Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 8, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Iran Offers Help In Freeing Hostages
Sunday Silence On Last Leg
Page 9AA Quick ReadOfficials Hunt For Hissing Cockroaches
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — State agriculture officials are hunting for four hissing mouse-sized cockroaches that were set free by their owner and could breed and spread.
Chloe Riley, manager of the Critter Shop pet store, said a customer said he dumped the Madagascar hissing roaches in his backyard, fearing the state would jail him and confiscate the insects.
“He came in and said: ‘Man, I was scared. I let them loose. I was afraid they’d put me in jail,’” she said Wednesday. ‘‘He said he didn’t want the (Florida) Department of Agriculture to hurt them.”
Ms. Riley would not disclose the identity of the Tampa resident, not even to state agricultural agents.
The Department of Agriculture last week ordered the Critter Shop to stop selling the roaches, fearing if they got free, they might multiply across the South like the flying Asian cockroach.
When the Asian cockroach was first discovered in 1985 spreading through central and south Florida, scientists found 250,000 Asian cockroaches per acre, said Phil Koelher, an entomologist with the University of Florida.Progress Is Reported Toward AIDS Vaccine
MONTREAL (AP) - The first AIDS vaccine tested in the United States on humans triggered their immune systems into action, raising hopes that one vaccine may protect against many forms of the AIDS virus, researchers said.
One top U.S. researcher said he is optimistic enough to recommend wide testing of the vaccine.
“We are making progress, and I think we will be able to make a vaccine eventually,” said Dr. Clifford H. Lane, head of AIDS vaccine testing at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Despite the encouraging results reported Wednesday, many important questions remain about whether this — or any — vaccine can keep people from catching AIDS.
Similar vaccines have failed to prevent AIDS virus infections in chimpanzees.WeatherMostly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms. The lows will be in the 70s. Friday will be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. The highs will be in the upper 80s. Please see details on Page 6A.Deaths
Andrew P. Hatcher, Midville, Ga. Kathleen Jumper, Black Mountain, N.C Pauline B. Mills, Aiken Louise E. Mixon, Langley Gladys E. Shealy, Newberry Anna Alvanos Taylor, Aiken Please see details on Page 6A.
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Vol. 122 No. 137
Drivers Beware! Convictions Cost A Bundle In Insurance
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — Drivers beware: anything but the smallest motor vehicle violations can combine for big increases in automobile insurance surcharges, which will stay in effect for three years after the violation.
On Oct. I, a key provision of the Legislature’s new automobile insurance reform bill goes into effect, giving drivers with good records a 50 percent break on their annual $73 “recoupment fee” — the
portion of all drivers’ premiums that goes to a state-mandated pool system. That pool offsets high insurance premiums for drivers considered to be high risks.
But these high-risk drivers in South Carolina will make up the difference by paying, in some cases, startling increases in their recoupment charges — based on speeding tickets, moving violations and accidents for which they were at fault during the previous three years.
Probable penalties are:
✓ For policies issued after Oct. I, a single DUI conviction in the past three years will push the recoupment alone to $1,350 annually for the next three years.
*" Three convictions for speeding more than IO mph over the limit during the previous three years will make the annual recoupment increase to $900 for three years.
^ Even one conviction for speeding more than IO mph in the past three years bumps the annual recoupment to $150 for
This is one of the least understood and potentially most controversial provisions of the new insurance bill, which Gov. Carroll Campbell reluctantly will allow to become law without his signature. Hartsville Sen. Ed Saleeby, the Senate’s insurance expert, said most lawmakers just didn’t grasp the possible impact of the recoupment changes on which the House insisted.
(Please See DRIVERS, Page 5A)Army Praised For Crushing Students
Staff Photo By Carl Langley
DECIDED EARLY: Thomas L. Moore decided at the age of 10 that a political career was in his future.
2 Decades Of Determination Have Paid Off
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
CLEARWATER - Sen. Thomas L. (Tommy) Moore, D-Clearwater, stayed up almost all night in 1960 watching the national election returns, and when it was over had made an important decision.
“I was IO years old, but I decided right then that I wanted to run for a political office and get elected,” Moore recalled. “I told my teacher the next day that was what I was going to do.”
The Clearwater native had to wait nearly two decades to reach his goal, but in 1978 he won election to the South Carolina House and in 1980 stepped up to the Senate.
“No one in my family had ever tried to win a political office,” said the lawmaker.
Now in his ninth year as a senator, Moore has made an impressive mark despite being only 38. He is the Democratic majority whip in the Senate and is a high ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee.
In those positions, he also has landed assignments on the Joint Bond Review Committee, a panel of representatives and senators who decide where the state will put capital bond investments, and is chairman of a fact-finding solid waste committee set up by the General Assembly.
Sen. Moore credits his winning a third straight Senate election to the fact that “I’m acccessible to my people and I listen to what they say. TTiat’s what a legislator is expected to do.”
The senator said he often gets calls that put him in the position of being a court of last resort, but he generally is able to direct constituents to the state agency, board or commission that can give them the assistance they seek.
“A lot of this is just helping people out,” said Sen. Moore. He often intercedes for those voters who have the right agency but cannot get an answer or some action on a problem.
