Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 12, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Bush Makes It Into Senior Citizen Ranks
WASHINGTON (AP) - George Bush turns 65 today, only the 13th president in U.S. history to hit that milestone while in office.
Friends and experts say they don’t expect his new status as senior citizen to slow down Bush, a trim non-smoker who jogs and plays tennis regularly.
Dr. T. Franklin Williams, director of the National Institute on Aging, says, “I don’t know anything at all about President Bush’s medical history, but just to observe him from a distance I would predict he has 25 or 30 good years ahead of him anyhow.”
'Robin HUD' Stole Millions To Help Poor
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Maryland woman dubbed “Robin HUD” by federal investigators claims she embezzled as much as $5.5 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to give to the poor.
HUD Secretary Jack Kemp was described Sunday as being “very upset” by the losses, which according to The Washington Post could reach $10 million in the Washington field office alone because of extraor-
HARRELL dinarily lax bookkeeping involving foreclosure sales of government property.
Marilyn Harrell, a private escrow agent in Maryland who’s being called “Robin HUD,” said she was able to divert $5.5 million during a four-year period to help feed, clothe and house the poor.
“I figured that as long as I was going to go to jail anyway, I would help a few people with the time I had left,” the 46-year-old Temple Hills, Md., resident told the New York Times.
Kemp ordered HUD Inspector General Paul Adams to conduct an immediate investigation of the alleged embezzlement in the Washington office.
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Gorbachev Hopes To Seal West Ties
By The Associated Press
BONN, West Germany — Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrived today for his first state visit to West Germany with the aim of strengthening ties between East and West, an objective that goes to the heart of this divided nation.
The Soviet president and his delegation touched down at Cologn e-Bonn airport a few minutes ahead of their scheduled ar
rival in an Aeroflot jet dubbed “Kremlin One.”
Gorbachev and his wife, Raisa, emerged from the plane and stood somberly for a 21-gun salute before descending to the tarmac to be greeted by Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher.
The Kremlin entourage set off in a motorcade of ZIL limousines for a quick stop at the Soviet Embassy in the suburb of Bad Godesberg before heading to official welcoming ceremonies at Villa Hammer-
schmidt, the residence of President Richard von Weizsaecker.
During his four-day visit to West Germany, Gorbachev leaves behind rioting in the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan and two weeks of sharp debate in the new Congress over political power and economic failures.
His talks with West German officials will give him a chance to concentrate on foreign policy, his area of greatest success in four years in power, and the tech-
TAKING PRIDE: Ron Toole (left), chief of the Belvedere Volunteer Fire Dept, and fireman HT. Lott clean up one of the pumpers outside the fire station. The fire
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
department set a state record recently when 17 of its 30 volunteers graduated from the South Carolina Fire Academy. For story, please see Page 1B.
Falwell Disbanding Moral Majority
By The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS — The Moral Majority is being dismantled after a decade of leading religious conservatives out of the political wilderness, but analysts said the effects of its lobbying efforts will endure.
“There are those that are saying we are witnessing the end of the religious right,” said the Rev. Richard Neuhaus, director of the Center on Religion and Society in New York. “I do not think this is the beginning of the end. To paraphrase Churchill, ‘This is the end of the beginning.’”
Television evangelist Jerry Falwell, founder and chairman of Moral Majority, announced Sunday that the organization will be disbanded Aug. 31.
The once feared lobbying group, which
“I do not think this is the beginning of the end. To paraphrase Churchill, This is the end of the beginning.’”
— The Rev. Richard Neuhaus
raised $69 million and helped elect three Republican administrations since its founding in June 1979, had accomplished its mission of politicizing religious conservatives, Falwell told a meeting of the Religion Newswriters Association.
“I feel that I have performed the task
to which I was called in 1979. The religious right is solidly in place, and like the galvanizing of the black church as a political force a generation ago, the religious conservatives in America are now in for the duration,” he said.
Neuhaus, a Lutheran theologian, said Moral Majority’s ability to bring Christian fundamentalists out of an isolationist stance and into public policy debates was “a major development of lasting consequence.”
“While the work of Moral Majority will go on forever, the Moral Majority organization is no longer needed,” Falwell said.
An average of 2 million to 3 million eople either donated money or subscribed to the organization’s newspaper
(Please See FALWELL, Page 10A)
nology and financial help needed to modernize the Soviet economy.
Gorbachev’s agenda includes meetings with scientific and business leaders and factory tours.
