Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 5, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
A Quick Read
New Orleans Hosts 'Biggest Free Party'
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Parade-watchers and party-goers bundled up Saturday against a suddenly cold Carnival weekend, the start of a four-day spectacle expected to draw nearly 2 million merrymakers by Mardi Gras.
Nine parades were scheduled Saturday in metropolitan New Orleans, including the extravagant Endymion with huge floats and celebrity riders such as Fred Savage, the child television star of “The Wonder Years,” and pop singers Daryl Hall and John Oates.
New Orleans police estimated this will be the biggest Mardi Gras ever, with 1.7 million revelers lining the streets and jamming the French Quarter on Fat Tuesday, the last blowout before the solemn season of Lent. Authorities said 1.5 million people attended the 1988 celebration.
Saturday was cloudy and cold with temperatures in the 40s and chilling winds. The National Weather Service said an arctic air mass would drop temperatures into the 30s through Tuesday.
Some roisterers sought internal and external warmth in bars along oak-lined St. Charles Avenue, a major parade route.
“They’re here anyway and they’re going to go drinking,” said Matt Hendricks at Fat Harry’s. “Instead of standing outside, it just gets packed inside. Tile cold weather makes no difference.”
Tonight will be cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Tomorrow will be cloudy, with a chance of rain. The high Monday will be in the mid 50s. Please see Page 14A for details.
Mrs. Grace Lopez, Allendale Mrs. Doris L. Gravat, Burnettown Bernhardt H F. Glade, Aiken Mrs. Betty L. LeGrand, Gloverville Charles E. Penn, Augusta Please see Page 10A for details.
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Bridge Study May Ease Sudlow Fears
Sunday, February 5, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 31
School Shuffle May Continue
Brooks Hints Of Further Changes
Staff Photo By Phil Jones
WORK OUT: A driver puts his horse through its paces during a morning workout at the Aiken Mile Track a training center for trotters and pacers.
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
The Aiken County School District is buzzing about staffing changes presented by the superintendent last week.
Dr. Joseph R. (Joe) Brooks announced personnel changes at the area and district levels Friday morning and said changes at other levels will soon follow.
Dr. Brooks met later that day with the principals from the five administrative areas that comprise the district to review the area and district staffing changes and to explain his philosophy on making personnel assignments.
The superintendent told the principals that new challenges and growth occur when people are given new responsibilities, according to principals at the meeting. Seven to IO years should be maximum to hold a specific administrative position, he said.
However, not every administrator who was moved had been in his position for more than 7 years.
Dr. Brooks explained his reasons for making changes at the conference Friday with the area and district administrators. He said the individuals were assessed and were placed according to what they did best. He also justified the staffing changes by saying that he wanted to maintain an effective operation and an appropriate staffing level in the district.
The Aiken County Board of Education voted on Dr. Brooks* plan for the staffing changes at the area and district levels Tuesday night. The vote was 7-1 with Inease P. Williamson casting the only negative vote.
Dr. Brooks did not present a specific plan at that time for administrative changes of the principals, according to board members. If
(Please See SCHOOL, Page 14A)
Cold Wave To Return Aiken To Normal Winter
From Staff And Wire Reports
The balmy, spring-like weather is
An arctic cold wave that shocked even Alaska moved far enough south to chill Mardi Gras revelers Saturday, while blowing snow and temperatures as low as 50 degrees below zero hampered travel in the northern Rockies and Plains.
The same weather system is expected to return South Carolina to more normal seasonal temperatures. Highs today are expected to be in the low 50s.
Much of January was more like April in the Aiken area as temperatures reached into the 70s regularly and even reached into the 80s.
The weather forecast for the region calls for steadily decreasing temperatures during the next few days with lows possibly gradually dipping to the high 20s. Highs will be in the low 50s to high 40s by mid-week, which forecasters say is only normal for this time of year.
The forecast also calls for a chance of rain or showers today.
Around the nation Saturday, there was too much snow for a major ski competi-
Aiken 1988-1989 Temperature Comparisons
tion in Colorado; a group of travelers had to be rescued from a snowbank by a freight train in Wyoming, and a small Idaho town was isolated by drifting snow.
The Northwest’s giant Bonneville Power Administration, which normally has electricity to spare, sought power and water from elsewhere to meet demand
for heat. Texas worried that its natural gas wells couldn’t keep up with demand.
In St. Paul, high school bands marching in a winter camaval parade that was curtailed by subzero cold faked their routines before TV cameras as loudspeakers played taped band music.
