Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 31, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Page 5AA Quick ReadUnhappy With Boss? Call A Witch Doctor
AIJ^XANDRIA, Va. (AP) — If your boss is making life miserable, Lamest “Dr. Buzzard” Bratton says he can solve your problem with a couple of shiny dimes, a teaspoon of black cat oil and an incantation over a cemetery grave, plus $1,200 of your cash.
A piece of cake,” says Bratton, a self-proclaimed voodoo witch doctor in this Washington suburb who says he’s licensed by the state of Virginia to administer herbs and potions.
“I have your boss removed from his job,” he says. “I give him what I call the hotfoot. It works, no doubt about it. If it doesn’t work, there’s no dogs in Georgia.”
Bratton, 57, a native of Gaffney, says he was born with magical powers and perfected them with the help of ghostly visions. He boasts he can improve his clients’ sex lives, rid them of pesky neighbors, bring them good luck at the racetrack, retire debts, cure rheumatism and banish assorted spells and curses.
He says he can even help President Bush.Woman Found In Raft After 14 Days At Sea
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman rescued after 14 days in a life raft in the Atlantic was trying to decide on a sailboat trip to Bermuda whether to marry her sailing partner. But authorities say he did not survive the ordeal.
The 37-foot sailboat Anaulis sank on July 16 as it carried Janet Culver, 48, of Passaic, N.J., and Nicholas Abbott, 50, toward New York from Bermuda, said Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Matthew Wannamaker.
The pair climbed into an inflatable dinghy and waited for help. On Wednesday, a fatigued Abbott climbed out of the raft without a life jacket and swam off, Wannamaker said.
“He seemed disillusioned, maybe even slightly deranged, according to Ms. Culver,” he said.
Ms. Culver was rescued by a U.S. research vessel early Sunday, 450 miles southeast of New York or about halfway between the city and Bermuda, and was transported to the Royal Viking Star, a cruise ship with full medical facilities.WeatherFair And Hot
There is a 20 percent chance of evening thunderstorms tonight, otherwise fair. The low will be in the 70s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. The high will be in the low-mid 90s.
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Flaura M. Bell, Augusta
Joyce C. Boland, Aiken
Daisy Crawford, Jackson
Ella K. Durden, Swainsboro, Ga.
Richard T. Elder, Aiken
West Felder, Augusta
Robert W. Ford, Augusta
Radford L. Powell, Washington, Ga
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Monday, July 31, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 182
Fanatics Hang American Colonel
By The Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Pro-Iranian Shiite Moslem captors said today they hanged U.S. Marine Lt. Col. William R Higgins and released a videotape showing his execution in retaliation for Israel’s kidnapping of a Moslem cleric.
The group calling itself the Organization of the Oppressed on Earth said it would kill “proven spy” Higgins at 3 p.m (8 a.m. EDT), if Sheik Abdul Karim
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Obeid were not freed.
Government sources in Jerusalem have noted that Israel has repeatedly stated that it would not bow to such threats.
In Jerusalem earlier today, Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel proposed trading all his country’s Shiite Moslem captives for all captured Israeli soldiers and foreign hostages held by Shiite groups in Lebanon. Rabin made the proposal in an announcement broadcast on state-run Israel radio.
Shiite groups in lebanon are believed to hold three Israeli soldiers and 17 foreigners, including nine Americans. Israeli security sources estimate 50 to 60 Shiite Moslems from Lebanon are held in Israeli prisons.
Higgins, 44, of Danville, Ky., was serving as head of an observer group attached to the U.N. peacekeeping force in south lebanon when he was seized Feb. 17, 1988. His captors accused him of sdv-ing for the CIA.
In Tehran earlier today, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati condemned both the death threat and the kidnapping of Obeid.
lebanese security sources and Israeli officials say Obeid played a role in the kidnapping of Higgins last year, but Obeid denies it.
Hezbollah and the Syrian-backed mainstream Shiite Moslem Amal militia called a general strike in Lebanon today to protest Obeid’s abduction.
Reactor Startup Cost Quadruples
$1.66 Billion Reportedly Needed At SRS
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
LIBRARY MAY BE DELAYED: The opening of Aiken County’s new library may be delayed from its earlier expected September or October date. Please see story on Page 1B
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The cost of repairing and restarting the three idle reactors at the Savannah River Site is more than four times the Energy Department’s estimate, according a published report.
A confidential report submitted to the department on June 26 by the Westinghouse Savannah River Company, the subsidiary of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation that operates the nuclear weapons plant, said the project will cost at least $1.66 billion and not be completed until 1991, The New York Times reported in Monday editions.
In December, the Energy Department estimated that repairs at the plant would cost $350 million and be completed in 1990
Savannah R " r is of the gov
ernment’s thaCiritium-p ’oaring nuclear reactors — the nation’s only source of the radioactive gas used in nuclear warheads.
Energy Secretary James D. Watkins planned to announce on Tuesday a five-year plan to bring all of the nation’s nuclear weapons production plants into compliance with environmental and safety laws, The Washington Post reported in its Monday editions.
