Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 18, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Lizardmania Creator Now Wants To Forget
SUMTER (AP) — The young man who started Lizardmania a year ago with his story about a reptile-like creature chasing him near Scape Ore Swamp says he wishes the whole business had never happened.
After a year as a celebrity, Chris Davis just wants to go his own way.
“I wish it had never happened,” he said this week in his third interview in two days with media checking on his year in the fast lane.
“I had no free time. I had to do interviews,” said the Bishopville High School senior, who hopes for a career in the Air Force.
Last year, Chris was a hot media property, fielding questions from people in places such as Australia, Sweden and China.
So was Lee County Sheriff Liston Truesdale.
‘‘We were on national news three times,” Truesdale said. “We were getting 200 calls a day from all around the world.”
Golfer Sues, Keeps Hole-In-One Shot Car
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A golfer who shot a hole-in-one to win a car will get to keep it even though he made the shot two days after the car contest ended.
A car dealer had refused to deliver the 1988 Chevrolet Baretta GT that Amos Cobaugh claimed after hitting the shot on the ninth hole of the Fairview Golf Course in southeastern Pennsylvania in May 1987.
The car was intended as a prize for a charity golf tournament two days before Cobaugh played. The car and signs announcing the prize for a hole-in-one were still on the tee when Cobaugh dropped the ball into the cup with one shot during another tournament.
In a 2-1 decision released Monday, the Pennsylvania Superior Court said Cobaugh is entitled to keep the car offered by Klick-Lewis Inc. of Palmyra.
Contract law dictates that if a person performs as stated in a contest and wins, ifs an enforceable contract, the court said.
Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of evening thunderstorms. The low will be in the 70s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. Please see details on Page 10A.
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South's 'Super Tuesday' In Doubt
Tuesday, July 18, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 171
Conflict Erupts On Cleanup Funding
By KATHY KADANE States News Service
WASHINGTON — A conflict has broken out between the White House staff and some conservative members of the House and Senate over proposed increases in spending for environmental cleanup at the nation’s weapons plants.
Lawmakers in the House and Senate, including Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., and Rep. John M. Spratt, D-S.C., are pressing the Bush administration to increase allocations in the 1990 budget for environmental cleanup.
In a letter sent Monday to Senate leaders by Richard Darman, the president’s top budget advisor, the White House complained about increases approved by the House Appropriations Committee. Barman said that under the terms of a bipartisan agreement reached in January with Hill leaders, the increases in cleanup funds would have to come from defense department weapons programs.
“Because of the ceiUng (in the budget agreement), this addition would be at the expense of needed national security programs. Hence, it cannot be supported,” Darman wrote.
The White House originally asked for about $1.4 billion for next year for environmental cleanup.
But in separate actions, House and Senate committees which review the budget for the weapons plants have called for adding hundreds of millions of dollars to this amount.
Congressional sentiment in favor of greater spending on environmental cleanup - even at the expense of defense programs — has spread to conservatives who usually support the president.
For example, the Senate Armed Services Committee, of which Sen. Thur
mond is a member, last Friday voted to tack on over $500 million to the administration’s budget request — a strong signal that even conservatives believe the president is not moving fast enough on environmental problems.
“The committee felt we needed to be more aggressive on the cleanup,” said Christopher Simpson, Sen. Thurmond’s press secretary. ‘Sen. Thurmond wants him to put environmental restoration on the front burner.”
(Please See CONFLICT, Page 10A)
TOUCHDOWN: Smoke rises from the wheels of the B-2 Stealth Bomber as it touches down after a successful test
flight I he bomber, the most expensive bud' by the United States, hasn't convinced Congress yet.
Foreign Goods Appetite Widens Gap
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit widened dramatically in May to $10.24 billion, the biggest imbalance in five months, as America’s appetite for foreign goods rebounded sharply, the government said today.
The Commerce Department said the May deficit figure represented a 23.6 percent increase from a revised imbalance of $8.29 billion in April, when the nation registered the lowest monthly trade gap in more than four years.
The deterioration in May reflected a sharp 4.3 percent increase in imports to a new high of $40.71 billion and a 0.9 percent drop in sales of U.S. goods abroad. Analysts had been expecting the deficit to widen in May, but only to about $9 billion.
May’s trade gap was the biggest since a $10.8 billion deficit recorded last December.
Even with the spurt in May, the trade gap for the first five months of the year was running at an annual rate of $111.1 billion, below the actual 1988 deficit of $118.53 billion.
Last year’s figure represented a dramatic 22.1 percent improvement over
U.S. Trade Balance
T IMPORTS: $40.7 billion
I EXPORTS: $30.5 billion
Rounded figures, seasonally adjusted
1987, when the trade deficit hit an all-time high of $152.12 billion, and accounted for almost half of all U.S. economic growth
Analysts have been predicting the slowing of the U.S. economy could help hold down this year’s deficit by curbing domestic demand for imports. But they also warn that the recent strength of the U.S. dollar against foreign currencies
could stunt further progress on the trade gap.
