Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 31, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Lady Pacers Earn Victory
A Quick Read
Name Confusion Prompts Incident
CHAMBRE, Ga. (AP) - A man named Noid, apparently annoyed by Domino’s Pizza’s “Avoid the Noid” ads, held two Domino’s employees at gunpoint for more than five hours before they escaped and he surrendered, authorities said.
Kenneth I .amar Noid, 22, told police he thinks Tom S. Monaghan, owner of the Detroit-based pizza chain and the Detroit Tigers baseball club, “comes in his apartment and looks around,” said Police Chief Reed Miller.
Investigators believe Noid was “having an ongoing feud in his mind with Monaghan about the ‘Noid’ commercials,” said detective Sgt. Mark Bender. “Apparently, he thinks they’re aimed at him.”
Domino’s national TV advertising campaign features the “Noid,” a red-hatted, red-caped gremlin who uses every trick he can to make sure the pizza is not delivered hot and fresh but is never successful.
Lights Brighten SAD Sufferers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Severely depressed patients not only see the light but turn from SAD to glad while wearing an unusual hat fitted with two fluorescent tubes, according to researchers who hope to help millions with the device.
The invention is a hat that looks like a pith helmet with the two tubes placed parallel to the eyebrows. It was designed as a portable, wearable way to treat patients suffering from a severe form of winter depression dubbed seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.
“Almost everyone I know can’t stand February and looks forward to spring,” said Dr. George Brainard, a neurologist who along with biomedical engineer Dan Benson developed the hat at Thomas Jefferson University.
Researchers have found that exposure to bright light, or phototherapy, alters tile production of the hormone melatonin and relieves the depression.Weather
Clear And Mild
Skies will be clear tonight with a low near 40. Sunny skies are forecast Wednesday with a high in the low 70s.
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Iran-Contra Scandal Finally In Court
By TOM RAUM The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Bush is using his first out-of-town trip as president to emphasize the work ethic and insist on more quality from military contractors.
The president was to speak from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS America at the Norfolk, Va., Naval Base, addressing both defense contractors and Navy personnel.
“The message will be the work ethic and good government, particularly quality workmanship,” said White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater.
Bush also planned to touch on cost overruns and the current Pentagon purchasing scandal, according to White House aides.
An estimated 4,000 people were expect
ed to attend today’s speech, including members of the carrier’s crew and workers for various defense contractors in the area.
“This is an audience that will comprise people who perform a lot of federal contracts, and people who are involved in skills ranging from management to riveting,” Fitzwater said Monday. “And he will discuss values, work values, and so forth.”
Norfolk is one of the largest and oldest shipbuilding centers in the nation. Bush was to fly by helicopter directly from the South I.awn of the White House to the carrier deck.
Bush on Monday focused on a “new volunteerism” in speeches in the White House and at the I^abor Department.
“I believe in government service; I believe that it plays a vital role. But it must complement individual service,” he said
at a swearing-in ceremony for I .abor Secretary Elizabeth Dole, the first woman in his Cabinet.
Bush also stressed volunteerism in a meeting with officials forming the new White House Office of National Service, headed by Gregg Petersmeyer. “The concept of one American helping another is a valid concept,” Bush said.
Bush was expected to mention the Pentagon purchasing scandal in his Norfolk speech, but not dwell on it, aides said.
The federal government is pursuing a 2-year-old investigation of alleged purchasing fraud. The case focuses on charges that private consultants, hired by military contractors, bribed Defense Department officials to obtain inside information that gave companies an edge in bidding for Pentagon contracts.
TOUGH STAND: President George Bush demands quality from defense contractors.
Herrington Urges Speed
On NPR Plan
From Staff and Wire Reports
Congress ought to recognize the urgent need to replace promptly the Department of Energy’s reactors that produce fuel for nuclear weapons, former Energy Secretary John S. Herrington said in one of his last official acts.
Herrington, in a report to Congress, recommended ways to speed construction of a reactor at the Savannah River Plant near Aiken to produce the fuel, and suggested that a political appointee head the Department of Energy’s newly organized production reactor project.
The recommendations were made in a report to the House and Senate Armed Services committees and were obtained by Morris News Service Monday in Washington.
President Bush’s administration hasn’t yet taken a position on the report, DOE officials noted.
