Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 21, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Batmobile Winner's Problem: No Motor
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Holy Harvey Wallbanger, Batman! A bartender won your Batmobile.
Patrick McLynn, who is paying his way through Virginia Commonwealth University by tending bar part time, has won the hottest car in Gotham City as part of the nationwide hoopla surrounding the opening of the movie “Batman.”
There’s just one problem: The Caped Crusader’s vehicle doesn’t have a motor.
Greg Drebin, a publicist for MTV, which gave away the car, explained the empty space under the hood.
“It simply was not street worthy,” Drebin said. “The car was the real prop used in the picture. But its motor was too heavy, the ratio wasn’t according to regulations. It has only been drien by stunt men.”
Luckily for McLynn, the prize also includes $25,000 for bat-gas.
Police Bar Hippies At Solstice Celebration
AMESBURY, England (AP) — Police today arrested at least 170 hippies who they said tried to enter the grounds of the 4.000-year-old Stonehenge monument before dawn to celebrate the summer solstice.
Six people managed to scale a fence on the perimeter of the famed archaeological site before they were detained, and one of them shouted to reporters, “Free the stones! Free the people!”
Wiltshire police said they had warned about 300 people gathered on a highway near the monument to dis-
Crse or face arrest for breaking a n on processions within a 4-mile radius of Stonehenge.
The police, numbering about 800, later moved in on the crowd, making arrests on the highway and in and around Amesbury, a village 2 miles from Stonehenge.
Stonehenge is a mysterious double circle of gigantic standing stones set in Salisbury Plain about 80 miles southwest of London. It is thought to have been a center for pre-Christian and astronomical worship, because the sun rises over a particular stone.
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Vol. 122 No. 148
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By The Associated Press
BEIJING — Shanghai authorities today executed three men convicted of setting a train on fire, the first executions announced since the military crackdown that has crushed the pro-democracy movement.
The executions were carried out a day after the United States and other governments had appealed for clemency for the ll people sentenced to death since the June 3-4 army assault on Beijing.
The three were shot to death at a public gathering, a spokesman at the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office said, two weeks after the train was set ablaze. They were convicted on Thursday and had appeals rejected on Tuesday.
The train was set on fire June 6 after it ran through a barricade set up by protesters, killing six people.
In other developments, the government today ordered colleges to set up new po
litical education programs so students will learn to “love socialism and love the army” and accept official condemnation of the pro-democracy protests.
New arrests were also reported, raising the total nationwide to more than 1,600 since June 4, when the army killed hundreds of unarmed civilians in Beijing in crushing the student-led movement for a freer, less corrupt society.
Authorities at Beijing airport arrested four people who were involved in the protests and trying to flee, the Beijing Daily said. It said two were women trying to board a Paris-bound plane under false names. It did not detail their alleged crimes.
The three men executed in Shanghai today — workers Xu Guoming and Yan Xuerong and Bian Hanwu, who was unemployed — had appealed their death sentences to the city’s highest court, but
(Please See CHINA, Page 12A)
U.S. Tries To Block $1.4 Million Loan
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Bush is tightening diplomatic and financial pressure on Olina, trying to block at least $1.4 billion in development loans while the country is gripped by an “atmosphere of suspicion and reprisal.”
The latest sanctions were announced Tuesday amid demands from Congress for tougher action to retaliate against China’s bloody crackdown and widespread arrests of leaders of pro-democracy protests.
On Bush’s orders, the United States will try to postpone consideration of new loans to China by international financial institutions.
One administration source said the action could freeze $1.4 billion over the next six months from the World Bank and International Development Bank. Other estimates indicated the figure could be even higher.
Bush also curtailed contacts by U.S. officials with their Chinese colinter-
Crts, ordering a suspension of all high-rel exchanges of government officials with Beijing.
While not affecting embassy-to-em-bassy contacts, it will force Commerce Secretary Robert Mosbacher to scrap a trip to Olina next month, Secretary of State James A. Baker III said.
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CRIPPLED SHIP: An aerial view shows the crippled luxury liner Maxim Gorky, which rammed an iceberg in the Norwegian Sea Tuesday. All passengers were
rescued safely but some crewmen are still aboard to try to salvage the ship. For story, please see Page 2A.
