Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 4, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Hijacked Fireworks Almost Stopped Show
CHANDLER, Am. (AP) — A couple of red-faced Texas truck drivers had some tall explaining to do when they nearly allowed Chandler’s “Uncle Sam Jam” to turn into one big Independence Day dud.
Truckers Al Freeman and Raymond Perez of Fort Worth were heading to Chandler with nearly a ton of fireworks when they picked up a hitchhiker Freeman described as “just a good-lookin’ ol’ girl.”
Police say the three and their cargo made it all the way to Arizona before things went wrong.
When the truckers stopped to buy beer, the hitchhiker stole their truck, fireworks and all, police say.
‘‘They were in for a little night of partying, but she had other plans,” said police Lt. John Summers. “The two guys were going to get some beer and she just boogied with the truck.” But the “Uncle Sam Jam” fireworks display will go on. Police found the truck, with its cargo intact, early Monday, Summers said.
'Blue Line' Producer Sued By Ex-Prisoner
HOUSTON (AP) - Randall Dale Adams is suing the producer of the “Thin Blue Line,” the movie that helped win his reread from prison after 12 years and exoneration from a murder conviction.
Producer Errol Morris said he is “hurt and upset” by the lawsuit, in which Adams is seeking to gain film rights to his life story.
District Judge Felix Salazar on Monday postponed a hearing on the suit because the defendants filed a motion to move the proceedings to federal court.
The suit contends that Morris lost his rights to Adams’ life story in December 1988, when he failed to exercise a two-year option purchased from Adams for $10 in December 1986.
An appeals court overturned Adams conviction after he served 12 years in prison following his conviction in the shooting death of Dallas policeman Robert Wood. Adams was freed from prison in March and Dallas County prosecutors declined to try him again.Weather
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Abortion Fight May Linger For Year
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The fight over abortion, called “our Vietnam of the 1990s” by one partisan, returns to 50 state legislatures with new intensity sparked by the latest Supreme Court ruling.
But the high court’s role in the deeply divisive legal and political struggle is far from over.
Ending its 1988-89 term Monday, the court cut back sharply on women’s constitutional right to abortion. But it stopped short of letting states outlaw most abortions.
The justices also said that sometime in
1990 they will decide three new disputes a move that could lead them to scrap the court’s 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wade legalizing abortion.
That would let states regulate abortion more stringently, or even outlaw it.
“This decision indicates that Roe’s days are numbered,” said Randall Terry of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue.
Rate Michelman of the National Abortion Rights Action League said, “Women’s lives hang by a thread, and the justices handed politicians a pair of scissors.”
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Court Ruling Leads To Speculation
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
A U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion Monday shook the foundation of Roe vs. Wade and sent Aiken County and the rest of the nation into even more heated debates and speculation on what the future holds for abortion in America.
Yesterday’s 5-4 decision weakened
the 1973 landmark case that legalized abortion by ruling hundreds of state and local anti-abortion laws unconstitutional.
The justices decided against reversing the controversial decision with one fatal swoop. Instead, it upheld a 1986 Missouri statute, opening the door for pro-lifers and pro-<*hoicers to take their
(Please See COURT, Page 10A)
Aiken Takes Break To Honor Freedoms
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
FIREWORKS TRADITION: As traditional as the flag, fireworks are a part of the Fourth of July celebration Shown is a scene from the Freedom Festival last weekend in North Augusta.
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
Few modern countries can claim to be over 200 years old with their original constitution still intact. But today, July 4th, Americans across the United States are celebrating their nation’s 213th birthday.
Amid daily reports of uprisings, revolts, military coups, martial law, terrorist attacks and outright massacres in foreign countries, Americans have a great deal for which to be thankful.
Despite our own inner conflicts over government ethics, the issues of abortion and drugs, monumental national debt and the threatened deterioration of the environment, the governmental structure and the systems within the United States remain firm.
Many Aiken County residents began the day by unfurling Old Glory outside their homes as the sun rose above the ancient oaks on South Boundary Avenue and on other thoroughfares within the city.
As the morning progressed, some started gathering the fixings for an afternoon picnic with family and friends — potato salad, deviled eggs sprinkled with paprika, cole slaw and chicken, beef or pork basted with a freshly-mixed, tangy barbecue sauce.
Still others headed to local lakes or even the beach to squeeze in swimming, fishing or skiing between predicted showers.
But no amount of rain appeared to be able to dampen the spirit of the day.
Residents of North Augusta began their
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celebration of the Fourth of July Saturday night, with a flag-waving ceremony, a sing-a-long and a traditional fireworks display.
The holiday festivities continued in Aiken last night with the patriotic performance of the Parris Island Marine Corps Band, which played, despite the rain, at the First Baptist Church.
The Marine Band concert has been a tradition in Aiken for the past 15 years, according to C.C. Reynolds, who directs the city’s summer concert series.
The concert audience reflected the coming together of families for the national celebration, with grandparents, parents and children filling the church sanctuary and balcony.
The patriotic motif was made complete with the waving of small flags as the Marine musicians worked their way through martial and marching music before closing with the hymns of each service
(Please See AIKEN, Page 10AI
Defense: Jail For North Encourages Scapegoat Use
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Oliver North say imprisoning the former presidential aide would only encourage high-level government officials to evade responsibility for legally risky activity.
Responding to the prosecution’s call for a prison term for North, defense lawyers said in court papers Monday that “a sentence of imprisonment would be cruel
“Such a sentence would be deeply and fundamentally uii/air,” the defense said in the pre-sentence memo filed in U.S. District Court.
The 45-year-old former National Security Council aide is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for three felony convictions arising from his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair.
He faces up to IO years in prison and
$750,000 in fines for aiding and abetting the obstruction of a congressional inquiry into the affair, destroying or altering government documents and illegally accepting the installation of a security fence outside his home by arms dealer Richard Secord.
Independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh has asked U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell to send the retired Marine lieutenant colonel to prison, arguing that
North defied Congress and lied at his trial to win acquittal of other charges.
But defense lawyers led by Brendan V. Sullivan Jr. said the prosecution’s request “demonstrates that it will stop at nothing in its effort to crush Oliver North.”
The prosecution “does not offer evidence to support these charges; it plainly assumes that if it throws enough mud, some will stick,” the defense said.
Flood Ready To Take Title To Aiken House
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
FREE FOR THE ASKING: The Hitt-Wiiliamson home at Chesterfield Street and Park Avenue is being offered free to anyone who agrees to the conditions set by the owner.
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
An offer to give away a residential landmark in downtown Aiken, provided the new owner pays the moving expenses and obeys certain restrictive convenants , has unleashed a flood of potential owners.
“The phone has been constantly ringing, and it still is,” Rosamond McDuffie said Monday night about those lining up for a chance to take title to the Hitt-Williamson home.
The two-story house with its unique mansard roof is located at the corner of Chesterfield Street and Park Avenue. It has been turned over to the Historic Aiken Foundation on condition that it be moved to a new location.
The house was the property of Aiken attorney Julian B. Salley, but the land on which in it sits is needed for expansion by Salley’s
law firm. The law firm’s quarters are on the west side of the property.
Salley, contacted Monday, said plans for the property, once the house is moved, are unsettled but the law firm could expand its building or use the site for a parking lot.
Mrs. McDuffie, who is working with Historic Aiken to find a new owner, said her organization is sorting through the callers and probably will make a decision by Thursday or Friday.
“We have had at least 50 calls from people wanting to take the house, and we probably will have to decide on a first come, first served basis,” she said.
The calls began pouring in after an advertisement announcing plans to give the house away appeared last weekend in the Aiken Standard. The ad included a pic-
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