Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 16, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Aiken Prep, Day Schools To Merge
Aiken Preparatory School and Aiken Day School will merge in July, Dr. David J. Devey announced Sunday.
Dr. Devey, headmaster of Aiken Preparatory School, will act as headmaster on the new campus as well. James A. Polk, the current headmaster of Aiken Day School, will have a chief administrative post.
The merger means a combined board of trustees and the assimilation of the professional staffs and all students, he said.
The name of the new school will be Aiken Preparatory School. All classes, pre-kindergarden through ninth, will be held on the current Aiken Preparatory School campus, where there is plenty of space to accommodate the expected 130 students.
Although many details have not yet been worked out — such as what will happen to the grounds of the Aiken Day School when the students begin classes in the Aiken Preparatory School in September — the trustees intend for the school to remain small, personal and academically oriented, Dr. Devey said.
“People are delighted about the merger,” he &id. “It will be good for the Aiken community.”
Dr. Devey said the merger was a natural process brought on by a desire to expand Aiken Preparatory School and improve the programs at both schools.
“Aiken Preparatory School was founded in 1916 and Aiken Day School in 1933,” he said. “The two have worked together for many years, much like two parts of one family.”
“We thought of expanding Aiken Preparatory School to include kin-dergarden, first, second and third grades as part of a long range plan, so it seemed natural to merge with an associate school. We thought the programs at both schools would be enhanced,” he said.
Special committees from both schools worked together for months before recommending to each board the merits of combining the operations. The trustees unanimously concluded the new school would provide an outstanding educational experience for the children, Dr. Devey said.
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Signal Error Blamed In Fatal Crash
110 People Killed When Trains Collide
By The Associated Press
DHAKA, Bangladesh — Operators using a newly-installed system may have wrongly signaled two trains that crashed head-on, killing at least 110 people and injuring 1,000 in the country’s worst rail accident, authorities said.
About 40 people remained in critical
condition today, according to one hospital official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The 10-car express train and seven-car mail train slammed into each other Sunday outside the farming village of Maizdi Khan, sending cars tumbling and tossing passengers into freshly-harvested rice paddies.
The express train was traveling at about 50 mph, the mail train coming to a halt, authorities said.
Communications Secretary Mazurul Karim estimated that more than 2,000 people were aboard the trains, many of
them Moslem pilgrims. He said, however, that people routinely ride between the cars and on the roofs, making a precise count difficult.
The government appointed a commission to investigate the collision and ordered that the panel’s findings be ready within two weeks. It declared today a day of mourning.
Shortly after the accident, senior officials of the state-run railroad said they suspected operators may not have known how to properly work a sophisticated dig
ital signaling system installed five days earlier.
“Human failure and wrong signaling may have caused the two trains to come on the same track, leading to the collision,” said one official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
But Communications Minister Anwar Hossain disputed their suspicions, saying more than 200 trains had traveled on the track since the system was installed Tuesday. The track on which the crash occurred share north- and southbound
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Bush Cabinet Faces Congress
:INAL BREAK: President-elect George Bush and his treasury secretary Nicholas Brady mjoy the weekend fishing in Florida. Bush will busy in Washington this week preparing for :riday’s inauguration.
Issues Expected To Key Hearings
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Presidentelect Bush’s choice of a moderate, pragmatic cabinet means the confirmation process that begins this week will lack the ideological overtones of the Reagan years and instead offer debate on substantive issues.
The Democrats who control Congress are likely to use the sessions to force Bush’s nominees to say how they will carry out their boss’ campaign promises to tend to neglected social programs in a time of extreme fiscal austerity, and to test the strength of Bush’s no-new-taxes pledge.
“They will want to build a record for why new revenues are going to be needed,” said Charles Cook, a Washington political analyst. “The Democrats are going to let the
nominees build their case for them.”
Initial reactions on Capitol Hill to Bush’s cabinet selections have been generally positive. The majority of those named are veterans of federal government service. Three are holdovers from the Reagan administration, five others have been previously confirmed by the Senate for other jobs, and four are former members of Congress.
Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine, has said he is impressed with the appointees as a group and expects the Senate to work well with them.
“They are generally experienced, hopefully pragmatic people, and we won’t have the rigid ideology of the first Reagan term,” Mitchell said. “I am trying very hard to establish from our side an atmosphere of cooperation and bipartisanship.”
