Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 5, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Reagan Recuperates After Toss From Horse
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former President Reagan once said, “There is nothing so good for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.” He may not feel that way today following his Fourth of July toss from a horse at a ranch in Mexico that resulted in minor bruises and abrasions.
Reagan spokesman Mark Weinberg said the horse Reagan was riding bucked on a rocky downhill slope, throwing the 78-year-old former president to the ground.
Weinberg said Reagan, who was reported in good spirits while recuperating today from scrapes and bruises, called the incident ‘“My own private rodeo,’” adding that “he’s an excellent rider and he held on quite a while.”
GI Jane Completed, Can't Find A Home
NEW YORK (AP) — An American Legion post that raised $68,000 for a sculpture honoring women who served rn the nation’s military during wartime finds itself with a statue and no place to put it.
The plan had been to set up the half-ton statue in Veterans Memorial Plaza, part of a city park that Legion Post 272 maintains under agreement with the Parks Department.
The Legionnaires thought they had clear sailing from the department when they made arrangements with sculptor Eileen Barry.
But the city Art Commission, which has the final say on whether a sculpture or other art may be displayed on city property, recently rejected the 8-foot bronze of a women in fatigues and combat boots, calling it “not strong enough artistically.” Jerry Klein, treasurer of Post 272 in the Queens borough, said he had never heard of the commission when the project got started in 1986.
“We thought we would have to work just with the Parks Department. At some point in the project, after the contract had been signed, that’s when we heard there was an Art Commission,” Klein said.
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Poll: Carolinians Like Flag Amendment
Wednesday, July 5, 1989
Bush Maps Strategy For Europe
By The Associated Press
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — President Bush is coming off a five-day vacation with a diet of papers and briefings to prepare for next week’s trip to East and West Europe.
Bush was heading today to Washington, where he had no public schedule but planned to meet with top advisers to discuss the upcoming economic summit in Paris.
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He leaves Sunday for Poland, where his call this week for withdrawal of Soviet troops was apparently designed to have public appeal.
Bush wrapped up his long Fourth of July holiday by spending Tuesday with his wife Barbara, grandchildren and assorted other family members at the family compound on Walker’s Point.
Continuing his five-day streak of intensive sports activity, the president played tennis and went boating, the White House said.
(Please See BUSH, Page 6A)
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Bush’s Trip to Europe
Poland Warsaw 9 11 July
Gdansk 11 July
Hungary Budapest 11-13 July
Meeting with Communist Party Leader Jaruzelski; meeting with Polish Independents Meeting with Lech Walesa
Paris 13-17 July
Netherlands Amsterdam 17-18 July
Hungarian Leadership Meeting
Economic Summit meeting; the opening performance of the Opera de la Bastille
Meeting with Prime Minister Rudd Lubber
Abortion Activists Rally, Burn Flags
By The Associated Press
Abortion-rights activists clashed with police in Boston and burned a flag-draped effigy of a justice rn Atlanta during de;n-onstrations against the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing states to restrict abortion.
Pro-choice protesters who burned an American flag in Minneapolis were attacked by three waiters from a topless bar. One man was arrested and several protesters suffered bruises and abrasions, police said.
On a day when Americans celebrated their liberty, thousands of people in at least nine cities heard July Fourth calls to safeguard abortion rights.
Counterdemonstrations were held in two cities, but the anti-abortionists were vastly outnumbered. The rallies came
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two days after the high court upheld a Missouri law imposing restrictions on abortion, inviting other states to do the same.
“The most fundamental liberty is the right to control our own bodies,” Massachusetts Rep. Susan D. Schur told more than 3,000 people at a rally in front of the Statehouse in Boston. “For if we have not the ability to control our own bodies, we are no more than slaves.”
Lt. Gov. Evelyn Murphy also denounced the ruling, and abortion rights groups announced a statewide campaign to vote anti-abortion lawmakers out of office in the 1990 elections.
“Vote with your heart, your head and your stomach,” Schur said. “Vote as if
your life depends on it.”
Protesters waved American flags, held signs with slogans including “My rights have been raped,” and chanted “Just Say No! to the Supreme Court decision.
Den onstra tor* sr if fled with police trying to clear the crowd and two people were arrested, including one on charges of assaulting an officer, police said. Police also blocked about 300 protesters who tried to broadcast their message to tens of thousands of people gathered for the annual Boston Pops concert and fireworks display along the Charles River.
in Seattle, Sen. Brock Adams, D-Wash., told hundreds at a pro-choice rally he was outraged by Monday’s ruling: “On the eve of the Fourth of July, we
(Please See ABORTION, Page 6A)
North: Fined, No Jail
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A federal judge today gave Oliver L. North a three-year suspended prison sentence and fined him $150,000 for his role in covering up his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair.
