Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 24, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Maybe We're Ail Just A Little Batty
WASHINGTON (AP) - Holy Ba-troots! Is it really true, as some scientists suggest, that human beings and bats might be distant cousins who share the same primeval ancestors? Is there a Batman or Count Dracula lurking in each of us?
In the heat of this summer’s bat-mania, with American moviegoers breaking box-office records to see Batman, ” anything seems possible. The National Zoo’s bat expert, Dr. John Seidensticker, says ifs an intriguing theory, one you could sink your teeth into, but he’s not sure he I believes it. Other scientists at the Smithsonian Institution scoff at the idea.
From Pigpen To Parlor Porkers Become Pets
NORCO, Calif. (AP) - Kayla Mull raises petite potbellied pigs that skateboard, squeal and sit up for their supper.
One pig plays “Swine Lake’’ on the piano; a swimming pig has been known to perform the swine dive.” “They are new and marginally hip, said Carolyn Gray, a writer for Pet Care Report. ‘ They are friendly, relaxed, and you can housebreak them, which are the big three as far as I’m concerned.”
The little swine are selling big in Beverly Hills.
“Yes, it s a trend. If you have your BMW, you have to have a pig now,” said an owner of two little pigs who wanted his name withheld because of zoning violations. (The mini-pigs, originally bred in China, can be raised legally only in areas zoned for livestock.)
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Japan's Leader Resigns Post
BRITISH OPEN WINNER: American Mark Calcavecchia plants a kiss on the championship trophy after he won the British Open in a playoff over Wayne Grady and Greg Norman. Please see details on Page 5A
By The Associated Press
TOKYO — Prime Minister Sousuke Uno today announced that he would resign after his scandal-plagued party suffered a stinging electoral defeat — losing control of a house of parliament for the first time in its 34 years.
The long-governing Liberal Democrats had seen their popularity plummet over the Recruit influence-peddling scandal, a new 3 percent sales tax and the liberalization of agricultural imports, which farmers say hurts their livelihood.
Uno, who has been prime minister for less than two months, said his party’s loss of control of parliament’s upper house in Sunday’s elections was ultimately his responsibility.
“It was a very difficult election,” he told a nationally televised news conference, speaking calmly.
Uno had been criticized by women’s groups and others for his alleged extramarital affairs with women including a geisha who said he paid her to be his mistress for several months.
He said he hoped a successor could be found “promptly.” Analysts said they expect the process to take at least several weeks.
Uno’s resignation will result in the dissolution of the entire Cabinet and a restructuring of the governing party’s leadership.
In the balloting for half the 252 seats in parliament’s upper house, the big winner was the Japan Socialist Party, led by Ta-kako Doi, the first woman head of a major Japanese party.
Of the 126 seats at stake, the Socialists won 46, the Liberal Democrats 36. The Socialists’ total jtrt.^h in the chamber rose from 43 to 66; the Liberal Democrats’ fell from 142 to 109.
Rengo (Confederation), a new labor-based group, was received ll seats and the centrist Komeito (Clean Government Party) IO with the rest split among smaller parties.
Ms. Doi said her party would quickly call a meeting of opposition leaders to form a coalition against the Liberal Democrats, who still hold 293 of the 512 seats in parliament’s more powerful lower house.
Any such coalition is expected to be fragile. While most major opposition parties have called for abolishing the new sales tax, they vary broadly on other issues such as defense policy, relations with the United States, and nuclear power.
With the loss of their majority in the upper house, however, the Liberal Democrats will face greater difficulties in passing legislation.
The upper chamber can vote down bills and can delay but not block the budget and treaties. Differences between bills passed by the two houses must be ironed out by a conference committee.
Ms Doi called her party’s victory “the people’s verdict,” and said Uno’s decision to step down was “only natural.”
She said the Socialists’ first priority would be to pass a bill in the upper house abolishing the sales tax. Such a bill is unlikely to be approved by the lower house, however, and a standstill over the issue could add to pressure for early elections for the lower chamber.
Elections for the lower house do not legally have to be held for 12 months.
A loss in the lower house would threaten the governing party’s 34-year hold on power since that chamber chooses th dr/ prime minister.
About 65 percent of Japan’s 90.3 million eligible voters cast ballots.
Poll Shows America Favors Abortion
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Americans by nearly a 2-1 margin are inclined to oppose antiabortion candidates for their state legislatures and to support legal abortion in their states, a national poll has found.
As lawmakers across the country prepare to take up new abortion laws, 38 percent of respondents to the Media General-Associated Press poll said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who firmly opposes abortion.
