Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 24, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Marines Rescue Octogenarians
CHARLESTON (AP) - To Thomas Pettigrew, the sight of a Marine helicopter hovering over isolated Bay Point Island was a beautiful one.
“I’m telling you it was worth all the tea in China” said the 81-year-old Charleston resident whose day-long fishing excursion turned into a five-day ordeal before it ended Monday afternoon.
Pettigrew and his 80-year-old wife Katie left Charleston Thursday on a fishing trip in their 18-foot fiberglass boat.
But they were blown out to sea and tossed around in 12-foot waves for three days before their craft washed up on the island about 50 miles southwest of Charleston late Saturday.
It wasn’t until Monday that a helicopter from the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort spotted them while on a training mission, the Coast Guard said.
Buck Rogers May Soon Be Back
CHICAGO (AP) — An elevator that goes through the roof and into outer space? Colonies orbiting Earth? A giant hook that swings from the sky and scoops goods and passengers into space?
Then again ...
Sixty years ago, men walking on the moon, lie detectors and instant cameras sounded equally implausible to most people.
The 1929 predictions, and many more like them, were made in the comic strip “Buck Rogers,” set in the year 2429. On Monday, the grandchildren of one of the cartoon’s creators gathered to make new predictions on what would have been Buck’s 60th anniversary.
Flint Dille and his sister, Lorraine Williams, plan to bring back the strip as well as release a series of books and possibly a movie.
Sunny And Warm
Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the upper 30s. Partly sunny skies are forecast Wednesday with a high in the mid 70s. Please see Page 6A for details.Deaths
Frank Edney, Augusta George O. Hammack, New Ellenton 'Elane D. Holland, North Augusta Genie B. McNeill, Brunswick, Ga. Alice B Oates, Camden George W. Patterson, McCormick Macie E. Stephens, Anderson Viola Walker, Aiken Please see Page 6A for details.Inside Today
Demos Sure Of Car Insurance Bill
Council Raises Fees, Annexes Area
Tuesday, January 24, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 21
Bundy Executed For 1978 Murder
By RON WORD The Associated Press
STARKE, Fla. -Ted Bundy, the “diabolical” law school dropout who confessed to killing 20 women in four Western states, was executed in the electric chair today for the 1978 rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl.
At 7:06 a.m., six minutes past schedule, the executioner turned on 2,000 volts of electricity and Bundy gently surged back in the chair and clenched his fists. One minute later, the power was turned off.
“At 7:16 this morning, the doctor at Florida State Prison pronounced Theo-
dore Bundy dead,” said Jon Peck, a spokesman for Florida Gov. Bob Martinez. ‘‘He was executed right on schedule.”
Bundy, under his fourth death warrant, was condemned for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach of I .ake City. Her body was found in an abandoned pigsty. He also was sentenced to death for killing two sorority sisters at Florida State University in Tallahassee in 1978.
In his final statement, Bundy said, “Jim and Fred, I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.”
Jim Coleman is Bundy’s attorney from Washington, D.C., and Fred Lawrence is a Methodist minister who spent the night in prayer with him.
In addition to praying, a remorseful Bundy, 42, also placed two last calls to his mother in Tacoma, Wash., to say farewell.
“He sounds wonderful,” Louise Bundy said after the first telephone call. “He sounds very much at peace with
At the conclusion of the second, Bundy’s mother told him, “You’ll always be my precious son,” according to today’s Morning News Tribune of Tacoma.
Bundy, who dropped out of law school after a year, is believed to have stalked young women near college campuses, shopping centers and parks in the West and Northwest, targeting those with long, dark hair, parted in the middle.
Prosecutors said he often lured victims into his car by posing as police officer or making false requests for aid.
One of the women he admitted killing was Caryn Campbell, 23, of Dearborn, Mich., who was killed by a blow to the head while vacationing in Colorado in 1975.
“You never really forgive someone for
something like that. You just try to put it behind you,” her father, Robert Campbell, said Monday. “It’s not important to me now. The thing I’d like to have back, I can’t have.”
Around 5:30 a.m., the final preparations began with a prison official shaving Bundy’s head and right leg, where the electrodes were later placed.
When Bundy entered the chamber at 7:01 a.m., wearing a light blue shirt and dark blue pants, he looked frightened but walked directly to the electric chair. After being seated he nodded to his attorney and minister and mouthed words to them.
More than IOO people supporting the execution and about two dozen against milled around outside the Florida State Prison. At 7 a.m. a small group of death
(Please See BUNDY, Page 10A)
SRP Reactor Restart Now Expected In Fall
Optimism Hits Textile Industry
From Staff And Wire Reports
GREENVILLE — Optimism over the prospect : a second-half turnaround this year has fueled (creased investment in new machinery as tex-le manufacturers try to maintain their market resence against low-cost imports, industry exwives say.
In Aiken County, The Graniteville Co., the ;ate’s oldest textile maker, has spent $40 milan in the past two years on new equipment for binning, weaving and continuous dyeing and nishing operations, President Doug Kingsmore aid.
The textile manufacturer expects to spend $18
million and will clean out its remaining fly-shuttle looms.
Kingsmore said the U.S. textile industry “is the most productive in the world. We’re offsetting these low wages and government subsidies for these foreign producers just by outproducing them.”
Some textile officials cite low-cost imports and dropping clothing sales as the chief reasons for recent cutbacks in apparel fabric production by Springs Industries and Greenwood Mills.
