Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 7, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Marcos 'Comfortable' Following Surgery
HONOLULU (AP) — Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos was said to be resting comfortably after emergency surgery for an abdominal infection, but his prognosis for recovery remains poor, a hospital spokesman said.
During Tuesday’s three-hour operation at St. Francis Medical Center, surgeons drained a pancreatic abscess, the suspected source of the persistent infection, said Eugene MARCOS Tiwanak, the hospital’s assistant administrator.
Following surgery, Marcos, 71, remained in very critical condition as he has been since May 18 when he was readmitted to the intensive care unit with a variety of serious ailments, Tiwanak said.
An infection had plagued Marcos for the past few weeks. Doctors believed it was centered in his abdomen.
Planes Grounded For Safety Course
WASHINGTON (AP) - The commandant of the Marine Corps, noting that 45 Marines have died in aircraft accidents this year, has ordered all the service’s aviation units to stop for two days of refresher safety training.
“Our machines are not letting us down; we are letting ourselves down,” Gen. Al Gray said in the memo, distributed Monday night and obtained by The Associated Press.
The memo, sent to Marine aviation units worldwide, said that preliminary investigations have pointed to “crew error.”
“It is time to pause, catch our breath and come to grips with the devastating trend established this year,” Gray wrote in his one-page directive.
“When I examine the information available on the circumstances surrounding these tragedies, aircrew error predominates and most likely will be a primary cause in all these mishaps.”
There is a 20 percent chance of evening thunderstorms tonight with a low in the 60s. Thursday, mostly cloudy are forecast with a 50 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. The highs will be in the mid 80s. Please see details on Page 3A.
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Vol. 122 No. 136
U.S. Envoy Orders Staff Members Out Of China
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The U.S. ambassador to China has asked that all American dependents and non-essential diplomatic personnel be ordered out of China, according to a State Department spokesman.
“The embassy in Beijing recommended the evacuation of dependents and nonessential diplomatic personnel to the Secretary of State,” said Evans Gerakas, a spokesman for the task force on China.
The spokesman indicated such an order from the secretary would probably apply to all U.S. diplomats in China but “that decision won’t come until later today,” he said.
Gerakas said the suggestion had come from the embassy early this morning following reports that Chinese soldiers had surrounded an apartment complex housing U.S. diplomats and prevented them from leaving the area for some time.
“The Chinese troops outside the residence of the staff had prevented them from getting out but that situation had been cleared up and the people were let out and had gone back,” said Gerakas.
“As far as I know our people had gone back into the compound to pack and get their things.”
“I can confirm that they (the soldiers) have left,” he added.
State Department spokeswoman Margaret Tutwiler announced the travel
warning, noting that some 1,400 non-gov-emment Americans live in Beijing.
Ms. Tutwiler said the 7,360 Americans who are permanent residents elsewhere in China were advised to consider leaving the country “depending on the local situation.” They were cautioned to avoid traveling through Beijing in leaving China.
Meanwhile, U.S. intelligence reports indicate that the number of dead in the weekend attack on pro-democracy protestors in Beijing had reached 3,000, said a U.S. official.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, added that the intelligence reports caution that “hard evidence” about the actual number of dead is diffi
cult to obtain in the confused situation, and that the estimates could go higher.
Another intelligence source, who also would not be identified by name, said the unsettled situation in China represented a political struggle the outlines of which are very vague. Plus there is a serious division among the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) leadership.”
Secretary of State James A. Baker III decided to issue the travel warning after speaking with U.S. Ambassador James Lilley, Ms. Tutwiler said.
Baker was told 50 to 75 percent of the employees of American companies already had decided to leave.
(Please See U.S. Envoy, Page 3A)
Rival Armies Add To China Chaos
By The Associated Press
BEIJING — Troops raked a diplomatic compound with gunfire today as military convoys drove through the capital and took up defensive positions, sending more foreigners fleeing Beijing in fear of open urban warfare.
The U.S. embassy’s chief of security said bullets flew through the window into a room where his two children were watching television.
Chinese witnesses reported fighting between rival armies in Beijing.
At least a dozen other Chinese cities were wracked by demonstrations in protest of the weekend military massacre of unarmed Beijing citizens, which has turned some armies against each other.
Six people manning a barricade on rails near the Shanghai station died Tuesday when they were hit by a train unable to stop, a Chinese source said. Angry crowds set the train ablaze.
In Deijmg, troops today shot and killed three people, adding to a death toll in four days of military occupation that could reach into the thousands, a Chinese witness said.
“I’m going home to Hunan. Pm afraid for my life in Beijing,” said a 25-year-old
construction worker at the train station.
Several skirmishes have been reported in Beijing between rival military factions.
The political situation grew more confusing today, with an official media report indicating the rising fortunes of Qiao Shi, a shadowy figure considered the Communist Party’s law-and-order chief.
