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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 27, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Page 2A Big Chill To Drive Crop Prices Up r Navratilova Chosen Top Female Athlete Page 13A A Quick ReadYork Tech College To Test Electric Cars ROCK HILL (AP) — York Technical College has received three more electric vehicles as part of a project to help the U.S. Department of Energy determine how the cars perform. York Tech received its first shipment of five electric vehicles earlier this fall and got three more on Tuesday. The school will get the last shipment — consisting of two more vehicles — in a few weeks, said Ed Duffy, Tech’s vice president for development. The cars are used for routine security patrol around the campus. They also are demonstration models for engineering students.St. Teresa Video Called Blasphemous LONDON (AP) — The visions of St. Teresa of Avila, the 16th-century Spanish nun, have run afoul of Britain’s film censors, who have invoked the little-used blasphemy law for the first time. The producers of “Visions of Ecstasy,” a 20-minute video about the saint, lost an appeal to the Video Appeals Committee, which has met just six times since it was created five years ago. John Stephenson, producer of the video, said his company was considering a further appeal. “We condemn the decision as a disgraceful act of censorship,” Stephenson said. “Free expression in relation to religion is a fundamental right in a pluralistic society.” The video was defended by novelists Fay Weldon and Marina Warner as a legitimate exploration of the connection between sexual passion and religious fervor as expressed in such Christian notions as “the bride of Christ.” The video shows Teresa caressing the body of Christ on the cross and in amorous embraces with another woman.WeatherSunny, Warmer Fair skies are forecast tonight, with a low near 30. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and warm. The high will be in the 60s. Please see Page 16A for details.Deaths Mary B. Brown, Pittsburgh Willis B. Brown III, Aiken Milton M. Byars, Greenville Mary W. Clark, Mountville Joseph S. Halford, Aiken Judy E. Jones, Columbia Charles H. Koss, Augusta Willmyta M. Miles, Columbia Bobby O. Randall, North Augusta Dorothy A. Smoak, Denmark James L. Quinby III, Graniteville Please see Page 6A for details.Inside Today Bridge •....................................10B Calendar............................................3B Classifieds.........................................8B Comics..............................................6B Crossword.......................................11B Cryptoquote.......................................9B Dear Abby..........................................6B Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................6A Opinions............................................4A Sports..............................................13A Television..........................................6B Weather...........................................16A Page IB School Board Must Adopt New Policy Wednesday, December 27, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 329 Relief On The Way For lced-ln Carolina Coast By MARY BROOKS Associated Press Writer Snow and ice remaining along the coast of South Carolina may melt a little today as temperatures hover above freezing, but highs should reach the 50s and 60s across the state on Thursday, forecasters say. The National Weather Service called for a slight chance of snow flurries or rain in the Upstate today, and a partly cloudy sky elsewhere. High temperatures, which reached into toe 50s Tuesday, would only top the upper 30s to upper 40s today. Some coastal refreezing might occur tonight as low temperatures dip to the mid 20s and mid 30s. High temperatures Thursday and Friday should be in the mid 50s to low 60s, the weather service said. The warming temperatures has meant good news for travelers as airlines re sumed normal schedules Tuesday at Charleston International Airport. Flight schedules had been reduced after snow piled up as much as 15 inches in places along toe coast Sunday. The Myrtle Beach Jetport was able to operate only during daylight because runway lights were covered by snow, said Todd Crawford, deputy airport director. Much of the plumbing in historic Charleston is as old as the colorful ante bellum homes along The Battery, and not many could withstand the sub-freezing temperatures that reached a record low of 16 on Christmas Eve. “There’s got to be thousands of broken lines out there,” said Steve Kinard, manager of Charleston’s public works department, which supplies water to 400,000 people. Plumbers said they were busy day and night fixing broken pipes. SUSPECTS SEARCHED: American soldiers stand guard while others search suspects detained in front of the home of a business associate of Manual Noriega. AP Laserphoto Soldiers found a Panamanian Defense Forces card on the shirtless man in the foreground/'! bree men and a woman were taken away in an Army truck.U.S. Hopes To Freeze Noriega Assets By JOAN MOWER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is moving to freeze the foreign assets of Manuel Antonio Noriega, as U.S. officials press for custody of toe deposed Panamanian dictator hiding in the Vatican Embassy in Panama City. David Runkel, a Justice Department spokesman, said attorneys today would ask officials in about a half-dozen countries, primarily in Europe, to freeze the cash that Noriega took out of Panama. “The papers will be filed with toe respective agencies of government which control the financial institutions,” he said. He refused to identify the countries where Noriega is believed to have hidden more than $10 million in “illegal drug money.” Once the money is frozen, Runkel said the United States will take steps to seize it. As toe Justice Department sought to control Noriega’s