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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 25, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Wmmlti Oil Spills Ashore In Rhode Island Page 2A A Quick Read Pit Bull Ordered Destroyed By Judge UNA (AP) — A Spartanburg County magistrate has ordered the death of a pit bull that has bitten at least 56 people during the past year. Last week, animal control officers impounded two pit bulls belonging to Ijee Harder of Una. The dogs were found running loose and were believed to be responsible for killing at least one other dog and biting a 15-year-old girl, animal control officer Cynthia Cash said. Harder had been charged June 5 with violation of animal control laws for failing to keep the dogs under his control, according to a warrant. Subsequent complaints led to the seizing of the dogs, Ms. Cash said. Harder told Magistrate James Paslay on Friday that he kept the dogs, one male and one female, to protect his home because he was tired of having things stolen. Over the past year, the dogs had bitten 56 people who came onto his property, Harder said. He argued that the dogs were not as vicious as his neighbors made them out to be, and friends of Harder’s testified the dogs would never hurt anyone unless provoked. 'Sacrilegious7 Shoes Spark Riots, Injuries DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Protesters clashed with police in two cities during demonstrations against the sale of slippers that reputedly blaspheme Islam, police said Saturday. At least 30 people were injured in the clashes Friday at Dhaka and the town of Mymensingh, 70 miles to the north, said police officials, speaking on condition of anonymity. The officials said demonstrators attacked shops owned by the Cana-da-based Bata Shoe Co. because they considered the logo on the slippers blasphemous. The logo resembles the Arab characters for Allah. The government Friday announced it had banned the sale of the slippers and seized unsold stocks. Islam is the state religion of Bangladesh, and 90 percent of the country’s 110 million people are Moslems. Weather Partly Cloudy Today’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance of late afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Today’s high should be in the mid-90s with tonight’s lows in the 70s. Please see details on Page 4A. Page 2A Soldier Sentenced On Spying Charge 435 NEWBERRY ST. S W AIKEN, S. C 2380V ■■ — S.C. 2000 To Issue Recommendations Sunday, June 25, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 151 .Deaths cl bedward D. DeVaney Sr., Augusta tHOargie L. Garvin Heath, Aiken spfcan Johnson Knight, Belvedere inf illie E. Langston, Augusta fi&igustas Lloyd, New Ellenton latiease see details on Page 4A. a ab'nside Today the_I_ put SoJtdge..............................................5D de^lendar...........................................5C watassifieds........................................3D Fipjssword........................................6D sa*/ptoquote......................................4D P®*ar Abby.........................................6C leal Front.......................................6A diPntuaries.........................................4A tlttiinions...........................................ID W|orts...............................................1B ^feather............................................4A Mi __ Power Shifts To Tough Shanghai Boss By The Associated Press ofSh;in0hai By The Associated Press BEIJING — China’s Communist Party fired its moderate leader, Zhao Ziyang, on Saturday and replaced him with a Shanghai party boss who moved swiftly to quell pro-democracy protests in his city. The new general secretary of the 47-million-member party is Jiang Zemin, 62, a university-educated technocrat who has served as mayor and party secretary of Shanghai, China’s largest city. The first three executions following the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement occurred in Shanghai. The party also purged Hu Qili, who shared the 69-year-old Zhao’s sympathy for the student-led movement for a freer society and served with him on the Politburo Standing Committee, the nation’s highest-ranking political body. Zhao’s status had been in limbo for more than a month. He was last seen in public when he met with student protesters, whose 7-week-old movement was crushed in a crackdown that began June 3. The party’s 276-member Central Committee also removed Zhao from the 17-member ruling Politburo and its Standing Committee, from the 175-member policy-making Central Committee, and from the Central Military Commission. June Has Been Double-Wet-Plus In Aiken BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer For those who have wondered how much rain Aiken County has accumulated over the past few weeks, a state climatologist said Aiken has had double the normal amount of rain for the month. Wes Tyler, of the State Climatolo-Office in Columbia, said Aiken already had 7.25 inches of rain since June I. The normal amount of rain for June is 4.33 inches, Tyler said. Tyler said the increased rainfall is due to tropical moist air coming in from the Atlantic Ocean. He said last year’s dryer summer was because the moisture was blocked by a high pressure system in the upper atmosphere. Typically Julr~is the rainiest month of the summer in South Carolina, Tyler said, and added that the normal amount of rainfall for July is 4.72 inches. “This seems like a lot of rain after last summer’s drought,” T>ier said, “but really this is just a return to normal summer weather, with a trend toward afternoon and evening showers.” How is all this rain affecting local farm crops? County Extenstion Agent L.T. ‘Terry” Mathis said the rain has had both a postive and a