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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 15, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Page 2A Teams Still Alive In SERTOMA Classic Page 9A A Quick Read Scientists Find Fossil Bed In Virginia WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists excavating an ancient lake shore in Virginia say a concentration of fossils there dates from a time when the area was a lush tropical forest and creatures resembling armored monsters roamed the Earth. Hans-Dieter 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 because rocks from this particular chunk of time are not found anywhere else in the world,” said Sues in an interview. “This is the first time that we’ve got a really diverse group of land animals from this part of geologic time.” Sues said the largest assembled fossil includes the body, but not the head, of a five-foot-long reptile resembling an armor-plated 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 accumulation is less than 20 percent. Tonight’s 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 10-15 mph. Partly sunny skies and cold weather 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 Odell Brown, Wagener George W. Fraser, Aiken Carol G. Gibbs, Hyman 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 Bridge...............................................5C Calendar............................................2B Classifieds.........................................3C Comics..............................................2C Crossword ........................................6C Cryptoquote.......................................4C Dear Abby..........................................2C Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................6A Opinions............................................1C Sports..............................................9 A Television..........................................2C Weather..................... 14A Christmas Countdown Leader Wins Election ChiwFp Page IB Buffalo Room Suit Dropped Library 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 science, human rights and public affairs as a beacon of honesty and the conscience of a nation struggling to free itself from decades 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 People’s 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-nik of Omsk. The Congress of People’s Deputies, including 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 Chile Elections country’s 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 long-time members of the Communist Party apparatus, which under President Leonid I. Brezhnev in 1980 ordered 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 Afghanistan less than a month earlier. But society, as well as top officials, now agree with Sakharov’s point of view. Politburo member Vitaly I. Vorotnikov, a Politburo member, told the Congress that Sakharov had been “one of the country’s greatest scientists, a major public figure.” “Everything that he did was dictated by his tireless conscience, his deep humanitarian convictions,” Vorotnikov said. Another Politburo member, conservative 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 adhered to different views and positions, but this is only natural,” Ligachev said. Sakharov’s 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 statement that the leadership was bringing the country to a catastrophe. He supported 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 devoted his life to,” Afanasyev said. (See SAKHAROV, Page 14A) AP SAKHAROV DIES: Sakharov dies at the age of Laserphoto Andrei 68. 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 2 A. Derrick Calls For Restart Of Reactors By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer If Savannah River Site’s three idled nuclear reactors restarted today, it would be none too soon, according to U.S. Rep. Butler C. Derrick, D-S.C. “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 nation’s sole producers of tritium, a radioactive gas used in U.S. nuclear weapons. They shut down last year for equipment and nnnagemei t improvements. The first of them, K-Reactor, is scheduled to restart the end of next year, with the other two, P and L reactors, coming back on line at three-month intervals thereafter. In fact, Rep. Derrick claimed, current events increase the need for 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 SRS’s 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 nation’s nuclear weapons facilities, Congress likely will authorize $200 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 Westinghouse’s big benefit from managing 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 reactors)” than the previous SRS operating contractor, Du Pont Co, he said. At a press luncheon following his interview, Rep. Derrick said he believes SRS’s three reactors can restart safely. He added that he has told Energy Secretary James D. Watkins “to make absolutely sure we don’t 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 IOO percent.” He continued, “I always understood these reactors would not (restart at full power).” DERRICK Derrick Staunchly Opposes Legalization Of Drugs By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Butler C. Derrick, D-S.C., said Thursday that “anyone who advocates 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 approach to dealing with the drug menace “don’t know what the problem is.” A U.S. 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, government-controlled 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 over-the-counter narcotics could work the same as a neighborhood bar or package shop. But Rep. Derrick and other critics claim alcohol and narcotics are two different beasts. While discussing efforts to confront the drug issue, the Third District congressman said stationing large contingents of American military forces on the nation’s (See DERRICK, Page 14A) Westinghouse Gets 'Good' Rating From DOE As Operating Contractor By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Westinghouse Savannah River Co. received a “good” rating from the U.S. Department of Energy for its first six months as operating contractor at the Savannah River Site. DOE today announced the rating and awarded Westinghouse a bonus of $3,937,500 — 52.5 percent of the $7.5 million it potentially could have earned above operating expenses for the period from April I through Sept. 30. DOE cited Westinghouse^ “steady improvement during the rating peiod and the continued improvement since the start of the new period on Oct. I.” Westinghouse received “good” marks for its purchasing, safeguards and security, public affairs, reactors operations safety and quality, non-reactor operations safety and quality, compliance with DOE orders, and general management. Reobtained an “excellent” mark for establishing a design, engineering and construction organization at SRS. DOE gave “marginal” ratings for Westinghouse’s cost containment efforts and development of internal oversight and control program. W. Dean Hoffman, Westinghouse’s media operations manager, today said, “We won’t be satisied until we achieve the top marks” in all categories. He added that Westinghouse will “continue to build on the progress we have made sofar.” As examples, he cited establishment of a “definitive” program to restart SRS’s (See WESTINGHOUSE, Page 14 A) Aiken County's 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 Army’s annual kettle drive is under wa-;, 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. Hie 17th 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. The Aiken Jaycees are currently accepting donations for their fourth annual Christmas Shopping Tour. The tour, which enables the group to purchase clothing and toys for needy children, raised $4,000 last year. The shopping tour will be held Dec. 23. Children that participate In the Christmas Shopping Tour are selected for the Jaycees by the Aiken County Department of Social Services. Donations to the Christmas Shopping (See AIKEN, Page 14A) ;

  • Andrei D. Sakharov
  • Augusto Pinochet
  • Butler C. Derrick
  • Carl Langley
  • Dmitri Likhachev
  • James D. Watkins
  • James S. Moore
  • Leonid I. Brezhnev
  • Odell Brown
  • Patricio Aylwin
  • Roald Sagdeyev
  • Samuel Swint
  • Vitaly I. Vorotnikov
  • W. Dean Hoffman
  • Yegor K. Ligachev
  • Yuri Afanasyev

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Publication: Aiken Standard

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

Issue Date: December 15, 1989

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