Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 27, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Tower Hearing May Reopen
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Millionaire Will Leave Army 'lf They Let Me'
WASHINGTON (AP) - The winner of the $16 million Lotto America prize says the money should be enough to allow him to retire from the military — “if they let me.”
Lee Nelson, an Army sergeant stationed at the Pentagon, claimed the jackpot Sunday after sitting quietly for a week with the winning ticket.
Nelson, 29, of Alexandria, Va., will get $640,000 annually after taxes from the Des Moines-based lottery, which announced the winning combination of numbers Feb. 18. Nelson bought his ticket at a convenience food store in southeast Washington, D.C.
A native of South Carolina, the married father of two children works as an accountant for the Pentagon. He said he picked the winning numbers — nine, 17, 20,28, 46 and 50 — at random.
Nelson’s routine hardly changed in the days after he and his wife, Mary, finally convinced themselves that the numbers they had chosen were indeed the winning combination.
“I got up, went to work, spent my lunch hour at the gym, came home and had dinner. I put in a leave request on Tuesday so that I could have Friday off,” he said.
Occasional rain is forecast tonight with a low near 50. The chance of rain will be 90 percent. Cloudy skies are forecast Tuesday with a 70 percent chance of rain and a high in the mid 60s.
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Melvin E. Anderson, Langley Fannie Mae Clay, North Augusta James Ervin, Aiken Barbara B. Gunter, Graniteville Anna B. Jones, Aiken Harold F. Knight, North Augusta James G. Rowland, New Ellenton Mrs. Duell G. Williams, North Augusta Please see details on Page 5A.
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Campbell, Cuomo Tangle On Deficit
New School Fee Program Set
Monday, February 27, 1989
Devil Of A Loss
TIGHT GAME: Duke’s Danny Ferry (left) bumps Arizona’s Sean Elliott late in the second half of Arizona’s 77-75 victory against the Blue Devils. The Wildcats are the nation’s new No. 1 basketball team. Please see stories on Page 6A.
Poll: Nuclear Accident Likely Decade After TMI
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Nearly a decade after the Three Mile Island accident, half those polled believe another serious nuclear power accident is likely, and eight in IO people favor stricter safety standards.
An Associated Press-Media General survey found support for continued use of nuclear plants now operating. But most opposed building new plants or starting up completed plants that are not yet in operation.
Overall, 55 percent said they supported use of nuclear power to generate electricity.
But 56 percent of the 1,162 adults polled said it is impossible to store radioactive waste from nuclear plants safely. And while most said the plants are safer now than a decade ago, 50 percent called an accident likely.
The national poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The survey was conducted Jan. 4-12 in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of the nation’s worst commercial nuclear accident. The Three Mile Island accident, which began March 28,1979, destroyed a reactor at the Middletown, Pa., plant.
Considerably tighter federal regulation of the commercial nuclear power indus
try followed the accident, and a solid 63 percent in the poll said they believed U.S. nuclear plants are safer than they were IO years ago.
Nonetheless, an overwhelming 79 percent said the federal government should be even tougher when it comes to enforcing nuclear safety rules. And 62 percent said governors should be empowered to shut down nuclear plants in their states.
Backing for nuclear power was markedly higher among men and Republicans. Two-thirds of those groups supported nuclear power generally, compared with half the Democrats and independents and just 45 percent of the women polled.
Overall, only a third said more nuclear plants should be built in the United States. Of those who favored more plants, three-quarters said they would accept one within IO miles of their home. The government has not issued any new permits to build nuclear power plants since 1979.
Just two in IO said nuclear plants that have been completed but not yet licensed should be allowed to open. Such plants in Seabrook, N.H., and Shoreham, N.Y., have been stalled in part by opposition from Gov. Mario Cuomo of New York and, in Seabrook’s case, Gov. Michael Dukakis of neighboring Massachusetts.
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 50
Bush Reaffirms Troop Commitment
By The Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea — President Bush today pledged continued troop support for South Korea and called for lower trade barriers as he wrapped up a five-day Asian trip and headed home to a fierce political battle over John Tower’s nomination to head the Pentagon.
“I have come here today as the leader of a faithful friend and a dependable ally,” Bush said in a speech to tile South Korean National Assembly that highlighted his quick stopover in Seoul. The president boarded Air Force One at 5:24 p.m. local time (3:24 a.m. EST) for the nearly 15-hour return trip to Washington.
The president’s audience applauded when he pledged to keep the 42,000 U.S. troops on duty as protection against North Korea, but sat quietly when he talked of trade.
“I want you to have this direct from me: if we are to keep our bilateral relationships growing even stronger, much
more needs to be done” to ease trading relations, said the president.
