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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 15, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Teams Still Alive In SERTOMA Classic Page9A A Quick Read Scientists Find Fossil Bed In Virginia WASHINGTON AP Scientists excavating an ancient lake shore in Virginia say a concentration of fos sils there dates from a time when the area was a lush tropical forest and creatures resembling armored mon sters roamed the Earth HansDieter Sues a Smithsonian Institution paleobiologist said Thursday that the rich collection of fossil remains are from a variety of animals that lived 225 million years ago and some are of a type never before found Many of these are not known be cause rocks from this particular chunk of time are not found any where else in the world said Sues in an interview This is the first time that weve got a really diverse group of land animals from this part of geo logic time Sues said the largest assembled fossil includes the body but not the head of a fivefootlong reptile re sembling an armorplated crocodile Weather Flurries Possible Possible snow flurries are forecast tonight but there is little chance of a white Christmas in Aiken County The chance of measurable snow ac cumulation is less than 20 percent Tonights low will be in the mid 20s Cloudy skies and cold weather are forecast Saturday with a high in the upper 30s and winds from the north at 1015 mph Partly sunny skies and cold weath er are forecast Sunday Highs will be in the 30s to low 40s for the state with lows in the teens inland to mid 20s coast Skies will become mostly cloudy Monday and Tuesday with a chance of snow or sleet in the northwest and mainly rain elsewhere Highs will be in the 30s northwest and 40s to low 50s elsewhere Lows will be in the mid 20s to low 30s Monday and 30s inland to around 40 south coast Please see Page 14A for details Deaths Odel Brown Wagener George W Fraser Aiken Carol G Gibbs Hyrnan Edward M Goodwin Belvedere Freddie Lee Edgefield Annie Leitch Orangeburg Wallace H Owings Jr North Augusta Julius A Wiley Augusta Horace Williams Wagener Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Bridge5C Calendar2B Classifieds3C Comics2C Crossword6C Cryptoquote4C DearAbby2C Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions1C Sports9A Television2C Weather14A Christmas Countdown leader Wins Election Buffalo Room Suit Dropped ike n Friday December 15 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 317 Sakharov Eulogized As Honest By The Associated Press MOSCOW Andrei D Sakharov was remembered today by colleagues in sci ence human rights and public affairs as a beacon of honesty and the conscience of a nation struggling to free itself from de cades of official lies and corruption We have lost our moral compass said Roald Sagdeyev the former head of the Soviet space program who worked with Sakharov in the Congress of Peo ples Deputies and the Soviet Academy of Sciences and was named to an official funeral commission An outstanding person has died such as maybe appears once in a hundred years said fellow deputy Alexei Kazan nikofOmsk The Congress of Peoples Deputies in cluding both supporters and political foes of Sakharov stood for a minute of silence today morning when his death Thursday night was announced Linguist Dmitri Likhachev one of the countrys most respected scholars told the deputies With Sakharov a part of our heart has departed from us We could agree or disagree with him but he was a man of absolute sincerity and absolute purity and this led him to achievements in science and his position in public life Even longtime members of the Com munist Party apparatus which under President Leonid I Brezhnev in 1980 or dered his exile to the industrial city of Gorky praised his honesty and principle Sakharov was exiled Jan 22 1980 for criticizing the Soviet intervention in Af ghanistan less than a month earlier But society as well as top officials now agree with Sakharovs point of view Politburo member Vitaly I Vorotni kov a Politburo member told the Con gress that Sakharov had been one of the countrys greatest scientists a major public figure Everything that he did was dictated by his tireless conscience his deep hu manitarian convictions Vorotnikov said Another Politburo member conserva tive Yegor K Ligachev told the Tass news agency I was very well disposed toward Sakharov as a personality He did much for the country He ad hered to different views and positions but this is only natural Ligachev said Sakharovs last political battle was to try to break the monopoly on political power enjoyed by Vorotnikov Ligachev and other members of the Communist Party apparatus Sakharov said in his last public state ment that the leadership was bringing the country to a catastrophe He support ed a call to create a formal political opposition Yuri Afanasyev a historian who sided with Sakharov in that political battle pledged to continue his work We will continue to support the things that he de voted his life to Afanasyev said See SAKHAROV Page 14A AP Laserphoto SAKHAROV DIES Andrei Sakharov dies at the age of 68 Chile Elections AP Laserphoto TOP CANDIDATE Patricio Aylwin 71 presidential candidate of a 17 opposition party shows his finger marked with green ink Thursday after casting his vote in the first presidential elections since Gen Augusto Pinochet took power in a bloody military coup Please see story on Page Derrick Calls For Restart Of Reactors By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer If Savannah River Sites three idled nuclear reactors restarted today it would be none too soon according to US Rep Butler C Derrick DSC The need is there now for tritium that has to be met Rep Derrick whose district includes