Aiken Standard, December 29, 1989

Aiken Standard

December 29, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 29, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Tigers Head For Gator Bowl Page 9A A Quick Read Rural Observers Scan Skies RENO Nev AP Eightyyear old Edna Cooley has been waking up at 3 am for nearly 22 years to trudge outside in occasionally bone chilling cold and record the weather in the sparsely settled high desert of central Nevada Some 18 hours later Mrs Cooley makes the last of her six daily weath er observations and temperature checks for National Weather Service records on Austin population 350 earning a day for her troubles Why do I keep doing it They say you can even get used to hanging if you hang long enough Mrs Cooley said Ive been meaning to quit for two years but cant find anyone else to do this She is among the last of a breed of handson recorders of the nations highs lows and precipitation amounts Without the observers me teorologists and forecasters would have a more difficult time predicting the weather Theres a need for live observa tion said Gerald Miles a meterolo gist in Elko who supervises the weather watchers Equipment is re liable but you need good remarks from observers to go with it Equip ment has its limitations Bill Davis the Salt Lake City based western regional director of the observation program said about 50 weather watchers are on the Na tional Weather Service payroll in his jurisdieation Several hundred others mostly farmers voluntarily report climate information to the agency to help keep a historical weather record Industry More Sports On TV Than Ever WASHINGTON AP The cable television industry is firing back at critics who claim sports on free television are becoming extinct saying there is more sports program ming on TV than ever Total broadcast network sports programming rose to a record 1753 hours in 1988 an Olympics year ac cording to a study released Thursday by the National Cable Television Association Weather Chance Of Rain Tonight will be cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain The low will be in the low to mid 40s Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy There is a 20 percent chance of rain The high will be in the mid 60s to low 70s Please see Page 8A for details Deaths Allison M Adams Union Mrs CR Arrington Augusta Ethel Bennings Augusta Thomas L Daniel Jr Jackson Pamela Sue Hayes North Augusla Sophia C Hutto Barnwell Herman Ivey Augusta James Moore Augusta Dr William H Moretz Augusta Nicholas E Morris Myrtle Beach Horace Steed Jr Blackviiie William M Vickers Aiken Wessie S White McCormick Please see Page 8A for details Inside Today Bridge7B Calendar6C Classifieds4B Comics2C Crossword9B Cryploquote6B DearAbby2C Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions1C Sports9A Television2C Weather6A Page 2A JUKEN COUNTY W5 NEWBER Australian Death Toll Mounts Page 1B Critics Pleased With DOE Decision AMEN Q Friday December 29 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 331 Vatican Urging Noriega To Leave Refuge By The Associated Press VATICAN CITY The Vatican is urg ing Panamanian strongman Manuel An tonio Noriega to leave his refuge at its embassy in Panama City a Holy See spokesman said today The nuncio is doing his best to con vince Gen Noriega to abandon the nunci ature on his own by himself spokes man Joaquin Navarro said At the same time he cannot force Noriega to leave nor can he consign him to US forces It was the first time the Vatican said publicly it was trying to persuade Nor iega to leave However Navarro said the possibility had been discussed with Nor iega since he took refuge at the mission on Sunday Navarro also said the Vatican still has not received a formal request from the new Panamanian government to turn over Noriega The United States has demanded that the Vatican order the ousted leader ex pelled from the papal nunciature or em bassy so it can try him on charges of international drug trafficking charges In what has appeared to be a standoff the Vatican has insisted that the embassy can not legally turn the general over to US forces since under accepted inter national procedures an embassy is only empowered to deal with the government of the host country US forces have staked out the mis sion frisked the papal nuncio or ambas sador when he has left the compound and have been blasting rock music from a loudspeaker in the street in an effort to put pressure on Noriega Navarro denounced US interfer ence in the embassys autonomy An occupying power cannot interfere with the works of a diplomatic mission nor can it demand that a person seeking asylum in that mission be handed over to it Navarro said Havel Elected Czech President AP Laserphoto RETURN TO POWER Alexander Dubcek leader of the Prague Spring reform two decades ago raises his hand to vote in Prague Thursday He returned to power as speaker of Czechoslovakias parliament Revolution Crowned With NonCommunist By The Associated Press PRAGUE Czechoslovakia Parlia ment today crowned the nations peace ful revolution by electing playwright and opposition leader Vaclav Havel as Czechoslovakias first nonCommunist president in 41 years The Communistdominated parlia ment or Federal Assembly unanimously chose Havel in an unprecedented public vote televised nationwide The lawmakers meeting in a medieval hall at Hrradcany Castle was opened by Alexander Dubcek champion of the Prague Spring reforms crashed in 1968 He was returned to power Thursday when parliament elected him chairman of the body Dubcek and Havel are to serve until free legislative elections are held next year Havel who spent a total of five years in jail for challenging totalitarianism in his writings and actions was praised by Communist Prime Minister Marian Calfa as a man who is faithful to his beliefs despite persecution He never accepted offers from his friends or recommendations by his ene mies to emigrate where the conditions of his life would have been more comfort able Calfa told the deputies in his nomi nating speech In a moment unimaginable only a few weeks ago Havel walked with Dubcek up the red carpeted aisle of the castle hall to the flourish of a military band the ap plause of Communist deputies and the flashes of camera bulbs He signed the oath of office under the draped red white and blue flag of Czechoslovakia As the band played the