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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 29, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Basketball Season Opens For Preps Page 9A A Quick Read Former Olympics Star Asks Hungary Asylum BUDAPEST Hungary AP Na dia Comaneci the Romanian gym nast whose unprecedented perfect scores at the 1976 Olympics made sports history has fled to Hungary and asked for asylum the staterun MTI news agency re ported today The terse report said Comaneci who retired from gymnastics in 1984 applied for political asylum after fleeing across the RomaCOMANECI nianHungarian border on Tuesday before dawn She reportedly told Hungarian border guards that her escape had been organized in ad vance under the guidance of a Roma nian man the news agency said without elaboration The report quoted her as saying she had left behind a neatly fur nished flat a car and financial secu rity for the sake of freedom Comaneci was quoted as saying she had been denied permission to work abroad as a coach or even trav el in spite of numerous offers and invitations She has been planning a coaching and refereeing career Superfast Computer Planned For Pentagon WASHINGTON AP A Cam iirlligfe Mass company will get million from the Pentagon to help it build a computer that would be 1000 times faster than todays most ad vanced computers Thinking Machines Corp said the new computer would be capable of conducting 1 trillion mathematical operations per second the company said in a statement released in Wash ington on Tuesday The grant will come from the Pen tagons Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency which has been awarding grants aimed at keeping the United States the world leader in highspeed computing Danny Hills cofounder and chief scientist of Thinking Machines told The Washington Post in todays edi tions that the company hopes to have a model with onetenth the capacity of the final model ready in 1992 He declined to predict when the final product would be available commercially High speed computers simulate events in the physical world numerically Weather Clear And Cold Clear skies and cold weather are forecast tonight with a low in the mid to upper 20s Mostly sunny skies are forecast Thursday with a high in the mid 50s Please see Page 12A for details Deaths Mae Etta Davis Aiken Lillian P Eidson Williston William Ferguson Jr Allendale John Van Tuyl Stafford Davenport Fla Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Bridge7B Calendar6C Classifieds5B Comics7C Crossword9B Cryptoquote6B Dear Abby7C Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions1C Sports9A Television7C Weather12A Page 2A Gandhi Resigns After Election Loss Page 1B Rabid Raccoon Captured In Aiken Wednesday November 29 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 301 Tax Districts Would Fund BeefedUp Patrols By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken County Councils Judicial and Public Safety Committee voted unani mously Tuesday night to support the es tablishment of special purpose tax dis tricts that would provide the revenues to pay for expanded law enforcement The committee acting on complaints from residents of a Belvedere neighbor hood said it would ask the county attor ney to research the procedures and ballot question wording for a referendum on the issue The county attorneys findings are to be handed over to the committee no later than February and the panel will present the information to the full council The committee said it would ask for swift action on the proposal in order that the referendum could be included on the November 1990 general election ballot The special purpose district proposal would allow voters in Belvedere and oth er unincorporated areas to decide by ma jority vote if they want to increase their property tax millage to pay for extra po lice protection Spokesmen for the Belvedere resi dents who have been beseiged with nu merous burglaries in recent months sent their request for help to the committee at the same time expressing willingness to pay additional tax millage for more protection Committee Chairman LaWana and panel members Eugene Duckett and Rosemary English were listed as spon sors of the measure The law enforcement request was among more than a dozen items on the committee agenda In other action the panel s Said it would seek a meeting with postal officials to resolve confusion aris ing from postal addresses and street ad dresses entered for the same households in the 911 dialing system Heard the county emergency ser vices director ask that duplication of road and street names be eliminated be cause of their adverse impact on 911 dialing Heard a status report on work per formed so far in building the data base for the 911 system Backed an ordinance amending the 1990 budget to reflect a grant of from the state that will help pay for a computer aid dispatch system in the sheriffs department Turned down a current budget re quest for an additional clerk in the regis trars office but indicated support for the new position in the 199091 budget be Please See TAX Page 6A Can Beariy Wait Photo Courtesy Of Aiken Choral Society CHRISTMAS TOUR The Reynolds home on Highland Park Drive features a Teddy bear theme for the Aiken Choral Societys Holiday Homes Tour this Saturday and Sunday evenings For the story please see Page 1 B Economic Pace Likely To Drop By DAVE SKIDMORE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON The US econ omy grew at a moderate annual rate of 27 percent from July through September the govern ment reported today but analysts say growth is slowing in the cur rent quarter The increase reported by the Commerce Department in the broadest measure of economic health was up from an advance es timate of 25 percent issued last month The revision was about in line with economists expectations but it could still cause the Federal Re serve Board to move more cau tiously in its