Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Ueberroth Strikes Out
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Vending Machines Dispense Tanning Oil
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Sun worshipers from Delaware to California heading to beaches this summer will find a new ally in the war on skin cancer: vending machines dispensing tanning oil at 50 cents a spritz.
Beachgoers insert the change in the slot of a Polynesian-looking bam-boo-and-grass hut, choose a sunscreen with a factor of zero, eight or 15, then move a wand over themselves as the machine squirts out a mist of suntan lotion.
“Each application is 40 seconds, which is ample time to spray the whole body,” said Brian Darby, a 32-year-old Wilmington businessman who holds the franchise for the machines for Delaware and Worcester County, Md., which includes the resort area of Ocean City.
By the time the beach season begins, eight of the machines should be scattered throughout those areas, he said.
If he gets more investors, he hopes to have an additional eight machines in place before the summer’s out.
“Over a five-year period, our goal is to have 500 units in our franchised territory,” said Darby, who owns Small Wonder Advertising Specialties Inc.
Soviet Writer Finds Remains Of Family
MOSCOW (AP) - A well-known Soviet screenwriter and former policeman says he unearthed the remains of murdered Czar Nicholas II and the czar’s family a decade ago and wants to give them a proper burial, the Moscow News reported.
Geli Ryabov told the newspaper he was convinced he had found the remains of the last of the Romanovs in a pit in Sverdlosk in the Ural mountains by the number of corpses, the type of wounds and dental prostheses he found.
The bodies had been hidden to keep the burial place from becoming a shrine for monarchist pilgrimages, Ryabov said.
Moscow News published his account in its latest edition Wednesday, along with a photo of a blackened skull the paper said Ryabov identified as being that of Nicholas II.
“The conviction ripened in me that I must find out and tell people the truth about the execution and burial of the Romanovs,” Ryabov told the newspaper.
Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 40s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Friday with a high in the mid 70s.
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Larry E Frost, Tenille, Ga
Robert N. Griffin, Augusta
Mary E Gunter, Ward
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Sales Edge Up In March
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Retail sales, held back by sluggish business at car dealerships and department stores, edged up a slim 0.1 percent in March after posting a sharp decline during the previous month, the government reported today.
The Commerce Department said sales rose to a seasonally adjusted $139.42 billion last month after falling 0.6 percent in February and jumping 0.6 percent in January. The figures are not adjusted to exclude the effects of rising prices.
For the third straight month, overall sales in March were held down by a decline in spending on autos, which account for almost one-fourth of the retail total. Car sales were down 0.1 percent in March after declining 2.5 percent in February and 1.9 percent in January.
It was the first time auto sales have declined for three straight months since
July through September 1984, when the decreases were more pronounced.
Carmakers in recent weeks have launched a new round of incentive programs in hopes of luring customers back to showrooms during the prime spring selling season despite higher interest rates for loans.
Excluding the automotive category, retail sales last month still were up just 0.2 percent after holding virtually even during February and rising 1.4 percent in January.
Retail spending accounts for about one-third of overall economic activity and is closely watched as a measure of the economy’s health. Many analysts are expecting an economic slowdown this year in response to an ongoing campaign by the Federal Reserve Board to push up interest rates and thus dampen demand and restrain inflation.
In the key category of department and other general merchandise stores, sales
fell 1.2 percent in March to $15.6 billion after declining 1.5 percent in February’.
In a separate report earlier this month, the nation’s big retailers reported mixed March results, with giant Sears, Roebuck and Co. reporting strong sales under its new competitive pricing policy while other chains were less pleased with last month’s showing.
Overall, sales of durable goods, “big ticket” items expected to last three or more years, were down 0.2 percent last month after plunging 1.7 percent in February.
Sales of non-durable goods, meanwhile, rose 0.3 percent in March after climbing 0.2 percent during the previous month.
Among the categories of goods to report sales increases last month were: food and grocery stores, up 0.2 percent; gasoline service stations, up 0.5 percent; and bars and restaurants, up 0.5 percent.
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Seasonally adjusted, billions of dollars
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Source: U S Dept of Commerce
Cult Godfather' Target Of Manhunt
SUSPECT: Mexico police pull the shirt off Elio Hernandez Rivera, a suspect in the Matamoras killings, to show off the markings made by “The Godfather” designating him as one of the top men in the cult.
By The Associated Press
MATAMOROS, Mexico — Authorities conducted an international manhunt today for the “godfather” of a drug-smuggling voodoo cult that allegedly sacrificed and mutilated at least 12 people to make its members invulnerable.
U.S and Mexican authorities were sc ire binfor Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo, a Cuban who police said orchestrated the ritual slayings on a remote ranch outside of this Mexican border town.
Constanzo is believed to have fled into the United States with Matamoras resident Sara Maria Aldrete, a 24-year-old, 6-foot-l runette described by Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox as the “witch of the operation.”
A wanted poster issued by the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department in Texas described her as
“extremely dangerous. Use caution.”