None of China’s leaders have been seen since Premier Li Peng appeared on television May 25, five days after declaring martial law in Beijing. Li and senior leader Deng Xiaoping are believed behind the crackdown.
Thousands of soldiers traveling by truck convoy left central Tiananmen Square this morning chanting “We love the people, we love the capital” before opening fire.
They appeared to belong to the 27th Army, responsible for the slaughter that began Saturday when it cleared the city center of students seeking a freer China.
Although most firing appeared to be warning shots into the air, dozens of bullets struck windows facing the street in a compound for diplomats and other foreign residents about 2h miles east of
(Please See RIVAL, Page SA)
120 Persons Feared Dead As Jetliner Crashes, Splits Apart
VICTORY SIGNS: Despite turmoil, Beijing residents are still flashing victory signs while rival armies are reported setting up offensive positions.
Without Rain, S.C. Faces Another Hot, Dry Summer
By The Associated Press
PARAMARIBO, Suriname — A Suriname Airways jetliner flying from the Netherlands crashed and split apart early today near Paramaribo’s international airport, and 120 people were feared dead, the government news agency said.
Airline spokesman Glenn Jie said 175 passengers and crew members were on board the DC-8.
The Suriname News Agency said the crash occurred at about 4:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. EDT) in a grassy area five miles from Zanderij International Airport. It said the jet split into pieces.
Wet terrain from recent rains ham
pered rescue efforts, the agency said.
The plane had flown from Amsterdam to Suriname, a former Dutch colony on the northern coast of South America. The news agency said the plane was flown by an American crew.
It said several passengers were Dutch soccer players of Suriname origin who were to participate in a national tournament in Suriname.
Police, soldiers, and medical personnel went to the area, which was sealed off to civilians. State radio said victims were brought to hospitals in Paramaribo through the morning.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
By TOM STRONG Associated Press Writer
Sunny, hot and dry is the summer forecast for South Carolina and that triple threat could spell double trouble for growers.
“We haven’t had sufficient rain or any amount of rain except for localized sporadic spots over the past weeks” until Monday’s storms, said Lee Ann Jackson, an aide at the Jasper County office of Clemson University’s Cooperative Extension Service.
“Unless you have good irrigation, unless the rains comes, there’s nothing you can do except wait it out and hope for the best.”
Although recent rains have eased parched conditions in several southern counties, 3 drier and hotter than usual summer awaits South Carolina, forecasters and agronomists said Tuesday.
Below-average rainfall since winter and warmer temperatures throughout May have led the state to issue an incipient drought declaration in IO counties, said John Purvis, state climatologist with the South Carolina Water Resources Commission.
‘Unless the rains comes, there’s nothing you can do except wait it out and hope for the best.’
-— Farm Agency Aide
The declaration means the state will closely monitor water supplies in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton and Jasper counties.
“We’re not in the worse condition by any means,” Purvis said. “We have been concerned from midwinter on in that the rainfall during late winter was simply much below normal. Most of your real major drought years begin that way and then you never get recharged.” Thunderstorms that flashed across the state Monday replenished arid soil and encouraged South Carolina growers. Forecasters predicted the rain would linger until the end of the week.
(Please See WITHOUT, Page 3A)
Prevention, Education Called Key To Winning War On Crack
By STEPHANIE WARNECKE-ADAMS Staff Writer
The fight against crack cocaine is relatively young, but already it is proving to be our hardest war.
National statistics don’t look promising. The availability of crack is still high, the price is getting lower and rehabilitation is extremely hard.
Only 20 percent of rehabilitated users stay off crack, according to Dan Barton, assistant director of the Aiken Center for Alcohol and Drug Services.
In a society that is hooked on chemicals to improve ourselves, make us feel better and solve our problems, crack looks like the wonder drug to millions of children and young adults.
Education seems to be the only route that shows any promise, according to people familiar with the problem.
Barton said he doesn’t believe trying to remove all the dealers from the streets will help the problem.
“Prevention and education are the only answers,” Barton said.
Local law enforcement is not just sitting back, waiting for education to work, though. This past year, drug arrests in
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Aiken County hit an all-time high.
The Sheriff’s Department reported a 4,600 percent increase, the highest in the state, in possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.
The Aiken Department of Public Safety reported a 153 percent increase in all drug arrests for the first four months of this year.
Low budgets have kept the agencies from adding needed personnel, though. The city has two narcotics officers. The sheriff’s department has four, but two are salaried by a grant through the federal government.
Sam Abney, a former community specialist with the Department of Youth Services, said he believes more of a community effort is necessary.
“Nobody listens to the kids,” he said. Abney was in charge of organizing the Youth 2600 Forum, a program that allowed students at area schools to express their feelings about drugs, sex and other pressures they face.
(Please See PREVENTION, Page 10A)