Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 23, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Bush Urged Halt To Iran Arms Deal
NEW YORK (AP) - George Bush advised President Reagan at White House meetings in December 1985 and in the spring of 1986 to end American arms shipments to Iran, according to a published report quoting Reagan’s former national security adviser.
The adviser, Robert C. McFarlane, was quoted in Monday’s editions of The New York Times as saying that although Vice President Bush rarely expressed an opinion at such meetings, he supported McFarlane in urging that the arms shipments be stopped.
McFarlane advised Reagan to end the shipments because the operation was not fulfilling its original purpose of “making contact with Iranians able to change policy,” McFarlane told The Times.
The former adviser said that later in the meeting, Bush “nodded and was kind of pensive and looked over toward the president and said, ‘I think Bud’s probably right,” according to The Times.
Bud is McFarlane’s nickname.
Gas Prices Holding Steady For Right Now
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Retail gasoline prices for the past two weeks remained virtually unchanged but the pump price may increase because of a rise in wholesale prices, an analyst says.
The Lundberg survey of more than 12,000 gas stations for the two weeks that ended Friday showed the average U.S. pump price for all grades, including taxes, was 98.25 cents.
That price was only nine-hundredths of a penny off from the price reported on Jan. 2. But average wholesale prices jumped more than a 1.33 cents during the same two week period.
Analyst Trilby Lundberg said if the wholesale price rise continues, many retailers will be hard pressed to pass their increases on.
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Monday, January 23, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 20
Quake Buries Soviet Asian Village
By The Associated Press
MOSCOW — An earthquake destroyed several mountain villages in Tadzhikistan today and buried one village under a 45-foot wall of dirt and mud, killing up to 1,000 people, officials said.
“Almost everybody died,” said Zainid-din Nasreddinov, editor-in-chief of the official Tazhikistan news agency, who visited the buried village of Sharora in Soviet Central Asia.
A preliminary estimate indicated about 600 people had died there, he said in a telephone interview from Dushanbe, about IO miles northeast of Sharora. The population of the village was not known,
but Nasreddinov said about 70 families lived there.
An official at the Dushanbe seismic station, who refused to be identified, said families are large in the area and one dwelling often houses eight to IO people.
“The total number of deaths is now evaluated at up to 1,000,” said the official Tass news agency. It said hundreds died in Sharora but did not give an exact figure.
The tremor struck about 1,800 miles southeast of Moscow, north of Afghanistan and bordering China, at 2:02 a.m. (6:02 p.m. EST Sunday). It was the strongest quake to hit the Soviet Union since the Dec. 7 quake that struck Armenia
and killed about 25,000 people.
Rescue teams were searching for survivors and soldiers were rushed to the area to keep order and restore communications and power and water to the buildings left standing, said Nasreddinov.
Roads into the area were damaged and thousands of head of cattle were killed, Tass said. Bulldozers and cranes were being sent into the area to help rescuers, the report said.
The magnitude of the earthquake was uncertain.
The U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo, said it measured 6.0 on the Richter scale. The survey office in Menlo Park, Calif, put the magnitude at 5.4.
San Franciscans Celebrate 49ers Super Bowl Victory
By MARY MCGRATH The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Tens of thousands of fans jammed the streets and police reported at least 86 arrests in a spontaneous outpouring of jubilation over the San Francisco 49ers’ last-minute Super Bowl victory.
In Cincinnati, which lost a 3-point lead with 34 seconds left in the Bengals’ second Super Bowl loss to the 49ers in seven years, some fans cried, others shrugged as they left Fountain Square Plaza and downtown bars Sunday night. All were quiet.
The arrests in San Francisco were
mostly related to alcohol, and several windows were broken during the celebration, police Sgt. Jerry Senkir said.
Police also had a report of a single bullet from a handgun being shot through a house window, said Officer Steve Ortiz, who wasn’t sure if the shot was related to the celebrations. No one was injured.
Linda Beigelte, waving a 49er pennant while leaning over police barricades in the city’s North Beach neighborhood, summed up the evening’s mood: “We’re letting everyone around here know we’re the world champions.”
(See SAN FRANCISCANS, Page 5A)
Another Shooting, But Miami Quiet
By BRIAN MURPHY The Associated Press
MIAMI — A police officer shot a black man in one of the neighborhoods tom by riots last week, but a recurrence of the violence that left one dead and stores looted and burned seemed unlikely, authorities said today.
“It’s under control. Ifs all quiet,” Police Sgt. Robert Edwards said a few hours after late Sunday’s shooting in the Liberty City section.
