Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 23, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Americans Must Pay For Clean Water
County Discusses Subdivision Rules
Rose Evidence Heard
A Quick Read
Dog Has His Day — This One In Court
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - A dog named Master Teddy who inherited his owner’s $102,000 house and fought off her relatives in a legal wrangle is battling them in court again — this time to save his hide.
When Celeste V. Crawford died in 1984, her will said Teddy could live in her Silver Spring home for the rest of his life.
Her relatives went to court because they didn’t want to wait for the dog’s death, but three years ago a judge ruled they cannot inherit and divvy up proceeds from the house’s sale until Teddy dies.
Fearing another white spitz could be substituted for Teddy, the six heirs want a Montgomery County Circuit judge in Rockville today to order a veterinarian to tattoo Teddy’s hind leg.
They said the tattoo would positively identify the dog’s body and serve as a safeguard against possible dognapping.
“Obviously, they think somebody is going to cheat them,’’ Master Teddy’s attorney, Karl G. Feissner, said Thursday.
Outside Jury To Hear Teen’s Starving Death
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A
»has granted defense motions to or jurors from another county for the trial of a couple accused of starving their son to death.
“A fair trial is impossible at this time in Luzerne County,” Judge Gifford S. Cappellini said Thursday. “Because of the nature of the pretrial publicity, virtually every prospective juror in Luzerne County was exposed to it.”
Defense attorneys for Larry and Leona Cottam renewed their calls to seek jurors outside the county after 14 potential jurors were dismissed during the eighth day of jury selection on Wednesday.
The Cottams face third-degree murder charges in the Jan. 3 death of their 14-year-old son, Erie.
Authorities said the Cottams allowed their two children to go without food for 42 days rather than j spend more than $2,130 in cash set aside as a religious tithe. The Cottams and their 12-year-old daughter, Laura, were hospitalized for malnutrition.
Storms Taper Off
Partly cloudy today with a 40 percent chance of afternoon thundershowers and a high of 90. Mostly fair tonight, low of 70. Partly sunny Saturday, 30 percent chance of rain, high in mid 90s. Please see details on Page 4A.
Sibyl K. Ammongs, Jackson Lannie Mae Jones, Johnston Joe Kneece, Aiken William C. Lyon Jr., Edgefield Robert S Moore, Aiken Please see details on Page 4A.
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Vol. 122 No. 150
China: 'Capitalism' Behind Unrest
By The Associated Press
BEIJING — The Chinese government today announced the arrests of more student activists and said leaders of the crushed pro-democracy movement sought to turn China into a “vassal of international capitalism.”
Four student leaders were caught in Zhangjiakou, a city about 110 miles northwest of Beijing. One of them, Liu Fuan of Beijing Medical University, was said to have organized health care for students who mounted a one-week hunger strike last May on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
Zhao Yiqiang, a teacher at the medical school, and his wife were detained. Also arrested was Qin Weidong, a student at Beijing Iron and Steel Institute. He was accused of organizing crowds to set up barricades to block the military advance into the city.
Troops smashed through the barricades on June 3, killing scores of unarmed people as they shot their way toward students occupying Tiananmen Square.
The government has said variously that 200-300 people, most of them soldiers, died in the unrest. Western intelligence reports and Chinese witnesses say
the death toll may have been as high as 3,000.
A fifth person, a worker accused of beating soldiers and throwing stones during the military attack, was also arrested in Zhangjiakou, the Economic Daily reported.
Beijing radio said today that 27 people were given prison terms for rioting in the southern city of Changsha last April in the early days of the protest movement. It said one of them, Li Weihong, was given a death sentence with a two-year reprieve, meaning the sentence will be commuted to life imprisonment if he behaves well for two years.
Day In The Park
Twenty-seven people were executed Wednesday and Thursday, including seven in Beijing for attacking soldiers and destroying military vehicles during the June 3-4 military push to Tiananmen Square. In carrying out the death sentences, China has ignored international appeals for clemency and international sanctions, including a cutoff of U.S. military aid.
In Washington, the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously condemned the “murderous crackdown
(Please See CHINA, Page 5A)
ENJOYING THE SIGHTS: Pamela Hamm and her two sons, Mark (left) and Chad, enjoy Hopeland Gardens
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
along with Mrs. Hamm’s niece, Erika Key. The bridge is located in a recently completed section of the Gardens.
Flag Ruling Stirs Up Patriotic Storm
From Staff And Wire Reports
WASHINGTON — South Carolina’s Senator Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., and Rep. Butler Derrick, DS.C., announced Thursday they will propose constitutional amendments giving Congress the power to set criminal penalties for desecration of the U.S. flag.
And Sen. Ernest Rollings, D-S.C., called the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling a “gross misinterpretation of the Constitution.”
In prepared statements, Sen. Thurmond and Rep. Derrick said they were outraged at the Supreme Court decision, announced Wednesday, that political protesters could not be prosecuted for desecration of the U.S. flag.
“The United States Flag is a symbol of our Nation’s freedom and a tribute to the men and women who valiantly fought for our Country’s independence,” Sen. Thurmond said in a prepared statement.
The Court held that freedom of speech provisions of the constitution protected a demonstrator who burned a flag at the Republican National Convention in Dallas in 1984.
