Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 9, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Charles Manson Denied Parole
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) - It is highly unlikely Charles Manson will ever be freed, the chairman of the state parole board said after the panel refused to release the notorious mass murderer for a seventh time.
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war with society and definitely a danger... but anything is possible,” Albert Leddy, chairman of the three-member
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Manson, leader of a cult-like “family” that in 1969 went on a grisly month-long murder spree, killing actress Sharon Tate and eight other people, was denied parole by a unanimous vote.
Manson declined to attend the hearing after complaining about being held in handcuffs and a waist chain that was too long. The panel offered to let him come in without chains, pending approval by the warden, but he declined, said spokesman Vernell Crittendon.
Freshman Applications Down At Top Colleges
NEW YORK (AP) — Freshman applications are down at top colleges around the country for the first time in years, the likely outcome of a dwindling number of high school graduates and ever-higher tuitions, admissions officers say.
The decline in graduating high school students is considered the prime culprit, according to more than a dozen admissions officers interviewed since Feb. I, the deadline for fall freshman applications at many of the nation’s most competitive schools.
“Since this is happening to everyone, the best guess is that ifs demographics,” said Michael C. Behnke, admissions director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where applications are down IO percent from a year ago.
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Thursday, February 9, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 35
GAO: DOE Plan Shorts Cleanup
NEW SUBSTATION: The city of North Augusta recently moved into its new substation located off Five Notch Road and Frontage Road near 1-20. With the addition,
Staff Photo by Phil Jones
the city will be able to provide improved fire and police protection to residents in one of the fastest growing areas of the city. Please see story on Page 1B.
Du Pont Sought Extra Funding
From Staff and Wire Reports
WASHINGTON - The Energy Department’s $81 billion plan to modernize and clean up the Savannah River Plant and other nuclear weapons facilities over 20 years would save the nation’s production of war devices but fail to remove all environmental hazards, the head of the General Accounting Office says.
“Modernization activities would essentially be completed by 2010, and the nation would have a revitalized weapons complex,” Comptroller General Charles A. Bowsher told a congressional hearing Wednesday.
“However, problems in the environmental area would still be with us.”
Ernest F. Ruppe, a vice president with the Du Pont Co., plant contractor, testified that his company had called for extra government funding to restore facilities at Savannah River in the mid-1970s.
But company officials surmise that they didn’t get as much as they asked for, because weapons production had a lower priority at that time, said W.R. Stevens, technical manager with Du Pont’s atomic energy division.
“That was our interpretation,” Stevens said in a telephone interview with the Aiken Standard from Du Pont headquarters in Wilmington, Del.
“Just to say that we skimped wouldn’t be fair” to the Department of Energy to Du Pont, he said.
(See GAO, Page UA)
Bush WM Unveil His Budget Plan In Speech
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Bush tonight unveils a budget plan keyed to his campaign promises of “kinder and gentler” programs without new taxes, but it leaves difficult decisions on reducing the federal deficit for later.
The president, in a 9 p.m. EST speech before a joint meeting of Congress, will call for a nation more competitive abroad and more compassionate at home.
To those ends, he will propose more federal spending in fiscal 1990 for clean air and clean coal technology, for science and space, for AIDS research and aid to the homeless, education and child care, according to administration and congressional sources.
Bush claims that those costs will be offset by about $4 billion in new revenue from a controversial cut in the capital gains tax — another campaign promise — and $2 billion by holding the expansion
of the military budget to the rate of inflation.
“You will have a very detailed and precise descriptions of the priorities of the Bush administration,” said Marlin Fitz-water, the White House press secretary.
Left deliberately unclear, however, will be how much Bush embraces the many budget cuts he left unchanged from the first-draft spending plan former President Reagan submitted last month.
Bush will distance himself from any of the individual, unpopular cuts by inviting Congress to help set each program level in accordance with his “flexible freeze” plan to limit overall spending in general categories.
Reagan suggested terminating dozens of domestic programs and cutting back many others in order to reduce the deficit below the $100 billion maximum allowed by the Gramm-Rudman law.
Bush’s calculations include the total savings from those Reagan cuts in contending that he, too, is meeting the deficit
Bush's Speech On TV
NEW YORK (AP) - Television networks will pre-empt prime-time programming tonight for live coverage of President Bush’s address to a joint session of Congress.
The president is scheduled to speak at 9 p.m. EST.
ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN said they also will carry the Democratic response which will follow the president’s address.
target. He may claim a deficit as low as $90 billion by including sales of government assets that do not count toward the Gramm-Rudman goal, said one source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
GOP lawmakers briefed Wednesday by Bush’s budget director, Richard Dar-man, said the Bush plan proposes lump
ing programs together in “boxes,” within which some would have to be cut in order to expand others.
Democrats didn’t wait for Bush’s speech to begin criticizing his plan to cut the capital gains tax, saying it is a tax break for the rich and will increase the deficit, not reduce it as the president claims.
“At a time when virtually every segment of our country is being asked to sustain a sacrifice of one form or another ... it is simply unacceptable to be considering tax breaks for the very wealthiest segment,” said Sen. Jim Sasser, D-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.
Many private economists dispute Bush’s claim that the rate cut will increase government revenues by spurring business investment and activity.
Nonetheless, the Bush budget will claim about $4 billion in new revenue from the plan, which would be implemented gradually.
Need For Federal Permit Could Halt Development
By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer
Plans for developing an eight-acre wetlands at the Woodward Tract could be put on hold for several months or denied, depending on decisions currently under deliberation by federal authorities, sources said Wednesday.
Should a federal permit be required for developing the wetlands, those plans could be delayed two to four months or denied, according to officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The government would have no jurisdiction over other development plans for
the tract, officials said.
Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial Corp., in partnership with the Keenan Company, plans to develop the 59-acre tract, including an urban Carolina Bay, which is classified as a wetlands area and is subject to federal jurisdiction.
A Carolina Bay is an oval-shaped depression which typically holds water only part of the year, as many wetlands do. The areas serve as home to a variety of plantlife, some of which are typically threatened or endangered, and as breeding grounds for amphibians. The origination of the unusual wetlands, which occur
(See NEED, Page 11A)
Bush To Address S.C. Legislators
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — President George Bush will visit with his Southern campaign manager, Gov. Carroll Campbell, and address a joint session of the South Carolina General Assembly Wednesday, officials say.
Warren Tompkins and Bob McAlister,
top aides to the governor, have given Bush’s advance team and Secret Service agents a tour of the Statehouse, but McAlister said details of the president’s visit would have to come from the White House.
A White House spokesman confirmed the visit and said details would be announced later.Thurmond Undaunted By Defeats
By KATHY KADANE States News Service
WASHINGTON - Since 1981, Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., has tried — so far, without success — to persuade his colleagues to support resolutions calling for three constitutional amendments.
One would require Congress to balance the federal budget.
A second would give the president the right to exercise a “line-item veto,” the power to knock out individual programs from the budget without having to reject an entire appropriations bill.
The third would overturn a 1962 Supreme Court ruling prohibiting prayer in public schools.
Either of the first two amendments, if adopted", would tend to increase the president’s control over the federal budget, congressional aides say — a change Sen. Thurmond has said he would welcome.
SEN. THURMOND: South Carolina’s senior senator will reintroduce three proposals this year that have failed in the past.
“The Congress has not shown the fortitude to stop spending more than they take in,” Sen. Thurmond said. “The only way I know to make them do it is to pass a budget-balancing constitutional amendment to mandate it.” In addition, if the president had use of the line-item veto, Sen. Thurmond
(See THURMOND, Page 11A)