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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 31, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside Allen Working On New Project PagellA A Quick Read Prisoners Escape Through Skylight Two men remained at large late Saturday night after escaping from the Aiken County Detention Center through a skylight The two shared a cell and escaped sometime between 9 and 10 pm Sat urday according to Lonnie McCar thy director of the Aiken County De tention Center The man are not thought to be armed We are trying to piece this togeth er right now said McCarthy We have something fairly concrete and hopefully we will have them returned to the detention center as soon as possible McCarthy identified the escaped prisoners as Paul F McHugh 21 and Richard Estep 39 McHugh is described as a white male 57 weighing 139 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes He was being held for criminal sexual con duct first degree Estep is described as a white male 59 weighing 230 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes He was being detained on assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature grand larceny and possession of contra band by a prisoner He was also be ing held for authorities in Richmond County Ga 9YecirOld Accused Of Selling Crack BOSTON AP A 9yearold boy accused of offering crack cocaine to an undercover police officer was re leased to his grandmother and police searched for the teenager who alleg edly supplied drugs to the youngster With all the shootings and terrible things we see this has affected us the most because he is supposed to be innocent said Deputy Superinten dent Robert Hayden He is sup posed to be worried about what he got for Christmas Weather More Clouds It will be mostly cloudy today with a 40 percent chance of rain The highs will be in the high 50s to mid 60s The lows will be in the 40s Please see Page 8A for details Deaths Page 2A Defense Budget Bottle Expected PagellA Belt Law Goes Into Effect Monday Roland Kenneth Turner Aiken Dr FA Kennedy Aiken Please see Page 8A for details Inside Today Bridge5D Calendar5C Classifieds3D Dear Abby6C Local Front11A Obituaries8A Opinions1D Sports1B Television2B Weather8A Weddings4C Sunday December 31 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 333 V Bush Military Search A ScrewUp By The Associated Press HOUSTON President Bush today said Saturday the US military search of the Nicaraguan ambassadors residence in Panama City was a screwup but added that the heavy arsenal found in the home makes you wonder exactly what our young men are up against down there The president speaking to reporters after an 18hole game of golf at the Hous ton Country Club said that apologies were being made to the Nicaraguan gov ernment for the episode But Bush said lifegoes on When you find those kind of weapons caches even though I think in retrospect that we shouldnt have gone in there it makes you wonder exactly what our young men are up against down there Bush said I dont know what they need rocket launchers for in a mans house Its a screwup and they US mili tary officials in Panama have expressed their regrets that it happened Bush said He added that it shouldnt have happened and thats been explained to the Nicaraguans Bush also said that he was not seeking a fight with the Vatican and that he hoped that rhetoric could cool down on both sides of the stalemate over the fate of deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega who has sought refuge in the Vaticans embassy in Panama If need be Ill get on the phone with the holy father Bush said adding I dont think it will come to that we have good relations with the Vatican However Bush added they have a history of giving asylum to people who are fleeing even thugs like Noriega The president said he was ending the year satisfied that conditions are stabiliz ing in Panama despite the standoff on Noriegas future The man at least is off the streets Bush said Earlier today White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater asked if the United See BUSH Page 12 A Clemson Whips Mounties Tigers Successfully Contain QB Harris From Staff And Wire Reports Clemson capped a decade of gridiron excellence Saturday night with a re sounding 277 victory against West Vir ginia in the 45th annual Mazda Gator Bowl in Jacksonville Fla Game StoryPage 1B The Tigers earned their fourth straight bowl victory with the win and also com pleted a 10win season for the third year in a row The Tigers fell behind 70 early in the contest but came back with 27 unan swered points as they successfully con tained Major Harris the Mountaineers Heisman Trophycandidate quarterback I think our defense played very well except for the opening drive Clemson coach Danny Ford said Its a real nice win for Clemson West Virginia finished the year 831 It was the third straight postseason loss for the Mountaineers who were whipped by Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl last sea son after completing an undefeated regu lar season Harris was intercepted once and he lost three fumbles the last fumble being re covered in the end zone by Clemsons Chester McGlockton for a touchdown that gave the Tigers a 247 lead with left in the game AP Laserphoto MAJOR PROBLEM West Virginia Quarterback Major Hams tries to elude the grasp of Clemsons Vance Hammond during the Tigers Gator Bowl victory Satuday night The victory was Clemsons fourth straight bowl victory The four Harris turnovers all came in the second half as Clemson broke open a close game with 17 points in the fourth quarter Chris Gardockis second field goal of the game a 24yard kick with left completed the Clemson scoring The Clemson defense which had forced 34 turnovers during the regular season also sacked Harris three tunes for losses totaling 18 yards Harris who finished third in this seasons Heisman Trophy voting passed for 119 yards and ran for just 17 yards on 11 attempts A Gator Bowl record 82911 fans watched Clemson bounce back from an early 70 deficit to dominate the Moun taineers and prevent a sweep by major eastern independents in bowl games The game marked Clemsons sixth ap pearance in the Gator Bowl The Tigers are now 42 in the Jacksonville bowl They made their first appearance in 1949 and defeated Missouri 2423 In 1952 Mi ami of Florida defeated Clemson 140 Twentyfive years later Pitt handed the Tigers a sound trashing in the 1977 Gator Bowl by a score of 343 That was fol lowed by the 1978 contest in which Ford made his debut as head coach