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5th Army Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 17, 1989, 5th Army front, 5th Army front Christmas Countdown Sports MV Falls In SERTOMA Page IB A Quick Read Raising Baby Getting Expensive WASHINGTON (AP) — Babies are becoming luxuries, with the cost of getting them through just the first year nearly double what it was a generation ago, according to a business magazine. In their first year of life babies cost $5,774 in goods and services, reports American Demographics, a magazine that analyzes consumer trends. A Department of Agriculture study calculates the cost of a baby’s first year at between $5,096 and $5,602, but researcher Mark Lino says that analysis is being updated and the figures are expected to increase. A Life magazine report in 1958 calculated the cost of baby’s first year at just $800 worth of goods and services. Allowing for inflation, that would be $2,892 today. Actor Van Cleef Dies After Seizure OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Actor Lee Van Cleef, whose steely eyes and rugged features led to a long career portraying Western arch-villains, died early Saturday after collapsing at home, authorities said. He was 64. Van Cleef’s film break came as one of the desperadoes faced down by Gary Cooper in the 1952 movie “High Noon,” and he became a familiar gunslinger in so-called spaghetti Westerns made by Italian director Sergio Leone, including “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Van Cleef collapsed at his Oxnard home around 11:40 p.m. Friday night, said Craig Stevens, a Ventura County deputy coroner. The scenic coastal community is about 60 miles north of Los Angeles. The actor’s wife, Barbara, called paramedics and he was rushed to St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, where he was pronounced dead at 12:04 a.m., Stevens said.Weather No Snow Today There are no snow flurries predicted for the Aiken area today. The highs are going to be in the 40s with lows getting in the 20s this evening. It will be mostly cloudy today with a slight chance of rain. Please see Page 12A for details.Deaths obert H. (Bobby) Silas Jr., Gloverville Dhn Mundy Sr., Aiken larie Simpkins, Aiken lease see Page 6A for details.Inside Today Calendar............................................IE Classifieds.........................................3D Dear Abby..........................................6E Local Front........................................9A Obituaries..........................................4A Opinions............................................ID Sports................................................1B Weather...........................................12A Page 2A Boat People Returned To Vietnam Page 9A Probe Continues In Falling Death %l\im 435    sr.    s    w IMH, s. c zmi Sunday, December 17, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 319 The Christmas Goose? Hugo Blows By Other News As Top Story Of '80s Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth NOTHING LIKE A PARADE!: Children brave chilly temperatures to ride on the Sugar and Spice Daycare Center float in the Midland Valley Christmas Parade held Saturday. East German Communists Change Name By DEBORAH G. SEWARD Associated Press EAST BERLIN — The Communist Party changed its name Saturday and appealed to reform-minded members to set a new course for the discredited party. At a closed session of an emergency congress, more than 2,700 delegates decided to change the party’s official name from the Socialist Unity Party of Germany to the Socialist Unity Party of Germany-Party of Democratic Socialism. The congress also was expected to adopt a more democratic platform before it completes its session today. The Communists have been under increasing pressure from mass demonstrations demanding democratic reforms and in the past two months have ousted hardline leaders, opened borders and promised free elections. The Communists will face challenges when parliamentary elections are held May 6, and one smaller political party and an opposition group also met Saturday to discuss their goals and strategy for attracting support. The East German Communist congress gave party leader Gregor Gysi a standing ovation when he announced the party’s new name. “We want to be a party that is thoroughly reformed ... and therefore a new name,” Communist Premier Hans Mo-drow told reporters. The delegates also burst into thunderous applause when Michael Schumann, addressing a party report on corruption, accused ousted hard-line leader Erich Honecker of ignoring public desire for reform. The ailing Honecker, in a letter sent to the party leadership nearly a month ago and released to the delegates Saturday, conceded he had “deceived” himself about the state of the economy and the mood of the people. But he rejected widespread accusations that he was corrupt. The corruption report blamed Honecker, 77, and former economics chief Guenter Mittag for what it called political and economic errors that led to the successful pro-democracy movement and the decline of Communist power. The party has given up its constitutional mandate to rule, and more than 700,000 members have quit in recent weeks, dropping membership to about 1.6 million. Honecker had to be replaced as party leader, the report said, to prevent “a civil war-like bloody conflict” with pro-democracy activists. It said the party should carry no “collective guilt” for wrongdoing by disgraced former leaders, but criticized members for failing to stand up to the corrupt party hierarchy. Honecker has been in seclusion since he was stripped of his party leadership posts on Oct. 18. He was expelled from the party on Dec. 3 for suspected corruption and put under house arrest two days later. Kurt Hager, the former party ideologist, told reporters at the congress he “felt guilty,” but that the errors of the past were a “collective responsibility.” Honecker is “very sick, but it’s another question about what is going to happen to him. ... The party leadership will be judged, but you have to prove the guilt of individuals,” Hager said. A guest at the congress was Rudolf Bahro was a former party member arrested for his critical views of orthodox (Please See EAST, Page 12A) By TOM STRONG Associated Press Writer