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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 7, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Venue Change Denied For Starrett Chris Evert Bids Farewell Page 7 A A Quick Read No-Show Defendant Convicted Of Murder UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) -A man who asked to be excused to use the restroom and disappeared before the start of his murder trial has been convicted in absentia. Prosecutor Claudia Koenig said sentencing will be put off until the defendant, Daniel Howell, is found. Defense lawyer Victor Houlon said he will base an appeal on Circuit Judge William H. McCullough’s insistence on proceeding with a jury trial. “I told the judge I didn’t have a prayer of getting a not-guilty verdict because the jury wouldn’t look kindly on his absence,” said Houlon. Howell, a Jamacian citizen who lived in Glenarden, was convicted of killing Collin Phelmin Branford, 31, in a dispute over drugs. Howell’s trial on murder and handgun charges began June 28, one day after he fled. He was convicted last week after five hours of deliberations and is sought by the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Department. “He said, ‘I have to go to the bathroom,’ and he kept on going,” Houlon said. Husband Faces DUI In Death Of Bride WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Authorities have charged a man with drunken driving in a car crash that killed his wife as the couple left their wedding reception. Raymond Pelchat, 24, was driving his wife’s car May 14 when it veered into the oncoming lane and struck another car broadside, police said. His wife, Bonnie Lynn Dumas Pelchat, 24, was killed and Pelchat suffered minor injuries. “It’s a sad situation...,” said Mrs. Pelchat’s mother, Esther Dumas. “He’s going to suffer enough as it is. We weren’t looking for any charges against him.” Pelchat’s father, Benjamin, said his son was unavailable for comment. Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy today with a 30 percent chance of afternoon and evening thundershowers. High in the mid-90s with a low in the lower 70s. Saturday will be partly cloudy with a chance of thundershowers; high in the lower 90s and a low in the lower 70s. Please see details on Page 6A. Deaths Marion Eugene Berrie, Orangeburg Dorothy Busbee, Trenton Earl H. Chalk, Aiken Lerline Fountain, North Augusta E L. (Hap) Hansen, Aiken Albert Mealing III, Edgefield Please see details on Page 6AInside Today Bridge............................................,, 68 Calendar  ........................12B Classifieds  .........................4B Comics  ...................................2B Crossword  .................................. 7B Cryptoquote. ....................... 5B Dear Abby ...................................... 2B Local Front ................................ 1B Obituaries......................................... 6A Opinions....,  ..............................4A Sports...............................................7 A Television .....................................2B Weather ............,,,,;...........,,...,......... 6A Graniteville Co. To Restart Sunday2MRcnFriday, July 7, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 162Gorbachev Talks With Squabbling Allies By The Associated Press BUCHAREST, Romania - Mikhail S. Gorbachev and his squabbling East bloc allies today opened a Warsaw Pact summit that is expected to bring more arms control initiatives. The publicity-conscious Soviet president was tight-lipped about his expectations for the two-day meeting in the Romanian capital. Asked by reporters what he expected, Gorbachev said only: “I’ll tell you after we finish.” Bush In No Rush.......................Page 12A Gorbachev is attending the meeting with Soviet Premier Nikolai Ryzhkov and Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze. Romanian officials said reporters would be allowed no access to them and the other Soviet bloc leaders during the closed-door meetings. Gorbachev arrived in Bucharest late Thursday from Strasbourg, France, where he announced that Moscow and its allies could agree on unilateral cuts in Soviet short-range nuclear missiles in Eastern Europe if NATO is prepared to negotiate reductions on those weapons. This meeting may produce numbers for those cuts. The Western Alliance patched up a divisive row between West Germany and the United States over such negotiations six weeks ago. President Bush on May 29 proposed drastic reductions in conventional forces of both military blocs in Europe. Speaking Thursday at a news conference in Washington, Bush spurned Gorbachev’s call for swift negotiations on short-range nuclear missiles. Bush noted that NATO leaders, at the summit in Brussels six weeks ago, agreed to begin negotiations on such weapons only after an East-West agreement had been reached to reduce conventional forces and reductions were actually under way. (Please See GORBACHEV, Page 12A) Job Rate Shows Market Sluggish Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth RELAXING: Miss Aiken County, Tonya Marie Smith, relaxes beside swimming pool. Busy Miss Aiken County Enjoying State Pageant By LYNNE KATONAH Staff Writer Tonya Marie Smith, representing Aiken County at the Miss South Carolina Pageant, is doing well and having a good time, according to her father, Alfred Smith. Smith also reported that all the 43 contestants are extremely busy. “They are bused to the auditorium at 8 a.m. and they rehearse all day. Then they come back to the hotel and get ready for the evening’s performance,” he said. Last night, Miss Smith competed in the evening gown category, wearing a TV, Sat. 9 p.rn.....................WRDW,    WIS re-designed bridal gown of white lace over satin with sequined appliques. The winner of this category is not announced as are winners of the other two categories: talent and swimsuit. The contestants are divided into three groups, each performing in one category each evening of the preliminaries (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). The scoring is 40 percent for talent, 30 percent for personal interview and 15 (Please See BUSY, Page I2A) By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The