campaign to lower in terest rates as a stimulant to growth Most of the revision was attribut ed to a betterthananticipated trade performance The Septem ber trade deficit which hit a five year low was unavailable when the advance estimate was made Exports climbed at an annual rate of 16 percent in the third quarter compared with an earlier estimate of no change while im ports grew only 95 percent com pared with a 151 percent jump in last months report Consumer spending was also bet ter than first thought rising a brisk annual rate of 62 percent the strongest since the first quar ter of 1988 compared with a pre liminary estimate of 58 percent Inflation as measured by a price index tied to the GNP improved dramatically in the third quarter climbing at an annual rate of 29 percent after a 50 percent jump in Gross National Product Trillions of dollars annual rale 3rd quarter 9827 Source USDeptol Commerce A P the AprilJune quarter Those Eia ures were unchanged from the ad vance estimate The GNP grew at an annual rate of 25 percent in the second quarter and for the first nine months of the year is averaging a 30 percent an nual rate just above the Bush ad ministrations forecast for the whole year Still many analysts believe the economy will have a tough time meeting the target because of a dramatic slowing in the current threemonth period A few predict the country will topple into a reces sion ending the sevenmonth eco nomic expansion that is unprece dented in peacetime It would take only a 18 percent GNP increase in the OctoberDe cember quarter to match the ad ministration forecast according to a Commerce Department analyst but most private economists ex pect a growth rate of 15 percent or Please See ECONOMIC Page 12A Rough Times Ahead But DOE Firm Behind Stello By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Victor Stello Jrs appointment Monday to a top post in the US Department of Energy shows DOE is very serious about getting him confirmed to head the nations nuclear weapons complex a leading Stello critic said Tuesday Stello the Bush administrations nomi nee to become DOEs assistant secretary for defense programs was named princi pal deputy assistant for defense pro grams while his nomination awaits ac tion by a Senate committee Since his nomination July 24 Stello has served as an adviser to Energy Secretary James D Watkins Mondays appointment unfortunately gives him a bit more authority over DOE weapons facilities such as the Sa vannah River Site according to Stephen I Schwartz Greenpeaces legislative co ordinator for nuclear campaigns Greenpeace and several other environ mental organizations have fought Stellos nomination to be assistant secretary which would make him manager of DOE weapons plants In September Greenpeace published a report claiming Stello the Nuclear Regu latory Commissions executive director has a penchant for placing the interest of the nuclear industry ahead of those of the public and a longstanding empha sis on production over health safety and the environment NRC regulates commercial nuclear re actors that produce electricity Since his DOE nomination Stello has been on loan from NRC to advise Watkins on the restart of SRSs three idled 1950s era reactors A spokesman at DOE headquarters in Washington Philip D Kief said Tuesday that Stello was given the temporary post Please See ROUGH Page 12A Salvation Armys Kettle Drive To Gersefit Needy At Christmas The Salvation Armys annual kettle drive is under way The familiar bellringers can be seen at locations throughout the Aiken area Contributions may also be mailed to The Salvation Army PO Box 439 Aiken 29802 Contributions received to date include Dalton C Herron Sheldon P Mr and Mrs LL Mr and Mrs E Wakefield Johnnie M Margaret Daniel W Mary G Evelyn Maria Mr and Mrs TG Mr and Mrs George D Lewis C Miriam L Verna Mr and Mrs J Monroe Mr and Mrs Sidney Wilma Mr and Mrs Ralph Pekkala Ernest Drummings Mr and Mrs Harold Kimmel Albert Stanford Miriam Smith Mr and Mrs Dexter G White Paul Dahlen Mr and Mrs Peter Jankusky James C Williams Mr and Mrs WO Sandberg Mr and Mrs Slade Carlson Mr and Mrs Daniel Miller Mr and Mrs William Schmidt Mr and Mrs William McKee Christian Gfaller Saint Gerards Catholic Church Me and Mrs Erich G Tuenge Kathryn J Keaton KG Smith Mr and Mrs Michel DePujo Bonnie Cornwell In memory of Char Ernest Clement Konwinski Mr and Mrs Richard Oaughenbaugh Mrs Glenn Holley Gloverville Box Pallet Service Mr and Mrs Willie R Clark les Corn 00 S25 00 Please See SALVATION Page 6A Congress Shows Its Determination To Back Rural Development Projects By KATHY KADADE States News Service W SHINGTON Despite tight feder al budgets the chairmen of House and Senate Agriculture committees began a campaign this session to increase fund ing for rural development projects and to reorganize their administration At a hearing on Capitol Hill this month a Department of Agriculture of ficial announced that the Bush adminis tration would not oppose a congressional plan to reorganize Office of Small Com munity and Rural Development which administers the Farmers Home Admin istration Rural Electrification Adminis tration and Federal Crop Insurance Cor poration programs The proposed changes would preserve FmHA and the other offices but would split some of the programs off into the Rural Development Administration a new agency If congressional proposals on the table now are passed next year hundreds of millions in new federal dollars could also become available for rural develop ment parallel with the realignment of FmHA and other offices as USDA In addition under a House proposal the states would have more say in how rural development dollars are spent for example funds originally set for wa ter and sewer projects could be trans ferred to pay for housing construction Sen Patrick Leahy DVt chairman of the Senate Agriculture Nutrition and Please See CONGRESS Page 6A   

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