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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 19, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Blue Devils Whip Kansas Page 4B Also Inside... * The time that most of us dread, tax time, Is fast approaching. Some local experts offer advice on how to understand the changes in the law. Please see story on Page 1C. ^ The Aiken Community Playhouse boasts a rich heritage. Formed in 1952, the theater has taken its audiences to “The Land of Make-Believe.” Please see story in the Sunday Magazine. A Quick Read Thurmond: Too Early To Tell About Job Nancy M. Thurmond, a candidate for undersecretary of tourism and trade in the Bush Administration, said it would be “a wonderful opportunity” to serve in the post, but “it is a bit premature to speculate about an appointment.” Mrs. Thurmond, wife of U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., is considered a major candidate for the job, but Washington insiders say it probably will go to Rockwell Schnabel, a key Bush supporter in the THURMOND 1988 election. If that happens, the same sources said it is likely Mrs. Thurmond would get a job as deputy undersecretary in the Schanabel team. The tourism and trade division is under the Commerce Department. Mrs. Thurmond said her gaining the position would be “a real asset to our state because tourism is the second largest industry in South Carolina.” Mrs. Thurmond said she doesn’t have any idea when the White House will announce a decision on the undersecretary’s job. Weather Cloudy Skies It will be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain today. The high will be in the mid 50s and the low will be in the mid 40s. Please see details on Page 6A. Deaths Dwight F Allen, Greenville Eliza H. Cook, North Augusta Lonnie O. Counts Sr., Greenwood Harold DuBose, Burnettown Anna Seaman, Aiken Emily L. Trotter, Batesburg Eloise H. Wallace, Columbia Please see details on Page 6A. Inside Today Bridge........ Calendar..... Classifieds.. Crossword.. Cryptoquote Dear Abby... Local Front. Obituaries... Opinions..... Sports......... Weather...... Weddings... 5D 5C 3D 6D 5D 5C 9A 6A ID 1B 6A 5C Page 9A _ A * HREN COUNTY EUBUC _. %xktu Sunday, February 19, 1989 A New Day soc Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 43 DAWN AT THE TRACK: The sun rises over the Aiken Training Track as these horses are put through their paces. It won’t be long before some results of the work Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth done by the trainers can be seen by the public — the running of the Aiken Trials is set for March 18. Author Issues Apology Iran Says It Will Lift Death Sentence By The Associated Press LONDON — Author Salman Rushdie on Saturday apologized to Moslems angered by his novel “The Satanic Verses,” and Iran indicated it would spare the author from the death sentence ordered by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. “The statement, though far too short of a repentance, is generally seen as sufficient enough to warrant his pardon by the masses in Iran and elsewhere in the world,” Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency, said. Earlier reports by the government-run agency said Rushdie’s statement fell short of the apology demanded by President Ali Khamenei on Friday. (See AUTHOR, Page 12A) Afghanistan Declares State Of Emergency By The Associated Press # KABUL, Afghanistan — The government declared a state of emergency Saturday in Afghanistan, three days after the Soviets completed their troop withdrawal and left the Afghan army to fight the Moslem guerrillas. The emergency, which became effective at midnight, was announced on state-run radio and television by President Na jib. The Foreign Ministry said it was declared after unauthorized letters and pamphlets began circulating in Kabul warning people to close their businesses and stay off the streets. The ministry said the material was leading people to believe that guerrillas surrounding the city would soon launch a rocket attack. The emergency allows the government to suspend or limit the constitutional rights providing for protection against the search and confiscation of property, confidentiality of correspondence and 'These (clandestine activities) seated ar; air in which people were being terrified of a rocket attack on Kabul.’ — Mohammad Nabi Amani telephone conversations, peaceful assembly, freedom of expression and freedom from cumpulsory labor. Najib said without elaborating that he acted after receiving reports from security forces of activities of “certain elements trying to create disturbances.” The military increased the number of tanks and armored personnel carriers in Kabul and stationed troops on the roofs of buildings. At a news briefing before Najib’s announcement, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Nabi Amani, said the declaration was prompted by clandestine activities that were terrorizing the people of Kabul. He said the activities included the circulation of letters and unsigned pham-plets that began appearing shortly before the completion of the Soviet troop withdrawal on Wednesday. He said the material warned residents to stay off the streets, close their businesses and stay away from the airport. “These created an air in which people were being terrified of a rocket attack on Kabul,” Amani said. He also said the refusal of the United States and Pakistan to halt the supply of arms to the gurrriUas made the state of emergency necessary. Today was the first time an emergency has hppn ripHareri in