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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 20, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Miami Squeaks By Dallas Pagel4A A Quick Read Space Station In Search Of Mission WASHINGTON AP If all goes according to plan and theres ev ery likelihood that it wont a space shuttle will leave its Florida launch pad in March 1995 carrying the first pieces of Americas space station into orbit Ten flights and 28 months later by the same shaky timetable the parts flown up piece by piece will have been assembled into a place where men and women can live and work for months at a time looking down at the Earth as they silently drift across the sky 250 miles high By August 1999 seven years late but just in time for the 21st Century the space station will be finished serving as a basic research laborato ry for medicine astronomy space physics and as a staging area for manned flights to the moon and beyond Scientists Say Spotted Farthest Object Ever PASADENA Calif AP Scien tists say theyve spotted the farthest and oldest object ever seen a quasar that gives a peek of the universe near the beginning of time and challenges a popular theory of how stars developed The starlike body about 14 billion light years from Earth possibly has illuminated like a flashlight in the fog the matter that spawned every thing from galaxies to life itself ac cording to scientists Astronomers have looked for more than 20 years for this primordi al stuff of which galaxies stars and then us were formed said astro physicist John Bahcall of the Insti tute for Advanced Study One possi ble interpretation is that its been found Weather Clear Skies Clear skies are forecast tonight The low will be in the 40s Tomorrow will be clear with a high in the 60s Please see Page 4B for details Deaths Teresa P Jones Lyman Elise E Murphey North Augusta William E Seigler Aiken Joseph W Wood Eureka Please see Page 4B for detaifs Inside Today Bridge98 Calendar12B Classifieds7B Comics6B Crossword10B Cryptoquote8B DearAbby6B Local FrontIB Obituaries4B Opinions8A Sports13A Television6B Weather4B Page 2A Guerrillas Pull Out Of San Salvador Page IB iovernment Promises Millions To SC an Our ft Monday November 20 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 292 Administration Pursuing Policies Study Says Holiday Hours In order for employees of the Aiken Standard to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families the news paper will close its offices at noon both Thursday and Friday The daily newspaper will be deliv ered as usual The newspaper will resume regu lar office hours on Monday By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Bush adminis tration is shackling itself to 1930sera eco nomic policies to fight overseas competi tion in the advanced communications and computer marketplaces a private study says The Economic Policy Institute said the United States stands to lose 2 million jobs and suffer a billion trade deficit by 2010 if the government fails to help Amer ican industry compete in highdefinition television semiconductors computers and digital communications The study released today written by Robert B Cohen and Kenneth Donow concludes that unlike Japan and the European Community the United States has failed to develop a system to achieve and maintain competitiveness in leadingedge communications technologies US policies currently emphasize cus tomer and convenience services to the nearexclusion of developing domestical ly produced equipment and improving in frastructure the report said Without revising the antiquated policy framework that is a product of the 1930s the United States cannot meet the challenges even now emerging The institute cited recent news reports that the Bush administration has re versed or undermined Cabinetlevel sup port for aiding advanced imaging sys tems semiconductors and other hightechnology industries The institute also cited reports that the Defense Department which has ear marked million for research into ad vanced TV display technology now is considering buying such equipment from Japan and withdrawing its support of USbased HDTVrelated work The institute also said the administra tion among other things was consider ing reduced funding for Sematech the governmentindustry consortium that is developing new semiconductor process technologies With these steps the Bush adminis tration will curtail the main technology initiatives that have been supported by industry and military leaders the insti tute said The result of taking such steps could be a major deterioration in the USs ability to compete in world markets Congressional sources have said the White House is gunshy about promoting policies that smack of the industrial pol icy1 tenets espoused by Bushs 1988 cam paign opponent Michael Dukakis The White House the sources said doesnt want to be in a position of picking See ADMINISTRATION 9A Victory Lane CUP AP Laserphoto CHAMPAIGN FOR WINSTON WINNER Rusty Wallace from St Louis Mo sprays down the media in Victory Lane Sunday after winning the Winston Cup at Atlanta international Raceway in Hampton Ga Unocal 76 Racestopper Vatli Elliott looks on Congress Races To Adjourn By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Congress race to adjourn for 1989 by Thanksgiving is running into problems from two measures that have proven intractable all year defi cit reduction and eliminating Medicare benefits for longterm illnesses Lawmakers planned to search for solutions to those standoffs today following an unusual Sunday session dominated by closeddoor negotiations but little floor action I remain determined we will be able to complete action in order to adjourn by Thanksgiving Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell DMaine told his colleagues But judging from the path in front of them that might not prove easy The House planned action today on a new version of the billion foreign aid bill which President Bush vetoed Sunday He complained that the measure pro vided funds for a United Nations agency that financed forced abortions in China but liberals and conserva expected to clash over aid to violencetorn El Salvador HousenSenate bargainers renewed their effort to de cide how to roll back the 1988 catastrophic health care law The legislation provides coverage to elderly pa tients with longterm