In Miami, television station WPLG reported Wednesday night that Metro-Dade police have been alerted that Constanzo was believed to be heading toward the Florida city.
Also Wednesday, in a manner not seen in the United States, Mexican police individually displayed four of five detained suspects i front of scores of media representatives, who subjected them to a barrage of questions.
“We killed them for protection,” said suspect Elio Hernandez Rivera, 22 of Matamoras.
He added that he shot one victim and decapitated another.
Police pulled up Hernandez Rivera’s shirt and jacket to show scars on his shoulders and back. One was shaped like an arrow,
(See CULT, Page IU)
Former '60s Radical Hoffman Found Dead
By The Associated Press
NEW HOPE, Pa. - Abbie Hoffman, the satirical Chicago Seven radical who captured the hearts and minds of one generation and angered another by tossing dollar bills on a stock exchange floor and founding the Yippie party, has died.
He was 52.
Hoffman, who wrote the books “Revolution for the Hell of It” and “Steal This Book,” was found dead in his home Wednesday evening, said Solebury Township Police Chief Richard Mangan.
He was fully dressed and under the covers of his bed.
Michael Waldron, a neighbor, found Hoffman and told police Hoffman had been depressed about an auto accident in which he suffered a broken leg last June.
But Mangan said no evidence suggest
ed suicide. An autopsy is planned for tonight.
Hoffman’s death shocked those who knew him.
“Oh, God. I’m stunned. He was brilliant,” Dr. Timothy Leary said. The LSD guru then added he needed time to collect his thoughts before he could comment further. •
“Abbie Hoffman was an American legend,” Leary said later.
Gerald B. Lefcourt, Hoffman’s longtime attorney, remembered him as a humorous man devoted to correcting what was wrong with society.
“He threw money on the (American) stock exchange floor in the late ’60s and was able to show in that satirical event,
(See FORMER, Page 11A)
ABBIE HOFFMAN: The former 60s radical died at his home Wednesday nigh!.
Westinghouse Needs More Office Space
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
Do you have office space to rent in the Aiken-Augusta area? If it meets Westinghouse specifications, the company wants to talk to you immediately.
The new Savannah River Site contractor says it has outgrown rented offices in Aiken and North Augusta, and will begin advertising Friday for additional quarters to counteract what officials called a “severe shortage” of office space.
“People are sitting on top of each other,” said Patricia Weber, a company spokeswoman.
Westinghouse Savannah River Co. needs at least 30,000 more square feet of office space within 30 minutes driving time of SRS to fill immediate needs, Executive Vice President Ambrose L. Schwallie said in a news release issued
“We are also looking for at least 100,000 square feet of office space located within 15 highway miles of SRS to meet longterm needs,” Schwallie said.
Westinghouse, which replaced the Du Pont Co. at Savannah River on April I, has recreated locally the payroll, administrative and engineering systems that Du Pont had operated out of company headquarters in Wilmington, Del.
Westinghouse and Bechtel Savannah River Co., its construction subcontractor, have moved more than 400 professional and clerical employees to the area since they won the site contract last September.
“These additional functions, along with increased staffing at the site over the last year or so, have created a severe shortage of office space,” Schwallie said.
Westinghouse already rents 11,300
square feet of office space at Woodside Executive Office Park in Aiken, and 20,000 square feet at Control Data Business and Technology Center in North Augusta.
The newspapers ads will be a “request for information” rather than a formal bid request, Ms. Weber said.
The 30,000 feet could be in separate locations, though the company would prefer it in one spot, she said.
Officials want the 100,000 feet to be in a single building or in adjacent multiple buildings, which would create the opportunity for a developers to put up new structures The 100,000 should be expandable to 400,000, to allow for long-term “growth and flexibility,” Ms. Weber said.
“You don’t want to limit the potential.” Responses to the ads are due by Friday, April 21.
Agreement On Import Quotas Near
By KATHY KADANE States News Service
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration has announced a breakthrough in multilateral trade talks in Geneva that could lead to the end of import quotas on foreign textiles by the mid-1990s.
Textile industry leaders have long opposed any change in the quota system that would increase imports, and have blamed imports for the loss of thousands of U.S. jobs in the textile industry in recent years.
As recently as last January, they told President George Bush they favored a tightened quota system. In interviews this week, they say they are still assessing what effects an agreement to end the quota system might have.
Administration and congressional sources said an agreement ending the quota system was likely to result in increased imports, and that to recoup losses from competition with foreign products, the U.S.industry would have to increase its exports.
But chief U.S.textile negotiator, Ronald J. Sorini, said the exporting countries had made important concessions.
“They agreed to put the issue of subsidies (for their textile industries) and barrios (to their markets) on the table for the first time - this was the primary movement. The U.S. should see that as a victory,” Sorini said.
In a statement released Saturday, U.S-.Trade Representative Carla Hills praised the breakthrough, saying a “framework to guide” the talks had been adopted, and that if a final agreement was reached, it would result in a “world trading system (which) will be greatly stengthened.”
(See AGREEMENT, Page UA)