Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 24, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Two Near Air Misses Reported In New York
NEW YORK — A jumbo jet and a commuter plane flew about IOO feet apart as they approached Kennedy International Airport, and 45 minutes later a jetliner reported coming within 400 yards of a private plane.
No injuries were reported in either incident Sunday, and Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said they were “totally unrelated and happened miles and miles apart.”
Also Sunday, a Piedmont Airlines jet was evacuated at Fayetteville, N.C., Regional Airport when the crew noticed smoke inside the plane.
Officials, Advertisers Tout 'Kinder, Gentler'
By The Associated Press
When George Bush coined the phrase “kinder, gentler nation,” he likely didn’t know it would catch on. And on, and on, and on.
In Detroit, new road signs admonish motorists to be “kinder, gentler, safer drivers.” In Windsor, Ontario, a strip joint advertises itself as a “kinder, gentler adult entertainment center.”
Two weeks ago in Phoenix — one year after he was impeached for misusing funds and obstructing justice — former Gov. Evan Mecham vowed to run again and lead “a kindler, gentler Arizona.”
And in South Carolina, plumber Curt Whisennant has erected a billboard on U.S. I in Columbia advertising his AB COE Plumbing Co. as a “kinder, gentler plumbing company.”
That may not have been what the now-president Bush had in mind when candidate Bush first used the phrase in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last August.
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Bush Shares Grief With Ship Crew
By The Associated Press
NORFOLK, Va. - President Bush today offered friends and relatives of the 47 crewmen killed in the USS Iowa explosion the “gratitude of a nation” for the sailors’ service to their country.
“Let me say to the Iowa crew, I understand your grief. I, too, have stared at the empty bunks of lost shipmates and asked, ‘Why?’ ” Bush, a World War II Navy pilot, said in remarks prepared for delivery at the Norfolk Naval Air Station.
The Navy said 44 victims’ families were to attend the service, which comes a day after the World War II-era battleship
eased into its home port, its gun barrels scorched and its 1,500 crewmen at the rails in white uniforms and black armbands.
About 3,000 family members and friends greeted the ship Sunday night at Norfolk Naval Base, exchanging tearful embraces with loved ones.
The president said he was proud to recommission the Iowa in 1984 and said it had earned ll battle stars in two wars. But referring to the fire and explosion last week in the battleship’s No. 2 gun turret, he said, “Now, fate has written a sorrowful chapter in the history of the USS Iowa.”
“We will not — we cannot, as long as we live — know why God has called them
home,” he said. “But of one thing we can be sure — this world is a more peaceful place because of the USS Iowa.”
“They came from Hidalgo, Texas, and Cleveland, Ohio; from Tampa, Fla. and Costa Mesa, Calif.,” the president said. “They came to the Navy as strangers, served the Navy as shipmates and friends and left the Navy as brothers in eternity.”
“To the Navy community, remember that you have the admiration of America for sharing the burden of grief as a family,” Bush said. “You must be heroically
strong now.... To all who mourn a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a friend, — I can only offer you the gratitude of a nation, for your loved one served his country with distinction and honor.” Before the Iowa was in sight of Pier 5 on Sunday, it passed by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, where a small group of Vietnam veterans stood on the span and watched.
Mike Cullman, 46, read off the names of the 47 dead. “I was in the Army in ’Nam. I wanted to do something more than just be here and take pictures,” he said.
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'Sober Safety' May Bring Closet Abusers
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Cracking down too hard on tanker captain Joseph Hazelwood and others like him who drink and drive trains, steer ships or fly planes could backfire and produce closet abusers, say experts in the rehabilitation field.
Alcohol and drug abusers can be cured, but they will cover up their problem if they are forbidden to work at their old jobs, professionals said.
“When people know they will not be returned to their job if they do the right thing, they’ll do the wrong thing. They won’t get help,” said James Wrich, who ran the pilots’ rehabilitation program for United Air Lines for six years.
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
ALEMAKER: Ford Conger Jr. pours barley into one of the huge vats in his Aiken brewery, the only one in South Carolina. He works alone and has a steady following for his products. For story, please see Page 1B.
*r you have recovering alcoholics orVracticing alcoholics,” Wrich said. “Alcoholism exists in nuclear plants, operating rooms and the airline and shipping industries. You either help them recover
or they’ll cover it up.”
The issue of pilots who hit the bottle before they hit the throttle resurfaced after the March 24 wreck of the Exxon Valdez in Alaska. The resulting oil spill was the worst in North America, and the tanker captain was known by his employers to have a drinking problem.
Since the wreck, the Exxon Corp. —- denounced around the world for an environmental disaster — has taken a hard line on alcoholics.
Exxon now says abusers of alcohol and drugs will be barred from piloting a ship, flying a company plane or operating a refinery even after treatment. They will be reassigned to less critical jobs.
