Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 25, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Leonard, Duran To Fight Again
Victim's Widow Sues Prison Architect
ATLANTA (AP) — The architects and builders of a South Carolina penitentiary are the targets of a multi-million-dollar lawsuit filed by a woman whose husband, authorities contend, was killed by a prison escapee.
Debra Dawkins Reeves of Lincolnton, whose husband, Randall Reeves, 44, died in the knife attack a year ago, filed a $5.5 million lawsuit Monday in Superior Court in Fulton County on behalf of her 13-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Leigh Drew, who also was stabbed.
The lawsuit says Carlisle Associates Inc., Grier-Fripp Associates Inc., Herbert Anderson Jr. Construction Co., Anderson Enterprises Inc. and Emerald Investments built an “underground escape route” into the McCormick Correctional Institute in McCormick in the form of an unsecured drainage system in the prison’s recreational yard “large enough for a man to crawl through.”
The lawsuit says Johnny Jones, 25, who was serving a 25-year term for armed robbery, used the system to escape
Winston Ad Model Wants Glamour Out
WASHINGTON (AP) - A model who for six years was Winston’s answer to the macho “Marlboro man” is urging Congress to take the glamour out of tobacco advertisements, saying teen-agers are the target of the ads.
“I have had children tell me that they smoked Winstons so that they could be just like me,” David Goer-litz said in testimony prepared for today’s hearing before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. ‘‘For that I shall always feel guilty.” Goerlitz described himself as a 25-year, three-paek-a-day smoker who kicked the habit in November. He has worked for private groups that fight smoking-related illnesses and his testimony was intended to bolster legislation sponsored by Rep. Thomas Luken, EK)hio.
Isolated evening thundershowers are forecast for tonight with a 20 percent chance of rain. The low will be in the 70s. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. The high will be in the mid 90s.
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entered the car, which has many modifications, in national competitions. Please see story on Page 1B.
Inspector Faults Report Reliability
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A $60 million examination of environmental problems at the government’s nuclear weapons plants may not be reliable, the Energy Department's inspector general reports.
Inspector General John C. Layton, whose staff examined about half of the preliminary reports prepared by environmental survey teams, concluded the reports lacked organized, detailed supporting documents.
The Energy Department disagreed, saying the documents criticized by the inspector general weren’t intended to be reference materials.
The report published Monday said the surveys were backed up with log books of personal notes too skimpy to jog the memories of the note-takers.
“The notes were neither indexed nor organized in a way that would allow any-
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one to trace facts or conclusions in the reports back to the source,” the inspector general .s office wrote. “Team members acknowledged that it would be difficult and time-consuming to locate information in the backup documents.”
The notes “generally were not recorded in complete sentences and were not detailed enough to function as a memory aid even to team members, who may be involved in hundreds of findings at dozens of locations,” the report said.
The $60 million inventory began under the Reagan administration.
In a memo to Energy Secretary James Watkins, the inspector general said officials “cannot be assured that the $60 million effort provides a sound basis for prioritizing environmental problems.”
Layton said some contamination may not be adequately identified and critical projects may end up in the wrong place on the cleanup priority list and lose limited funding.
The Energy Department, in its formal response to the report, said the preliminary reports produced by the field staff were sent to the various plants, where they “were not found to be deficient.”
The department said the inspector general ‘ extrapolated beyond what is reasonable.”
Layton told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee last week the surveys were designed to identify environmental problems and rank them according to priority, but the shortcomings “undermine the credibility of the process and call into question the usefulness of the surveys.”
The details of the report were withheld until Monday.
Soviets, FBI Tail Bloch
Warning Issued By U.S. Officials
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Soviets are showing extraordinary interest in the spy investigation against State Department official Felix S. Bloch — even tailing him and the FBI to New York — despite a U.S. warning not to interfere.
The unusual Soviet surveillance shows “they have a lot invested in this,” said a government source familiar with the case.
The United States cautioned the Soviet Union against trying to smuggle Bloch out of the country, it was learned Monday evening. The warning came weeks before news organizations reported that the 30-year career diplomat was suspected of spying.
Still, Bloch and a caravan of FBI agents were followed by Soviet Embassy personnel on Saturday from Washington to a New York City suburb, the government source said.
Formerly the No. 2 official in the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, the
54-year-old diplomat _______
was placed on leave with pay on June 22. He has surrendered his diplomatic passport and his State Department credentials, but has not been charged with any crime nor has his travel been restricted.
Nevertheless, President Bush on Monday called the allegations “a very serious matter.”
