Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 28, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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| Another DC-IO Makes | Emergency Landing
TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian Airlines DC-10 was forced to land at Pearson International Airport in Toronto today minus its nose wheel.
An airport spokesman said the plane lost its wheel on takeoff from Rio de Janeiro. The spokesman said the flight crew was aware of the problem and the aircraft landed without incident or injury.
It was not known how many people were on the jet.
In the past nine days, two DC-lOs have crashed, one in Sioux City, Iowa, on July 19 and the other Thursday in Tripoli, Libya. The crashes have killed 200 people.
The Sioux City crash occurred when a tail engine blew apart and cut off the flow of hydraulic fluid needed to control the jet,
AIDS Drug Tests Prove Promising
WASHINGTON (AP) - Early tests of a new AIDS drug are so promising that federal scientists are expressing hope it may become a powerful new weapon against the epidemic that now numbers 100,000 cases.
Scientists say they hope to start an expanded second phase of tests this ^ fall and perhaps have the drug avail- * able for wide use next year.
Phase I trials, described in a report published today in the journal Science, showed that the drug, called DDI, controlled the growth of the AIDS virus and enabled patients to gain weight, feel better and develop some resistance to infection.
“This is not a cure for AIDS,” said Dr. Robert Yarchoan, a National Cancer Institute researcher who helped direct the Phase I trials. “But it appears to control the disease.”
The number of AIDS cases reached the 100,000 mark in recent weeks, the Centers for Disease Control said, and 58,014 AIDS patients had died as of June 30. No one is known to have recovered from the disease.Weather
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Fair skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of evening thunderstorms. The low will be in the low 70s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Saturday with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. The high will be in the low 90s.
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Friday, July 28, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 180
Producer Says Film Is Debate Forum
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
An independent film producer denied Thursday night that the making of a 54-minute documentary about the Savannah River Site was part of an effort to shut down nuclear facilities and disarm America.
Susan Robinson, an economics major from the University of North Carolina, said she joined the production effort because “we need to have reasonable debate about nuclear materials.”
Ms. Robinson said she didn’t consider the film Building Bombs blatantly anti-nuclear, but only an expression aimed at helping people on both sides of the issue find common ground to discuss the future of nuclear weapons.
“What we need to find out is how many nuclear weapons are enough, and if there is a different way to live in this world,” she remarked.
Ms. Robinson bemoaned the fact that nuclear discussion generally is confined to those who are adamantly opposed and those who are defenders of the process.
She said she would like to see everyone get involved in the debate.
Ms. Robinson and Mark Mori, a political activist and former union organizer, spent five years making the film and are
traveling the country showing it to small groups.
Thursday night, the film was shown twice to accommodate audiences in a small viewing auditorium at USC Aiken. Between 200 and 250 people attended the
It was seen as a weak effort by several of those interviewed afterward, but most were impressed by the fact that it steered away from radical positions.
“I just came because I wanted to see what it was all about,” said Carlos L. (Skip) Townsend Jr. “It didn’t change my opinion one bit. But it wasn’t as negative as I thought it would be.”
Townsend, the husband of Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend, pointed out their property is only a short distance from the nuclear reservation and they haven’t been concerned about safety.
Besides Townsend, Harold (Bud) Raymond, Al Symonds Jr. and Gene Bagwell said they weren’t overly impressed with the production since about everything covered has been in the public domain for years.
Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin, a University of Georgia ecologist who does environmental studies at the reservation, said it was a bit odd that the filmmakers failed to interview those most closely associated
(Please See PRODUCER, Page 3A)
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
READYING THE PROJECTOR: Producers Susan Robinson and Mark Mori prepare to show their film on the Savannah River Site to an audience at USC Aiken last night
A New Look
Israeli Commandos Kidnap Iran Ally
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
CHANGES: Changes are taking place at 905 Hayne Avenue. The home, which was formerly owned by the Durban family, is being renovated by Robert F. Eakle of Aiken. Please see story on Page 1B.
By The Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Israeli commandos today kidnapped a S'hide Moslem leader who is con-s. Jered Iran’s closest ally and who sources say was linked to the abduction of U.S. Lt. Col. William R. Higgins.
Police said Sheik Abdul Karim Obeid, 33, was kidnapped from his second-floor apartment in the village of Jibchit, 21 miles north of the border with Israel. A curious neighbor was killed by the commandos, police said.
Obeid is reputed to be the spiritual guide of Hezbollah, or Party of God, in south lebanon.
However, he has repeatedly denied links with the pro-Iranian group, which is affiliated with factions holding most of the 17 foreign hostages in Lebanon. Nine Americans are among the hostages.
Security sources in south Lebanon, speaking on condition of ano
nymity, said Higgins was briefly held at Obeid’s apartment after his abduction in south Lebanon on Feb. 17, 1988.