“The players will have the instruments
in their mouths in playing position. But we put athletic tape on the mouthpieces so the cold metal doesn’t stick to their skin.” said Don Glassed band director at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
The frigid air that built up over Alaska and pushed into the Lower 48 states Tuesday brought below-zero wind chill factors to normally balmy southern Texas and freezing rain to the Texas Gulf Coast and New York City.
At least 23 deaths around the nation were blamed on the cold front, including four in sledding accidents.
“I wonder why we live in Minnesota,” said Gloria Ball, manager of a Rockford, Minn., mobile home park that lost gas service Friday as temperatures dipped to as low as 42 below zero.
Record lows for the date Saturday included 7 degrees at Seattle; 33 below zero at Great Falls, Mont.; 29 below at Duluth, Minn., and 22 below at Billings, Mont. Records also fell as far south as Texas, with a low of 4 at Lubbock and 16 at Wichita Falls, while Midland tied its record of 9 degrees.
S&L Solution May Come From A Few Key Men Behind Scene
North's Trial Carries Tinge Of Watergate
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The intense publicity, the fight over secret documents, the legal dilemmas posed at the trial of Oliver North rouse memories of a celebrated Watergate trial at which U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell also presided.
As he began jury selection last week in the trial of the former White House aide, the white-haired judge with the no-nonsense manner followed procedures he used more than 14 years ago for the socalled Plumbers trial.
A defendant in that case was an aide from an earlier White House — John Ehr-lichman, former chief domestic adviser to Richard M. Nixon.
Courtroom No. 6 on the second floor of the U.S. District Courthouse was the scene of that trial, as it is the North trial.
There are other similarities.
Like North, Ehrlichman was a prodigious note-taker who contended his files were essential to his defense.
Like North, Ehrlichman had starred on television as a featured witness at hearings watched by millions of Americans.
Like North, Ehrlichman’s role in a White House scandal was the subject of front-page stories that intrigued a nation for months before his case came to trial.
OLIVER NORTH: Has
similarities with Watergate trial
Despite the torrent of publicity, it took Gesell just two days to seat a jury for the Plumbers trial — named for the White House unit established to plug leaks of classified information. Only three potential jurors were dismissed because they said they doubted they could render an impartial verdict.
But the North trial presents Gesell with a problem he didn’t face 14 years ago. Ehrlichman didn’t have immunity when he testified before the Senate Watergate committee.
Dozens of prospective jurors have been dismissed from the North trial because
(Please See NORTH’S Page 14A)
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — While a dozen congressional committees grope pubUcly for ways to raise an estimated $85 billion to end the savings and loan crisis, the most important decisions will likely be made by a handful of players far from the television lights.
Foremost, according to others involved in the process, are likely to be President Bush himself; Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., and Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas.
Rostenkowski and Bentsen chair, respectively, the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. These two men will be Capitol Hill’s brokers with the Bush White House on who will pay for the cleanup of the ailing industry.
“We’ll hold our hearings and other committees will hold theirs, but Ways and Means will grab it in the end,’’ says Rep. Henry Gonzalez, D-Texas, who heads the House Banking Committee. That panel, along with the Senate Banking Committee, chaired by Sen. Donald Riegle, D-Mich., have jurisdiction over the savings and loan industry.
Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady already is Bush’s point man in the dealings with Congress, requesting weekly meetings with the four committee chairmen, the senior Republicans on those panels
‘We’ll hold our hearings and other committees will hold theirs, but Ways and Means will grab it in the end.’
— Rep. Henry Gonzalez, D-Texas
and the speaker of the House, Jim Wright.
Brady’s credibility was badly damaged in floating one of the major ingredients of the rescue package as a “user fee” on bank and S&L depositors instead of as higher federal insurance premiums on the institutions themselves.
One source close to the back-and-forth floating of ideas said Rostenkowski expects to bargain any compromise directly with Bush, who as a Texas congressman two decades ago served on the Ways and Means panel with Rostenkowski.
The Illinois Democrat, after meeting with Brady, Gonzalez and Wright recently, described Brady’s proposed 25-cent user fee on each $100 of deposit as “flat as a pancake.” He said he is concerned that whatever agreement is reached, the administration will say it was Congress’ doing.
Inside: Ronald Reagan Reflects On White House Days...Page 8A
Clemson Avenges Loss To USC
^ Top Ranked Oklahoma lost Saturday as the topsy turvy college basketball season continued to play havoc with the Top 20 rankings. Please see Pages 1B, 4B and 5B.
^ Top high school seniors are the target of college football recruiters. Please see Page IB.
^ U.S. defeats Paraguay in Davis Cup tennis. Please see Page 3B.
USGA honors Chi Chi Rodriguez as Man of Year. Please see Page 8B.