Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 2, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Aiken Standard To Add Saturday On August 19
The Aiken Standard will add a Saturday paper on Aug. 19, making it a seven-day a week newspaper.
The Saturday Aiken Standard will be delivered in the mornings. It will feature local sports, news, features and advertising.
The Aiken Standard had been published five days a week for many years until the addition of a Sunday paper in October of 1985. The Aiken Standard will remain an afternoon paper on weekdays and will be a morning paper on Saturdays and Sundays.
The decision to go seven days was based upon the desire of workers at the Aiken Standard to be able to better serve readers and advertisers. Growth in the market and the success of the Sunday paper factored in the decision. Sales of the Sunday paper grew at 6.6 percent during the past audit year, far surpassing the national average.
The Saturday newspaper will be delivered free to subscribers on Aug. 19 and Aug. 26. Beginning Sept. I, there will be a 50 cents a month price increase for subscriptions. Home delivery will be $5.90 per month.
Current subscribers and those wishing to subscribe, however, will have until Sept. 30 to subscribe for up to one year at the current $5.40 per month rate.
Those wishing to sign up for the '“urrert rate may call th Aiken Standard s Circuition l;< ;)artment at 649-5316 or you may d< so at the Aiken Standard i of;;ce it 124 Rutland Drive. The n<?wspape office is open Monday-Fridf y from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. You can also re ich the Circulation Department’s Customer Service department until 7 p.m. each day by calling 649-5316.
The price of the Sunday paper in newspaper racks and newsstands will increase on Sept. 3. The Sunday paper has cost 50 cents since the paper was added. It will cost 75 cents in racks and on newsstands beginning Sept. 3.
The hot, humid weather we have experienced for the past two months will remain in our area for the foreseeable future.
Expect to feel warm temperatures, very high humidity and afternoon thundershowers popping up in the area.
Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of evening thunderstorms. The low will be in the 70s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy and hot with the high in the 90s.
Please see details on Page 6A.
Roy L. Arnold, St. Charles, Mo Rebecca M. Carter, Augusta Maxim J. Fesik, Williston Rev. Harold Mishler, North Augusta W. Arthur Taylor, Laurens Please see details on Page 6A.
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No Bail Set For Captured Fugitive
Wednesday, August 2, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Iran Pressure Saves Cicippio
Execution Delayed For 48 Hours
Vol. 122 No. 184
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
AN HONORED NAME: Nancy Bonnette, Wagener librarian for the past 19 years, stands before the library named in her honor last year Please see story on Page 1B
By The Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Iran is believed to have pressured pro-Iranian militants to put off killing American hostage Joseph Cicippio, and the chance his life will be spared has increased, Shiite Moslem sources said today.
Cicippio’s captors, the Revolutionary Justice Organization, had said they would kill him unless Israel freed by Tuesday a Shiite Moslem cleric, Sheik Abdul Karim Obeid.
But two hours after the deadline, the Shiite Moslem group announced a 48-hour postponement. The group acknowledged a plea from Cicippio’s Lebanese wife, Hilham, and cited ‘‘friendly appeals and sincere behests” for the postponement.
‘‘Even if it was a postponement for only one minute, ifs better than nothing,” El-ham Cicippio said today.
Shiite sources in Lebanon, speaking on condition they not be further identified, said they believed Iran may have stepped in to save Cicippio after an international uproar over Monday’s reported hanging of U.S. Marine Lt. Col. William R. Higgins by another extremist group.
Israel said Obeid was abducted Friday in south lebanon in a bid to use him in a swap for three captured Israeli servicemen.
President Bush, faced with Ins most serious foreign policy challenge, consulted world leaders, including Pope John Paul II, and met with his Cabinet twice in 24 hours.
West Germany sap' today it has contacted Iran and Syria on the United States’ behalf, and the Vatican said it would seek to intervene to recover Higgins’ body.
Iran is the financial and spiritual backer of Hezbollah, or Party of God, the fun
damentalist faction that is believed to be the umbrella for terrorist groups holding most of the 16 Western hostages in Lebanon.
‘‘The Iranians probably are bringing immense pressure on their Lebanese surrogates, seeking to defuse the crisis generated by Higgins’ murder,” one Shiite source in Lebanon said, speaking on condition he not be identified.
The source noted that Revolutionary Justice has never killed a hostage it held but has used death threats in the past to back a political demand.
The group announced on March 12, 1987, that it would kill French hostage Jean-Louis Normandy unless France suspended arms supplies to Iraq, which was then fighting Iran.
Normandin, a lighting engineer with France’s Antenne-2 television station, was kidnapped March 8,1986.
The group later announced three postponements, two for 48 hours and the third for one week. On March 25, it said the death threat had been canceled.
Normandin eventually was freed Nov. 27,1987,
(PleaseSee IRAN, Page8A)
Watkins Outlines Nuclear Plant Cleanup Plans
By KATIE HICKOX and KATHY KADANE States News Service
WASHINGTON — Energy Secretary James D. Watkins described Tuesday some aspects of a detailed plan being written by Energy Department officials for cleaning up radioactive and toxic materials at the Savannah River Site and 16 other nuclear arms production plants around the country.
