Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 7, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
2-Run Homer Sinks Braves
Page 5ALocal Teams Win
Gregg Park’s Stars and the Aiken All-Stars both posted victories Sunday in separate World Series tournaments.
In the Pre-Majors World Series in Texarkana, Texas, Gregg Park knocked off Mississippi 7-4. Shawn
Lucas pitched a complete game for
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the victory. Calvin Coach was the star on offense, driving in three runs with a bases-loaded double.
In Gonzales, La., Aiken demolished North Carolina 13-2 in the Dixie Youth 13-14-year-old World Series. Chad Parrott went the distance for Aiken, giving up only two hits and striking out five in five innings of work. Marcus Glover and Cedric Johnson were the offensive leaders.
Please see details of both games on Page 5A.A Quick Read
Pilot Bails Out, Eludes Drug Unit
MIAMI (AP) — A suspected drug smuggler eluded federal agents by bailing out over the dark interior of the Everglades during a night chase
and allowing his single-engine plane to fly out over the Gulf of Mexico and
Authorities came across the pilot’s parachute and some of his clothing during a subsequent ground search, but the suspected drug smuggler apparently escaped, said Petty Officer Joe Adams, a spokesman for the Coast Guard in Miami.
“The guy was never round,’’ Adams said today. “We found the chute, but unfortunately we didn’t find the jumper.”
'Dean' Takes Hard
Swipe At Bermuda
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) -Hurricane Dean, packing winds of more than IOO mph, ripped down power lines, damaged homes and sank pleasure boats on this Atlantic resort island before rolling farther north.
No injuries were immediately reported, but electrical service to many of the island’s 65,000 residents was cut off when the hurricane hit Sunday.
The National Hurricane Center at Coral Gables, Fla., early today discontinued a hurricane warning for Bermuda.Weather
Partly Cloudy Skies
Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of rain and a low in the 70s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy and cooler with a 20 percent chance of showers. Please see details on Page 8A.Deaths
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Vol. 122 No. 181Bush Calls For Nuclear ModernizationAppeal Comes In Tribute To Higgins
By The Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Va. - President Bush, his voice choked by emotion, paid tribute today to Marine Lt. Col. William R. Higgins, believed slain by his Lebanese captors, as “the symbol of the courage” of American servicemen, and issued a strong appeal for nuclear weapon programs cut by Congress.
“Today, it is not a shortage of rifles that threatens to undermine America’s ability to keep the peace,” Bush said. “To preserve the peace today we must be strong in other ways. This means that we must rely on advanced technology, not the strategic equivalent of the horse calvary.”
^ The president spoke at a ceremony at Fort Myer in Arlington, marking the 200th anniversary of the founding of the War Department, the forerunner of the Department of Defense.
Later, Bush flew to Fort A.P. Hill in Bowling Green, Va. to visit thousands of youths at the 12th National Boy Scout Jamboree and urge them to steer their
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friends away from crack cocaine and other drugs.
At Fort Myer, just across the Potomac River from Washington, Bush said in a halting voice:
“We cannot leave here today without pausing to salute one who stands at the symbol of the courage that bums in the breast of every American in uniform, one Marine who has been very much in our thoughts. Lt. Col. Higgins, William Richard Higgins.’’
Higgins, head of a 75-member United
Cities With High Crime Rates
The number of violent crime reported nationwide in 1988 increased by 5.5% from 1987.
The 34 largest U.S. cities with population of at least 400,000 in 1988, followed by average of number of people slain per 100,000 population.
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Source: Uniform Crime Reports (Miami figures were provided by city officials)
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Teen Liquor Problems Linger
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — Officials say the slight decrease in the number of teenage alcohol arrests is somewhat of a victory, but a recent poll shows half of those surveyed don’t think enough is being done about the problem.
A copyright survey published in Sunday’s editions of The State newspaper show that about 50 percent of respondents think law enforcement officers are doing too little to enforce the law to keep people younger than 21 from drinking alcohol.
The survey also showed 37 percent said enough was being done; IO percent said they didn’t know; and 3 percent said too much was being done.
The poll was conducted June 26-29 by Metromark Market Research Inc. and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. The poll queried 507
In general, churchgoers, blacks, young people and parents were most likely to say they thought police aren’t doing enough about under-age drinking.
Joe Dorton, enforcement chief for the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, said his agency is doing the best it can with the money ifs got.
“At the very least, we have seen young people move into private homes to do their drinking,... and to a large extent I think they are using designated drivers and are taking more pains to try to keep
themselves alive, and I guess that’s a victory of sorts,” Dorton said.
But the arrest numbers aren’t up dramatically from last year — and in some cases, they are down.
ABC agents charged 3,209 people with possession of alcohol by a minor in the fiscal year that ended June 30, according to preliminary figures released Friday. That’s compared with 2,802 cases in the previous year.
Agents also arrested 350 people for using false identification, down from 375 last year. They filed 283 violations against businesses that let minors drink, down from 402 last year.
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Medicaid Rules Discourage Pediatricians
By KIM MCNEELY Staff Writer
In South Carolina, the system has been beating the system, and Medicaid patients are the ones that are doing the suffering.
