Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 5, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Robber Caught After Refusing To Pay Cab
SPARTANBURG (AP) - Police responding to a taxi driver’s complaint that a man refused to pay his cab fare landed the passenger in jail on charges of robbing a bank.
The FBI charged Carol Ray Shockley, 55, of Inman, with bank robbery Saturday in the theft of $4,000 in cash from the American Federal Bank in Greer Friday, police said.
Shockley was arrested at about 2 a.m. Saturday after a cab driver gave police a description of a man who refused to pay a fare, which matched the description of the suspected bank robber, police said.
Former First Lady Wants To Write Book
WASHINGTON (AP) - Nancy Reagan says there were things she “longed to say” during her tumultuous eight years at the White House that she promises will appear in her upcoming memoirs, “My Turn.”
The former first lady, speaking publicly in Washington for the first time since she and President Reagan left for California more than four months ago, offered a few insights Saturday into her old and new lives at a Library of Congress and Random House forum on first ladies.
Mrs. Reagan said that while there is “a certain dignity” to remaining silent, she decided to write a book for her own peace of mind, for her children and to help set the historical record straight.
“I felt I could start rebuilding a private life by writing about some things,” she said.
Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows will be in the upper 60s. Tomorrow partly cloudy skies are forecast with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms. The highs will be in the upper 80s. Please see details on Page 6A.
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8 Iranian Mourners Die In Stampede
By The Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran — Millions of mourners today flooded into a square where Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s body lay, causing a stampede that the official news agency said killed eight people and injured at least 500.
The Islamic Republic News Agency said scores of people were knocked unconscious in the crush as temperatures soared to IOO degrees.
State television showed victims being carried out of the square in front of the Mosalla mosque as crowds scrambled to get closer to the air-conditioned cubical where Khomeini’s shrouded body lay in a glass-covered bier.
The revolutionary patriarch’s characteristic black turban was on his chest.
The television zoomed in on a bearded, young man spraying mourners with a water hose to cool them.
Khomeini, 86, died Saturday of a heart attack, ll days after intestinal surgery,
leaving the country gripped by its worst political crisis since the revolution that catapulted the Moslem cleric to power in 1979.
President AH Khamenei, 49, was named Sunday to succeed Khomeini, apparently on temporary basis to avoid a leadership vaccuum.
Khomeini’s body was brought out of a Tehran mortuary and transported by ambulance to the mosque, where hundreds of thousands of his followers had been waiting all night. He is to be buried on Tuesday.
Wailing men, women and children screamed and pounded on the ambulance as it moved slowly through the crowd.
Beating on their breasts and heads in a traditional Shiite Moslem sign of mourning, they screamed “Sorrow, soitow is this day ... Khomeini the idol smasher is with God today!”
The crowds waved life-size portraits of the stem-faced, white-bearded Khomeini
decorated with black ribbons and red flowers.
Readings from the Koran, Islam’s holy book, blared from the minaret of the mosque as state-run television and radio broadcast live coverage from the site. Announcers wept as they eulogized Khomeini.
“We have been orphaned! Our father is dead!” several women screamed. The government declared a 40-day mourning period.
The official Islamic Republic News Agency said the crowds blocked the streets leading to the mosque and President Khamenei had to be flown to it helicopter.
Under the constitution, Khomeini’s leadership position was considered above the constitution and had no specified duties. He was considered the earthly representative of the prophet Mohammed and the recipient of divine guidance.
Iran’s leadership met Sunday to study Khomeini’s written political testament. It
NEW LEADER: Ali Khameini, 49, will succeed Ayatollah Khomeini as spiritual leader of Iran.
is believed to contain proposals for how the Islamic republic should be governed
(Please See 8 IRANIANS, Page IBA)
Bush Freezes Contact With China
RESCUE: With the help of bystanders, a rickshaw driver peddles two wounded students away from bloodshed in Tiananmen Square. Soldiers again have fired on angry crowds demonstrating outside the square.
President Calls Violent, Bloody Weekend Crackdown Deplorable
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Bush today condemned Chinese authorities for a “violent and bloody” weekend crackdown against pro-democra-cy demonstrators and said he was ordering an immediate suspension of American military sales and commerical export of weapons to China.
“We deplore the decision to use -—_ -
force,” Bush told reporters in a hastily convened mid-morning news conference. He urged Chinese authorities “to avoid violence and to return to their previous policy of restraint.”
