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Publication: Aiken Standard December 31, 1989

Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 31, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Page 2A Page UA Allen Working On New Project Page UA 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 IO p.m. Saturday, according to Lonnie McCarthy, director of the Aiken County Detention Center. The man are not thought to be armed. “We are trying to piece this together 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, 5-7, weighing 139 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was being held for criminal sexual conduct, first degree. Estep is described as a white male, 5-9, 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 contraband by a prisoner. He was also being held for authorities in Richmond County, Ga. 9-Year-Old Accused Of Selling Crack BOSTON (AP) — A 9-year-old boy accused of offering crack cocaine to an undercover police officer was released to his grandmother and police searched for the teen-ager who allegedly 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 Superintendent Robert Hayden. “He is supposed 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 Roland Kenneth Turner, Aiken Dr. F.A. Kennedy, Aiken Please see Page 8A for details. Inside Today Bridge...............................................5D Calendar............................................5C Classifieds.........................................3D Dear Abby..........................................6C Local Front......................................11A Obituaries...............................  8A Opinions 1..........................1D Sports................................................1B Television ................................2B Weather.............................................8A Weddings..........................................AC Sunday, December 31, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 333 Bush: Military Search A 'Screw-Up' By The Associated Press HOUSTON — President Bush today said Saturday the U.S. military search of the Nicaraguan ambassador’s residence in Panama City “was a screw-up,” 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 18-hole game of golf at the Houston Country Club, said that apologies were being made to the Nicaraguan government for the episode. But, Bush said, “life goes on.” “When you find those kind of weapons caches, even though I think in retrospect that we shouldn’t have gone in there, it makes you wonder exactly what our young men are up against down there,” Bush said. “I don’t know what they need rocket launchers for in a man’s house.” “It’s a screw-up and they (U.S. military officials in Panama) have expressed their regrets that it happened," Bush said. He added that “it shouldn’t have happened and that’s 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 Vatican’s embassy in Panama. “If need be, I’ll get on the phone with the holy father,” Bush said, adding, “I don’t 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 stabilizing in Panama, despite the standoff on Noriega’s 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 12A) Clemson Whips Mounties Tigers Successfully Contain QB Harris From Staff And Wire Reports Clemson capped a decade of gridiron excellence Saturday night with a resounding 27-7 victory against West Virginia in the 45th annual Mazda Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. Game Story................................Page    1B The Tigers earned their fourth straight bowl victory with the win and also completed a 10-win season for the third year in a row. The Tigers fell behind 7-0 early in the contest, but came back with 27 unanswered points as they successfully contained Major Harris, the Mountaineer’s Heisman Trophy-candidate quarterback. “I think our defense played very well, except for the opening drive,” Clemson coach Danny Ford said. “It’s a real nice win for Clemson.” West Virginia finished the year 8-3-1. It was the third straight postseason loss for the Mountaineers, who were whipped by Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl last season after completing an undefeated regular season. Harris was intercepted once and he lost three fumbles, the last fumble being recovered in the end zone by Clemson’s Chester McGlockton for a touchdown that gave the Tigers a 24-7 lead with 8:08 left in the game. AP Laserphoto MAJOR PROBLEM: West Virginia Quarterback Major Haf. .3 tries to elude the grasp of Clemson’s Vance Hammond during the Tigers’ Gator Bowl victory Satuday night. The victory was Clemson’s 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 Gardocki’s second field goal of the game, a 24-yard kick with 3:16 left, completed the Clemson scoring. The Clemson defense, which had forced 34 turnovers during the regular season, also sacked Harris three times for losses totaling 18 yards. Harris, who finished third in this season’s Heisman Trophy voting, passed for 119 yards and ran for just 17 yards on ll attempts. A Gator Bowl record 82,911 fans watched Clemson bounce back from an early 7-0 deficit to dominate the Mountaineers and prevent a sweep by major eastern independents in