Council Agrees To Balanced County Budget
BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer
Members of the Aiken County Council agreed Tuesday night to “proceed with a balanced budget and no more tax increases” at a council budget work session.
Residents in Aiken County will experience some increase in taxes due to property value reassessments this year, but .67 cents of every $1 collected goes to the school board — the county only gets 35
percent of the collected tax money, according to County Administrator W. Scott Barnes.
Council Chairman Carrol H. Warner added that Aiken County’s tax digest is based on commercial and residential property, and not industrial property.
The $20 million “Plan B” budget, with a millage rate of 4.5 mills, is the second budget proposed to Council — the original “Plan A” budget was for $21 million with a millage rate of 4.9 mills.
The Plan B budget included cuts in the
budgets submitted by different county agencies, and Tuesday night Council added back some of the items cut from the budget.
But the two hottest issues in this year’s budget cuts were not settled Tuesday night. In a goal setting session earlier this year, the Council agreed that fighting drugs was a number one priority, but deciding on where to begin the fight has created a problem.
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EIA Bill Signed By Governor
Education Goals Mapped To 2000
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — South Carolina has renewed its commitment to education reform with the massive followup to the 1984 Education Improvement Act, Gov. Carroll Campbell says.
The governor signed into law Tuesday the legislation, which maps education reform into the 1990s, targets dropout prevention, arts education, critical thinkm and flexibility in classroom instruction.
It is known formally as “Target 2000 — School Reform for the Next Decade,” and informally as “Son of EIA.”
The legislation “reaffirms the commitment the state has to the continuing improvement of public education in the state of South Carolina and I think ifs a tremendous step forward,” the governor said.
“I think it should be the kind of message that will be heard loud and clear across this state that South Carolina is committed to excellence in education, is committed to continuing to upgrade our efforts and will continue to try to give our young people the best opportunity we can,” Campbell said.
Key provisions of Target 2000 include:
^ Targeting at-risk youths by establishing dropout prevention programs. The act hopes to cut by half the state’s dropout rate, estimated at between 33 percent and 40 percent, by the year 2000.
^ Proposals to encourage students to think more analytically and support of innovations by teachers.
✓ Calling for a greater role for arts education, support of funding for remedial and compensatory programs and stresses the need for early childhood development programs.
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Spill-Response Teams Set Up
SPILL PLAN: Mobil’s Allen Murray commenls on plan
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Exxon Corp. and other big oil companies say they’ll spend $250 million over five years to sharpen their ability to combat massive oil spills, and the Bush administration is stepping up surveillance of the Alaska oil system.
The major oil companies, in their first comprehensive step to improve contingency planning for big spills, said Tuesday they will create a nationwide network of response teams capable of handling an accident as large as the Exxon Valdez disaster anywhere on U.S. coastal waters.
The plan is voluntary, which environmental groups and some members of Congress said minimizes its importance and underscores the need for federal legislation to require better response capabilities.
“When it comes to the protection of our fragile environment, ‘good faith’ simply is not good enough,” said Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, D-Conn. He said he will introduce legislation Thursday to increase oil companies’ financial liability for oil spills.
Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner, meanwhile, said the government will begin a comprehensive safety inspection of the 800-mile Alaska pipeline later this month, two years earlier than scheduled, as a precautionary measure.
“The Exxon Valdez oil spill has taught us a valuable lesson: the need to avoid complacency when it comes to protecting our environment,” Skinner said.
On Capitol Hill on Tuesday, a Senate committee approved a bill providing a range of spill-prevention actions, in
cluding randam alcohol testing of oil tanker crews.
The bill, backed by Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, would open highway driving records of merchant mariners to the Coast Guard, provide for alcohol testing of people in safety-sensitive jobs on tankers and improve radar systems to aid in tracking ships through potentially hazardous areas.
Richard M. Morrow, chairman of the American Petroleum Institute, which sponsored development of the industry’s new spill-response plan, said it is not designed to head off legislation to force more responsibility on the companies.
“We want to move forward regardless of what Congress does,” he told a news conference.
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