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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 30, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside S.C. Unveils New Tags/Page 2A SATURDAY H Lm. mkM I Czechs End Year With New Leader Page 2A A Quick Read Billy Crystal To Be Host For 1990 Oscars LOS ANGELES (AP) - Comedian Billy Crystal will serve as the sole host of the 1990 Academy Awards broadcast, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday. It will mark the third consecutive awards show appearance for Crystal and his first as host. The single-host format returns after 1989’s ill-fated multi-host show, which featured Rob Lowe and an unauthorized Snow White impersonator. “We are extremely pleased to have Billy host the show,” Gilbert Cates, producer of the 1990 telecast, said in a statement. “His unique talents and his ability to handle the unexpected will be important assets this year.” Nominations for the 62nd Annual Academy Awards will be announced on Feb. 14. Among the films in contention is the comedy “When Harry Met Sally...,” in which Crystal costars. The Oscar trophies will be presented at the Los Angeles Music Center on March 26. Award Is Returned For Racist Remarks SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Sioux publisher of the Lakota Times said Friday he has returned the H.L. Mencken Writing Award he won in 1985 because of racist and sexist remarks Mencken made in his recently published diaries. “I feel very strongly that everything that I have fought for in the last 20 years to try and improve race relations ... it just wouldn’t wash if I accepted an award and kept an award from a person that has attitudes that are so bigoted.” said Tim Giago, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe. Giago writes a weekly syndicated column on Indian issues. Mencken, the famous columnist for The Sun of Baltimore, wrote his diaries between 1930 and 1948. Publication was withheld until more than 25 years after his death in 1956. In one entry, Mencken wrote: “It is impossible to talk anything resembling discretion or judgment to a colored woman. They are all essentially child-like and even hard experience does not teach them anything.” Weather Mostly Cloudy Today will be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. The highs will be in the 50 to mid-60s. The lows will be in the middle 40s. Please see Page 10A for details. Deaths Hobart R. Mead, Aiken Rosena K. Moss, Aiken Ada Kelly Johnson, Belvedere Please see Page 10A for details. Inside Today Bridge...............................................7B Calendar..........................................10B Classifieds.........................................4B Comics............................................11A Cryptoquote.......................................5B Dear Abby........................................11A Local Front........................................9A Obituaries........................................10A Opinions............. 8A Sports................................................1B Stocks...............................................7A Television........................................11A Weather...........................................10A &ikcn COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRAPV WB ERBY ST. S. W, N ? f 2***1 December 30, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 332 First SRS Reactor Found Free Of Cracks By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — Engineers looking for cracks in the three idled reactors at the Savannah River nuclear weapons complex have given one of the units a clean bill of health, according to a report released Friday by the Energy Department. Tests on the two other reactors are scheduled for early next year as part of the department’s effort to determine whether the aging structures are sound enough to restart. They have been shut down for more than a year for safety reasons. The possibility of cracking in the reactor vessels, which encase rods that fuel the atomic chain reaction, has been a central concern as the government undertakes a $1.66 billion program for repairing and modernizing the three reactors and retraining the thousands of contract workers who operate the facility near Aiken. The Savannah River reactors are the nation’s only source of tritium, a radioac tive gas used in nuclear warheads. Tritium decays at a rate of 5.5 percent a year, so supplies in warheads must be periodically replenished or the bombs cease to function. Barring any unforeseen problems such as vessel cracking, Watkins hopes to restart K reactor by next fall; the second, L reactor, by December 1990, and the third, P reactor, in spring 1991. Last September, engineers of Westinghouse Savannah River Co., which runs the plant under an Energy Department contract, began using a sophisticated new technology called ultrasonic testing to check for cracks in the reactor vessels. Westinghouse and Energy Secretary James