SRS said Thursday in an interview with The Aiken Standard The reactors are the nations sole producers of tritium a radioac tive gas used in US nuclear weapons They shut down last year for equipment and management improvements The first of them KReactor is scheduled to restart the end of next year with the other two P and L reactors coming back on line at j threemonth intervals thereafter In fact Rep Derrick claimed current events increase the need for I tritium As the democracy movement sweeps Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union and the military threat from them fades the United States likely will slash its troop levels and conventional arms making it rely more than ever on nuclear weapons for defense Of the prospect of nuclear arms reductions the congressman said I see that as a possibility but emphasized We still would have to have tritium for what nuclear weapons we do have As for SRSs monumental task of cleaning up its radioactive and hazardous wastes Rep Derrick said he expects Congress to continue appropriating funds for this For all of the nations nuclear weapons facilities Congress likely will authorize billion over the next 20 years for waste treatment and disposal with a substantial percentage of that at SRS he said He agreed with the statement by James S Moore president of Westinghouse Savannah River Co the operating contractor at SRS that Westinghouses big benefit from manag ing the facility is the experience it will gain that can be transferred to the commercial nuclear reactor division of the parent corporation Westinghouse stands to gain more because it is more into commercial than the previous SRS operating contractor Du Pont Co he said At a press luncheon following his interview Rep Derrick said he believes SRSs three reactors can restart safely He added that he has told Energy Secretary James D Watkins to make absolutely sure we dont have any problems In addition to the safety factor there is a public confidence problem with the reactors Noting that Westinghouse has proposed restarting the reactors at 50 percent of their potential power level Rep Derrick said I doubt they ever will be operated at 100 percent He continued I always understood these reactors would not restart at full DERRICK Derrick Staunchly Opposes Legalization Of Drugs ByCARLLANGLEY Staff Writer US Rep Butler C Derrick DSC said Thursday that anyone who advo cates legalizing drugs is out of their mind Rep Derrick in an interview with the editorial department at The Aiken Stan dard said supporters of such an ap proach to dealing with the drug menace dont know what the problem is A US District Court judge in New York was quoted this week as saying the federal government may have to get into the controlled drug market to defeat the problem In the view of the judge and sympathizers governmentcontrolled sales would remove the profit motive and put cartels out of business Supporters of legal drug sales have been pointing to the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 as an alternative to controlling the bootleg liquor business and suggest that overthecounter narcotics could work the same as a neighborhood bar or pack age shop But Rep Derrick and other critics claim alcohol and narcotics are two dif ferent beasts While discussing efforts to confront the drug issue the Third District congress man said stationing large contingents of American military forces on the nations See DERRICK Page 14A Westinghouse Gets Good Rating From DOE As Operating Contractor By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Westinghouse Savannah River Co re ceived a good rating from the US De partment of Energy for its first six months as operating contractor at the Sa vannah River Site DOE today announced the rating and awarded Westinghouse a bonus of 525 percent of the mil lion it potentially could have earned above operating expenses for the period from April 1 through Sept 30 DOE cited Westinghouses steady im provement during the rating peiod and the continued improvement since the start of the new period on Oct 1 Westinghouse received good marks for its purchasing safeguards and secu rity public affairs reactors operations safety and quality nonreactor opera tions safety and quality compliance with DOE orders and general management It obtained an excellent mark for es tablishing a design engineering and con struction organization at SRS DOE gave marginal ratings for Wes tinghouses cost containment efforts and development of internal oversight and control program W Dean Hoffman Westinghouses me dia operations manager today said We wont be satisied until we achieve the top marks in all categories He added that Westinghouse will con tinue to build on the progress we have made so far As examples he cited establishment of a definitive program to restart SRSs See WESTINGHOUSE Page 14A Aiken Countys Fund Drives Will Help Make Christmas Brighter For Needy Children may ask Santa to grant their Christmas wishes but a number of local fund drives will help meet needs this Christmas in Aiken County The 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 17th annual Valley Empty Stock ing 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 rand 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 Graniteville 29829 The Aiken Jaycees are currently ac cepting donations for their fourth annual Christmas Shopping Tour The tour which enables the group to purchase clothing and toys for needy children raised last year The shopping tour will be held Dec 23 Children that participate in the Christ mas Shopping Tour are selected for the Jaycees by the Aiken Cbunty Depart ment of Social Services Donations to the Christmas Shopping See AIKEN Page 14A   

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