Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 19, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Columbia Duo Wins 4-Ball
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Defining Dixie: New Book To Tell It All
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — You can be doggone sure Dixie ain’t like other parts of this here United States. That’s the message of a work scrunching the South’s A-to-Z uniqueness into an 8-pound, 1643-page book to be unveiled at a Washington, D.C., gala Tuesday.
Starting with baseball great Hank Aaron and ending with zydeco, “wonderful Cajun music played with an accordion,” editor Bill Ferris says the newly published Encyclopedia of Southern Culture provides a one-of-a-kind single volume reference work.
He says the book boils down the region to its bare bones, but leaves the marrow of the South’s contributions and history in 24 major subject areas — including agriculture, art and literature, black life, law, politics, science and medicine.
French Was The Clue In Show Dog Capture
MOUNT PROSPECT, 111. (AP) -Forsan, a valuable European show dog missing for a week, had only to hear a few words of French to realize he was back among friends.
“As soon as I started speaking to him in French, he came right up to me and buried his head in my side,” said Gerald A. Rousseau, a dog trainer who took command of the 3-year-old Belgian Malinois after he was captured by police.
The dog, valued as high as $50,000, slipped from his cage while he and his French owner were changing flights at O’Hare International Airport on June 12.
An examination by a vet showed the dog had gashes on his front legs and inside an ear, but otherwise was alert and in good shape, said Rousseau.
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Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 146
Safety Lapses Linked To N-Plant Secrecy
From Staff and Wire Reports
WASHINGTON — Widely pubUcized breakdowns of safety at the Savannah River Site and other government nuclear weapons plants are rooted in a perverse devotion to secrecy and poor management, congressional investigators said in a report issued Sunday.
The safety problems, which came to light mostly over the past two years, were aggravated by a lack of outside scrutiny and effective oversight from the Energy Department, which pays private companies to run the faciUties, the report said.
A variety of congressional committees and independent panels have been study
ing problems in the weapons complex, which includes 16 major faciUties in 12 states. Some of key faciUties are closed down for repairs and improvements.
The report said there was inadequate fire protection at SRS near Aiken, whose temporarily idled nuclear reactors provide the nation’s onlv source of tritium, a radioactive gas used to make warheads.
The report cited a 1986 federal review of the problem that said the only firefighting device available at one nuclear reactor there was an ordinary garden hose.
Site officials have since begun installing additional sprinkler systems as preventive measures. The 1950s-era reactors have been shut down nearly a year for a
range of DOE-ordered management and equipment upgrades, and are to be reactivated starting early in 1990.
The latest blow to the weapons program was struck at the Rocky Flats plutonium fabrication plant, near Boulder, Colo., where FBI agents swooped in June 6 to check out allegations of a cover-up of illegal storage and waste disposal practices.
The Energy Department subsequently froze nearly $5 minion in bonus payments to the operator of the Rocky Flats facili-ty, Rockwell International Corp.
The bonuses were to cover work performed between September 1988 and March 1989, but have been “frozen indefi-
A Strange Day
nitely,” according to W. Henson Moore, Energy Department deputy director.
“They’re not going to get that money until we know more,” Moore said Friday.
Energy Secretary James D. Watkins is putting together a master plan for modernizing the complex and cleaning up the radioactive and toxic wastes that have contaminated the sites and surrounding areas during 40 years of bomb making. He says national security may be jeopardized if improvements aren’t made quickly.
Estimates of the rebuilding and cleanup cost range up to $150 billion over 30
(Please See SAFETY, Page 3A)
Sales Tax Option Still Awaits Action
SECOND TIME AROUND: Curtis Strange after becoming the first golfer to repeat as 1950-51. For story, please see Page 8A.
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By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — State lawmakers predict a calm few days when they return today to consider budget vetoes, a new tax for local governments and expanding the state Senate.
“I don’t see any fireworks at all,” said Sen. John Land, D-Manning, of the session that could extend until Thursday. Most lawmakers predict they’ll finish before then.
Land chairs the committee considering the issue with the most potential controversy: the so-called local option sales tax.
But lawmakers must also deal with Gov. Carroll Campbell’s $4.2 million in vetoes on the budget and other bills, as well as a biP se.Wg to >pand the state Senate from 46 to 48 members.
The local option sales tax proposal would allow cities and counties to end their reliance on the property tax for revenue by raising the sales tax a penny on the dollar, from 5 percent to 6 percent, if voters approve. The revenue would be split between property tax rollbacks and the general funds of cities and counties.
So far, though, state House and Senate conferees have been unable to agree on how much should go for property tax relief.
The full House adopted a bill dedicating 50 percent of the money to tax relief. The Senate’s proposal raises the amount to 75 percent.
House conferees have since agreed to as much as a 65 percent rollback, but Land says his instructions from the Senate have been firm to stick with the 75 percent level.
