Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 8, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Page /AA Quick ReadOne Dies In Crash; Salley Man Charged
WAGENER — David C. Busbee, 23, Perry, was killed yesterday when the car he was riding in crashed.
Roscoe Felder, 26, Route 2, Box 33, Salley, was charged with felony driving under the influence in connection with the accident.
Felder was driving down S.C. 39 in Wagener yesterday at 9:30 p.m. when his car hit a flatbed truck and then hit an air conditioner on the side of a house, completely destroying the passenger’s side of die car, according to Coroner Sue R. Townsend.
Busbee was pronounced dead at the scene. Felder was taken to the hospital, but released, Mrs. Townsend said.
He was also charged with driving under suspension, more than first offense, by the Wagener police department.Jetliner Carrying 144 Crashes In Azores
LISBON, Portugal (AP) - A jetliner carrying 144 people today-crashed into a mountain on an island in the Azores, an official said.
The Boeing 707 crashed into Pico Alto Mountain on Santa Maria Island, said the official, who works for the island’s emergency services and I who spoke on condition of anonymity. He did not know the name of the airline.
There was no immediate word on the fate of the 137 passengers and seven crew members.IRS Has The Answers, But Are They Right?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chances of reaching the IRS toll-free telephone with a question about taxes have improved, but at last check, the odds of getting a correct answer had not.
“Qearly there is room for un-provement,” the General Accounting Office said in a report on its survey, which found Internal Revenue Service “telephone assistors’’ gave the right answer on only 64 percent of 20 test questions that were asked in 1,776 calls.Weather
Fair skies and colder weather are forecast tonight with a low in the upper 20s. Partly sunny skies are forecast Thursday with a high in the upper 40s.
Please see details on Page 6A.Deaths
Jeanette B. Black, Aiken
Paul A. Broxton, North Augusta
James A. Glover, Augusta
Brice Kirkland, Wagener
Luther Lloyd Jr., Bronx, N Y.
Virginia Mae Miller, Wagener
Joseph K. Pirkle, Augusta
Lillie D. Turner, Aiken
John P. Unger, Columbia
Please see details on Pages 5A, 6A.Inside Today
Calendar ................................. 12B
Classifieds ....... 7B
Dear Abby ..............................11A
Local Front ..........................1B
Obituaries .................. 5A, 6A
Opinions ............................... 4A
Sports.. ...........» 7 A
Weather.,,.,,...,,.................................6AWeather Kind To Carolina
Springlike temperatures that have flowers blooming months early in Aiken are about to become steadily colder, according to State Climatologist John C. Purvis.
But in spite of the drop, the weather will remain more pleasant than is normal, even for a South Carolina winter. The remainder of the winter is likely to remain mild, even if temperatures drop in March and April, he said.
Colder than usual water off Central and South America has caused a bend in the jet stream and allowed high pressure to build over the east coast, Purvis said. The dip in the stream is allowing cold air to come into the western portions of the United States, dropping temperatures to zero or lower and blanketing the west in ice and snow.
But while the west freezes, the high pressure in the east is serving as a cold-weather shield, so South Carolina is staying warm, he said.
“We only get the edge of the cold weather,’’ he said. “There will be enough of a change in the next day or two to bring us colder weather, but not the extreme cold of the midwest.’’
Normal temperatures for February are highs in the upper 40s and lows in the 30s, he said. When the cold air finally reaches Aiken the highs will still be in the 40s, but lows will be in the 20s.
County extension agent Terry Mathis said the cooler temperatures will be a mixed blessing for Aiken.
(Please See WEATHER, Page 15A)
FROZEN FRUIT: Ice hangs on orange trees in California after a night of mid-20s temperatures hit the citrus groves of the eastern Fresno County region. The cold isn’t expected to become extreme in South Carolina.
New SRP Contract Forbids Pay Except When Job Lost
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
Westinghouse’s contract to operate the Savannah River Plant starting next spring will protect it from severance pay disputes like the one that’s embroiled the Du Pont Co.
Department of Energy officials are refusing to reimburse Du Pont for about $75 million in severance pay that the company has promised to 6,500 SRP employees when it withdraws April I as plant contractor.