U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell placed the former National Security Council aide on two years’ probation and ordered him to perform 200 hours of community service administering a new program to help inner-city youth avoid involvement in drugs.
Gesell cited North’s ________
distinguished career as a Marine officer before he became a staff member at the White House during the Reagan administration.
He told North that during the Iran-Contra affair “I don’t think you were a leader at all.” He said North was “really a low-level subordinate who was carrying out the instructions of a few cynical superiors.”
North, who has said he will appeal his conviction on three counts, had faced a maximum of IO years’ imprisonment and fines totaling $750,000.
Pronouncing sentence, Gesell told North:
“Along the way you came to accept the view that Congress couldn’t be trusted ... that the fate of the country could be left to a small inside group not elected that was free to act as they chose while publicly professing to act differently. ”
But Gesell said that even though North was following orders, “you’re not the fall guy for this tragic breach of the public trust.”
The judge said North failed to understand “how the public service has been tarnished” by his activities.
North remained at the defense table for a few minutes after Gesell concluded the sentencing.
Rain Puts A Damper On July 4th Activities
From Staff And Wire Reports
On a day to celebrate Old Glory and Independence, Mother Nature stepped in and put a damper on a lot of outdoor cookouts, fireworks displays and other fun and games.
Off-and-on showers around the county kept a lot of people indoors and probably called off a lot of trips, contributing to what law enforcement officials said was a safe Fourth.
Among the casualties of the rain was a big fireworks display scheduled for the Augusta Riverwalk late Tuesday. It was called off because the launching site for the rockets, on the North Augusta side of the Savannah River, was under more than a foot of water.
Riverwalk promoters have not announced when, or if, the display will be held.
Besides the Riverwalk rubout, the rainfall also apparently put a quietus on individual fireworks displays. A spokesman for HCA Aiken Regional Medical Centers said “we didn’t have a single case” of fireworks injury.
Other than that cancellation, the July 4 holiday was a time of peace and quiet, according to public safety officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department and the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
“It was real quiet, we had nothing major to happen,” said Highway Patrol Sgt. W.C. Cole said the Aiken unit.
Sgt. Cole said troopers spent the day monitoring traffic and keeping an eye out for the early violators on the state’s new seat belt law. The patrol can write warning tickets for travelers not wearing seat
belts, but after Jan. I each ticket will bring a $10 fine.
Sheriff Carrol G. Heath said his department received a report of a mobile home fire on Chime Bell Road near New Ellenton, but no one was hurt in the blaze.
The sheriff said the trailer belonged to the Charles Beard family.
Sheriff Heath also noted a fatality on Storm Branch Road, but the unidentified motorist apparently died of a heart attack before his vehicle left the road.
“Other than the fire and the Storm Branch incident, I haven’t heard of anything out of the ordinary,” said the sheriff.
Sgt. David A. Walker of the Aiken Department of Public Safety said, “It was pretty quiet for us. I think we had one assault and battery and a break-in in The Alley.” Around the nation, fireworks rocketed through the air and barbecue coals were stoked as usual. But this July Fourth saw flames of flag fervor fanned more than ever following the Supreme Court’s recent decision allowing the burning of Old Glory.
About 200,000 people turned out for a Boston Pops holiday concert, and the evening of music was capped with fireworks.
Earlier, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts observed Independence Day by honoring the fallen protesters in China’s Tiananmen Square.
The ceremonial unit joined Shen Tong, a 20-year-old biology student from Beijing University who is on the Chinese government’s “most wanted” list, in unveiling a 6-foot-
(Please See RAIN, Page 6A)
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
DON’T HIDE YOUR TALENTS: Gardeners are invited to compete for prizes in a contest beginning Thursday.
Green Thumbs Can Earn Green Cash
Does your garden yield tomatoes big enough to brag about?
Do your cucumbers make the vines sag to the ground, and need several small children to lug them into the house?
Don’t let your gardening skills go unheralded. Bring those king-sized vegetables to the Aiken Standard beginning Thursday and let your green thumb earn a few green dollars.
A vegetable contest featuring tomatoes and cucumbers will be held at the Aiken Standard until Aug. 2.
All gardeners with the exception of Aiken Standard employees and their families are welcome to enter their heaviest tomatoes and cucumbers in a bid for prizes.
Weight, rather than firmness, taste or color, will be the criterion in the contest. The heaviest tomato and the heaviest cucumber will win $100 prizes for their caretakers. Second prize in each category will be $50, and third place will be $25.
Gardeners who believe their vegetables are second to none may haul, trundle, or tote their entries to the front desk of the Aiken Standard at 124 Rutland Drive between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A receptionist will weigh the vegetables and record the result.
Contest winners and their vegetables will be announced in early August. An article and picture featuring the winners will appear in the Aiken Standard.