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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 27, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Page 2A Big Chill To Drive Crop Prices Up Page 1B School Board Must Adopt New Policy Navratilova Chosen Top Female Athlete Page 13A A Quick Read York Tech College To Test Electric Cars ROCK HILL AP York Techni cal College has received three more electric vehicles as part of a project to help the US Department of Ener gy determine how the cars perform York Tech received its first ship ment of five electric vehicles earlier this fall and got three more on Tues day The school will get the last ship ment consisting of two more vehi cles in a few weeks said Ed Duffy Techs vice president for development The cars are used for routine secu rity patrol around the campus They also are demonstration models for engineering students St Teresa Video Called Blasphemous LONDON AP The visions of St Teresa of Avila the 16thcentury Spanish nun have run afoul of Brit ains film censors who have invoked the littleused blasphemy law for the first time The producers of Visions of Ec stasy a 20minute video about the saint lost an appeal to the Video Ap peals Committee which has met just six times since it was created five years ago John Stephenson producer of the video said his company was consid ering a further appeal We condemn the decision as a dis graceful act of censorship Stephen son said Free expression in rela tion to religion is a fundamental right in a pluraHstic society The video was defended by novel ists Fay Weldon and Marina Warner as a legitimate exploration of the connection between sexual passion and religious fervor as expressed in such Christian notions as the bride of Christ The video shows Teresa caressing the body of Christ on the cross and in amorous embraces with another woman Weather Sunny Warmer Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low near 30 Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and warm The high will be in the 60s Please see Page 16A for details Deaths Mary B Brown Pittsburgh Willis B Brown III Aiken Milton M Byars Greenville Mary W Clark Mountville Joseph S Halford Aiken Judy E Jones Columbia Charles H Koss Augusta Willmyta M Miles Columbia Bobby O Randall North Augusta Dorothy A Smoak Denmark James L Quinby III Graniteville Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Bridge10B Calendar3B Classifieds8B Comics6B C ross wor d11B Cryptoquote9B Dear Abby6B Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports13A Television6B Weather16A Wednesday December 27 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 329 Relief On The Way For Icedln Carolina Coast By MARY BROOKS Associated Press Writer Snow and ice remaining along the coast of South Carolina may melt a little today as temperatures hover above freezing but highs should reach the 50s and 60s across the state on Thursday forecasters say The National Weather Service called for a slight chance of snow flurries or rain in the Upstate today and a partly cloudy sky elsewhere High tempera tures which reached into the 50s Tues day would only top the upper 30s to up per 40s today Some coastal refreezing might occur tonight as low temperatures dip to the mid 20s and mid 30s High temperatures Thursday and Friday should be in the mid 50s to low 60s the weather service said The warming temperatures has meant good news for travelers as airlines re sumed normal schedules Tuesday at Charleston International Airport Flight schedules had been reduced after snow piled up as much as 15 inches in places along the coast Sunday The Myrtle Beach Jetport was able to operate only during daylight because runway lights were covered by snow said Todd Crawford deputy airport director Much of the plumbing in historic Charleston is as old as the colorful ante bellum homes along The Battery and not many could withstand the subfreezing temperatures that reached a record low of 16 on Christmas Eve Theres got to be thousands of broken lines out there said Steve Kinard man ager of Charlestons public works depart ment which supplies water to 400000 people Plumbers said they were busy day and night fixing broken pipes SUSPECTS SEARCHED American soldiers stand guard while others search suspects detained in front of the home of a business associate of Manual Noriega AP Laserphoto Soldiers found a Panamanian Defense Forces card on the shirtless man in the foreground Three men and a woman were taken away in an Army truck US Hopes To Freeze Noriega Assets By JOAN MOWER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON The Justice Depart ment is moving to freeze the foreign as sets of Manuel Antonio Noriega as US officials press for custody of the deposed Panamanian dictator hiding in the Vati can Embassy in Panama City David Runkel a Justice Department spokesman said attorneys today would ask officials in about a halfdozen coun tries primarily in Europe to freeze the cash that Noriega took out of Panama The papers will be filed with the re spective agencies of government which control the financial institutions he said He refused to identify the countries where Noriega is believed to have hidden more than million in illegal drug money Once the money is frozen Runkel said the United States will take steps to seize it As the Justice Department sought to control Noriegas money US officials in Panama and Washington negotiated with the Vatican which oversees the embassy where an exhausted Noriega and 10 asso ciates sought asylum Sunday Noriegas regime was toppled on Dec 20 by US troops