Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 21, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Aiken native Leon Lott has made a name for himself at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department with his narcotics unit. He was recently named the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 1989. Stephanie Warnecke-Adams has the story in the Sunday Magazine.
^ The first round of the NFL draft will be staged Sunday. For up-to-date information about who will take whom in the draft, read the Aiken Standard’s Sunday sports section.
Baseball cards and comic books have turned from a hobby into a business for Donnie Asbill and J.J. Engle. Philip Lord takes a look at the enterprise in the Aiken Standard Sunday business section.
A Quick Read
Rat Hair, Insect Parts OK in Moderation
WASHINGTON (AP) - Insect parts, rodent hairs and maggots don’t sound appetizing, but when tossed with a salad, churned up in tomato sauce or baked in bread they’re not bad at all, the government says.
The Food and Drug Administration says that though vermin and their residues are “aesthetically unpleasing,” within prescribed limits they are “harmless, natural and unavoidable” in food.
According to the manual, “it is not possible, and never has been possible, to grow in open fields, harvest and process crops that are totally free of natural defects.”
Baseball Fans Balk At Mustard Switch
CLEVELAND (AP) - Through good years and bad years, Cleveland Indians’ baseball fans have always had one thing they could count on — Cleveland Stadium’s Famous Beltman Ball Park Mustard — until now.
The Indians cut the mustard from the menu this spring, prompting dismay from fans who have been defying chilly breezes off Lake Erie to see the home team.
But stomach grumbles apparently outweigh discontent.
Laverne Schmotzer, general manager for Service America, the concessionaire at the stadium, say fans this year have been eating about 1M> hot dogs apiece per game, the same as usual.
High To Be In 80s
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Friday, April 21, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
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Bill Would Halt Plutonium Work
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
COLUMBIA — A bin headed for Congress would prohibit the Savannah River Site from resuming production of weap-ons-grade plutonium if the Soviet Union honors its own production ban, the bill’s supporters said Thursday.
David G. Albright, a senior staff scientist with the anti-arms Federation of American Scientists, endorsed the proposed Plutonium Control Act as a timely way to promote superpower nuclear arms reductions.
Albright was among dozens of speakers at a public hearing who urged the government to complete a full environmental
study before restarting Savannah River reactors used to make plutonium and tritium, another weapons component.
The Department of Energy is holding “scoping” hearings to allow the public to comment on what points should be included in an “environmental impact statement” it’s preparing on the site’s three operable reactors. The facilities
have been shut down nearly a year for management and equipment upgrades.
The legislation Albright supports would reduce the reactors’ workload upon
Speakers who attacked the safety, usefulness or morality of SRS’ activities
(See BILL, Page 10A)
Ship Search Goes On As Families Grieve
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Investigators aboard the USS Iowa searched for clues to the cause of a fiery explosion that claimed the lives of 47 sailors as the damaged battleship headed home and grief-stricken families dealt with the loss of their loved ones.
Officials refused to speculate publicly on what caused the worst disaster to strike a Navy ship in more than a decade, a blast that ripped through the Iowa’s No. 2 gun turret during naval exercises Wednesday in the Atlantic north of Puerto Rico.
Although naval gunnery experts combed the vessel Thursday, their task was complicated by the absence of survivors from the swiveling gun housing where the explosion occurred. Eleven
men escaped from powder magazines located deep within the ship at the base of the turret.
“We have no eyewitnesses to what actually transpired,” Defense Secretary Dick Cheney told reporters as he returned to Washington from a NATO meeting in Brussels.
The Navy imposed a moratorium on firing 16-inch guns found on the Iowa and its three sister battleships, the New Jersey, the Wisconsin and the Missouri, pending an investigation of the disaster.
Adm. Richard D. Milligan, a former commander of the New Jersey, began the board of inquiry’s investigation, and Pentagon spokesman Fred Hoffman said he could not predict when the investigation would be completed.
(See SHIP, Page 10A)
BODIES RETURN: Military pallbearers carry one of the 47 bodies flown into Dover Air Force Base from the U.S.S. Iowa Thursday.
North Case Goes To Jury
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A jury headed by a 34-year-old clerical worker deliberates Oliver North’s fate today, after a judge sharply limited the fired White House aide’s defense that he was only following orders in the Iran-Contra affair.
The jury foreman, Denise Anderson, presides over a group of nine women and three men chosen for their task 2 Mt months ago because they were among the few Americans who hadn’t watched, read or heard anything substantial about North’s televised testimony in 1987.
