Aiken Standard, December 30, 1989

Aiken Standard

December 30, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 30, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside 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 singlehost format returns after 1989s illfated multihost 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 con tention is the comedy When Harry Met Sally in which Crystal co stars The Oscar trophies will be pre sented at the Los Angeles Music Cen ter on March 26 Award Is Returned For Racist Remarks SIOUX FALLS SD AP The Sioux publisher of the Lakota Times said Friday he has returned the HL Mencken Writing Award he won in 1985 because of racist and sexist re marks Mencken made in his recently published diaries I feel very strongly that every thing that I have fought for in the last 20 years to try and improve race re lations it just wouldnt wash if I accepted an award and kept an award from a person that has atti tudes 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 dia ries between 1930 and 1948 Publica tion was withheld until more than 25 years after his death in 1956 In one entry Mencken wrote It is impossible to talk anything resem bling discretion or judgment to a col ored woman They are all essentially childlike 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 mid60s 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 Bridge7B Calendar10B Classifieds4B Comics11A Cryptoquote5B Dear Abby11A Local Front9A Obituaries10A Opinions8A Sports1B Stocks7A Television11A Weather10A SC Unveils New 2A SATURDAY FCC Rule Effect 9A PUBLIC UBRftNV V3frV ST W 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 departments 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 reac tor vessels which encase rods that fuel the atomic chain reaction has been a central concern as the government un dertakes a billion program for re pairing and modernizing the three reac tors and retraining the thousands of contract workers who operate the facility near Aiken The Savannah River reactors are the nations only source of tritium a radioac tive gas used in nuclear warheads Triti um decays at a rate of 55 percent a year so supplies in warheads must be periodi cally replenished or the bombs cease to function Barring any unforeseen problems such as vessel cracking Watkins hopes to re start K reactor by next fall the second L reactor by December 1990 and the third P reactor in spring 1991 Last September engineers of Westing house 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 comple tion 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 Handicapped Tigers Look To Gator Title AP Laserphoto GATOR TROPHY Clemsons Danny Ford left and West Virginias Don Nehlen pose with the Gator Bowl trophy By MICHAEL SHADY Staff Sports Writer As it always seems to happen in football inju ries or the recovery from them may be the deciding factor in tonights Mazda Gator Bowl between Clemson and West Virginia The No 14ranked Tigers already know they will be without the services of running back Ter ry Allen the secondmost prolific rusher in the school history Allen according to Clemson coa ch Danny Ford has not fully recovered from the arthroscopic knee surgery he underwent in late November Ive read where some people are saying its 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 reinjured 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 resprained the knee on his fourth carry of the ballgame an 11yard 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 prac ticed 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 Allens 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 17ranked Mountaineers without its best offensive player West Virginia however may also be in a similar boat with quarterback sensation Major Harris The ques tion mark with Harris is his throwing elbow which Dr Doug Bowers the Mountaineers or thopedic surgeon says is suffering from chronic bursitis Harris will definitely play yet his effec tiveness remains to be seen Harris who finished third in this years Heis man Trophy balloting is undeterred I really dont 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 from the US Department of En ergy for its performance from April 1 through Sept 30 as security contractor at the Savannah River Site The bonus which is a payment above Wackenhuts operating expenses repre sented 695 percent of the potential award fee of for the sixmonth period DOE disclosed the evaluation and bo nus Friday The overall rating of excellent repre sents the secondbest assessment DOE could have given Wackenhut DOE rat ings categories are outstanding excel Related StoryPage 9A lent satisfactory marginal and unsatisfactory In particular DOE praised improve ments in security guards performance and planning support for SRSs Master Safeguards and Security Agreement and emergency preparedness program These improvements have been ac complished through the application of sound management principles and ag gressive actions to correct deficiencies in performance John D Wagoner DOEs deputy manager at SRS wrote in the Dec 20 ratings letter to Wackenhut Gen eral Manager MM Cosgrove Wagoner also hailed continued high levels of performance in cost manage ment and personnel and administrative security Additionally Wagoner wrote I want to commend WSI for selfidentification of a significant problem in the management of the Small Arms Training Area report ing of the problem to DOE immediately and taking decisive corrective action This is the type of management DOE ex pects of its contractors Last September two Wackenhut man agers the 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 and pulled triggers on unloaded guns indoors Along with the commendations DOE also criticized some aspects of Wacken huts performance Wagoner cited con tinued 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 RReactor in Au gust revealed safety concerns which had not been discovered and addressed by WSI management even though this facili ty is one of the major training sites used by the protective force Please See WACKENHUT Page 12A Arts Played An Active Role With Growth New Works A DECADE 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 Vo calists sang top40 hits one day and arias from operas the next The Etherredge Center at USC Aiken was perhaps the most noted arts story of the 1980s Metropolitan Op era soprano Roberta Peters sang at the grand opening on Jan 111986 and began a tradition of distinguished performances Other performers who appeared in the Etherredge Center since the opening have include trumpetplayer Dizzy Gil lespie the Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans bigband conductor the late Woody Herman violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin the Swingle Singers jazz pianist Marian McPartland and country performer Ronnie McDow ell 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 Societys performance of his mu sical interpretation of Edgar Allen Poes IN REVIEW poem Annabel Lee The Aiken County Arts Council got its first fulltime executive director Karen Carter in the fall of 1986 Before Char lotte 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 al lows local artists to apply directly to the Please See ARTS Page 3A t US 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 US 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 US harassment of the papal embassy and Noriega does not stop The nuncio is doing his best to convince General Noriega to aban don the nunciature on his own by himself said Joaquin Navarro Vat ican spokesman in Rome At the same time he cannot force Noriega to leave nor can he consign him to US forces For Noriega leaving the embassy would be tantamount to surrendering to US troops posted 10 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 Thats what we want He said this would be within days US forces detained Noriegas per sonal doctor and chief economic ad viser 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 re ported in custody include Mike Har ari an Israeli security adviser and close aide to Noriega Late in the afternoon US troops turned down the volume on music See US PRAISES Page 12A ;