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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 17, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Page 2A Boot People Returned To Vietnam Page 9A Probe Continues In Falling Death MV Falls In SERTOMA Page 1B A Quick Read Raising Baby Getting Expensive WASHINGTON AP Babies are becoming luxuries with the cost of getting them through just the first year nearly double what it was a gen eration ago according to a business magazine In their first year of life babies cost in goods and services reports American Demographics a maga zine that analyzes consumer trends A Department of Agriculture study calculates the cost of a babys first year at between and but researcher Mark Lino says that anal ysis is being updated and the figures are expected to increase A Life magazine report in 1958 cal culated the cost of babys first year at just worth of goods and services Allowing for inflation that would be today Actor Van Cleef Dies After Seizure OXNARD Calif AP ActorLee Van Cleef whose steely eyes and rugged features led to a long career portraying Western archvillains died early Saturday after collapsing at home authorities said He was 64 Van Cleefs film break came as one of the desperadoes faced down by Gary Cooper in the 1952 movie High Noon and he became a familiar gunslinger in socalled spaghetti Westerns made by Italian director Sergio Leone including The Good the Bad and the Ugly Van Cleef collapsed at his Oxnard home around pm Friday night said Craig Stevens a Ventura County deputy coroner The scenic coastal community is about 60 miles north of Los Angeles The actors wife Barbara called paramedics and he was rushed to St Johns Regional Medical Center in Oxnard where he was pronounced dead at am Stevens said Weather No Snow Today There are no snow flurries predict ed for the Aiken area today The highs are going to be in the 40s with lows getting in the 20s this evening It will be mostly cloudy today with a slight chance of rain Please see Page 12A for details Deaths Robert H Bobby Silas Jr Gloverville John Mundy Sr Aiken Marie Simpkins Aiken Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Calendar1E Classifieds3D DearAbby6E Local Front9A Obituaries4A Opinions1D Sports1B Weather12A Christmas Countdown DAYS TILU CHBISTMAS 1217 Sunday December 171989 The Christmas Goose Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 319 East German Communists Change Name Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth NOTHING LIKE A PARADE Children brave chilly temperatures to ride on the Sugar and Spice Daycare Center float in the Midland Valley Christmas Parade held Saturday By DEBORAH G SEWARD Associated Press EAST BERLIN The Communist Par ty changed its name Saturday and ap pealed to reformminded members to set a new course for the discredited party At a closed session of an emergency congress more than 2700 delegates de cided to change the partys official name from the Socialist Unity Party of Germa ny to the Socialist Unity Party of Germa nyParty of Democratic Socialism The congress also was expected to adopt a more democratic platform before it completes its session today The Communists have been under in creasing pressure from mass demonstra tions demanding democratic reforms and in the past two months have ousted hard line leaders opened borders and prom ised free elections The Communists will face challenges when parliamentary elections are held May 6 and one smaller political party and an opposition group also met Satur day to discuss their goals and strategy for attracting support The East German Communist congress gave party leader Gregor Gysi a standing ovation when he announced the partys new name We want to be a party that is thor oughly reformed and therefore a new name Communist Premier Hans Mo drow told reporters The delegates also burst into thunder ous applause when Michael Schumann addressing a party report on corruption accused ousted hardline leader Erich Honecker of ignoring public desire for reform The ailing Honecker in a letter sent to the party leadership nearly a month ago and released to the delegates Saturday conceded he had deceived himself about the state of the economy and the mood of the people But he rejected wide spread accusations that he was corrupt The corruption report blamed Hon ecker 77 and former economics chief Guenter Mittag for what it called politi cal and economic errors that led to the successful prodemocracy movement and the decline of Communist power The party has given up its constitution al mandate to rule and more than 700000 members have quit in recent weeks dropping membership to about 16 million Honecker had to be replaced as party leader the report said to prevent a civil warlike bloody conflict with prode mocracy activists It said the party should carry no col lective guilt for wrongdoing by dis graced former leaders but criticized members for failing to stand up to the corrupt party hierarchy Honecker has been in seclusion since he was stripped of his party leadership posts on Oct 18 He was expelled from the party on Dec 3 for suspected corrup tion and put under house arrest two days later Kurt Hager the former party ideolo gist told reporters at the congress he felt guilty but that the errors of the past were a collective responsbility Honecker is very sick but its another question about what is going to happen to him The party leadership will be judged but you have to prove the guilt of individuals Hager said A guest at the congress was Rudolf Bahro was a former party member ar rested for his critical views of orthodox Please See EAST Page 12A Hugo Blows By Other News As Top Story Of 80s By TOM STRONG Associated Press Writer Hurricane Hugo the event of the year the disaster of the decade the cata clysm of a lifetime outdistanced the rise and fall of PTL leader Jim Bakker as the top news story in the state in the 1980s according