Gorbachev says Germany is at the center of what he calls “our common European home.” Public opinion polls in West Germany have found him to be the most popular foreign leader ever.
(Please See GORBACHEV, Page IDA)
Clean Air Sincerity Played Up
President Drafts Overhaul Of Laws
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The White House is billing President Bush’s proposal to overhaul federal clean air laws as evidence that his campaign promises to protect the environment were more than just talk.
Bush was expected to call today for sharp cuts in acid rain and urban smog pollutants, as well as more stringent requirements to protect Americans from toxic industrial chemicals.
The proposals, falling short of what some environmentalists had sought, were widely viewed as the first test of whether the Bush administration plans to take decisive action on environmental issues.
The president promised in his campaign last year and repeatedly since taking office that he will move to tighten the federal clean air laws, especially by taking action to curb acid rain.
Last week Bush told a conservation group the clean air package he intends to send Congress would represent “sweeping changes” in the 1970 Clean Air Act and “significantly improve every North American’s quality of life” whether they live near industrial plants or in the countryside.
The final package was approved by Bush over the weekend at Camp David where the president reviewed an array of option papers prepared by his Domestic Policy Council, which had debated provisions of the package for weeks.
While details of the president’s proposals were not yet clear Sunday, government and congressional sources said the plan was expected to include:
^ Requirements for cutting sulfur dioxide emissions, mostly from older coal-burning electric power plants, by IO million tons by the year 2000 to combat acid rain which damages lakes, streams and forests. The curbs would cut such emissions in half.
^ A requirement for industry to install control technology to curb the release of cancer-causing and other toxic chemicals from facilities as chemical plants and oil
(Please See CLEAN AIR, Page 10A)
China Continues Sweep, Denounces U.S.
By The Associated Press
BEIJING — The government today pressed on with its crackdown on dissent and stepped up criticism of the United States for “rumor-mongering” and sheltering leading dissident Fang Lizhi, whose arrest it has ordered.
As a result of the army’s assault on unarmed pro-democracy protesters to clear Tiananmen Square, U.S.-Chinese relations have plunged to perhaps the lowest point since diplomatic ties were restored a decade ago.
The government-controlled media today accused the Voice of America, which has reported the hundreds of deaths in the city center a week ago, of false reporting and distortion. Official media claim no one was killed on the square.
Authorities have launched a massive propaganda campaign aimed at convincing the populace that soldiers were the victims of a rampaging mob and that foreign reports of troops opening fire on unarmed crowds are lies.
The country’s official trade union today urged workers to eradicate independent labor groups, which sprung up as the stu-
dent-led movement for a freer China gained momentum and found support among workers and intellectuals.
Official media told people to study senior leader Deng Xiaoping’s speech Friday that praised the army for crushing the 7-week-old pro-democracy movement. Deng claimed the movement’s leaders intended to turn Communist China into a capitalist republic.
National television repeatedly showed scenes of one man, identified as a leader of an independent labor union in Shanghai, who had apparently been beaten and was being held at gunpoint by police.
His face was swollen so badly he could barely open his eyes.
Broadcasts also showed the arrests of dozens of other people, many described as “thugs” who took advantage of the pro-democracy movement to commit crimes during protests that hit more than a dozen Chinese cities.
Four hundred people have been arrested in Beijing alone, authorities said.
(Please See CHINA, Page 10A)
Political Asylum For 2 Defectors In Hands Of Immigration Officials
By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Immigration authorities must decide whether to grant political asylum to Chinese diplomats who said they were defecting during an emotional vigil honoring pro-democracy students slain in Beijing, the FBI said.
The Consulate of the People’s Republic of China would not confirm the two men had defected, but FBI agents said the pair requested asylum and were under federal protection Sunday.
Agents referred the matter to the Immigration and Naturalization Service,' which decides asylum requests.
A spokesman for David Ilchert, regional INS director, said Sunday that the two had yet to file an asylum request,
but he would provide no other information.
White House spokesman Bob Hall said in a telephone interview from Washington that the Bush administration had no official statement as yet on the defections.
At a Sunday rally organized by Chinese exchange students in Oakland’s Chinatown, some of the 300 demonstrators said they were touched by the diplomats’ actions.
“I was really moved when they said they are on our side,” said Yu Maochun, an exchange student from the University of California at Berkeley. “I am a Chinese national and I know how brave
(Please See POLITICAL, Page 10A)