Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 20, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Brown Transferred For Rules Violation
COLUMBIA (AP) — James Brown - “The Godfather of Soul” - may have hurt his chances for parole by having almost $40,600 in checks and cash in violation of state Department of Corrections regulations, a spokesman said.
“A violation of prison regulations could very well cost him some of the good time he may have already built up,” said department spokesman Francis X. Archibald. “That could affect the length of time he’ll serve on his sentence.”
The 56-year-old Brown, of Beech Island, was moved Wednesday to a higher-security prison for violating the policy concerning the amount of cash inmates are allowed to possess, Archibald said.
The spokesman said among the things the parole board considers are whether a prisoner has followed the rules while in jail.
“Everyone knows the rules when they come in, and they’re given a written book with them,” Archibald said.
The singer was found to have more than $40,000 in certified checks from a Georgia bank in his possession, and almost $600 in cash, Archibald said.
Brady Clears Up 'Harry' Mystery
WASHINGTON (AP) - Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady’s ability to predict the economic future may still be unproven, but he can read palms — at least his own.
Brady showed up Wednesday at a hearing of the joint economic committee with the name “Harry” plainly written across his left palm.
Since there are no Harrys on the committee, observers were left to wonder, “Who is Harry?”
Brady’s explanation: Before the committee appearance, he had been interviewed by Harry Smith for the CBS program, “This Morning.”
Since Smith was in New York and Brady was in Washington, he couldn’t see his interviewer and wanted a reminder of who was questioning him, said Brady spokesman Roger Bolton.
Brady didn’t have a piece of paper with him so he wrote Smith’s name on his palm.
“It’s easier to wash my hands than buy a new shirt,” Bolton quoted Brady as saying.
Partly Cloudy Again
Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 40 percent chance of thundershowers. The low will be in the lower 70s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of mainly afternoon thunderstorms. The high will be in the upper 80s. Please see details on Page 3B.
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Thursday, July 20,1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 173
Bush Pushes Bold New Space Goals
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Bush wants a bold new phase in the nation’s exploration of space, with a goal of send-j ing Americans to Mars from a manned station on the moon, a senior administration official says.
Bush, during a celebration today of the 20th anniversary of man’s first trip to the moon, planned to call for a permanent lunar outpost and a mission to Mars, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
However, the president was not expected to set timetables or a price tag at this time, the official said.
The president, in weighing the feasibility of revitalizing the much-weakened space program against what the nation can reasonably afford, decided Wednesday to stay away from issuing a specific challenge akin to the late President John
F. Kennedy’s call to put Americans on the moon by the end of the 1960s.
Rather, his endorsement of the costly moon-Mars project was to be “very general,” said the official.
Another official said Bush will ask Vice President Dan Quayle and the advisory
National Space Council, which he heads, to flesh out the proposal with specifics.
An audience of some 400 people, most involved in the space program, was expected for Bush’s speech outside the Smithsonian Institution’s popular Air and Space Museum, along with tourists strolling by on the Mall.
Among those invited were the three members of the Apollo ll crew that flew the nation’s first mission to the moon on July 20, 1969: Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.
Adm. James Truly, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s administrator, and other astronauts also were to attend and join Bush for a barbecue after the speech.
A return to the moon and flight to Mars would require congressional approval of billions of dollars. The administration could encounter rough sledding given
congressional obstacles already evident in a bid to get $30 billion for current space station plans, which would be basic to any program for Mars exploration.
Congress is expected to approve less than the $13.3 billion Bush is seeking for NASA next year, which is about I percent of the $1.16 trillion federal budget for 1990.
Bush’s request would have to be more than doubled to pay for a moon-Mars project, NASA offic ials estimate.
Truly said last week that a moon-Mars project could not be carried out under today’s NASA, with its work force of 14,000 down from 36,000 in the heyday of the Apollo program that put 12 Americans on the moon in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.
(Please See BUSH, Page 8A)
CRASH REMAINS: A section of the United Airlines DC 10 stands amid emergency vechicles after crashing
while trying to make an emergency landing Wednesday
at Sioux Falls Airport
Passengers Recall Anxious Moments
By The Associated Press
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — In the moments after the crash of United Airlines Flight 232, passengers were upside down, belted in their seats. Some freed others. Some could rescue only themselves.
Passengers spoke of the pilot’s warnings before Wednesday’s deadly crash, but they mostly remembered the impact and escaping the fractured fuselage.
More than half of the 293 people on board the flight survived the crash, some walking away with only bruises. The three-member cockpit crew survived, too.
The pilot warned passengers about 20 minutes before the crash that “it would likely be a rough landing,” several survivors recalled.
Among the passengers was another pilot, who put a pillow over his head as the plane crashed and cartwheeled three times just off an unused runway at Sioux Gateway Airport.
“We rolled upside down, and inside out and every which way. The plane broke into three pieces, and bodies all over the place, hanging upside down,” said Charlie Martz, of Castle Rock, Colo.
