted and colored dull brown with bluff mud Residents are rebuilding and repairing on Folly Beach today but the memories from Day Three or Four or Six or Seven the way locals measure postHugo time will never fade Ms Durban weathered Hugo at the home of her parents Frampton and Ma ria Durban in Aiken From her mothers rocking chair late Thursday evening she watched the eye of the hurricane move across the television screen into Charles ton Harbor When she went to bed at about 2 am Ms Durban could only believe the 100 mileanhour winds and surge of seawa ter had washed her home away but about 3 pm Friday she got good news From a volunteer dispatcher at the Folly Beach police station she learned her house was still standing Saturday she saw the damage Marsh and sea water had flooded the hardwood floors and left a dirty mark 14 inches above them in every room Outside limbs and trees were down everywhere Water covered parts of the front yard for two weeks I figure the wind off the marsh and the water from the ocean met somewhere in the middle of my house Ms Durban said and laughed in spite of of damage from lost shingles and mildewed walls A sense of humor helped keep the dam age in perspective a few weeks after the storm but her first reaction to the devas tation was numbness Ms Durban said When I look back I think my senses dulled soon after I got back she said I think your mind does that to protect you from being overwhelmed Anxiety was her next response Series South Carolina Recovers Staff Graphic by Melissa Gulp Although only 12 miles away in down town Charleston at her job with Mobile See GATHERING Page 3A Soviet Income Below Average By Trie Associated Press WASHINGTON The CIA says the average Soviet citizen earned the equivalent of last year less than half the average Ameri cans earnings of The Central Intelligence Agen cys Handbook of Economic Sta tistics 1989 shows the US figure was higher than that of other major noncommunist countries with the average Japanese shown as earn ing and tfae average West German Earnings of the average Ameri can grew by 29 percent in 1988 the average Soviet citizen enjoyed an increase of only 05 percent The handbooks 1988 edition did not include a figure for the Soviet Union though other statistics indi cate tfae average citizens earnings there was in 1987 compared with for the average American Congress To Hold Hearing On Timber Bill Bill Would Provide Funds For Timber Reforestation By The Associated Press MONCKS CORNER US Rep Robin Tallon has proposed a million feder al program to assist South Carolina tim ber farmers in replanting thousands of acres of trees laid waste by the winds of Hurricane Hugo Hugo prematurely harvested over three years worth of South Carolinas timber It left over billion board feet of saw timber on the ground said Tal lon DSC and a member of the House Agriculture Committee Tallon and six other lawmakers were scheduled to hold a hearing here today to gather comment on the proposal Tallons bill would provide money for site preparation and reforestation of damaged timber stands It would pay 75 percent of the cost for private timber owners with less than 1000 acres of timber Those with timber stands of more than 1000 acres could re Hugo prematurely har vested over three years worth of South Carolinas timber It left over billion board feet of saw timber on the ground US Rep Robin Tallon DSC cover 50 percent of their costs Tallon who represents the states 6th Congressional District said that by using existing federal forestry programs it would take 111 years to reforest the tim ber destroyed in the Sept 21 hurricane Timber is a costly longterm invest ment Tallon said South Carolinas small timber owners need and deserve our help in replanting damaged and de stroyed stands US Rep Harold Volkmer DMo the chairman of the Agriculture Committees Subcommittee on Forests Family Farms and Energy was scheduled to attend the hearing US Rep JohnSpratt DSC and US Sen Ernest Rollings DSC also were expected to attend Other lawmakers scheduled to attend the hearing included US Reps Jim Olin DVa Wally Herger RCalif and Claude Harris DAla Extensive timber damage as defined as an area that will require a great deal of salvage occurred in nine counties on or near the coast Moderate timber dam age requiring some salvage oc curred in 12 counties and all the rest of the states counties suffered light timber damage forestry officials have said Forestry is the thirdlargest manufac turing industry in South Carolina gener ating billion annually and employing more than 30000 Meanwhile losses from hurricanes Hugo and Jeremy could make officials once again turn to the nations taxpayers to help pay for federal flood insurance losses that critics say are a subsidy for the rich The Federal Emergency Management Agency which oversees the flood insur ance program has about million on hand to pay for claims   

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