Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 10, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Sluman Recalls 'The Shot'
Aiken Eliminated; Gregg Park Returns
The Aiken All-Stars were eliminated from the 13- 14-year Dixie Youth World Series Wednesday in Gonzales, La.
Virginia, a team Aiken had defeated in the tournament opener, knocked off the All-Stars 13-11.
Aiken outhit the opposition 13-5, but had trouble with four errors and ll walks.
The team is scheduled to arrive in Aiken tonight at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center.
Meanwhile, Gregg Park returned from Texarkana, Texas last night after being eliminated in the Pre-Majors World Series.
Please see stories on Page 9A.
A Quick Read
P&G Claims Cereal Should Be Tested
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills Inc. says its new cereal is nothing more than a breakfast food that can reduce cholesterol, but Procter & Gamble Co. thinks it should be tested as a drug if ifs going to make health claims.
P&G, which sells over-the-counter medicines, wants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to order General Mills to pull the cereal, Benefit, off the market. It contends cereals should be under the same federal testing as drugs before health benefits such as reduced cholesteral can be advertised.
General Mills disagrees.
“It’s a cereal that’s made from grain. It’s consumed like a cereal. It’s no different from any other cereal that’s on the marketplace that contains soluble fiber and has the ability to lower cholesterol,” General Mills spokesman Craig Shulstad said Wednesday.
The FDA is reviewing Procter & Gamble’s June 8 request and is expected to respond soon, said Chris Lecos, press officer for the agency.
Benefit contains oat bran, rice and psyllium, a grain grown mainly in India.
According to General Mills, which is based in the Minneapolis suburb of Golden Valley, tests conducted in 1987 on men with average and above-average cholesterol levels found that Benefit reduced cholesterol levels an average of 9 percent when 2 ounces were eaten daily as part of a low-fat diet.
Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The low will be in the mid 60s. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms. The highs will be in the low 80s.
Please see details on Page 16A.
Steven R. Aikman, Grovetown, Ga. Sadie Lee Carlton, Orangeburg Frank 0. Foreman, Aiken Jeanette Norman, Aiken Virginia J Scarboro, Dearing, Ga. George T. Sharp, Edgefield Leola M. Sharpton, Belvedere Willie Smith, North Augusta D B. Wells, Bath Please see details on Page 6A.Inside Today
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Bush Open-Minded On Hostage Crisis
Coroner Seeking Identities Of Two
Thursday, August IO, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 191
Convict Frees 2 Hostages, Kills Self
By The Associated Press
MCCORMICK — Authorities today are trying to determine how a convicted murderer smuggled into prison an automatic pistol that he used to hold two hostages for 9M> hours and eventually turned on himself.
Thomas Walden, 42, serving a life sentence plus 24 years for murder and armed robbery at the McCormick Correctional Institution, fatally shot himself in the neck at 10:26 p.m. Wednesday after earlier releasing unharmed another inmate and a prison worker being held hos
tage, officials said.
Walden was unhappy Wednesday about conditions at the prison and his impending transfer to the Perry Correctional Institution in Greenville County, officials said. But they said he never asked to remain in McCormick and appeared to accept the move later in the evening.
Walden was armed with a .25 caliber, silver-plated automatic pistol, Department of Corrections spokesman Francis X. Archibald said.
“Somebody could smuggle a weapon into the institution,” he said. “We have deliveries made everyday ... clothes,
Archibald said corrections officials plan an intense investigation of how Walden got the gun.
“You never want a person like this to die, said State Department of Corrections Commissioner Parker Evatt. “And we had never thought that (he would die) during the whole time.”
Walden took the two hostages about 11:30 a.m. in the prison’s furniture-manufacturing building, Archibald said. He had asked for his attorney, his prison file and to be allowed to make a phone call to his wife, the spokesman said.
Officials ultimately agreed to his first two demands, but said they were never able to reach his wife. Walden did speak to his brother and a former mother-in-law, officials said.
By 9 p.m. Wednesday, Walden had released the two hostages and had tried to telephone other members of his family Archibald said. .
After complaining of having trouble: with a cargo door that had been opened earlier, Evatt said Walden moved to an office chair and shot himself in the neck.
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Annual percentage increases in tuition and f fees tor public and private 4-year institutions
I ' * ¥ . '4 11
U.S., Panama End Military Standoff
78 78*79 79*80 80-8V
85-86 86*87 87-88 88 89 89 90
Source: College Board a PAT. Dean Caple
SCHOOLING SURGh: The decade-long surge in college costs is moderately higher this fall, with average tuitions 5 to 9 percent higher. For story, please see Page 2A.
Confrontation Began With Soldiers' Arrest
By The Associated Press
FORT AMADOR, Panama — U.S. forces blockaded the entrance to Fort Amador after Panamanian forces arrested two American soldiers, and the standoff ended three hours later when both sides exchanged arrested troops.
U.S. military officials blamed Wednesday’s confrontation, the second in as many days, on the arrests of the American soldiers and strongly protested the action.
The Panamanian Defense Forces in turn condemned the blockade, during which Panamanian troops trained antiaircraft weapons on U.S. helicopters circling overhead.
