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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 29, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Page 2A Page 9A Sunday, January 29, 1989_SOC_Aiken,    South    Carolina    Vol.    122    No.    25 Textile Battle Continues In The White House Aiken Sfotutard 11167 Published Daily and Sunday Here's My Card A special presentation by our classified advertising staff appears on Pages 6C-11C today. Aiken Standard File Photo TEXTILES DEBATED: Textile jobs have declined steadily in recent years and debate continues on how to protect the jobs of American workers from the impact of foreign imports. Decisions expected this year in Washington will have a critical impact on the security of American textile jobs. Industry Leaders Want Import Regulations By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON — The United States textile industry is expecting imports will take another big bite out of the American market again this year if the Bush administration does not change the way textile imports are regulated. Carlos Moore, executive director of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute and a major lobbyist for the industry, said potential increases in imports threaten thousands of U.S. jobs. But the government continues to tolerate import growth, partly because of foreign policy concerns, Moore said, and partly because the U.S. system of regulating quotas is not working well. Statistics from the Senate Commerce Committee indicate the textile industry may have strong grounds for complaint. Imports now account for 55 percent of textile and apparel sales in the U.S., a committee aide said. In 1981, imports accounted for about 30 percent. Some industry officials said in news reports earlier this week that they saw a chance for a rebound this year. But, some of those officials say that those hopes could be tempered if imports are allowed to continue to increase in American markets. Moore said industry leaders have begun a new round of lobbying for legislation which would address the quota issue. In a private meeting with then President-elect Bush in early January, they said they hoped his administration would change trade policies adopted by President Reagan, who last year vetoed a bill mandating quotas on textile imports. They also said the quota regulatory system had failed so badly that legislation was the only solution. At the meeting, industry leaders sought Bush’s cooperation in drafting a bill he could sign. Moore wouldn’t characterize Bush’s reaction but (Please See INDUSTRY, Page 14A) Sharon: No Peace While Arafat Lives RNC Pay Raise Criticism Tagged As Staff Mistake By LARRY MARGASAK The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A Republican fundraising letter signed by party chairman Lee Atwater criticizes a 50 percent congressional pay raise endorsed by former President Reagan and President Bush, but a spokeswoman says it was all a mistake. Atwater is “not opposed” to the pay raise, according to Republican National Committee spokeswoman Leslie Goodman, who blamed the mistake on Republican National Committee staffers. She said Atwater had ordered changes in the letter, including deletion of the two paragraphs of pay raise criticism, but staff members failed to follow the directions. The five-page letter was mailed to prospective contributors, and found its way into the hands of the Democratic leaders. The letter, which appeals for donations and attacks Democratic liberals, went A Closer Look Monday’s Aiken Standard will include a closer look at the debate surrounding the proposed pay raise for Congressmen. out before President Bush endorsed the raise last Friday, calling it “overdue.” But it apparently was written after former President Reagan formally proposed the large raise in the budget he submitted to Congress. It also was mailed before the House Republican leadership began negotiatons with House Democratic leaders last week to allow the raise to become law Feb. 8 without a vote in return for a package of severe restrictions on outside income, including a ban on speaking fees. (Please See RNC, Page 14A) LSU Nips Hoyas LSU upset No. 2 Georgetown 82-80 in the Louisiana Superdome before the largest crowd to ever witness a college basketball game. Please see college roundup on Pages 4B and 5B. ^ Clemson basketball coach Cliff Ellis suspends seven players — including starters Elden Campbell and Dale Davis — for breaking study hall rules. Please see story on Page 1B. Also. . . Steffi Graf wins ....Page 8B. s PGA golf.................Page    10B. ^ Prep Basketball.. Pages 6B and 7B A Quick Read Youths Identified As Train Robbers TALLAHASSEE, Flu. (AP) -They may not rank with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but a group of 42 youths between the ages of 9 and 18 are perhaps the youngest group of train robbers on record, authorities said. Gadsden County officials said Friday they had identified the children and six adults from the Panhandle community of Chattahoochee accused of nobbing idle boxcars of everything from hog livers to car tires. “The thefts mainly took place after school and during vacations,” said Deputy Jimmy Hindman. “Once the adults showed the kids what to do, it became easy for them.” Only five or six people had been arrested by Saturday, said Maj. A.J. Pickels, a spokesman for the county sheriff’s department. Pickels said the ring had been in operation since September and was responsible for an undetermined amount of stolen merchandise. Weather Mild Days Ahead Today will be sunny and warm with a high in the mid-70s. Tonight will be clear and mild with a low near 40. Monday will be mostly sunny and warm with a high in the mid-70s. Please see Page 6A for details. Deaths Beulah Coogler, Chester Floyd Tendel Cooper, New Ellenton Frances Powers, Aiken Anna Shoaly, North Augusta Please see Page 6A for details. Inside Today Bridge  ...............................   