Aiken Standard, November 21, 1989

Aiken Standard

November 21, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 21, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Sub Leads Bronco To NFL Win Page 4B A Quick Read Hepatitis B Greater World Risk Than AIDS WASHINGTON AP Hepatitis B a bloodborne disease that can cause fatal liver cancer is a much greater worldwide health threat than AIDS but US doctors are doing lit tle to promote use of a vaccine against the illness an infectious dis ease expert says There are 20 to 30 times more car riers of the hepatitis B virus than there are people infected with the hu man immunodeficiency virus or HIV that causes AIDS Dr Sanford F Kuvin vice chairman of the Na tional Foundation for Infectious Dis eases said Monday Among carriers of the hepatitis B virus 25 percent or about 60 million will die from primary liver cancer he said An additional 15 percent or about 45 million will die of cirrhosis another liver disease indictment Expected Agent Robin HUD WASHINGTON AP Prosecu tors expect a grand jury to indict a Maryland woman dubbed Robin HUD who admitted stealing million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development Prosecutors had presented evi dence to the panel in Baltimore alleg edly showing Marilyn Harrell mis used government funds on several occasions sources at HUD and the Justice Department said on Monday Justice sources said they were con fident the evidence was more than enough to secure an indictment which they said prosecutors had asked for and which they expected to be returned Harrell a former private escrow agent hired by HUD got her nick name following her testimony that she gave some of the million to charity and the homeless Weather Partly Cloudy Cold Skies will be partly cloudy tonight with a low in the mid 30s becoming mostly cloudy Wednesday with a 30 percent chance of rain Please see Page 7B for details John H Arender North Augusta Ronald D Bodie Augusta Ralph B Cole Jr Wilmington Del Angus Eubanks Aiken Emmie A Henderson Edgefield Cecil Hilson Augusta Dorothy M Lorsong Monetta Amy D Samples North Augusta William E Seigler Aiken FrankieWare Salley Minnie Williams North Augusta Sarah Ann Wilson North Augusta Please see Page 7B for details Inside Today Bridge5C CalendarSB Classifieds3C Comics2C Crossword7C Cryptoquote4C OearAbby2C Local Front1B Obituaries7B Opinions1C Sports4B Television2C Weather7B Page 2A Regulator Denies Influence Page IB NA Annexes Tract Approves Budget 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 LIBRARY Tuesday November 21 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 293 Power Suppliers Carry Arguments Before Council By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Both sides in a controversial power supply ordinance are preparing for a war of words during tonights public hearing and second reading on an issue involving public and private power suppliers Between 15 to 20 people are expected to speak for Aiken Electric Cooperative in opposition to the proposed ordinance said Jerry Pate a spokesman for the cus tomerowned utility There may be many more than that wanting to speak he added Those intentions will fall by the way side due to a 50rninute presentation limit being imposed on both sides by the council The Coop will have 50 minutes to pre sent its case and to have citizens speak in its favor while South Carolina Electric and Gas will have the same Both sides also are limited to 25 seats each In addition to the company presenta tion will probably have five to six area residents speak for it said Cathy B Novinger vice president for adminis tration and government affairs for SCANA parent company of Following presentations both utilities will have 10 minutes for rebuttal The Coops request to move the public hearing to a building large enough to ac comodate the anticipated crowd also was denied by the council Pate said Council chambers where the 7 pm meeting will be held has a maximum capacity of 150 people under state fire codes That number includes the council members of the press and residents who want to speak After the public hearing the ordinance will receive second and final reading The proposed ordinance which favors as the power provider for all new residents in annexed areas unanimously passed first reading on Nov 13 After months of controversy the origi nal ordinance was scrapped during an ex ecutive session on Oct 26 The rewritten document was presented to the council on Nov 13 for consideration as a new proposal Under the proposal Aiken Electric is permitted to expand existing services in six specific areas they presently serve The main issue in the dispute accord ing to the Coop is that Aiken Electric has planned and prepared to serve the people who will come into those areas the areas being annexed by the Pate said We are pleased that council finally recognized our right to service the areas we have served for thirteen years he Please See POWER Page 8A CALL FOR OUSTER A crowd estimated at 200000 staged a demonstration in Prague calling for ouster of AP Laserphoto top Communist leaders and new freedom for Czechoslovakian people Czechs Take Freedom Call To Streets By HANNS NEUERBOURG Associated Press Writer PRAGUE Czechoslovakia An offi cial newspaper today published an oppo sition call for the ouster of top Commu nists a demand of the estimated 200000 people who had just filled Pragues streets with chants of Freedom The countrys major staterun media also broke with past practice by provid ing extensive coverage of Mondays march in the capital Communist Czechoslovakias largest antigovern ment demonstration ever The prodemocracy tide now sweeping over one of the East blocs last strong holds of hardline communism also spread to provincial cities which saw their first big street demonstrations in decades At least 35000 people took part in ral lies Monday in the Slovak capital of Bra tislava Ostrava Brno and Liberec said staterun media State television showed footage of the Prague demonstration and the official news agency CTK and Czechoslovak ra dio reported the protesters demands