Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 23, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Football Edition Coming Tomorrow
The Aiken Standard will include its annual football edition in tomorrow’s newspaper. The football edition will feature previews, rosters and schedules on IO area high school football teams, as well as in-depth looks at the state’s two largest football programs — Clemson and USC.A Quick ReadAir France Flight To Algeria Hijacked
PARIS (AP) — An Air France airliner with 130 people aboard was hijacked today on a flight from Paris to Algiers, Algeria, French air traffic control sources said.
An Air France spokeswoman in Paris confirmed that one of the company’s planes had been hijacked but provided no further details.
Air traffic controllers in the southern French city of Aix-en-Provence said the plane, which took off from Paris’ Orly Airport about 12:50 p.m., had turned toward Tunisia. The controllers spoke on condition of anonymity.No Change Likely In Playing Of 'Dixie'
CHARLESTON (AP) - Blacks have been pushing without success for 20 years to stop the waving of the Confedate flag and the playing of “Dixie” at The Citadel athletic events, according to a state NAACP official.
And Nelson Rivers, executive secretary for the state’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said Tuesday he does not expect the practice to change anytime soon.
Charleston Councilman Robert Ford asked The Citadel in a letter not to fly the flag or play “Dixie” during its Sept. 30 football game against South Carolina State, a predominantly black school.
The Citadel President Lt. Gen. Claudius E. Watts III said Tuesday, “The Citadel will continue to do what we’ve always done. We look forward to playing South Carolina State, and we will be very gracious hosts. I’m delighted that they are coming.”Forbes Not Saying Party's A Write-Off
NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm Forbes is being vague about whether he plans to seek a tax write-off for his Moroccan “party of the century,” but opponents are indignant at the idea of a tax break.
“If this party were to be tax-deductible it would be a perfect example of how the tax system is unfair to the average citizen and benefits the rich,” said Michael Waldman, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, a Ralph Nader organization.
The magazine publisher’s 70th birthday party in Tangier on the north coast of Africa last weekend featured 600 belly dancers, 200 Berber horsemen, pigeon pie served under elaborate tents and a guest list that included Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Kissinger, Walter Cronkite, Lee Iacocca, Rupert Murdoch, Barbara Walters, Beverly Sills and Donald Trump.Weather
Fair Skies Tonight
Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 70s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Thursday with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. The high will be in the mid 90s. Please see details on Page 14A.
William H. Allen, Augusta Leroy Babb, Aiken Willie Lee Cullum, Brooklyn, N.Y. Willie B. Goodwin, Bronx, N Y. Lillie C. Powell, Johnston Albert E. Woodley, Aiken Please see details on Page 14A.
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Wednesday, August 23, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 203
Council Unravels Subdivision Knot
Land Developers Get A New Set Of Rules
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Curb cuts, cul-de-sacs and country roads kept the Aiken County Council in knots for better than three hours Tuesday night, but in a late compromise it approved an amended set of subdivision regulations.
The vote to approve the land develop-Shortfall Is Expected In S&L Bailout
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The $50 billion savings and loan bailout signed by President Bush this month probably isn’t large enough, federal regulators are indicating after a look at new figures on the industry’s health.
The nation’s 2,934 S&Ls lost $3.7 billion in the April-June quarter, up from $3.5 billion in the first three months of the year, the Office of Thrift Supervision said Tuesday. It was the biggest loss since the record $4.1 billion loss in the second quarter of 1988.
The latest discouraging report came just two weeks after President Bush signed leg’'*atio.; authorizing $50 billion to close or sell failed institutions over the next 26 months.
During the six months leading up to the bill’s approval, administration officials repeatedly said they believed $50 billion would be adequate, although they couldn’t guarantee it.
Now, regulators’ statements indicate that private analysts probably are right in predicting the administration will have to come back to Congress for more money.
(Please See SHORTFALL, Page 15A)
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ment rules package was 7-2 after accord was reached on seven points that had developers and Aiken County Planning Commission members badly divided over the regulations.
The regulations are to go into effect Oct. I after the county’s legal counsel sorts out and puts to print the hastily constructed, and at times confusing, amendment that ended the debate.
Councilman Eddie Butler, District 4 Republican, offered an amendment dealing with curb cuts (driveways), cul-de-
sac lengths and increased lot sizes that broke the deadlock.
In its wording, it bypassed two controversial items dealing with private subdivisions, threw in additions to curb cut rules and finally set a target date for implementation.
Specifically, Councilman Butler’s amendment, which passed on a 7-1 vote with one abstention, restricts curb cuts to 300 feet spacing between driveway entrances and allows cul-de-sacs of 1,500 feet.