Meanwhile, the Clearwater Finishing Plant owned by United Merchants and Manufacturing
(Please See OPTIMISM, Page 10A)
By KATHY KAHANE States News Service
WASHINGTON - Work necessary to restarting any nuclear reactors at the Savannah River Plant could extend into next fall, and will certainly extend past the change of SRP contractors on April I, Department of Energy officials told their safety advisors today.
“It is becoming decreasingly likely that the plant will be restarted before the end of the summer,” John F. Aheame, chairman of the Advisory Committee on Nuclear Facility Safety, told States during a break this morning in the committee’s meeting.
Ahearne’s comments came in the wake of DOE officials’ recent projections that the plant could be restarted as early as this spring.
Aheame, a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, chairs an advisory committee that heard new members of the DOE’s Savannah River Operations describe reorganization of that field office to reemphasize reactor safety.
Officials with Westinghouse Savannah River Co., which will replace the Du Pont Co. as plant contractor in April, told the committee they’d run the plant independently of their parent company in Pittsburgh.
SRP’s three production reactors, the nation’s only source of perishable tritium gas for nuclear weapons, have been shut down since last summer for DOE-ordered improvements to management and hardware.
Efforts are concentrated on restarting the plant’s K-Reactor first, though no restart dates have been announced.
Richard W. Starostecki, deputy assistant secretary for safety, health and quality assurance, presented a tentative timetable for tasks associated with the restart, including seismic design decision, ultrasonic testing and calculations for appropriate powwer limits.
Energy Secretary Will Visit SRP Site
From Staff Reports
Energy Secretary-designate James D. Watkins has accepted U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond’s invitation to visit the Savannah River Plant, and an aide to the senator said he’s hoping the visit will occur in the “next couple of months.”
South Carolina’s Republican senator issued the invitation when Watkins paid a “courtesy call” on him Monday afternoon, said Christopher Simpson, Thurmond’s press secretary.
“The senator said he would like him to come down to the Savannah River Plant at his earliest convenience,” Simpson said.
He said Thurmond and staff hoped the visit, designed to supplement Watkins’ knowledge of the troubled weapons plant, would take place in the “next couple of months.”
Watkins, a U.S. Navy admiral, enjoys strong support among senators who must confirm him, Simpson said.
“All indications are that he will” be confirmed.
Courtesy calls are a Capitol Hill custom by which Cabinet nominees visit congressional leaders prior to confirmation hearings.
Those tasks are expected to be completed by the middle of the spring.
But the tentative timetable suggested by Starostecki’s office extends work schedules through the middle of the summer and perhaps
(Please See SRP, Page 10A)
Ratings Show Congressional Liberals Alive And Well
An exception Pearl did not mention was Lowell P. Weicker Jr. of Connecticut, at 90 percent the highest-scoring Senate Republican, who was beaten last November by Democrat Joseph Lieberman.
“Because so many champions of social and economic justice have been elected and re-elected, and the Democrats have added seats in both chambers, the prospects for holding President Bush accountable on his campaign pledge to create a ‘kinder, gentler nation’ appear excellent,” Pearl said in a statement.
He noted that even Bush raised many issues during the campaign which the ADA considers part of its legislative agenda, including child care, education and environmental protection.
“In spite of the gratuitous rhetorical beating that liberals took during the presidential campaign, support for our agenda remained strong and solid, Pearl said.
Pearl also noted that in the Senate leadership, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.,
who had a 55 percent ADA rating in 1988, has been replaced as majority leader by Sen. George Mitchell, D-Maine, who had a 95 percent rating.
“A new Congress and a new president have the responsibility to restore the social and economic balance that was so severely shredded during the Reagan years,” Pearl said. “Given the results of 1988, we are optimistic that the 101st Congress will have the muscle to do it.”
The ADA vote ratings for each chamber are based on a set of 20 floor votes on bills and amendments that the organization believes most clearly reflect liberal-conservative differences. Issues include civil rights, labor issues, women’s rights, foreign and military policy.
Twenty-four House members, all Democrats, scored IOO percent, along with two Senate Democrats. Twenty-five House members, all Republicans, had scores of zero, along with ll Senate Republicans.
(Please See RATINGS, Page 10A)
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SXT, HOUSE RATINGS j ,
. Democrats Rep. Butler C. derrick, 70; Rep. Elizabeth (Liz) Patterson, 45; Rep John M. Spratt Jr.,*55; Rep. R&bin Tallon, 40. ,
Republicans — Rep/fArthur C. Ravenel Jr.. 25; Rep. Floyd D. Spence. 10.
S.C. SENATE RATINGS
Sen. Strom Thurmond, Republican, 0; Sen. Ernest F. (Fritz) Hollings, democrat,”• « . v « : I
WASHINGTON — An advocacy group says that despite George Bush’s liberal-bashing in last year!s campaign, liberal . politicians and issues fared well in the elections and are poised to make their mark in the 101st Congress.
The group, Americans for Democratic Action, based its prediction in part on an . analysis of the voting records of members of Congress in 1988, which showed the House of Representatives with a “liberal quotient” of 52 percent, the highest figure ainee ADA began rating voting records in 1947.
In the Senate, the average score was 48 percent on the key liberal-conservative issues selected by ADA for its ratings.
* The group’s national director, Marc Pearl, noted that senators who were up for re-election last year averaged higher liberal scores than the rest of the Senate, “and their liberal voting records proved not to be a liability.”
By JIM DRINKARD The Associated Press