national an them the sounds of 20 cannon salvos could be heard throughout the city Within the next few months parlia ment is expected to pass new laws guar anteeing freedom of expression and reli gion and the right of assembly and petition Reforms already are being car ried out for a freemarket economy The election of the 53yearold Havel whose writings once were banned in his own country is the crowning achieve ment of the popular revolt that began only 41 days ago Havel helped form the opposition group Civic Forum on Nov 20 three days after a police crackdown on a peaceful student See HAVEL Page 7A Decade Saw Advances In Medicine By NINAJNIDIFFER Staff Writer Medical technology advanced rapidly in the 1980s improving diagnostic tools and treatments according to Aiken physicians Dr Margaret Fitch dermatologist said the most dramatic advancement in dermatology in this decade was the be ginning of an acne treatment called Accutane This medication taken in pill form is a blessing for people suffering from severe acne she said It affects the oil glands its not a cure but its the closest thing yet she said Its been able to help a great deal with kids selfesteem problems They completely change their personalities by the end of the treatment because they feel good about themselves Orthopedics saw the development of A DECADE IN REVIEW Additional Decade StoriesPage 3A6A several techniques that made surgery easier said Dr James J Hill Jr an or thopedic surgeon with Carolina Orthopedics The two most important were arthros copic surgery and microsurgery Both techniques were developed in the late 1970s but were not perfected or in common use until the 1980s he said Arthroscopic surgery uses a tiny tele scope television camera and a series of small instruments to look into and oper ate on joints The miniature instruments can be in serted through three tiny holes in a knee See DECADE Page 7A Indicators Up Slightly Last Month By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The governments main forecasting gauge of economic ac tivity edged up a modest 01 percent last month the Commerce Department said today in a report that analysts took as a sign the economy will slow in 1990 but not topple into a recession The small rise in the departments In dex of Leading Economic Indicators for November followed a revised 03 percent decline in October In all the index which is designed to forecast economic activity six to nine months in the future has exhibited a saw tooth pattern this year rising in six of the past 11 months and falling in the other five months Through November the index was down by 03 percent for the year com pared with an increase of 39 percent for all of 1988 To economists this provided evidence that economic activity in 1990 will be more sluggish than in 1989 Many analysts are predicting that the economy as measured by the gross na tional product will expand at a modest annual rate of 2 percent or less in 1990 compared with expected growth of 3 per cent this year However analysts generally expect the economy will be able to escape a reces sion That belief based in part on the fact that the leading index has not yet de clined for three consecutive months the traditional though not infallible sign of a downturn The 01 percent rise in November which was right in line with expectations was led by a strong jump in orders for consumer goods The other four indica tors providing strength were a drop in weekly unemployment claims an in crease in plant and equipment orders a rise in the money supply and an increase in the backlog of manufacturers unfilled orders Six other indicators acted as a drag on the index last month with the biggest negative coming from a drop in the price of raw materials While such a decrease is considered good news for inflation prospects it is counted as a negative in the index because it also can reflect de clining demand Romanian Government Assumes Sweeping Powers By The Associated Press BUCHAREST Romania Romanias revolutionary government assumed sweeping powers changed the countrys name and ordered the Communist em blem removed from the national flag the state news agency reported today The actions Thursday came supporters of executed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu ignored the weekold govern ments ultimatum to surrender or die and staged more firefights in the capital Also Thursday authorities arrested more members of the Ceausescu family and one of his brothers was found hanged in Vienna in an apparent suicide The new government known as the Na tional Salvation Committee took power last Friday in a popular uprising backed by the army and promised free elections next year On Thursday it reorganized its govern ing council as a leadership body headed by a president who at present is Ion Iliescu It consists of 145 members who will elect an 11member Executive Bu reau that will take over the councils functions between sessions the news agency Agerpres said The governing council will appoint the prime minister the head of the supreme court the countrys chief prosecutor and top military ranks It also will establish an election system appoint a committee to write a new constitution and endorse the government budget Agerpres said It was not clear how long the National Salvation Committees governing council will retain complete control over national affairs The council changed the countrys name from Socialist Republic of Roma nia to Romania and said the form of gov ernment was a republic It also removed from the national flag the center emblem representing Communist rule Ovrpres said For the past week Romanians have waved the blue yellow and red flag with the emblem ripped out The new leadership published details of its program for the building of a really democratic society in Romania and for securing and defending fundamental hu man and civil rights Agerpres reported It calls for abolishing the leading role of a single party free elections in April and the separation of the legislative ex ecutive and judiciary state powers The program also says the economy should be restructured for profitability and efficiency Agerpres said The new leaders called for smallscale peasant production The revolutionary government had giv en members of Ceausescus despised se curity police until Thursday to surrender or face execution But it was unknown See CFAUSESCU Page 7A ;