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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 28, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports HOME VKITOfi TIME Tigers Take Classic Tumble PagellA A Quick Read Crew Spends Weekend Flushing 503 Toilets JACKSONVILLE Fla AP A work crew Christmas weekend was assigned to do nothing but flush the 503 toilets at the Gator Bowl to pre vent a freezeup at the stadium be fore the annual New Years weekend college football game A freeze in 1983 caused about damage in broken water pipes so when record cold headed for town last week officials hired a crack brigade of toilet flushers to keep water moving through the plumbing From dusk Friday until noon on Christmas the 23member crew flushed toilets Each person was re sponsible for an average of 218 toi lets each Everything went fine until a power outage shut down stadium water pumps on Saturday and Sunday The stadium sustained about dam age to plumbing Clemson will play West Virginia in the game Saturday Bush Gorbachev Ads For Medicine Rejected NEW YORK AP Two televi sion networks rejected a commercial for a cold medicine that features the leaders of the superpowers in a play on the term Cold War CBS and ABC said Wednesday they had refused to run commercials fea turing President Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail S Gorbachev unless the company obtains permission from the two heads of state ScheringPlough Corp is using pic tures of Bush and Gorbachev at their recent Maltese summit talks in a television and newspaper advertis ing campaign that starts today But CBS and ABC notified the com panys ad agency Wednesday that they wouldnt run the commercials for the cold medicine Drixoral with out government permission said Kent Roman an account supervisor for the agency Messner Vetere Berger Carey Schmetterer NBC still plans to run them and Schering is considering placing them on cable television channels he said In the past the White House has sent stiff ceaseanddesist warnings to companies using the presidents picture to make him appear to en dorse a product Schering didnt ask Bushs permis sion before making the ads Weather Chance Of Rain Cloudy skies and a chance of rain are forecast tonight The low will be near 30 Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy There is a 30 percent chance of rain The high will be in the 60s Please see Page 16A for details Deaths Robert Buggs Johnston Eva A Davis Aiken Martha C Gould Aiken Grace S Gunter Johnston Carrie R Jolly Edgefield Harold J Long Graniteville Charles H Lusby Aiken Virginia Pixiey Brooklyn NY Joice L Williams Martinez Ga Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Bridge7B Calendar8B Cfassifieds4B Comics3B Crossword14A Cryptoquote5B Dear Abby3B Local Front18 Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports11A Television3B Weather16A Page 2A Pentagon Proposes Drug Fight Page 1B Ski Resorts Welcome Winter Weather Thursday December 28 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 330 Death Toll Mounts In Australian Quake Rescue Workers Search For Survivors By The Associated Press NEWCASTLE Australia A strong earthquake today crumbled buildings and homes in this southeastern city kill ing at least 11 people and injuring more than 100 officials said The army was called in to help prevent looting Some reports said as many as 30 people died in Newcastle an industrial hub of 500000 people about 75 miles north of Sydney Hundreds of thousands of homes were reported without electricity Rescue workers frantically hunted for victims in the rubble The quake which measured 55 on the Richter scale struck at am Police said it was the first in Australian history to strike a heavily populated area It felt like there was someone under my bedroom floor who lifted the house said one Newcastle resident who report ed two aftershocks The worst damage appeared to be at a workers club where drinkers relaxing after nightshift work were crushed by collapsed walls police said At least eight people died there police spokesman Si mon Latimer said Police recovered five bodies and were working to free three others There could be at least another six still trapped in the building Latimer said Three people were killed in a suburban shopping center when they were hit by bricks and awnings from shops he said Officials reported more than 100 injured I saw at least six people lying in the road said a shocked emergency worker in the city As we looked back we could see destruction all around us The second story of the carpark also gave way bringing the structure down and crushing scores of cars Prime Minister Bob Hawke visited the scene and condemned reports of wide spread looting in the business section He warned that looters would be punished Latimer said 200 soldiers were called into the city and to the suburb of Hamil ton to help police patrols Hundreds of rescue workers also ar rived from Sydney Newcastle Austra lias fifthlargest city also is a major coal mining center but there were no im mediate reports of any miners trapped or Please See DEATH Page 14A Earthquake Damage Staff Photo By Scott Webster RIDING FOR CARE Cody Anderson of Greenfield NH paused in Aiken with his tricycle Wednesday on a journey to raise fund for CARE For the story please see Page 1 B Companies Not Taxpayers To Pay For Nuclear Mistakes In New Policy From Wire And Staff Reports WASHINGTON The govern ment will stop reimbursing opera tors of nuclear weapons plants for their own criminal fines environ mental penalties fraudulent losses and other questionable costs offi cials say The decision spurred by grow ing congressional criticism of the weapons program marks the most fundamental change in the Energy Departments weapons contract ing system since companies were recruited to build the first atomic bombs