Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 20, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
BLOOMING: Camellias will be the object of much attention this weekend at USC Aiken. Please see story on Page 1B,
A Quick Read
Terry Waite Missing Two Years
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - The fate of Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite remains a mystery today, two years after he left his Beirut hotel to negotiate the release of U.S. hostages.
No group has claimed to hold him, and the British government, which refuses to negotiate with terrorists, says no demands have been made. No photographs or videotapes have been released to prove Waite is alive.
A British official said recently: “We believe Waite is alive simply because we’ve had no evidence to the contrary.”
Western hostages freed since he vanished have reported seeing a man in an underground prison they believed was the 6-foot-7 Waite.
Fifteen foreigners are missing in Lebanon, including nine Americans, most of them believed held by Shiites loyal to Iran.
The longest held hostage is Terry A. Anderson, 41, chief Middle East correspondent of The Associated Press. He was kidnapped March 16, 1985.
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Clear skies and cold weather are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 20s. Fair skies are forecast Saturday with a high near 50.
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Friday, January 20, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Bush Takes Presidential OathCommunity Will
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
The Du Pont Company’s contributions to the scientific and educational life of the Aiken community will be honored Feb. 21 during a special ceremonial groundbreaking at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, the school chancellor said today.
Dr. Robert E. Alexander said representatives of the manufacturing giant, which is leaving the Savannah River Plant March 31 after serving 38 years as prime contractor for the defense nuclear installation, have been invited to attend the event.
Dr. Alexander said the ceremony will mark the halfway point reached in funding for the school's Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, a $1.2 million project that complements an existing $8.5 million science building on the campus.
The chancellor noted that Du Pout has contributed $250,000 to the Patrick Center, and “this gift brings our donations to about $400,000. We expect to receive several other substantial dona-Honor Du Pont
tions prior to the ceremonial. “
The money will finance a center honoring one of the early environmental researchers at SRP. Dr. Patrick’s field is limnology, a study of the chemical and biological properties of water, and she developed baseline studies on SRP ac-quatic communities still being used by new generations of scientists.
Dr. Alexander said invitations have been extended to Edgar F. Woolard, president of Du Pont, and other Du Pont executives, government officials at all levels and Aiken business, professional and education leaders.
“Not only has Du Pont had an interest in raising the level of scientific and educational quality in this community, but it has been a leader in promoting programs that benefit scientific advancement among all our schools,’’ Dr. Alexander said.
“Du Pont’s financial contributions to the field of science have made it possible for many students and teachers to develop the skills and expertise needed
(Please See COMMUNITY, Page 5A)
Billions, Decades Needed To Finish Cleanup Of SRP
By KATHY KADANE
States News Service
WASHINGTON — It will take between one and two decades — and up to $24 billion — for completion of repair work to bring the Savannah River Plant into compliance with Energy Department safety standards and federal environmental laws, according to a DOE report released Thursday in Washington.
The report also said environmental clean-up and construction of facilities needed for compliance with federal environmental protection laws may not be achieved in less than three decades.
The plant’s three operable production reactors are the only U.S. source of tritium, a perishable radioactive gas needed for the production of nuclear weapons. They have been shut down for safety improvements for several months.
The timeframe outlined in the report for making essential repairs at Savannah River is much longer than Energy Department officials, including outgoing Energy Secretary John M. Herrington, have projected in recent months.
(Please See BILLIONS, Page 5A)
Bush Crowns Career With Top U.S. Job
Departing Reagan Conveys Confidence
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Ronald Reagan leaves the White House with an unshaken belief that Americans are the “custodians of freedom for the world’’ but frustration that he could not obtain that same freedom for his nine countrymen still held hostage overseas.
On the eve of his de-parture from the White House, Reagan expressed his confidence in both the nation and his successor, calling George Bush “the man who should be in this office replacing me.”
Reagan was making a last nostalgic visit REAGAN today to the Oval Office where he presided as the nation’s 40th president, spokesman Marlin Fitz-water said.