negative effect on the county’s crops. On the plus side of things, Mathis said the rain has been great for the com, cotton and peanut crops; but on the negative side it may hurt the wheat and late soybean crops. (Please See JUNE, Page 9A) * Kl J* * Staff Photo By Scott Webster LIGHTS ON: When it rains, motorists are supposed to turn on their headlights. There’s been a lot of that lately in Aiken. He apparently was allowed to keep his party membership. A party communique, released by the official Xinhua News Agency, said “that at a critical juncture involving the destiny of the party and the state, comrade Zhao Ziyang made the mistake of supporting the turmoils and splitting the party, and he had unshirkable responsibilities for the shaping-up of the turmoils.” (Please See POWER, Page 9A) Aiken Man Witness To Turmoil (ottingham: China To Feel Heavy Hand By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer An Aiken businessman spent only a week in China, but it was enough to convince him that the people in the world’s most populous nation are many years away from tasting the fruits of democracy. A.H. (Hal) Cottingham III, a vice president with Wyatt Development Co., has reason to remember his visit: it came during the most tumultuous week in China’s recent history. Cottingham was staying at the Peace Hotel in Beijing, preparing for a leisurely Sunday trip to the Great Wall, when gunfire erupted and hundreds of protesters were killed in Tiananmen Square. The use of the military to slay unarmed citizens and the news blackout imposed on the tragedy by the Communist regime shows China faces a long struggle to achieve democracy, Cottingham believes. “The Chinese are good people and treated us well, but I don’t think they will have free elections and democratic gov-ernment any time soon,” said Cottingham. The Peace Hotel is about a mile from Tiananmen Square and Cottingham went (Please See AIKEN, Page 9A) DOE To Release Health Records Of Nuclear Workers From Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy has decided to allow outside scrutiny of health records of 600,000 people who have worked on government nuclear projects over the past four decades, Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, said Friday. The decision, which would liberalize access by qualified researchers, follows a Freedom of Information Act request for the data filed by the Three Mile Island Public Health Fund, a group created af ter the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. The Savannah River Site near Aiken, which makes fuel for U.S. nuclear weapons, is among the DOE plants affected by the decision. Medical records still exist on the approximately 200,000 people who have worked at the plant since it opened in the early 1950s, said Albert H. Peters, manager of the Du Pont Co.’s Aiken office. Du Pont built the plant and operated it for nearly 39 years, before turning it over to Westinghouse Savannah River Co. on April I. Medical researchers under DOE contract have been allowed to examine Savannah River records on several past occasions. Glenn, who for several years has been investigating problems in the government’s nuclear weapons complex, began pressing for the release of the data two months ago. He said he asked for the health records because of “the growing controversy over the conflicts of interest between the DOE’s dual roles of promoting radiation technologies and assessing their health impacts. The medical information dates back to the early 1940s, when the government began work on the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb. It includes records of workers at about 50 government facilities, and is considered the world’s largest body of information on the effects (Please See DOE, Page 9A) Schools In Aiken Benefit By $9.5 Million In Budget By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer Nearly $9.5 million of the school district’s 1989-90 budget will go toward improving education for Aiken County students. The total amount allotted for the S.C. Education Improvement Act budget items falls $31,797 short of last year’s budget, according to the 1989-90 school board budget report. The most dramatic decreases come under teacher and principal incentives, as well as school building aid and funds to assist teachers with paperwork. Teachers can expect no incentive funds next year — a drop from the $149,280 in 1988-89. But, according to budget reports, teacher salary increases under the EIA will cost $3 million, $59,160 more than last year. The school board also chose to increase funds for basic skills in remedial instruction by $122,527 — the greatest increase in the 1989-90 EIA budget. Reformation of South Carolina’s educational system came in 1984 when the state General Assembly passed the EIA. This act is South Carolina’s blueprint for developing a quality program of public instruction for today’s students and future generations. A 1-cent state sales tax increase, which was implemented in 1984, provides an additional $217 million to educate the state’s 610,000 students. The funds generated by the sales tax allows a variety of provisions to improve public education. The act serves as a vehicle for school districts to increase academic standards through such programs as increased graduation requirements, a 5-year-old kindergarten program and advanced placement programs. Included in these provisions is additional modern vocational equipment, handicapped student services, expanded gifted and talented programs and basic skills. (Please See SCHOOLS, Page 9A) The Aiken County School District Education Improvement Act 1989-90 Budget 1987-88 Actual Budget 1988-89 Budget 1989-90 Budget $9,656,451 $9,533,300 $9,501,503 1988-89 to 1989-90 Difference — minus $31,797 ;