The DOE says severance pay isn’t warranted because virtually all those workers are guaranteed jobs under the new contractor. Du Pont calls it an allowable expense, and company policy besides.
The dispute remains unresolved and possibly headed for court.
Meanwhile, Westinghouse Savannah River Co. and the DOE have signed an SRP operating contract that specifically forbids severance pay to any Westinghouse employee who hasn’t lost a job.
The contract’s language looks ahead to the next SRP contract change, in precluding severance pay to any employee “who is offered employment at comparable pay and benefits by a successor contractor.”
(Please See AGREEMENT, Page 15A)liken County S&L Officials ’raise Bush's Bailout Plan
By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer
Officials from Aiken County savings and loan institutions are praising President Bush’s plan to bail out the long neglected industry.
And despite S&L problems nationwide, Aiken County’s and South Carolina’s institutions remain among the strongest in the nati on.
President Bush’s proposal involves borrowing money iii tile form of bonds. The President’s plan replaces a possible plan discussed recently that had outraged many S&L leaders. It involved placing an insurance fee of 25 cents per $100 fee on all deposits.
“A lot of people were concerned that they had saved all their lives and the government was going to surcharge them,” said Rick W. Herring, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Palmetto Federal.
Herring added that this would not be the case under the President’s proposal.
Both Palmetto Federal and Security Federal have had to fight negative publicity about S&Ls. Both are doing well financially. And South Carolina is one of only 12 states that does not have an insolvent S&L institution, according to published reports.
(Please See AIKEN, Page ISA)
Sex Surveys, Baby Tests Called For In War On AIDS
By PAUL RECER AP Science Writer
WASHINGTON — The AIDS epidemic will extend well into the next century, and to combat it America must conduct extensive sex surveys, provide sex education in plain language and distribute condoms widely, according to a study released today.
The study by the National Research Council says the nation’s war against acquired immune deficiency syndrome and the virus that causes it, human immunodeficiency virus, is handicapped by outdated data on the sex habits of Americans and by poor studies on precisely how many people now carry the AIDS virus.
The study said public health authorities
have a “pressing national need” for statistics gathered in a variety of surveys, including AIDS blood tests from a wide segment of the population, such as newborns and women seeking abortions, and for well-designed studies of homosexuals, prostitutes and intravenous drug users, some of the major risk groups for the discase
America, the study said, faces a long, difficult battle against the AIDS virus and that effort will continue even after a
cure is found. , .
“The struggle to retard the spread of HIV is likely to persist well into the next century,” the study said. Improved im-derstanding and prevention of the behaviors that spread HTV AIDS will be needed.”
Wednesday, February 8, 1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 34
Bush Still Wants A Pay IncreaseHow They Voted
South Carolina’s Congressional delegation voted unanimously to reject the proposed federal pay raise Tuesday.
In the House, Democratic Reps. Butler C. Derrick (3rd District), Elizabeth J. (Liz) Patterson (4th District), John M. Spratt Jr. (5th District), Robin Tallon (6th District), and Republicans Arthur C. Ravenel (2nd District) and Floyd D. Spence (1st District) all voted against the increase.
Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond and Democratic Sen. Ernest F. (Fritz) Hollings also voyed against the pay increase.
Suggestions Invited For New Proposal
By LARRY MARGASAK Associated Press Writer
1EGIN AGAIN: President Bush still thinks Congress and some federal officials leed a Day raise.
WASHINGTON — President Bush says he still wants some sort of pay raise for Congress, judges and top federal officials, even though he signed the death warrant for a 51 percent increase he initially endorsed.
Bush was “inviting suggestions” for future raise proposals at a meeting with Republican senators Tuesday, according to Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.
And in a White House statement released after he signed the resolution defeating the raise, Bush said: “I believe that some level of pay increase is in order, and I will be working with the House and Senate leadership to develop proposals to achieve that end.I would also like to express my special concern about the level of compensation for members of our federal judiciary.”
The House voted 38048 Tuesday, and the Senate followed suit, 94-6, in passing
legislation to reject a pay raise plan for lawmakers, top bureaucrats and members of the federal bench.
Bush signed the measure several hours before the midnight deadline that would have allowed the raises to become law, including a boost in congressional salary from $89,500 to $135,000.
(Please See BUSH, Page 15A)