Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 29, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Angler Pulls In Fishy 50-Pounder
CHARLESTON (AP) — A fisherman has turned over to authorities what was probably his biggest catch ever — about 50 pounds of cocaine worth up to $20 million he found floating near here, the Coast Guard said.
The fisherman told officials he found the cocaine about 46 miles southeast of Charleston, Coast Guard Lt. Ronald L. Roddam said Tuesday.
At 6:15 p.m. Saturday, the sport fishing boat Fishing Magician radioed the Coast Guard that it “had something we might be interested in,” Roddam said.
Thirteen minutes later, a 41-foot Coast Guard boat met the Fishing Magician at the jetties of Charleston Harbor.
At the Guard’s Ashley River base, the fisherman, who asked to remain anonymous, surrendered the 23 kilograms of cocaine to the Coast Guard. The cocaine was then turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Roddam said.
If sold in kilogram bricks, the cocaine would be worth about $2.5 million, Roddam said. But the street value of ounce packages would be about $20 million, he said.
The Coast Guard continued to search for other floating bags of the illegal substance, he said.
Marcos Battles For His Life
HONOLULU (AP) - Former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos clung to life today, battling massive organ failure, hospital officials said.
‘Everything that can be done has been done. We are hoping for a miracle,” said Marcos’ wife, Imelda. “If we could just tell him he could go home, I know that would save him.” The 71-year-old exiled leader, who has been hospitalized at St. Francis Medical Center since Jan. 15, suffered liver failure Wednesday and had a fever as high as 104 degrees, said assitant hospital administrator Eugene Tiwanak.
Marcos has been on life support equipment since late May, when he suffered heart, lung and kidney failure.
Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. The low will be in the 70s. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms. The high will be in the 90s.
Please see details on Page 6A.Deaths
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Thursday, June 29,1989
Savannah River Eagle
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 155
Abortion Issue Still Before Court
No Decision Handed Down In Webster Case Today
ur|1J Photo Courtesy U.S. Forest Service
HOME SWEET GONE: An adult bald eagle is shown in a Savannah River Site nest before winds knocked down the nest in April. Please see story on Page 1B.
America Sinks Deeper In Debt Despite Improved Performance
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Despite a huge improvement in the country’s trading performance, the United States sank further into the hole as the world’s largest debtor nation last year.
The government was to provide its annual accounting of just how much in hock America is to the rest of the world today.
In advance of the report, analysts believed the figure would come out somewhere around $500 billion, up from a foreign debt burden of $368.2 billion being carried at the end of 1987.
The debt means that foreigners own more in U.S. assets than Americans own abroad. Private economists worry this foreign debt burden will ultimately lower American living standards as more and more wealth is transferred into the hands of foreigners to pay interest on the growing debt.
The United States had an investment surplus of $89.4 billion as recently as 1983, making it the world’s
largest creditor nation. That surplus fell to $3.5 billion in 1984 and disappeared altogether in 1985, the year the country became a net debtor for the first time in 71 years.
The country’s investment surplus evaporated as the country ran up tntge merchandise trade deficit : during the lJ6Gs, transferring billions of dollars into the hands of foreigners to pay for imported cars and television sets.
These dollars, now in foreign hands, have been reinvested in the United States in everything from stocks and bonds to factories and real estate, raising alarms in Congress that something must be done to curb the “selling of America.”
The transformation of the United States from the largest creditor country to the world’s biggest debtor is often seen by critics as the one of the biggest failures of former President Reagan’s economic policies.
(Please See AMERICA, Page 16A)
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A much-anticipated Supreme Court decision on the fate of legalized abortions was not announced today, as the court extended its 196&-89 term until Monday.
A decision in a Missouri case called Webster vs. Reproductive Health Services was not among the two rulings announced from the bench during the court’s brief public session.
The justices are being asked to use the Missouri case to reverse the court’s 1973 landmark decision legalizing abortion.
Chief Justice William H. Rehn-quist said from the bench, “On Monday, July 3, the court will announce all the remaining opinions during this term of the court.”
The Webster case is one of three cases separating the court from its three-month summer
26, before ending its current term.
Rehnquist’s statement might indicate that decisions in the Webster case and two other cases will be announced Monday.
But instead of announcing a decision, the justices could choose to order another round of arguments during the term that begins in October. That would delay a decision until sometime in 1990.
Roe vs. Wade itself was a case that had to be argued twice before a decision was announced. Such orders are not rare. The court hears arguments in about 150 cases each term, and since 1977 has held over at least one case for reargument the following term.
recess, which reporters previously had been led to believe ’ould begin today.