“Even with close followup, there are certain things you can’t have people do,” Exxon Chairman Lawrence Rawl told a U.S. House committee. He told Fortune magazine
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Researcher: Gear School To Student Talent
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — A national emphasis on standardized tests and uniform schools is preventing children from developing skills in other areas, such as music, art and communication, a Harvard research psychologist says.
While Howard Gardner’s ideas are not new, education officials say his theory of multiple intelligences could have a dramatic impact on school curricula, because it is based on extensive studies of gifted and talented students as well as brain-damaged children.
“The arts are acts of intelligence as potent as any other form of intelligence,” said Charles Fowler, education editor of Musical America magazine. “Before, we could always say that, but we didn’t have the pyschological proof.
“intelligence has been defined in very narrow terms,” Fowler added. “But he’s
exploded that thinking. This theory is a solid foundation to give us a reason to put arts back in schools.”
To Gardner, most schools are inadequate because they focus too much on linguistic and logical-mathematical lessons. Teachers emphasize math and language because they are considered to be the measurements of intelligence, Gardner said.
But his research has shown overall intelligence is a factor of at least seven abilities, or what he calls intelligences: linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal and intrapersonal abilities.
A dancer or athlete would have high bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, for example, while an architect, artist or navigator would have high spatial intelligence.
“We happen to put on a pedestal certain ways of thinking in our schools,” Gardner said during an interview this
week while in Columbia for a conference on multiple intelligences. “But in our society there are lots of ways of thinking that are productive.”
The theory of multiple intelligences, if incorporated into schools, would lead educators to expand arts programs, incorporate the arts into instruction of basic skills, lessen the emphasis on standardized tests and encourage more individual and hands-on instruction.
A few schools have already begun to implement many of the things Gardner recommends, according to some of the 300 educators who attended the national conference.
Participants in the conference, which Gardner and organizers from the University of South Carolina say was the first of its type in the country, discussed ways to bring the theory of multiple intelligences into the classrooms.
First I OO Days Reveal Active, Hands-On Administration
By MERRILL HARTSON Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — President Bush is showing little inclination to delegate a lot of authority to subordinates, even though he surrounded himself with strong personalities in the Cabinet and in his inner circle of top-level White House advisers.
Bush has said he wants his Cabinet members to speak out, to say what they think. So he did not directly second-guess Attorney General Dick Thornburgh when asked last week what he thought about Thornburgh’s idea to test public housing tenants for drug use.
“We’ve got a good Cabinet system, and I encourage people to speak out,” the president said. “But the decisions on something of that nature will be made right here ... and they’re not going to be made until I have all the facts. ”
How Bush goes about the job of factfinding as he nears decisions on key issues says much about the style of his presidency — and the relative strength of his staff.
Despite the presence of some key presidential advisers from past administra
tions, such as national security adviser Brent Scowcroft and budget director Richard Darman, Bush’s staff, in relative terms, is less influential than many of its predecessors.
Administration sources and Republican Party officials privy to how things work in the White House inner sanctum said in interviews that Bush is a much more activist, hands-on type of president. He gets immersed in the kind of internal policy debates that his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, sought to avoid, these observers said.
Reagan’s aides frequently depicted him as a passive player in the Cabinet, sub-Cabinet and staff-level discussions of policy options, saying he chose to stay away from the arguments and await the recommendations of his aides.
Typifying the contrasting Bush style was a call that one presidential adviser got at home on a Saturday night. Bush wanted to find out what had been done about a matter they discussed earlier in the week, and he didn’t want to wait until Monday, said the aide, who asked not to be identified.
When the White House press corps was
PRESIDENT BUSH: Record reveals a different style of president.
told at the last moment recently that Bush had canceled a planned four-day weekend trip to his seaside resort home
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By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Rep. Floyd Spence, R-S.C., says the honoraria system can be “exploited,” but he doesn’t see anything legally wrong with it — a view that isn’t shared by his fellow South Carolina colleagues.
In fact, the state’s other five House members say Congress should stop its members from receiving honoraria, which are ostensibly speaking fees but which some critics call legalized bribery.
The solutions the House members proposed ranged from taking immediate action to letting the dust settle from the recent pay raise controversy so Congress can review the ways its members are financially compensated.
Democratic Rep. Liz Patterson said she was “a little bit disappointed” that President George Bush sought to extend the honoraria ban to cover federal judges, but not senators and representatives, in his ethics reform legislation.
Other Democrats said given the furor created by a proposed 51 percent pay raise for Congress, leaving the honoraria ban out was the only feasible way Bush could hope to win legislative support for his other ethics reforms.
Only executive branch officials are now prohibited from receiving honoraria, which are fees for speeches and appearances.
Under congressional rules, representatives and senators may receive up to $2,000 per appearance. But honoraria income exceeding 40 percent of a senator’s salary or 30 percent of a representative’s salary must be donated to charities.
Critics of the fees say special-inter-est groups often seek to influence legislation by paying powerful members of Congress thousands of dollars to essentially show up at breakfasts or luncheons.