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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 4, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Aiken Fought For Championship Page 7 A A Quick Read Leaders Agree To Aim For East-West Summit BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — President Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev agreed to aim for an East-West summit in Vienna, Austria, next summer to sign a treaty reducing conventional forces in central Europe, a Dutch government official said today. The disclosure came as Bush assured Western allied leaders that the U.S. commitment to the NATO alliance is unwavering despite dramatic changes in East-West relations. Dutch Foreign Minister Hans van den Broek said Bush told the allies that he and Gorbachev agreed at their weekend summit talks on Malta “to propose to their allies ... a meeting of government leaders at the signing of an agreement on conventional disarmament.” The 16 NATO and seven Warsaw Pact nations are negotiating in Vienna on cuts in conventional forces in Europe. Van den Broek quoted Bush as saying he hoped an accord could be reached about mid-1990. The conventional arms talks are designed to reduce U.S. troops in Europe by 30,000 and Soviet troops by 325,000 to a level of about 275,000 on each side. “The importance of this is that it indicates both (Bush and Gorbachev) want to make an effort to reach such an agreement next year,” Van den Broek said. Weather Cold Night Tonight will be fair and cold. The low will be in the mid 20s to low 30s. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high in the upper 50s. Please see Page 10A for details. Deaths Jerome D. Branch, Wagener Miller A. Bush, Orangeburg Allen R. Davis, Gracewood, Ga. Rev. Elmer F. Haight, Anderson Nancy M. Gay, Grovetown, Ga. Sarah Johnson, Augusta James Langley, North Augusta Margie S. Ledbetter, Belvedere Richard M. Leister, Norcross, Ga. Claude M. Lever, Fort Mill Bonner Manly, Anderson Eunice K. McMillan, Wagener Margaret W. Meldrum, Martinez, Ga. Christine C. Nelson, Hartford, Conn. Annie Nicholson, Saluda Bessie W. Rodgers, Aiken Eula M. Steele, Orangeburg Please see Page 6A for details. Inside Today Bridge...............................................5B Calendar..........................................10B Classifieds.........................................3B Comics..............................................5A Crossword.........................................6B Cryptoquote.......................................4B Dear Abby..........................................SA Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................6A Opinions............................................4A Sports................................................7A Television >..... SA Weather  ...............................10A Christmas Countdown Page 2A Rebels Refuse To End Mutiny Page IB Charleston Wants Tourists HW comr putui. , Monday, December 4, 1989 Aiken, South Caroling Vol. 122 No. 306 Summit Closes With Visions Of Cold War's End By The Associated Press MARSAXLOKK BAY, Malta - President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev left their weatherblown summit talks offering visions of a dawning era of lasting peace, with the remnants of the Cold War giving way to a better world. They announced no breakthroughs Sunday on issues that divide their countries, such as Central America and naval disarmament, but said that was not the point of their open-agenda dockside encounters. In their parting remarks, both chose to emphasize mutual aspirations. “We sought the answer to the question SHIPBOARD SUMMIT Trading relaxed banter at the first-ever joint news conference of Soviet and U.S. presidents, Bush and Gorbachev repeatedly echoed each other’s words as they described their talks and their hopes for the future. where we stand now,” Gorbachev told reporters. “Many things that were characteristic of the Cold War should be abandoned ... the arms race, mistrust, psychological and ideological struggle and all that. All that should be things of the past.” “I couldn’t have asked for a better result out of this non-summit summit,” Bush said. “It was a no-agenda meeting and yet it was a meeting where were discussed, as the chairman said, many, many subjects. So I think if a meeting can improve relations, I think this one has.” The next chance comes in June, when a full-scale Bush-Gorbachev summit is scheduled for Washington. The fireworks missing in the superpow er talks were supplied Sunday night in a loud and colorful display over the Grand Harbor of Valletta, the capital of this Mediterranean island nation. Gorbachev, meanwhile, headed for Moscow to meet with his Warsaw Pact allies while Bush traveled to Brussels to brief the NATO allies. “Tonight we stand at the crossroads of history on our way to a Europe made whole and free,” Bush said when he arrived in Brussels. “Today as the sun broke through the clouds there at Malta, we could see both a new world taking shape, a new world of freedom,” he said. (See SUMMIT, Page 3A) Daredevil Strom Risk-Taking Attributed To Success On Eve Of Senator's 87th Birthday By KATHY KADANE States News Service Photo Courtesy of Photopress SENIOR STATESMAN: Sen. Strom Thurmond, R.S.C., turns 87 tomorrow, making him the oldest member of the U.S. Senate. WASHINGTON —- South Carolina’s resilient Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond turns 87 tomorrow, bringing to mind the fact that he is the oldest member of the U.S. Senate. “Eighty-seven? I wish it were 47,” he said cheerfully during an interview in his Washington office recently. In addition to being the oldest