Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 30, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Mummified Remains Found At Crime Scene
CHARLESTON (AP) — The mummified remains of a child found last week at a Charleston crime scene may be from Asia and more than a half century old, authorities say.
The remains were found in an apartment when police arrived to investigate the death of 20-year-old Kinston Thomas, a native of Ponape Island in Micronesia.
Paul Walter Mincey, 27, has been charged with murder and first-degree burglary in the incident. Thomas was sharing the apartment with Mincey’s estranged wife, Jenny Riser, police said.
The remains, believed to be those of a child between 3 and 5, are not connected with the incident, authorities said.
Charleston police Capt. Bob Roberts said Ms. Riser told police she purchased them from a local artist who, in turn, bought them at an antique store in Philadelphia about 1970.
The remains are those of a child who had been dead “an indeterminate amount of time,” said Dr. Mary Ann Sens, the deputy chief medical examiner for Charleston County.
Rd Bite Disease Fatal To S.C. Man
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man is dead after being bitten by a disease-infected tick, Gaston Memorial Hospital officials say.
William J. Clarke, 69, of Clover, S.C., died Aug. 22 at Gaston Memorial Hospital from “tick fever,” said his wife, Catherine Clarke. Medical officials notified her Monday of the cause of death.
Her husband became ill Aug. 14 with a fever and headache, two of the symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Mrs. Clarke said the couple never suspected a tick bite.
"I know he didn’t have an imbedded tick on him,” she said.
Mrs. Clarke said her husband saw a Gastonia doctor about his illness and was hospitalized Aug. 20. He died two days later.
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Wednesday, August 30, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
3 Board Members Want Brooks Out
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
At least three members of the Aiken County Board of Education reportedly are trying to buy out the contract of School Superintendent Dr. Joseph R. Brooks, but have been unable to win enough votes to oust him.
Two members of the board of education confirmed that there is friction over the superintendent and one said a buyout is being attempted, but, before agreeing to comment, asked that they not be identified.
Both predicted the ouster attempt will
Recent Aiken County School Superintendents
T.B. Willis 1973-1981
Robert Paskel 1981-1986
L.L. Willis 1986-1987
Joseph Brooks 1987-
n°t succeed and they did not identify those pushing the buyout. Dr. Brooks’ contract recently was extended another
two years. The job pays about $72,000 a year.
an executive session with the entire nine-member board Tuesday night in what was announced as a personnel evaluation session.
Board member Robert H. Slay said there would be no announcements after the meeting. Dr. Brooks also said he expected none to be made.
But board member James A. Moore later said the board voted to make anoth-erevaluation of Dr. Brooks in January.
The board members meeting with the superintendent included Chairman Sheran Proctor, Vice Chairman Jimmy
'*ames L* Verenes, Inease P. Williamson, Bertha H. Williams, Johnny A. Shaw and Ronnie Young.
Before the meeting, The Aiken Standard obtained a copy of the most recent evaluation of Dr. Brooks’ job performance. It reveals an erosion in his per-
iooolan^o 8rac*e from 3.6 in January of ism to 2.8 last July, according to a board member.
The board’s system for grading runs from a high of 5 to a low of I scored by each member on various categories, and the overall grade represents an average
(Please See 3 BOARD, Page 13A)
Drug Lord Vows To Escalate War
CONTINUES FIGHT: Colombia’s Justice Minister Monica de Greiff has vowed to continue fight against drug cartel.
$7 Million In Bonds Approved To Fund County Improvements
BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer
The Aiken County Council approved a $7 million capital improvement bond Tuesday night to fund county improvement projects for 1989.
Willar H. Hightower, vice chairman of Council made a motion to include $250,000 in matching funds for Aiken Technical College; $550,000 in matching funds for the Aiken Center, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center; and $135,000 to implement a computer system for cataloging cards in the Aiken Public Library system.
Without county funding, the matching state funds for ATC and the Aiken Center would be cut off.
Councilman Eugene Duckett said matching the funds for ATC and the Aiken Center is important because it would affect the entire county. Speaking about the funds for the Aiken Center, Duckett said, “We’ve committed ourselves to trying to stop the drug prob
lem in Aiken County. Well, part of that is operating a rehabilitation center.”
The capital improvement bond also includes funding for the renovations of the Aiken County Library, the Nancy Carson Library in Wagener and a crusher run rural road improvement system.
The Council also passed on third reading a $5 million industrial revenue bond for the purpose of building a quarry on the Savannah River.
The quarry would be owned by W.R. Bonsall Co., and the bond would allow the purchase of the land on which to dig the mine, as well as any equipment or mining apparatus needed for operating the mine.
Council Chairman said the bond would not involve raising taxes, or the backing of taxpayers — he said the county is just a conduit for issuing the bond through the State Development Board.
