Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 20, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Japanese Have Yen For Trashing Cash
TOKYO (AP) - Talk about disposable income. On Saturday, sanitation workers found yet another bundle of money in the garbage, the latest in a rash of trashed cash.
Workers sorting garbage at a trash-processing center in Nara prefecture in western Japan found $7,000 in a ^briefcase, a local police official said oft condition of anonymity.
NO identification was found on the briefcase, and police do not know how tile money got into the garbage.
On thursday, garbage collectors found $8,700 in a pile of trash in a residential section of Tokyo, police said.
Authorities said they did not know who left that money either.
In April, more than $1.4 million was discovered in a bamboo grove south of Tokyo.
A businessman, Kazuyasu Noguchi, said he made the money from trading rare postage stamps and hid it to avoid a tax investigation. The money was returned to him.
Mudslides Close Yellowstone Highway
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) —- Heavy rain unleashed mudslides that buried a car, temporarily trapped eight others and caused flooding that chased 55 tourists from their rented cabin, park officials said Saturday.
The mudslides took place about 8 p.m. Friday on a stretch of road below slopes denuded by the huge forest fires that swept the park in the summer of 1988.
One car was buried, but its occupants escaped uninjured, said park spokeswoman Joan Anzelmo.
Eight vehicles were stranded for about 2Vz hours in Gibbon Canyon after 13 mudslides took place, the spokeswoman said. They were on a stretch of road 15 to 25 miles inside the park from the west entrance that was hit by mudslides earlier this month.
Thunderstorms that dumped up to 4 inches of rain on the park sent water 3 feet deep through a cluster of cabins in the Mammoth area near the north entrance, forcing evacuation of 55 guests, Ms. Anzelmo said.
Cloudy skies and, probably, rain will continue for the next few days.
Weather forecasts showthat skies will range from partly cloudy mostly cloudy and rain is expected for Monday through Wednesday. High mostly in the 80s with lows in the 60s and 70s and wind will be light and variable.
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Sunday, August 20, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Maid Cleaned Up Evidence In Case
Slaying Of Boatwright A Seven-Year Mystery
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
EDGEFIELD — If a cleaning woman hadn’t been so thorough on the morning of April 13, 1982, there’s a good chance the murderer of an Edgefield County widow would have been identified.
And while the case still is classified as unsolved, the sheriff of Edgefield County holds strong belief in his suspicions about the culprit.
“We know who did it, but we don’t have
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enough evidence to go to court with it,” said Sheriff Raymond B. (Billy) Parker about the killing of Frances Grice Boatwright.
The sheriff said the man he suspects of killing the farm wife is now in prison on other charges.
‘The last I heard he was in the penitentiary,” said the sheriff.
Mrs. Boatwright, who lived in the Phil-lipi community near Johnston, was beaten severely and run over by her own car the day the killer forced her from her home and drove her away.
Sheriff Parker said the cleaning woman who worked for Mrs. Boatwright came to the house about 9 that morning to do the household chores and didn’t realize
anything was amiss.
The sheriff said the maid was unaware of the abduction and by cleaning the house destroyed what evidence authorities could have assembled.
Sheriff Parker believes the cleaning might have erased valuable clues, mainly fingerprints.
“All the evidence was destroyed. The maid didn’t know what happened,” the sheriff remarked. “It was just normal everyday duties for her.”
Sheriff Parker said the man who took Mrs. Boatwright from her home apparently was familiar to the victim because the widow was very careful and would
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Staff Graphic by Melissa Quip
DIRTY DOG: Wyman Toole and Donna Toole wash down Chip, owned by Elaine Lawhead, at Palmetto Landscape and Nurseries’ dog wash benefit on
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
Saturday. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Aiken Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals.
Despite Changes, Stalinism Entrenched
By The Associated Press
VIENNA, Austria — Despite momentous reforms in the Soviet Union, Poland, and Hungary, the march toward democracy and personal freedom has made little, if any progress elsewhere in the vast Communist world in the four years since President Mikhail Gorbachev took power in the Kremlin.
The Soviet reforms, however, and the increasingly obvious failures of state-controlled economies to match Western technology and consumer plenty have encouraged people under Communist rule to demand change.
The responses of their governments range from tinkering with the economy
while leaving political reform alone to outright repression. Huge security networks still are deployed to crush or at least curb free speech as aging leaders from Havana to East Berlin, Prague, Sofia and Bucharest cling to power.