member, if he wins reelection next year — for the eighth time, as he confidently expects to do — he will have won more Senate races than any other person in U.S. history. To date, no one has declared against him. In the intervuw, he gave his opinion about why he has lasted so long in the Senate and survived the risky jump in 1964 from the Democratic to the Republican Party. The explanation is rather simple. South Carolina voters endorse his conservative political principles, he said. “There’s no question in my mind that the Republican Party stands more for what America believes in — and (serves) the principles that established this country than the Democratic Party,” he said. But friends and former employees interviewed say the explanation for his political success is more complicated. He is a risk-taker, a daredevil, able to defy party leaders and develop a political base of his own, Harry Dent, a former Profile Strom Thurmond 1902: Born in 1902 in Edgefield. 1930: Admitted to South Carolina bar. 1938: Appointed Circuit Judge of South Carolina. 1947: Elected governor of South Carolina 1947: Married first wife, Jean Crouch of Elko. She died in 1960 1954: Begins senatorial career with successful write-in campaign. 1968: Married second wife, Nancy Moore of Aiken. 1983: Served on Commission on Organized Crime. 1985: Served on Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S Constitution. Sen. Thurmond staffer and South Carolina Republican Party chairman, pointed out. There were several “turning points” in Sen. Thurmond’s career — two of them spectacular first-time-ever political moves, Dent said. The fact that he pulled them off against the opposition of party leaders carved out his place as the state’s (See RISK-TAKING, Page 3A) Defense Reductions May Do Little For '91 Budget Woes By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Battle lines in Congress are already being drawn over whether and how to spend the money the Bush administration plans to slice off next year’s Pentagon budget. On one side are lawmakers who say liberalization in Eastern Europe means the defense cuts should be large, and who want to use the money to beef up education, child care and other domestic programs that have been pinched in recent years. “If the tearing down of the Berlin Wall means nothing more than we put the USS Missouri in mothballs, we will not have accomplished much,” says liberal Rep. George Miller, D-CaUf. Arrayed against them are others who want to use the savings to reduce the 1991 deficit to $64 billion, a goal universally seen as difficult yet one that is required by the Gramm-Rudman balanced-budget law. “There seems hardly any room for discussion that the ... defense savings go to anything but deficit reduction,” says Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee. Dangling somewhere in between are senators and representatives who will be wary of defense cuts that affect military bases or contractors in their home districts. “The light bulb in their heads says jobs,” says Ellen Nissenbaum, a lobbyist for programs for low-income people. While Congress just finished its 1990 budget work on Nov. 22, the administration is already sketching out its spending blueprint for fiscal 1991, which begins next Oct. I. That document will be presented to Congress on Jan. 22. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney is re portedly preparing budget plans that will pare up to $180 billion from planned Pentagon spending through 1994. Even if carried to the maximum, such cuts would reap little savings next year because of the nature of defense spending. In any given year, much of it is carried over from previous commitments — such as an aircraft carrier on which construction began two years ago — or is contained in difficult-to-break, long-term contracts stretching into the future. Even laying off troops brings with it offsetting expenses. Winter Gusts Its Way Into Area Boutique de Noel From Staff Reports Winter finally blew away the warm Indian Summer Aiken has enjoyed for the past few weeks, as temperatures dipped into the 20s Sunday and left sparkling frost on every outdoor surface this morning. Cold Hits Nation..............Page    2A Sunday’s low of 22 degrees was the first hard freeze of the winter, possibly the lowest temperature in Aiken so far this year, said Ken Schneider, meteorologist intern at Bush Field. Fund Drives Continue For Needy Christmas fund drives to help make Christmas a happier time for the needy in the area continue this week. Temperatures will not be much warmer today, with a high in the 60s and a low in the upper 20s. Another freeze is expected tonight. Staff Photo By Scott Webster SIGNS OF THE SEASON: Kerry Swan (left) of The Annex and Poki Hampton, who is associated with Tattersal Galleries, stand by a Plum Pudding table during yesterday's “Boutique de Noel’’ at Aiken’s Hall of Fame. The boutique, in which downtown merchants are displaying a variety of items, will be held at the Hall of Fame through Thursday. The sixteenth annual Valley Empty Stocking Fund campaign, sponsored by several area civic clubs, including the Langley-Bath-Clearwater American Legion Post 153, Samuel Swint Post 77 of the American Legion and the L.B.C. Lions Club, and individuals, is accepting donations. Last year’s fund aided 243 families in the area. Contributions may be mailed to: P.O. Box 517 Langley, 29834; P.O. Box 354 Clearwater, 29822; or P.O. Box 391, Graniteville, 29829. The Salvation Army’s annual kettle drive is also underway. Contributions to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 439, Aiken, 29802. ;

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