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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 27, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Local Project For Blind Comes To End Page IB A Quick Read Ozone Hole Study Raises Cancer Concern NEW YORK ( AP) — The Antarctic “ozone hole" apparently caused record low ozone levels over southern Australia in 1987, said scientists, who suggested that the hole may raise skin cancer risk in the globe’s southern latitudes. The work is the first detailed study that links the Antarctic hole to observed ozone declines in the Southern Hemisphere’s midlatitudes, where many people live, scientists said. The study concludes that record low ozone levels over southern Australia and New Zealand were caused mainly by the arrival of ozone-poor air from the Antarctic hole. Southern South America and the southern tip of Africa also may be vulnerable, said study co-author R. Alan Plumb. A layer of ozone, a form of oxygen, high in the atmosphere shields Earth from ultraviolet rays in sunlight that cause skin cancer. Reductions in ozone let more rays through and can boost skin cancer rates. America's Skies More Polluted WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation’s skies became more polluted in 1988, with up to 30 million more Americans now living in communities with unhealthy air, the Environmental Protection Agency said today. New EPA data shows that 101 geographical areas now violate standards for ozone, the chief ingredient of smog, and 44 have unhealthy carbon monoxide levels. But in addition to identifying polluted areas under current law, the data has major implications for the future if Congress approves new clean air legislation this session. Any new law would be expected to use the information to establish new deadlines for pollution cleanup, and could determine the severity of measures each area must adopt in order to make steady progress. Weather Showers Possible A 20 percent chance of evening thunderstorms is forecast for tonight. The low will be in the lower 70s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy and hot with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thundershowers. The high will be in the mid 90s. Please see details on Page 4A. Deaths Sara R. Berger, Aiken Marian U. Hutto, Holly Hill Willie Kemp Jr., Aiken Solomon Knight, Aiken Cecil T. Laster, North Augusta Bessie B Seigler, McCormick Rhoda S. Sloan, Harbor Beach, Mich. Richard Walton, Decatur, Ga. Thomas F. Williams, West Columbia Please see details on Page 4A Inside Today Bridge    5B Calendar  ........ 2B Classifieds,. ..................... 10B Comics .........      6A Crossword.................. 6B Cryptoquote......................................4B Dear Abby.........................................6A Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries ...................14A Opinions.....,..,,.,..,............;....,.,..,...., BA Sports...,.  ...............  9A Television    6A Weather................    14A Page 2A --- Qati»nHmm Stealth Bomber Vote Causes Problems ^ Page IB Confusion Expected Over Jury ListsThursday, July 27, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 179Scores Survive Korean DC-IO Crash In Libya By The Associated Press ROME — A Korean Air DC-10 with 200 people aboard crashed in heavy fog three miles short of Tripoli airport in Libya today and burst into flames, the South Korean airline said. Four reportedly died when the plane hit a house. The official Libyan news agency JANA reported 80 to IOO survivors, including the captain. It said the crash occurred at 7:30 a.m. (1:30a.m. EDT). JANA said the plane slammed into two houses, killing four people in one. The airline said three crew members were missing and presumed dead, but neither the news agency nor Korean Air had other details about deaths. Korean Air officials in Seoul said Flight 803 left the South Korean capital Wednesday evening with stops in Bangkok, Thailand, and Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, en route to Tripoli. The airline said 200 people were aboard, including 18 crew members, and that about IO passengers were foreigners whise nationalities were not immediately known. The Korean Broadcasting System said many of the Koreans were workers for Daewoo Corp. and Donga Construction Co., which have projects in Libya. Airline officials quoted the plane’s captain, Kim Ho-jung, 54, as saying “the airport was shrouded in a dense fog and visibility was poor when I approached. I lost contact with the control tower for 15 minutes before the crash." Earler, RBS said the pilot had reported engine trouble, but the airline did not confirm this. Airline officials said Kim told them the plane caught fire on impact and was partially destroyed almost immediately. The airline said the DC-10 crashed 25 minutes before its scheduled landing. JANA gave a conflicting account, reporting that the aircraft crashed on a runway at the Tripoli airport after hitting two houses and several cars. A United Air lines DC-10 crashed in Sioux City, Iowa, last week, killing 111 people. It had lost its tail engine and had lost hydraulic fluid. (Please See SCORES, Page 3A) Young Study Details SRS Impact Arthur Young Report N HUII IC <    \    ............ * * IM 11, iijj tfmmm C Ailynj County MI V*"1 A. Arthur tvu**# Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth SRS IMPACT PLAN: The Strategic Plan for Community Development, a long-range study of the impact the Savannah River Site will have on Aiken County in the coming decade, was released today. By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer NORTH AUGUSTA - Aiken County and its local governments must find the money to pay for $96.5 million worth of infrastructure additions and improvements in a 10-year period to meet demands imposed by the Savannah River Site and the building of a new production reactor. But in the same decade, projected revenues from normal funding sources will amount to only $43.6 million, or 45 percent of the financial costs that could arise from growth linked directly to the nuclear installation, according to the Arthur Young Co. Arthur Young, an international consulting company, presented those financial facts — and a lot of other information — today as it released to the Aiken County Coordinating Council on Economic Development the results of a sweeping study of the county. The report was handed over at a 10.30 a.m. press confer* ce in the North Augusta Community Center. Comparing the money needed to make infrastructure improvements and the total revenues that can be expected in the 10-year time period, the consultants said the mathematics translates into a $52.9 Inside ^ NPR To Increase Population ^ Millions Needed For Budgets Cooperation Objectives, Strategies ✓ Economic Objectives. Strategies