Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
West Clubs East In All-Star Bash
A Quick Read
Cattle Chips Are New Power Source
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A desert power plant bums enough cow dung to electrify up to 20,000 homes, thanks to 250,000 cattle, $37 million in tax-exempt bonds and an environ-mentalist-lawyer seeking his fortune as an “entremanure.”
It’s the first commercial power plant that bums only cattle chips for fuel, although smaller facilities “digest” manure to produce methane to generate electricity, said Will Parish, founder and president of National Energy Associates Inc.
The $46 million, 17^-megawatt Mesquite Lake Resource Recovery Project, financed by the bonds plus $9 million from investors, is located next to its fuel supply: cattle feedlots near Imperial in the desert about 110 miles east of San Diego.
Track On Interstate Could Be Gold Mine
A new South Carolina state park off Interstate 95 near the Georgia border
couki become an open treasure chest if a horse racing track is put there.
The site has been suggested as the perfect place for a track if the General Assembly legalizes pari-mutuel betting.
According to Rep. Bill Cork, R-Beaufort, he’s optimistic that lawmakers will approve the betting bill this session — even though lawmakers turned down a similar proposal during the last session.
The park’s construction beings in June, and it should be finished later this year.
The park area is 450 acres and is located along 1-95 at the site of the future four-lane connector to Hilton Head Island.
According to the state Parks, Recreation and Tourism Commission, a 100-acre tract is being reserved for a possible lease to private developers for a “major attraction.”
Cloudy And Mild
Cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a low in the 40s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Tuesday with a high in Jhe^Os.
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John H. Birl, Aiken William Davis, Aiken Eddie Drummings, Trenton Eunice T Fore, Beech Island Mary E. Fortunato, North Augusta Kenneth G Goodwin, Warrenville Andrew Holmes, Trenton Mary D Oglesby, Twin City, Ga. Sara T. Rushton, Clearwater Varina B. Wilson, Clearwater Please see Page 6A for details.Inside Today
Medical Research Ethics Questioned
Monday, February 13, 1989
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NORTH TALKS: Lt. Col. Oliver North holds up a slide, one of many he described for Congressional investigators during hearings on the Iran-Contra scandal. An agreement between the government and an independent prosecutor may clear the way for North’s trial to start.
Bush Is Hitting Stump For Support On Budget
By MERRILL HARTSON The Associated Press
MANCHESTER, N.H. - President Bush opened a campaign for public support of his new budget today by returning to the st that propelled him to his White House victory and declared, “our plan is a realistic one.”
“It is a budget plan that will work, but not with business as usual,” Bush said in remarks prepared for a speech to the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire.
Meanwhile, Bush’s budget director, Richard G. Darman, prepared for talks with congressional leaders on the $1.16 trillion plan the administration unveiled last week.
Bush mixed words of backing for that plan — already encountering Democratic resistance in Congress — with a sentimental thank you to the state that almost one year ago gave him his first victory in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
“It’s no coincidence that my very first stop is here in New Hampshire,” said Bush, who came here after a weekend of relaxation at his seacoast retreat in Maine.
His speech was the first in what aides said would be a series of talks around the country as the administration presses for agreement with Congress on spending cuts.
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Bush scored a decisive comeback win in New Hampshire’s Feb. 16,1988, primary election that restored momentum that
ha« been halted vith a defeat in the Iowa caucuses.
“The steadfast support I received gave
me the chance to pick myself up off the canvas. And the rest, as they say, is history.”
“A year ago about this time I came to New Hampshire under quite different circumstances. I had just lost in Iowa. I was up at 6:50 a.m., my first morning here, holding my coffee in one hand and shaking the hands of factory workers with the other.
“The columnists had begun to write my political obituary.”
Bush’s speech highlighted the major features of his budget plan, which calls for restraint in defense spending with a call for increases in education, aid to the homeless, child care and environmental cleanup.
However, Bush’s plan has already been criticized by congressional Democratic leaders for failing to specify what programs would be cut to pay for new humanitarian initiatives.
Bush did not mention that criticism in his prepared remarks. In Washington,
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Teen Drinking Often Predictable
By MALCOLM RITTER The Associated Press
NEW YORK — A questionnaire assessing beliefs about alcohol can identify adolescents who are likely to drink excessively within a year of taking the survey, a study says.
The 98-item test also may indicate what steps would best help each individual avoid problem drinking, researchers said.
Junior high school students who believed alcohol could help them think or improve their physical coordination tended to be at particular risk, said Mark Goldman, a psychology professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
His study in this month’s Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology is the first demonstration that a measure of psychological dependency can predict later alcohol use and tendencies toward problem drinking, said G. Alan Marlatt, director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Peter Nathan, director of the Rutgers-affiliated Center of Alcohol Studies in Piscataway, N.J., said the study represents an advance in identifying “what looks like a rather important difference” that distinguishes early adolescents at risk of an alcohol problem, t
The predictions were not perfect, but Nathan said their accuracy was “pretty impressive.”