D. Watkins initially said completion of the tests was not a precondition to restarting the reactors, but Watkins changed his mind in late September after Westinghouse reported a potential sign of cracking in P reactor. A few days later he announced that the irregularity was an existing weld repair that would not affect the safety of the reactor. (Please See FIRST SRS, Page 12A) J Handicapped Tigers Look To Gator Title AP Laserphoto GATOR TROPHY: Clemson’s Danny Ford (left) and West Virginia's Don Nehlen pose with the Gator Bowl trophy. By MICHAEL SHADY Staff Sports Writer As it always seems to happen in football, injuries — or the recovery from them — may be the deciding factor in tonight’s Mazda Gator Bowl between Clemson and West Virginia. The No. 14-ranked Tigers already know they will be without the services of running back Terry Allen, the second-most prolific rusher in the school history. Allen, according to Clemson coach Danny Ford, has not fully recovered from the arthroscopic knee surgery he underwent in late November. “I’ve read where some people are saying it’s more severe an injury than we first thought,” Ford said. “He is not severely hurt, but the knee is not as strong as we want it to be to play. He had two opportunities to comeback during the year and re-injured it. The knee is not strong enough.” Allen has experienced recurring problems in his left knee all season long. He first sprained it in the fifth game against Virginia and missed the following two games against Georgia Tech and North Carolina State. He returned against Wake Forest but re-sprained the knee on his fourth carry of the ballgame, an 11-yard touchdown run. The junior saw limited action against North Carolina, then, after two weeks’ rest, entered the South Carolina game at full strength. He rushed for 97 yards on 14 carries but was hit on the knee just before halftime. He did not return and underwent knee surgery three days later to repair lateral catilage damage. While Allen was unable to recover in time, it appears fullback Wesley McFadden has. McFadden hurt is knee against North Carolina and underwent arthroscopic surgery the very next day. He is expected to play tonight against the Mountaineers. “I think Wesley is healthy enough to play,” Ford said. “We need him back. He has practiced, though he missed two days because of the flu.” McFadden may help take some of the heat off tailback Joe Henderson, who led the team in rushing with 802 yards, ahead of Allen’s 61. McFadden was third on the team this year with 441 yards, and Ford hinted that the senior may carry a few times from the tailback position, a position he played in 1987 before switching the following year to fullback. So Clemson is handicapped, heading into the bowl game against No. 17-ranked Mountaineers without its best offensive player. West Virginia, however, may also be in a similar boat with quarterback sensation Major Harris. The question mark with Harris is his throwing elbow, which Dr. Doug Bowers, the Mountaineers’ orthopedic surgeon, says is suffering from chronic bursitis. Harris will definitely play, yet his effectiveness remains to be seen. Harris, who finished third in this year’s Heis-man Trophy balloting, is undeterred. “I really don’t notice it unless I look at it,” he (Please See HANDICAPPED, Page 12A) Wackenhut Earns Excellence Bonus Rating Is Second Highest From DOE By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Wackenhut Services Inc. has received an excellent rating and a bonus of $773,535 from the U.S. Department of Energy for its performance from April I through Sept. 30 as security contractor at the Savannah River Site. The bonus, which is a payment above Wackenhut’s operating expenses, represented 69.5 percent of me potential award fee of $1,113,000 for the six-month period. DOE disclosed the evaluation and bonus Friday. The overall rating of excellent represents the second-best assessment DOE could have given Wackenhut. DOE ratings categories are: outstanding, excel- Related Story.............................Page    9A lent, satisfactory, marginal and unsatisfactory. In particular, DOE praised improvements in security guards’ performance and planning support for SRS’s Master Safeguards and Security Agreement and emergency preparedness program. “These improvements have been accomplished through the application of sound management principles and aggressive actions to correct deficiencies in performance,” John D. Wagoner, DOE’s deputy manager at SRS, wrote in the Dec. 20 ratings letter to Wackenhut General Manager M.M. Cosgrove. Wagoner also hailed “continued high levels of performance” in cost management and personnel and administrative security. Additionally, Wagoner wrote, “I want to commend WSI for self-identification of a significant problem in the management of the Small Arms Training Area, reporting of the problem to DOE immediately and taking decisive corrective action. This is the type of management DOE