S.C. Attendant Crawled To Safety Through Hole In Wreckage Of Plane
By The Associated Press
CHESTER — A Chester couple says their daughter told them the Lord “opened up that hole” to allow her to escape the wreckage of United Airlines Flight 232 that crashed in Sioux City, Iowa.
Virginia Jane Murray, 35, a flight attendant aboard the airplane, called her parents, Don and Jane Murray of Ches
ter, Wednesday evening to tell them she was alive.
Ms. Murray told her parents the plane cartwheeled over and over.
“She said she was tumbling,” Murray said. “The walls were coming in. She said a hole opened up and the sunlight came in and she climbed out the hole. She said she knew the I*ord opened up that hole.”
(Please See ATTENDANT, Page SA)
“I unfastened my belt and dropped a little ways. ... Finally I saw what I thought was an open window, but there were flames. I said, ‘I’m going for it’ and I went through the flames. I can’t believe it, there were people with feet missing and arms missing, ifs the worst thing
I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Danny Surge of Chicago said when it was apparent the plane was in trouble passenger Ron Rhode of Marysville, Ohio, went over to sit with 8-year-old Ben
(Please See PASSENGERS, Page 8A)
Air Dead In Iowa Unknown
List Keeps Growing, Search Is Continuing
By The Associated Press
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - A United DC-10 with 293 people flew 50 miles after parts of the plane fell off, then crashed during an emergency landing and cartwheeled in a ball of fire. Yet many walked away from the flaming wreckage and at least 176 survived.
“I thought I was going to die,” said 8-year-old Ben Radtke of Prairie View, IU., who was carried out of the fractured fuselage by a passenger. The boy, shaking but unhurt, clutched a United Airlines button and a pair of plastic pilot’s wings as he spoke.
City Manager Hank Sinda said today 74 were dead and 43 missing from the crash of United Airlines Flight 232. Rescuers found 67 dead at the scene, some scattered on an inactive Sioux Gateway Airport runway, some strapped to their seats and some in a field of corn 4 feet high.
Officials said 183 people, of whom seven died, were brought to two hospitals.
The search for bodies resumed today.
It could be days before the number of-dead is determined, Sinda said.
A flight recorder was recovered, authorities said.
Flight 232, from Denver to Philadelphia via Chicago, carried ll crew members and 282 passengers, including three infahts, said United spokesman Lawrence Nagin.
The Seattle-based cockpit crew survived and were being treated for injuries at a hospital, Nagin said.
He identified them as Capt. A.C. Haynes, a 33-year United veteran; First Officer W.R. Records; and Second Officer D.J. Dvorak.
The 15-year-old jumbo jet experienced “complete hydraulic failure” before Wednesday afternoon’s crash, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Fred Farrar said.
(Please See AIR DEAD, Page 8A)Report: Reassurance Needed On Nuclear Safety
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Energy Department faces more criminal probes of its nuclear weapons plants — and mounting public pressure to close them — unless it controls their environmental and safety problems, federal auditors say.
In a report highly critical of department management, the auditors said urgent action is needed to ensure that environmental laws are obeyed and the public is reassured that the government can reliably and safely run the weapons plants, including the Savannah River Site near Aiken.
Rep. Thomas Luken, D-Ohio, chairman of the subcommittee, said he was shocked to learn that the department had no way of determining its own compli
ance with environmental laws. He harshly criticized John C. Layton, the inspector general, for not finding this Haw earlier.
“You’re not a watchdog, you’re a lap dog,” Luken said.
I*ayton disputed the charge, but later acknowledged that “in hindsight it may have taken too long” for his office to take a broad look at the environmental problems.
I*ayton told Luken he decided to take the unusual step of making public a “flash” preliminary version of the audit “because of the urgency” of the problems it identifies.
Among the key findings is that the Energy Department is unable to solve environmental problems at its weapons plants because managers and other em
ployees are not properly trained and are not fully knowledgeable about environmental law.
The report also said the department had failed to adequately oversee the work of the private companies that operate the weapons plants under federal contracts.
The report dated July 14 was made public Wednesday by a House panel as a senior Energy Department official disclosed that a special group of experts from outside the department had been dispatched to a weapons plant in Colorado.
Leo Duffy, a special assistant to Energy Secretary James D. Watkins, said in testimony prepared for a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee that the experts will attempt to verify the origin of a manmade radioactive element dis
covered at the Rocky Flats plant near Denver. The plant processes plutonium for weapons manufacturing.
Scientists of the Environmental Protection Agency have said it is possible the radioactive materials strontium and cesium were produced by an accidental nuclear reaction, even though Rocky Flats operations do not include the splitting of atoms.
Duffy said that while earlier Energy Department reviews of the radioactive material gave no evidence that a chain reaction had occurred, Watkins wants an independent study to “help alleviate public concern regarding safety at this facility.”
(Please See REASSURANCE, Page SA)