bowl games. The game marked Clemson’s sixth appearance in the Gator Bowl. The Tigers are now 4-2 in the Jacksonville bowl. They made their first appearance in 1949 and defeated Missouri 24-23. In 1952, Miami of Florida defeated Clemson 14-0. Twenty-five years later, Pitt handed the Tigers a sound trashing in the 1977 Gator Bowl by a score of 34-3. That was followed by the 1978 contest, in which Ford made his debut as head coach and led the Tigers to a 17-15 victory against Ohio State in a game marred by Woody Hayes punching a Clemson player. Clemson’s latest stint in Jacksonville prior to Saturday night was a 27-21 victory over Stanford in the 1986 game. The '80s: Freedom Started, Ended Decade By KEITH WARD Staff Writer The 1980s began and ended the same way in the USA: with freedom. Both types affected the United States, although in different ways. On Jan. 20,1981, the day of Ronald Reagan’s inauguration as our 40th president, the 52 Americans who had been held captive in Iran’s capital Tehran were released. The result it had on the U.S. 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 isN ringing again. All throughout Eastern Europe, people are demonstrating for their independence, and the Soviet Union is not interfering. Democracy is beginning to sprout its roots, causing a fundamental change in America’s 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 man-made disaster that ended the lives of seven people: the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger on Jan. 28,1986. 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 heart-wrenching. The tragedy threw NASA into a tail- • A • DECADE • More Stories.......................Pages    3B-6B • IN • REVIEW • spin, virtually halting the space program for several years. The government agency is making a comeback, but is still in a state of flux. Seven people also died in another manmade disaster, this time in Chicago. More than IOO federal investigators were involved in the hunt for an individual who was lacing Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules 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 sealing 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 volcano spewed ash and steam some 60,000 feet into the sky over Washington State, claiming 57 lives and causing President Carter to declare the state a major disaster area. The damage assessment was set at more than $3 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 destructive path through much of the state and into North Carolina. The death toll rose to 62, and the latest damage estimates put the cost at more than $6 billion. Less than a month later an earthquake measured at 7.1 on the richter scale leveled much of the San Fransisco Bay area, including highway 1-880 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 decade 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 Democratic presidential nomination in 1988, leaving a much-weakened field to choose from. Hart was found to have spent the night with Donna Rice, after telling reporters to “go ahead, follow me around, you’ll 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 selected 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 THE ’80s, Page 16A) Racist Plot Uncovered By Probe By The Associated Press ATLANTA — Two frantic weeks of investigating a series of mail bombs that killed a judge and a civil rights leader have produced shadowy outlines of a racist plot against the judicial system, but there is uncertainty about who is responsible and when another attack could come. A person or group calling itself Americans for a Competent Federal Judicial System claimed responsibility for killing U.S. 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 stepped-up violence and claimed the justice system was lenient 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 wouldn’t 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 followup 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 official fossil. These and scores of other new laws take effect around the nation Jan. I. 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 down five children with an AK-47 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 restricted. The list contains some 55 pistols rifles and shotguns that will be barred from manufacture, importation or sale. Maryland will bar sale of handguns unless they are on a list of weapons approved by the Handgun Roster Board. That law is aimed at so-called “Saturday night specials.” (See NEW, Page 16A) ;

  • Chester Mcglockton
  • Chris Gardocki
  • Christa Mcauliffe
  • Dan Quayle
  • Danny Ford
  • Donna Rice
  • Gary Hart
  • George Bush
  • Joseph Biden
  • Keith Ward
  • Lonnie Mccarthy
  • Manuel Antonio Noriega
  • Marlin Fitzwater
  • Patrick Purdy
  • Paul F. Mchugh
  • Richard Estep
  • Robert Hayden
  • Robert Robinson
  • Robert Vance
  • Roland Kenneth Turner
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Vance Hammond
  • Woody Hayes

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Publication: Aiken Standard

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

Issue Date: December 31, 1989

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