Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Tuesday, June 13, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Truce Declared After The War
A Quick Read
Robber Grabs Worthless Loot
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - A rob-ber who grabbed a bag from a bank employee outside a bank will have some trouble cashing the loot.
The man confronted a Bank of St. Joseph credit union employee Monday and told her to hand over the bank bag she was carrying “or I’ll shoot you.” He then fled with the bag, Police Sgt. Jim Connors said.
Connors said the bag contained no cash, just checks.
“They were all payroll checks and government checks stamped for deposit only,” Connors said. “They are absolutely worthless to him.”
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -Monday’s twin earthquakes may have startled downtown workers, but it didn’t surprise Oscar the fish.
The eight-inch-long swimming seismograph was spotted swimming on his side in a classroom aquarium, three hours before a quake registering 4.5 on the Richter scale hit, said Ron Schnitger, a biology teacher at Corona del Mar High School, who serves as Oscar’s keeper and interpreter.
Oscar has done the same before 15 to 20 other quakes, Schnitger said.
“He just swims on his side about six inches below the surface,” he said.
The quake was centered under Montebello some 25 miles away and was hardly strong enough to slosh the water in Oscar’s 140-gallon tank. The quake and a subsequent 4.3-magnitude temblor were moderate, causing only minor damage and injuring one person.
Schnitger said the freshwater fish was a South American red Oscar. The fish is missing one eye, but Schnitger and other believers said his cockeyed swimming doesn’t have anything to do with trying to see better.
“It’s nothing special for an individual fish to behave strangely” before an earthquake, said John Fish, who works at the Aquarium Stock Co. pet store in West Los Angeles.Weather
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Aiken Budget Gets Final Approval
Borders Alerted For Dissidents
Fang And Wife Still Sheltered In U.S. Embassy
By The Associated PressInside Today
BEIJING — Authorities put border guards on alert today for prominent dissident Fang Lizhi and accused his wife of behind-the-scenes manipulation of prodemocracy leaders, some of whom were said to have turned themselves in.
Fang and his wife, Li Shuxian, have taken refuge in the U.S. Embassy to avoid arrest.
In the week since it turned soldiers on unarmed civilian protesters to crush the movement for a freer China, the government has arrested more than 1,000 people in suppressing all dissent.
U.S. EMBASSY: A chinese policeman stands in front of the American embassy in Beijing. The Chinese
government is critical of the U.S. for giving refuge here to a leading dissident.
On Monday, authorities gave police and soldiers permission to shoot people who incite unrest and banned the independent student and worker groups that sprung up during seven weeks of heady political ferment.
In a propaganda blitz, the government has paraded “counterrevolutionaries” before television viewers and displayed on the small screen telephone numbers people can call to inform on their neighbors.
Tile official Beijing Daily reported today in a front-page article that some independent student and labor leaders had turned themselves in and confessed. It
(Please See Borders, Page 5A)
Westinghouse Reporting Real Progress
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
SRS Moves To Attract Local Suppliers
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
Westinghouse officials struggle daily with rampant rumors, an office space crunch and complicated preparations to restart three nuclear reactors, but feel they’ve been successful in their first two months of running the Savannah River Site.
“We’re making real progress,” James S. Moore, president of Westinghouse Savannah River Co., said Monday in an address to the Aiken Rotary Qub.
WSRC, a Westinghouse Electric Corp. subsidiary, replaced the Du Pont Co. on April I as contractor at the
(See WESTINGHOUSE, Page 5A)
Westinghouse, the new Savannah River Site contractor, has streamlined site purchasing procedures and set up a “vendor outreach program” in hopes of attracting more local suppliers of goods and services.
“Our intent is to do as much local business as possible,” said Thomas E. Robinson, manager of the procurement and materials management department for Westinghouse Savannah River Co.
The Westinghouse Electric Corp. subsidiary replaced the Du Pont Co. on April I as operating contractor at the nuclear weapons facility.
Du Pont, which operated the site for nearly 39 years, did over $200 million business a year with South Carolina and Georgia suppliers, Robinson said.
“We’re hoping to increase it,” he said.
He cites several measures the company has taken to make life easier for SRS vendors in general. The company hopes those steps will encourage more local
suppliers — which it defines as those within a 50-mile radius — to get in on the act.
“We’re trying to maximize competition — give all Uncle Sam’s citizens an opportunity to eat at Uncle Sam’s table,” Robinson said.
Under Westinghouse, two site purchasing departments — materials and logistics, and construction — have been combined into a single department reporting to Peterson.
The consolidation, designed to make purchasing more efficient for Westinghouse, also should let vendors avoid duplication of efforts by giving them one customer instead of two.