TTie man was in “stable but not critical condition” at Jackson Memorial Hospital, said hospital spokesman Mark Santo.
Circumstances surrounding the shooting were not immediately released by police, but Edwards said only a few residents were at the shooting scene, which was cordoned off until about 2:30 a.m.
“These are all typical procedures following a shooting,” he said.
The shooting came near the end of a quiet day in which the riot-weary city was host to the Super Bowl.
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Police put on shows of force in the troubled black neighborhoods of Liberty City and Overtown, where the shooting of a black motorcyclist a week ago today triggered three days of rioting.
Many residents of Overtown spent Sunday washing cars, playing basketball, cruising the streets past housing projects and watching the San Francisco 49ers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16.
“There’s more excitement about the game now than about what happened,” said Anthony Burnes, 28, who donned a Bengals T-shirt to watch the game with friends.
“Everything seems normal now.”
A panel of police officers and Overtown residents were scheduled to hold their first working meeting today to investigate the shooting of Clement Lloyd, 23, who was shot in the head by Officer William Lozano while being pursued by another officer for speeding.
Lloyd was to be buried today.
(Please See ANOTHER, Page 5A)
Westinghouse Names Top SRP Officials
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
Westinghouse Savannah River Co. will jut its own people in the top 12 management slots, but current Du Pont Co. employees will retain about as many towerier supervisory roles when the Savannah River Plant changes contractors on April I.
The Westinghouse Electric Corp. subsidiary will replace Du Pont as SRP contractor on that date, and a special Jan. 19 edition of the plant newsletter carries a
chart depicting the 39 top positions in the new plant organization.
Just how many Du Pont employees will ultimately remain is unknown at this point. Westinghouse has distributed written job offers throughout the 16,700-employee plant, and workers have until Feb. IO to respond. Those who accept become Westinghouse employees on April I.
The Department of Energy, owner of the nuclear weapons materials plant, is requiring the new contractor to guarantee SRP jobs for all but the top 37 Du
Pont managers. Westinghouse officials have said they will offer those people jobs as well — though several have already decided to move on with Du Pont.
“They’re grouping some of the departments together, but ifs not a total reorganization,” said Rebecca A. Apter, a Du Pont spokeswoman.
The new set-up reflects a type of “internal oversight” characteristic of the commercial nuclear industry, said Jack N. Herrmann, Westinghouse manager of
(Please See WESTINGHOUSE, Page 5A)
John Tower Faces Questioners This Week
By RICHARD WHITTLE
WASHINGTON — With President Bush inaugurated, the capital spotlight turns this week to his most controversial Cabinet appointee — John Tower, the former Texas Republican senator Bush has chosen to be his defense secretary.
Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearings are expected to begin Wednesday for Tower, 63, who silently endured weeks of lurid reports and rumors about his personal life before Bush named him Dec. 16 to head the Pentagon.
The committee, which Tower headed from 1981 until he retired from the Senate
in 1985, is expected to approve its alumnus and not dwell on his past personal behavior. But “his own people believe that ifs not going to be easy at all,” said a defense consultant in close touch with a coterie of former Tower aides already in Pentagon jobs.
But Tower’s attorney and close friend, Paul W. Eggers of Dallas, said Tower wasn’t among those worrying.
“He’s been visiting with the members of the Armed Services Committee, and he has a pretty good idea what the questions are going to be,” Eggers said in an interview. “He’s highly confident that he has the issues that will be asked well in hand, and he’s well prepared and not the
least bit concerned about the hearings.” Eggers predicted that the hearings would last two days at most and that the Senate would rapidly confirm Tower as defense secretary afterward.
On Sunday, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., said “at this point” that he expects the Senate to confirm Tower.
Nevertheless, Nunn confirmed on ABC’s “This Week With David Brinkley” that his panel was investigating allegations including those about Tower’s personal life and possible conflicts of interest that were raised before he was tapped
(Please See TOWER, Page 5A)
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THIRD VICTORY: San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana cheers after his club downed Cincinnati 20-16 in Super Bowl XXIII. The win was the third for Montana and the 49ers. For details, please see Sports.
ARTIST Salvador Dali died at his home in Spain.Salvador Dali Dies At 84
By The Associated Press
FIGUERAS, Spain - Surrealist painter Salvador Dab, whose fantastic and memorable dreamscapes were as eccentric and flamboyant as his behavior, died today in his hometown, his doctor said. He was 84.
Dab died at 10:15 a.m. at Figueras Hospitl, said Dr. Charles Ponsati.
(Please See SALVADOR, Page 5A)