money, U.S. officials in Panama and Washington negotiated with the Vatican, which oversees the embassy where an exhausted Noriega and IO associates sought asylum Sunday. Noriega’s regime was toppled on Dec. 20 by U.S. troops. President Bush’s spokesman, Marlin Fitzwater, said toe United States told the Vatican “very directly” that it wants Noriega returned to the United States to face drug trafficking charges. In Panama City, Gen. Maxwell Thurman, head of toe U.S. Southern Command, met face-to-face three times with Monsignor Sebastian Laboa, toe papal nuncio, on the street outside the embassy. Less public diplomatic channels also (Please See U.S. HOPES, Page 7A)By ArmyStalemate Continues Over Noriega Future By DOUGLAS GRANT MINE Associated Press Writer PANAMA CITY, Panama - U.S. troops pestered toe Vatican Embassy today after their commander failed in hours of curbside diplomacy to break a stalemate over the status of Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega. Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro said in Italy today that there was no legal way toe Holy See could hand over Noriega to U.S. authorities. The ousted dictator took refuge in the Vatican Embassy on Christmas Eve. Before dawn, a company of American soldiers paraded past the embassy. American troops mowed down a field of tall grass alongside toe embassy overnight and shot out all working street lights with a pellet gun. On Tuesday, U.S. soldiers searched the Vatican representative, Monsignor Sebastian Laboa, and his car as he left the embassy, apparently to prevent Noriega from being spirited out. After a week of fighting, order returned to Panama City. Crews cleared mounds of garbage left from wild looting sprees that emptied shelves, and many people returned to work. The U.S. military reported only scattered clashes with Noriega loyalists Tuesday. A few members of his Defense Forces were arrested and many surrendered. (Please See EMBASSY, Page 7A) Romanian Government Sets Up Military Courts By DUSAN STOJANOVIC Associated Press Writer BUCHAREST, Romania — The new government today set up military courts to try members of Nicolae Ceausescu’s vicious security police, and it sought to reassure anxious Romanians that their democratic yearnings will be fulfilled. “Nobody claims to monopolize a new power,” Ion Iliescu, chairman of the provisional National Salvation Committee, said in a speech on Romanian television late Tuesday. “We are fed up with this monopoly of power.” Ceausescu, unrepentant right up until his execution, did not tolerate even toe mildest dissent in 24 years of rule and many Romanians are concerned that toe bloody 12-day-old revolution that toppled him will not lead to democracy. Iliescu stressed that the 37-member committee intends to govern only until “new structures” can be established under a new constitution, according to toe national news agency Agerpres, which carried toe speech. The leadership has promised free elections in April, vowing to build a democracy in this country without a democratic tradition. The mix of dissidents, disaffected government officials and army commanders has run toe short and bloody revolution since taking over television headquarters Friday and is trying to restore order. On Tuesday night, state television broadcast footage of an unrepentant Nicolae and Elena Ceaucescu at toe secret military trial that preceded the former first couple’s execution by firing squad. The 40-minute videotape showed a dictator refusing to acknowledge either toe severe hardship he forced on toe Roma- of people by his security forces. “Everything that was said here is false, and I don’t want to talk anymore,” Ceausescu told his accusers, insisting he was still in power. Earlier in toe day, state television showed pictures of the bullet-riddled bodies of Ceausescu and his wife and second-in-command. Ousted Friday and captured Saturday, they were tried, convicted and executed on Monday. The Ceausescus were dealt with swiftly in a bid to end resistance by Ceausescu nian people or toe massacre of thousands (Please See ROMANIAN, Page 7A) Reagan Dominated The D.C. Scene By KEITH WARD Staff Writer If the Washington scene of the past decade for the United States had to be boiled down to two words, those two would be: Ronald Reagan. Reagan’s landslide election in 1980 signalled the beginning of massive political, economic and social changes in the country. In general, taxes went down, military spending went up, and the country moved to the right. Reagan’s re-election in 1984, by an even bigger margin than in 1980, reaffirmed the people’s faith in him and the conservative direction in which he was taking the nation. Despite many criticisms of Reagan’s “hands off” style of governing, and the Iran-Contra scandal, he left office with a very high favorable rating from the • A • DECADE • • IN • REVIEW • American people. When George Bush was elected in 1988, it assured Republican control of the presidency for the entire decade of the 1980s and into the ‘90s. Ronald Reagan was elected the nation’s 40th president on Nov.4, 1980, soundly defeating incumbent Jimmy Carter. Reagan captured 43 states and 483 electoral votes, far more than the 270 needed for election. Independent candidate John Anderson won no electoral votes and only 7 percent of the popular vote. The Republican victory extended to the U.S. Congress, where the GOP gained control of the Senate 53-47. Democrats retained a majority in the House of Representatives, although by only a hair’s breadth. President Carter was done in by two primary factors — an ineffective term in office and the hostage crisis. During his four-year tenure, little legislation was passed and inflation soared. Americans, political experts agreed, felt a sense of apathy and frustration toward (Please See REAGAN, Page 9A)TOPS: The ‘80s man in Washington was Ronald Reagan. ;

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