Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 16, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Chinese Paper Praises Hard-Liners
Faustmann In Palmetto Finals
A Quick ReadMagazine 'Garbage' To Get Down, Dirty
WASHINGTON (AP) - A new magazine devoted to the pros and cons of biodegradable diapers and other ways of dealing with debris promises to do more than just talk trash.
If you say, “What garbage!” you’re not a likely reader of Garbage.
But the publishers of this new magazine say the “throwaway society” has gone beyond the concern of the counterculture to become a mainstream issue.
“I think we all feel vaguely uneasy and vaguely guilty when you bring the groceries home and realize that 60 percent of what you’ve bought is packaging,” said editor-publisher Patricia Poore.
Formally known as “Garbage: The Practical Journal for the Environment,” it will start publishing in August. Ms. Poore, 33, said it will have a pro-environment tilt but she promises to be even-handed.4 Charged With Holding Woman's Dog
SPARTANBURG (AP) - Sheila Hawkins says she knew something was amiss when Bentley, her 5-year-old Miniature Yorkshire Terrier, turned up missing.
Ms. Hawkins said she knew from the beginning that her dog had not just run away. “I was just hoping whoever had him wouldn’t mistreat him,” she said.
Ronnie Blackwell, 18, of Spartanburg, found his neighbor’s missing dog and later was arrested along with three others and charged with conspiracy to commit extortion. Blackwell allegedly tried to force the owner to up the reward to $200 and set up a drop at a gas station.
But his intent wasn’t malicious, officials said.
“He said he had become really attached to the dog and felt if he kept upping the price the lady would just think the dog wasn’t worth it,” said Detective Audrey McNair of the Spartanburg Police Department.
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Dedication Held At Smith-Hazel Pool
Friday, June 16, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 144
Du Pont Tribute May Take Scientific Turn
By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer
Science could replace nostalgia as a lasting tribute to the 38 years of service of Du Pont at the Savannah River Site.
Plans to replace the proposed Du Pont clock tower at the Ruth Patrick Science Center with a planetarium were discussed Thursday evening during a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce.
The planetarium, which would allow people to enter the dome shaped facility and see computer simulated images of
the heavens, would be an on going educ-taional tool as oppossed to the retirement theme projected by the clock tower, said June H. Murff, president of the chamber.
Members of the board seemed very responsive to the idea of the planetarium and have decided to persue the project, she said.
Representatives from Du Pont have already approved the proposed replacement. “They seemed pleased with the proposal and the fact that it could be used for an educational vehicle rather than just for nostalgia,” Mrs. Murff said.
The planetarium could also be used for
a science enrichment program at USC Aiken, she said.
Dr. Robert E. Alexander, chancellor of USCA, was unavailable for comment on the project.
If constructed, the planetarium, which is still in a conceptual stage, would be a useful educational devise that could be used by residents from all over the county and from other surrounding areas, Mrs. Murff said.
“It will be something that anyone can enjoy,” she said.
Mrs. Murff added, “Right now, there is no costs figure for the project.”
The architects for the science center are to be named today, she said.
Plans to establish a fund raising committee for the project will be discussed during the board’s meeting next week, Mrs. Murff said.
A possible plan for the fund raising structure would be to place different individuals in charge (rf different sectors of the community to insure that a broad base of support is received for the project, she said.
Funds left over from the Du Pont Appreciation Dinner could also be used for the project, Mrs. Murff said.
Bush Hails Vote On S&L Reforms
SAND BLAST: Bernhard Langer of West Germany successfully hits from the sand en route to a four-under-par 66 at the U.S. Open in Rochester, N Y For story, please see Page 11 A.
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The administration is hailing the House version of savings and loan bailout legislation as a major victory for taxpayers after the resounding defeat of an attempt to weaken President Bush’s key reform proposal.
Shortly before ll p.m. Thursday, the House capped a 13-hour session by voting 320-97 to solve the worst financial crisis since the Depression with the most expensive government bailout in history. It will cost, according to the congressist General Accounting Office, $285 billion over 30 years — $157 billion of that from taxpayers.
The legislation also includes a series of what Bush has labeled “never again” provisions. In what the president identified as the heart of his proposal, it requires S&L owners to risk more of their own money in a capital cushion between S&L losses and the government deposit insurance fund.
“The American taxpayers won a major victory today when the House of Representatives voted for strong, tangible capital requirements for the nation’s savings and loans,” Treasury Secretary Nicholas F. Brady said in a statement.
“We applaud the House leadership for moving this bill rapidly through the House,” said White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater.
