Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 4, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Businessmen Miffed At Stones' Rejection
COLUMBIA (AP) — The University of South Carolina’s rejection of a proposal to have the Rolling Stones play at Williams-Brice Stadium has raised the ire of the American Civil Liberties Union and entrepreneurs.
And the complaints have not fallen on deaf ears, as the university has begun working on a policy for using the 72,400-seat stadium, according to a spokeswoman for university President James B. Holderman.
The ACLU sent a letter on Thursday to Holderman protesting the university’s “unwritten” stadium policy, said the executive director of the state chapter of the group, Steven Bates.
“Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones have the same right to use the stadium as Billy Graham and Pope John Paul II,” Bates said. “The stadium should be open to everybody or nobody.”
Holderman said through spokeswoman Debra Allen that the university would begin working immediately on a policy for use of the stadium.
Desperate Dog Owner Has A Deal For You
CONWAY (AP) — Richard Lovelace became so desperate when Buttercup began chewing nearly everything in sight — including the bumper of a friend’s Porsche — that he took out an ad to pay someone $250 to take the dog.
Lovelace just had to give away the 14-month-old, golden retreiver-mixed breed that chewed the wallpa-
Kr off his walls, the wooden door ime of his house, shoes and anything else in sight.
“I was fed up with this dog,” said I*ovelace, a 43-year-old lawyer, “especially after she chewed part of the bumper of a friend’s 944 Turbo Porsche.”
The problem was, who would take her?
Lovelace took out a classified ad offering to pay someone — anyone — $250 to take the dog off his hands.
The Heat Is On!
Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the low 70s. Partly sunny skies are forecast Saturday with highs near IOO.
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Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. I;
S&L Bailout Nearing Final Passage
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Bush’s $159 billion bailout of the savings and loan industry awaits final passage, with administration and congressional negotiators in a fragile agreement on how to finance the landmark bill.
Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady and Budget Director Richard Darman joined negotiators at the bargaining table late Thursday night, giving the pact their tentative approval and all but lifting a veto threat from Bush.
“Obviously we’ve only had an opportu-
nity to make a quick review, but based on that review ... and in the spirit (of compromise) in which the president sent us here... we accept,” Brady said.
The Senate was scheduled to take up the agreement today, with leaders of both parties predicting it would win the 60 votes needed to clear a procedural hurdle before adoption.
House action was to follow, but Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., the powerful chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, and others on his panel declared their opposition to the pact.
Democrats said Republicans would
need to compensate with a strong showing to ensure passage in time to allow Congress to complete work and leave for a month-long vacation.
The administration and Congress long ago agreed on the most important elements of the landmark bill, which will close or merge hundreds of insolvent savings institutions hemorrhaging losses at an estimated $20 million a day.
It also contains a series of what Bush labeled “never again” provisions designed to prevent the recurrence of what analysts describe as the worst financial crisis since the wave of bank failures in
In the key reform, savings and loan owners will be required to raise billions of dollars of their own capital to discourage risky investments and act as a cushion between future losses and government deposit insurance funds.
Thrift institutions will be channeled back into home mortgage lending and away from speculative commercial real estate ventures and high-yield, high-risk junk bonds.
(Please See S&L, Page 3A)
New Terms Set For Hostage Life
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
HOME SWEET SLITHERY HOME: Michele D. Blackburn and her 8-foot companion, Damian the boa constrictor, pose in front of the snake's new home, which takes an entire corner of Miss Blackburn’s living room. See story on Page 1B.
By The Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon — The pro-Iranian kidnappers of Joseph Cicippio gave the American hostage a reprieve but set new, tough terms for Israel to meet to save him from death.
Iran’s new president, Hashemi Rafsan-jani, today offered “to help the White House find a solution to the hostage crisis,” the Tunisian news agency reported from Tehran.
The captors, who call themselves the Revolutionary Justice Organization, said they sould give Israel several days to meet their demands. They did not say what would happen if the Israelis refused.
In Jerusalem, Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin said Israel would examine the new demands “on a positive basis.” Four top Israeli leaders, including Rabin and Prime Minister Yitzkhak Shamir, met today in Jerusalem to fashion a response to the Shute radicals’ demands.
The New York Times, quoting unidentified administration sources, reported that President Bush had “all but decided’’ to attack terrorist strongholds in lebanon, including one occupied by Iranian militants, if another American hostage had been killed.
