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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 4, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Prep Cage Teams Back At Work Page 7 A A Quick Read Daughter's Dreams Lead To Body PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) - A daughter haunted by nightmares about her mother’s 1985 disappearance pried open a locked basement freezer and found the woman’s battered body, prompting her father’s confession to the slaying, police say. Leonard Tyburski, who told police he kept the body in the freezer for 34 years because he loved his wife and didn’t want to part with her, has been charged with murder, authorities said. “It has some indications of Edgar Allan Poe and even some Alfred Hitchcock,’’ said 35th District Judge James Garner, who arraigned Tyburski on Tuesday and ordered him held without bond in the Wayne County Jail. Tyburski, dean of students at Detroit’s Mackenzie High School, had cooperated with police investigating his wife’s disappearance. Dorothy Tyburski was 37 when he reported her missing on Oct. 2,1985. Tyburski passed a lie-detector test and hadn’t been considered a suspect, police said. The case, treated as a missing person report, had been closed for two years. Weather It'll Be Cold Tonight Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 50. Tonight will be fair, but temperatures will drop into the 20s before morning. Frost should disappear from exposed surfaces by 9 a.m. Thursday. Thursday will be sunny with a high in the 50s and a low in the 30s. Please see Page 12A for details.Deaths Annie L. Hall, Edgefield Beauford McDaniel, Andrews Edna Sellers, Bath Alice M. Walker, Trenton Marion L. Williams III, Beech Island Please see Page 8A for details.Inside Today Bridge.......... Calendar....... Classifieds.... Comics......... Crossword.... 7B 2B 5B 4B 8B Cryptoquote.,  ............  6B Dear Abby ...................  ..4B Local Front .....    1B Obituaries.....................    8A Opinions  ..............   ....4A Sports.,,...............................  «9A Television  ......  ,,.,4B Weather..............  12A The Year onWall Street Today: Annual AMEX Report, Please See Page 2B Aiken County Public Library Page 2A Debate Predicted On Media Ban Page IB SUken blanda rh Wednesday, January 4,1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 4 U.S. Shoots Down Libyan Fighters MiGs Triggered Clash, Pentagon Reports By NORMAN BLACK AP Military Writer WASHINGTON - U.S. Navy planes today shot down two libyan jet fighters over the Mediterranean Sea, according to White House officials who said the American aircraft were “threatened while conducting routine operations in internation al airspace.” Deputy White House Press Secretary Roman Popadiuk, in Los Angeles with vacationing President Reagan, said two F-14 aircraft from the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy “were threatened while conducting routine operations in international airspace north of Tobruk,” a Libyan port. Pentagon sources, who demanded anonymity, told The Associated Press the Libyan planes turned on the American jets at high speed and with their targeting radars activated. The F-14s then turned on the Libyans and opened fire after concluding they were about to be attacked, the sources added. Popadiuk said he had no information on how far off the coast the U.S. planes were or the nature of the operations they were conducting when they were threatened. Sen. Sam Nunn, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, “Indications are that Libya violated what we call the rules of engagement... They maneuvered themselves into a position to be able to shoot down American planes. The rules of engagement permit self-defense in those circumstances.” “Under those circumstances,... clearly it was libya that took the provocative action,” Sen. Nunn, D-Ga., told Atlanta radio station WGST. The air battle was the first fighting between the United States and Libya since American jets bombed Tripoli in 1986 and came amid rising tension between the two countries over Libya’s construction of a plant the United States says is intended to produce chemical weapons. Today’s incident came amid rising tensions and concern over what the United States says is a newly constructed plant to make chemical weapons. Gadhafi has claimed that the United States is using the allegations as a pretext to attack his North African country. Raise Is Issue For Congress By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Leaders of the newly-convened 101st Congress are speaking kindly of president-elect Bush, and they’re talking about cleaning up Capitol Hill’s image of corruption — especially if they can get a pay raise, too. The ceremonial start of the new session on Tuesday gushed with optimism about what could be accomplished in the next two years, with the Congress more firmly in Democratic control and with a new Republican in the White House. “By v irking together, we can help our new president fulfill his beautiful promise of a kinder, gentler America,” said Rep. Jim Wright, D-Texas, upon his re-election Tuesday as Speaker of the House. Wright pledged “the earnest and unstinting