Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 16, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Photojournalists Capture 'China Day'
BEIJING (AP) — In a cramped apartment in grimy northern Beijing, one of China’s top fashion models donned a negligee Saturday to pose for Hollywood photographer Douglas Kirkland.
Chinese photographer Li Weishun set off in pursuit of pearl divers and fishermen on the southeast coast.
National Geographic photographer Stephanie Maze drove through hundreds of miles of arid northern Chinese wasteland to photograph cave-dwellers.
A total of 89 photographers from a dozen countries trained their lenses on Chinese factory workers, acrobats, duck farmers and doctors in an effort to capture the many facets of “A Day In The Life Of China” for a book of that name.
The book will be the ninth in a series of “Day In The Life Books,” which has included volumes on the United States, Japan and the Soviet Union.
David Cohen, president of Collins Publishers of San Francisco, said Ute goal was to create a visual time capsule of the most populous nation on earth.
The photographers, including 28 Chinese, took up positions from the Soviet border in the north to Friendship Pass on the southern frontier with Vietnam. Some faced three-day trips by car, train and boat to reach their destinations, said assignment coordinator Bill Messing.
They will bring back an estimated 120,000 pictures, of which about 275 will be included in the book, said project spokeswoman Patti Richards.
Kirkland, who has photographed such Western stars as Marilyn Monroe, went to work at the two-room family home of 19-year-old model Peng Li, who won a modeling competition last year in Salerno, Italy.
“Yes, yes, yes,” he muttered to himself as he circled around the calmly smiling Ms. Peng. Both were oblivious to a seven-member Chinese television crew jammed in the apart-
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Vol. 122 No. 91
Soccer Stadium Becomes Death Trap For 93 Fans
SOCCER VICTIM: A policewoman and a bystander tend to an injured fan at the Sheffield soccer stadium.
By The Associated Press
SHEFFIELD, England - Crowds surging against a steel anti-riot fence in a • packed soccer stadium crushed 93 fans to death and injured at least 200 Saturday in Britain’s worst sports disaster, police said.
Most of the dead, some of whom were trampled after the fence collapsed, were teen-agers and children, ambulance official Michael Boyce said.
The crush appeared to be a result of overcrowding. Reports said hundreds of fans without tickets poured through a turnstile gate behind one of the goals, crushing those at the front.
“It seemed as if it was four deep in dead bodies with people climbing over them,” said a survivor, 22-year-old Stuart McGeagh.
The death toll of 93 was the second-highest ever among crowds watching soccer.
The disaster on a sunny spring day added to the deadly image that has attached itself in recent years to soccer in Britain, which invented the game more than a century ago.
The disaster occurred at Hillsborough
‘It seemed as if it was four deep in dead bodies with people climbing over them.’
— Survivor Stuart McGeagh
stadium in Sheffield, 150 miles north of London, in the opening minutes of the English F.A. Cup semifinal between leading English league teams Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.
With the 54,000-capacity stadium already nearly full, police opened the gate to admit about 4,000 last-minute arrivals, fearing that otherwise there would be trouble outside, said South Yorkshire Chief Constable Peter Wright.
Inside the stadium, five minutes after kickoff, a massive surge of people pushed hundreds of spectators against a steel mesh anti-riot fence that soon collapsed.
“The purpose of opening the gate was to save people’s lives and to relieve the crush outside,” Wright said. He said he was not aware of any connection between
(Please See SOCCER, Page 6A)
Activists Target Nuclear Safety At 'Scoping' Hearings
Public Comments To Be Collected In 3-City Swing
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
Environmental activists say Jiey’ll try to push nuclear safety issues to the forefront at public hearings scheduled this week and next to discuss the Savannah River Site’s production reactors.
The Department of Energy is sponsoring three “scoping” hearings — Monday in Savannah, Thursday in Columbia, and April 28 in Aiken — to collect comments
on what to include in an environmental impact statement that the DOE is preparing on the “continuing operation” of the reactors.
Department officials are inviting comments on everything from air and water quality to socioeconomic impact.
“We’re trying to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on an action of public concern,” said Dick Jansen, chief of the environmental programs branch, environmental division of the DOE’s Savannah River Operations.
But DOE says it won’t make completion of the EIS — scheduled for the fall of 1990 — a precondition for restarting the plant’s three operable production reactors, idled since last summer for wide
ranging upgrades to equipment and procedures.
The department’s position has brought it into conflict with three environmental groups who have filed suit in an effort to force just that precondition.
Whatever the outcome of their suit, the groups’ representatives promise to use the hearings to comment on so-called restart issues — including the condition of reactor components — and to try to get such points included in the EIS.
Monday’s hearing is at the De Soto Hilton, 15 East Liberty Street, Savannah. The second hearing is Thursday, April 20. in Columbia, at the Sheraton Hotel, 2100 Bush River Road at Interstate 20.
The last one is Friday, April 28, at H.
Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken.
All three hearings include morning sessions starting at 9 and night sessions starting at 7.
“I think there’s going to be a good deal of interest,” said Frances Close Hart of the Columbia-based Energy Research Foundation, one of the groups that filed the suit.
Ms. Hart predicted comments from many of the same people who took the DOE to task last fall during scoping hearings on the proposed new production reactor. The DOE wants to build that $3 billion facility over the next decade at
(Please See ACTIVISTS, Page 6A)
Freshly Minted Budget Criticized As Soothing Political Headaches
Tour Of Homes
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The fiscal 1990 budget pact between President Bush and Congress, produced in weeks of high-level bargaining and praised as a lofty success by its authors, is already coming under fire.
These critics see the plan as a failure that soothes a political headache for lawmakers and the president while taking only a faint-hearted whack at the government’s fiscal malaise.
By its own reckoning, the deal whittles the troublesome federal deficit to $99.4 billion, just within the $100 billion target required by the Gramm-Rudman deficit
And in the high-octane politics of the $1.2 trillion budget — in which protracted, pitched battles between Democrats and Republicans are waged over the tiniest fractions of overall spending — an agreement of any kind is indisputably a major plus.
“The most significant aspect of this agreement is its existence and that is no small accomplishment,” Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine, said at the Rose Garden ceremony at which Bush and congressional leaders announced the accord.
(Please See FRESHLY, Page 6A)
Gershwin Tunes Crowning Touch For Miss Aiken County Of 1990
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
Powerful piano playing helped propel a determined nursing student to the title of Miss Aiken County 1990 on Saturday night.
Melanie Simmons of Aiken captured the crown from a field of 12 contestants who danced, sang or played instruments for a capacity audience at Midland Valley High School.
Miss Simmons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Simmons and a freshman at USC Aiken, won over the panel of five judges with her well-practiced medley of tunes by the American composer George Gershwin.
She now begins a year of training that culminates in next year’s Miss South Carolina pageant, a preliminary to the Miss America competition.
“I was really shocked. This pageant displayed great talent and great competition,” Miss Simmons said as friends and relatives congratulated her backstage after the competition.
(Please See GERSHWIN, Page 6A)
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
QUEEN: State pageant next stop for Melanie Simmons.
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
COME ON IN: The home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Waters at 239 Newberry St. is one of those on the St. Thaddeus Tour of Homes, which concludes today. Please see story on Page 7A.