By The Associated Press
BOGOTA, Colombia — The reputed leader of the Medellin cocaine cartel has threatened more violence if the government refuses ,to make peace and allow drug traffickers to rejoin society, according to a newspaper report.
The government has rejected all calls for negotiations, however, and a television report Tuesday said authorities were preparing to extradite a suspected drug finance chief to the United States and had given him a week to appeal.
The effort to extradite Eduardo Martinez Romero an alleged money manager for the traffickers, .s seen a key test of Colombia’s will to battle the drug barons. He was arrested in the first days of an unprecedented offensive against trafficking, which began after hitmen hired by the cartel assassinated presidential hopeful Sen. Luis Carlos Ga-lan on Aug. 18.
The syndicated TV news program “No-ticiero 24 Horas” reported the Colombian government notified Martinez on Tuesday of plans to extradite him to the United States. He was told he had five working days, or until next Tuesday, to appeal.
A U.S. narcotics official had said earlier that the paperwork was going forward on an extradition request for Martinez, a 35-year-old economist who faces federal charges in Atlanta in a $1.2 billion operation for laundering cocaine profits. He is being held under heavy guard by he investigations division of Colombia’s national police force.
The television did not cite a source for its report. A spokesman at the presidential palace said he could not give any information, and the U.S. Embassy refuses to comment on extradition proceedings.
President Virgilio Barco re-established the country’s extradition treaty as part of a series of emergency measures in the drug crackdown.
In raids nationwide, police have seized more than $200 million in real estate including luxurious homes and office buildings, and other property such as airplanes, helicopters and cars. About 11,000 people have been taken into custody.
Drug traffickers in turn have declared war on the state and counterattacked with a wave of bombings and burnings, mostly in of Medellin, 215 miles north of Bogota and the base for the world’s larg- ' est cocaine trafficking cartel.
Jorge Ochoa Restrepo, father of three alleged kingpins in the Medellin cartel,
U.S. Pushes Drug Battle With Dollars
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President' Bush s new drug strategy is being adjusted to focus more U.S. aid on Colombia and two other South American nations that are fighting cocaine cartels in the region.
The crisis in Colombia, with seven bombings Tuesday in the city of Medellin, was high on the agenda when the president met with top Cabinet officials at his Maine seaside retreat to complete the new anti-drug strategy to be unveiled next week.
Bush promised “to cooperate to the best of our ability” with Colombia’s latest request for $19 million to protect judges from drug cartel death squads.
He did not comment specifically on the request but said details were being worked out in discussions in Washington with a delegation of Colombian officials headed by Justice Minister Monica de Greiff.
Because of the crisis there, “Colombia is a new ingredient in the overall drug strategy,” national security adviser Brent Scowcroft told reporters in Rennebunkport, Maine.
Meanwhile, the State Department recommended Tuesday that Americans postpone non-essential travel to Colombia indefinitely and suggested that U.S. citizens living there consider leaving.
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Tuesday appealed in an open letter to President Barco: “Let there be dialogue, let there be peace.”
The nation's communications minister, Carlos Lemos Simonds, responded by telling reporters: “There will be no dialogue.”
An in Washington, Colombian Justice Minister Monica de Greiff told reporters “the law is under siege in Colombia and
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Censors Gain In School Book, Sex Education Bans
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Religious extremists and members of right-wing organizations are gaining in their battle to ban or censor library books and to restrict si x education in schools, an anti-censorship group says in a survey released today.
“Most would-be censors are not content with restricting their own children’s freedom to learn by using school policies designed to accommodate parental concerns about curricular material,” People for the American Way said in its report.
“Instead, the censors insist on the blan
ket banning of these materials for both their own and other parents’ children.”
People for the American Way is an anti-censorship group founded by television producer Norman Lear.
The organization’s 7th annual report, “Attacks on the Freedom to Learn,” said censorship and other ideological attacks on public education occurred in 42 of the 50 states.
Sex education remains a major target of the far right, which “already scored some damaging victories” during the last school year, the report said.
In South Carolina, for example, the re
port cited statewide restrictions that forced school textbook publishers to delete information on the use of condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS.
“Across the country, right-wing extremist groups have become increasingly active in state and local battles over sex education,” the report said.
“Despite attempts by school boards aimed at building a community consensus on this sensitive issue, these groups continue to demand programs that teach only abstinence and that omit discussion of contraception, abortion, AIDS and homosexuality.”
The report said school libraries were the target of significantly more censorship attempts during the 1988-89 school year, with more than half the challenges leveled against materials that aren’t required reading but are available in the library.
The main targets of such challenges are literary classics such as John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” and J.D. Slinger's “The Catcher in the Rye,” as well as plays by Arthur Miller and Aristophanes, the report said.
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