Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 3, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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A Quick ReadInmates Can Get Cosmetic Surgery
HOUSTON (AP) — Hundreds of state prison inmates have been getting facelifts, liposuction and other cosmetic fixes at taxpayers’ expense for more than 20 years, according to a published report.
The operations have been performed at Galveston’s John Sealy Hospital, which provides medical and surgical staff for the state prison and is a teaching hospital for the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
The hospital said the Texas Corrections Department is not charged for surgery on inmates, but the expenses are paid by taxes because the hospital is part of a state-funded college, the Houston Chronicle reported Sunday.
The medical school says the practice helps surgeons perfect their skills. School officials also cite studies suggesting that inmates are less likely to return to prison if they look better when they leave.
Tommy Thompson, a 59-year-old inmate hoping for parole this year, agrees.
Thompson received face and brow lifts and underwent liposuction — the removal of fat — in February. His 21-day stay cost $12,117 in room costs alone, based on the hospital’s estimates of average inpatient costs of $577 per day.
“I feel IOO percent better,” said Thompson, who is serving 60 years for theft and abetting prostitution.
“I think it will help my attitude and my feeling about myself when I go back to the free world,” said Thompson, who had previously served time for theft.
Galveston County District Attorney Michael J. Guarino said he was unaware prisoners can have the operations.WeatherCloudy Skies
Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight and tomorrow with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms tonght and a 60s percent chance of rain tomorrow. The low will be in the mid 50s with a high in the upper 70s.
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Gilbert Bostic Jr., Wagener Katherine S. Hare, Saluda Madie J. Harper, Augusta Fannie B. Harsey, West Columbia Estelle W. Holland, Saluda Christine N. Proctor, Warrenville Ernest Reusser, Saratoga Springs, N Y Ideen Rowland, Wrightsville, Ga. Jeffrey Seymore, Clarks Hill William A. Towne, Charleston Please see details on Page 7B.Inside Today
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Integrity Of College Sports Doubted
Campbell Pushes Insurance Reform Bill
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Vol. 122 No. 80
Gorbachev, Castro Air Differences
By The Associated Press
HAVANA — Fidel Castro warmly greeted Mikhail S. Gorbachev with a hug and a tour of crowd-lined streets, but the Soviet president and his Caribbean client had fundamental differences to discuss at talks that begin today.
An enduring ally but orthodox Communist, Castro has criticized Gorbachev’s domestic reform program as drawing too much from capitalism.
The Cuban revolutionary leader’s unwillingness to institute such changes at home displeases the Soviets, who have suggested they may reduce the billions of dollars in aid they annually send Cuba.
The two leaders set aside more than six hours today for talks. Gorbachev is on his first diplomatic visit to Latin America.
A fatigue-clad Castro greeted the younger Gorbachev on a rain-soaked tarmac shortly before nightfall Sunday and threw his arms around the gray-suited Kremlin leader in a fraternal embrace.
The man who has ruled Cuba for three decades then kissed Gorbachev’s wife, Raisa, on both cheeks and escorted Gorbachev on a review of the presidential honor guard.
Hundreds cf thousands of Cubans mustered by local neighborhood committees packed Jose Marti International Airport and lined up five- and six-deep along the
18-mile route to the downtown area to watch the two leaders pass by in a convertible Soviet limousine.
Soviet and Cuban flags were everywhere. Although Castro is known for his ability to turn out thousands of people in this city of 2 million, the welcome for Gorbachev appeared genuinely warm.
The Soviet leader was in an affable mood afterward, telling a Cuban correspondent, ‘‘Everything is clear in our friendship, in our hearts, in our soul. The only thing left to do is to talk and we do have something to talk about.”
Official media in both countries have papered over ideological differences to stress the closeness of Cuban-Soviet rela
tions and one of the main events on Gorbachev’s schedule will be a speech Tuesday to the National Assembly.
Raisa Gorbachev planned excursions today to a day care center, a Soviet-Cu-ban friendship association and a museum for Cuba’s favorite American, the late author Ernest Hemingway.
The welcome for Gorbachev seemed genuine. His popularity in Cuba encompasses many who see him as the best hope for liberalization. Indeed, a coalition of dissident groups tentatively planned a pro-Gorbachev demonstration at the Soviet Embassy on Tuesday.
(See GORBACHEV, Page 10A)
Client Of The Year
Staff Photo By Phil Jones
A SPECIAL GRANDPARENT: The Tri-Development Center’s Client of the Year lends a hand during the children’s story hour in the Center’s Day Program. The kids look to James Collins as their own special grandfather who spends time with them almost every day. Please see story on Page 1B.
Haitian Leader Requests Help
By The Associated Press
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril went on national television early today to announce that forces loyal to his government had thwarted a coup attempt led by power-hungry soldiers.
There were indications that the attempt to overthrow Avril may have been related to his vow to crack down on officers involved in drug smuggling.
The international airport remained closed early today and soldiers patrolled Port-au-Prince streets, now quiet, that had echoed with gunfire 24 hours earlier.
Avril, who assumed power in coup six months ago, was reportedly seized at his suburban home early Sunday and rescued by loyal soldiers as he was being driven to the airport to be deported.
‘‘Some members of the armed forces, blinded by their exorbitant ambitions, attempted to overthrow the government,” Avril said in a 10-minute speech on state-run television.