in the 1940s The companies traditionally have been allowed to recover virtu ally all their costs even those re sulting from their own negligence The logic was that weapons pro duction was so specialized and vi tal to national security that the government could not afford to risk losing a plant operator over money matters The new thinking under Energy Secretary James D Watkins is that the weapons contractors will perform better if they are held ac countable for their mistakes Under the new system the gov ernment will continue paying con tractors normal operating ex penses but for the first time all costs resulting from negligence will be borne by the companies in stead of the taxpayers Stephen A Wakefield the Energy Depart ments general counsel said in an interview Wakefield said a formal proposal to amend the departments regula tions to end the practice of reim bursing all contractor costs will be See COMPANIES Page 14A Panama Tries To Return To Normal Life Vatican Embassy Stands Firm On Releasing Noriega To US By DOUGLAS GRANT MINE Associated Press Writer PANAMA CITY Panama President GuiUermo Endaras fledgling government worked to reopen banks and public of fices today and to resume full Panama Canal operations for the first time since the United States invaded Endara appealed again to the Vatican embassy to surrender deposed strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega for trial on drug trafficking charges But a Vatican spokesman said that would be legally impossible Related StoryPage2A In Texas President Bush said his administration was deter mined to bring Noriega to the United States to stand trial but admitted that the Vaticans stand complicated things The US invasion began Dec 20 and Noriega was on the run until appearing at the Vatican embassy on Sunday US troops armored cars and helicopters have stood watch around the clock since to ensure he doesnt escape or get spirited away Panamas new government hustled to restore order in the streets of the capital screening members of Noriegas dis banded Defense Forces and incorporating a growing number of them into a new armed force that includes police Some former Defense Forces members were seen directing traffic patrolling streets and guarding government buildings on Wednesday The US Southern Command said all but a few hundred of the 15000 members of the Defense Forces had surrendered or been arrested In the early days of the invasion many Noriega loyalists put up stiff resistance Many residents of this capital of 1 million people returned to work Wednesday and lined up at grocery stores that reopened with goods not seen in a week of chaos in which looting was rampant Alfredo Maduro president of the Panamanian Chamber of Commerce said insurance brokers had conservatively esti mated losses caused by looting or other damage to businesses Please See PANAMA Page 14A Crime In The 80s From Kidnappings To Drug Busts By CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer State federal and local law enforce ment agents were kept busy during the decade of the 80s with kidnappings hei nous murders and drug busts 1980 An estimated 1390 pounds of marijuana were seized when a twinen gine Cessna landed at Aiken Municipal Airport on New Years Day Thomas F Quinn of Philadelphia and Marvin Cor doza of Jamaica pleaded guilty to trans porting the marijuana which had an esti mated street value of s 1981 An Aiken County man Paul Koon was sentenced for the kidnapping and murder of Valerie White Newsome of Augusta Koon abucted Ms White New some from the parking lot of National Hills Shopping Center in Augusta He lat er drove her to a remote area of Aiken County where she was killed 1982 In December Linda Terry Bradberry 33 a local beauty shop owner was found slumped between the bucket DECADE IN REVIEW Decade In ReviewPages 710 A seats of her car in the parking lot of an abandoned store on New Holland Road Mrs Bradberry had been shot once in the back of the head Robbery was not a mo tive and her killer s remain at large 1983 Paul Koon was sentenced for Please See CRIME Page 14A For Plumbers Cold Weather Has Been Troublesome Boon By The Associated Press Plumbers were working overtime to repair water pipes broken by the cold weather in South Carolina but forecast ers were predicting some relief highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s The National Weather Services fore cast for South Carolina called for sun shine today and lows tonight in the 30s The warmer weather was welcome news to people who have been without water since freezing temperatures be gan last weekend The problem was especially acute along the coast where building codes do not require pipes to be protected from the cold Tankertrucks filled with water were sent Wednesday to James Island where residents have been with little or no wa ter for days Frozen and broken water lines were blamed for the loss of water pressure Water will be trucked in from the mainland until everybodys got wa ter said Steve W Kinard manager of the Charleston Public Works Commis sion which serves 400000 customers By late Wednesday afternoon water service had been restored to nearly all customers Kinard said Only residences with their own prob lems such as leaky pipes were without water Wednesday night he said He said water was leaving the plant at about 85 pounds of pressure per square inch Normal pressure is about 90 It was reaching downtown Charleston about 25 pounds per square inch as compared to normal pressure of about 50 That will pick up as repairs are made Kinard said He said pressure is low because of thousands of pipes are broken and leaking and because people have been trickling and in some cases pouring water wide open through their faucets to prevent freezing Please See COLD Page 14A
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