The third part of the amendment increases from one acre to two acres the
King Of The K's
STRIKEOUT NUMBER 5,000: Nolan Ryan of me Texas Rangers tips his hat to the spectators after pitching the 5,000th strikeout in his career. For the story, see Page 11 A.
size of subdivision lots and allows a 22-foot minimum road width in the residential areas.
The curb cut regulation also carries a provision that allows acceleration and deceleration lanes or parallel roads in those areas where the traffic safety corridors prove more practical.
Dropped from the disputed items were two measures dealing with private subdivisions, which will be covered in another ordinance, and reserve capacity of roads serv ing proposed subdivisions.
(Please See COUNCIL, Page 15A)Colombia Arrests 5 In Slaying
Drug Finance Chief To Be Extradited For U.S. Trial
By The Associated Press
BOGOTA, Colombia — Police arrested five men suspected in the assassination of Luis Carlos Galan, the presidential hopeful whose slaying sparked a government crackdown on Colombia’s notorious drug traffickers.
Also Tuesday, police said they had started proceedings to extradite the reputed finance chief of the Medellin drug cartel to the United States, where he faces conspiracy and drug trafficking charges.
The arrests in Galan’s slaying created additional security headaches for a nation under a years-old campaign of terror by drug traffickers and their hired hitmen.
The arrests in downtown Bogota appear to reflect an unusual efficiency on the part of security forces. Never before in a major drug-related assassination had police announced key arrests with such speed. In many cases no arrests were ever made.
(Please See COLOMBIA, Page 15A)
DUI's: Tough Sentences Not Enough Deterrent
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A small-town Ohio judge isn’t getting anywhere with his nationally publicized bid to reduce drunken driving by imposing stiff sentences on offenders, researchers say.
One problem is that although New Philadelphia Judge Edward O’Farrell routinely orders first-time offenders to jail,
the local facility is so full they don’t have to serve their time for at least a year, said the study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
“I think I’ve known that all along,”' O’Farrell said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “You can’t do it alone.”
The study compared drunken driving statistics and interviews with motorists in New Philadelphia against those of
nearby Cambridge, Ohio, where the sentencing is not as stiff.
Researchers said their surveys “failed to show less drinking and driving in New Philadelphia.”
“Even a determined judge like Edward O’Farrell is incapable of creating the needed certainty of punishment on his own,” the report said. “Limited jail space remains an important constraint
on the O’Farrell policies.”
Farrell’s anti-drunken driving campaign has received publicity on numerous national television programs and in newspapers and magazines.
In drunken driving cases since 1982, the judge has routinely handed out 15-day jail
(PleaseSee DUI’s, Page 15A)
Voyager Reveals New Surprises On Neptune
vBy The Associated Press
PASADENA, Calif. - Voyager 2, only a day away from its close encounter with Neptune, searched today for more moons and rings after the surprising discovery of a first complete ring around the storm-wracked planet.
“Suspects have been seen here and there,” said Bradford Smith, a University of Arizona planetary scientist who heads Voyager’s photographic imaging team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “I would expect several more satellites.”
So far, Voyager has found four small moons besides Nereid and backward-orbiting Triton, which were first seen years ago from Earth.
After Voyager makes its closest approach by flying 3,000 miles above Neptune’s cloudtops at 8:55 p.m. PDT Thursday, the probe may find a sheet of ring material encircling the planet — similar to the broad band of dust it discovered around Uranus in 1986, lab
oratory astronomer Rich Terrile
Smith announced Tuesday the spacecraft found at least one complete ring of diffuse debris orbiting Neptune, with part of it thicker than other parts. He said a partial ring discovered by the spacecraft almost two weeks ago also may prove to be a second complete ring.
Tuesday’s find, the latest in a string of discoveries by the probe during passes by Jupiter in 1979, Saturn in 1981 and Uranus, elated scientists.
“I like the idea Voyager is going out with a bang. It’s going to blow our minds,” said Carolyn Porco, a planetary scientist with the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Pictures taken by Voyager on Aug. ll revealed two partial rings — or ring arcs — extending around Neptune. One of them couldn’t be found in later images and was dubbed the “lost arc,” until Voyager relocated it Tuesday and found it goes all the way around the planet.
(Please Set* VOYAGER, Page 15A)
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
HOPELANDS PERFORMANCE: Tiffany Mauk will be one of the performers when the Dance Fantasy troupe performs Thursday night at Hopeland Ga'dens. For story, please see Page 8C.