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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 20, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Time Running Out To Help The Needy Fund drives to help the less fortu nate at Christmas are entering their last week The drives are being spon sored by the Salvation Army various organizations under the Valley Empty Stocking Fund and the Jaycees Christ mas Shopping Tour For the latest re port please see story on Page 6A A Quick Read Spy Plane Marks Anniversary In Air PALMDALE Calif AP A spy plane that was one of the mainstays of Cold War intelligencegathering today was marking its 25th anniver sary with a flight over its makers oncesecret plants The SR71 Blackbird was to take off from Air Force Plant 42 in Palm dale and fly over Lockheed Corps plants in Burbank and Rye Canyon An SR71 first flew on Dec 221964 Alzheimers Patients Helped By Nicotine LONDON AP Nicotine the drug inhaled by cigarette smokers can help reduce the symptoms of Alz heimers disease psychologists re ported Tuesday Giving nicotine resulted in the pa tients becoming more alert respond ing more vigorously and doing bet ter on a variety of mental tests Reading University psychology pro fessor David Warburton reported Research carried out at London Universitys Institute of Psychiatry by Warburtons colleagues Dr Bar bara Sahakian and Gemma Jones matched 39 Alzheimers patients with a healthy group of elderly peo ple of the same age and intellectual ability Weather Fair Cold Tonight Tonight will be fair and very cold The low will be in the mid 20s To morrow 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 Bridge5D Calendar1C Classifieds3D Comics8C Crossword7D Cryptoquote4D Dear Abby8C Local Front1B Obituaries4B Opinions1D Sports9A Television8C Weather4B Page 2A Requests For Homeless Aid Up Christmas Countdown ONLV 5PAVS TO WAIT AIKIN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY Page 1B 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 Caribbean Sea Cana Zone PANAMA CANAL Albrook Air Base Bridge of the Americas US Southern Command Headquarters Quarry Heights Panama City Santo Tomas Surrounded and heavily attacked by US forces Pacific Ocean By ELOY O AGUILAR Associated Press Writer PANAMA CITY Panama Waves of US troops attacked Panamanian mili tary bases early today in an allout bid to capture Gen Manuel Antonio Noriega and break his tenacious hold on power Mortar machinegun and cannon fire crackled across the capital and one hos pital reported 50 dead and hundreds wounded Noriega was not captured and his bodyguard said he was in hiding di recting his forces US troops were backed by warplanes and armored personnel carriers and fighting raged into the midmorning be fore 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 Noriegacon trolled government nullified was sworn in as president and given immediate US backing The invasion by American troops is the violent climax of Washingtons long bat tle with the cagey military leader who had set up a succession of puppet presi dents while running a military empire that purportedly trafficked in Colombian GEN NORIEGA Escapes surprise US attack cocaine The bellicose Noriega survived two coup attempts a losing election and tough US economic sanctions while brashly flouting Washingtons futile at tempts to break his grip on power The Panama Canal where about 30 ships cross the isthmus daily was closed at 1 am because of the fighting accord ing to Panama Canal Commission spokesman Franklin Castrellon He said landslides had caused the only previous Please See NORIEGA Page 6A 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 nations top military officer said of the elusive Noriega as Bush administration offi cials 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 econom ic 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 US forces on the sidelines while Noriega suppressed a coup attempt Portraying American military action as a lastditch necessity Bush said Noriegas reckless behavior had created an immi nent danger to the 35000 American citizens living in Panama As evidence he said that Noriega last week declared his mil itary 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 7000 additional soliders and paratroopers had arrived from stateside bases to supplement 12000 troops based in Panama Please See BUSH Page 6A World Responds r With Criticism Praise For Bush By The Associated Press LONDON The Soviet Union to day swiftly condemned the US mili tary assault to seize Panamanian leader Manuel Antonio Noriega while British Prime Minister Marga ret Thatcher praised it as a coura geous decision Someone has to uphold democra cy Mrs Thatcher said Reactions contrasted sharply as news flashed around the world that President Bush had ordered troops to capture Gen Noriega who was in dicted 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 sew age system construction program that would open up large areas for residential and commercial development in Horse Creek Valley South Aiken New Ellen ton Jackson and into the fringes of Beech Island In one action the council passed a reso lution that designates certain sections in Midland Valley and the New Ellenton Related StoriesPages 1B2B areas for sewer construction and ap proved talks with consulting engineers who would prepare preliminary engi neering reports In a companion resolution the council authorized application to the South Caro lina Resources Authority for a bondfi nanced loan in the amount of million that would help pay for the system im provements 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 Assem bly 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 rep resentatives of public utilities and engi neering 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 southwest ern sections The Horse Creek Valley studies are be ing handled by the Davis and Floyd firm of Greenwood The areas targeted for the infrastruc ture improvements include the SC 19 corridor running from South Aiken to New Ellenton the city of New Ellenton the new Cedar Creek residentialgolf course complex Jackson Hollow Creek Please See SEWER Page 6A GNP Growth Tempered By New Data ByJOHNDMcCLAIN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON The US 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 thirdquarter eco nomic activity the Commerce Depart ment said the gross national product was revised upward 03 percentage point from the 27 percent rate reported last month Many economists had predicted no change from November in the figure re leased today The change was attributed to another upward revision in net exports and a downward revision in personal consumption The GNP is the nations total output of goods and services and its broadest mea sure of economic health The report bore good news for the Fed eral Reserves goal of restraining infla tion A price index tied to the GNP rose at an annual rate of 29 percent during the JulySeptember period unchanged from last months report It is the Feds highinterest policy that is blamed in part for the fourthquarter sluggishness particularly in the automo bile and other manufacturing industries t The Federal Open Market Committee the central banks policymaking arm met secretly Monday and Tuesday to con sider monetary policy but as usual did not announce whether it would permit rates to continue to fall and thus stimu late economic growth Other disruptions in fourthquarter growth are expected from the Boeing air craft strike the lingering effects of Hur ricane Hugo and the San Francisco Bay area earthquake In a companion report the Commerce Department said aftertax profits of US corporations fell 54 percent in the third quarter That was a revision from the 72 percent decline reported last month 3rd quarter HE 30 Source US Depl otContmercr AP