Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 11, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Spurned Lucas To Get Another Justice Job
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush, frustrated in his efforts to win confirmation for William Lucas as the government’s chief civil rights enforcer, has decided to give Lucas another Justice Department job that does not require Senate approval, administration officials said today.
Lucas was to be named director of the department’s office of liaison services, said the officials, who declined to be identified by name.
The department was expected to announce Lucas’ new assignment later today.
The office coordinates Justice Department activities with state and local governments and civil rights organizations.
Bush had considered appointing Lucas assistant attorney general for civil rights while Congress is in its current recess, a manuever that would have permitted Lucas to serve through 1990 without requiring a Senate vote.
Lucas has recently been working in the Justice Department as a consultant.
Increase In Youth Suicides Expected
WASHINGTON (AP) - Public health officials must prepare now to meet an expected upswing in youth suicides in the late 1990s, says a task force that recommends educating more people about the warning signs.
In a report released late Thursday, the task force said that while mental
illness is often related to suicide, many young people who take their own lives don’t have a major mental illness.
“An estimated one-third of all young people who commit suicide do not appear to fit the known picture — suicides occur in loving and supportive families as well as in disrupted families, among high-achieving as well as low-achieving students,” said the report.
The report said that among the 28,620 Americans who committed suicide in 1985, about 4,760 were between the ages of 15 and 24. For this age group, suicide is the second leading cause of death, after accidents.
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Far East Presses Higher Textile Imports
By KATHY KADANE States News Service
WASHINGTON — U.S. trading partners in the Far East are putting more pressure on the Bush administration to accept increased levels of textile imports, according to sources familiar with recent trade talks.
Ron Sorini, the chief U.S. textile negotiator, has just finished an initial round of talks with Korea and Taiwan aimed at renewing bilateral trade agreements governing the textile trade with those countries.
He will open similar trade talks with Japan in September.
“These are very important agreements because they are such large suppliers,” he said, “It’s too early to tell where the negotiations will end up, but they are going to be tough — no question about that,” he added.
Korea and Taiwan negotiators have asked increased quotas in many product categories, and Japan is expected to ask for the elimination of the bilateral agreement — with its quota system — altogether.
Taiwan, Korea and Japan are the three largest suppliers of textile goods to the U.S. market after China, which became the largest source of cloth goods in the mid-1980s.
STILL CHARGING: Arnold Palmer acknowledges the crowd after making a charge for the lead in the first round of the PGA tournament in Hawthorn Woods, III. For the full story, see Page 9A.
Audit: Aiken Firm Sticks HUD With $50 Million In Bad Loans
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — An Aiken company that violated federal lending policies has left the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development holding the bag on more than $50 million in guaranteed loans that went bad, according to a government audit.
The loans were supposed to refinance mortgages on single-family homes in nine South Carolina cities. Instead, Mid-South Mortgage Co. of Aiken used the money to build more than 1,700 apartments and townhouses that were sold to investors as tax shelters, according to the 1987 HUD audit obtained by The State newspaper through the Freedom of Information Act.
Mid-South is out of business, but 15 peo
ple associated with the loans were sanctioned by HUD in June, after a two-year investigation by the agency’s Office of Inspector General.
Tile U.S. Attorney’s office in Columbia is reviewing the investigation report to determine whether criminal charges should be brought, said Wayne Conway, inspector general for investigation.
The audit report characterized Mid-South’s acquisition of the loans as “an elaborate scheme” that fooled HUD into shouldering full risk for the mortgages.
But the audit also said HUD officials in Columbia and Washington “had sufficient knowledge to stop the scheme before or soon after it was initiated. However, they did not.”
(Please See AUDIT, Page 16A)
Textile imports have been blamed by .American textile industry leaders for loss of U.S. textile manufacturing jobs. The American textile industry has asked the Bush administration to work to reduce textile imports.
Korean and Taiwanese negotiators are said to have justified demands for increased U.S. exports based on an assessment that political upheaval in China this spring has made U.S. buyers nervous. American retailers will be unwilling to renew supply contracts with the Chinese Korean and Taiwanese negotiators are reported to have said.
They predicted U.S. buyers will turn to Taiwanese and Korean goods.