Afterwards, the president and first lady Nancy Reagan were slated to bid a private farewell to the household staff in the residence.
Local Sales Tax Could Spell Large Rollback For County
By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer
A local option sales tax could mean a 13.5 mill tax rollback in Aiken County, Aiken city manager Roland H. Windham told members of the Aiken County legislative Delegation Thursday night.
The delegation members attended a meeting of Working Together Works, part of the Joint Council of the Aiken and North Augusta chambers of commerce. Representatives of the two cities and the County Council made presentations to the lawmakers and asked for their support.
The municipal association and the association of counties have nearly reached an agreement, Windham said, and will be presenting the proposal for approval to the legislature soon.
The local option sales tax failed to pass the 1988 legislature. Counties would have the option of adding a one-cent sales tax which would be good on items purchased within the county.
Current agreements call for using half of the money taken in as a result of the tax to be used to roll back taxes. Based on a report by the State Comptroller, the total monies which would be taken in by the towns in the county and the county itself would total $6,329,849.
The holdup is agreeing on the split of the money between the county and the cities.
Windham said that there will he an agreement, even if it is not what one of the sides wants.
“There’s no way they could not agree on this thing....hut everybody has their turf, and everybody wants to defend their turf,” he said.
Time for the request is running out, however.
“They better do something soon,” Sen. Thomas L. (Tommy) Moore, D-Aiken County, said, “because if you don’t have something that controversial and that
(Please See LOCAL, Page 5A)
Brain Structure Different In Males, Females
By PAUL RAEBURN AP Science Editor
SAN FRANCISCO — Differences in the brain structure of male and female rats allow the males to learn to navigate a maze more quickly, but females are less fooled by changes In landmarks, a researcher says.
“It doesn’t suggest that males or females are better at solving spatial tasks,” psychologist Christina Williams of Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City, said Thursday. “It merely means they go about it in different ways.”
Williams and Warren H. Meek, another Columbia researcher, also found that brain structure can be altered in a way that seems to improve memory by giving rats choline, a B vitamin rich in foods common in traditional Japanese diets.
Williams, speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said she believed there were similarities between rats’ brains and human brains, but said she could draw no conclusions about human behavior from the maze studies.
(Please See BRAIN, Page 6A)
R THE RIOT: Salameh Buhhur, owner of a grocery store in the Liberty action of Miami, has a dejected look on his face as he begins the task o ,p atter rioters looted his store! The Super Bowl will be held in Miami iy. Please see story on Page 2A.
By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON — George Herbert Walker Bush was inaugurated 41st president of the United States today, describing the nation at the end of the Reagan era as properous and at peace while adding, “a new breeze is blowing.’’
Bush told Democratic political leaders his would be “the age
Eof the offered hand.” To the world, he said, “the offered hand is a reluctant fist. But the fist, once made, .is strong and can be used with great effect.”
At precisely 12:03 p.m., Bush recited the 35-word oath of office, resting his left hand on two bibles held by his wife Barbara. One edition was a family bible; the other was used by George Washington at his swearing in 200 years ago.
Bush took the noontime oath of office at the West Front of the Capitol. He spoke directly to the Democrats who dominate Congress, saying the nation needs “compromise where there has been dissension.”
Bush said Republicans and Democrats have often been too mistrustful, an attitude he traced back to the Vietnam war.
(Please See BUSH, Page 5A)
BUSH SWORN IN: President George Bush, declaring the a new breeze is blowing” is sworn in during a noon ceremony today at the West Front of the Capitol Building. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court William Rehnquist administered the oath. Bush became the nation s 41st president.
As their final social duty in the executive mansion, they were treating Bush and his wife Barbara, Dan Quayle and his wife Marilyn, and the members of the congressional inaugural escort committee to coffee and pastries in the Blue Room of the executive residence.
(Please See DEPARTING, Page 5A)