The House action paves the way for a conference early next month with the Senate, which passed its S&L bill in April, and for final enactment before Congress goes on vacation in August.
The sharpest conflict between the two chambers will likely be on their funding plans. The Senate would allow Bush to keep some S&L spending out of the budget deficit through a plan to sell bonds
‘The American taxpayers won a major victory when the House voted for strong,
tangible capital requirements for the nation’s savings and loans.’
— Nicholas F. Brady, Treasury Secretary
through a new quasi-private agency. But the Democratic-dominated House would swell the deficit by $44 billion, increasing pressure on the administration to agree to a tax increase, in a bid to cut long-term interest costs.
On capital, the House would require S&L owners to risk $3 in “real money” capital for every $IOO in lending, while the Senate standard is $1.50.
Despite heavy industry lobbying, the House, on a 326-94 vote, rejected an amendment offered by Rep. Henry J. Hyde, R-Ill., which would have given 241 S&Ls a chance, through an administrative appeal, to win exemption from new capital requirements.
Hyde was arguing on behalf of institutions currently benefiting from an accounting break known as “supervisory good will.” Regulators granted the $19.7 billion break to institutions, many of them in Illinois, that took ailing institutions off the government’s hands in the early 1980s. Supervisory good will allows many of them to operate without risking any of their owners’ money.
(Please See BUSH, Page 8A)Consumer Prices Rise Sharp 0.6% In May
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices rose a sharp 0.6 percent in May, pushed up by strong increases in food and gasoline costs, the government said today.
The rise in the Consumer Price Index, the government’s primary gauge of inflation at the retail level, followed an even stronger 0.7 percent April increase that was the largest jump in more than two
years, the Labor Department reported.
During the first five months of the year, consumer prices rose at an annual rate of 6.7 percent, a significantly faster pace than the 4.4 percent price increases registered in 1987 and 1988.
Inflation at the wholesale level has been even stronger, rising at an annual rate of 9.4 percent so far this year.
Despite the persistently strong price increases, many analysts say inflation now
may begin to level off.
Today’s report will be closely scrutinized by the Federal Reserve Board, which last week slightly eased its grip on the money supply in the belief that the slowing economy will help to tame inflation.
Analysts believe the central bank will wait for further evidence that inflation is under control before it eases any more.
In May, the overall inflation rate was
heavily influenced by a I percent increase in energy costs. These costs had shot up 5.1 percent in April, when there was an all-time record increase in gasoline prices of 11.4 percent.
Last month’s increase in gasoline costs was a still-strong 3.9 percent, which accounted for about one-fourth of the overall increase in the CPI for May.
(Please See CONSUMER, Page 8A)Drug Czar Says Beheading Suitable For Some Dealers
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Drug czar William Bennett says that beheading some kinds of drug dealers would be a “morally” fitting punishment although difficult to implement system of justice.
Bennett, interviewed Thursday on the “Larry King Live” television program on Cable News Network, said, “We are not do- BENNETT ing enough that is morally proportionate to the nature of the offense.”
His remarks were prompted by a call
er’s question, “why not behead the ... dealers?” as the law calls for in some Middle Eastern countries.
“What the caller suggests is morally plausible,” Bennett said. “It’s legally difficult.”
Bennett, who is director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said, “Morally, I don’t have any problem with that at all.”
“Ask most Americans if they saw someone on the streets selling drugs to their kids, what they would feel morally justified in doing — tear them (the sellers) limb from limb,” Bennett said.
Asked by interviewer King, “What should we do?” Bennett did not answer directly but said, “It’s not a moral problem. I used to teach ethics.”5th 'Anchor' Signs Contract To Open Store In Aiken Mall
By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer
A fifth large anchor store has signed contracts to locate a new 60,000 square feet store in the Aiken Mall, said Jacqueline J. Beck, a spokesman for George D. Zamias.
Phar-Mor drug stores signed an agreement earlier this week to locate in the mall, informed sources said.
The company has been running advertisements in local newspapers requesting employment applications.
Joining the fifth chain in anchoring the store will be Brendle’s Catalog Store, Sears Roebuck and Co., Belk of Aiken and J.C. Penney Inc.
“We are just getting ready to start construction on the fourth store right now,” said Ken Hardin, leasing agent for Zamias.
In additon to the large chain stores, approximately 50 small specialty shops will be locating in the mall, he said.
“A majority of them (the small shops) will be new stores,” Hardin said. Very few stores in the Aiken area will be relocating at the mall.
The owners of the small shops will be able to start working on their stores in the next two weeks to prepare for the Oct. ll opening of the mall, he said.
(Please See 5TH ANCHOR, Page 8A)