Hundreds of Chinese have been killed, and many more wounded, since the army moved in over the weekend to clear Tiananmen Square.
Bush said he thought it was impossible for China to return to the days of total repression. “We’re beyond the kind of cultural revolution response,” he said referring to the crackdown on dissent and diversity that began in the mid-1960s.
He said he wanted to forge a careful response to the situation in China, and rejected advice from some who recommended the
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witdrawal of the U.S. ambassador. He said the ambassador had been active in monitoring events in Beinjing and provided an important resource for the United States.
Bush said, “I do not want to see a total break in this relationship” with China.
But in announcing steps that included a freeze in contacts between U.S. and Chinese military officials, he said:
“We cannot condoe the violent attacks and cannot ignore the consequences for our relationship with China.”
Bush also was asked about events in Iran, where radical lead-
‘Hopefully, we will be able to take action on the local option tax bill (when the legislature meets on June 19) at that time.’ — Sen. Moore
‘The entire revenue picture — profits and losses — will be considered before a rate increase is granted.’
‘A faulty tail light can happen to anyone while driving down a road, and a driver shouldn’t be punished for this if he or she is unaware they have lost a light.’
— Rep. Rudnick
lope we can reach the day when we can totally remove re-tirees from a property tax their homes.’
— Rep. Smith
‘Given all the facts and circumstances, we did what we could with insurance.’
— Rep. Keesley
Legislator Doubts Average Car Owner Will Feel Any Immediate Relief Under Insurance Reform
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Aiken County Legislative Delegation members believe it will take months to see the benefits from automobile insurance legislation passed in the 1989 General Assembly session — especially when it comes to determining if good drivers actually won a savings in premiums.
“If you never ever have a wreck and you never ever get a speeding ticket, then you may get a savings,” said Rep. Charles R. Sharpe, R-Wagener. But, he added, “the insurance companies are going to be asking for rate increases.” He said if they are granted, then most of the savings could be wiped out.
Rep. Sharpe, Sen. Thomas L. (Tommy) Moore, D-Clearwater, and Reps. Thomas E. (Tom) Huff, R-North Augusta; William P. Keesley, D-Edgefield; James Roland Smith, D-Langley, and Irene Rudnick, D-Aiken, rated the insurance issue and the state’s $3.5 billion budget as the biggest items of the session.
Automobile insurance — which featured a five-month battle between the governor, the legislative leadership and everyone else with a plan to cut premium charges — dominated the lawmaking.
But everyone agreed the ’89 Assembly was productive in what it did for a number of special interest groups — mainly retirees, the medically indigent and state employees.
Sen. Moore said the session was a good one “all things considered,” but he noted there is some important business to complete when the legislature returns June 19 to consider gubernatorial vetoes.
“Hopefully, we will be able to take action on the local option tax bill at that time,” said the senator. The bill, which would swap cuts in property taxes for a penny sales tax increase by counties approving the move in a November referendum, is hung up by a dispute over the amount of the property tax cut.
Under the House-passed bill, property taxes would be rolled back 50 percent, but
(Please See LEGISLATOR, Page 10A)
(Please See BUSH, Page 10A)
Du Pont Sues In Severance Disagreement
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
The Du Pont Co. filed a federal lawsuit on Friday, seeking reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Energy for $64.4 million in Savannah River Site severance pay, company officials said.
The corporation distributed that pay among about 6,500 site employees before withdrawing as contractor on April I.
Du Pont says severance is an allowable expense under its contract to operate SRS.
But the DOE, which owns the nuclear weapons plant, decided early last week to reject Du Pont’s bill for $64,410,742.
The company responded Wednesday by threatening to sue within a week.
“We filed Friday,” Albert H. Peters, manager of Du Pont’s Aiken office, said this morning.
Peters said the suit was filed in U.S. Claims Court in Washington, D.C.
“I have not seen the legal claim,” he said, and didn’t know if he could get a copy.
“We think it’s inappropriate to discuss, at all, the issues, while it’s in litigation,” he said.
Du Pont’s main comment on the controversy has been to refer to a March 22 letter to company employees from Du Pont Chairman Richard E. Heckert, who asserted that the company and DOE had agreed to pay severance through Oct. I, 1985, if Du Pont ever withdrew.
Before turning the plant over to Westinghouse Savannah River Co. on April I, Du Pont made good on its pledge to distribute severance checks — based on one
(Please See UU PONT, Page 10A)