expects of its contractors.” Last September, two Wackenhut managers — die fire range manager and a firearms instructor — resigned and four other employees were reprimanded after it was discovered they kept pornographic tapes and magazines at work ana pulled triggers on unloaded guns indoors. Along with the commendations, DOE also criticized some aspects of Wackenhut’s performance. Wagoner cited “continued problems in the training program and safety practices at the Advanced Tactical Training Area and Small Arms Training Area” which indicate “a lack of consistent and thorough management.” In addition, Wagoner noted, “A DOE management visit to R-Reactor in August revealed safety concerns which had not been discovered and addressed by WSI management even though this facility is one of the major training sites used by the protective force.” (Please See WACKENHUT, Page 12A) DECADE Arts Played An Active Role With Growth, New Works By LARRY WOOD Staff Writer Aiken county residents sang the praises of music, dance, art and drama during the 1980s. Dancers performed everything from ballet to jazz. Actors appeared in classic comedies and Broadway musicals. Vocalists sang top-40 hits one day and arias from operas the next. The $5-million Etherredge Center at USC Aiken was perhaps the most noted arts story of the 1980s. Metropolitan Opera soprano Roberta Peters sang at the grand opening on Jan. ll, 1986, and began a tradition of distinguished performances. Other performers who appeared in the Etherredge Center since the opening have include trumpet-player Dizzy Gillespie, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans, big-band conductor the late Woody Herman, violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin, the Swingle Singers, jazz pianist Marian McPartland and country performer Ronnie McDowell. Other performers have included country singer Marie Osmond and actor William Windom. The Aiken Choral Society continued to present two concerts each year, one at Christmas and another in the spring. In the mid 1980s, Gordon Getty attended the Choral Society’s performance of his musical interpretation of Edgar Allen Poe’s IN REVIEW poem, “Annabel Lee.” The Aiken County Arts Council got its first full-time executive director, Karen Carter, in the fall of 1986. Before, Charlotte Cassels helped direct the council. Katie Gleichauf took over the job in 1987. Since that time, the Arts Council has become a subgranting agency, which allows local artists to apply directly to the (Please See ARTS, Page 3A) U.S. Praises Vatican For Noriega Help By JOSEPH B. FRAZIER Associated Press Writer PANAMA CITY, Panama - The United States praised the Vatican on Friday for its efforts to ease Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega out of the Vatican mission where he has taken refuge, and U.S. forces detained two more top aides to the increasingly isolated former dictator. The Vatican however said it would take steps — which it did not specify — if U.S. harassment of the papal embassy and Noriega does not stop. “The nuncio is doing his best to convince General Noriega to abandon the nunciature on his own, by himself,” said Joaquin Navarro, Vatican spokesman in Rome. “At the same time he cannot force Noriega to leave nor can he consign him to U.S forces.” For Noriega, leaving the embassy would be tantamount to surrendering to U.S. troops posted IO feet from the gate. The troops are inspecting all cars, including that of papal nuncio Sebastian Laboa. President Guillermo Endara said he expects Noriega “to be invited out of the nuniciature soon. That’s what we want.” He said this would be “within days.” U.S. forces detained Noriega’s personal doctor and chief economic adviser, bringing to six the number of top aides that have been arrested or surrendered by walking out of the embassy the last 48 hours. Those reported in custody include Mike Har-ari, an Israeli security adviser and close aide to Noriega. Late in the afternoon U.S. troops turned down the volume on music (See U.S. PRAISES, Page 12A) ;

  • Aiken Ada Kelly Johnson
  • Aiken Rosena K. Moss
  • Charlotte Cassels
  • Danny Ford
  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Don Nehlen
  • Doug Bowers
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Gilbert Cates
  • Gordon Getty
  • Guillermo Endara
  • Hobart R. Mead
  • James D. Watkins
  • Joaquin Navarro
  • Joe Henderson
  • John D. Wagoner
  • Joseph B. Frazier
  • Karen Carter
  • Katie Gleichauf
  • Manuel Antonio Noriega
  • Marian Mcpartland
  • Marie Osmond
  • Michael Shady
  • Rob Lowe
  • Roberta Peters
  • Ronnie Mcdowell
  • Sebastian Laboa
  • Terry Allen
  • Tim Giago
  • Wesley Mcfadden
  • William Windom
  • Woody Herman
  • Yehudi Menuhin

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Publication: Aiken Standard

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

Issue Date: December 30, 1989

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