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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 11, 1997, Aiken, South Carolina                                A I K E N tanbarb Italian fast food coming to Aiken Page 1B New job North Augusta police chief leaving Page 5A Vol 128 No 42 Aiken South Carolina Tuesday February 111997 Briefly DSS extends license for Helping Hands The license for an emer gency childrens shelter has been extended until March 30 by the state Department of Social Services An investigation cited a number of problems with chil dren at Helping Hands DSS spokesman Jerry Adams said Monday that Help ing Hands had met corrective measures outlined by the agency and the shelters license had been extended DSS was asked to investigate complaints of mismanage ment in November Oldest senator released from hospital COLUMBIA AP Sen Strom Thurmond the oldest person ever to serve in the US Senate has been released from a Washington DC hospital after being treated for influenza Thurmond was released at about am Monday from Walter Reed Army Hospital according to his spokeswoman Chris Cimko Thurmond who is president pro tern of the Senate was present to preside over the opening of the Senate at noon Ms Cimko said Thurmond went into the hospital Jan 30 Fire guts apartments at Edisto Track An early morning fire destroyed two apartments at the Edisto Training Track at 4251 Wagener Road Chief Greg Bailey of the Couchton Fire Department said his crews were joined by Montmorenci and Wagener Fire Departments in battling the blaze Firefighters received the alarm at am When they arrived they found the left apartment of a duplex nearly burned to the ground Fire traveled through a joint attic to the right apartment collaps ing the roof It took around 30 minutes for firefighters to control the blaze No one was injured although a pet snake was killed in the fire The cause of the fire is still under investigation The Couchton Fire Depart ments excitement did not end after the fire however as their tanker was rearended by a car while returning the sta tion causing extensive dam age to both the car and the tanker No one was injured in the wreck 4Index Bridge6B Classifieds4B Comics8A Crossword7B Dear Abby8A Movies10A Opinions4A Sports9A Television8A Weather2A Deaths Thurman E Amerson North Augusta Albert Durand Las Vegas Johnnie Glover Williston Nettie Holman Hughes Elko Juanita Dugar Jackson Allen dale Terry Pollard Aiken Horace A Turner Williston Helen Usry North Augusta Obituary notices on page 26 Ga lottery Mondays winning numbers 3 675 Fantasy 5 620293135 Goodwill Ambassador Staff photo by Scott Webster Ryan Disney talks with North Augusta Mayor Thomas Greene Monday North Augusta youth spreads MDA message By BILL BENGTSON NORTH AUGUSTA The CSRA is now Disney World as far as the Muscular Dystrophy Association is concerned Ryan Disney a 12yearold who attends Hammond Hill Elemen tary School is the MDAs 1997 Goodwill Ambassador for the CSRA Ryan met North Augusta Mayor Thomas Greene Monday as the first step in stepping out in public on behalf of the research and treatment organization Patty Rose a district MDA rep resentative explained Ryans new role Hell be making public appearances at different fund raising events the Jerry Lewis telethon and things like that and it just gives folks an idea that there are people right here in our community that are being helped by donations made to the MDA she said While offering a beaming smile for the cameras Ryan also shared a few opinions on the big things in his life these days I like school School is cool he said naming science and art as his two favorite subjects He recently completed the DARE Drug Abuse Resistance Education program at Ham mond Hill and gave the pro gram a solid endorsement Drugs are bad news he said because you get very sick and in lots of trouble and go to jail I just want to stay healthy Ryan said Walt Disney is not on his family tree but he did have a blast during a family visit to the Magic Kingdom He also enjoyed himself last summer as an MDAsponsored participant at MDA Camp held annually at Camp Long outside Aiken He is a son of Kep and Bea Disney who work as a Savannah River Site computer specialist and a kindergarten aide respec tively The family also includes Sarah 17 Stephen 7 and Han nah 4 The Disneys moved to North Augusta about five years ago from Pittsburgh Pa Simpson saga not over By LINDA DEUTSCH AP Special Correspondent SANTA MONICA Calif The O J Simpson case exploded on the American scene 2 years ago mixing money murder and celebrity worship It destroyed lives exposed prejudices and wreaked havoc on the justice sys tem Now that a second jury has spo ken will the obsession cease or is this just the beginning of a new chapter in a saga as tragic and transfixing aa any that has ever come before an American court Most likely Simpson mania will continue unabated as long as Simpson lives A jury says he should spend the rest of his life paying for two killings he insists he did not commit Like Lizzie Borden and a host of Analysis other mysterious figures in this nations vivid judicial history Simpson will probably remain a subject of controversy and debate Did he kill his beautiful exwife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman The criminal jury said he was inno cent now a civil jury has held him