Mitchell said he will seek speedy confirmation for the appointees following committee scrutiny, with the first batch going to the Senate floor for votes on Jan. 25.
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Foreign Policy Hints From Bush Indicate Changes
By BARRY SCHWEID The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President-elect George Bush said so little about his view f the world during the campaign it is ard to predict his foreign policy, but ince winning the White House he has ropped some serious hints.
These indicate he will slow down nego-ations with the Soviet Union to reduce mg-range nuclear weapons while taking softer approach on Nicaragua. Also, ush is not a good bet to push the U.S. trategic Defense Initiative very hard.
If the hints turn into facts, Bush will ave diverged significantly from Ronald
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Reagan on all three points. Even so, the change would be one of degree and not a radical shift.
Bush and his Secretary of State, James A. Baker III, evidently want time to reflect and to feel their way. They are likely to focus at the start on cultivating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies and improving relations with Japan, an economic powerhouse that increasingly appears at cross-purposes with the United States on trade and fiscal issues.
Bush has indicated he will continue the recent Reagan administration policy of
firing “rifle shot” trade sanctions at economic allies who discriminate against U.S. goods to “show our determination to have fair trade and equal access.”
Reagan started slowly, too, holding off any serious action on arms control for IO months while damning Moscow with traditional right-wing rhetoric.
However, Reagan wound up holding five summit meetings with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and signing a treaty to abolish intermediate-range nuclear missiles — those that carry from 300 to 3,000 miles.
Bush clearly isn’t planning to reverse the trend.
‘I am impressed with what Mr. Gorba
chev says and I really think he wants better relations,” Bush said in a recent television interview. “I think he’s fully committed to perestroika and glasnost. And I don’t think you can put the genie back into the bottle once you open it and lighten up a little there.”
But the resumption of U.S.-Soviet negotiations on a strategic arms reduction treaty may be postponed for several months. Already, Bush has said a “detailed point-by-point program” cannot be ready by Feb. 15, the tentative date for negotiators to return to the table in Geneva.
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Numerous Events Are Scheduled To Honor Rev. King
By JOHN A. BOLT The Associated Press
ATLANTA — Black leaders nationwide remembered the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on what would have been his 60th birthday by urging a new generation to use — not confuse or abuse — the rights they enjoy because of his struggles.
Today is a federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader, and the commemorations included the swearing in of the first blacks on the Dallas County (Ala.) Commission in more than a century. The ceremony was scheduled for Selma, where King began the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march that resulted in passage of the Voting Rights Act.
The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia was to be symbolically tapped today and church and school bells were being rung in Michigan. Golfers were to tee off in a suburban Los Angeles tournament benefiting King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson was scheduled as the featured speaker at King’s church in Atlanta.
President-elect Bush was planning to attend an ecumenical prayer breakfast
REMEMBERED: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is honored today.
organized by the Inaugural Afro-American Committee in Washington. Other
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USCA Service Honors Civil Rights Leader
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
On April 4, 1968, a shot rang out in Memphis, Tenn. A bullet from a sniper’s gun brought to rest the leader of the greatest civil rights movement America has ever known.
So ended the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Born sixty years ago on Jan. 15, this Atlanta native spurred the black freedom movement into motion. He turned rallies into crusades, local conflicts into national issues and motivated boys to become men in the face of great adversity.
Even though Dr. King’s final breath came on that fateful day 21 years ago, echoes of his words, and the cries of his ministry still ring throughout a nation that continues to strive for a balance of justice and freedom for all.
To commemorate Dr. King and his ac
complishments, USC Aiken presented Dr. Patricia Russell-McCloud to speak at its Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service Sunday night.
The ceremony, filled with singing from the USCA Vocal Ensemble and comments from USCA Chancellor Dr. Robert E. Alexander and Eileen Menefee, director of Minority Resources and Affirmative Action, lifted the spirit of inspiration and dedication.
Dr. Russell-McCloud, an attorney originally from Indianapolis, Ind., and president of Russell-McCloud and Associates, spoke to the audience at the Etherredge Center about their responsibility in continuing the effort toward social, racial and ethnical freedom.
To commemorate the man who started the civil rights movement, who bore the burden and paid the price to change the face of America, Dr. Russell-McCloud challenged the audience to look in themselves to find what it takes to continue the quest begun by Dr. King.
“We have come to the point that the answer is within us,” she said. “It’s upon us to dare to be different. In life, you only
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