to a poll of Associated Press newspaper and broadcast members The September storm left a legacy of 29 deaths and billion in damage after sweeping through Charleston and other coastal communities before heading in land where it continued destroying homes and lives Hugo received 13 firstplace votes and 130 points to earn recognition as the de cades top story The PTLBakker scan dal got 80 points to finish second in the survey The enactment of the landmark Educa tion Improvement Act of 1984 was voted the third leading story of the 1980s It received 65 votes A firstplace vote earned a story 10 points and a lOthplace listing one point Bakkers travails included his resigna tion in 1987 as head of the PTL television ministry following revelations of a sex andmoney scandal involving former church secretary Jessica Hahn In Octo ber a federal jury convicted Bakker on Please See HUGO Page 12A Bush Mitterrand Confer About Europe By The Associated Press MARIGOT St Martin President Bush discussed the changes in Eastern Europe with French President Francois Mitterrand on Saturday and said the United States would be very respon sive to any request for emergency win tertime food aid from East Germany Bush said that except for some nu ances he and the French leader are in general agreement on the big ques tions of how to react to the political up heaval sweeping Eastern Europe He did not elaborate At a joint news conference that wrapped up their oneday Caribbean re treat Mitterrand expressed satisfaction with USFrench relations He said Sec retary of State James A Baker III showed great understanding of the needs of Europe when he pointed the way to a new role for NATO in a speech last week Baker suggested NATO over see reductions of troops and armaments and take new steps to build alliances with the East At the same time the French leader hinted broadly at differences over the is sue of German reunification with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl Bushs voice was raspy from a cold and laryngitis as he and the French president fielded questions after holding private talks on this sunsplashed island in the West Indies On another subject Bush said he had no second thoughts about his muchcriti cized decision to send two top aides to China last weekend for the first highlev el contact since Beijing brutally crushed prodemocracy forces in Tiananmen Square He said he already seen an indication a couple of indications of positive re sults from Chinese leaders but did not provide details Dubcek May Return To Czech Government By The Associated Press PRAGUE Czechoslovakia Opposi tion leader Vaclav Havel said Saturday he would serve as president only if Alex ander Dubcek gets a top government role indicating the two may have agreed to avoid a fight over the presidency In a nationally televised speech the oncebanned playwright said he would accept the presidency only temporarily until someone can be elected for the five year term by a freely elected new Fed eral Assembly He said he would only serve if next to me whatever his official function may be will be Alexander Dubcek I will not allow any dark forces to put a wedge be tween me and him and therefore between the Czechs and Slovaks Dubcek leader of the 1968 Prague Spring reforms had been considered Havels main rival for the largely cere monial post The vacancy was created a week ago when hardline Communist Gustav Husak resigned after swearing in the countrys first nonCommunist domi nated government since 1948 The new government came to power on a wave of democratic reform triggered by mass protests in the capital and other cities in which millions demanded politi cal change The Communists have ousted hardline leaders surrendered their mo nopoly on power and allowed free travel Rumors circulating widely in Prague suggested that Dubcek expelled from the Communist Party in 1969 following the Sovietled invasion that crushed his re forms had agreed to accept the chair manship of Parliament in exchange for supporting Havel It was unclear whether Dubcek would support Havel or simply not compete for president Another presidential contend er is Cestmir Cisar the candidate of the Czechoslovak Socialist Youth Union Dubcek on his way to a dinner Satur day given by visiting Italian Socialist leader Bettino Craxi said he and Havel had been together from the very start Leaders from Czechoslovakias small Socialist and Peoples parties joined Ha vel and Dubcek at the Italian Embassy Opposition Civic Forum spokesman Petr Kucera speaking at a news confer ence earlier said Havel and Dubcek had met Saturday and both parties left as suming that agreement was reached for joint action Kucera declined to say exactly when Dubcek Havel and a close circle of advis ers met or provide details on what sort of action was planned Jaycees Collect Over By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer The Aiken Jaycees have already collected for their fourth annu al Christmas Shopping Tour The tour which enables the group to purchase clothing for needy chil dren raised last year and is expecting to raise this year said Lynne VanEck chairperson of the event Between 68 to 70 children will have clothing purchased for them by the Jaycees as part of the program she said The tour which was originally slated to take place at Wai Mart has been moved to K Mart Ms Van Eck said On Dec 23 the children will be tak en to K Mart which helps to sponsor the event to select clothing and one toy that they like Ms VanEck said The Jaycees goal is to spend on each child involved in the program Children who participate in the Christmas Shopping Tour are select ed for the Jaycees by the Aiken Coun ty Department of Social Services she said The group will meet at the Jaycee Hut located at the Jaycee Fair Grounds on US 1 on Dec 23 and travel to K Mart in vans donated by Please See JAYCEES Page 12A   

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