Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 27, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Lucille Ball's Legacy Eternal
A Quick Read
Sushi Worm Startles Doctors In Surgery
BOSTON (AP) — As he was finishing an emergency appendectomy, Dr. James W. Turner noticed what he throught was a stray thread on the surgical drapes. Then it wiggled.
Tile thread was actually a 2-inch-long skinny red worm slithering out of the patient’s incision. It was a fish worm, inadvertently eaten by the patient in sushi the night before.
The incident “is an uncomfortable reminder of the potential danger of eating raw fish,” noted Dr. Peter M. Schantz of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.
Judge: AIDS Child May Attend School
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A retarded, AIDS-stricken 7-year-old girl has been allowed to sit in a classroom without staying in an isolation booth for the first time in her life.
U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on Wednesday cleared the way for Eliana Martinez to attend Manhattan Exceptional Center today.
The child, who’s been taught at home since June 1987, was once told she could attend class on the condition she remained isolated inside a glass booth.
Skies Turn Cloudy
Fair skies are forecast tonight and partly cloudy skies Friday with a chance of showers. The low will be near 60 with a high in the lower 90s. Please see details on Page 3B.
Marion E. Barton, Stiefeltown Maude Blackwell, Graniteville Francis M. Boswell, Augusta Marie G. Brown, Augusta Mrs. W E. Davis, New Ellenton Marshall W. Duke, Aiken Williard Johnson, Salley Amanda McKie, Graniteville Adalaide V. Monroe, Austell, Ga Ruby M. Spearman, Bath Please see details on Page 3B.
Weather............................................3BCorrectionSeries Continues Friday
Carl Langley’s series on the Horse Creek Valley will continue Friday instead of Sunday.
The Aiken Standard regrets the error.
Langley Teen Dies In One-Car Wreck
Thursday, April 27, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. IQI
Banner Year Doesn't Soften SRS Critics
Westinghouse Has Dissent In Ranks
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
COLUMBIA — Westinghouse Electric Corp. directors reported a banner financial year in 1988, but had to defend them-
Grandpa Helps Out
selves Wednesday against disarmament groups that claim the company profits heavily from dangerous nuclear weapons work.
Westinghouse, the new contractor at the government’s Savannah River Site and a giant in the commercial nuclear industry, announced a 20 percent increase in stock dividends during a shareholder’s meeting.
Dividend earnings will rise from 50 cents to 60 cents a share on June I, which company officials said reflects a dou
bling of payouts over the last four years.
Officials and shareholders celebrated 1988’s good news, highlighted by rising profits and a government award honoring Westinghouse^ Columbia fuels plant.
But a recent barrage of criticism from activists continued, this time from within the shareholders’ own ranks.
Frances Close Hart, who owns stock and serves as chairwoman of the environmental group Energy Research Foundation, asked Westinghouse Chairman John
OUT FOR A STROLL: With a little help from grandpa, two children maneuver a wagon while strolling just off Georgia Avenue in North Augusta, In this case, grandpa
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
is Dillon Newsome and his grandsons are Phillip (left) and Paul Roberson of Bath.
C. Marous during a question-and-answer session how the company would address safety concerns about aging production
reactors at Savannah River.
Marous, addressing an audience of several hundred at the Embassy Suites Hotel, responded by describing extensively the company’s plans to improve “quality assurance” and other elements of nuclear safety at SRS.
(Please See BANNER, Page 8A)
New Delay Disclosed In Restart
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Energy Secretary James D. Watkins told Congress today he had pushed back the target date for resuming production of a radioactive gas needed in nuclear warhead production, but he said the delay would not harm national security.
Watkins said in a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees that he was not yet convinced the three South Carolina nuclear reactors that produce the gas, called tritium, could be operated safely.
“...I believe safe startup is achievable early enough in 1990 to maintain a viable weapons stockpile,” he wrote.
Watkins released copies of his letter after meeting in his office with a group of reporters. He said he notified Defense Secretary Dick Cheney of the delay on Monday.
