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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 3, 1990, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports UNLV Routs Duke For Title Page IDA Weather Fair Skies Low Dipping To 30s Page 5A Deaths Cora E Bussey North Augusta Bessie Ann Moore Harlem Ga Rev Thomas T Rawls Chester Murlina Royal Aiken Steve Wilson North Augusta Ptease see Page 5A for details Inside Today Bridge5B Calendar88 Classifieds3B Comics9A Crossword7B Cryptoquote4B Dear Abby8A Local Front1B Obituaries5A Opinions4A Sports10A Television8A Weather5A Tuesday April 3 1990 Aiken South Carolina Vol 123 No A Quick Read Heroic AIDS Fighter Reported Near Death INDIANAPOLIS AP Ryan White the teenage AIDS victim whose battle for acceptance won hearts and better understanding of the disease across nation was re ported near death today on a life support system His mother and sister remained at the bedside of the WHITE 18yearold who during his battle with AIDS grew from an object of scorn in his hometown to an international spokes man for children with the disease Hes not expected to come out of it said Carrie Van Dyke director of health promotion for the State Board of Health and a spokeswoman for the White family Dr Martin B Kleiman Whites chief physician refused to speculate on how long the teenager would live Oliver North Selling BulletProof Vests WASHINGTON AP I rely ev ery day on the security of a GTI vest says Oliver L North in a cata logue promoting his own line of body armor more popularly known as buDetproof vests North the Linchpin of the IranCon tra affair has gone into business with another key figure in the scan dal former CIA station chief Joseph Fernandez The pair fired from their govern ment jobs are the sole proprietors of Guardian Technologies Internation al which will manufacture light weight vests There is no other partner Fer nandez said Its our idea our mon ey and our effort Ollie North is the chairman and Im the president of the company Committed To You Daily Patton Sparkles At National By MICHAEL SHADY Sports Editor AUGUSTA Too bad it didnt count It took all of one day for Chris Patton the current US Amateur champion to make his presence felt at the Masters Sure it was just a practice round but there was Patton a senior at Clemson outdriving Robert Gamez the redhot rookie on this years PGA tour And there was Patton leaning on the shoulder of Ben Crenshaw who captured the Green Jacket here in 1984 as the two tried to find the proper putting line Aiken Shares And there was Patton smothering the flagsticks with his approach shots all af ternoon birdieing eight yes eight holes Monday while bogeying only one For anyone whos keeping score thats a 65 Patton in a foursome with Gamez Crenshaw and Timothy Hobby the cur rent US Public Links champion was nothing less than spectacular as he pe rused over Augusta Nationals par72 lay out for just the fourth time in his golfing career Patton was long off the tee pin pointingly accurate with his irons and soft around the greens and with his put ter In other words Patton had every thing you need working at the National to post low numbers Still he has modest ambitions for when the tournament really starts on Thursday I just want to be here on Saturday said Patton referring to surviving the cut after Fridays second round Then Ill set new goals Please See PATTON Page 3A Staff Photo By Ginny Soulhworth HUNT MEET ACTION Riders and horses clear a hurdle in the Aiken Hunt which set an attendance record Fickle Weather Puts Trials Down Hunt Up And Sulky Into Overtime By OANA RODGERS Staff Writer The weather was one of the key play ers in the 20th annual Aiken Triple Crown With the Triple Crown a memory the sponsors are busy tabulating attendance The first leg of the Triple Crown the Aiken Trials was held despite cool rainy weather The Trials sponsored by the Aiken Jaycees attracted between 6000 and 7000 spectators This is onethird of the normal attendance for the event ac cording to June H Muff president of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce The crowds were off for the Trials Ms Murff said Advance ticket sales were higher than in the past but due to the weather ticket sales at the gate were down For the second leg of the Triple Crown the Hunt Meet sponsored by the SER TOMA Club the weather could not have been any better The Hunt Meet drew a record crowd of 15000 according to Ford D Conger chairman of the Aiken Steeplechase Association This was our biggest year he said We have had pretty steady growth but the last two to three years we have add ed a lot of people We put an extra section on the tent with more tables and chairs he said about the Tent Party at the Hunt Meet We believe that the contribution to Helping Hands which is our charity Please See FICKLE Page 3A Coming Tomorrow Masters Edition The Aiken Standard salutes the 54th Masters with a special section on golfs annual rite of spring in Wednes days paper Decline In Building Blamed As Economic Gauge Falls By 1 By JOHN D McCLAIN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON The governments chief economic forecasting gauge fell 10 percent in February the Commerce De partment reported today but analysts said it would have changed little except for a drop in building permits The Index of Leading Economic Indica tors designed to forecast economic activ ity six to nine months in advance had risen the previous three months But because of the unusual circum stances surrounding the indexs building permit component many analysts ex pressed skepticism in advance of the February report The analysts said todays index would be lowered by the February