The questionnaire measured how strongly students believed that alcohol could help them relax, be sexier, think better, enjoy social gatherings more, or perform better socially or athletically.
Prior research shows that such expectations strongly affect the way a person behaves after drinking, quite apart from chemical effects of alcohol, Goldman said.
The research followed the theory that “the stronger they believe that alcohol has those positive effects, the more at risk they are for problem drinking,” said Goldman.
But if such beliefs can be undermined early, it might reduce the attractiveness of alcohol and prevent problem drinking, he said. The questionnaire may help by pinpointing the key beliefs that put individual teen-agers at risk, be said.
For example, a teen who looks to alcohol for relaxation can be taught other methods, or perhaps stress in his life can be removed, Goldman said. .
The most predictive part of the questionnaire measured the belief that alcohol improves social performance.
Another risky belief was that alcohol “makes you think better and maybe perform better” physically, he said. “Believe it or not, these kids think you might drive better under the influence of alcohol. Those are the kids who are really seriously at risk.”
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Vol. 122 No. 38
Judge's Ruling Awaited On Deal
Plan Will Clear Way To Start North Trial
By PETE YOST The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department says it will drop its threat to block Oliver North’s Iran-Contra trial if a judge approves additional limits on classified material North can present in the case.
The jury in the North trial returns to the courtroom today, while U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell considers a proposal from the Justice Department.
The department claims national security could be jeopardized by disclosure of classified information during the trial. Gesell has ruled that North may intro
duce such information if it is relevant to his defense on criminal charges of shredding evidence and lying to Congress in the Iran-Contra affair.
A classified motion presented to Gesell on Sunday by the Justice Department and independent counsel Lawrence Walsh, who is prosecuting North, attempts to resolve the conflict over government secrets.
Walsh and the department announced the proposal hours after Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist granted a Justice Department request to delay North’s trial from today until Friday.
If Gesell approves the proposal by issuing a protective order, the Justice Department will ask that Rehnquist’s administrative stay be vacated “immediately,” Walsh’s office and the department said in separate statements.
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SEEKING support for his budget President Bush hits the trail today, starting in New Hampshire.
Search Is Continuing For Suspect
From Staff and Wire Reports
A spokesman for the Columbia County, Ga., Sheriff’s Department said this morning that a nationwide alert has not turned up any trace of a man suspected of kidnapping a Lexington County teenager last week.
Richard Daniel Starrett, 29, of Martinez, Ga., is being hunted by sheriff’s deputies, FBI agents and state authorities in the abduction of Shari Dawn Teets, 17, a Lexington High School senior.
Miss Teets disappeared from her home last Monday after a man appeared there answering an ad for a water bed. She escaped from her abductor before daybreak Saturday and notified her family she was free.
“We’ve got everybody out looking this morning and they are checking all the roads,” said the Columbia County spokesman. The alert for Starrett so far has turned up no information on his whereabouts, she added.
While being held in a house in Martinez, Miss Teets said she was handcuffed and kept in a small closet part of the time, according to lawmen. Authorities said the house she escaped from belongs to Starrett.
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Americans Distrust PLO,
But Approve Proposed Talks
By GARY LANGER The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Americans widely disbelieve the Palestine Liberation Organization’s claim to have abandoned terrorism but favor the U.S. dialogue with the PLO and the establishment of a Palestinian state, a poll shows.
Nearly seven in IO respondents to a Media General-Associated Press survey approved of the United States holding talks with the PLO, and six in IO said Israel should follow suit.
But just 6 percent of the 1,162 adults said they believed the PLO’s recent renunciation of terrorism, and 74 percent said they thought the group only made that claim for political gam. The rest were unsure.
The poll indicated other misgivings about the PLO. Respondents were split on whether the organization would coexist with Israel or still seek to destroy it, regardless of its recognition of the Jewish state in December.
Still, the public endorsed the basic tenet of the Palestinian cause: Sixty-two percent said the Palestinians should
have their own country. Eleven percent disgreed. Twenty-seven percent had no opinion.
The national poll was conducted Jan. 4-12, the month after PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat said his group was recognizing Israel and renouncing terrorism. The United States responded to Arafat’s move by opening its first official talks with the PLO.
Israel rejected the PLO declarations as a ploy and continued its refusal to negotiate with the organization. The poll found acceptance of that position: Although most favored such talks, 67 percent said the United States should not try to force Israel to ta with the PIX).
But the survey also found some frustration with Israel’s supporters in the United States: 35 percent said they had too much influence on U.S. policy. Twenty percent said pro-Palestinan groups had too much influence.
Roughly a quarter of the respondents had no view on many of the questions, reflecting the distance of Mideast issues from the daily concerns of many Americans. Significantly more men expressed opinions than did women.
Better-educated respondents were more likely to favor dealings with the PLO. While 67 percent overall approved of U.S.-PLO talks, for example, that number swelled to 79 percent of college-educated respondents.