The Defense Forces under strongman Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega accused the United States of “trying to humiliate us in our own home” and said Panama would not respond to provocation.
Fort Amador is at the southern entrance to the Panama Canal and includes barracks for Panamanian troops, the Southern Command offices, a U.S. naval station and a golf course used by American personnel. Noriega, commander of the Defense Forces and Panama’s de facto ruler, has offices at the fort.
Wednesday’s confrontation was the latest of several between U.S. and Panamanian forces. American troops have held exercises that amounted to shows of force several times during the past few months, parking armored personnel carriers across the street from Noriega’s office.
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99 Die As Train Plunges Into River
By The Associated Press
LOS MOCHIS, Mexico — A local train on a milk-run from Mazatlan to the California border plunged off a bridge into a river in northwestern Mexico, killing at least 99 people and injuring 107, officials said.
Jose Pena Galanza of the Pacific Railway told the government news agency Notimex that bodies had been pried from the wreckage of an engine and two passenger cars that fell early Wednesday into the San Rafael River, 59 miles south
east of Los Modus. The site is 730 miles from Mexico City.
Torrential rains over the last week were blamed for the crash.
“The cause was quite clear. The heavy rains loosened the railbed and the rails just gave way,” said Roberto Martinez Maestre, a spokesman for the state government based in Mexico City.
But it was not immediately clear if the bridge was swept away or weakened by floods before the train crossed or was
knocked to bits when the train jumped the rails.
The search for bodies continued into the night, with rescue workers working knee-deep in mud and water along the river saying they expected the death toll to surpass 99.
Derailed passenger cars were jumbled along the tracks like straws. Helicopters landed rescue workers nearby and casualties were taken out on railroad handcars.
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Shuttle Flies Under Cloak Of Secrecy
By The Associated Press
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Columbia’s crew worked through the third day of the shuttle’s secret military space mission today as officials on the ground kept a tight lid on what the five astronauts were doing.
Their flight plan called for them to monitor a package of research experiments and to conduct tests to determine how effective astronauts can be as mili
tary observers in space, according to sources close to the project.
But no official word came from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or the Defense Department on what was going on aboard Columbia.
NASA broke its silence briefly Wednesday to report that Columbia would return to Earth on Sunday, landing between 9 a.m. and noon EDT at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
The statement added that “the crew is
doing well and the Columbia continues to perform satisfactorily.”
The next planned announcement, if no problems occur, will come Saturday, giving the exact landing time.
No information was available on whether the astronauts achieved the main goal of the mission — deploying a 10-ton reconnaissance satellite to snap highly detailed photographs of military
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Du Pont Declines To Debate Watkins
Enjoy The Cool Because It May
Not Last Long
By DANA RODGERS Staff Writer
Cooler weather has offered some relief from the summer heat for the past couple of days, but climatologist are uncertain how long the cooler air will remain.
Daytime highs have dropped an average of 20 degrees from highs earlier in the week.
“The primary cause is a cool continental air mass pushing through the South,” Wes Tyler of the South Carolina State Climatologist office said.
The cool air mass has remained stationary over the South, however, he said climatologists have been watching a disturbance in Florida which may clear the front by the weekend.
“It is not too unusual to have these patterns develop,” Tyler said. However, these patterns usually develop later in the year, he said.
“In 1986 temperatures were in the 50s in August,” he said. “Low temperatures in the 60s in some sense are record setting on a daily basis.”
By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer
Asserting that Du Pont “established many, many records in the area of safety” at the Savannah River Site, a spokesman for the Wilmington, Del.-based corporation declined Wednesday to “debate” U.S. Energy Secretary James D. Watkins’ latest criticism of Du Pont’s management of SRS.
Watkins recently disputed anew Du Pont’s claim that SRS’s three idled nuclear reactors could restart safely at any time and faulted training of Du Pont’s SRS employees.
“We see no value in debating or continuing to debate ... Du Pont’s performance at the Savannah River Plant. We feel the safety records established at the site over the 39 years in which we were the operating contractor were the result
‘We feel the safety records over the 39 were the result of a level of our commitment to safety.’
— Du Pont’s Clit Webb
of a level of commitment to safety that Du Pont has (instilled) in its businesses over history and feel that these records stand on their own merit,” Du Pont spokesman Clif Webb said.
Webb added that Du Pont, which was replaced as SRS operating contractor on April I by Westinghouse Savannah River Co., always operated SRS “within the constraints established for us by the government.”
As for the difference of opinion between Du Pont and the Energy Department on how soon the SRS reactors can safely restart, Watkins said, “I don’t think there’s anybody now, any responsible oversight group that’s gone in there who doesn’t agree with me, particularly the Westinghouse contractor.”
The energy secretay added, “We have let down operators by not ensuring that the education and training programs have so inspired in them the necessary logic . .. that permits them to understand what they’re doing as they operate the plant that would preclude the kind of safety shutdown (now in effect at SRS) . ..
“And that’s the difference between what I observed to have been the Du Pont philosophy and that which is mine and shared by Westinghouse now in the new philosophy.”
CRITIC: Energy Secretary James D Watkins again criticizes Du Pont management.