Despite rumors that some justices are still writing opinions, the delay could have an administrative explanation. For example, the court’s computer print shop could be having trouble producing enough copies of the abortion ruling to meet what will surely be a flood of requests.
The case has become the most closely watched Supreme Court controversy of the 1980s.
The court must say something about the case, in which oral arguments were conducted April
In the 1973 decision, the court said women have a constitutional right, based on their right to privacy, to seek and obain abortions.
The ruling said a woman’s decision to have an abortion during the first three months of pregnancy must be left to her and her doctor. It said states may regulate abortions during the second trimester only to protect the woman’s health, and may take steps to protect fetal life in the third trimester.
State authority to regulate abortions after the first trimester was not made absolute, however.
City To End Fiscal Year In Great Financial Shape
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
With only two days left in the 1988-89 fiscal year, the City of Aiken is in excellent financial condition and apparently will post a surplus in both its utilities and general fund budgets.
“We have had an excellent year, and we are well in the black with both budgets,” City Manager Roland H. Windham said in an interview Wednesday.
When the city’s fiscal year closes Friday, the final figures could show slightly more than $1 million left in the till, with the bulk of that money in the utilities division.
Through May, the general fund budget had an unspent balance of $970,369.84, while the utilities budget posted an unspent balance of $1,491,110.60.
If June’s expenditures in both general fund and utility fund are on the same level with those of May, the general fund will use about $820,000 of its balance, while utilities will spend about $242,000.
Assuming those monthly spending estimates fall into place, the final accounting should leave the city with about $1,350,000 to carry over to the next fiscal year.
Although the city’s $15.6 million budget reaches its final days in good financial shape, Windham said the utilities division has some sigificant expenses looming in the next fiscal year.
“Some of the utilities money left over is for capital projects that will be done in the next year, ’ said the city manager. “We have gone to bids on them, but we have not spent the money.”
Windham said the utilities budget also had a shortfall of about $120,000 in pro
jected revenues during the current fiscal year, but that deficit was corrected with an increase in water and sewer fees in the next business year.
Windham said the increase, due to go into effect Aug. I, will recoup the $120,000 shortage and bring in an additional $160,000 in the coming year. The extra money will be used to replace worn out service lines.
The city’s bond capacity was used during the past year to provide funding for a $250,000 swimming pool, two public safety sub-stations worth a combined $500,000 and the purchase of the $900,000 Aiken Mile Track.
Windham said the city so far has not spent from its bond reserve its share of the money earmarked for a new public library and some storm drainage
Spent through May......$9,247,410.16
Left in Budget................$970,369,84
Spent through May......$3,952,919.40
Total Budget .....$5,444,030.00
Left in Budget.............$1,491,110.60
The city manager said he expects that during the next fiscal year the city will tackle a number of major projects — including sewer line work on the south side,
(Please See City, Page 16A)
Derrick Assured By Official Reactor Will Be Built At SRS
From Staff Reports
The U.S. Department of Energy official in charge of the new production reactor told Aiken’s congressman this week that a DOE team would visit the Savannah River Site this year to begin planning reactor construction.
Dominic Monetta, newly named head of the NPR office in Washington, assured U.S. Rep. Butler Derrick, I>S.C., that ground will be broken at SRS within five years, and the reactor will open within a decade.
Savannah River is the department’s preferred site for a new heavy water-cooled nuclear reactor to provide perishable tritium gas essential to arming nuclear weapons.
A smaller, backup reactor is proposed for Idaho National Engineering Laboratory.
The two projects, expected to cost about $6.8 billion together, would replace SRS’ three existing reactors, now idled for safety upgrades.
Rep. Derrick said many of his constituents continue to worry that Savannah River will end up without a new reactor. Some Washington State officials want to use an abandoned commercial reactor there for military production.
But Derrick said Monetta assured him “there’s no doubt the NPR will come to the Savannah River Site. The alternatives just don’t measure up.”Environmental Groups Want DOE To Come Clean On Toxic Wastes
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Savannah River Site was among 14 of the country’s 17 nuclear weapons plants that were “in serious violation of federal hazardous waste laws” last year, according to a published report today of federal documents obtained by an environmental gi oup.
The Natural Resources Defense Council said the documents revealed the Savannah River Site near Aiken was among the repeat offenders, and was considered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be a “significant noncomplier,” the Washington bureau of the (Charleston) News & Courier reported.
According to council spokesman Jim Werner, the South Carolina plant violated regulations pertaining to the disposal of toxic waste, and to the cleanup of hazardous waste sites.
Corrective action has been taken in both instances, he said.
At other sites, monitoring systems were found to be inadequate to detect contaminated ground water before it migrates off the site, “potentially into drinking water supplies,” Werner said.
(Please See ENVIRONMENTAL, Page 16A)