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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 16, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Midland Valley Wins In SERTOMA Page IB A Quick Read Major Quake Recorded Off Philippine Coast WASHINGTON (AP) — A major earthquake occurred early Saturday off the east coast of Mindanao Island in the Philippines, the U.S. Geological Survey said Friday. Earthquake monitors of the survey in Golden, Colo., recorded the tremor at a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale, according to a preliminary estimate. The survey said it did not receive any immediate reports of any casualties or damage. The earthquake was centered in the Pacific Ocean about 40 miles off the northeast coast of Mindanao about 160 miles northeast of the city of Davao, about 560 miles southeast of the Philippine capital of Manila. Aggressive Ducks Harass, Bite Retirees PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) - A flock of hefty Muscovy ducks has terrorized residents of this quiet retirement community, nipping at their heals, chasing them to their doors and chewing on one woman’s dress. “They are mean,” Natalie Scaccia said Friday. “They keep after you. They get ugly and want to bite people.” Her husband fell over a wire * fence and cut his finger trying to get away from one. In the past month the ducks, which number about IOO, have bitten or harassed six residents, said Ida Trzas-kowski, 82, president of the Palm Terrace Civic Association. The Pasco County sheriff’s office said one person got a tetanus shot after she was bitten on the finger by one of the ducks. “They’re attacking our people,” Trzaskowski said. “They’re scared to death; they never expected an animal like that to come after them.” Weather Sunny And Windy Today will be partly sunny and windy with the highs in the upper 30’s. It will be fair and cold tonight with a 30 percent chance of rain. The lows are expected in the 20’s. Please see Page 12A for details.Deaths Nellie Cotney, Windsor Lillian Logan, Homewood, Ala. 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C 2£fcf December 16, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 3 NAACP President: Buffalo Room Suit To Be Pursued By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer A discrimination suit brought by six private citizens against North Augusta’s Buffalo Room Restaurant owners is “still proceeding,” one of the plaintiffs said Friday. James Gallman, president of the Aiken County NAACP chapter, said, “From all the information I have been told, we do not plan to drop our suit.” Gallman’s remarks followed a Thursday announcement by the U.S. Justice Department that it was dropping its bias charge against Bruce and Rose Salter, owners and operators of the restaurant. The Justice Department said the dis missal of the suit came with a signed agreement by the Salters that in any future business dealings they would not discriminate against minorities. The Buffalo Room gained national scrutiny several months ago when it became known that blacks were not welcome at the restaurant, and that Bruce Salter had driven several people away when they sought service. The restaurant is located on Georgia Avenue and served short order meals and beer to a mainly neighborhood clientele before it closed in the growing controversy over treatment of blacks. Gallman and five others who sought service at the Buffalo Room in September were ordered off the premises by ‘The case is still in the hands of the NAACP legal division. I have not heard anything about dropping the suit, and it is still proceeding.’ — James Gallman Salter. They later filed suit, seeking $200,000 each. Before the suit was filed, the Salters were summoned to a hearing before the state’s Alcoholic Bevereage Control Commission. Two weeks later they were ordered to surrender their state alcohol license after the three-man commission ruled they had violated anti-bias prohibitions. Gallman said others involved in the suit include Aiken County Councilman Willar Hightower, Rev. David Walker, Rev. James Jones, State NAACP Executive Secretary Nelson Rivers and Charles White of the NAACP Youth and College Division. Friday, Gallman said, “So far as I know, the case is still in the hands of the NAACP legal division. I have not heard anything about dropping the suit, and it is still proceeding.” Boeing 747 Forward Cargo Hold Diagram of baggage and cargo locations »- ^_ FUEL    TANKStliiiiijSp I Forward cargo container compartment, two sections Aft cargo compartment Bulk cargo compartment CARGO Luggage is loaded CONTAINERS containers before being placed on to airliner Flight deck SBW*??. Electronic nerve center Avionics equipment Snow, Intense Cold Cripple States From Rockies To Coast Bomb location Forward container compartment AP FLIGHT 103: A year after 270 persons died in the crash of Pan Am’s Flight 103 in Scotland, investigors are still assembling clues and the first public inquiry has been called. For the story, please see Page 2A. By ROGER PETTERSON Associated Press Writer Up to 30 inches of new snow and intense cold iced roads and closed hundreds of schools Friday from the Rockies to the Appalachians, and even forced postponement of a ceremony to dedicate an airport’s new snow removal equipment. Temperatures hit record lows in Kansas, Iowa and Illinois and the wind chill effect at Moline, 111., was 49 degrees below zero. “We’re draining all the cold weather out of Alaska, the Northwest Territories and northern Canada,” sa/d National Weather Service forecaster James Ver-moch in Chicago. “We’re bringing it right down the pipe.” Up to 30 inches of snow fell in northeastern Wisconsin’s Door County in two days, with 25 inches in the same period around Sheridan, Wyo. Generally 3 to 6 inches fell during the night and through Friday from Kansas to West Virginia, with storm watches posted into