Under the proposal the department would spend $2.4 billion next year and up to $3.7 billion in each of the following four years. Watkins told the Post in an interview that the plan would include management of hazardous waste and restoration of the environment around the plants.
The three reactors at Savannah River have been shut for more than a year because of safety and management concerns. During the shutdown, the previous contractor, Du Pont Corp., withdrew and the government hired Westinghouse.
The reactors are the sole source of tritium, a short-lived radioactive gas essential for many nuclear weapons. Because tritium decays to inert helium, the triti-
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urn charge must be renewed from time to time.
The Energy Department pays for operation of the plant, and the additional money will come from the department’s budget.
The confidential report calls for restarting the first reactor in September 1990, the second in December 1990 and the third in February 1991, the Times said.
Jack Herrmann, spokesman for Westinghouse Savannah River Co., said Westinghouse has submitted plans to the Energy Department proposing a timetable and cost estimates for restarting the plant’s three reactors.
The plans, he said, present “a number of variables and a number of options. At this point, it s an interim process with DOE. We’re not really in a position to comment because there’s a lot of give and take in this process.
“We’ve made some recommendations but not necessarily binding recommendations. It’s up to DOE to make the final decision,” Herrmann said.
Westinghouse presented a restart plan for the idled K-reactor to the Energy Department on June 26 and supplemental plans for restarting the other two reactors on July IO, Herrmann said.
Herrmann said the Energy Department and Westinghouse have held discussions about the plans “off and on the last several weeks” but there has not been a formal resolution.
Technical experts with the Energy Department told the Times that recovering tritium will not be possible until nine months after a reactor has been turned
This means that the first new supplies of tritium will not be available until June
«Please See REACTOR, Page 8A)
Governors Tread Gingerly Around Abortion Issue
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO — The nation’s governors are stepping carefully around the emotional issue of abortion, avoiding direct discussion of it at their annual meeting even as each ponders the political quagmire it could create back home.
While a small band of abortion-rights
protesters demonstrated outside Sunday, governors attending the four-day National Governors’ Association conference said they planned no discussion of the issue despite the recent Supreme Court decision giving states broader leeway to regulate abortion.
Several acknowledged the issue may dominate their state’s politics and legis
latures in coming months.
“It will bring out some polarized feelings,” said Delaware Gov. Michael Castle, a Republican. “I think in the course of the next year or two that will be a dominant issue.
“It’s important that we not let it dominate our state legislatures,” Castle said. “It has that ability to dominate things so
much that you can’t do anything else.” Another governor sharing that concern was Maryland’s William Donald Schaefer.
Schaefer, a Democrat, said he would ask the legislature to confine debate and action on abortion to the first 30 days of its next session.
(Please See GOVERNORS, Page 8A)
Senate To Begin Debate On Defense Budget Bill
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Senate is aiming for a defense bill that closely resembles the blueprint sought by President Bush, unlike the House version that rips apart the administration’s strategic weapons programs.
In a rush to complete its work before the recess that begins Friday, Congress tackles a full plate of appropriations bills this week with the Senate trying to produce a defense package that serves as a counterbalance to the House version.
In final action late Thursday, the Dem-ocratic-controlled House approved a $295 billion defense bill that severely curtails production of the B-2 stealth bomber, slashes $1.8 billion from the Star Wars
budget and restores two planes — the F-14D Tomcat jet fighter and V-22 Osprey — that Bush planned to kill.
The last cut came as Alabama Republican William Dickinson joined forces with Massachusetts liberal Democrat Barney Frank and succeeded in eliminating all $100 million earmarked for the Midget-man missile.
“Yesterday was not the House’s most memorable moment,” Bush told reporters Friday. “But we’re going to keep fighting on for what we believe in.”
The president said he is counting on the Senate to produce a bill that keeps White House defense priorities in order. The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Democrat Sam Nunn of
(Please See SENATE, Page 8A)
Bush Not Satisfied With Congress
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Bush says he’s not too happy with the way things are turning out between himself and Congress, but then, “Nobody ever said it would be easy. ”
Bush’s resigned commentary came as he emerged from a rough stretch that saw his policy positions — from military spending to savings and loan bailout — undergo a trouncing on Capitol Hill.
“I would not give Congress very high marks on doing what I want done on legislation,” Bush told reporters in a news conference Friday when he was asked to rate his legislative success.
But in keeping with liis repeated comments about wanting to work harmoniously with the Democratic-con-trolled Congress, Bush said he would
not get into personal criticism.
“I have to work with these people,” the president said. “I have never been too hot at being a name-caller.”
After spewing anti-Congress rhetoric with gusto during his presidential campaign last year, Bush launched his presidency with an inaugural address calling for a bipartisan working spirit between the White House and Congress. The American people do not want to see their leaders bickering, the new president said.
But Democrats now say such conciliatory language belies an unsettling pattern in which Bush takes the high road while his aides and Republican allies undermine legislative agreements.
“Bush wants ‘kinder and gentler’
(Please See BUSH, Page 8A)