Ms. Anderson, a hospital employee, was picked for the jury after telling lawyers: “I don’t like the news.”
In two hours of instructions Thursday,
the 12 jurors were told to consider only in a narrowly defined context North’s assertion that all his actions were directed by higher-ups including President Reagan.
“Authorization requires clear, direct instructions to act at a given time in a given way,” said U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell.
“It must be specific, not simply a general admonition or vague expression of preference.”
Gesell said “neither the president” nor North’s bosses “had the legal authority to order anyone to violate the law.”
At the same time, the judge encouraged the jury to consider the atmosphere
(See NORTH, Page 10A)
Suspected Rebels Kill Decorated U.S. Army Officer
By The Associated Press
MANILA, Philippines — Suspected Communist rebels firing from a speeding car killed an American Army officer and former Vietnam prisoner of war today as he headed to work, officials said.
Col. James N. Rowe, 51, of McAllen, Texas, was shot in the head when at least two hooded assailants pulled up in an auto alongside Rowe’s car and shot him near his office at a military compound in suburban Quezon City, the officials said.
Col. Victor Tiangco of the Philippine military’s Capital Region Command said Rowe’s driver, Joaquin Vinuya, was wounded in the 7 a.m. ambush but was not seriously injured.
Tiangco said Rowe, a West Point graduate, was chief of the army division at the Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group, which provides training and logistical support for the Filipine armed forces.
President Corazon Aquino said the Philippine military would increase security around the six U.S. military installa
tions in the wake of the attack.
Rowe was held prisoner in a cage in the jungles of Vietnam by the Viet Cong from October 1963 until he escaped on New Year’s Eve 1968. He wrote a book about the ordeal titled “Five Years to Freedom.”
“After five years, I was out of the forest of darkness,” Rowe recalled after he gained his freedom. “I could see the horizon and the world seemed immense.” Police said a driver and at least two gunmen were in the assailants’ car. One
gunman haa an m-16 rule and another a .45-caliber pistol, they said.
Toto Austria, a cashier at a gasoline station, said he heard shots and turned to see a white car pull alongside Rowe’s silver-gray vehicle.
As the cars turned along a traffic circle, Austria said he saw at least one gunman fire from a window. He said there was more gunfire before the assailants’ car made a U-turn and sped away.
(See SUSPECTED, Page 10A)
Hollings Tops List Of Honoraria Earners
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A spokesman for Sen. Ernest Hollings says it is the South Carolina Democrat’s strong speaking qualities that gave him a higher amount of honoraria than any other person in the U.S. chamber from 1984 to 1987.
According to a report issued by Public Citizen, a non-profit national consumer and environmental advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader in 1971, Hollings received $308,934 and kept $108,925 during the four-year period.
“These contributions, which go directly into the pockets of our nation’s lawmakers, amount to nothing more than legalized bribery,” Peter Mery ash of Public Citizen told the Washington bureau of The News & Courier of Charleston.
But John Patterson, a spokesman for Hollings, who is also chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, says Hollings is a popular lecturer.
“The senator is one of the most sought-
‘These contributions, which go directly into the pockets of our nation’s lawmakers, amount to nothing more than legalized bribery.’
— Peter Meryash
after speakers in the United States Senate,” Patterson said. “Several times Washingtonian magazine has named him the best speaker in the Senate, and he’s proud of that.”
Patterson said Hollings’ speaking engagements never cause him to miss votes; that Hollings does not charge to address groups from South Carolina; that he speaks on his own time; and, that most of his earnings are donated to charities in the state.
Hollings was followed in the Public Cit
izen study by Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., who took in $266,685; Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, with $259,440; Sen. Robert Dole, R-Kan., with $254,849; and, Sen. Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., with $235,894.
South Carolina’s other senator, Republican Strom Thurmond, was not among the top 20 recipients of speaking and writing fees, or honoraria. Thurmond received $87,990 over the four-year period, according to the report.
Senate rules allow members to earn up to 40 percent of their salaries, or $35,800, in honoraria payments each year.
Public Citizen said lawmakers such as Hollings who exceed that amount reap public relations benefits by donating the remainder to charity. And most charity donations are tax deductible.
The practice of accepting honoraria has become controversial in recent years because industries who pay the fees frequently have a financial interest in legislation before Congress.
(See HOLLINGS, Page 10A)
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 will deal with William Gregg, the lower end of the Valley, and a projection of future growth.