(Please See SEN. Moore, Page 5A)
By The Associated Press
BEIJING — Premier Li Peng appeared in public today for the first time since the military crushed the student protests for democracy. The government issued new martial law orders demanding that student leaders surrender.
IJ gave a rousing speech to hundreds of soldiers inside the Great Hall of the People. “You’ve worked hard, comrades,” he told them.
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Li’s speech was shown on television after hundreds of military trucks roared into the city center with new supplies.
The martial law orders appeared to suggest the government was planning large-scale arrests of activists who led the movement for a freer and less corrupt China.
The capital’s streets were relatively calm today.
Ii is believed to be among the leaders who pushed for the military crackdown that ended in the weekend massacre of hundreds of unarmed civilians as troops cleared Tiananmen Square of pro-democracy protesters.
He had not appeared in public since May 25, five days after declaring martial law in the capital, and his appearance indicated hardliners may have prevailed over leaders who opposed using troops to quell the protests.
The student protesters had demanded Li resign for declaring martial law after weeks of pro-democracy protests, primarily in Beijing.
The martial law orders called the leaders of independent student and union groups “important members of the counterrevolutionary turmoil.” It demanded that all members of the groups, leaders of the pro-democracy movement smashed by the military, turn themselves in to police.
Radio and television gave telephone numbers for people to call to report those who stood up against the military takeover of the city.
In a continuing propaganda campaign supporting the harsh military actions, national television repeatedly showed footage of crowds attacking soldiers and burning vehicles during the crackdown in Beijing on Saturday night and Sunday.
It showed gruesome shots of three soldiers who were burned to death. One was disembowelled.
In his speech to the soldiers, Li urged them “to continue working hard to protect the capital’s safety and order.” They cheered and applauded.
Li, accompanied by Vice President Wang Zhen, also regarded as a hard-line conservative, was dressed in a Mao suit and looked fit.
A Hong Kong newspaper had reported that he had been shot and wounded in the thigh by a police officer on Sunday after the military took Tianajimen Square. Hundreds of troop trucks rumbled into
U.S. Believes Deng Holding China's Reins
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Bosh administration believes Chinese leader Deng XJoaping to “still fanning the show,” but to urging all private American citizens Ie leave China as the civil strife spreads from Beijing to other cities.
Secretary of State James A. Baker HI, who ordered the 258 dependents of U.S. government personnel in China to leave Wednesday, to “strongly urging” all private U.S. citizens in that country to get oat On Tuesday, the department had urged only that Americans leave the capital.
Hie exact number id Americans in China to not known.
Baker was expected to face questions about the China turmoil today daring aa appearance at the National Press Club in Washington.
An administration official, who spoke on condition he not be identified by name, said U.S. officials believe the 84-year-old Deag, who has been reported la ill health, “to still alive... and still running the show.” The official noted that while the U.S. government can’t order private citizens to leave the country, “a real change” of atmosphere has taken place in recent days, and that “more and more people” have deckled to leave tile country.
State Department spokeswoman Margaret Tutwiler, in announcing Baker’s decision, called the situation in China “volatile, uncertain and increasingly dangerous.”
the city of Beijing early today, but residents claimed the hated 27th Army, which carried out the weekend assault, had left the city, replaced by new troops.
Citizens attempted to establish order in their shattered lives under the watchful eyes of martial law troops, and the government issued a new decree making it illegal to put up barricades in the street and disrupt traffic.
Last week, the people had pushed buses, trucks and other objects into the streets in futile efforts to stop troops from entering the city.
The main concern has been that military units opposing the violent suppression of the pro-democracy movement would launch an attack to drive the 27th Army from Beijing.
“ Duke Power To Advise DOE On Weapons Reactors
Commercial, Military Tradition On Nuclear Use Not Broken Under Arrangement, Official Claims
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
A branch of Duke Power Co. has signed a $9 million, three-year contract to provide nuclear safety advice in the design of the U.S. Department of Energy’s proposed new weapons production reactors.
Duke officials call it their first defense-related contract with the DOE, and re
gional anti-nuclear groups are asking whether the arrangement breaks the traditional separation between commercial and military uses of nuclear power.
A spokesman for Duke, which operates seven commercial reactors, says it doesn’t.
“There is no attempt to have the input or output of either program cross over
into each other,” Joseph J. Maher said Wednesday.
“Our sole role is to review their program ... for safety design and environmental criteria.”
Duke Engineering & Services Inc., which Maher called an “affiliate” owned by Duke Power Co., signed a contract May 25 with the University of California, which operates Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Los Alamos is providing technical support to the DOE in developing the NPR, Maher said.
The DOE proposes spending $6.8 billion to build new production reactors at the
Savannah River Site and at Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. The reactors, to be completed about the year 2000, would replace Savannah River’s existing reactors as the source of radioactive tritium gas for U.S. nuclear weapons
Charlotte-based Duke operates five electricity-producing reactors in South Carolina and two in North Carolina.
“The Department of Energy has not built a reactor since the 1960s. The EXIE has committed that any new reactor they
(Please See DUKE POWER, Page 5A>