The 5-4 decision overturned the conviction of a Texas man who had been given a year in jail for burning the flag during the 1984 Republican convention.
“I am just shocked,” Rep. Derrick said
Reluctant Bush Will Uphold Law
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Bush says he’ll enforce the Supreme Court’s ban on flag desecration laws, but he doesn’t like it one bit.
Bush returned to the White House shortly late Thursday after a day trip to New York where he mixed politics with a patriotic call to all Americans to join his crusade for volunteerism.
He made clear his distaste for the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling striking down the 48 state laws against flag burning and other desecration.
The president told 1,000 business leaders he understands the legal basis for the ruling, and “will see that the law of the land is fully supported, but I have to
give you my personal, emotional response: flag burning is wrong, dead wrong.”
Bush’s distaste for the ruling was matched in Congress as a bipartisan Senate passed a resolution condemning the Supreme Court decision.
“Congress has believed that the act of desecrating the flag is clearly not ‘speech’ as protected by the First Amendment,” said the resolution, which passed 97-3.
Sens. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio, both Democrats, and Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire, a Republican, were the only dissenters.
about the court action during a telephone interview. “I think it is the worst things have ever heard of. The very idea that you can desecrate the symbol of our country is repugnant.”
Rep. Derrick said he found it “appalling that such a decision could be reached
by Supreme Court justices who have benefited so much from the american system.”
Rep. Liz Patterson, D-S.C., said she will cosponsor Rep. Derrick’s proposed
(Please See FLAG, Page 5A)
Sales Tax Hopes Die In Carolina
Assembly Adjourns With No Decision
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — Cities and counties have missed their best chance ever of winning the ability to levy a sales tax now that the General Assembly has adjourned for the year, state lawmakers say.
“I think it’s time to lay it to rest,” said Sen. John I.and, D-Manning, after the committee he chaired was unable to push the bill through Thursday.
Lawmakers finished their regular session June I, but returned Monday for what most thought would be a rather uneventful week of finishing up remaining legislative business, such as Gov. Carroll Campbell’s 63 budget vetoes. The Legislature eventually overrode three relatively minor vetoes.
“God bless you all over the summer,” Lt. Gov. Nick Theodore said as he gaveled the Senate to a close promptly at 5 p.m. “Amen.”
Land and others predict serious consideration may not be given again for years to the sales tax, which city and county officials have sought to reduce their dependence on the property tax.
If approved, cities and counties could have increased the sales tax from 5 percent to 6 percent if voters approved.
“This was the best chance ever,” Speaker of the House Bob Sheheen said. “This was the closest it’s ever been.”
More than half the sales tax revenue would have been used to reduce property taxes, while the remainder would have gone into the general funds of local governments.
But despite intense negotiations throughout Wednesday and Thursday, the measure’s supporters were unable to overcome industry opposition or agree to a formula for the property tax rollbacks mandated for a portion of the sales tax revenue.
“That’s two for the people and none for the lobbyists,” said Sen. Glenn McConnell with a grin afterward.
McConnell was instrumental in killing not only the socalled local option sales tax, but also a proposal for the state to rescue the Patriots Point tourist attraction near Charleston.
Questions surrounding Santee Cooper’s proposed rescue of the unfinished Patriots Point site from U.S. Bankruptcy Court turned the issue into a cliffhanger. The plan fell five votes short of the two-thirds vote it needed to survive a procedural challenge in the House at 4:58 p.m.
(Please See SALES, Page 5A)
S.C. School Tuitions Among Highest In Southeast
By The Associated Press
Inadequate funding and rising costs have led students at South Carolina’s colleges and universities to have to pay up to 78 percent more in tuition costs than students in most other Southeastern states, officials said.
State Commissioner for Higher Education Fred Sheheen said South Carolina has historically been considered a high tuition and fee state — especially compared to North Carolina. The commission would like to change that, but he said state funding and rising costs have prevented that.
Without full funding, schools must turn to students for more money or face sharp cutbacks in programs and the prospect of losing top professors to higher-paying institutions, said R.W. “Pete” Denton, executive vice president for finance at the University of South Carolina.
With salaries already below the regional and national average, it. is almost a necessity to raise tuition and fees to make up the gap, college officials said.
Tuition costs are rising faster than the inflation rate in the region, but Sol th Carolina’s increases are even greater and are added to tuitions that are already
among the highest of comparable universities in the region, the Greenville Piedmont reported in its Thursday editions.
For example, USC students will pay 24 percent more than students at the University of Georgia or Georgia Tech this fall, the newspaper said. And USC students will pay 78 percent more and Clemson University students will pay 72 percent more than students at the University of Tennessee. ,
USC trustees voted last week to increase undergraduate tuition 9.8 percent to $2,448 per yea)* for the 1989-90 school year. Clemson trustees will meet July 15 to consider an 8 percent increase, raising
tuition to $2,364 per year.
In the Southeast, South Carolina’s institutions of higher education are second only to those in Virginia in the cost of tuition and fees for resident students, the paper said.
To ensure smaller tuition hikes in the future, Sheheen said the commission is seeking more state aid and looking at ways colleges spend their money to make sure the best use is made of state funds.
Only once in recent years has the General Assembly provided as much money to fund higher education as was determined was needed.