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Publication: Aiken Standard December 20, 1989

Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 20, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Time Running Out To Help The Needy Fund drives to help the less fortunate at Christmas are entering their last week. The drives are being sponsored by the Salvation Army, various organizations under the Valley Empty Stocking Fund and the Jaycees Christmas Shopping Tour. For the latest report, please see story on Page 6AA Quick ReadSpy Plane Marks Anniversary In Air PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) - A spy plane that was one of the mainstays of Cold War intelligence-gathering today was marking its 25th anniversary with a flight over its maker’s once-secret plants. The SR-71 Blackbird was to take off from Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale and fly over Lockheed Corp.’s plants in Burbank and Rye Canyon. An SR-71 first flew on Dec. 22,1964.Alzheimer's Patients Helped By Nicotine LONDON (AP) — Nicotine, the drug inhaled by cigarette smokers, can help reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, psychologists reported Tuesday. “Giving nicotine resulted in the patients becoming more alert, responding more vigorously, and doing better on a variety of mental tests,’’ Reading University psychology professor David Warburton reported. Research carried out at London University’s Institute of Psychiatry by Warburton’s colleagues, Dr. Barbara Sahakian and Gemma Jones, matched 39 Alzheimer’s patients with a healthy group of elderly people of the same age and intellectual ability.WeatherFair, Cold Tonight Tonight will be fair and very cold. The low will be in the mid 20s. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and cold, with a high in the upper 40s. Please see Page 4B for details.Deaths Gladys Jones, Clearwater Ollie J. Long, Beech Island Joseph Priester, Aiken Terry Szocinski, North Augusta Lewis W. Taylor, Graniteville Elise P. Wilson, Waynesboro, Ga. David M. Wright, North Augusta Please see Page 4B for details.Inside Today Bridge...............................................5D Calendar............................................1C Classifieds.........................................3D Comics..............................................8C Crossword.........................................7D Cryptoquote.......................................4D Dear Abby..........................................8C Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................4B Opinions............................................ID Sports................................................9A Television..........................................8C Weather.............................................4B Christmas Countdown i Requests For Homeless Aid Up AUTIN COUNTY PUBLIC UBD AW J Page IB Dog Tagging Program In Works Wednesday, December 20, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 322 Noriega Flees Into Hiding Ahead Of Panama Invasion Panama City Fighting Bridge of the U.S. Southern Americas Command Headquarters Panamanian Defense Forces Headquarters Surrounded and heavily attacked by U.S. forces 77 By ELOY O. AGUILAR Associated Press Writer PANAMA CITY, Panama — Waves of U.S. troops attacked Panamanian military bases early today in an all-out bid to capture Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega and break his tenacious hold on power. Mortar, machine-gun and cannon fire crackled across the capital, and one hospital reported 50 dead and hundreds wounded. Noriega was not captured and his bodyguard said he was in hiding, directing his forces. U.S. troops were backed by warplanes and armored personnel carriers and fighting raged into the mid-morning before Panamanian resistance was quelled. By dawn, a pall of smoke lit by the flames of dying fires covered the capital. Only sporadic firing could be heard, but residents were warned to stay indoors and away from the fighting. Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in Washington that nine Americans had been killed in action, 39 were wounded and one was missing. Opposition leader Guillermo Endara, winner of May elections the Noriega-controlled government nullified, was sworn in as president and given immediate U.S. backing. The invasion by American troops is the violent climax of Washington’s long battle with the cagey military leader, who had set up a succession of puppet presidents while running a military empire that purportedly trafficked in Colombian GEN. NORIEGA: Escapes surprise U.S. attack. cocaine. The bellicose Noriega survived two coup attempts, a losing election, and tough U.S. economic sanctions while brashly flouting Washington’s futile attempts to break his grip on power. The Panama Canal, where about 30 ships cross the isthmus daily, was closed at I a.m. because of the fighting, according to Panama Canal Commission spokesman Franklin Castrellon. He said landslides had caused the only previous (Please See NORIEGA, Page 6AI Bush Deplores Loss Of American Lives By DAVID ESPO Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — President Bush, dispatching military forces to end a “dark chapter of dictatorship” in Panama, said today that Manuel Antonio Noriega remained at large despite a surprise overnight assault. At least nine Americans were killed in battle with hostilities still under way. “We will chase him and we will find him,” the nation’s top military officer said of the elusive Noriega as Bush administration officials provided details shortly after sunrise. Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, put the casualty toll at nine Americans killed in action, 39 Americans wounded and one missing. He said he did not know how many Panamanians had died. In a BUSH somber, nationally televised Oval Office speech, Bush referred to Noriega as a dictator and an “indicted drug trafficker.” “The action is not over yet,” he said. “Gen. Noriega is in hiding.” Recognizing an opposition government that was hastily sworn in, Bush said hi! administration would remove existing economic sanctions “with respect to the democratically elected govern ment,” and fully intends to turn over the Panama Canal as required under existing treaties. Bush moved against Noriega after drawing criticism since October for keeping U.S. forces on the sidelines while Noriega suppressed a coup attempt. Portraying American military action as a last-ditch necessity, Bush said Noriega’s “reckless” behavior had “created an imminent danger to the 35,000 American citizens living in Panama. ” As evidence, he said that Noriega last week declared his “military dictatorship to be in a state of war with the United States.” He also recited a series of events in Panama over the past few days, including the fatal shooting of an American military officer. “As president,” he said, “I have no higher obligation than to safeguard the lives of American citizens.” “Tragically some Americans have lost their lives in defense of their fellow citizens, in defense of democray,” the president said. He said he regretted that some innocent Panamanians also had been killed. Bush said the forces flown overnight to Panama would be withdrawn “as quickly as possible.” Gen. Powell said nearly 7,000 additional solders and paratroopers had arrived from state-side bases to supplement 12,000 troops based in Panama. (Please See BUSH, Page 6A)World Responds With Criticism, Praise For Bush By The Associated Press LONDON — The Soviet Union today swiftly condemned the U.S. military assault to seize Panamanian leader Manuel Antonio Noriega, while British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher praised it as a “courageous decision.” “Someone has to uphold democracy,” Mrs. Thatcher said. Reactions contrasted sharply as news flashed around the world that President Bush had ordered troops to capture Gen. Noriega, who was indicted on cocaine trafficking charges in the United States in 1988. (Please See WORLD, Page 6A) Sewer Extension Would Allow New Development By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken County Council Tuesday night gave initial approval for a massive sewage system construction program that would open up large areas for residential and commercial development in Horse Creek Valley, South Aiken, New Ellenton, Jackson and into the fringes of Beech Island. In one action, the council passed a resolution that designates “certain sections in Midland Valley and the New Ellenton Related Stories.....................Pages    1B,2B areas” for sewer construction and approved talks with consulting engineers who would prepare preliminary engineering reports. In a companion resolution, the council authorized application to the South Carolina Resources Authority for a bond-financed loan in the amount of $10 million that would help pay for the system improvements through user charges. State financing, available at low inter est rates, would be obtained through the Jobs Economic Development Authority, which was set up by the General Assembly to promote economic development through infrastructure projects. Shortly after those votes, the council went into an executive session to discuss contract matters and proposals with representatives of public utilities and engineering companies. In a Development Committee meeting prior to the full council session, Wyatt Johnson of Wiedeman and Singleton Inc., an Aiken enginering firm, discussed pro posals to send sewer service into large areas in the southeastern and southwestern sections. The Horse Creek Valley studies are being handled by the Davis and Floyd firm of Greenwood. The areas targeted for the infrastructure improvements include the S.C. 19 corridor running from South Aiken to New Ellenton, the city of New Ellenton, the new Cedar Creek residential-golf course complex, Jackson, Hollow Creek (Please See SEWER, Page 6A) GNP Growth Tempered By New Data By JOHN D. MCCLAIN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3 percent from July through September, the government said today, but analysts say it has slowed dramatically during the fourth quarter. In its final report on third-quarter economic activity, the Commerce Department said the gross national product was revised upward 0.3 percentage point from the 2.7 percent rate reported last month. Many economists had predicted no change from November in the figure released today. The change was attributed to another upward revision in net exports and a downward revision in personal consumption. The GNP is the nation’s total output of goods and services and its broadest measure of economic health. The report bore good news for the Federal Reserve’s goal of restraining inflation. A price index tied to the GNP rose at an annual rate of 2.9 percent during the July-September period, unchanged from last month’s report. It is the Fed’s high-interest policy that is blamed, in part, for the fourth-quarter sluggishness, particularly in the automobile and other manufacturing industries. The Federal Open Market Committee, the central bank’s policy-making arm, met secretly Monday and Tuesday to consider monetary policy but, as usual, did not announce whether it would permit rates to continue to fall and thus stimulate economic growth. Other disruptions in fourth-quarter growth are expected from the Boeing aircraft strike, the lingering effects of Hurricane Hugo and the San Francisco Bay-area earthquake. In a companion report, the Commerce Department said after-tax profits of U.S. corporations fell 5.4 percent in the third quarter. That was a revision from the 7.2 percent decline reported last month. 3rd quarter $4.16    3.0% Source U S Dept of Commerce AP ;

  • Aiken Terry Szocinski
  • Augusta Lewis W. Taylor
  • Barbara Sahakian
  • Clearwater Ollie J. Long
  • Colin Powell
  • David M. Wright
  • David Warburton
  • Franklin Castrellon
  • Gemma Jones
  • Gladys Jones
  • Graniteville Elise P. Wilson
  • Guillermo Endara
  • Joseph Priester
  • Manuel Antonio Noriega
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Wyatt Johnson

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Publication: Aiken Standard

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Issue Date: December 20, 1989

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