Two U.S. sources said Monday that Bloch had been videotaped handing a briefcase to a Soviet agent in Paris earlier this year. ABC News reported that the same agent later telephoned Bloch to warn him he was under suspicion, saying, “A bad virus is going around and we believe you are infected.”
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Mayors Want Money To Fight Drug War in Cities
From The Charleston News & Courier
WASHINGTON — Slogans are fine, but more money is needed to fight the war on drugs, a delegation of the nation’s mayors said Monday after meeting privately with federal drug czar William Bennett.
“This has been a wasted year in the war on drugs,” said Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn, most vociferous of the group.
Flynn called on the administration to get behind a tax increase that will raise $3 billion for local and state governments.
“That’s the litmus BENNETT
test of whether the White House is sincere,” he said. “I didn’t get an answer out of Mr. Bennett.”
Bennett, who appeared with the mayors in front of the Old Executive Office Building, said, “Yeah, they did ask for money. Money was the first thing that came up.”
Bennett, officially director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said the administration is willing to play its role, but that Congress must also redirect priorities.
“ITI go on record — Crack is worse than taxes,” Bennett said. “But taxes are worse than pork. Crack’s a helluva lot worse than pork, too.”
Pork is a derisive term for pet projects senators and congressmen try to get funded in their home states and districts.
In refusing to rule out the tax hike that his boss, President Bush, already has said countless times he opposes, Bennett conceded more money is needed to fight certain aspects of the drug war.
For instance, he said, cracking down on drug kingpins is crucial, “but it’s also very important to get behind bars people who are daily destroying the quality of life for American citizens.”
Bennett will propose a new drug-war battle plan on Sept. 5.
Until then, mayors such as Charleston’s Joseph P. Riley Jr. said the verdict is still out.
“It was a very positive, upbeat... meeting,” Riley said. “It was non-confronta-tional. Secretary Bennett did not reject anything out of hand. ”
“Bennett says this is the number one
problem, and obviously he understood he w we could feel very strongly about it,” Riley said. “The question is what he can accomplish within the administration between now and Sept. 5.”
New York Mayor Edward Koch said a major problem is that citizens don’t believe government can get control of the situation.
“The question is, is the neighborhood safe?” Koch said. “Do people feel they can let their kids out on the street. People will pay to have this monster lifted from their shoulders.”
Quoting Bennett, Koch said the slogan for the drug war should be, “Let’s take back the streets.”
The skeptical Flynn said, “Unless they’re willing to come to the table with the money, it’s hypocrisy.”
Internal Policing At IRS Questioned By Investigation
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A yearlong probe of alleged misconduct by senior officials of the Internal Revenue Service raises serious questions about the agency’s ability to correct wrongdoing by its own leaders, House investigators say.
“Is it possible for the IRS to police itself internally at the senior official level? That’s an area that really needs to be looked at,” investigator Len Bernard, of the House Government Operations subcommittee on consumer affairs, said in advance of his testimony before the panel today.
Bernard noted that one of eight misconduct cases he and other subcommittee aides have been probing involved senior
officials up to the level of deputy assistant commissioner.
Most attention has been focused on allegations that a former boss of the criminal investigation division in Los Angeles was offered a bribe by Guess Inc., a jeans manufacturer, to get an investigation of a rival, Jordache Enterprises. The IRS cleared that official, Ronald Saranow
Subcommittee investigators have checked several cases in which IRS employees who called attention to misconduct inside the agency were subsequently demoted or forced out.
The subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Doug Barnard, D-Ga., called for three days of testimony from the IRS, present and former IRS employees and the General Accounting Office.Jaycees Probe Discrimination
By The Associated Press
SALUDA — The national Jaycees will investigate three black teen-agers being denied access to a swimming pool owned by the group’s Saluda chapter officials said.
Rickie Turner, president of the Saluda Jaycees, said Monday that the Saluda Swim and Tennis Club, which operates a swimming pool for the Jaycees, refused admission to the black church volunteers on July 13.
The incident occurred shortly after 50 teen-agers and adults repairing homes for a United Methodist Church in South Carolina volunteer program had already been given permission to swim at the pool.
According to Willie Teague, who edits the church’s newspaper, when the volunteers arrived, several adults were told that all except the black teen-agers would be allowed to swim. The group then left, he said.
The teen-agers were members of the Salkehatchie program, which renovates houses for the poor. They were taking part in a summer camp run by the church and each volunteer had paid $125 to participate.
Teague, who investigated the incident for a story in his newspaper, said, “It’s a rather sad cortimentary on the progress that we hoped we had made but apparently had not. It says that racism is still alive and well in South Carolina.”
Dave Nershi, the executive director of marketing for the United States Jaycees, said Monday that his organization will would look into charges that the pool denied admission to blacks.