and led the Tigers to a 1715 victory against Ohio State in a game marred by Woody Hayes punching a Clemson player Clemsons latest stint in Jacksonville prior to Satur day night was a 2721 victory over Stan ford in the 1986 game The 80s Freedom Started Ended Decade J By KEJTH WARD Staff Writer The 1980s began and ended the same way in the USA with freedom Both types affected the United States al though in different ways On Jan 201981 the day of Ronald Rea gans inauguration as our 40th president the 52 Americans who had been held cap tive in Irans capital Tehran were re leased The result it had on the US was immediate The nation was snapped out of the funk it had been in ever since the hostages were taken 444 days before and a new sense of pride was felt by most people Now on the eve of the last decade of the 20th century freedom is ringing again All throughout Eastern Europe people are demonstrating for their inde pendence and the Soviet Union is not in terfering Democracy is beginning to sprout its roots causing a fundamental change in Americas relationship with those nations as well as the USSR And in between those two events there was no shortage of news One of the biggest single stories of the decade nationally involved a manmade disaster that ended the lives of seven peo ple the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger on Jan 281986 The shuttle blew up barely one minute after takeoff as millions of Americans watched horrified Among the crew was a teacher Christa McAuliffe who was selected in a national competition to teach her students two lessons from space making the tragedy especially heartwrenching The tragedy threw NASA into a tail A D F C A D More StoriesPages 3B6B IN REVIEW spin virtually halting the space program for several years The government agen cy is making a comeback but is still in a state of flux Seven people also died in another man made disaster this time in Chicago More than 100 federal investigators were involved in the hunt for an individual who was lacing ExtraStrength Tylenol cap sules with cyanide The seven victims took the tainted medicine in September and October of 1982 Copycat poisonings began to occur in several other areas prompting manufacturers to start seal ing their products more carefully Several other disasters in the 80s were caused not by man but by nature The first of these occured in 1980 when Mount St Helens erupted on May 18 The volca no spewed ash and steam some 60000 feet into the sky over Washington State claiming 57 lives and causing President Carter to declare the state a major disas ter area The damage assessment was set at more than billion This past year saw the other two major natural disasters Hurricane Hugo and the San Fransisco earthquake Hugo struck South Carolina on Sept 20 devastating Charleston and tearing a de structive path through much of the state and into North Carolina The death toll rose to 62 and the latest damage esti mates put the cost at more than billion Less than a month later an earthquake measured at 71 on the richter scale lev eled much of the San Fransisco Bay area including highway 1880 in Oakland The top portion of the interstate collapsed onto the bottom half crushing those in their cars The 1980s might also be called the de cade of scrutiny as many prominent politicians and religious leaders were toppled due to revelations in their private lives Both Gary Hart and Joseph Biden were knocked out of contention for the Demo cratic presidential nomination in 1988 leaving a muchweakened field to choose from Hart was found to have spent the night with Donna Rice after telling re porters to go ahead follow me around youll be bored They were not Biden lost his bid after it was revealed that he had plagarized parts of several speeches Dan Quayle whom George Bush select ed as his running mate in 88 did not lose his job but he became the laughingstock of the election Reporters found out that he had joined the Indiana National Guard in what many felt was an attempt See THE80s Page 16A Racist Plot Uncovered By Probe By The Associated Press ATLANTA Two frantic weeks of in vestigating a series of mail bombs that killed a judge and a civil rights leader have produced shadowy outlines of a rac ist plot against the judicial system but there is uncertainty about who is respon sible and when another attack could come A person or group calling itself Ameri cans for a Competent Federal Judicial System claimed responsibility for killing US Circuit Judge Robert Vance on Dec 16 and Savannah Ga lawyer and civil rights leader Robert Robinson two days later A letter to an Atlanta television station last week threatened steppedup violence and claimed the justice system was le nient toward blacks who attack whites Protecting the innocent warrants a higher court priority than granting the blacks demand for white teachers for their children the letter said FBI agents wouldnt say what leads they have gotten from bomb fragments and a hot line set up for tips They also would not discuss a published report that the letter to the TV station contained an identifying code identical to one in follow up letters sent to the bomb targets But agents confirmed the letters contained information known only to investigators and whomever was involved in the bombings Authorities said they had never heard of Americans for a Competent Federal Judicial System but the threats have been taken seriously around the Southeast See RACIST Page 12A New Laws Go Into Effect Tomorrow By The Associated Press In California it will be a crime to abuse an elephant In Florida people who want to dive for scallops will have to buy a license In Illinois the Tully monster will become the offi cial fossil These and scores of other new laws take effect around the nation Jan 1 In several states new measures are going on the books that deal with gun control alcohol drugs and smoking California has a law inspired by the January attack on a Stockton schoolyard in which Patrick Purdy gunned Hown five children with an AK47 semiautomatic assault rifle and then shot himself to death with a handgun With the new law military style assault weapons identified on a special list will be severely restrict ed The list contains some 55 pistols rifles and shotguns that will be barred from manufacture importa tion or sale Maryland will bar sale of hand guns unless they are on a list of weapons approved by the Handgun Roster Board That law is aimed at socalled Saturday night specials Sec NEW Page 16A   

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