nation’s unemployment rate edged up a notch to 5.3 percent in June as businesses created a modest 180,000 new jobs, the government said today in yet another sign that the economy is slowing. The civilian jobless rate was up from May’s 5.2 percent, the I^abor Department said. The report said the bulk of the 180,000 new non-farm jobs added last month came in the service sector, and the government revised its May job-growth total to 205,000, more than double the total given in a preliminary report last month. There were clear signs in the report of a slowing economy and an indication as well of an easing of wage inflation that has troubled some analysts. The Labor Department said the average factory work week slipped 0.1 of an hour to 40.9 hours last month, the first time this indicator has fallen below 41 hours since September 1987. Average hourly earnings of production and supervisory workers were essentially unchanged. For the first five months of the year, hourly wages had grown on average by 0.3 percent. Many economists had expected an upward revision of the May payroll expansion totals, but the 180,000 figure for June was below most predictions. Still, it was likely not low enough to raise fears that the economy has slowed to the verge of recession. For the past four months business added an average of just below 200,000 jobs a month, well below the average monthly gain of the past year. The June unemployment report — the first comprehensive look at economic activity last month — showed that the service sector continues as the source of the overwhelming number of new jobs while manufacturing continues to struggle. Service-producing industries added 231,000 new jobs last month, with business and health services and wholesale and retail trade all posting modest gains. Some of that growth was offset, however, by a decline of 31,000 manufacturing jobs and 8,000 construction jobs despite the summer weather. Those figures are gleaned from the Labor Department’s monthly survey of businesses. The department’s separate household survey, used to set the unemployment rate, found that the civilian labor force Unemployment Percent of work force, seasonally adjusted 6.0 J A S O N D J F M A M J 1988    1989 June '88 May ’89 June ’89 5.4% I 5.2% | [ 5.3% | Source: U.S. Dept, of Labor AP grew by 492,000 people from May to June, to a total of 124.1 million. Of that group, 117.5 million held jobs and 6.5 million were looking for work but could not find it. Among most demographic groups, the unemployment rate was unchanged or up just slightly, although increases in joblessness were reported for teen-agers in general and black female teen-agers in particular. The rate for the latter group shot up from 28 percent in May to more than 40 percent last month. Among all teen-agers the unemployment rate rose from 15.2 percent to 15.6 percent. That came as the labor force for that age group grew by more than 100,000, apparently due to an influx of students into the summer labor market. The government said blacks made up the bulk of the new teen-agers in the labor force. In contrast to young black women, male black teen-agers had some success in finding jobs as their unemployment rate fell more than three percentage points to a still-high 33.5 percent. Americans With High Cholesterol Percent by: Age Sex 36% 41% ............32% Race 35%60 Million Take Coronary Risk White 37% Source: Journal of Ihe American Medical Assoc. AP By The Associated Press CHICAGO — About 60 million Americans 20 and older — more than one-third of the nation’s adults — face the risk of coronary disease because they have high blood cholesterol levels, a study has found. “What’s especially disconcerting is that high cholesterol levels are often seen in association with other risk factors — hypertension, smoking, or being overweight,” says Christopher Sempos, one of eight authors of the study published in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association. “And for many people, most of the desired changes could be achieved through a change in routines like diet and exercise,” Sempos, a nutritionist and epidemiologist with the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Md., said in a telephone interview Thursday. “Even though we’ve made great strides in alerting the public to the dangers of cholesterol and heart disease, there’s still too large a segment that is putting itself unnecessarily at risk.” The federal center lists coronary disease as the nation’s leading killer, claiming 521,000 lives in 1986, the last full year for which statistics are available. In the study, researchers examined data from 11,864 adults 20 to 74 years old who participated in the Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1976 to 1980. The average blood cholesterol level for an American adult woman was 215 milligrams per deciliter. For men, it was 211. Cholesterol is a steroidlike compound that is produced both by the body and contained in fats that make up part of the diet. It is circulated in the blood and is important for normal functioning of the cells. But too much cholesterol can cause deposits to build up on the arterial walls, restricting the flow of blood to the heart muscle and contributing substantially to heart disease. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans are known to lower cholesterol, and nutritionists say lean meat, fish and poultry in small portions are acceptable for a healthy diet. Foods cited as high in cholesterol include fatty meats such as spare ribs and highly marbled' steak, ice cream and most other dairy products, egg yolks, pies, cakes and cookies. For the study’s purposes, participants with a blood cholesterol level of 240 or higher were considered to be in need of medical advice and intervention to lower it. The same was true for any participant whose cholesterol level was 200 or higher if they had at least two other risk factors for coronary heart disease: high blood pressure, diabetes, previous heart disease or stroke, excess weight or smoking IO cigarettes or more daily. Those two groups constituted 36 percent of the participants in the survey — a percentage researchers used to arrive at the estimated 60 million American adults. ;