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Publication: Aiken Standard December 28, 1989

Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 28, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina iM ii ■J1 n | I Sports ■ f* I I Tigers Take Classic Tumble Page 11A 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 prevent a freeze-up at the stadium before the annual New Year’s weekend college football game. A freeze in 1983 caused about $400,000 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 23-member crew flushed toilets. Each person was responsible for an average of 21.8 toilets each. Everything went fine until a power outage shut down stadium water pumps on Saturday and Sunday. The stadium sustained about $5,000 damage to plumbing. Clemson will play West Virginia in the game Saturday. Bush, Gorbachev Ads For Medicine Rejected NEW YORK (AP) — Two television 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 featuring President Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev unless the company obtains permission from the two heads of state. Schering-Plough Corp. is using pictures of Bush and Gorbachev at their recent Maltese summit talks in a television and newspaper advertising campaign that starts today. But CBS and ABC notified the company’s ad agency Wednesday that they wouldn’t run the commercials for the cold medicine Drixoral without 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 cease-and-desist warnings to companies using the president’s picture to make him appear to endorse a product. Schering didn’t ask Bush’s permission 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 Pixley, Brooklyn, N Y. Joice L. Williams, Martinez, Ga. Please see Page 6A for details.Inside Today Bridge...............................................7B Calendar............................  8B Classifieds.........................................4B Comics..............................................3B Crossword.......................................14A Cryptoquote.......................................5B Dear Abby..........................................3B Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................6A Opinions............................................4A Sports..............................................11A Television..........................................3B Weather...........................................16A Page 2A /JKLM LOON it PUB! IL Pentagon Proposes Drug Fight Page IBaikfn StoniMrti 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, killing at least ll people and injuring more than IOO, 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 500,000 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 5.5 on the Richter scale, struck at 10:28 a.m. 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 reported two aftershocks. The worst damage appeared to be at a workers’ club where drinkers, relaxing after night-shift work, were crushed by collapsed walls, police said. At least eight people died there, police spokesman Simon 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 IOO 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 widespread 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 Hamilton to help police patrols. Hundreds of rescue workers also arrived from Sydney. Newcastle, Australia’s fifth-largest city, also is a major coal mining center but there were no immediate reports of any miners trapped or (Please See DEATH, Page 14A) AP I    Staff Photo By Scott Webster RIDING FOR CARE: Cody Anderson of Greenfield, N.H., paused in Aiken with his $7,000 tricycle Wednesday on a journey to raise fund for CARE. For the story, please see Page 1B. Companies, Not Taxpayers, To Pay For Nuclear Mistakes In New Policy From Wire And Staff Reports WASHINGTON - The government will stop reimbursing operators of nuclear weapons plants for their own criminal fines, environmental penalties, fraudulent losses and other questionable costs, officials say. The decision, spurred by growing congressional criticism of the weapons program, marks the most fundamental change in the Energy Department’s weapons contracting system since companies were recruited to build the first atomic bombs in the 1940s. The companies traditionally have been allowed to recover virtually all their costs, even those resulting from their own negligence. The logic was that weapons production was so specialized and vital 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 accountable for their mistakes. Under the new system, the government will continue paying contractors’ normal operating expenses, but for the first time all costs resulting from negligence will be borne by the companies instead of the taxpayers, Stephen A. Wakefield, the Energy Department’s general counsel, said m an interview. Wakefield said a formal proposal to amend the department’s regulations to end the practice of reimbursing all contractor costs will be (See COMPANIES, Page 14A) Panama Tries To Return To Normal Life Vatican Embassy Stands Firm On Releasing Noriega To U.S. By DOUGLAS GRANT MINE Associated Press Writer PANAMA CITY, Panama — President Guillermo Endara’s fledgling government worked to reopen banks and public offices 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    2a In Texas, President Bush said his administration was determined to bring Noriega to the United States to stand trial, but admitted that the Vatican’s stand “complicated things.” The U.S. invasion began Dec. 20 and Noriega was on the run until appearing at the Vatican embassy on Sunday. U.S. troops, armored cars and helicopters have stood watch around the clock since to ensure he doesn’t escape or get spirited away. Panama’s new government hustled to restore order in the streets of the capital, screening members of Noriega’s disbanded 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 U.S. Southern Command said all but a few hundred of the 15,000 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 I 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 estimated 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 enforcement agents were kept busy during the decade of the ’80s with kidnappings, heinous murders and drug busts. ^ 1980 — An estimated 1,390 pounds of marijuana were seized when a twin-en-gine Cessna landed at Aiken Municipal Airport on New Year’s Day. Thomas F. Quinn of Philadelphia, and Marvin Cor-doza of Jamaica, pleaded guilty to transporting the marijuana which had an estimated street value of $625,000. ^ 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 later 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 Review........ 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 motive, 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 forecasters were predicting some relief — highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. The National Weather Service’s forecast for South Carolina called for sunshine today and lows tonight in the 30s. The warmer weather was welcome news to people who have been without water since freezing temperatures began last weekend. The problem was especially acute along the coast, where building codes do not require pipes to be protected from the cold. Tanker-trucks filled with water were sent Wednesday to James Island, where residents have been with little or no water for days. Frozen and broken water lines were blamed for the loss of water pressure. Water will be trucked in from the mainland “until everybody’s got water,” said Steve W. Kinard, manager of the Charleston Public Works Commission, which serves 400,000 customers. By late Wednesday afternoon, water service had been restored to nearly all customers, Kinard said. Only residences with their own problems, 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) ;

  • Aiken Grace S. Gunter
  • Aiken Martha C. Gould
  • Alfredo Maduro
  • Bob Hawke
  • Cody Anderson
  • Edgefield Harold J. Long
  • Graniteville Charles H. Lusby
  • Guillermo Endara
  • James D. Watkins
  • Johnston Carrie R. Jolly
  • Johnston Eva A. Davis
  • Kent Roman
  • Linda Terry Bradberry
  • Manuel Antonio Noriega
  • Messner Vetere Berger Carey Schmetterer
  • Mikhail S. Gorbachev
  • Paul Koon
  • Robert Buggs
  • Scott Webster
  • Simon Latimer
  • Stephen A. Wakefield
  • Steve W. Kinard
  • Thomas F. Quinn

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Publication: Aiken Standard

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

Issue Date: December 28, 1989