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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 30, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Aiken, N.A. In State Semifinals Page 7 A A Quick Read iii Sol Estes In Hot Water Again FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - On the eve of his release from prison in 1983, Texas flim-flam artist Billie Sol Estes said his wheeling    and f dealing days were over. The problem wasn’t that he was crooked, Estes confided to a reporter,    but compulsive. “I’m just one drink away from ESTES being a drunk and just one deal away from being back in prison,” sighed the former west Texas millionaire whose friendship with President Johnson eroded after an historic fertilizer tank scandal in the 1960s. Now, at age 64, the state’s most colorfully persistent con man is back in trouble, indicted with five others and a defunct corporation on charges of stealing trade secrets. He posted (10,000 bail Tuesday in Brady and was released along with three co-defendants. Estes dropped out of sight, and attempts Wednesday to contact him through friends and family were unsuccessful. In 1987, he moved to Brady from his longtime home in Abilene. McCulloch County District Attorney Ron Sutton said Estes and his associates face a Dec. 7 arraignment on felony charges of engaging in criminal activity — a scheme to form a company with plans that had been stolen from another firm. “The indictment sets out that he kind of came up with the idea,” Sutton said. Chocolate Suppliers Fear Holiday Shortage WASHINGTON (AP) — With the holiday season gearing up, a chocolate supplier is urging the federal government to avoid a chocolate shortage by temporarily lifting the import quota for non-fat dry milk. But the chocolate industry is running into opposition from dairy farmers, who contend that lifting the quota would cause domestic milk prices to plummet. Peter Van Leer, whose 40-year-old family business in Jersey City, N.J., produces 30 million tons of dark and milk chocolate each year, said the import limit for non-fat dry milk is 7,000 pounds a year. “That’s what we use in a day,” said Van Leer. Weather Cloudy And Cold Skies will be cloudy tonight with a low in the upper 20s. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny with a high in the 60s. Please see Page 10A for details. Deaths James H. Brown Sr., Beech Island Mary M. Davis, Augusta John Hugh J. Harkins, Marathon, Fla. Carl E. Key, Jackson John E. Manders, North Augusta Ellen E. Newman, Augusta Please see Page 6A for details. Inside Today Bridge...............................................5B Calendar............................................8C Classifieds.........................................3B Comics..............................................6C Crossword.........................................6B Cryptoquote.......................................4B Dear Abby..........................................6C Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................6A Opinions............................................1C Sports.......................... 7    A Television..........................................6C Weather...........................................10A Page 2A Ex-Officer Arrested In Assassinations Page IB Shoplifting Rises In Christmas Season A TK FN COUNTY PUBLIC 435 NEWBERRJ^feMf.    A AIKEN, S.    ~ Thursday, November 30, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 302 SRS Radiation Level At Lowest In History Bv BUDDY WALLER    Thp    maximum    radiation    Hnca    »»»     .    ..   " By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Last year’s maximum dose of public radiation exposure from the Savannah River Site was the lowest in the facility’s history, a top Westinghouse Savannah River Co. official said Wednesday. In part, that stems from the shutdown of SRS’s three nuclear reactors for equipment and management improvements, according to BUI Reinig, manager of Westinghouse’s environmental and health protection department. The maximum radiation dose to someone living on the SRS border was 0.46 millirem, but “the maximum exposure individual doesn’t exist,” Reinig said. To receive that dose, someone would have to remain around the clock at the point of maximum exposure on the SRS border for an entire year and eat meat and vegetables and drink milk originating from that location. The average exposure to those living at the SRS border last year was 0.18 millirem; for those living within a 50-mile radius of SRS, the dose was 0.04 millirem. according to the 1988 environmental report for the facility. “Tritium is the key contributor” to off-site radiation exposure, Reinig said at a news conference to explain the report, which was released last week. “There was a substantial reduction in tritium releases” last year in both the atmosphere and streams that feed the Savannah River, he noted. “Ninety percent of the (radiation) dose people get from river water is from tritium,” Reinig said, but he added that last year the maximum radiation level at the water treatment plant that serves Savannah, Ga., was 0.12 millirem and the level at the one for Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina was 0.13 millirem. “These are reaUy insignificant, trivial doses,” Reinig said. To receive the maximum dose, a person would have to drink nearly two quarts of water a day for a year; the average rate for a person drinking about a quart a day was 0.06 millirem in Savannah and 0.07 millirem in Jasper and (Please See SRS, Page 3A) poland• v    '    Y    VV    '    GER    , SOVIET UNION * ' ,<    prance    .