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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 21, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Clemson Prepares For Gator Bowl Page 9A A Quick Read Zoo Invaders Mistake Rare Bird For Turkey RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil AP When Ermelindo Martins saw what looked like a giant turkey loose in Rios zoo visions of a Christmas feast overcame his good sense In a predawn raid Tuesday Mar tins and a Mend attracted the long necked bird to the fence and broke its neck As they prepared to load the 65 pound carcass into a supermarket cart they were caught by the night watchman and taken to a police station There they learned that their vic tim was a rhea a rare ostrichlike bird from Brazils central plains Killing one is considered an ecologi cal crime and punishable by up to six years in prison It doesnt look anything like a tur key And its meat is hard almost in edible said zoo spokeswoman Es ther Nazareth Live Grenade Left At Veterans Center MARTINSBURG WVa AP A live hand grenade left on the desk at a veterans office Wednesday was re moved safely in an incident police said was unrelated to recent mail bombings in the South Employees of the Vet Center which serves disabled veterans in the Eastern Panhandle found the grenade on a desk Wednesday after noon said Martinsburg Police Chief Perry Smith It was live Smith said The pin was still in it the was still intact The explosive was removed by po lice and was to be retrieved by US Army ordnance experts from Cham bersburg Pa Smith said No arrests were made Smith said Weather Partly Cloudy Cold Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night The low will be in the upper teens to low 20s Tomorrow will be bitterly cold and partly sunny The high will be in the mid 20s Please see Page 12A for details Deaths WtHene Bledsoe Newnan Ga Joenita McFee Aiken Ineeda G Sandifer Denmark Andrew Vinson Bath Please see Page 8A for details Inside Today Bridge5D Calendar1C Classifieds3D Comics2D Crossword6D Cryptoquote4D DearAbby2D Local Front1B Obituaries8A Opinions1D Sports9A Television2D Weather12A Christmas Countdown Page 2A Demonstrations Spread In Romania Page 1B Couple Negotiates For Banksia Thursday December 21 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 32 3 Winter Debuts In Aiken With An Exclamation Point From Staff And Wire Reports Winter arrived with an exclamation point this morning as area residents awoke to temperatures in the freezing 20s Weathermen were calling for tempera tures to reach the upper 40s today before dropping again tonight and lasting through the holidays For the next several days skies will be mostly sunny while the cold lingers By the weekend lows will drop into the sin gle digits while daytime highs wont reach past the 20s Elsewhere the arrival of winter today brought another punishing punch of arc tic air dropping temperatures to well be low zero from Wyoming to Michigan and sending shivers to the Deep South Winter officially begins at pm EST today but many called it anticlimactic I doubt well notice it said Terry Conroy a street cleaner in Syracuse NY where street crews have had to re move snow almost daily during the past few weeks The National Weather Services Albany bureau described the weather as cold with a double underline on that And in Chicago where the wind chill index was a numbing 54 below zero early today the weather services bureau warned travelers to dress for arctic cold The cold has been blamed in at least 42 deaths around the country in the last week Wind chills were expected today to be as low as 80 below in North Dakota 75 below in Minnesota and 65 below in Mis souri People were urged to stay indoors and some schools were closed today in North Dakota Early morning temperatures included minus 28 degrees in Bismarck ND mi nus 21 in MinneapolisSt Paul minus 16 in Des Moines Iowa minus 13 in Omaha Neb minus 12 in Rapid City SD mi nus 11 in Sault Ste Marie Mich and minus 7 in Casper Wyo Little Rock Ark was a chilly 20 while Fort Worth Texas was 24 But todays surge of arctic air into northern Minnesota appeared to be the last in the series of blasts that have crossed the border Please See WINTER Page 12A Bounty Offered For Noriega Staff Photo By Ginny Soulhworth CLOWNING AROUND Theres a reason why Houndslake housewife Pat Cook likes to clown around For the story please see page 1 B By TOM RAUM Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON Defense Secretary Dick Cheney raised the prospect today that some American forces could be with drawn from Panama by Christmas even though Gen Manuel Antonio Noriega a million bounty on his head evaded a huge military manhunt In Panama Noriega said on a govern mentrun FM radio station that he will now lead a guerrilla war against the Unit ed States Were in trench warfare now and we will maintain the resistance he said Our slogan is to win or die not one step back The Pentagon issued a new report on casualties from the massive invasion in tended to usher in a new democratic government in Panama and wipe out Noriega 18 US servicemen killed 117 wounded and one missing There was also one American civilian death that of a woman teacher At least a dozen Americans were held by Ndfregas forces afia Smithsonian Institution said 11 scientists and technicians were missing from a re search institute and believed taken hostage Given the size of the operation and its complexity and the opposition thats been encountered the level of casualties is probably lower than would have been expected the defense secretary said on CNN I think within the next few weeks well be able to return the situation back to where were relying only on those US forces that were in the country prior to the