drop from the unusually large number of permits builders sought in January to take advan tage of record warm weather and to beat a deadline for meeting expensive new building standards The standards required by 1989 fair housing legislation are designed to make apartment buildings more accessible to the handicapped The National Associa tion of Home Builders said the standards would add between and to the cost of an apartment According to a survey of 51 top econo mists published in Blue Chip Economic Indicators the gross national product the nations output of goods and services will grow 17 percent in 1990 But the survey by Eggert Economic Enterprises of Sedona Ariz says the economic outlook remains the most sluggish since the recession year of 1982 Seven of the 11 forwardlooking statis tics contributed to the decline led by the steep fall in building permits in February after a sharp jump in the previous month the warmest January on record Other negatives included faster busi ness delivery times lower stock prices a decline in plant and equipment orders a Leading Indicators decrease in the price of raw materials a decline in the backlog of manufacturers unfilled orders and a drop in an index measuring consumer confidence Three of the components were positive including an increase in orders for con sumer goods a gain in the money supply and a drop in weekly unemployment claims One indicator the length of the average workweek was unchanged The various changes left the index at 1440 percent of its 1982 base of 100 The index fell 06 percent from September through February after declining 05 per cent the previous six months The analysts said because so many building permits were issued in January there were fewer issued in February causing the number to decline a sharp 25 percent Economist Michael P Niemira of Mitsubishi Bank in New York said that drove the overall index down If that onetime aberration were not in cluded the index might have exceeded its January level Niemira said UN Agrees To Enter Negotiations To Free Pattis By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON The SecretaryGen erals office at the United Nations has agreed to press the government of Iran for the release of Jon Pattis an Aiken native who was arrested while working for a private US company in Iran in 1986 He has been charged with espionage Pattis 53 is an electrical engineer spe cializes in the maintenance and repair of telecommunications systems According to a family member he was employed by Cosmos Engineers of Bethesda Md at the time of his arrest Members of the states congressional delegation have become active in the ef fort to obtain his release Last month in a letter authored by Rep Butler Derrick DSC they petitioned the UN Secre tary General to take action on Pattis behalf This week the director of the office of the secretary general John Washburn sent an official reply via Sen Strom Thurmond RSC I am pleased to tell you that the Unit ed Nations has taken up this case It and several others like it are being raised on purely humanitarian grounds by United Nations officials in various ways over time and as circumstances may dictate Washburn wrote It seems as though at last were get ting something done said Rep Derrick Rep Derrick who said he believes Pat tis is the only South Carolinian incarcer ated in Iran has been active on Pattis behalf in other ways Within the last two weeks he said he had talked to Swiss government repre sentatives in Geneva to press for delivery of packages to Pattis from his family through the Swiss consulate in Teheran Pattis mother Mrs Catherine Pattis and his sister Ellen live in Aiken Anoth er sister lives near Washington DC He is unmarried Pattis has been visited twice by his sis ter Ellen according to a family member Estimate On Peach Crop Loss Rises To Million From Staff And Wire Reports The freeze that last month destroyed an estimated 61 percent of the states peach crop could mean a loss to agricul ture and related industries of over million agriculture officials say The loss had been estimated by Clem son Agricultural Extension Service offi cials at about 50 percent but a survey last week of 200 farmers by the state Ag ricultural Statistics Service revealed higher estimated losses The peach crop took a tremendous lick in that last freeze said Martin Eu banks executive director of the South Carolina Peach Council which repre sents peach farmers There will be peaches available he said But this is very bad news for the industry as a whole particularly in cer tain areas because some were hit harder than others The survey shows that farmers believe the cold weather ruined 62 percent of the peach crop in Upstate counties 72 per cent in the Midlands and 32 percent in coastal counties In Edgefield County which produces nearly a third of the states total crop farmers predicted losses of 68 percent The results of the survey are based solely on growers early assessments of damage statisticians said Some grow ers said that fruit which appears sound now will either rot or be of very low quality This is the first time freezing tempera tures have harmed a substantial portion of the peach crop since 1985 when a spring cold spell ruined most of the crop in Upstate counties Some of those in the business took the news in stride It the survey doesnt shock me said Henry Gramling II a fourthgenera tion peach farmer who tends 500 acres in Gramling Ive sort of been here before Statewide the sale of 270 million pounds of fresh peaches brought in million in 1988 almost 5 percent of total farm receipts of billion Please See ESTIMATE Page 3A   

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