Watkins told reporters the main reason for putting off restart of the reactors was
a need to resolve safety issues and com-
(Please See NEW DELAY, Page 8A)
Aiken Leaders Press SRS Support
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
Aiken County community leaders, stinging from criticism of the Savannah River Site during two public hearings last week, are calling on local residents to defend the plant during a final hearing on Friday.
The Department of Energy is holding “scoping” hearings to let the public
comment on what points should be covered in an environmental impact statement it’s preparing on “continued operation” of the site’s three nuclear production reactors.
Anti-nuclear speakers dominated hearings last week in Savannah and Columbia, and at least two local leaders have issued recruitment calls for pro-SRS speakers during Friday’s hearing in Aiken.
Press Conference, Talks To Employees On Watkins Schedule During SRS Tour
Both Sides Hopeful In Abort Case
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Both sides of the abortion issue are finding grounds for hope as they await a Supreme Court ruling in a key Missouri case that could alter the right of women to end their pregnancies.
Frank Susman, a St. Louis lawyer who urged the court Wednesday to strike down a Missouri law restricting abortions, said he is not conceding any votes among the nine justices.
“I have given up on no one,” he told reporters after the hour-long argument session that packed the courtroom and drew more than 200 demonstrators and spectators outside the court building.
Twenty-seven “pro-choice” protesters were arrested for breaking through police barriers that lined the court building’s plaza.
Referring to the court’s 1973 ruling in Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide, Susman said he believed the justices are now aware “Roe works. You cannot put the cork back in
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Panel Puts Off Tax Relief; State Employee Pay, Insurance Bolstered
The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. An evening session starts at 7 p.m. Those wishing to speak may register at the door, and each speaker must limit his or her remarks to five minutes, under DOE rules.
Tommy L. Wessinger, chairman of the Economic Development Partnership, on
(Please See AIKEN, Page 8A)
Energy Secretary James D. Watkins should have plenty of prominent company during his visit on Friday to the Savannah River Site, the beleaguered plant he’s promised to make a “flagship” of the federal nuclear weapons complex.
As of noon Wednesday, Gov. Carroll Campbell and nine U.S. senators and congressmen from South Carolina and Georgia were scheduled to join the tour, site officials said.
Watkins, Department of Energy chief since January, will brief reporters, tour SRS facilities, and speak to DOE and contractor employees on-site, plant officials said in an announcement.
U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., who invited Watkins to visit, is also on the guest list, along with U.S. Sen. Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, D-S.C.; U.S. Rep. Butler Derrick, D-Edgefield; U.S. Rep. Floyd Spence, R-Lexington; and U.S. Rep. John M. Spratt Jr., D-York.
James B. Edwards, former governor as well as former Energy Secretary, is on the list, as well as Paul Lego, president of Westinghouse, the new site contractor; U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga.; U.S. Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio; and two Democratic congressman from Georgia, Lindsay Thomas and Doug Barnard Jr.
(Please See PRESS, Page 8A)
JAMES WATKINS: Faces a busy
day in Aiken.
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — Tax rollbacks probably won’t occur this year, but relief could be coming in the next tax year, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee
“It looks like any cuts we make will be effective in tax year 1990,” Sen. James Waddell, D-Beaufort, said. “But that’s not a firm statement” and could change as the budget process continues.
The committee approved pay increases for state employees and constitutional officers and bolstered their health insurance on Wednesday as it continued to shape the 1989-90 state budget.
The committee is trying to match the state’s needs with its resources in the $3.3 billion proposed budget.
At day’s end, Waddell said the committee still faced some $72 million in unfunded but necessary expenditures, including an additional $10 million for education
and $12 million for the state Department of Mental Health.
“I think we’ve made some pretty good progress today (Wednesday) in trying to get down to some bare bone items,” Waddell said.
The committee will meet through the week and possibly Friday and Saturday to finish the budget and send it to the full Senate, Waddell said.
Sen. Tom Moore, D-Clearwater, said he was also working on a proposal to create
a committee that would establish a formula for future salary increases, so that the process would not be subject to the “monkeyshines” it currently undergoes.
The committee’s leaders, Waddell and Sen. John Lindsay, D-Bennettsville, still have not revealed their plan for dealing with the competing supercomputer requests from Clemson and the University of South Carolina that could cost up to $25 million if funded in full.