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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 25, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Hornets Win Bulldogs Lose Aiken High won its Class AAA playoff game against Beaufort Fri day night but Silver Bluff fell in its Class AA Lower State title game against BambergEhrhardt The Hornets won 3514 and will host Hilton Head next Friday night in the Lower State championship game Silver Bluff meanwhile finished its season at 112 with a 1413 loss to the Red Raiders BambergEhr hardt who defeated the Bulldogs in the regular season scored the win ning touchdown on a blocked punt late in the fourth quarter North Augusta the only other area team in the playoffs was idle Friday night The Yellow Jackets will travel to play Union next Friday in the Class AAAA Division II playoffs Please see Page IB for complete details A Quick Read Turkey To Be Given For Bad Architecture ASPEN Colo AP Two Pitkin County commissioners cant tear down the increasing numbers of large expensive buildings that an noy them But they can poke fun so theyre holding the First Annual Really Bad Architectual Award The winner wont be the architect but the person who most accurately describes why the building in ques tion is offensive We reserve the right to impose our standards of taste said Wayne Ethridge a land planner who is sponsoring the contest with Hers chell Ross The contest rules allow for anony mous entries in order to encourage architects and designers to take shots at their colleagues The dead line for postmarking entries is Dec 15 i Man Claims Prize For Kissing Pig EFFINGHAM 111 AP Dan Hecht says he doesnt mind pucker ing up to a pig for charity as long as the porker is pretty and female Hecht gave the pig a peck on the snout at a discount store as shoppers looked on claiming his prize in a con test organized by the American Dia betes Association chapter in Effingham A veteran pig fausser Hecht said he kissed his first hog several years ago at a fundraiser for another charity The farmer that raises the pig asked me how I liked it and I told him I didnt really care for it said Hecht who owns a car dealership He said Well you picked the ug liest one in the bunch he recalled laughing This year I picked out a goodlooking one Residents of this southcentral Illi nois community of 11000 picked Hecht over six area notables for Wednesdays honor Voters dropped money in canisters marked with con testants names said organizer Jane Zuber Weather Fair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid4fls Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with highs in the low 70s The lows will remain in the 40s Please see Page 10A for details Deaths Cora C Baughman Aiken Nancy league Myers Graniteville Arthur James Woodard Ehrhardt Please see Page 8B for details Inside Today Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 1D 3C 2C 5C 2C 9A 88 1C 1B 2C 10A SATURDAY November 25 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 296 Hardline Communist Chiefs Resign By The Associated Press PRAGUE Czechoslovakia Hardline Communist Party chief Milos Jakes re signed Friday forced from power by a week of massive prodemocracy protests that surpassed even the Prague Spring of 1968 Jakes became the third Soviet bloc leader to be swept out of office in a stun ning fiveweek wave of political upheaval that has washed over the Communist world in Eastern Europe The party Central Committee elected ChronologyPageSA littleknown Karel Urbanek member of the partys ruling Politburo only since October 1988 to replace Jakes who re signed Friday along with the rest of the 13man Politburo and Secretariat At the end of a 16hour closeddoor ses sion that lasted until early Saturday the Central Committee reshuffled the Polit buro shrinking it to nine members It elected Urbanek and five holdovers along with three unknown new men Josef Ci zek Miroslav Huscava and Miroslav Zajic Premier Ladislav Adamec who broke with years of policy this week by meeting opposition activists was among those Po litburo members who lost their seats meaning a new premier will likely be named soon Thousands of people poured into Wen ceslas Square late Friday night dancing singing and popping champagne corks at the news of the old Politburos resigna tion The joyous celebration one week after police clubbed peaceful protesters capped a day in which 300000 people jammed the square for the triumphant return of Alexander Dubcek the bold re former ousted in 1968 An old wise man said If there once was light why should there be darkness again Let us act in such a way to bring the light back again Dubcek had told the jubilant crowd See HARDLINE Page 8A HOLIDAY SHOPPING These shoppers were among the early crowd that hit the stores in Aiken today When Staff Photo By Qtnny Southworth many of the stores opened at 7 am Friday several customers were already in line waiting to get in Local Shoppers Begin Holiday Rush By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Shoppers packed into area stores Fri day to take advantage of sales and to start preparing for the rapidly approach ing Christmas holiday Traditionally held as the biggest shop ping day of the year area consumeis wasted no time in crowding into shops looking for that perfect gift When many stores opened at 7 am crowds of people were already gathered to start the holiday dash Finding a parking place at Heritage Square by the afternoon became