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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 30, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                V Sports Aiken NA In State Semifinals Page 7A A Quick Read Bill Sol Estes In Hot Water Again FORT WORTH Texas AP On the eve of his release from prison in 1983 Texas flimflam artist Bfflie Sol Estes said his wheeling and dealing days were over The problem wasnt that he was crooked Estes confided to a re porter but compulsive Im 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 states 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 bail Tuesday in Brady and was released along with three codefendants Estes dropped out of sight and at tempts Wednesday to contact him through friends and family were un successful In 1987 he moved to Bra dy from his longtime home in Abilene McCulloch County District Attor ney 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 finn The indictment sets out that he kind of came up with the idea Sut ton said Chocolate Suppliers Fear Holiday Shortage WASHINGTON AP With the holiday season gearing up a choco late supplier is urging the federal government to avoid a chocolate shortage by temporarily lifting the import quota for nonfat dry mOk But the chocolate industry is run ning into opposition from dairy farm ers who contend that lifting the quo ta would cause domestic milk prices to plummet Peter Van Leer whose 40yearold family business in Jersey City NJ produces 30 million tons of dark and milk chocolate each year said the import limit for nonfat dry milk is 7000 pounds a year Thats 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 ST 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 Bridge58 Calendar8C Classifieds38 Comics6C Crossword68 Cryptoquote48 Dear Abby6C Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions1C Sports7A Television6C Weather10A Page 2A ExOfficer Arrested In Assassinations Page IB Shoplifting Rises In Christmas Season ftlKEN COUNTY PUBLIC 439 NEWBER AlKttt 5 Thursday November 30 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 302 SRS Radiation Level At Lowest In History BU BUDDY WAI I PR Tho maximum Ji By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Last years maximum dose of public radiation exposure from the Savannah River Site was the lowest in the facilitys history a top Westinghouse Savannah River Co official said Wednesday In part that stems from the shutdown of SRSs three nuclear reactors for equip ment and management improvements according to Bill Reinig manager of Westinghouses environmental and health protection department The maximum radiation dose to some one living on the SRS border was 046 millirem but the maximum exposure individual doesnt 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 originat ing from that location The average exposure to those living at the SRS border last year was 018 milli rem for those living within a 50mile ra dius of SRS the dose was 004 millirem according to the 1988 environmental re port 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 Sa vannah River he noted Ninety percent of the radiation dose people get from river water is from triti um Reinig said but he added that last year the maximum radiation level at the water treatment plant that serves Savan nah Ga was 012 millirem and the level at the one for Jasper and Beaufort coun ties in South Carolina was 013 millirem These are really insignificant trivial doses said To receive the maximum dose a per son 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 006 millirem in Savan nah and 007 millirem in Jasper and Please See SRS Page 3A UBYA X A i v I1 JJ v Summit Ships USS Belknap Speed Slava f Guided missile Commlsstoned 11982 Speed 34 Knots Compliment 600 est Bush Has 2 Items For Soviet Summit 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 US support for sweeping re form in Eastern Europe and a complaint about the flow of Soviet arms to leftist rebels in El Salvador s Harnessing nuclear and conventional weapons also is on Bushs agenda And while Secretary of State James A Baker HI says the sessions aboard US and So viet warships Saturday and Sunday will not amount to an arms control sum mit two sets of negotiations could get a shot in the arm Warsaw Pact troops tanks and artillery across Europe and to slash US and Sovi et arsenals of longrange bombers mis siles and nuclear submarines by 30 per cent to 50 percent by the time Gorbachev visits 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 Europe an 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 US allies Immediately after the summit Bush will fly to Brussels to brief leaders of the 15 other North Atlantic Treaty Organiza tion governments And in unprecedented coordination with other US friends around the world senior American diplo mats 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 Dur ing World War n for instance President Franklin D Roosevelt pledged US sup port to Prime Minister Winston Churchill aboard a warship in the Atlantic for a British empire struggling to beat back Nazi Germany But the BushGorbachev sessions se cretly proposed by the president in July still are extraordinary by contrast to the usual summit fare The leaders will meet aboard the Soviet guidedmissile cruiser Slava on Saturday and on the Belknap a command ship for the US Sixth Fleet on Sunday The war ships will be anchored in Maltas Mar saxlokk Bay an area far removed from international crosscurrents Gorbachev will use the summit to pro vide Bush with a very frank assess ment of his domestic woes and try to commit the United States to rapid pro gress on nuclear and conventional disar mament The Washington Post reported today quoting unidentified Soviet officials The officials the newspaper said dont expect Gorbachev to make any grand Please See BUSH Page 3A Derrick Has Misgivings About SC 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 US Department of Energy has sus pended 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 Sites three nu clear reactors for equipment and man agement improvements At the Colorado facility plutonium produced at SRS is made into triggers for US nuclear warheads Also Rocky Flats manufacutres res ervoirs 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 US Rep David Skaggs DColo said Rocky Flats should remain closed until safety prob lems have been corrected Last month DOE issued a report by independent scientists that cited a lack of adequate safeguards against an un Please See ROCKY FLATS Page 3A Powerful W Germany Banker Killed By LeftistPlanted Bomb By The Associated Press COLUMBIA US Rep Butler Der rick DSC says hes afraid South Caro lina could end up being the disposal site for intensely radioactive nuclear fuel de spite 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 fa cility Derrick is concerned because three locations in South Carolina were considered as potential sites for an inter im 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 al low a temporary facility to be built by 1998 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 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 A BAD HOMBURG West Germany bomb today killed the powerful chairman of West Germanys larg est bank as he drove to work engulfing his car in flames The Red Army Faction terror ist group claimed responsibility Deutsche Bank chief Alfred Herrhausen 59 died in the explosion at about am in the HERRHAUSEN affluent Frankfurt suburb of Bad Hom burg where he lived Chancellor Helmut Kohl his eyes filled with tears and his voice breaking con demned the slaying as a cowardly and brutal murder and described the influ ential European financier as a friend and a patriot The chief federal prosecutors office said the ultraleftist Red Army Faction which has carried out numerous terrorist attacks in West Germany but which had been inactive lately claimed responsibil ity for the bombing Police officials said the blast lifted Herrhausens BMW into the air consum ing the car in a ball of fire The Deutsche Bank and the chief feder al prosecutors office said Herrhausens driver was alive despite suffering seri ous injuries Prosecutors spokesman HansJuergen Foerster said authorities erroneously re ported 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 brighter for needy families ihe Salvation Armys annual kettle drive is under way with the familiar bellringers stationed at locations throughout the Aiken area Contributions may be mailed to The Salvation Army PO 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 LangleyBath Clearwater American Legion Post 153 Samuel Swint Post 77 of the American Legion and the LBC 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 PO Box 517 Langley 29834 PO Box 354 Clearwater 29822 or PO Box 391 GranitevUle 29829 Contributions received to date include SALVATION ARMY Or r r Mr and Mrs James S Faye E PrachtSSOOO Mr and Mrs Clifford Frances OL Mr and James Mr and Norman Mf and Mrs Andrew Corlnrte Charlotte T Please See FUND Page 3A   

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