Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 22, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Former Black Panther Leader Fatally Shot
OAKLAND, CaUf. (AP) - Huey Newton, former Black Panther leader, was found fatally shot in an Oakland street early today, police reported.
Newton was found lying in the street in west Oakland, said Oakland PoUce Officer Terry Foley. Newton was found at 5:30 a.m.
Newton suffered multiple gunshot wounds, including a bullet to the head, according to Foley.
Foley said investigators were treating the slaying as a homicide.
'Dixie' Ban Sought At Football Game
CHARLESTON (AP) — A ranking state lawmaker says there is nothing wrong with raising the Confederate flag and playing “Dixie” at The Citadel-South Carolina State football game, but others disagree.
Both “Dixie” and the Confederate flag represent “slavery and oppression to black people.... Every time I hear the song it brings chills, as does the breaking out of the flag,” said Charleston Councilman Robert Ford, who is black.
The Confederate flag has been associated with the military coUege since its cadets fought in the Civil War and “Dixie” is played at all athletic events.
Ford on Monday requested the flag-waving and band-playing of “Dixie’ be eliminated for the Sept. 30 football game between South Car-oUna State, a predominantly black school, and the military college. It would be the first time the two schools will meet on the gridiron.
Killer Whale Dies While Performing
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kandu, the giant killer whale that gave birth before thousands of people last fall, was killed when she collided with another killer whale during a performance at Sea World, park officials said.
Kandu, who weighed about 6,000 pounds, and Corky, who weighs about 8,000 pounds, were starting their 4 p.m. show in the performing tank at Shamu Stadium when the accident occurred, Sea World officials said.
The show was canceled and several thousand visitors who witnessed the bloody accident were escorted out of the stadium. Park officials said ifs uncertain when the popular whale shows would resume.Weather
Clear Skies Tonight
Clear skies are forecast tonight with a low in the 70s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Wednesday with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. Please see details on Page 3B.Deaths
Florrie Hardaway, Thomson, Ga. Ely O. Huff Jr., Hephzibah, Ga. Stephanie Moore, Williston Paul J. Susie, Aiken Marcia S. Thomas, Aiken Please see details on Page 38.Inside Today
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Orders For Durable Goods Decline
Mobile Home Park Rules Discussed
AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC UBKmiw
Tuesday, August 22,1989
Aiken, South Carolina
N.A. Slayings Baffle Lawmen
Lack Of Motive Clouds 12-Year Investigation
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
NORTH AUGUSTA — To her grandparents, Leigh Anne Sailors was a special child.
“I was the first girl born in the Sailors family in 49 years,” said Leigh Anne, talking over the telephone from Franklin, Tenn.
“Everyone says I favor my grand
mother,'’ she added with a touch of pride.
Leigh Anne, who has two younger sisters, has been working as a legal secretary since graduating from high school four years ago.
But a dozen years ago, when she was IO years old, I^eigh Anne lost her grandparents, G.C. and Gwendolyn Sailors, to a killer or killers who entered their North Augusta home and cut them down with gunfire.
It was Nov. 9, 1977, early on a fog-shrouded Wednesday morning, when the Sailors, who apparently were preparing to leave for work, were shot to death in a bedroom of their Tamarack Drive residence.
Today, Leigh Anne, others in the family and law enforcement officials are as baffled by the case as they were the morning it happened.
“To this day, we know absolutely nothing about it,” said Miss Sailors, who keeps asking one question over and over: “Why?”
Miss Sailors said thoughts of her grandparents keep turning over and over in her mind and always come to the nagging question: Why would anyone want to kill them?
Sailors worked at the Savannah River Plant and his wife was manager of an
(Please See N.A. SLAYINGS, Page 10A)
On First Day
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
More than 22,000 students flooded Aiken County schools on the first day of classes Monday, increasing the enrollment by 163 students from last year.
With the Aiken County School District divided into five geographical areas, each area saw different levels of growth.
The district administration stated that it is loosely analyzing the statistics obtained by each area because the numbers from the first day are only approximations.
Late registration and students who were overlooked while the enrollment was taken will change the numbers. Also, the afternoon kindergarten was not included in the count, and this could increase the district total of 22,172 students by approximately 1,000 students.
As expected by the school district administration, the Area I (Aiken) schools saw the greatest increase with 246 more students attending Aiken’s IO schools than were reported on the first day last year.
The school district expected to see the
School Enrollment Comparison
Area I (Aiken Area)
Area 2 (No. Augusta Schools)
Area 3 (Mid. Valley Schools)
Area 4 (Wagener, RS-M Schools)
Area 5 (N. Ellenton, Jackson Schools)
Total First Day Enrollment
SOURCE: Aiken County School System
most growth at Millbrook Elementary, Kennedy Middle and South Aiken High schools during the first school year. However, statistics showed low numbers at South Aiken, and the administration said once registration is complete, these figures will be rechecked.