for free elections The media said some 5000 students in Olomouc joined thousands of others in Prague and other cities on strike state run media said So far there has been no indication that workers have heeded stu dent calls to join the strike Protesters waved V for victory signs in Prague where a governmentspon sored reform movement was crushed by a Sovietled invasion 21 years ago Soviet leader Mikhail S Gorbachev is now en couraging East bloc allies to embrace popular demand for reforms Student strike committee leaders said demonstrations would continue daily at least through this week The announcement may have played a role in the sudden cancellation of a sched uled visit that was to have begun today by new East German leader Egon Krenz who is himself himself under mounting popular pressure to resign Please See CZECHS Page 8A Land Use Proposal Drafted Committee Seeks Controlled Growth By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Recent growth and development in the area has caused Aiken County officials to review the regulations in place to handle the rapid expansion being experienced To help address the countys regulation needs and to help protect single family property owners an ad hoc citizens zon ing committee was established by the Ai ken County Council The 15 member group which met for the fourth time Monday night has al ready completed its work on a land use plan and has submitted the document to the Aiken County Planning Commissiion for review said Dan Vismore president of Vismore and Associates the Columbia consulting firm hired to help review the regulations After the planning commission studies to proposal it will forward it the the Ai ken County Council for final disposition he added The ordinances and regulations to im plement the plan are still under review by this committee and the schedule that we have just established this evening should take us about three more weeks to conclude work on the Vis more said Under the proposed plan areas in the county immediately surrounding the City of Aiken corporate limits would be zoned for specified uses by the year 2000 he said Please See LAND Page 8A Food Gas Power Surge In Inflation By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON Consumer prices shot up 05 percent last month as higher gasoline and food costs gave the country its biggest inflation spurt since May the government said today The October increase in the Labor De partments Consumer Price Index which translated into an annual inflation rate of 59 percent followed four months in which the index recorded modest month ly gains of 02 percent or less The price spurt was slightly worse than analysts had been expecting The govern ment blamed the rise on a jump in gaso line costs higher prices for new cars and a sharp turnaround in fruit and vegetable prices Through the first 10 months of this year consumer prices have risen at an annual rate of 46 percent up only slight ly from the 44 percent price gains re corded in both 1987 and 1988 Many economists are predicting that the best news on inflation has passed and that coming months will show higher in flationary pressures Still few analysts are concerned that the price increases INFLATION Westinghouse Asks DOE For Operating Fee Boost will worsen beyond annual rates of around 5 percent Leading the October advance was a 09 percent seasonally adjusted jump in gas oline costs the biggest increase since a 39 percent surge in May Gasoline prices have been on a roller coaster this year soaring by 212 percent in the first five months of the year and then falling by 93 percent from June through September The price that consumers actually paid at the pump was unchanged in October However gasoline prices normally fall in October so the frozen prices translated into an increase after the Labor Depart ment made its adjustments to take sea sonal factors into account Food costs were up 04 percent in Octo ber the biggest advance since a 06 per cent rise in May Fruit and vegetable prices jumped 12 Please See FOOD Page 8A Increased Risks Cited As A Principle Factor By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Westinghouse Electric Corp has told the US Department of Energy it wants its fees for operating DOE facilities such as the Savannah River Site doubled or tripled Westinghouse Savannah River Co is the operating contractor at SRS A spokesman at Westinghouse head quarters in Pittsburgh said Monday that increased financial risks and risks to Westinghouses corporate reputation make the increased fees necessary DOE reviews Westinghouse operations every six months and awards fees above the contractors legitimate operating ex penses accordingly The better DOE rates Westinghouses performance the higher the award DOE is now concluding its first six month review of Westinghouse at SRS Westinghouse spokesman Kit Newton noted that DOE recently agreed to triple the fees of which on Jan 1 will replace Rockwell International as oper Du Pont Stock SplitPage 8A ating contractor of the Rocky Flats nu clear weapons plant in Colorado Westinghouse sees this as a precedent according to Newton Increased responsibility of operating contractors for nuclear and hazardous waste management requires much greater top management oversight and therefore more expenses he said Although contractors environmental responsiilities at DOE facilities have in creased their latitude in dealing with governmental regulatory agencies have not according to Newton In addition he said You can no longer assume that DOE will automatically re new contracts Likewise he added Westinghouse will not automatically agree to contract renewals Even with twice or three times the fees the amount will not represent much in Westinghouses overall income Newton said At present the DOE fees constitute 4 percent of the corporations total in come before taxes he noted Westinghouses SRS contract expires Oct 1 1994 and Westinghouse officials are meeting with DOE representatives now to discuss increasing fee awards un der a second contract Newton said ;

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