Hurricane Hugo — the event of the year, the disaster of the decade, the cataclysm of a lifetime — outdistanced the rise and fall of PTL leader Jim Bakker as the top news story in the state in the 1980s, according to a poll of Associated Press newspaper and broadcast members. The September storm left a legacy of 29 deaths and $6 billion in damage after sweeping through Charleston and other coastal communities before heading inland, where it continued destroying homes and lives. Hugo received 13 first-place votes and 130 points to earn recognition as the decade’s top story. The PTL-Bakker scandal got 80 points to finish second in the survey. The enactment of the landmark Education Improvement Act of 1984 was voted the third leading story of the 1980s. It received 65 votes. A first-place vote earned a story IO points and a lOth-place listing one point. Bakker’s travails included his resignation in 1987 as head of the PTL television ministry following revelations of a sex-and-money scandal involving former church secretary Jessica Hahn. In October, a federal jury convicted Bakker on (Please See HUGO, Page 12A) Bush, Mitterrand Confer About Europe By The Associated Press MARIGOT, St. Martin — President Bush discussed the changes in Eastern Europe with French President Francois Mitterrand on Saturday, and said the United States would be “very responsive” to any request for emergency wintertime food aid from East Germany. Bush said that except for “some nuances,” he and the French leader are in general agreement on the “big questions” of how to react to the political upheaval sweeping Eastern Europe. He did not elaborate. At a joint news conference that wrapped up their one-day Caribbean retreat, Mitterrand expressed satisfaction with U.S.-French relations. He said Secretary of State James A. Baker III “showed great understanding of the needs of Europe” when he pointed the way to a new role for NATO in a speech last week. Baker suggested NATO oversee reductions of troops and armaments and take new steps to build alliances with the East. At the same time, the French leader hinted broadly at differences over the issue of German reunification with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Bush’s voice was raspy from a cold and laryngitis as he and the French president fielded questions after holding private talks on this sun-splashed island in the West Indies. On another subject, Bush said he had no second thoughts about his much-criticized decision to send two top aides to China last weekend for the first high-level contact since Beijing brutally crushed pro-democracy forces in Tiananmen Square. He said he “already seen an indication, a couple of indications” of positive results from Chinese leaders, but did not provide details. Dubcek May Return To Czech Government By The Associated Press PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia — Opposition leader Vaclav Havel said Saturday he would serve as president only if Alexander Dubcek gets a top government role, indicating the two may have agreed to avoid a fight over the presidency. In a nationally televised speech, the once-banned playwright said he would accept the presidency only temporarily until someone can be elected for the five-year term by “a freely elected new Federal Assembly.” He said he would only serve if “next to me, whatever his official function may be, will be Alexander Dubcek... I will not allow any dark forces to put a wedge between me and him and therefore between the Czechs and Slovaks.” Dubcek, leader of the 1968 “Prague Spring” reforms, had been considered Havel’s main rival for the largely ceremonial post. The vacancy was created a week ago when hard-line Communist Gustav Husak resigned after swearing in the country’s first non-Communist dominated government since 1948. The new government came to power on a wave of democratic reform triggered by mass protests in the capital and other cities in which millions demanded political change. The Communists have ousted hard-line leaders, surrendered their monopoly on power and allowed free travel. Rumors circulating widely in Prague suggested that Dubcek, expelled from the Communist Party in 1969 following the Soviet-led invasion that crushed his reforms, had agreed to accept the chairmanship of Parliament in exchange for supporting Havel. It was unclear whether Dubcek would support Havel or simply not compete for president. Another presidential contender is Cestmir Cisar, the candidate of the Czechoslovak Socialist Youth Union. Dubcek, on his way to a dinner Saturday given by visiting Italian Socialist leader Bettino Craxi, said he and Havel had “been together from the very start.” Leaders from Czechoslovakia’s small Socialist and People’s parties joined Havel and Dubcek at the Italian Embassy. Opposition Civic Forum spokesman Petr Kucera, speaking at a news conference earlier, said Havel and Dubcek had met Saturday, and “both parties left assuming that agreement was reached for joint action.” Kucera declined to say exactly when Dubcek, Havel and a close circle of advisers met or provide details on what sort of action was planned. Jaycees Collect Over $1,100 By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer The Aiken Jaycees have already collected $1,105 for their fourth annual Christmas Shopping Tour. The tour, which enables the group to purchase clothing for needy children, raised $4,000 last year and is expecting to raise $5,000 this year, said Lynne VanEck, chairperson of the event. Between 68 to 70 children will have clothing purchased for them by the Jaycees as part of the program, she said. The tour, which was originally slated to take place at Wal Mart, has been moved to K Mart, Ms. Van Eek said. On Dec. 23, the children will be taken to K Mart, which helps to sponsor the event, to select clothing and one toy that they like, Ms. VanEck said. The Jaycees goal is to spend $75 on each child involved in the program. Children who participate in the Christmas Shopping Tour are selected for the Jaycees by the Aiken County Department of Social Services, she said. The group will meet at the Jaycee Hut, located at the Jaycee Fair Grounds on U.S. I, on Dec. 23 and travel to K Mart in vans donated by (Please See JAYCEES, Page I2A) ;

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