“I appeal to the nation to cooperate with us in peace and unity for the realization of our democratic objectives,” he added.
Avril gave no details of the attempted coup, but said, “I have faith in the army.” There were no reports of casualties.
He was flanked by a dozen soldiers, including Sgt. Major Joseph Heubreux, who led the September revolt by noncommissioned officers that put Avril in power after ousting a regime blamed for widespread human rights abuses.
‘‘Today’s events have shown that the establishment of democracy in Haiti under the present circumstances is a long and arduous task,” said Avril, who has promised presidential elections this year and other democratic reforms.
(See HAITIAN, Page 10A)
Bush To Attend Baseball Opener
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Former college first baseman George Bush, an avid baseball fan, throws out his first ball as president today at the season-opener between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox.
Bush will have a guest with him at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The two were to fly there by helicopter for the afternoon game, weather permitting, after a private work session in the Oval Office.
In a series of sessions with leaders from the Middle East, the president plans to meet with Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir on Thursday, and with Jordan’s King Hussein later in the month.
The president also was to meet Monday
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at the White House with families of the victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 disaster. The jumbo jet was ripped apart by a terrorist bomb Dec. 21, killing all 259 people aboard and ll on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland.
White House deputy press secretary B. Jay Cooper said Bush would meet with “a representative group” of about a half-dozen family members. The meeting was requested by the families, Cooper said.
Bush, captain of Yale’s 1948 baseball team, threw out many first balls during his eight years as vice president and during last year’s presidential campaign.
Initiaily, Bush had been expected to throw out the first ball in Cincinnati in the season opener between the Reds and World Series champions the Los Angeles Dodgers.
However, Mubarak’s visit along with other scheduling problems prompted the decision to pick a game closer to home.
Sources, who spoke on the condition of
anonymity, said the gambling investigation hanging over the head of Reds manager Pete Rose played no part in the decision to have Bush go to Baltimore instead.
Meanwhile, first lady Barbara Bush on Sunday reverted to her “silver fox” image as she appeared in public without the brown wig that had stunned and delighted an annual journalists’ banquet on Saturday night.
Mrs. Bush nearly stole the show at Saturday night’s annual Gridiron dinner when she appeared with Bush in a honey brown wig that hid her trademark head of snowy hair.
The wig was gone when the Bushes attended an early-morning worship service at the Washington Cathedral, and again later when the first couple went to lunch at the Washington home of syndicated columnist Charles Bartlett.
The wig “was just a joke,” Mrs. Bush’s press secretary, Anna Perez, insisted Sunday. She said Mrs. Bush is happy with her own hair and has no intentions of wearing the wig again.
Masters Practice Round Tickets Available
From Staff Reports
AUGUSTA — The waiting is over. The Masters is here.
The 53rd quest for golf’s most prestigious prize begins Thursday at the Augusta National Golf Club. The world’s best golfers have begun to gather at the game’s sacred ground, and golf enthusiasts from across the country are filing into the CSRA for their annual pilgrimage.
Competition is set for Thursday through Sunday, with more than 80 golfers teeing off in Thursday’s first round. The field will be cut in half after the second round.
Tickets for the four days of competition are sold out, but golf enthusiasts still can experience The Masters during one of the
Tuesday — Tickets cost $15 and are unlimited
Wednesday — Tickets cost $20 and include admission to Par-3 Tournament. Admission to Par-3 event is limited. Thursday-Sunday — Series badges are sold out.
three practice round days.
Practice got under way Monday morning at the National and was to continue through 6 p.m. Practice rounds also will be played Tuesday and Wednesday, with the traditional Par-3 Tournament highlighting the final day of pre-tournament preparation.
Tickets for Tuesday’s practice rounds cost $15, while Wednesday’s tickets are $20. Wednesday’s price includes admission to the Par-3 Tournament.
Gates open at 8 a.m. and will remain open until there is no more demand for tickets, according to the Augusta National.
There are no starting times for practice rounds. Competitors are permitted to begin as early as they wish and can play as many holes as they wish.
For practice rounds, fans are permitted to bring cameras. Prohibited items include folding armchairs or rigid stools or chairs, periscopes, ladders, coolers, portable radios, and cellular telephones.
(See MASTERS, Page 10A)
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
A 47-year-old machine operator suspected in the shooting death of a Wagener man was flushed from a hiding place on a chicken farm and captured late Saturday by Aiken County law enforcement officers.
Sheriff Carrol G. Heath said David (Jay) Oliver was taken into custody after nearly two dozen officers and bloodhounds conducted a manhunt that lasted nearly seven hours.
Heath said Oliver, charged with murder in the shooting death of Gilbert (Nickie) Bostic Jr., was hiding in a truck at the chicken farm about two miles south of Wagener when officers approached around 10:30 p.m.
Aiken County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Becky Edmonds and Sgt. Hubert Nimau were following bloodhounds and checking out the chicken farm when Oliver jumped from the truck, the sheriff said.
Heath said Oliver first pointed a pistol at the officers, then lowered and fell to his knees before Sgt. Nimau snatched the weapon from his hands.
Oliver is being held in the Aiken County Detention Center.
Capt. James W. Whitehurst and Wagener Police Chief Charlie Widener coordinated a search for the suspect that involved officers from Wagener, the Sheriff’s Department, SLED and the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
(See OFFICERS, Page TOA)