During a morning sermon at Tehran University, Rafsanjani said “the liberation of the hostages and the problems of lebanon have solutions which will have to be found by dialogue and not by force.” “We have to proceed with intelligence and I address myself to the White House: We will help you find solutions,” said Rafsanjani, who was sworn in as president on Thursday.
The original threat to kill Cicippio came on Monday, the day another group in Lebanon said it had hanged hostage Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in retaliation for the abduction of a Shiite Moslem cleric one week ago by Israeli commandos.
At that time, the Revolutionary Justice Organization demanded the release of Sheik Abdul Karim Obeid in return for
Higgins Believed Already Dead
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Medical examiners
who saw a videotape of the hanging
of LL Col. William Higgins say they believe Higgins was dead before he
Higgins, a U.S. Marine officer, had been held hostage in Lebanon since he was kidnapped Feb. 17, 1988 His captors said ‘bey banged him Monday in retaliation for Israeli’s kidnapping of a Shiite Moslem leader in Lebanon.
A tape of the hanging was sent to a news organization in Beirut and broadcast on American television.
“The impression from the video is that he might have been killed soon
(Please See HIGGINS, Page 3.4)
sparing Cicippio, who was kidnapped nearly three years ago. The new terms announced Thursday include release of unspecified “Palestinian and lebanese” guerrillas.
It said lists of them are to be prepared within days and presented to the Red Cross.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said today it was willing to transmit to Israel the demands.
“We’ve taken notice that our services may be needed and if a party approaches us to transmit messages,' we’ll do it,” said ICRC chief delegate Michel Dufour in Lebanon.
Israel has offered to trade Obeid, 33, and other Lebanese Shiites it holds for Western hostages and three Israeli soldiers held prisoner in Lebanon. Obeid is a
(Please See NEW, Page 3A)
Silverbrook Farms Carries $775,000 Price Tag
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
One of Aiken County’s leading horse farms, part of a Virginia operation that dates back more than 20 years, is on the market and carries a price tag of $775,000, it was revealed Thursday.
Silverbrook Farms, located on Chime Bell Church Road near New Ellenton and
owned by Helen K. Groves of Middlebrook, Va., will be sold along with other eastern operations.
Biddle Realty Inc., an Aiken real estate company, is preparing a brochure on the farm, which is devoted mainly to cutting horses.
Mrs. Groves, the daughter of Robert J. Kleberg Jr., president of Texas’ famed King Ranch for more than 50 years, said
she is selling out her Virginia and South Carolina farms to return to Texas.
The Aiken County operation includes almost 155 acres of rolling pasture land, stables and barns and is the site of a major cutting horse breaking and training operation.
Tom Biddle, president of Biddle Realty, said the Silverbrook operation includes a main house, bunk house, tenant
house, 17 paddocks and pastures, several barns, feed rooms and tack rooms, wells and water storage tanks, a cutting pen and 31,250 feet of fencing.
Biddle described the property as “extremely attractive, a first class operation.”
The Virginia farm has an estimated worth of about $7.7 million.
Thurmond Campaign Fund Exceeds $367,000 Mark
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, received more than $367,000 during the first half of the year for his 1990 re-election campaign — including contributions from the defense industry, financial disclosure reports said.
The South Carolina Republican’s contributors included General Dynamics $5,000; Grumman Corp. $1,000;, Hughes
Aircraft $2,000;, LTV Aerospace $3,000; Lockheed $2,000; Martin Marietta $1,000; McDonnell Douglas $2,000; McDonnell Douglas Helicopter $1,000; and Northrop Employees PAC $3,000, the reports said.
U.S. Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., who doesn t face re-election until 1992, took in $171,940 during that time, the Washington bureau of the Greenville News reported in Thursday’s editions.
(Please See THURMOND, Page 3A)Hit The Books To Hit The Road
By The Associated Press
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Teens nationwide would have to hit the books if they want to hit the roads under a proposed bill that would require states to revoke the driver’s licenses of dropouts or risk losing federal highway funds.
Rep. George Sangmeister, D-Ill., introduced a bill Thursday that would revoke driving privileges from teen-agers who drop out of school. The Dill, co-sponsored by Rep. Harley Staggers Jr., D-W.Va., is modeled after a West Virginia law passed last year.
West Virginia officials have touted the law’s success, claiming it encouraged 2,200 teen-agers to return to school.
But a 17-year-old junior high dropout who lost his license in May is challenging the law. A Kanawha County Circuit judge was to decide today whether the teenager must give up his license.
(Please See HIT, Page 3A)