>>.    r-N, PORT.};, V__ Marsaxlokk Bay Bush Has 2 Items For Soviet Summit Crete / LIBYA •\ Mediterranean Sea Summit Ships USS Belknap Type:    •    Guided missile cruiser Commissioned: 1984 Length:    547 feet Speed:    S3    knots Complement: 513 VI T. I Type:    Guided missile cruiser Commissioned: 1982 Length:    613 feet Speed:    34 knots Complement: 600 est. T AP By BARRY SCHWEID AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON — President Bush is off today to a saltwater summit with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, bearing pledges of U.S. support for sweeping reform in Eastern Europe and a complaint about the flow of Soviet arms to leftist rebels in El Salvador. Harnessing nuclear and conventional weapons also is on Bush’s agenda. And while Secretary of State James A. Baker III says the sessions aboard U.S. and Soviet warships Saturday and Sunday will not amount to “an arms control summit,” two sets of negotiations could get a shot in the arm. Warsaw Pact troops, tanks and artillery across Europe and to slash U.S. and Soviet arsenals of long-range bombers, missiles and nuclear submarines by 30 percent to 50 percent by the time Gorbachev visit* Washington next summer for a more formal summit. Negotiations are proceeding briskly in both arenas in Vienna and Geneva, and the easing of tensions across the European landscape serves as a catalyst for even speedier resolution of the pacts. Still, Baker stressed at a White House news conference Wednesday that the president would conduct no negotiations behind the backs of U.S. allies. Immediately after the summit Bush will fly to Brussels to brief leaders of the 15 other North Atlantic Treaty Organization governments. And, in unprecedented coordination with other U.S. friends around the world, senior American diplomats will be dispatched as far away as South America and the Middle East with the summit results. SHIPBOARD SUMMIT 8 Heads of state have held their summits in unusual locales and even at sea. During World War II, for instance, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pledged U.S. support to Prime Minister Winston Churchill aboard a warship in the Atlantic for a British empire struggling to beat back Nazi Germany. But the Bush-Gorbachev sessions, secretly proposed by the president in July, still are extraordinary by contrast to the usual summit fare. The leaders will meet aboard the Soviet guided-missile cruiser Slava on Saturday and on the Belknap, a command ship for the U.S. Sixth Fleet, on Sunday. The warships will be anchored in Malta’s Marsaxlokk Bay — an area far removed from international cross-currents. Gorbachev will use the summit to provide Bush with a “very frank” assessment of his domestic woes and try to commit the United States to rapid progress on nuclear and conventional disarmament, The Washington Post reported today, quoting unidentified Soviet officials. The officials, the newspaper said, don’t expect Gorbachev to make any “grand (Please See BUSH, Page 3A) Derrick Has Misgivings About S.C. Nuclear Dump Rocky Flats Closing Called Normal Procedure From Staff, Wire Reports Amid criticism of safety procedures at the Rocky Flats nuclear defense plant, the U.S. Department of Energy has suspended plutonium production there at least through the end of January. On Wednesday DOE announced the Rocky Flats shutdown, which began Nov. 13 and parallels the closure last year of Savannah River Site’s three nuclear reactors for equipment and management improvements. At the Colorado facility, plutonium produced at SRS is made into triggers for U.S. nuclear warheads. Also, Rocky Flats manufacutres reservoirs for tritium, a radioactive gas produced at SRS for nuclear weapons. SRS loads the reservoirs with tritium and sends them to other DOE sites. In a letter to Watkins, U.S. Rep. David Skaggs, D-Colo., said Rocky Flats should remain closed until safety problems have been corrected. Last month DOE issued a report by independent scientists that cited a lack of adequate safeguards against an uncase See ROCKY FLATS, Page 3A) Powerful W. Germany Banker Killed By Leftist-Planted Bomb By The Associated Press COLUMBIA — U.S. Rep. Butler Derrick, D-S.C., says he’s afraid South Carolina could end up being the disposal site for intensely radioactive nuclear fuel, despite assurances from the Department of Energy to the contrary. The department said earlier this week it will ask Congress for authority to build a temporary storage facility for the spent fuel. And although the department has not proposed any sites for the temporary facility, Derrick is concerned because three locations in South Carolina were considered as potential sites for an interim facility when the idea first surfaced in the early 1980s. The department currently is prohibited from opening a an interim facility, known as a “monitored retrievable storage,” until a permanent repository is constructed. But in a speech delivered Tuesday, Deputy Energy Secretary W. Henson Moore said the department would ask Congress to relax those restrictions to allow a temporary facility to be built by 1998.    J He also announced that work on the permanent repository in Nevada would start over because the project is riddled with so many technical and political problems. The department has spent more than two years and (300 million on the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada. “I am very distressed at what DOE has (Please See DERRICK, Page 3A) By GEORGE BOEHMER Associated Press Writer ■*0 BAD HOMBURG, West Germany bomb today killed the powerful chairman of West Germany’s largest bank as he drove to _ work, engulfing his    J?*- car in flames. The Red Army Faction terrorist group claimed responsibility. Deutsche Bank chief Alfred Herrhausen, 59, died in the explosion at about 8:30 a.m. in the HERRHAUSEN affluent Frankfurt suburb of Bad Homburg, where he lived. Chancellor Helmut Kohl, his eyes filled with tears and his voice breaking, condemned the slaying as “a cowardly and brutal murder” and described the influential European financier as a friend and a patriot. The chief federal prosecutor’s office said the ultra-leftist Red Army Faction, which has carried out numerous terrorist attacks in West Germany but which had been inactive lately, claimed responsibility for the bombing. Police officials said the blast lifted Herrhausen’s BMW into the air, consuming the car in a ball of fire. The Deutsche Bank and the chief federal prosecutor’s office said Herrhausen’s driver was alive, despite suffering serious injuries. Prosecutor’s spokesman Hans-Juergen Foerster said authorities erroneously reported earlier that driver Jakob Nix had died, blaming the error on an incorrect (Please See POWERFUL, Page 3A) Fund Drives Hope To Bring More Cheer To Needy At Christmastime A number of groups are sponsoring fund drives to help make Christmas a litti* brighter for needy families. i ne Salvation Army’s annual kettle drive is under way, with the familiar bell-ringers stationed at locations throughout the Aiken area. Contributions may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 439, Aiken, 29802. The sixteenth annual Valley Empty Stocking Fund campaign is also gearing up for the holidays. The fund is sponsored by several area civic clubs, including the Langley-Bath-Clearwater American Legion Post 153, Samuel Swint Post 77 of the American Legion, and the L.B.C. Lions Club, as well as individuals. Last year, the fund helped 243 families — a total of 783 people. Contributions to the fund may be mailed to: P.O. Box 517, Langley, 29834; P.O. Box 354, Clearwater, 29822; or P.O. Box 391, Graniteville, 29829. Contributions received to date include: SALVATION ARMY: Dr. r r. Whitehead............................ Mr. and Mrs. James S. Green............. Faye E. Pracht.................................. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Courtney ........... Frances Grambling.............................. O.L. Free.......................................... Mr. and Mrs James Branch................ Mr and Mrs Norman Davis................ Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Christensen....... .........$5.00 Corinne Coleman................................ Charlotte T. Butler............................ (Please See FUND, Page 3A) / / ;

  • Alfred Herrhausen
  • Andrew Christensen
  • Barry Schweid
  • Billie Sol Estes
  • Bui Reinig
  • Butler Derrick
  • Carl E. Key
  • Clifford Courtney
  • David Skaggs
  • Faye E. Pracht
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • George Boehmer
  • Helmut Kohl
  • Jakob Nix
  • James A. Baker Iii
  • James H. Brown Sr.
  • James S. Green
  • Mary M. Davis
  • Mikhail S. Gorbachev
  • Mrs James Branch
  • Mrs Norman Davis
  • Peter Van Leer
  • Ron Sutton
  • Samuel Swint
  • T. Butler
  • Van Leer
  • W. Henson Moore

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Publication: Aiken Standard

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

Issue Date: November 30, 1989

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