Although Bush’s South Korean visit was limited to five hours, a security force of 120,000 police, agents and commandos was put on top alert to protect him against threats ranging from radical students to North Korean infiltrators.
About 700 radical students shouting “Bush go home! ” battled riot police with firebombs and rocks during a 45-minute clash around Dongguk University in an abortive attempt to march on the U.S. Embassy about three miles away.
Earlier, police arrested about 15 prominent dissidents shouting “no Bush visit” who had tried to assemble about a block from the embassy in downtown Seoul.
Minutes after they were hauled away, Bush’s helicopter flew overhead on its way to the Blue House, the nearby presidential mansion, after his arrival from China at a secure military base outside
(See BUSH, Page 10A)
Report: Economic Growth Will Slow
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Economic growth will slow significantly this year while inflation and interest rates both rise, but the country should be able to avoid a recession, the nation’s top business economists predicted today.
The National Association of Business Economists says a survey of its members found them slightly more optimistic about the economy’s fortunes in 1989 than they were just three months ago.
However, three out of four of the econo
mists still believe President Bush will have to deal with an economic downturn in the first two years of his presidency.
That represented a decline from the 89 percent who last November expected a recession by the end of 1990, and the number predicting a recession this year showed an even bigger drop — from 40 percent three months ago to 19 percent now.
But the belief that the current expansion, which has already lasted a peace-
(See REPORT, Page 10A)
How would you rate the likelihood of a serious accident at a nuclear power plant In the United States?
Don't Know/ No Answer
Should the federal government be tougher when it comes to enforcing safety rules at nuclear power plants, or is it tough enough now?
Too Tough Ho Answer
The survey of 1,162 adults, conducted Jan 4-12, had a three-point margin of error.
Tanker Cars Explode, Force Evacuation
By The Associated Press
AKRON, Ohio — A train derailment caused an explosion and fire involving four tanker cars, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from a residential and industrial area near downtown Sunday night, authorities said.
No injuries were immediate!) reported.
The burning cars were among 17 that derailed from a CSX Transportation train at the B.F. Goodrich Chemical plant, said Akron Fire Chief George Romanoski.
Nine of the cars carried highly flam
mable butane, CSX spokesman Lloyd Lewis said by telephone from Jacksonville, Fla. The eight other cars carried non-hazardous materials including vegetable oil, clay and sand, he said.
Allan Franks, a spokesman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said one of the cars contained butadiene, which may produce hazardous smoke when burned, but Lewis said the petroleum derivative was not in any of the derailed cars.
Romanoski said fires in three of the cars and been put out and one car was still burning late Sunday night. Firefighters had planned to allow the fourth
car to burn itself out. The accident occurred about 7:30 p.m., authorities said.
Firefighters ran hoses up to the train to spread water on adjoining cars to cool them and diminish the possibility they would explode, he said.
“The area was evacuated because of the danger of explosion in the surrounding tank cars,” Romanoski said.
At least 1,500 homes in an area within one-half mile of the plant were evacuated, but the number of evacuees was not immediately available, Mayor Don Plus-
Fed Team Shifts Focus To Locks
By The Associated Press
HONOLULU — Federal investigators focused on a jumbo jet’s cargo door locks as the cause of an accident that killed nine passengers, and United Airlines inspected the baggage compartment hatches of all its Boeing 747s.
The Coast Guard, meanwhile, ended a sea and air search of the Pacific IOO miles southwest of Honolulu after recovering 57 pieces of debris from the United flight.
Flight 811 took off Friday for New Zealand with 354 people and was about IOO miles from Honolulu when the fuselage ripped open as the plane flew at 22,000 feet. Nine passengers were sucked out of the 18-year-old jetliner and are presumed dead.
The pilot, Capt. David M. Cronin, lost power in one of the four engines and shut down another when a fire indicator light went on, but the plane returned safely to Honolulu International Airport.
Among the items recovered were seat cushions, an overhead compartment, a section of fuselage, safety instruction cards and personal items including baby shoes and a teddy bear, authorities said.
Neither human remains nor the cargo door was recovered Sunday, said Lee Dickinson, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator.
“Obviously, if we had the door it would be very helpful to us,” he said Sunday night, but added that other information could pinpoint the cause.
“We are focusing on and looking at the latching mechanism,” said Dickinson. “We’re also trying to get a better handle on these latch pin supports and comparing them to others.”
Investigators have determined that the right, forward cargo bay door had been closed electronically, with eight latching mechanisms along the bottom, attached to the plane’s frame, as well as a latching mechanism and a hook pin on each side, said Dickinson.