Many pediatricians in Aiken, and statewide, have stopped accepting new Medicaid patients due to the large amount of paperwork, low reimbursement amount, and — ost aggravating — audits.
Dr. Bill Morgan, medical director of the Aiken County Health Department
said “As far as I know, there are no pediatricians in Aiken that are accepting new Medicaid patients.”
“From the Health Department’s point of view, we are hoping that more pediatricians will start accepting Medicaid,” said Morgan. Presently, 25 percent of the population of the children in Aiken County qualifies for Medicaid.
In indigent cases, more serious conditions and illness come about due to economic or nutritional factors, and that when these children get sick, they have a tendency to stay sick.
Since the Health Department cannot treat cases, only diagnose them, they must refer the patients to other doctors. Therefore,if there aren’t pediatricians accepting Medicaid, many mothers must take their children to the emergency room at local hospitals.
One local pediatrician said “I see Medicaid patients if they really need help.” He said that the monetary problem is not the most prevalent reason why he isn’t taking on new Medicaid patients.
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Nations peacekeeping team, was kidnapped in south Lebanon on Feb. 17,1987 His captors claimed last Monday that he had been hanged in retaliation for the Israeli kidnapping of a Moslem cleric.
Putting in a plug for nuclear modernization, Bush said, “The United States today requires a closely integrated strategic progra designed to enhance our strength, bolster deterrence and facilitate arms control.”
He said the United States must redeploy the 10-warhead MX missile from fixed silos and put them onto rail cars, and at the same time develop and deploy
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In ViolenceCrime Data Reveals 5 m Rise In 1988
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A record 20,675 Americans were murdered in 1988 for an , increase of 2.9 percent over the previous^ year, the FBI says, while the numbeiv of aggravated assaults rose by 6.4 peri/lnt to 910,000.
The Uniform Crime Reports for 1988, released Sunday, said the number of all violent crimes — including rape and rob- x bery — increased 5.5 percent to a new' high of 1.56 million. The previous high for violent crimes was 1.48 million in 1987.
Property crimes — burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft — rose 2.8 percent to 12.36 million, for a combined total of 13.9 million.
When the population increase was taken into account, the rate of crimes per 100,000 people in 1988 rose 2.1 percent, the FBI said, with the violent crime rate going up 4.5 percent and the property crime rate increasing 1.8 percent.
The greater increase in violent crimes could be attributed to the aging of the .nation’s population, said criminologist Alfred Blumstein, dean of the School of Urban and Public Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
“When you look at the age profile of offenders, what you see is, in the property crimes, a very sharp peak between say 14 and 20,” he said. “That’s the age at which the population size is now shrinking, whereas violent crimes have a much broader peak, extending well into the 30s.”
Blumstein said battles among drug dealers may provide another reason for the growth in violent crime.
The reports from law enforcement agencies nationwide, combined in a publication called, “Crime in the United States,” do not reveal the impact of drug-related violence, notes FBI Director William S. Sessions.
“At all levels of government, from the White House to the smallest townships, the ongoing ‘war on crime’ includes daily battles involving illegal drugs and drug-related crime,” Sessions said in the report.
“While violent crime known to law enforcement reached an unprecedented high in 1988, there is currently no way to measure accurately drug involvement in these unwelcome statistics,” he said.
The slayings took place primarily in the nation’s cities, which experienced a 4 percent increase in the number of murders, while suburban and rural areas saw a 2 percent reduction in the number of killings, the report says. t
Lawmaker: Foundation Guidelines Not Needed
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — Foundations affiliated with the nine state-supported schools all operate differently, but legislative guidelines on how they should run aren’t necessary, a state lawmaker says.
But Rep. Herb Kirsch, chairman of the Higher Education subcommittee of the House Ways and Means committee, said he wants to see the schools “open with (lawmakers) and the public.”
The subcommittee has visited all nine state-supported schools and two branch campuses to talk about funding, founda
tions and development.
‘ Each school has its own way of doing things,’’ said Kirsch, D-Clover. “We just want to make sure they do things up front.”
A foundation is a private entity that exists to support the school. Primarily, a foundation is involved in fund raising and in investing and managing funds and assets.
The major foundations affiliated with South Carolina’s state-supported schools are: The Clemson University Foundation; The Citadel Development Foundation; The College of Charleston Founda
tion; The Francis Mat ion Foundation; The Lander College Foundation; the Medical University of South Carolina’s Health Sciences Foundation; South Carolina State College Educational Foundation; The Winthrop College Foundation; and the University of South Carolina’s Carolina Research and Development Foundation.
Eight of the foundations control assets totaling an estimated $139 million; figures for The Citadel Development Foundation were not immediately available.
Clemson has two other foundations and USC has three others that are involved in
minor fund-raising activities.
Last month, the Legislative Audit Council released a report critical of the University of South Carolina’s relationship with its four private foundations. Among concerns cited were the commingling of public and private money, the use of state employees to raise funds for the foundations and lack of disclosure of records.
One of the foundations, the Carolina Research and Development Foundation, has assets of about $59 million, which
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