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Hearings Continue In Columbia
From Staff Reports
A well-known scientist who advocates a cutoff of weapons-grade tritium production will present his views in advance of a hearing on the Savannah River Site nuclear reactors on Thursday in Columbia.
David Albright, senior staff scientist at the Federation of American Scientists, has called a news conference for 8 a.m. Thursday at the Sheraton Columbia NW, 2100 Bush River Road at Interstate 20.
A Department of Energy “scoping” hearing on SRS reactors, the nation’s sole source of tritium, starts at 9 a.m. at the hotel. A night session will start at 7 p.m.
The DOE is holding the hearings to gather public comment on what points should be covered in an environmental impact statement it is preparing on the “continuing operation” of the reactors.
Department officials held the first hearing Monday in Savannah and plan the final one for Friday, April 28, in Aiken.
The reactors have been shut down since last summer for wide-ranging improvements to their management and equipment.
Restarts could begin early next year, but environmentalists and disarmament groups say the reactors should remain closed because
(See HEARINGS, Page 12A)First Phase Of New Jail To Begin
Higher Drinking Age Cuts Accident Rate
By DAVID REED Associated Press Writer
COLUMBIA — While recent studies show that alcohol-related traffic accidents among drivers age 18-20 have dropped significantly since laws were passed to raise the minimum drinking age in South Carolina, more can be done to reduce the number of crashes, officials say.
The minimum drinking age for beer and wine was raised from 18 to 19 in mid-1984, to 20 six months later and to 21 in September 1986.
The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center analyzed data from 1982 through 1987 and concluded that there was an overall reduction of 22 percent in alcohol-related traffic accidents among drivers age 18-20 because of the increases in the minimum drinking age.
‘This proves that good legislation, good public policy, can save lives.’
— Jerry McCord
The study released in January estimated that there were 868 fewer alcohol-related crashes among the age group —106 of which would have caused serious injury or death.
The $85,000 study funded through a federal grant and administered by Gov. Carroll Campbell’s office based the conclusion on previous accident trends.
The state Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, in a study on the same topic released Tuesday, concluded that alcohol-related traffic accidents were re
duced by 17 percent among drivers age 18-20 because of the increases in the minimum drinking age.
“This proves that good legislation, good public policy, can save lives,” said Jerry McCord, director of the South Carolina Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
“While there was an improvement, there is a long way to go,” said commission policy director Dennis Nalty, who added that the teen-age drivers continue to drink and drive and are, as an age group, still involved in twice as many traffic accidents as the statewide average.
“Alcohol is the number one killer of our youth,” Nalty said.
The University of North Carolina study recommended, as did McCord, that the South Carolina General Assembly pass
(See HIGHER, Pagel2A)
Carl Langley begins a four-part series on the Horse Creek Valley Sunday, with a story detailing the early days of the Graniteville community. Other stories in the series wilt deal with William Gregg, the lower end of the Valley, and a projection of future growth.
A Quick Read
Positive Outlook Helps Fight Cancer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A positive outlook on life appears to promote natural killer cell activity for fighting disease in certain cancer patients as well as healthy individuals, according to studies presented today.
“It doesn’t seem to be so much whether one is exposed to stress or not, but how people are reacting to similar types of stress,” said Dr. Ronald Herberman, director of the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and part of the research team.
“If they’re not as well adjusted ... we have indication that it has health consequences.”
In a separate study being presented at a medical symposium at Johns Hopkins University, they said healthy people with positive outlooks have higher natural killer cell activity than physically fit complainers.
The upbeat subjects suffered fewer colds and other viral infections.
Econ Teacher Raps His Economics Lesson
ATLANTA (AP) — Ross Kapstein has been teaching long enough to know that kids aren’t exactly wild about learning economics, so he decided to present the dismal science with rap.
Kapstein, a performer and manager in the music business during his 18 years as a public school teacher, wrote and recorded “RUN G.N.P.,” a rappin’ tribute to the joys of economics.
He also had some of his students at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School make a video version of the song. Kapstein uses both as motivational tools to make economics less imposing to his students.
And, you can dance to it.
“I thought it was a good idea in this day and age, when kids can rap and memorize pages and pages of (entertainment) information, why not do something educational to go along with it,” Kapstein said in a recent interview.
Lucille Ball Recovering From Heart Surgery
By The Associated Press
Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 40 percent chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm. The low will be in the upper 50s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Thursday with a 20 percent chance of showers. The weather will not be quite so warm with a high in the 70s. Please see details on Page 4A.
Lewis E. Connell, Augusta
Bessie N. Kneece, Aiken
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LOS ANGELES — Lucille Ball, the zany redheaded queen of comedy, was in guarded condition today after seven hours of emergency high-risk cardiac surgery during which she received heart tissue donated from a 27-year-old man.
The 77-year-old comedian suffered a heart attack at her fashionable Beverly Hills home Tuesday, and arrived at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with her husband,
“She came out of the surgery OK,” said Ron Wise, the hospital’s spokesman.