6D Business...................................  1C Calendar....................     12C Classifieds.........................................4D Crossword *......   7D Cryptoquote.......................................5D Dear Abby........................................12C Local Front  .....*.......................9A Obituaries..........................................6A Opinions............................................ID Sports......................  1B Stocks.,....,........»...........  2C Weddings..........................................4C Weather  .......  6A Corps Says It's Jobs Or Lakes Proposal To Raise Lake Levels Panned By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it was injustly accused of mismanaging the three manmade lakes along the Savannah River during the worst drought in three decades by its congressional critics, according to published reports Saturday. Jim Parker, a corps spokesman in Savannah, Ga., denied allegations Friday that the agency failed to implement a drought emergency plan called for by its own regulations, the Greenville News reported from its Washington bureau. He also said raising the lake levels by restricting water flow through the dams — as proposed by Rep. Butler C. Derrick, D-S.C., would jeopardize water quality and could put thousands of people out of work. Rep. Derrick had requested that the General Accounting Office study the corps’ management of lakes Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond along the Savannah River between South Carolina and Georgia. After a year-long study the GAO — Congress’ investigative arm — on Wednesday told Rep. Derrick that the corps could have raised the lake levels four feet by having a drought contingency plan in effect and by reducing the water flow past the dams. Rep. Derrick had said earlier that mismanagement of the lakes had contributed to a IO percent decline in lake-oriented tourism. The congressman reiterated his criticisms of the Corps of Engineers Friday. “It seems to me like they’ve been handling their decisions by the seat of their pants down there for the last eight years,” Rep. Derrick said in an interview with the News from his Anderson (Please See CORPS, Page 14A) Proposed Development On Agenda ^Missing' Couple Safe At Home By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer An Aiken couple, objects of a two-day search and rescue attempt in the Bahama Islands chain that cut short a flying holiday, came home Saturday and both said they were glad of it. “We’re not going flying any time soon,” said Georgann Crawford, sitting on a sofa in her home at 588 Newberry St. Her husband, Keith, agreed. From mid-afternoon Wednesday until late Friday, the two, along with friends Ernest and Constance Schroeder of Cocoa Beach, Fla., were hunted by U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue teams. Coast Guard spokesman Lt. W.S. Ball said searchers ‘We went to six airports and four customs offices and they knew we were there.’ — Georgann Crawford feared their small plane, flown by Crawford, had gone down in the sea or had crashed on an island. But a third possibility was that they were hopping about the islands in their small Cessna airplane. “As it turned out, they stopped and got a hot dog and kept on going,” said Lt. Ball. Saturday, a short time after returning to Aiken, the two said the entire misadventure, which carried up and down the 700-island chain, was a case of poor communications and slipshod customs work by the Bahamian authorities. “We went to six airports and four customs offices and they knew we were there,” said Mrs. Crawford. She said the four visited Treasure Cay, Rock Sound, Exuma Island, Governor’s Island and Bimini before returning to Miami. Mrs. Crawford said customs officials either stamped their flight plans or ignored them. She said at one stop they were told it wasn’t necessary to stamp the documents. (Please See MISSING’, Page 14A) Rep. Sprott Chairing New House Panel By The Associated Press QUIET WEEK: President George Bush’s first week in the White House was busy, but mostly routine. For details, please see Page 5A. COLUMBIA — U.S. Rep. John Spratt will head a panel created by the U.S. House Armed Services Committee to look into problems and funding for improvements needed in the nation’s nuclear weapons production complex. The Armed Services Committee has been criticized for ignoring problems at the Savannah River Plant near Aiken and other complex facilities around the country. Rep. Spratt, D-S.C., was notified of his chairmanship of the panel in a letter Thursday from Armed Services Committee Chairman Les Aspin, D-Wis. Rep. Aspin said in the letter there is a need for more specific information about how the Department of Defense and the Energy Department plan to modernize (Please See REP. SPRATT, Page 14A) ;