One source said the late leader of the mainstream Shiite Moslem Amal militia in south lebanon, Daoud Daoud, sent “a group of his followers to obtain Higgins’ release from Obeid’s apartment, but the force was encircled by Hezbollah gunmen, stripped of its weapons and sent back.”
The source said Higgins’ kidnappers, the Organization of the Oppressed on Earth, later took the American marine out of Jibchit to another village in south Lebanon and then to the slums of south Beirut.
Daoud and Mahmoud Faqih, another Amal leader, were assassinated by unknown gunmen in south Beirut’s seaside suburb of Ouzai on Sept. 22, 1988. Amal blamed the
(Please See ISRAELI, Page 3A)
Thermal Discharge Denied For K-Reactor
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Environmentalists have won a battle in the war to make the Savannah River Site less damaging to surrounding wildlife in defeating an attempt to exempt thermal discharges from the nuclear weapons plant’s K-reac-tor from the Gean Water Act.
The amendment, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Butler C. Derrick, D-S.C., was rejected Thursday 348-70, according to today’s editions of The State newspaper.
The measure would have cut funds for a cooling tower for the reactor and instead would have authorized $102 million over two years for other environmental projects at the sprawling facility near Ai-
WASHINGTON - The White House is counting on the Senate to rescue President Bush’s defense priorities torn asunder in House votes gutting or cutting back virtually every major strategic weapons program.
In two days of votes on a $295 billion defense authorization bill, the House ignored White House and Pentagon lobbying and turned Bush’s defense priorities on their head.
It restored funds for conventional aircraft discarded by the Pentagon while suspending most production of the radar-evading stealth bomber. It cut money for the Star Wars missile defense system, stripped funds intended to make the MX
ken, the newspaper reported from its Washington bureau.
“I hated to lose it because I think the money for the tower is a waste. But the environmentalists made this the litmus test, and that’s hard to fight,” Derrick said.
Derrick and others acknowledged that the reactor’s discharge into streams would cause some thermal pollution and damage 200 acres of wetlands on site. But the damage would reverse itself over time by natural regrowth, they said.
The K-reactor is one of three tritium-producing reactors at Savannah River that have been shut down for more than a year because of safety and maintenance reasons. The facility is the nation’s sole
missile a mobile weapon and eliminated all of the $100 million provided for the Midgetman missile.
Rep. Les Aspin, D-Wis., said the House had “shredded” Bush’s defense priorities to produce “a Michael Dukakis defense bill.”
The Senate, meanwhile, only narrowly turned aside a strong bid to freeze research and development of the Star Wars strategic defense initiative. It tabled the amendment offered by Sen. Bennett Johnston, D-La., 50-47.
But that action may result in the chamber retaining needed leverage to resist House cuts on that and other weapons systems.
The Senate will need all the leverage it can muster when representatives of the
source of tritium, the radioactive gas needed to make nuclear weapons.
Water to cool the K-reactor is pumped from the Savannah River and discharged into a stream on site at 170 degrees. In 1984, the Department of Energy agreed to build a cooling tower by 1992 at a cost of $127 million.
Derrick, after consulting with DOE, decided the tower was not a good idea, given the K-reactor’s age and doubts about length of service once it was restarted.
The congressman proposed spending the money on groundwater cleanup, removal of about 34 million gallons of high-level radioactive waste from tanks at the
two bodies meet in conference to resolve the many differences between the two bills.
Senators are to continue their consideration of the measure next week.
“We are watching the strategic position of the administration unwind step by step on the floor of the House,” said Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“It is important that we not emasculate this program,” Nunn said as the vote neared on an amendment to cut Star Wars by $558 million in addition to the $400 million trimmed earlier by the Senate panel.
(Please See BUSH, Page 3A)Deadline Nears For Contest
As the August 2 deadline approaches, 30 gardeners have towed in prize cucumbers and 23 have trundled giant tomatos into the Aiken Standard in
hopes of winning this year’s vegetable contest
Ridge Spring resident Guy Clark was leading the cucumber contest as of I p.m. Thursday with a 4 pound, 1.90 ounce “potential pickle.”
Hoyt Hamilton continues to hold his two-week-old lead in the tomato contest with a 2 pound, 4.60 ounce giant.
All garderners except for employees of the Aiken Standard and their families are eligable for the contest.
Weight is the only factor in the contest. The heaviest tomato and the heaviest cucumber will each win $100 prizes for the growers.
Second prize in each category will receive a $50 prize and third place takes $25.
Entries may be weighed in at 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 entries and record the results.
(Please See THERMAL, Page 3A)
Bush Hopes Senate Will Restore Programs
By The Associated Press