President Bushs spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said the United States told the Vatican very directly that it wants Noriega returned to the United States to face drug trafficking charges In Panama City Gen Maxwell Thur man head of the US Southern Com mand met facetoface three times with Monsignor Sebastian Laboa the papal nuncio on the street outside the embassy Less public diplomatic channels also Please See US HOPES Page 7A Embassy Watched By Army Stalemate Continues Over Noriega Future By DOUGLAS GRANT MINE Associated Press Writer PANAMA CITY Panama US troops pestered the Vatican Embassy to day after their commander failed in hours of curbside diplomacy to break a stalemate over the status of Gen Manuel Antonio Noriega Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro said in Italy today that there was no legal way the Holy See could hand over Nor iega to US authorities The ousted dicta tor took refuge in the Vatican Embassy on Christmas Eve Before dawn a company of American soldiers paraded past the embassy American troops mowed down a field of tall grass alongside the embassy over night and shot out all working street lights with a pellet gun On Tuesday US soldiers searched the Vatican representative Monsignor Se bastian Laboa and his car as he left the embassy apparently to prevent Noriega from being spirited out After a week of fighting order returned to Panama City Crews cleared mounds of garbage left from wild looting sprees that emptied shelves and many people returned to work The US military reported only scat tered clashes with Noriega loyalists Tuesday A few members of his Defense Forces were arrested and many surrendered Please See EMBASSY Page 7A Romanian Government Sets Up Military Courts By DUSAN STOJANOVIC Associated Press Writer BUCHAREST Romania The new government today set up military courts to try members of Nicolae Ceausescus vicious security police and it sought to reassure anxious Romanians that their democratic yearnings will be fulfilled Nobody claims to monopolize a new power Ion Iliescu chairman of the pro visional National Salvation Committee said in a speech on Romanian television late Tuesday We are fed up with this monopoly of power Ceausescu unrepentant right up until his execution did not tolerate even the mildest dissent in 24 years of rule and many Romanians are concerned that the bloody 12dayold revolution that toppled him will not lead to democracy Iliescu stressed that the 37member committee intends to govern only until new structures can be established un der a new constitution according to the national news agency Agerpres which carried the speech The leadership has promised free elec tions in April vowing to build a democra cy in this country without a democratic tradition The mix of dissidents disaffected gov ernment officials and army commanders has run the short and bloody revolution since taking over television headquarters Friday and is trying to restore order On Tuesday night state television broadcast footage of an unrepentant Ni colae and Elena Ceaucescu at the secret military trial that preceded the former first couples execution by firing squad The 40minute videotape showed a dic tator refusing to acknowledge either the severe hardship he forced on the Roma nian people or the massacre of thousands of people by his security forces Everything that was said here is false and I dont want to talk anymore Ceausescu told his accusers insisting he was still in power Earlier in the day state television showed pictures of the bulletriddled bod ies of Ceausescu and his wife and second incommand Ousted Friday and cap tured Saturday they were tried convicted and executed on Monday The Ceausescus were dealt with swiftly in a bid to end resistance by Ceausescu Please See ROMANIAN Page 7A Reagan Dominated The DC Scene By KEITH WARD Staff Writer If the Washington scene of the past de cade for the United States had to be boiled down to two words those two would be Ronald Reagan Reagans landslide election in 1980 sig nalled the beginning of massive political economic and social changes in the coun try In general taxes went down mili tary spending went up and the country moved to the right Reagans reelection in 1984 by an even bigger margin than in 1980 reaffirmed the peoples faith in him and the conser vative direction in which he was taking the nation Despite many criticisms of Reagans hands off style of governing and the IranContra scandal he left office with a very high favorable rating from the DECADE IN REVIEW American people When George Bush was elected in 1988 it assured Republi can control of the presidency for the en tire decade of the 1980s and into the 90s Ronald Reagan was elected the na tions 40th president on Nov4 1980 soundly defeating incumbent Jimmy Car ter Reagan captured 43 states and 483 electoral votes far more than the 270 needed for election Independent candi date John Anderson won no electoral votes and only 7 percent of the popular vote The Republican victory extended to the US Congress where the GOP gained control of the Senate 5347 Democrats re tained a majority in the House of Repre sentatives although by only a hairs breadth President Carter was done in by two primary factors an ineffective term in office and the hostage crisis During his fouryear tenure little legis lation was passed and inflation soared Americans political experts agreed felt a sense of apathy and frustration toward Please Sec KKAGAiM Pago 3A TOPS The 80s man in Washington was Ronald Reagan   

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