Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 30, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Westinghouse Funds Research Program
Westinghouse Savannah River Co. will provide up to $25,000 to fund a planning study for a joint research program with a consortium of South Carolina universities, officials said.
The consortium, centered around research at the Savannah River Site, will focus initially on waste management technology and environmental protection.
Westinghouse replaced the Du Pont Co. on April I as contractor at the federally-owned nuclear weapons plant.
The planning study will define the scope of the research and the way the cooperative program will function, Westinghouse officials said in a news release. The $25,000 would a cover a first phase of the study, company spokeswoman Pat Weber said, but had no additional details.
The recently formed consortium, the product of more than a year of discussions, includes the University of South Carolina, USC Aiken, Clemson University, South Carolina State College and the Medical University of South Carolina.
The South Carolina Research and Education Foundation, including representatives of each school, was formed to plan the consortium. Stephen Jones, assistant to the president of MUSC, is the interim director of the foundation.
James S. Moore, WSRC president, said the agreement signed with the Foundation starts a very important relationship.
“Westinghouse is committed to working closely with the regional universities — they are a significant resource,” Moore said in a statement.
“We think the results of our research will have applications far beyond the site.”Weather
Partly cloudy today with a high in the upper 80s and a 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy tonight with a 20 percent chance of thundershowers and a low in the upper 60s. Partly cloudy Saturday with a 30 percent chance of rain and a high in the upper 80s. Please see details on Page 4A.Deaths
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New Ellenton Passes Balanced Budget
Friday, June 30, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 156
Rudnick Proud To Be On GOP Hit List
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
South Carolina’s new Republican Party chairman said Thursday the GOP will make a strong effort to defeat five Democratic House members it blames for playing big roles in scuttling Gov. Carroll A. Campbell’s automobile insurance reform bill.
Chairman Barry Dean Wynn, at a Columbia press conference, vowed ballot
box vengeance against the legislators by making certain “the voters don’t forget” in the 1990 elections.
He identified the targeted Democrats as Reps. Irene K. Rudnick of Aiken, Timothy F. Rogers and Candy Y. Waites of Columbia, Harriett H. Keyserling of Beaufort and James J. Bailey of Charleston.
Declaring “I’m proud to be on that list,” Rep. Rudnick said the state Republicans “are using the old Lee Atwater
trick of not facing the issues but trying to divert the issues. They are using the governor’s office to try and defeat Democrats.
“If the insurance bill was so bad, Carroll Campbell could have vetoed it.”
Chairman Wynn said the GOP will attempt to defeat the five by “aggressive recruitment ’ of opponents, placing newspaper and radio ads “to take the facts straight to the voters” and holding local
meetings to “expose the voting records of these legislators on key auto insurance
Saying her voting record is open to inspection in the public library, Mrs. Rudnick expressed no fear of being made a target for defeat. “I have worked long and hard for the citizens of Aiken County and I put my record of service before them anytime.”
(Please See RUDNICK, Page 6A)
ON A RAFT: Bobby Eubanks finds two ways to cool off from the summer heat. The eleven-year-old Langley
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
res dent enjoys an icy snow cone as he floats on a raft at Gregg Park in Graniteville
HUD Loon Plan Canceled As disaster
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Department of Housing and Urban Development is canceling a $500 million mortgage loan guarantee program that one official says is an “absolute disaster.”
HUD Secretary Jack Kemp ordered the troubled program canceled Thursday, as the department said the program was “riddled with abuse.”
Meanwhile, a House Government Operations subcommittee today was begin
ning review of another HUD program — the mortgage coinsurance program — in which a recent inspector general’s audit found lenders had underwritten $700 million in loans that defaulted by mid-1988.
On Thursday, the subcommittee produced a government memo that links a staffer in George Bush’s vice presidential office to a project involved in alleged influence-peddling at HUD.
The program canceled by Kemp guarantees mortgages to finance land acquisition and site preparation, such as street
construction and sewer line installation, for smaller developers who would include housing for low-income and moderate income families in their projects.
Twenty-five of 58 projects financed through the 12-year-old Title X Land Development Mortgage Insurance Program have defaulted, costing the government $90 million, the department said.
About $500 million in loans were guaranteed since 1977.