medical problems that otherwise could lead to financial ruin When enacted the measure had bipartisan and pop See CONGRESS Page 9A Consumer Group Says Many Childrens Toys Dangerous WASHINGTON Shoppers in search of holiday gifts for little ones should be on guard because potentially dangerous toys and childrens items are more readily available than ever a consumer group said today There are so many hazardous products on the market for children that toy safe ty has become a contradiction in terms according to the 18th annual toy quality and safety report of the Consumer Af fairs Committee of Americans for Demo cratic Action The committee said it was inundated by potentially dangerous toys and blamed the pitiful ineptitude of the Con sumer Product Safety Commission for the availability of dangerous toys In past years the commission only played dead This year it was officially dead said the report citing the panels lack of a quorum since January which makes it unable to take official actions Additionally bottomline consider ations have outdistanced safety consider ations by toy makers said Ann Brown committee chairwoman Dan Rumelt of the CPSC said agency officials were unable to comment on the criticisms because they had not seen the report The report which previously focused on toys this year includes infant and chil drens products because they are inex tricably linked and it just became too dangerous to ignore said Brown The group recommends from among this years heavily advertised toys 10 products for the toy box and an equal number for the trash box The commit tee also cites 13 toys a bakers dirty dozen of the most potentially danger ous toys from the 51 surveyed Bob Jacobs president of Aqua Sling whose water balloon slingshot is among the groups dirty dozen said most of the problems associated with the product were related to user responsibility We havent had anybody hurt by the product Everybody thats had any prob lems with it has been with misuse of the product said the California business man The report said hundreds of people had been injured after being struck by water balloons fired by the slingshots An executive at Lewis Galoob Toys Inc said the company was unaware of any safety concerns with its Bouncin Ba bies Cuddly Baby doll that also was listed among 1989s worst toys The ADA report said the toy has a pacifier with a stick that could poke a childs eye Its a design that works and kids seem to enjoy it and it meets all safety regula tions said Stan Glutton vice president for marketing at Lewis Galoob The committee said categories of po tentially dangerous toys include Exploding items designed to make loud noises which can be damaging to See CONSUMER Page 9A Guard Post Meets Needs Of Huge By Staff Writer EDGEFIELD Before Hurricane Hugo ravaged the South Carolina coast on Sept 21 the National Guard had been placed on alert by Gov Carroll A Camp bell Jr The 122D Engineer Battalion head quartered in Edgefield was no exception On Sept 21 the battalion received a warning order from Gov Campbell com manderinchief of the volunteer forces telling them to prepare their personnel for active duty after the hurricane said Staff Sgt Timothy 0 Berry We had to pull out our alert roster and start notifying people on Thursday he said They had given us a list of critical jobs that would be needed down there and going from that we had to review the list of people Company C located in Graniteville and Company D located in Batesburg sent almost all of their personnel on Sept 22 to help with engineering task Berry said Series South Carolina Recovers South Carolinians Among Unhealthiest Firm Claims Staff Graphic by Melissa Culp I More Hugo CoveragePage 1B Approximately 125 men from Charlie Company and 135 men from Delta com pany were sent to the coast In addition to the two companies 70 men from the battalions headquarters were sent to help operate heavy equip ment or to work with the massive supply operation required to distribute equip ment Berry said The main things that we accom plished were to clear roads and to assist the power company in clearing power See GUARD Page 9A By The Associated Press GREENVILLE A state health offi cial says South Carolina is moving for ward in health care despite a recent sur vey that ranked it the fifth unhealthiest state The statebystate health ranking com piled by Northwestern National Life In surance Co used 16 weighted criteria of health measurement according to North western National spokeswoman Marsha Johnson I dont think this is news to anyone state Department of Health and Environ mental Control Commissioner Michael Jarrett said of the surveys results He blamed South Carolinas low rank ing on its relatively high poverty and illit eracy rates saying many residents dont understand the importance of health care But recent state programs to combat infant mortality and other health prob lems have started to move South Caroli na forward in health care Jarrett said Weve made considerable progress in some areas but were so far behind that its hard to play catchup he said Weve got a long way to go but Im sure well continue to see some impact The state ranked 49th in three factors life expectancy mortality and access to medical care and only five other states were higher in the rate of major illnesses according to the survey However the Palmetto State rated 13th in the amount of time lost to work and school because of illness and 18th in healthy ufestyle South Carolina had the highest infant mortality rate in the 1980s Ms Johnson said with 14 deaths per 1000 live births It also had the highest number of prema ture deaths with 1638 deaths per 100000 people By contrast North Dakota which re ceived the best rating in both criteria had 84 deaths per 1000 live births and 978 deaths per 100000 people she said South Carolina also ranked 49th for the number of lowbirthweight babies 43rd for the rate of major diseases and also was below average in smoking alcohol consumption and percentage of people without health insurance Ms Johnson said Jarrett said the state must begin look ing beyond the point of providing ade quate health care to promoting wellness especially in the poorer areas of the state noting that a few dollars spent on preventive medicine could save hundreds of dollars in hospital treatment   

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