The most vivid display of old-style Communist determination to stay in power at any cost has come in China.
Before the eyes of a world, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of pro-democracy demonstrators were felled by military tanks and gunfire early in June.
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, more people have been arrested and dozens executed since.
Romania and Cuba are other examples
where little has changed since Gorbachev emerged on the world scene. In fact, conditions may actually have deteriorated.
“While in other Socialist countries, they are taking steps toward a more open society, in Romania ifs going exactly backwards,” said Paula Tscherne, who monitors human rights for the Vienna-based International Helsinki Federation.
Food in shops is scarcer and rationing of bread and other staples more widespread the longer Nicolae Ceausescu presides over the land once known as the breadbasket of southeastern Europe.
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By The Associated Press
WARSAW, Poland — President Woj-ciech JaruzeLski on Saturday nominated Solidarity activist Tadeusz Mazowiecki as prime minister, paving the way for a historic break in the Communist monopoly on leadership in the East bloc.
A statement released by the official news agency said the president decided the new Solidarity-led coalition government was necessary to solve Poland’s crippling economic problems and widespread public discontent.
“The president thinks that the formation of such a government will be conducive to expeditiously overcoming economic difficulties ... and satisfying the needs and aspirations of Polish society,” the PAP news agency said.
Mazowiecki must be approved by the Sejm, or lower house of the National Assembly, which will receive the nomination Monday. Approval is virtually assured because Solidarity and its coalition partners, two minor parties, have a majority in the body.
The new government will be the first in the Soviet bloc not led by Communists since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin consolidated communist control in the late 1940s.
“It is an incredible success for our struggle, but let us now see it in practice,” Solidarity leader Lech Walesa said in a telphone interview from his Gdansk home. “This is just the beginning.”
Once approved, Mazowiecki will have several weeks to form his Cabinet, which will include Solidarity, Communists and non-Comunists.
Mindful of the Soviet Union’s strategic concerns, Solidarity has said it will let the Communist Party retain control of the ministries of defense and interior, which oversee the army and police. In addition, local governments and the court system will remain controlled by party members.
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Sex Education To Be Taught For First Time
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
This year marks the introduction of sex education into Aiken County’s middle and high schools.
As part of the overall health curriculum, biology teachers will be instructing students on human sexuality for the first time.
Teachers have been in training throughout the summer and will continue to have training sessions during the year to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the law and understand the curriculum they must present to the students.
South Carolina requires all 91 of its districts throughout the state to implement the sex education component of the Comprehensive Health Education Act during this school year.
A 13-member committee was selected
New Book: Bakker's Need For Stardom Doomed PTL
by the Aiken County Board of Education last year to review all materials for instruction and to decide what optional elements of the sex education component will be taught. The committee was not responsible for training the teachers; this has been done, and will continue to be done, by the school district administrators and state education professionals.
Following a series of public input meetings during the 1988-89 school year, the committee and the school district became bombarded with public controversy for and against sex education being taught in the schools.
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By The Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jim Bakker created the celebrity-filled world he had always wanted at the PTL ministry, but lost it by surrounding himself with advisers who fed his need to be the star of the show, a new book says.
Bakker, who was driven from the now-defunct PTL ministry more than two years ago in the midst of a sex-and-money scandal, goes on trial Monday on federal fraud and conspiracy charges. Jury selection begins Monday; opening arguments are expected a week later.
The Rev. Jerry Falwell, another television evangelist, took over the PTL ministry in March 1987 as a caretaker under an agreement with Bakker. But Falwell put
the ministry under bankruptcy protection three months later after uncovering a spreading web of alleged financial irregularities and millions of dollars in unpaid bills.
Bakker “survived at PTL by creating a universe where right and wrong were relative; he wrote the rules, and if he needed to break one, he found reason to rewrite or ignore it,” Charles Shepard, a Charlotte Observer reporter, writes in his new book. “Falwell brought to PTL a set of absolute standards — a crucible Bakker could not survive.”
Shepard’s coverage of PTL from 1984 to 1987 led to Bakker’s resignation and a Pulitzer Prize for the newspaper. His book, “Forgiven — The Rise and Fall of Jim Bakker and The PTL Ministry,” is scheduled to be published by Atlantic Monthly Press in mid-September.
The book portrays Bakker as a boyish charmer whose classmates in his hometown of Muskegon, Mich., believed was
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