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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 6, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Thompson Ware Head AilAmericans PogelOA A Quick Read Ending Is Happy For Divided Lovers FARMINGTON NH AP A Finnish exchange student is being al lowed to return to his American sweetheart three weeks after he was forcibly transferred to another state because they spent too much time to gether a legislator says Im so excited 17yearold Kelly LaPointe said Tuesday night after learning she and liro Lehtinen will be together again State Rep William Tsiros said he got the good news Tuesday eve ning from the regional director of the Education Foundation for Foreign Study The organization had transferred the 18yearold to South Portland Maine because they said he wasnt spending enough time with his host family in Farmington Because of the separation Far mington High School students boy cotted classes for one day Fast Food Serious For Taco Teacher PULLMAN Wash AP Fast food is serious stuff to Don Smith the Taco Bell Distinguished Professor at Washington State University There are no easy As in Burger Flipping 101 here Fast food is big business Smith said with billion in annual sales And that is of more than academic interest to his students Graduates of Smiths program leave with five or six career offers he said with salaries starting at a year and rising to more than after three years Weather Rain Likely A 30 percent chance of rain and cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 40s Tomorrow will be cloudy cool with occassional rain and a high in the low 50s There is an 80 percent chance of rain Please see Page 5B for details Deaths Grace R Autry Ward Shelba T Fowler Aiken Geraldine Frazler North Augusta Abraham J Jones Jackson Eula McCormick North Augusta Everlena Miller Graniteville Annie Joyce Rye Clearwater Please see Page SB for details Inside Today Bridge5D Calendar1C Classifieds3D Comics2D Crossword6D Cryptoquote4D DearAbby2D Local Front1B Obituaries5B Opinions1D Sports10A Television2D Weather5B Page 2A Economists Are Expecting Slowdown Page IB Candle Vigil Held At Langley Pond Christmas Countdown JOLLY PJ ONLY COUNTY PUBLIC t and Wednesday December 61989 Aik en Vol 122 No 308 Rattled Aquino Calls For Public Support Rebel Forces Free Trapped Americans By ROBERT H REID Associated Press Writer MANILA Philippines A beleaguered President Corazon Aquino declared a state of national emergency today and pleaded with fellow Filipinos to defy the hundreds of mutinous soldiers who want to kill me The declaration came after a ceasefire between rebel and loyalist troops enabled about 1800 foreigners hundreds of them Americans to be evacuated from Ma nilas financial district scene of heavy fighting since Saturday The rebels angered at US military support for Mrs Aquino had on Tuesday threatened to prevent some Americans from leaving Today they issued a veiled threat against those who remain in the country After the evacuation rebel and mili tary representatives then opened talks for a peaceful settlement of the crisis Mrs Aquino had previously vowed not to negotiate demanding that the rebels surrender or die She had also over ruled recommendations from Cabinet members two days ago to declare a state of emergency You my beloved countrymen I de pend on you the obviously strained and fatigued Mrs Aquino said on natonal television before declaring the emergen cy She appealed for a show of people power in the streets on Friday similar to the 1986 demonstrations that helped put her in office The plea came five days after thou sands of mutineers launched the stron gest attempt yet to topple Mrs Aquinos administration which has been widely criticized as indecisive and inept It was unclear what specific powers Mrs Aquino would be able to wield under the emergency declaration Press Secre tary Adolfo Azcuna said the government planned to take over utilities and trans port but not the media Sen John Osmena said most of the 23 senators endorsed the move and he ex pected Congress to grant Mrs Aquino sweeping powers But opposition Rep Salvador Britan nico said it would discourage foreign in vestment and tourism The opposition believes that it is a first steptoward the declaration of martial law Please See RATTLED Page 6A Staff Photo By Scott Webster DOLL HOUSE DOLLS Margaret Law 5 and Peter Jackson 4 look as festive as the decorations in the Doll House in Hopeland Gardens in Aiken The Doll House is open from 25 pm every Sunday through Dec 17 AP Laserphoto SAYING GOODBYE Tanya Natzke of San Francisco talks with rebel soldiers as shes leaves the Intercontinental Hotel in Manila Private Operator Suggested For Jail By CARL LANGLEY Staff W liter Rep Charles Sharpe RWagener pre sented Aiken County Council with a pro posal Tuesday night that it take a close look at hiring a private company to oper ate its detention center Its working every place else and I dont see any reason it wont work here said Rep Sharpe about the socalled privatization of prisons and other county services The Wagener lawmaker gave County Council members a stack of documents that he said outlined the success of one company