In May, imports reached a new high as increases were recorded in virtually every major category except autos. Imports of agricultural products jumped 10.7 percent.
Petroleum imports shot up 17.3 percent to $4.75 billion as the price of a barrel of oil rose to $18.40, up from $17.83 in April. The volume of oil imports also rose in May, reaching 8.33 million barrels a day, up from 7.57 million a day in April.
U.S. exports, meanwhile, fell to a seasonally adjusted $30.47 billion in May as sales declined in most major categories. Exports of consumer goods dropped 5.7 percent.
As usual, the United States posted its largest trade deficit in May with Japan, a $4.28 billion shortfall that was up from $3.89 billion in April.
The nation posted a small $78.3 million trade deficit with Western Europe after posting surpluses in both March and April.
The imbalance with Canada, the largest U.S. trading partner, was $739.3 million in May, up from $174.8 million in April.
Congress Impressed; Funds Another Matter
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats, hailing the first successful flight of the B-2 bomber, warn that the half-billion-dollar aircraft must still clear the ‘ ‘checkbook hurdle” in Congress.
The radar-evading bomber, accompanied by two F-16 fighters, performed test maneuvers during a nearly two-hour flight Monday in Southern California — a maiden excursion 18 months behind schedule.
Despite the success, lawmakers stressed that the stealth bomber, which at about $500 million a copy is the most expensive plane in history, looms large on the radar screen of the budget-conscious Congress.
“I think there’s a great deal of reluctance to spend that much money per airplane,” said Rep. Newt Gingrich of Georgia, the No. 2 Republican leader. ‘‘The president and Defense Secretary Dick Cheney will have to work hard to carry a vote in the House.”
The Pentagon has proposed $4.7 billion for the stealth bomber in the fiscal 1990 budget and about $24 billion for the program during a peak three-year spending period in the mid-1990s.
The House Armed Services Committee last month slashed $800 million from spending for the B-2 program.
The full House and Senate take up the defense bill, and the spending level for the B-2, next week.
“I think ifs going to be one of the most controversial items in the defense authorization bill,” said House Speaker Thomas S. Foley, D-Wash. “Right now I would say ifs an uphill fight for the B-2. ”
Rep. Les Aspin, D-Wis.-, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said the bomber “just cleared one hurdle. But the test program just begun has far to go to answer all the technical questions.
“And the B-2 has still another hurdle to clear — the checkbook hurdle. The issue is whether it’s worth the price.”
Bush Ends Trip With Lofty Goals For European Unity
By The Associated Press
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — President Bush, vowing to work for a day when Europe “is free of discord, free of division,” flew home today with an extraordinary record of foreign travel for his first six months in office.
With stops in 12 countries under his belt since Jan. 20, Bush was concluding a 10-day, 9,000-mile journey and heading home from the first-ever visit to the Netherlands by an American president.
He got a warm response in the Netherlands, drawing cheering crowds of several thousand people along his motorcade route.
The 25-hour Netherlands stop followed earlier visits to Poland and Hungary and participation at the seven-nation economic summit in Paris.
Before his takeoff, Bush met with political opposition leader Wim Kok, other party leaders and members of Parliament’s foreign affairs committee.
Queen Beatrix saw Bush off at the airport, along with Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers. An arrival ceremony awaited Bush back on the South Lawn of the White House following the 84-hour flight home on Air Force One.
Accompanied by Secretary of State James A. Baker III, Bush met over breakfast with Kok and other political leaders. About 20 people, American and Dutch, were seated around a long rectangular table at the U.S. ambassador’s residence.
During a brief photo session, Bush ignored a question from a reporter who asked about a published report that the United States and the Soviet Union have reached agreement on key elements of a treaty banning chemical weapons.
The highlight of his visit to the Netherlands was a speech Monday at Pieters-kerk, a church in nearby Leiden dating back to the early 12th century.
(Please See BUSH, Page 1UA)
Entry List Grows, Contest Tightens For Biggest Vegetable Competition
Competition in the Aiken Standard vegetable contest is growing faster than a row of pole beans as gardeners vie for cash prizes.
So far, 14 gardeners have heaved their fattest cucumbers onto the scales, and 15 growers have hauled in giant red tomatoes.
As of 3 p.m. Monday, Christopher Belleter of Aiken was holding first place in the cucumber contest with a 2 pound, 15.9 ounce entry.
The new leader in the tomato contest was Hoyt Hamilton of Aiken, who entered a 2 pound, 4.6 ounce whopper.
The contest, which will run until August 2, is open to all gardeners except Aiken Standard employees and their families.
Weight is the only criterion for the contest. Color, firmess, texture and taste, although important to the serious gardener, will not count.
The heaviest tomato and the heaviest cucumber will win $100 prizes for their
growers. Second prize in each category will be $50, and the third place will be $25.
Entries may be brought to the front desk of the Aiken Standard at 124 Rutland Drive betwwen 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A receptionist will weigh the vegetables and record the results.
Contest winners will be announced in early August, and will be featured with their vegetables in an article that will appear in the Aiken Standard.