Watkins has estimated the cleanup cost for all 17 sites in the nuclear weapons complex will reach $19.5 billion by 1995. After that date, spending on cleanup projects may have to increase, he said.
A contaminated sediment-filled basin
at the Savannah River Site has been identified as sufficiently threatening to health and the environment that it has been included among the top cleanup priorities under the new plan.
The plan, which carries Watkins’ personal endorsement, is a replacement for an earlier cleanup strategy devised during the tenure of his predecessor, Energy Secretary John S. Herrington. Watkins had rejected the plan, saying it was based on inadequate information about the composition and location of toxic and radioactive wastes that have escaped into the environment around the nation’s weapons plants.
Since taking office in January, Watkins
has sent teams of specialists to weapons plants sites around the country with a mandate to make a more precise inventory of chemicals and other waste materials that may pose environmental threats.
The plan outlined by Watkins Tuesday is in part a result of those researches.
According to the new plan, the Energy Department will go forward with construction of a $127 million water cooling tower at the Savannah River Site designed to reduce the impact of thermal pollution — hot water discharges from the reactors into streams that feed into the Savannah River.
An amendment introduced last week
by Rep. Butler Derrick, D-S.C., opposing the water cooling tower project received the unanimous support of South Caroli-na’s delegation to the House of Representatives.
During the debate on the Defense Department’s budget authorization bill — where funds for DOE’s nuclear weapons plants are allocated — Palmetto state representatives signed a letter to colleagues asserting the $127 million should be used for cleanup of toxic and radioactive waste at the site. The House voted down the amendment by a large margin.
(Please See WATKINS, Page 8A)
Senate Struggles With Defense Budget
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Senate, struggling toward passage of a $295 billion defense authorization bill, voted today to pay for the war on drugs with an infusion of unspent dollars from government agencies — including the Pentagon.
The 90-9 vote, taken as the Senate worked into the early morning hours, would authorize the transfer of $1.7 billion from all but a short list of exempted federal programs to pay the full cost of keeping the government’s promise to
fight “the epidemic of narcotics sweeping this country.”
Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the action, if approved by the House and enacted into law, puts the problem of paying for the drug war squarely on President Bush’s shoulders.
‘‘This amendment authorizes the president to fund the drug package,” Byrd said. ‘‘It says: ‘Mr. President, when it passes into law, it’s your baby. You fund the war on drugs. If you don’t like it, find another way.’”
In other action before adjourning at 2:50 a.m. EDT, the Senate:
^ Voted to give air police last-resort permission to shoot down aircraft flying narcotics into the United States.
Adopted a series of “burden-sharing” a nendments aimed at increasing the contributions to defense by U.S. allies in Europe and Asia.
✓ Bolstered Bush’s bid to make the MX missile a moving rather than a stationary target by shelving, 62-38, an amendment
(Please See SENATE, Page 8A)
Thurmond Wants U.S. Flag Amendment
By KATIE HICKOX States News Service
WASHINGTON — Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., told a Senate panel Tuesday that a constitutional amendment is “the most sound and safe course” to prevent flag desecration.
The six-term Republican is the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which held the first of four hearings today to consider legislative and constitutional responses to a recent Supreme Court decision allowing flag-burning for political purposes.
“An overwhelming majority of Ameri
cans are looking to the Congress, as their elected officials, to reverse this decision and restore the proper civil respect for our American flag,” Thurmond told his colleagues.
Thurmond introduced his own amendment proposal and has cosponsored another backed by President Bush and Minority leader Robert Dole, R-Kan.
A bill that would criminalize flag desecration has been put forth by the panel’s chairman, Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.
Thurmond said that although he views a constitutional amendment as the best way to protect the stars and stripes, as a committee member, he said he would
support Biden’s legislation.
“I will support the distinguished chairman’s statutory approach to overturn this decision,” he said. “However, there is much disagreement among our nation’s top constitutional scholars as to the effectiveness of a statute achieving our objective.”
Other members of the panel condemned the constitutional approach to the flag burning dilemma, citing the intent of the Founding Fathers and the bill of rights.
A House panel has introduced a bill similar to Sen. Biden’s statutory approach to the body’s floor.
Veggie Contest Concludes Today
Today marks the deadline for entries in the Aiken Standard vegetable contest, and the beginning of a love story.
Hoyt Hamilton’s ‘Tom’ tomato (2 lh., 4.6 ounces) met Guy Clark’s Cuke’ (4 lh.,1.90 ounce) at the weigh-in in the reception area. And with competition ending today, it looks like they might be celebrating a victory tonight, possibly in a salad.
Currently holding second and third place are James H. Steeve’s 2 lb., 2.30 ounce tomato and Pat Harley’s entry at2 lb.,.85 ounces.
In the cucumber competition the Rev. J.L. Steele’s 3 lb. 14.70 ounce and T.J. Yates’ 3 lb. 10.9 ounce vegetables hold second and third.
The Aiken Standard awards $100 each to the winners in this “Heavy Veggie” contest. Second place gets $50 and third place takes $25.