t* Education Objectives, Strategies Environment Objectives. Strategies Please see Plges 12A {i ii 13A tor these stories and charts on the Arthur Young Report, million shortfall for county and local governments trying to keep up with growth. “The balance will have to be funded by increased fees for services, additional long term financing or increases in taxes.” said the company’s planners. They also held out a ray of hope — saying an increase in federal impact funds and passage of a local option sales tax could improve the books. The coordinating council hired Arthur Young to make the $176,000 study, which is titled the Strategic Plan for Community Improvement and Development. It took about a year to do, but covers everything from the Department of Energy (Please See YOUNG, Page 13A) Methodist Bishop Lauds Jaycee Decision On Pool By The Associated Press SALUDA — The Jaycees decision to desegregate a Saluda swimming pool they leased to a whites-only club is a welcome change, South Carolina’s Methodist bishop says. The Jaycees, stung by an incident in which three black teen-agers were barred from a pool it leased to an all-white club, will not allow the pool to reopen until blacks and whites can swim there together, state and Saluda officials said Wednesday. Joseph B. Bethea, who is black, had asked the Jaycees to open the pool this week after learning of the Saluda Swim and Tennis Club’s refusal to allow the teen-agers, part of a church group, to swim there July 13. “I’m very pleased with where we are right now and it will just be a matter now of waiting to see how these intentions are carried out, "he said. The Jaycees will deed the seven acres and building at the pool to the Saluda Swim and Tennis Club only if the club desegregates the pool, said Kathy Gilbert, a spokeswoman for the state Jaycees. “The other option is they may remain on the land under a gentleman’s agreement, but they must run it desegregated, or we would tell them to leave," Ms. Gilbert said. Officials with the club closed the pool Wednesday afternoon. Robert Booth, president of the Saluda Swim and Tennis Club’s seven-member board of directors, said when contacted at his home Wednesday evening that he learned of the Jaycees’ decision only after returning from work. He said the board would make a decision on the Jaycees’ offer perhaps as early as this morning. “I think I need just a little more time to reflect on it,” Booth said, declining to comment further. (Please See METHODIST, Page 4A) Local Teen Angered By Racism BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer Trip Jeffers, 17, of Graniteville, and some of his friends from St. John United Methodist Church in Graniteville, spent a portion of their summer vacation trying to help make life a little easier for other folks. The group from the Horse Creek Valley area participated in the Salkahatchie Summer Service Program sponsored by the United Methodist Churches in the state — a program that allows the youth to travel to low income areas of the state and help fix up houses that need repair. But Trip said this summer’s service was a real eye-opener to him and most of the other teens participating in the program — three of the teens helping in the program were turned away from a whites-only swimming pool owned by the local Jaycees. “I still can’t believe it happened," Trip said Wednesday. “We didnt’ know at first why we weren’t going to swim ... we thought it was because of rain. But when we got back to Saluda High School, where we were staying, we found out it was because three of the kids were black." Trip recalls that July 13, was a long, hot day, and he said everybody was looking forward to a dip in a pool after work. But when the church group got to the Jaycee pool, the lifeguard took one of the group’s counselors aside, and informed him that only the white teens could swim in the pool — the three blacks could not. “When I first found out why we couldn't swim, it made me angry," Trip said. “I saw three good friends hurt because of someone being prejudiced. I don’t like that.” “Oh, well. I know what is right, and God knows what is right ... and being prejudiced is wrong." Trip said his unwelcome lesson in racism did serve one purpose — “It made me even more aware that racism anywhere ... be it a little town or a big city ... is wrong." Trip was one of seven teens from the Horse Creek Valley area who was participating in the Salkahatchie program in Saluda. Sluggish GNP Growth Reflects Slowing Economy Gross National Product By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy turned in its most sluggish performance in almost three years from April through June as inflation shot up dramatically, the government reported today. In a report apt to raise recession fears, the Commerce Department said the gross national product, the broadest gauge of economic health, grew at a lackluster 1.7 percent annual rate in the spring quarter. It was the worst growth rate since a 0.8 percent increase in the third quarter of 1986, the last time the economy skirted close to a recession. The sluggish growth reflected widespread weakness in big-ticket consumer spending and housing construction and a sharp deterioration in the country’s foreign trade performance. Economists say that further weakness in any of these areas could be enough to end the current record peacetime expansion, now in its seventh year. Inflation is also posing a threat to the economy. A GNP inflation index shot up at an annual rate of 4.9 percent in the April-June quarter, the fastest clip in more than six years. The pickup, from an increase of 4 percent in the first quarter, was blamed on a sharp jump in energy prices. The GNP report, which showed an even more sluggish economy than many analysts had been expecting, represented a setback for the Bush administration’s economic forecasts. I^ast week, the administration issued a revised economic forecast predicting economic growth of 2.9 percent for 1989 as measured against all of 1988. To achieve that level, the economy will have to expand at an annual rate of 2.7 percent in the last half of this year. Many analysts believe that growth estimate will be impossible to achieve. They are looking for further weakness to develop, with economic growth slumping to an annual rate of I percent. Such weakness would leave the economy exposed to the danger that any unforeseen shock, such as a further runup in oil prices, could bring on the first recession since the 1981-82 downturn. Allen Sinai, chief econonust of the Boston Co., and other analysts are looking for a downturn to occur, either late this year or early in 1990. “We have already had a recession in the housing sector over the last six months, caused by high mortgage rates," Sinai said. “The question is whether the 4 (Please See SLUGGISH, Page 4A) V S ;