North Augusta (Area 2) also saw an increase in its enrollment. As students crowded into the six schools located in that area, the school officials counted an increase of 60 students from last year.
Area 5 schools in the New Ellenton-Jackson region received a slightly larger increase than the North Augusta schools. The five schools in this southern part of the district counted 82 more students than last year.
Not all the areas in the district calculated an increase on the first attendance day. Wagener-Salley schools (Area 4) had 217 students less than last year in the
five schools located in that region. And the eight schools stretching across the Valley area (Area 3) saw a decrease of 32 students in their total enrollment.
According to Superintendent Dr. Joseph R. Brooks, the school district expected and planned for a greater increase than what was seen on the first day. The administration had estimated a total of about 23.300 studens* entering the schools this year,
The superintendent said he still expected a greater increase in the schools, especially in the Aiken area.
No facility expansions have been planned to accommodate the extra students besides construction already taking place in the district, Dr. Brooks said. If attendance shoots past the number estimated by the administration, the increase will have to be handled by hiring more staff, he said.
Extradition Starts For Drug Suspect
By The Associated Press
BOGOTA, Colombia — National police said today they started proceedings to hand over a reputed cocaine finance chief to the United States in a test of a new emergency plan for extraditing alleged top narcotics traffickers.
Eduardo Martinez Romero, arrested during the weekend in the northern Department of Sucre, is wanted in the United States in connection with the laundering of vast sums of cocaine profits.
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Col. Oscar Carmona, chief of the national police force’s judicial investigations division, told reporters that proceedings for Martinez’ extradition began this morning. The government, responding to a wave of assassinations, launched an emergency crackdown on the drug underworld on Friday that included a new extradition program.
Carmona said the procedure included
notes to the Justice Ministry and to the U.S. Embassy informing them of the detention of Martinez, a 35-year-old economist.
A U.S. Embassy spokesman said he had no immediate comment on Martinez’ arrest.
According to Col. Alfonso Arellano, the police commander for Sucre, Martinez was nabbed in a raid on a rural estate in the Caribbean coastal town of Tolu, about
(Please See EXTRADITION, Page 10A)Peace Offer Unheeded In Lebanon
By The Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Clashes raged overnight between Syrian and Christian forces in Beirut, the central mountains and north Lebanon despite a peace offer by Christian army commander Gen. Michel Aoun, police said today.
Three people were killed and 47 were wounded in the dusk-to-dawn clashes with howitzers, multi-barreled rocket launchers, mortars, tank cannons and machine guns, the police said.
By police count, 788 people have been killed and 2,187 wounded since March 8, when the current round of violence broke out pitting Aoun’s 20,000 mainly Christian troops against 40,000 Syrian soldiers and allied local forces.
The “Operations Room” of Syrian-backed leftist factions said in a statement that its gunners opened fire on six ships in Lebanese territorial waters and prevented them from docking at Christian ports.
The command claimed its gunners “scored direct hits on the lead ship, forcing the whole group to sail away.”
(Please See PEACE, Page 10A)
Vol. 122 No. 202
Staff Graphic by Melissa Culp
State Monitoring Subject To Talks
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Energy Secretary James D. Watkins is offering to negotiate with ll governors over environmental monitoring of federal nuclear facilities within their borders.
The states — California, Ohio, Florida, Idaho, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington — are hosts to a variety of Energy Department defense nuclear facilities, including nuclear reactors, processing plants, weapons assembly facilities and waste treatment and storage operations.
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The department said Monday that it wanted to reach agreements that would allow the states to independently validate the department’s own environmental monitoring data, and to involve the states in setting priorities and schedules for nuclear waste cleanup.
Henson Moore, the deputy energy secretary, said the proposed agreements would be “unprecedented in their scope and in the degree of access to DOE facilities that will be provided to the states.”
He said the accords would be similar to a model agreement signed June 28 by Watkins and Colorado Gov. Roy Romer over state access to the Rocky Flats nuclear plant near Denver.
PATCHING UP: Lebanese workers stand on a shrapnel holes in the side of a Beirut building.
windowsill to patch upTurbulence Recorded On Neptune
By The Associated Press
PASADENA, Calif. - The Voyager 2 spacecraft has discovered a churning, turbulent atmosphere on Neptune, with huge white clouds of frozen natural gas and a string of storms trailing behind an Earthsized cyclone.
One small collection of clouds called the “scooter” is whirling around the planet’s surface once every 16 hours, faster than anything else so far seen on Neptune, said Bradford Smith, head of the Voyager imaging team.
Photographs of the planet’s biggest moon, Triton, show it is brighter, cooler and smaller than scientists had thought. Smith said the shots suggest Triton may be partly covered with snow and frozen water.
“It may snow there from time to time,” he said Monday.
The pictures also show dark spots near Triton’s equator and a pinkish cast that may be from discolored frozen natural gas, or methane. Researchers had speculated that Triton
(Please See TURBULENCE, Page 10A)