The same number said abortion wouldn’t matter much in their vote, while the smallest group — about two in IO — said they would be more apt to vote for a candidate who took a strong anti-abortion position.
Moreover, 63 percent of the 1,163 adults polled said they would want abortion to be legal in their state if the U.S. Supreme Court reversed its 1973 ruling that made abortion a constitutional right and let each state make its own abortion laws.
That support for legal abortion was up slightly from 57 percent in an MG-AP poll in March. Similarly, support for the 1973 ruling in the Roe vs. Wade case was up to 59 percent, from 53 percent.
While those increases were within the poll’s margin of error, similar movement in several questions indicated a slight rise in pro-choice opinion since the high court decision July 3 that permitted states to increase restrictions on abortion.
The new survey, conducted July 7-16,
had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
While most respondents expressed general support for legal abortion, they were split on specific restrictions permitted in the recent Supreme Court ruling.
Overall, 48 percent said they opposed the July 3 ruling, 43 percent favored it and 9 percent were unsure. That was a split in opinion given the margin of error.
As in previous polls, general questions on abortion produced divided views, reflecting public discomfort with an issue that pits the rights of pregnant women with concern for their fetuses.
Sixty-seven percent said a woman should be allowed to have an abortion if she wants one and her doctor agrees to it.
lf a candidate for your state legislature is firmly opposed to abortion, would that make you more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely, or wouldn’t it matter much?
3% Dont know or no answer
Former Ambassador bothered7 By Diplomat In Spy Case
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON —• A former U.S. ambassador to Austria said today he had a feeling “there was something dramatically wrong” with a top aide who is now the target of a spying investigation, but he never suspected espionage.
“I did not like him,” Ronald Lauder said of Felix S. Bloch today on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” program.
“There was something about him that bothered me.”
Lauder, now a Republican candidate for mayor of New York, said, “The more I got to know him the more I realized there was something dramatically wrong.” He reiterated weekend comments that he had Bloch, who was second-in-command at the Vienna embassy for seven years, recalled in July 1987 because of “insubordination.”
But The New York Times today quoted the former director general of the Foreign Service, George S. Vest, as saying, “It was time for (Bloch) to go, anyway, so we brought him back. He was not pulled back prematurely.” Vest said Bloch returned to attend a seminar for top diplomats.
Stansfield Turner, who was CIA director during the Carter administration before Bloch’s embassy stint, said “ifs not
very likely (Bloch) would know the specific names and details” concerning CIA agents in Vienna because such information is not normally shared with officials outside the agency.
However, a person in Bloch’s high position “could have gotten into things that weren’t normally his business” because of his access to the embassy’s cable section, Turner said on “Good Morning America.”
'Late-Blooming' Bush Shows Colors In Europe
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — George Bush, rebounding from negative reviews early in his presidency, is now winning good marks after two successful trips to Europe and a general sense of economic well-being at home.
The president is “a late bloomer,” says one analyst.
At the 100-day point, Bush was criticized as being too cautious, unimaginative and unwilling to compete with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
After six months in office, Bush basks in praise for winning support at a NATO summit for a U.S. plan to reduce conventional arms in Europe, and for traveling to Poland and Hungary to encourage
“He’s actually done well after a halting beginning,” said Thomas Cronin, a presidential scholar at Colorado College.
Cronin said Bush was “aided enormously by the fact that the Democrats in Congress were in disarray” as House Speaker Jim Wright of Texas and House Whip Tony Coelho of California struggled with ethical problems and then resigned. “There was no challenge to his leadership.”
After losing a battle with Congress for confirmation of John Tower as secretary of defense, Bush came back with a decisive victory on his veto of a $1.20 increase in the minimum wage.
DOE's Watkins Faces Troubles
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — As his struggle to rebuild the nation’s nuclear arms industry grows more urgent, Energy Secretary James D. Watkins may be losing a grip on his most important tool: public belief that the weapons plants can be made safe.
Since he took office last March, Watkins and a team of senior department aides have been racing against time to fix decades of neglect in the weapons program before reactor breakdowns and other problems seriously undermine U.S. defense strategy.
From the start, Watkins believed the key to success was convincing the public — including workers at the plants and nearby residents — that an era of nuclear secrecy was ended, that their government could be trusted to run the plants safely.
To his dismay, the cloud of mystery and distrust has only grown darker.
No significant accidents have been reported at any of the 17 major weapons facilities in 12 states since Watkins took over, but some have been forced to close temporarily and a series of recent incidents has raised new health and safety questions.
In just the past week, for example:
— The Energy Department’s ow n auditors issued a blistering review of manage-(Please See DOE’s, Page SA)