Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 10, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
A Quick Read
Waiter Attacked Men After Getting Poor Tip
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — A disgruntled waiter accused of attacking two men with a hammer and a knife after they left him a paltry tip has been found temporarily incompetent to stand trial.
Superior Court Judge Edward Leavitt ruled Wednesday that Guang Da Shen, 19, of New York City was unable to assist in his own defense and could not understand the assault charges lodged against him.
The attack took place Jan. 14 outside the Dragon House Restaurant after Louis Pabian, 59, of Trumbull, and his son, Ned, 24, of Bridgeport, left Shen a $? or $3 tip after eating a dinner costing less than $50, according to police.
Woman Sues Shop For Selling Gun
HIALEAH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A resident who says she warned a gun dealer across the street not to sell a weapon to her depressed son is suing the shop because the young man later bought a pistol there and shot himself to death.
Alicia Portela filed a wrongful death suit in Dade Circuit Court against Metro Distributors Inc., owner of the gun shop across the street from her home.
Ms. Portela said her 29-year-old son, Luis Oscar Perez, suffered from depression and had been receiving psychiatric care for two years.
“He said he wanted to kill himself,” she said Wednesday. “He told his father he was going to buy a gun. Since the shop is right across the street from our house, I went there and told them not to sell my son a gun. I told them he had a mental illness.”
Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the 20s. Partly sunny skies are forecast Saturday with increasing cloudiness in the afternoon. The weather v/ill be a little warmer with a high in the upper 50s.
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Weather............................................8BTriple Crown Dates
The dates for the 1989 Aiken Triple Crown events have been announced.
The annual event kicks off on March 18 with the running of the Aiken Trials. The Aiken Hunt Meet follows on March 25, and the Aiken Sulky Races wrap up the events on April I.
Other sporting events to watch for include the Masters, which will be held April 6-9, and the Stroh’s Lobster Races, which will be held May 6.
Balloons Offer Reward For POWS
Crackdown Planned On Child Restraints
Friday, February IO, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 36
Budget Now In Hands Of Congress
By DAVID ESPO Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled Congress began adjusting to life under a new Republican administration today after receiving President Bush’s call for no new taxes, increases in scattered domestic programs and a offer to “work day and night” to tackle the deficit.
“The people didn’t send us here to bicker,” the new president said Thursday night in a nationally televised speech be
fore a joint session of the House and Senate. “It’s time to govern.”
Initial Democratic reaction to the new president and his $1.16 trillion budget was cordial but wary. Republicans cheered when he renewed his campaign call for a cut in capital gains taxes. Most Democrats sat silently in their seats.
Fights also are likely over Bush’s proposed $5 billion cut in the Medicare insurance program for the elderly, and his renewed commitment to the Star Wars missile defense program.
Democrats promised cooperation — and left it at that.
“That does not mean obedience. It does mean our honest help and our very best advice,” said Speaker Jim Wright of Texas, who presides over a House with a 261-175 Democratic majority.
Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole termed the president’s budget blueprint “not the final answer, ifs the starting point.” He added, “Congress can swat it away, or it can grasp the president’s hand in the true spirit of cooperation.” The Bush budget envisions a deficit of
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President Gt >rge Bush has asked Congress to spend $150 million this year to restart the Savannah River nuclear weapons plant.
Bush said the funds would be spent on activities such as expansion of control room staffs, making seismic modifications, and improving Department of Energy personnel.
BUSH’S BUDGET: President George Bush called for no new taxes during his budget proposal Thursday night.
$91.1 billion, beneath the $100 billion mandated in the federal anti-deficit law. But Bush’s deficit figure is predicated on rosy economic assumptions carried over from the Reagan administration — assumptions of continued strong growth that many economists question.
The president’s speech was not a State of the Union address in the literal sense. But it served as one, from the pageantry of a House chamber filled with lawmakers, the diplomatic corps, Supreme Court
(See BUDGET, Page 8A)
By KATHY KADANE States News Service
WASHINGTON - President George Bush has asked Congress to spend $150 million this year toward restarting three nuclear production reactors at the Savannah River Plant.
In a budget proposal released Thursday by the White House, Bush said the funds would be spent on activities such as expansion of control room staffs, making seismic modifications, and supplementing Department of Energy personnel by hiring outside experts from the commercial nuclear industry.
The plant, whose three operable reactors have been shut down since last summer for safety improvements, manufactures tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen used in making nuclear warheads.