Saturday in the Northeast. In addition to the heavy snow at Sheridan, Wyo., lesser amounts fell elsewhere in that state and up to 18 inches fell in the For Aiken, Maybe Sleet, But No Snow Tile National Weather Service at Ao-gusta’s Bush Field says forget tile rumors. Ifs unlikely there will be snow flurries locally within the next 24 boars. Instead, it will sunny bat windy to- WW: There have been forecasts of snow Harries til and on ail week. And aa much as everyone would like for Aiken to be white the week before Christmas, it’s just not in the weather reports. Aiken — if it receives any percipita-don at all — will probably see it bi the form of frozen rain, somewhat like last February’s sleet aud tee. Colorado Rockies. Schools were closed Friday in parts of Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, (Please See SNOW, Page 12A) Low Marks Accompany Praise For Westinghouse By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Amid the cheers, jeers and $3.9 million bonus Westinghouse Savannah River Co. received this week from the U.S. Department of Energy for its first six months as Savannah River Site operating contractor lies a message. It might be stated this way: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In giving Westinghouse an overall “good” rating and 52.5 percent of the potential $7.5 million it could have earned above operating expenses for the period, DOE noted Westinghouse “has been very responsive in correcting identified problems” at SRS. On the other hand, the department prodded Westinghouse to “identify and pursue areas that need improvements, and in particular, to develop and ensure timely implementation of uniform procedures” to correct shortcomings. The key statement was this: “There is a need to adopt a more ‘can do’ attitude instead of trying to defend the status quo.” This theme echoes throughout the DOE analysis of Westinghouse^ performance at SRS from April I through Sept. 30. DOftritic Doubts Objectivity Of SRS Rating By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Without external scrutiny, tile U.S. Dep«tti8eftt of Energy does not inspire confidence as ruler of Westinghouse Savannah River Ca.*» performance as operating eeuftraeter at foe Savannah River Site, aa SRS critic said Friday. Responding fo DOE givtitf Westinghouse a “good” rating and $3.9 million bonus tids week for fbi first six months at SRS, Michael Ism, program coordi-nator of reactor projects at the Energy Research foundation in Columbia, claimed “virtually every avenue of outside scrutiny (of DOE) bos been closed.” “Dow earn we bo attired(DOE) is rating (Westinghouse) property ti there is no outside «ertttiBy?*7L0fft asked. Ho said tm was “not surprised” Westinghouse tined less than excellent Imarks for its perfcfl Referring to the vow by a top Westinghouse official that the company would operate the SRS nuclear reactors “better than tbe best” commercial reactors, Lowe untied tbe pledge “overly He said, “The regulatory regime is not In place” to restart and operate SRS’s three failed reactors in such commendable fashion. Lowe focused on the two areas — cost effectiveness and internal oversight and control — in which Westinghouse rated worst, earning only “marginal” marks from DDE. He said the internal oversight and control portion of Westinghouse’® program assurance task compares to fan*? assurance in commercial reactors used to (Please See DOE, Page <A) In a letter to WSRC President James S. Moore revealing the company’s ratings and award fee, DOE’s manager at SRS, P.W. Kaspar, wrote, “Based on its increased understanding of the Site, WSRC should now proceed beyond being responsive to DOE and become proactive in identifying a broader range of issues and recommending solutions.” A category-by-category examination of Westinghouse^ ratings highlights that refrain: Safety and quality of reactor operations: (good rating) DOE commends Westinghouse for its efforts to restart SRS’s three idled nuclear reactors, which shut down last year for equipment and management improvements. Westinghouse has “brought significant focus to the timely restart of reactors while assuring a comprehensive safety posture,” according to the DOE analysis. (Please See LOW MARKS, Page 12A) Donations Bring Cheer To Many Families Christmas will be a little brighter for many families this year because of the efforts of a number of fund-raising groups and the generosity of donors. The Salvation Army’s annual kettle drive is under way, with the familiar bell-ringers stationed at locations throughout the Aiken area. Contributions may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 439, Aiken, 29802. The seventeenth annual Valley Empty Stocking Fund campaign is also gearing up for the holidays. The fund is 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, as well as individuals. Last year, the fund helped 243 families — a total of 783 people. Contributions to the fund may be mailed to: P.O. Box 517, Langley, 29834; P.O. Box 354, Clearwater, 29822; or P.O. Box 391, Graniteville, 29829. The Aiken Jaycees are currently accepting donations for their fourth annual Christmas Shopping Tour. The tour, which enables the group to purchase clothing and toys for needy children, raised $4,000 last year. The shopping tour will be held Dec. 23. Children that participate in the Christmas Shopping Tour are selected for the Jaycees by the Aiken County Department of Social Services. Donations to the Christmas Shopping Tour may be sent to P.O. Box 707, Aiken, 29802. Contributions received to date include: SALVATION ARMY Ms. Loma Shore......... $5    OO Mrs. G W Dougherty    $25    00 Mr. and Mrs Eugene Kiger    $25.00 Mr. and Mrs Fred Langdon    $50.00 Georganne Coker    $50 OO Mr and Mrs. George Sabine Jr.................$25 OO E J. Mullane ...... $25.00 (Please See DONATIONS, Page 6A) ;

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