Afghanistan since 1978, when the government did so after the Marxist government seized power in a military coup. The emergency was lifted the following year. Some Western officials believe the guerrillas, now surrounding Kabul and other major cities, will soon topple Najib’s government. But Najib says his troops can hold on without the Soviet soldiers. In Pakistan today, Afghan guerrilla groups nominated a president and prime minister for an interim government they hope will soon take power in their homeland. The guerrillas’ Consultative Council nominated Mohammad Nabi Moham-madi as president and Ahmad Shah as prime minister. A council spokesman first said the men had been named to the positions, but he later said they were only nominated and that they would be approved in a vote on Sunday. Mahammadi, a moderate who had led one of the resistance factions, had earlier hppn named president of the council. Investigators Search Starrett's Home By The Associated Press LEXINGTON — Investigators went to Georgia on Saturday to search the home of a man charged in the kidnappings of three South Carolina girls, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said. Authorities in Georgia said they continued to sift through evidence found in the Martinez, Ga., home of Richard D. Star-rett, 29. Lexington County authorities have filed three kidnapping charges against Starred;, who allegedly took the victims to his home. Columbia County, Ga., authorities have filed charges of aggravated sodomy and false imprisonment against Starred in the abduction of Shari Dawn Teets, 17, of Lexington County. Lt. Mike Adams of the Columbia County, Ga., sheriff’s department said Saturday additional charges would not be filed in Columbia County until Monday at the earliest. “We’re still going through stuff,” he said. He said investigators would meet with Columbia County District Attorney Mike Eubanks before filing any charges. Lexington County investigators also went to search Starred’s home for clues, Metts said. “We sent a team of investigators to Columbia County along with an assistant solicitor to execute a search warrant in regard to some things we’re looking for,” Metts said. He would not elaborate on what investigators hoped to find. Starred has been charged with the kidnapping of Miss Teets from her Lexington County home on Feb. 6. Authorities said Starred allegedly held her captive for four days, keeping her handcuffed and shut in a closet for much of the time. Starred Passed Background Check For SRP From Staff And Wire Reports COLUMBIA — Richard Starred earned one of the highest-level security clearances awarded at the Savannah River Plant, though his clearance was revoked three years before his arrest last week, officials said. Starrett, who worked part-time for Du Pont from 1978 through 1979, was cleared for a “Q Clear-ance/Non-sensitive” classification after a six-month background check. He was a college student at the time. Although information from the review is STARRETT confidential, 'Hie State newspaper quoted an unidentified official in the federal Energy Department as saying Starrett apparently had bdle trouble earning and keeping the clearance. Starrett is charged in the kidnapping of Shari Dawn Teets, 17, of Lexington County. Although Starred left Du Pont in 1979, his Q clearance was not stripped until 1986. I .ast fall, Starred returned to the SRP to work, this time with Bechtel National Co. Starrett was formally “terminated” from Bechtel on Friday, Bechtel spokesman Rick Laubscher said. The action was taken because Starrett had exceeded the maximum number of days of work that could be missed without an excuse. His job with Bechtel did not require a security clearance. Laubsher said Star rett was classified as a designer, which is a category “below an engineer.” Starred was part of a team that designed and installed fire-protection systems — sprinklers and alarms — for the Defense Waste Processing Facility at the plant near Aiken. The $1 billion project will glassify highly radioactive waste for eventual underground storage in New Mexico. He was hired by Bechtel on Jan. 19, 1987, to work at Plant Vogtle, a commercial nuclear power plant in Georgia. Starred was assigned to the SRP on Oct. IO, 1988, Bechtel officials said. To obtain a Q clearance, a person must be subjected to a thorough background check either by the federal Office of Personnel Management or the FBI. The FBI handles cases in which a person would have access to the most secret and sensitive information. Rare Plant Puts Halt On Project By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Questions raised about a rare plant found on the Savannah River bluffs in Aiken County have put a $3.5 million North Augusta sewer project on an “administrative hold,” the city’s attorney said. Kelly F. Zier said, “it’s not really a situation where lawsuits are involved. It is an administrative hold, which means we cannot execute any contracts.” Zier said the hold, which will allow time to conduct a survey of the plant, could last from 60 to 90 days. The plant, known as the relic trillium, is a wildflower that grows in isolated spots near the river, according to residents of the River Oaks subdivision. The sewer line has been engineered to run from the Pole Branch line near Willow Wick Apartments cm Martintown Road along the river to the city’s treatment plant. Some residents have protested the line following the river bank and want it moved to an abandoned railroad bed nearby. But the city has refused on grounds it would lose a (See RARE, Page 12A) ;