intervention he added Gen Colin Powell chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said most of the mil itary objectives had been accomplished We are seeing a mopping uptype activi ty he said Powell said reports of Noriegas where abouts had been received throughout the night and were chased down but with out results We do not know where he is Powell said on ABCTVs Good Morning Panama Hotline By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The State De partment said it had established a telephone hotline to handle inquiries from relatives and friends of Ameri cans living in Panama in view of Wednesdays fighting The number is 2024477310 Citizens seeking information about military personnel may call Army 8002335259 or 8004687786 in Virginia Navy 8005232975 or 8005722126 in Virginia Air Force 8005315501 or 800292 5642 in Texas Marines 2026941492 Carolinians KilledPage 4A OAS CondemnationPage4A America Powell said the chief US goal today would be to locate Americans who were taken hostage by forces loyal to Noriega in the chaotic opening hours of the operation While President Bush drew broad sup port from Congress there were hints that the political backing might erode if the military deployment turns out to be a prolonged one Both the president and the Congress I think assume that this is going to be an operation that will be concluded as soon as possible said House Speaker Tom Foley DWash on CBSTVs This Morning Deep skepticism about the operation came from Rep Charles B Rangel D NY Weve been waiting for some darn excuse to invade Panama Please See BOUNTY Page 12A Students Give A Boost To Empty LANGLEY The Valley Empty Stocking Fund received a boost Tuesday in the form of a check for The check was presented at Midland Valley High School on behalf of MVHS and LangleyBathClearwater Middle School MVHS students raised and LBC students donated according to Amy Staubes student council cospon sor at Midland Valley Tripp Jeffers Midland Valley student council president presented the check to Mary Etta Walker of the Empty Stock ing Fund Stocking Fund Students raised funds by collecting do nations At MVHS students also crowned a Christmas King and Queen who collected votes at a penny each and held a pieintheeye event at which students could buy the chance to give a teacher or administrator a straw berry cream pie in the face according to Ms Staubes Those taking pies at Tues days ceremony included MVHS princi pal Warren Whitson The freshman sophomore junior and senior classes also competed against one Please See STUDENTS Page 12A Carolina Legislators Stand Firm Behind Panama Action By KATHY KAOANE States News Service WASHINGTON Members of the states delegation to Congress applauded President Bushs decision to send thou sands of troops into Panama Wednesday to remove strongman General Manuel Noriega I support the action 100 percent said Rep Butler Derrick DSC I said a year ago that I thought military action was an option The Bush and Reagan ad ministrations have used every means to settle problems with Noriega diplomat ically and they have come up against brick wall he said Rep Derrick called Noriega a threat to US security noting that US investi gators had evidence showing Noriega is closely tied to the Medellin drug cartel His autocratic control over the region surrounding the Panama Canal makes him a threat Rep Derrick said He is a part of a drug ring that is putting drugs into this country and he has declared war on the us Rep Der rick said He wont allow a government properly elected six months ago to take office this puts the national security of Please See CAROLINA Page 12A SRS Critics Hail Report Plutonium Supply Plentiful By Buddy Waller Staff Writer Two environmental organizations that have criticized operations at the Savan nah River Site today hailed Wednesdays National Research Council report that claims the United States has plenty of plutonium for its nuclear arsenal We have certainly said for a long time along with other people in Congress and the US Department of Energy that additional supplies of plutonium are not necessary Now a new study says this said Brian Costner director of the Energy Research Foundation in Columbia Echoing those sentiments Tom Cle ments Southeastern nuclear campaigner for Greenpeace said his organization has long contended we have more than enough plutonium He added that when Congress reconvenes next month Green peace will lobby for passage of the Inter national Plutonium Control Act which calls for the United States and Soviet Union to negotiate a bilateral halt in plu tonium production The National Research Council a branch of the National Academy of Sci ences declared that the plutonium in the nations existing 20000 nuclear weapons plus that in the supply chain is obvious ly sufficient to supply a nuclear deterrent of the existing size or even greater The report urged the Bush administra tion to drop plans to spend billion to expand plutonium supplies DOE issued a statement today declar ing it has not had sufficient time to fully digest all of the reports findings but promised a detailed response to the recommendations within 30 days Jack Herrmann manager of public re lations for Westinghouse Savannah River Co the operating contractor at SRS said that DOE and Congress not Westing house determine plutonium production at the 300square mile facility Our job is to see that these levels are met Herrmann said Clements said former Energy Secre tary John Herrington was correct in con tending that the nation is awash in plu tonium a claim the current secretary Admiral James D Watkins has dis avowed Watkins has said the more pluto nium production capacity will be needed iilease See SRS CRITICS Pago 12   

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