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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 17, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Having Faith In Dickie DeMasi Page 9A A Quick Read Florida Woman Turns 115 Saturday PALATKA, Fla. (AP) - A big birthday bash is planned for Carrie White, who turns 115 Saturday and is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living person on Earth. As many as 800 guests are expected at the party planned for Monday at Putnam Memorial Nursing Home, where Mrs. White lives, and there will be a big cake, nursing home ad-minstrator Paul Allen said. When she turned 114, Guinness representatives gave Mrs. White a gold embossed certificate declaring her the oldest person alive, though she was not listed as such in the 1989 edition of the record book because hospital records certifying her age had not been authenticated in time. Most of Mrs. White’s life is a sad mystery. She spent 75 years in a mental institution. She was born Carrie Joyner on Nov. 18, 1874, in Gadsden County near Georgia. She lived and worked near Tallahassee and married John White, who was a blacksmith or farmer. In 1909 her husband admitted her to the Florida State Hospital at Chattahoochee; hospital records described Mrs. White’s problem as “post-typhoid psychosis,” but doctors today don’t recognize the term. Crooks Use Cocaine, Federal Study Finds ATLANTA (AP) - More than half of the criminal suspects in many of the nation’s big cities had used cocaine within a few days of their arrests, a federal study shows. The study indicated that three-quarters of the criminals in New York and Philadelphia, and 65 percent of those in Washington, D.C., use cocaine. One official said it showed that “the real drug problem” is in the nation’s criminal sector. Weather Cold Weekend It will be fair and cold tonight. The low will be in the upper 20s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a high in the 60s. Please see Page 4B for details. Deaths Harold E. Berry, Ward Blanche T. tJrown, Salley Octavia D. Butler, Johnston Cinderella C. Cotton, Rochdale, N.Y. Launa F. Daniels, Scranton Norman David, North Augusta Archie M. Dean, Langley Girlie Livingston, Wagener Mary C. Monaco, North Augusta Joshua Patten, Trenton Annie B. Smith, Williston Gussie M. Smith, Johnston Please see Page 4B for details. Inside Today Bridge...............................................5C Calendar............................................6C Classifieds.........................................3C Comics............................................15C Crossword.........................................6C Cryptoquote.......................................4C Dear Abby........................................15C Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................4B Opinions............................................1C Sports................................................9A Television........................................15C Weather.............................................4B Page 2A Salvadoran Slayings To Be Investigated Friday, November 17, 1989 AP Laserphoto ANXIOUS MOMENTS: An Orange Lake tire-poiice officer comtorts a distraught mother at the Coldenham Elementary School after heavy winds apparently caused the collapse of a glass wall that killed seven children in the Montgomery, N Y. town Thursday. Northeast Schools Closing In Wake Of Storm Deaths By The Associated Press Violent storms caused widespread wind damage and flooding in the Northeast and claimed at least ll lives, including seven children killed when a wall collapsed on them as they ate in their upstate New York school cafeteria. Thursday’s storms came from the system that spun off tornadoes in eight states in the South and Midwest on Wednesday. The two-day toll: at least 29 dead and hundreds injured, including 17 dead and 1,000 homeless in Huntsville, Ala., and a death in Canada. Authorities and witnesses in Newburgh, N.Y., about 60 miles north of New York City, said it appeared a tornado was responsible for the death and destruction at East Coldenham Elementary School, but the weather service said it probably wasn’t a twister. The brick, cinder block and glass wall, about 30 feet high and 50 feet wide, caved in on as many as 125 first-, second- and third-graders as they were eating lunch, said Town of Newburgh Police Chief John Kulisek. Besides the seven killed, 18 children were injured, two critically. All the victims were 6 to 9 years old. Town of Newburgh police Lt. John J. Mahoney said he arrived IO minutes after the wall collapsed to find children calling out from under the rubble. “Some were screaming, some were lying there very quiet,” Mahoney said. “You could hear them under the debris calling for help, calling ‘Take me home, take me home.”’ District schools were closed today, and school officials were assembling counselors to help pupils when classes resume Monday. Kulisek said an investigation would begin today into why the wall collapsed. Storms knocked over trees and ripped roofs off houses in West Virginia, caused flooding in Washington, D.C., blew the windows out of skyscrapers in Philadelphia, destroyed a house in Piscataway, N.J., and overturned cars and blew the roof off a shopping mall in Quebec. The National Weather Service received numerous reports of tornadoes Thursday but confirmed only one, in Montgomery County in southeastern Pennsylvania. It ripped the roof off a building housing federal offices in King of Prussia, causing four minor injuries. A truck driver died when his tractor-trailer overturned in high winds on a bridge connecting Elizabeth, N.J., and New York City. A New York City woman died after being hit by a steel beam blown off a water tower. A Camden, N.J., man died when winds picked him up and smashed him to the ground, authorities said. Winds of more than 124 mph blew the roof off a shopping mall, overturned cars, shattered windows, knocked down trees and hurled mailboxes hundreds of yards in the center of St. Hilaire, a town official said. Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 289 Report: Fines Paid Department Covers Contractors' Fines By The Associated Press COLUMBIA — The Department of Energy shields its nuclear contractors from responsibility for polluting by routinely paying the companies’ fines when they get caught, according to a federal report. The General Accounting Office, in a report to be released today, says DOE’s “policy and practice” of paying fines for contractors at the Savannah River Site near Aiken and at other facilities defeats the purpose of environmental protection laws. “Assessing penalties is an important aspect of enforcement because penalties are intended to deter the violator from violating the law again, and convince others that they should comply,” according to the report, which is outlined in today’s editions of The State newspaper of Columbia. “If DOE continues its current policy and practice of paying its contractors’ penalties, settlement payments and legal costs, we believe DOE will reduce contractors’ incentives to comply with RCRA (the federal law governing haz- enforcement actions against contractors,” the report said. DOE’s performance is in direct contrast with the Department of Defense, which “holds its contractors accountable ... and does not pay any resulting penalties.’’ even though both departments’ contractors “have been charged with nearly identical ... violations,” the GAO said. The GAO, which is the investigative arm of Congress, found that Pentagon (See ACCOUNTING, Page 8A) Congressional Pay Raise Issue Heads For Senate By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A hot-potato decision on a big congressional pay raise and ethics package rests in the lap of a skittish Senate with only a few days left before Congress plans to adjourn for the year. “Formidable, but possible,” was how Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole described the task of getting his sharply divided chamber to act before Thanksgiving on th* plan approved 252-171 Thursday in the House. The House approved a plan to raise its pay, and that of other top government officials, by more than 35 percent in less than 14 months. House salaries would soar from the current $89,500 to more than $120,000. With the higher pay, House members would be barred beginning in 1991 from pocketing honoraria checks for speeches before interest groups. They also would be subject to other new rules in the first major overhaul of its ethics rules in 12 years. The House plan doesn’t include a raise for the Senate unless the Senate votes to include itself. Enemies of the pay raise were trying to turn up the pressure against it. Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate who (See CONGRESSIONAL, Page 8A) Game Of Games Tomorrow Night; Area Football Continues Playoffs By DANIEL GARNETT Staff Sports Writer Area football fans may not be able to contain their excitement over the abundance of their favorite sport going on this weekend. The Game takes place tomorrow night when Clemson and South Carolina get together before a sellout crowd and national television audience at Williams-Brice Stadium. Beyond the added importance of the rivalry a position in a bowl game could be at stake for South Carolina. Clemson already has secured a berth in the Gator Bowl, but Carolina needs a win to gain its bowl berth. Aiken County high school teams continue play in the state football championship playoffs, and many of them could take a big step toward playing for the valued state championship. One team has a jump on the pursuit of a state title. The Wardlaw Academy Patriots travel to Moncks Corner tonight to meet Lord Berkeley Academy for the South Carolina Independent Schools Class A state championship. The Patriots lost to St. Stephens 13-6 in last year’s state championship game. Lord Berkeley coach Bobby Marion coached St. Stephens in that game last season. (See GAME, Page 8A) Histories Of Vehicles Being Examined In County Theft Probe By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer An Aiken County Sheriff’s Department investigator has indicated it will be several weeks before law enforcement officials can sort out the histories of vehicles being examined in a theft probe. “We don’t know exactly how long it will take, but these things take time,” said another law enforcement official involved in checking vehicles at B&W Auto and Truck Parts and other locations around the county. The investigator said since stolen vehicle descriptions do not remain for great lengths of time in the National Crime Information Center computer, the records Confiscated Truck Photographed ... Page 8A must be traced by pulling files by hand. B&W, on U.S. I between Aiken and Graniteville, has been padlocked at the request of the state attorney general’s office. It is owned by Edward F. (Pee Wee) Willing Sr., 56, of Aiken. Willing was convicted in October and sentenced to ll years for operating a “chop shop” and illegally exchanging parts of a stolen 1984 Cadillac with a salvaged vehicle. Thursday, law enforcement officials from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the sheriff’s depart ment owed four motor vehicles from Willing’s house on Gregg Avenue to a storage area behind the sheriff’s department. The vehicles seized included a 1980 International tractor, a 1982 Chevrolet pickup, a 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass and a 1981 Toyota Celica. Since those four were taken, authorities confirmed that more than two dozen suspect vehicles are being checked to determine if they carry legal vehicle identification numbers. Reported, but unconfirmed by investigators, is that owners!^* historic:: also arc being traced. In a chop shop operation, automobile and truck parts are interchanged and their so-called VIN, or serial numbers, are altered to prevent tracking them through state vehicle registration titles. Prior to Willing’s convictions, his son, Edward F. Willing Jr., 26, was convicted on similar charges last March. He received an eight-year sentence and $20,000 in fines and was a state witness against his father. Both father and son were prosecuted by the state attorney general’s office and are appealing the verdicts returned against them by Aiken County General Sessions Court juries.
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