Corrections Corporation of America in operating prisons for local governments Rep Sharpe and other lawmakers met with County Council members in their an nual prelegislative session on the USC Aiken campus The county could save as much as million from the start said Rep Sharpe referring to one speculated cost of constructing a new county detention center equipped with various law en forcement offices Because of growing prison populations and a threat of lawsuits stemming from overcrowded conditions Aiken County is looking at proposals for a new jail Several years ago a state inmate sued the Department of Corrections claiming Local Option TaxesPage 1B Court FinesPage 1B Road PavingPage 2B that overcrowding amounted to cruel and unusual punishment The inmate won an outofcourt settlement that set off a pris onbuilding binge by the state Aiken County officials have been warned the same thing could happen lo cally at a facility built for 105 but which in recent months has recorded daily pop ulations exceeding 200 While the million price tag was mentioned at the high end of the prison building scale Council Chairman Carrol H Warner has declared the county can not and will not spend that kind of money for a detention center Other estimates on the cost of a new jail range from million up depending on needs Rep Sharpe said one advantage in us ing a private company is that the county could take over the entire operation after two or three years if it feels the cost of a private contract is not justified That would have to be written into the contract but I dont see that as a big problem said the lawmaker Please See PRIVATE Page 6A SRS Radiation Within Safe Limits From Wire Reports Twenty workers at the troubled Savan nah River Site were exposed to more than 21 times the nuclear weapons plants av erage employee radiation dose a 1983 ra diation report showed The report by the plant found that the Savannah River Site average radiation dose for 5899 construction workers and 8726 operations employees year was 66 millirems even though the 20 received more than 1390 millirems last year The amount of radiation dosage a per son receives is measured in millirems A person for example receives between 20 and 30 millirems from a normal chest X ray People commonly receive additional millirems through natural medical and consumer radiation The report examined radiation doses in work areas such as reactors chemical separations and manufacturing It showed that employees who work in high radiation areas received doses exceeding the plant average which is lowered be cause any person who may enter a radia tion area is considered in calculations According to the study the maximum dose received by any operations employ ee was 1590 millirems while one con struction employee received 2040 milli rems nearly 31 times the plant average The Savannah River Sites individual exposure limit is 3000 millirems per year while the federal individual limit is 5000 millirems per year All the studies done on radiation show that the federal limit is considered Please See SRS Page 6A Workers Decide New Contract By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Wages health care costs clothing al lowances and work rules dominate a union contract vote scheduled to end Thursday for about 985 workers of the South Carolina Electric and Gas Co A spokesman for the utility said the majority of the vote which began Mon day is being taken in Charleston and Co lumbia and involves members of the In ternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers The spokesman said the company has reached contract agreements with its carpenters and bus drivers slightly more than 200 workers represented by unions outside the IBEW umbrella Cathy B Novinger senior vice presi dent of said the main issues in volved in the IBEW vote is a 375 percent wage increase offered by the company and sharing of health care costs The company which operates its own insurance program is asking that work ers who now pay 17 percent of costs pay a larger share of premiums She did not V say what the company has suggested in the way of an increase In response the union is asking a 4 per cent wage hike and wants worker share of the insurance costs frozen at 17 percent Mrs Novinger said rapidly escalating health care costs are creating problems for many companies and employees working on contracts and we cant lock in and say you workers are never going to have to pay for health care Please See Page 6A Holiday Fund Donations Help Needy Families Christmas fund drives are well un der way in Aiken County The Salvation Armys annual ket tle drive is under way with the fa miliar bellringers stationed at loca tions throughout the Aiken area Contributions may be mailed to The Salvation Army PO Box 439 Aiken 29802 The seventeenth annual Valley Empty Stocking Fund campaign is also gearing up for the holidays The fund is sponsored by several area civic clubs including the Lang leyBathClearwater American Le gion 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 fam ilies 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 Graniteville 29829 Please See HOLIDAY Page 6A
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