The Chinese government cracked down on pro-democracy student demonstrators in May, and a manhunt for student leaders and workers who support them is said to have spread nationwide.
U.S. officials at the Commerce Department, who monitor imports from China and elsewhere, said, however, that they have not detected any impact of the turmoil on Chinese exports to date. The latest import figures at the Commerce Department show that imports from China, the largest textile exporter to the U.S., continue to grow.
The Japanese have said they should no longer have to operate under rules set up decades ago.
July Prices Dip By Sharp 0.4%
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Wholesale prices, driven down by declining costs for gasoline and new cars, fell 0.4 percent in July for their biggest decline in three years, the government reported today.
The drop last month in the Labor Department’s Producer Price Index followed a 0.1 percent dip in June as the wholesale inflation gauge registered its first back-to-back monthly declines since early 1986.
The July improvement was even better than expected and bolstered the arguments of economists that inflation will be well behaved in the second half of the year, giving the Federal Reserve more room to lower interest rates in an effort to keep the economy out of a recession.
Despite the consecutive monthly declines, wholesale inflation through the first half of 1989 rose at an annual rate of 5.7 percent, up significantly from last year’s 4 percent rise.
The inflation spurt in the early part of the year was caused by a sharp jump in crude oil prices and higher food costs caused by the lingering effects of last summer’s drought.
But with both energy costs and food prices moderating, economists are looking for inflation to slow substantially in the last half of the year.
(Please See JULY, Page 16A)
Producer Price Index
For finished goods
Seasonally adjusted change from prior month
ASOND J F M A M J J 1988 1989
July ’88 June ’89 July *89
Source: U S. Dept of Labor
Graniteville Co. Listed Among Top Toxic Emitters
By The Associated Press
A report ranking the top 500 emitters of toxic chemicals in the country may contain some errors, but is still a good indication of the amount of pollution being released into the environment, officials with the National Wildlife Federation say.
“Toxic pollution is a major batlefield in the fight for a clean environment,” said Jay D. Hair, president of the National Wildlife Federation.
“We’re trying to give more information to people so they will begin to ask very frank and logical questions about companies operating in their community: ‘Is this the best way of doing business?*” said Jerry Poje, a federation official who helped compile the 100-page
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report released Thursday.
Springs Industries in Lancaster disputes its ranking as the top emitter of toxic chemicals in 1987 in South Carolina.
The company was among eight to have factories that were ranked among the nation’s top 500 emitters of toxic chemicals, according to the report.
The other South Carolina factories, their rankings and emissions were as follows:
^ Westinghouse Electric, Hampton, 94th, 12,722,830 pounds
(See GRANITEVILLE, Page 16A)
Rudnick Seeks Tax Help For Homeowners
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Rep. Irene K. Rudnick, D-Aiken, is seeking sponsors for legis-lation that would prohibit local governments from assessing owner-occupied residential property at the higher business and commercial levels.
Mrs. Rudnick said Thursday that she plans to pre-file the
protective measure for homeowners before the 1990 legislation session.
In a companion bill, she also is asking the General Assembly to approve extension of the time period in which property owners can appeal reassessment of property.
Rep. Rudnick wants the extension moved from 30 to 60 days in order to allow property owners more time in which to have their appeals heard.
‘I am looking for sponsors,” said Rep. Rudnick about the bills, which affect about 70,000 parcels in Aiken County and
would have statewide application if passed.
She said she was moved to write the bills because of complaints by homeowners, especially those living in the south side of Aiken, who have been hit with greatly increased assessments during the current county reassessment of property.
Homeowners, particularly those living in the rapidly developing south side, have been complaining loudly about the escalation in evaluations. One homeowner claimed the value of his property was increased from $24,000 to $75,000.
The bill dealing with residential property values, should it become law, “will
protect homeowners from paying the much greater assessment value for business or commercial property on their homes,” she said.
The key feature in the bill is that it would require residential real estate occupied by the homeowner to be appraised in value for its worth as residential property and not its worth for business or commercial use.
Rep. Rudnick added that if the bill is approved it “should lift an unfair burden from the shoulders of homeowners who must now pay in taxes the value of their homes in business or commercial assessment.”