In addition, Westinghouse has established a Vendor Development Group that serves as a “point of contact” for vendors, “to make sure the (site) buying personnel know they’re out there and what they’re supplying,” Robinson said.
As part of the “outreach” effort, he has visited area chambers of commerce to explain “how to do business with Westinghouse.”
A new Westinghouse brochure — entitled “Selling to the Savannah River Site” explains the company’s purchasing policies and pledges that it “will actively seek to be a good neighbor by utilizing local area businesses.”
Small and disadvantaged local businesses get particular emphasis under Westinghouse purchasing policies.
A new procurement manual says “small businesses within the local trade areas will be given the first opportunity to supply small purchases under $25,000 when small business set-asides are used.”
The brochure says WSRC “will aggressively act to maximize opportunities” for small, small and disadvantaged, and women-owned businesses.
It concludes that the company “is interested in actively promoting the success of its suppliers, especially socioeconomically disadvantaged business concerns.”
(Please See SRS, Page 5A)
City Council Takes Action To Expand Southside UtilitiesConsumers Get Sour Taste From Ad's Lemon Winners
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
The Aiken City Council has adopted a resolution that makes the city eligible to apply for a $5 million utilities expansion loan — financing that will help complete a major sewer collection loop in the fast-growing south side.
City Manager Roland Windham said the proposed line, an estimated three miles in length and known as the southwestern interceptor, is the “backbone” of the collection system on the south side and eventually will aid growth east of S.C. 19.
The Council’s resolution approves an amendment to a long range utilities plan drafted several years ago to obtain federal grants and use the Horse Creek Waste Water Treatment Facility.
The amendment means the city has taken the necessary steps to update its 201 Engineering Feasibility Facilities Plan, but it must be approved by the State Department of Health and Environmental Control before a loan can be granted.
The city manager said he expected no difficulty in getting DHEC approval.
Windham said the $5 million needed for the project will be sought from the State Revolving Loan Fund, where the interest
is at a much lower rate than the city could get on the bond market.
While the 201 Plan resolution was a major action on the agenda, the Council also took action on some other “big ticket” items — namely, the approval of bids totaling more than $780,000 for two projects on the south side.
In one, Republic Contracting Corp. was given a $605,000 bid to expand the city’s Pine Log Road water treatment plant, and Precon Corporation won a $160,696 bid to construct a million gallon water tank of prestressed concrete.
In other utility bids, the council:
^ Approved a Shellhouse Construction Inc. bid of $49,640 to install a 12-inch water line on Silver Bluff Road that will increase water pressure and open up large areas that the city has not been able to serve.
^ Awarded a $32,820 bid to Cities Supply and $13,370 to Miller Supply for new water meters.
^ Awarded a $9,845 bid to Blanchard Equipment for a heavy-duty outfront mower suitable for parkway work.
*•" Awarded bids amounting to more than $60,000 for water treatment chemicals. The low bidders were Aiken Building Supply, $1,551.20 for lime; Peridot Chemical Co., $25,120 for liquid alum, and Van Waters, $33,540.40 for chlorine and sodium fluoride.
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — As the advertising industry preened to receive its annual awards for excellence, consumer groups issued mock awards of their own for the
year’s “most misleading, unfair or irresponsible ad campaigns.”
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Balancing the industry’s coveted “Clio” awards, given Monday night in New York, the consumer groups issued their Harlan Page Hubbard awards, named for a pioneer advertiser of patent medicines that were supposed to cure whatever ailed you.
The “winners” of Hubbards, should they choose to accept them, are entitled to a bronze-colored victory figure grasping a lemon. The results were announced Monday by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
The U.S. Council for Energy Awareness, a previous “Hubbard” recipient was singled out “for claiming that nuclear power can reduce oil imports when in’fact most oil is used for gasoline for which nuclear power cannot substitute. ’’
Carl Goldstein, spokesman for the group, said, “we don’t pay a whole lot of attention to things like this.” He said the advertising claims “are responsible and verifiable” and should be judged “by what responsible people think about it ”
TWA was cited for advertising a $298 round-trip fare to London, including hotel and car, “when the actual cost of the trip ranges from more than $700 to SI 400 ” according to the CSPI.
“TWA is no longer running the ads and have no further comment regarding the award,” said Donald Morrison, a spokesman for the airline.
Anheuser-Busch was cited for beer commercials featuring a dog named Spuds MacKenzie. The CSPI said the commercials appeal to people under the legal drinking age and associate drinking with athletics.
“As a responsible corporation, we are satisfied that neither the Spuds MacKenzie
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advertisements jior our other brand commercials promote underage consump-
tion,” said Michael J. Roarty, an executive vice president of Anheuser-»uat,i “Our commercials are placed only in programming in which the majority of viewers are above the legal minimum age to consume beer.”
(Please See CONSUMERS, Page 5A)