Miss Ball suffered a tear in her aorta, the main artery in the body, said her surgeon, Dr. Robert Kass.
During the operation, her heart was stopped for two hours, said Kass. With the heart stopped, blood was pumped through her body by a machine as Kass replaced part of her aorta and aortic valve. The donor was a 27-year-old man, Kass said. No other details were released about the donor.
Miss Ball was listed as guarded after
the “high-risk procedure with a fairly substantial mortality rate,” the surgeon said.
“The fact that she came through this leaves me optimistic,” Kass told reporters late Tuesday. “The major risk is in the operating room, at least initially.”
Miss Ball probably will be in intensive care for several days and remain hospitalized for weeks, Wise said.
As word of Miss Ball’s heart attack spread, the hospital’s switchboards were jammed with calls from well-wishers and news organizations around the world. Wise said that flowers also were arriving.
Miss Ball, who has been in ill health in recent years and suffered a mild heart attack May ll, was conscious when she arrived at the hospital. She complained of moderate chest pains and shortness of breath.
“I told her the nature of the condition she had, that it was life-threatening and that we had to operate immediately,” Kass said.
Her last public appearance was introducing a production number with Bob Hope at the March 29 Oscar presentations. Wearing a slit skirt, she appeared to be in good health and giggled throughout a brief routine.
“Lucille Ball is one of the most wonder-
fill women I have ever known,” Hope said Tuesday night.
“I’m shocked, especially since we worked together so recently at the Academy Awards and she was so full of energy. There’s only one Lucy. You don’t meet many people like her. Like the rest of the world, Dolores and I are praying everything will be all right,” he said of his wife.
Miss Ball and her late former husband, Desi Arnaz, starred in “I I,ove Lucy,” one of the most popular TV shows of all time, from 1951 to 1957. The show is still seen around the world in syndicated reruns.
In 1950, Miss Ball and Arnaz started their own production company, Desilu, on a shoestring budget of $5,000. The Ar-nazes were divorced in 1960, and two years later Arnaz sold his share of the studio to Miss Ball for $3 million. In 1967, she sold the company for $18 million.
The Amazes had two children, Lucie and Desi Jr.
Miss Ball married nightclub comedian Morton in 1961. He became her executive producer.
In 1962, she starred in “The Lucy Show,” which became “Here’s Lucy” in 1968 and went off the air in 1974.
(See LUCILLE, Page 12A)
By CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer
The Aiken County Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to begin Phase I of its plans to build a new county detention center at a cost of $25,000 for the first phase.
Councilwoman LaWana H. McKenzie made the motion that will allow Correctional Concepts Inc., of Columbia to act as a consultant for the planning, design,
construction and financing of the detention center.
The current detention center is designed to house 105 prisoners, but in the past 18 months has consistently exceeded its capacity amount and held as many as 211 prisoners, according to Lonnie McCarthy, director of the detention center.
Since July 1987, the Judicial and Public Safety Committee of Council has received presentations from several consulting firms, and Tuesday night the full
Council endorsed Correctional Concepts Inc. as its choice to address the problem of overcrowding in the jail. The decision was based on the recommendation of the Judicial and Public Safety Committee.
The contract between the county and Correctional Concepts Inc, for Phase I of the construction plans includes completion of a long term needs analysis for a new center and planning and review meetings with the Judicial and Public Safety Committee on a regular basis. The
contract also states that the company must provide Council with a conceptual design and site plan for the jail facility as well as a construction schedule and cost estimate.
The contract also stipulates that Phase I include recommendations from the consulting firm on private financing, such as a lease-purehase agreement, and information about the availability of state and
(See FIRST, Page 12A)
(See PANEL, Page 12A)
Panel Urges Alternative To Reactor
By LES BLUMENTHAL Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — An elite panel of scientists recommended that the Department of Energy consider a linear accelerator to produce tritium, a key ingredient of nuclear warheads, rather than building new nuclear reactors.
The report from the secretive Jason Program Office of the Mitre Corp., a private think tank, was among documents released this week by the department as part of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Associated Press.
Secretary of Energy James Watkins has ordered a review of the Energy Department’s decisions on future tritium production, Chris Sankey, a department spokeswoman, said Tuesday.
“But based on the information we have to date, the consensus is the (accelerator) technology is not mature enough,” Ms. Sankey said. “Our position hasn’t changed — the accelerator is an option we are considering for contingency purposes only.”
The Jason report said the accelerator “deserves the most serious consideration as an alternative or supplement to a new production reactor.”.
The report by the group, made up of highly respected scientists, was submitted to the Energy Department in late January, about a week after researchers from the Los Alamos and Brookhaven national laboratories and the Westinghouse-Hanford Co. told the Jason group an accelerator could be a cheaper, safer and quicker way to produce tritium.
CLOSING DOWN: A plan to close 86 domestic military operations at five bases and alters the mission of 54
bases has cleared Congress. The plan also reduces the others. Please see details on Page 2A.