DOE officials have said they hope to restart the K-Reactor late this year or early next, but have not announced a restart schedule.
(See $150M, Page 8A)
Plan To Restrict Legislators' Earnings 'Dead'
‘With the reform package, the House and Republican leadership wanted to go the extra mile and clean up an area that needs some attention.’
— David Dreyer
By KATHY KADANE States News Service
WASHINGTON - A plan to restrict legislators’ outside earnings, prohibit use of campaign funds for personal expenses, and ban honoraria — payments for speeches to special interest groups — is now “dead in the water” because of Tuesday’s vote rejecting federal pay increases, Congressional aides said.
House leaders had hoped to use a proposed congressional pay increase to convince legislators to vote for reforms affecting their other sources of income, aides said.
But the unexpected public outcry against the pay hikes forced members to
vote against the increases. Now, aides said, no reforms are likely.
The pay raise would have boosted the salaries of most members of Congress from $89,500 to $135,000.
“With the reform package, the House and Republican leadership wanted to go the extra mile and clean up an area that
needs some attention,” said David Dreyer, director of communications for Democratic Majority Whip Tony Coelho of Texas.
A congressional task force appointed by House Democratic and Republican leaders had agreed on reforms in four areas, said Peter Williams, an aide to
Rep. Dick Cheney, R-Wyo., who served on the panel.
Williams said the task force planned to recommend a complete ban on honoraria if they were to be used for personal inco-me.However, members would have been permitted to suggest charities to which the fees could be contributed, Williams said.
Other outside income — such as earnings from law practices and memberships on corporate boards of directors -would have been prohibited. Greater restrictions would have been put on travel expenses members could accept from special interest groups who had invited them to speak, Williams said.
(See PLAN, Page 8A)
Wholesale Prices Jump At 12.7 Percent Rate
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Wholesale prices skyrocketed at an annual rate of 12.7 percent in January, the biggest monthly surge in more than three years, the government said today.
The Labor Department said the steepest increase in food prices in a year combined with the largest rise in energy prices in two years to push up the Producer Price Index 1.0 percent last month.
It was the biggest increase since an identical surge in October 1985. The index hasn’t risen faster in a single month since April 1981, when it shot up Ll percent.
The large gain suprised analysts, who were expecting a moderate 0.3 percent to 0.4 percent increase.
Economist Robert Brusca of Nikko Securities Co. International Inc. predicted in advance of the report that any increase substantially higher than 0.4 percent could roil financial markets.
The overall January increase left the Producer Price Index for finished goods at 111.0, meaning a hypothetical selection of goods costing $100 in 1982 would have cost $111 last month, $1 more than in December.
Price indexes for goods at the intermediate level of production and for crude goods show more inflation in the pipeline.
Intermediate goods rose 0.9 percent, the steepest monthly increase in nearly eight years, while crude goods shot up 3.9 percent, the most since August 1980. Crude goods rose 3.4 percent in December, but those prices fell for three consecutive months prior to that.
The heated pace of inflation in the report was likely to raise concern at the Federal Reserve Board, which has been pushing up interest rates in an effort to slow the economy and dampen inflation.
The unemployment rate of 5.4 percent last month is near a 14-year low, pushing wages up in some areas of the country.
Astronomers Discover Pulsar, Hope It Provides Information
By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Astronomers have witnessed the creation of an extremely dense star in a discovery that provides critical evidence about what happens when a massive star explodes, researchers said Thursday.
“It’s really phenomenal,” said Carl Pennypacker, a research physicist who has been studying the dense stars, or pulsars, for more than eight years.
The pulsar, spinning about 2,000 times per second, is moving three times faster than anything astronomers have ever seen before, Pennypacker said, describing the pulsar as “something that has the mass of the sun squished down to a 10-kilometer radius.”
As the pulsar or neutron star spins, it emits light that creates “sort of a searchlight effect,” said Pennypacker, who conducts research at the
lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley.
The pulsar is the product of the explosive collapse of an enormous star, or supernova. Astronomers first spotted the parent supernova, named Supernova 1987A, two years ago about 170,000 light-years away from the Earth.
“It tells us about the birth of pulsars and the final stage of big stars,” Pennypacker said of the discovery by a team of international astronomers. “It will probably change our sense of what the explosion mechanism is. I think ifs going to have a pretty profound effect.”
The explosion of Supernova 1987A was closer to earth than any other supernova explosion in four centuries and enabled observers to watch it with the naked eye for several months.