Herrington said Congress should “formally recognize the national security need to replace the aged
existing production reactor capacity with new production capacity on an urgent schedule.”
If those and other recommended steps are taken, DOE may be able to cut one year or more off the time needed to build and put into operation new weapons materials production reactors, Herrington said.
Congress would have to act to implement Herrington’s recommendation that the office of new production reactors, which was created administratively last year, be under the direction of a political appointee.
A DOE spokesman said such action would give the position the status of assistant secretary with direct access to the secretary. There are now eight assistant secretaries directing the department.
The country’s only reactors capable of producing plutonium and tritium for nuclear weapons are at the SRP and all three have been shut down since last summer for safety upgrades, maintenance and
(See HERRINGTON, Page 12A)
Developer Tells Group Woodward Project Will Proceed
By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer
An Augusta developer says that plans for development of the 59-acre Woodward Tract will continue essentially unchanged, despite public protest.
Victor (Vie) Mills, president of Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial Corporation, made an uninvited appearance at a meeting of the Friends of Aiken Monday night to speak in favor of the development.
“We own the property, we will develop the property, and we plan to do a good
job,” Mills told the group of over IOO who gathered for the meeting.
He indicated that current plans, including a rezoning request for nearly an acre of land, would continue.
Friends of Aiken, a group formed earlier this month, is trying to downgrade development plans for the 59-acre tract to Single Family-Residential, stop construction of a road which would connect Whiskey and Two Notch roads, and preserve an existing Carolina Bay.
In its first publicized meeting, FOA met Monday night to organize resistance
to the multi-use propositions of Blanchard and Calhoun.
“We are particularly concerned with the increase in traffic (which the development would cause), both up here on Whiskey Road and on Two Notch Road,” said Lucy Knowles, chief spokesperson for the group.
The proposed road has triggered fears in and out of the horse industry of increased traffic along the portion of Two Notch Road, which is surrounded by horse training facilities.
The result, according to some trainers,
would be impairment to or loss of the training industry.
According to a Clemson University study, the horse industry brings $16.2 million annually to Aiken County, plus tax revenues, higher property values and another $500,000 generated by the Triple Crown racing events.
Other concerns the group has are possibly increased drainage into Hitchcock Woods and a negative impact on the Palmetto Golf Club, which is Aiken’s oldest golf course and one of the nation’s oldest
(Please See DEVELOPER, Page 12A)Survey Shows U.S. Students .acking In Math, Science Skills
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — American teenagers came out at the bottom of the heap in a survey of math and science performance among students in five countries and four Canadian provinces, the Educational Testing Service reported today.
The low math performance levels are “a matter for grave concern” while the science results “are sobering and pose a serious challenge to our position in the world community,” according to the report, called “A World of Differences.”
The ETS study is its first international assessment of educational progress,
a counterpart to the group’s periodic national assessments in various academic fields. It was financed by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education.
Findings were based on tests of approximately 24,000 13-year-olds in Ireland, Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. The last three were divided into Frenh- and English-speaking samples.
In all countries and provinces, the more time spent watching television,
(Please See SURVEY, Page 12A)Senator Tells County To Get Road Paving Plans In Order
By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer
Sen. Thomas L. Moore, D-Aiken County, told the Aiken County Council Development Committee to “get its house in order” before coming to the Aiken County legislative Delegation for approval of any changes in the county’s road paving system.
Sen. Moore’s comments came after the Aiken County Legislative Delegation Road Committee heard Alvin Bryan, the county’s Public Works director, say he would not commit to a base preparation program without a review of the pay system.
The base preparation program would
give the county the responsibility for getting roads ready for paving at an estimated savings of 30 percent of the current S.C. Highway Department’s cost for paving a mile of county road.
“We’re going to have to change our approach and get the right employees,” Bryan said. “There is no use to agree to do the program without personnel. We don’t have the staff.”
The proposed budget one-year budget for a base preparation crew is $497,228.
Bryan said his department was losing people to other construction contractors in the area and to the Savannah River Plant.
(Please See SENATOR, Page 12A)
Verdict Is In
LISTENING TO JURY: Defendant Joel Steinberg, center, listens as the jury reads the verdict in his trial. He was found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the death of his adopted 6-year-old daughter, Lisa. For details, please see Page 2A.
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Bush Speaks Up For Quality