an epic adventure Cars were crammed into the parking lot and walking room inside stores such as WalMart and JB Whites became difficult to find due to the number of shoppers The Aiken Mall was also a busy place as shoppers trying to get a jump on the lastminute Christmas rush crowded into the facility Christmas music played over loud speakers at the mall as area residents strolled through the facility looking at merchandise and often ran into relatives Stores Packed Around Nation By The Associated Press Shoppers began their holiday buying nave on Friday flocking to stores across the country to start retailers biggest selling season of the year by bargainhunting browsing or seeking Santa Clans Suburban malls and downtown shopping districts in many cities and towns were jammed with shoppers eager for hardtoHnd Nintendo video games electronic gear costume jewelry accessories perfumes and novelty gifts Many merchants expanded their hoars anticipating a crush of business on a day that traditionally is their busiest of the year Despite earlier openings managers in many areas arrived to find customers lined up waiting for stores to open a hopeful sign in what has been a soso year for retailers Please See STORES Page 8A or friends It has been a real good day said Walt Holland manager of Sears The trif fie in the store has built as the day progressed hesaid It is getting better and better by the minute He added that the store is exceeding the sales projections Sears had for the new store prior to its opening Aikens historic downtown district also had a banner sales day We had a great day said Lionel Smith owner of Lionel Smith Ltd It was excellent He added I havent got all the num bers in yet but it holiday sales is going to be above last year Dubcek Urges Reforms By The Associated Press PRAGUE Czechoslovakia After nearly 20 years in virtual seclusion Alex ander Dubcek triumphantly returned Friday to the cheers of 300000 antigov ernment protesters urging the rebirth of changes crushed by Warsaw Pact tanks in 1968 The din of hundreds of thousands of voices chanting Dubcek Dubcek and Long live Dubcek rever berated like a deafen ing ocean wave throughout Wenceslas Square as the ousted reformist leader took to the microphone The noise subsided into a hushed almost ghostly silence as the crowd waited for Dubcek to utter his first words in public in Prague since 1969 Im glad to be among you Dubcek 67 told the flagwaving crowd I love you and you know it The ideal of socialism with a human face is living in the minds of a new gen eration Dubcek declared using a catch phrase of his doomed Prague Spring at tempts to reform communism 21 years ago Candles in the windows of the historic 19thcentury gabled buildings along the square glittered in the cold dusk lighted to show solidarity with the burgeoning prodemocracy movement that has surged triumphantly through Czechoslo vakia in the past week Homemade banners mocking the Com munist leadership one bearing a car toon with the caption Dinsosaurs They also had small brains flapped in the cold wind as protesters pressed to get a glimpse of Dubcek at a balcony window For more than an hour the throng cheered whistled shook small bells furi ously and rattled keys in approval as speaker after speaker called for demo cratic reform and an end to Comunist Party monopoly rule After the rally ended Czechoslovakias official news agency reported that party chief Milos Jakes and the rest of the hardline leadership had resigned Karel Urbanek a Politburo member and for mer party leader of the Czech republic See DUBCEK PageSA Bush Thatcher Discuss NATO In Preparation For Summit AP Laserphoto CAMP DAVID MEETING British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher rides in a golf cart with President Bush after arriving at Camp David Friday By The Associated Press CAMP DAVID Md President Bush and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher discussed the NATO alliance amid rapid East bloc changes Friday and were described as in very close ac cord as he prepared for his talks next week with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev On an issue of crucial concern to West ern allies in Europe the two leaders agreed on the need for European stability as NATO faces the changes in Eastern Europe presidential press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said after the meeting Mrs Thatcher told reporters after the talks that NATO is absolutely vital for continued defense of Europe She said the allies have agreed on a strategy of Dont disarm too fast so that neither their security nor our security is in jeop ardy Thats absolutely vital Like Bush she sought to play down the importance of results from the summit next weekend I dont think there will be a great deal of difficulty or sudden sur prises she said at a press conference in Washington Fitzwater said that among other topics The president and prime minister dis cussed reforms under way in the Soviet Union and agreed on support for glasnost and perestrpika new Soviet openness and economic restructuring They both emphasized the pursuit of democracy as the first step in the reform process in talking of EastWest relations and Euro pean stability he said The two leaders joined by advisers talked on a snowswept day at Bushs country retreat where the president and his family are spending a long Thanks giving holiday weekend   

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