cooperation of the leadership of this House” in helping Bush with his foreign policy goals, and the speaker even thanked his outgoing adversary, President Reagan, for his international successes and “encouraging the growth and sustenance of politial freedom in countries throughout the world.” The speaker listed the federal budget and trade deficits and a myriad of social needs as requiring bipartisan cooperation. (Please See RAISE, Page 12A) Old Ceremony Certifies Bush Triumph ; By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — George Bush, picked for the presidency in November and confirmed by an Electoral College landslide in December, is presiding over a quaint, Constitutional ceremony that certifies his triumph. In a carefully choreographed bit of stagecraft as old as the Republic, Congress arranged to meet today in a joint session of the House and Senate to count the results of the Electoral College election. Aides to Bush said he would preside at the early afternoon session in his role as vice president, as the Constitution directs. It is an event utterly lacking in suspense, yet also one that has not occurred in precisely these circumstances since the days of Martin Van Buren. As Bush occasionally points tnt. Van Buren was the last vice president to win election directly to the White House. Thus he was the last man (Please See OLD, Page 12A) AP Laserphoto 101 ST CONGRESS: Reelected House Speaker Jim Wright (left) is handed the gavel by House Minority Leader Robert Michel of Illinois at the opening day of the 101st Congress on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Starostecki: Transition 'Aggravating' SRP Delays Aiken’s Rainfall In 1988 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Month S.C. Measures Indies Below “    "    For    1988 By NINA J. NIDIFFER Staff Writer South Carolina is emerging from an unusually dry year, and 1989 does not look as though it is going to be much wetter, according to State Climatologist John C. Purvis. Aiken County fared better than other drier regions, coming up only a few inches short of normal rainfall. An overall state average was not available, but Purvis said that every region of the state experienced below average rainfall in 1988. The Greenville/Spartanburg district was very dry with a yearly rainfall of 38.27 inches, 12.3 inches less rain than usual. On the other end of the scale, Columbia was relatively well off, with an estimated 9.73 inches below normal. Aiken County is better off than many. Several good rains that came down in the fall gave Aiken a yearly estimate of 44.15 inches of rain, only 3.5 inches below normal. “You can see that everyone is below normal,” he said, “a few places along the (Please See S.C., Page 12 A) By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer WASHINGTON — A top Department of Energy official, frustrated at how long it’s taking to restart the nuclear reactors at the Savannah River Plant, says the transition to a new SRP contractor is “aggravating” the delay. “The engineering continuity is being lost” as the Du Pont Co., departing contractor, prepares to cede the SRP reins next April I to Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Richard W. Starostecki said Tuesday, “There’s a lot of turmoil that is natural when you have a change in management,” said Starostecki, the DOE’s deputy assistant secretary for safety, health and quality assurance. Starostecki, who previously helped oversee commercial nuclear power for some 12 years as a member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said in in interview that only aggressive, clearly-defined management can deal with equipment problems that inevitably develop with all nuclear reactors. While praising Westinghouse^ qualifications, he said he is “frustrated” with how long ifs taking to complete earth-quake-resistance improvements and other work at SRP’s reactors. SRP’s three operable production reactors — P, K and L — have been shut down since last summer for a DOE-ordered program of hardware and management upgrades. The 1950s-era reactors are the nation’s only source of perishable tritium gas, an “There’s a lot of turmoil that is natural when you have a change in management,” said Starostecki, the DOE’s deputy assistant secretary for safety, health and quality assurance. —■ Richard W. Starostecki essential component of nuclear weapons. The lingering shutdowns have provoked concern in the defense community. “Part of it is aggravated by the transition,” Starostecki said, as Du Pont reassigns engineers at its Wilmington, Del., headquarters from SRP work to other duties. As Westinghouse staffs up its own SRP engineering organization, “the engineering continuity is being lost,” he said. The official, who has criticized SRP management repeatedly in recent weeks, expressed particular impatience with seismic, or earthquake, work. A seismic “walkdown,” an inspection that led to mechanical improvements, was completed in three months at P-Re-actor, but similar work is still pending at the other two reactors, he said. Starostecki said SRP needs a management team with clear lines of responsibility, and authority to promptly “find and (Please See STAROSTECKI, Page 12A) ;