responsible Dueling verdicts leave room for endless second guessing The larger issues will occupy pundits for years Did the system fail in the criminal trial Or was the civil proceeding a faintly dis guised brand of double jeopardy Did an ugly streak of racism infect the civil case as it did the criminal trial SC court rules against transfer fees Associated Press COLUMBIA Millions of dol lars that local governments col lected as real estate transfer fees must be handed over to the state as required in a 1994 budget amendment the state Supreme Court ruled Charleston Hilton Head Island Kiawah Island and Georgetown County had sued state officials saying the amendment was unconstitutional and violated home rule which is designed to keep legislators from meddling in local financial matters Gov David Beasley and state Treasurer Richard Eckstrom were pleased with Mondays ruling This signals in a sense that we are finally using some com mon sense here Eckstrom said He said the state should return the money to property owners Its disappointing and a sur prise Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley said We will respectfully petition for a rehearing Hope fully this is just a stumble along On the personal front Simp sons future appears bleak an athlete and actor past his prime trying to sell his autograph and other memorabilia of tarnished glory to a public that may not be interested A commercial pitch man without a product a father of two young children who may wonder whether their dad is a killer The penalty of million assessed by the civil jury Monday is more than Simpson has by anyones estimate and probably more than he will ever earn Added to compensatory damages of million it spells a lifetime of debt for a man who has grown used to living as a millionaire The victims families said in the aftermath that money was not their goal They wanted vindica tion they said the road Riley said his city had collected about million since 1994 to pay for parks and recreation pro jects in developing areas On Hilton Head Island Mayor Tom Peeples said the fees have raised more than million since 1991 Eckstrom said there is no dif ference between a tax and a fee in this case All the money comes from taxpayers he said ll applaud a stand that takes a posi tion against backdoor taxes Beasley spokesman Gary Karr also called the decision a victory for taxpayers Its going to limit the interest in raising these taxes and thats a good thing Karr said The court ruled the amendment rightfully allows the Legislature to limit municipalities by prevent ing them from keeping the money Riley said the ruling could mean the General Assembly could effectively repeal any local fee by simply taking the money away Alcohol level in crash was 3 By MICHAEL W GIBBONS Toxicology reports of the woman killed along with four children in Wagener in December show the womans bloodalcohol level was at a possibly fatal mark at the time of the accident The State Law Enforcement Division report found Linda Tin dals bloodalcohol level was 3 three times the legal limit when she smashed headon into a school bus killing herself her two children and two grandchil dren Coroner Sue Townsend said the high level could prove fatal for some people However Ms Tin dals history of alcohol abuse may have allowed her to consume to that point Thats considered a toxic level She could have I dont Please see ALCOHOL page 5A AP photo Larry Green holds up a sign outside the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica Monday after the jury announced its million award The English Patient leads Oscar nominees Associated Press BEVERLY HILLS Calif romantic epic The English Patient received a leading 12 nominations today including best picture for the Academy Awards Other best picture contenders were Fargo Jerry Maguire Secrets Lies and Shine Fargo and Shine had seven nominations apiece while Jerry Maguire and Secrets Lies each got five Best actor nominees included Ralph Fiennes for The English Patient Tom Cruise for Jerry Maguire Woody Harrelson for The People vs Larry Flynt Geoffrey Rush for Shine and Billy Bob Thornton for Sling Blade Top actress contenders were Kristin Scott Thomas for The English Patient Brenda Blethyn for Secrets Lies Diane Keaton for Marvins Room Nominees listedPage 5A Frances McDormand for Fargo and Emily Watson for Breaking the Waves Conspicuously absent from the actress nominations was Madon na for her performance in Evita Debbie Reynoldswas also forgotten by the academy for her role in Mother The controversial film The People vs Larry Flynt about the life of the Hustler sex magazine publisher didnt receive a best picture nod but saw its director Milos Forman nominated as well as its star Forman competes a twotime winner for the best director Oscar with Anthony Minghella for The English Patient Joel Coen for Fargo Mike Leigh for Secrets Lies and Scott Hicks for Shine Support actor contenders were Cuba Good ing Jr for Jerry Maguire William H Macy for Fargo Armin MuellerStahl for Shine Edward Norton for Primal Fear and James Woods for Ghosts of Mississippi In the supporting actress cate gory were Lauren Bacall for The Mirror Has Two Faces Juliette Binoche for The English Patient Barbara Hershey for The Portrait of a Lady and Marianne JeanBaptiste for Secrets Lies   

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