He has called a meeting of the committee today, hoping both sides can receive direction from their colleagues to end the stalemate.
I hope some compromise can be reached, because I believe all of us want a bill,” Land said.
At least one of Land’s colleagues, though, disagrees.
Sen. Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, has insisted all the money raised from the new tax should be used for property tax reduction.
“If thev bring a version out that has a few weaknesses in it, I plan to exploit those and make debate as hot as I can,” McConnell said. “I haven’t given up hope of beating that. I just keep looking for the Achilles’ heel on it.”
McConnell also promises a floor fight on a measure to have the South Carolina Public Service Authority take over operation of the troubled Patriot’s Point development in Charleston.
Construction on a proposed multimillion dollar hotel and marina at Patriots Point was halted after the developers said they had already spent the $14 million in bonds sold to finance the project.
Tile state House has approved a plan for the Public Service Authority, also known as Santee Cooper, to buy out the project, finish construction and take over operation of the ongoing attractions there, such as the USS Yorktown and a naval and maritime museum.
But McConnell wants assurances that the prject’s troubles will be fully examined and that state taxpayers will not be stuck with a bill with the transfer.
“We want some answers,” he said. Speaker of the House Bob Sheheen predicts some debate as well over Campbell’s 63 budget vetoes that cut $4.2 million and 117 new employees, though he doesn’t believe Campbell’s vetoes will wreck the week.
(Please See SALES, Page 3A)
Political Situation Remains Murky In China
By The Associated Press
BEIJING — Authorities today postponed indefinitely a special session of the national legislature that was scheduled before the pro-democracy movement was crushed with the intent of discussing the movement’s demands.
The move further deepens the mystery about what is going on inside Communist China’s traditionally secretive leadership.
The legislature may be waiting until the Communist Party holds an expected Central Committee meeting to formally oust party General Secretary Zhao Ziyang, who has reportedly already been stripped of power. Qiao Shi, the party official responsible for security, has emerged as a likely successor.
Wan Li, the chairman of the National People’s Congress, had scheduled a special session beginning Tuesday.
But a man who answered the telephone
at the Congress’s press office said the session was postponed because Beijing has not yet returned completely to normal. No new date was set.
Several thousand student protesters had planned to stay in central Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, outside the Great Hall of the People where the Congress meets, until the session began.
But they were routed out June 3-4 when troops with tanks and machine guns shot their way through huge crowds protect
ing the students and rolled into the square. Hundreds of unarmed civilians were killed.
The nearly 3,000-legislature normally meets just once a year, with a 135-member Standing Committee fulfilling its duties the rest of the year.
It was not clear what Wan had in mind by calling the session, though discussion had been expected on how to deal with the pro-democracy movement’s demands for reforms including a free press.
Schools Get Low Marks On Teaching Kids To Think
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Most Americans believe standardized tests fail to measure how well pupils learn, and fear that schoolchildren are being taught facts without absorbing them, a poll has found.
To improve education, majorities in the Media General-Associated Press survey supported greater spending and taxes and increased competition among public schools. A sizable minority supported the notion of year-round classes.
School competition, through programs allowing parents to choose which public schools their children attend, is a cornerstone of President Bush’s education policy. Bush has questioned whether greater spending is needed.
After a decade in which the back-to-basics movement swept the nation’s schools, 52 percent in the poll said their
local schools do an adequate job teaching basic facts and skills. But just 39 percent gave the schools good marks for teaching pupils how to think and reason.
Despite that mixed report, 53 percent rated their local public schools as good or excellent overall. Respondents with children in the schools rated them even more highly, with 61 percent favorable.
The national poll of 1,084 adults, conducted May 5-13 as the school year approached its end, found considerable enthusiasm for a variety of initiatives being tried or debated around the country. Among the findings:
^ Two-thirds favored more spending on public schools, and nine in IO of that
(Please See SCHOOLS, Page 3A)
Mebbe Stoodent Shudda've Studyed
By The Associated Press
LECANTO, Fla. — A high school sophomore dissatisfied with his education in this rural community vented his gripe in a student newspaper ad that read: “I’d dun learned a heks of alOot ast lecanto.”
Jimmy Porter placed a 17-line advertisement, complete with misspellings and improper grammar, in the year-end issue of Lecanto High School’s Panther Prowl.
“The best education you get if you play a sport ... 4 out of 5 doctors said thev would rather be stranded on a de
sert than go to Lecanto High School... Maybe someone will realize that this is not the real world,” wrote Jimmy, who was newspaper’s advertising manager.
Principal Mike Fox, whose 950-student high school ranks in the top IO percent in Florida, was not happy.
It was not received with great kindness,” he said, adding: “You have to remember this is a 15-year-old kid. Ifs kind of an immature thing to do.”
He and other administrators defended the school.
(Please See MEBBE, Page 3A)