(Please See HUD, Page 6A)
Abortion Wait To Last Through Weekend
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The wait for the Supreme Court’s latest word on abortion rights will last through the weekend.
The court prolonged the drama surrounding its most closely watched case of the 1980s by postponing until Monday any word in an abortion dispute from Missouri.
In it, the justices are being asked to
reverse the court’s 1973 decision legalizing abortion.
Scores of partisans who had gathered on the court building’s front steps voiced disappointment Thursday.
Olivia Gans of the National Right to Life Committee said, “It is difficult to wait... but we remain optimistic.”
Faye Wattleton, president of Planned Parenthood, said further delay would be “an indication of the turmoil that this
court is willing to create in this country.” Randall Terry, national director of an anti-abortion group called Operation Rescue, said, “If I was a Supreme Court justice, I would throw the decision off the airplane as I was leaving the country.” Before beginning its three-month summer recess, the court must deal with three cases awaiting decision.
(Please See ABORTION, Page 6A)President Heats Up Flag IssueIwo Jima Backdrop For Protection Plea
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Bush is using the statue of perhaps the nation’s most famous flag-raising scene as a backdrop for his campaign for a Republican-drafted constitutional amendment to ban flag burning.
The president scheduled a ceremony today at the Iwo Jima Memorial, the statue of Marines raising the flag on a Pacific island in World War II, for a “a public endorsement by members of Congress and the president,” said White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater.
Bush agreed with congressional Republicans Thursday on the amendment, which would reverse the effect of a Supreme Court ruling last week that said flag burning is a form of free expression protected by the Constitution.
The amendment would read:
“The Congress and the states shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.” Both Democrats and Republicans have publicly deplored the Supreme Court decision, but a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee accused Bush of using the issue for political opportunism.
‘‘He’s running for president instead of being president,” Mike McCurry, DNO communications director, said Wednesday. “The heroes of Iwo Jima didn’t die so they could become a backdrop for some political photo opportunity.”
Bush used the flag ceaselessly in his presidential campaign last year. He visited a flag factory and attacked Democrat Michael Dukakis, the Massachusetts governor, for vetoing as unconstitutional a bill requiring the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited in schools.
House Minority leader Robert Michel, R-I11-, introduced the resolution Thursday before the House adjourned for its holiday recess.
Michel said he expects Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole of Kansas to introduce it there when that chamber returns from its extended Fourth of July holiday, which began last week.
House Speaker Thomas S. Foley, D-Wash., said Thursday the House Judiciary Committee will begin hearings on the flag issue in July.
Foley, while condemning flag burning, has urged caution about amending the Constitution.
Lawmen Out In Full Force For Holiday Weekend
By The Associated Press
Drivers and boaters in South Carolina had better be on their best behavior this Fourth of July weekend, law enforcement officials say.
Law enforcement agencies will use high-speed cars, specially equipped vans, new breath-test devices and patrols to detect those who drink and drive on the state’s roadways and waterways.
The State Highway Patrol will be out in full force to catch speeders and other traffic offenders. Troopers, some in unmarked Ford Mustangs, will patrol interstates and other roads where traffic and drunken driving are anticipated, such as Greenville, where the Freedom Aloft festivities will be held, and the Grand Strand area, Maj. H.M. Addy said.
The highway patrol also will use specially equipped vans in Greenville and
the Midlands to detect drunken drivers, Addy said. The $78,000 vans are equipped to administer Breathalyzer tests and to videotape suspects.
In addition, some police departments will use a device no bigger than a flashlight to detect open containers of alcohol in cars and the level of alcohol on a person’s breath.
While many agencies will be looking for drunken drivers, the state Department of Wildlife and Marine Resources will be looking for litterers and drunken boaters.
Wildlife spokesman John Evans said agents will concentrate on campgrounds, islands and marinas.
We’re going to be looking for anything being thrown overboard,” he said. “It seems like every holiday, people don’t care about littering.”
Gas Prices Stable For Holiday Travel
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Gasoline prices on the Fourth of July weekend are stable for the first time since the Alaska oil spill in March, but officials in many states are still pressing oil companies to prove they didn’t use the spill to gouge consumers.
Attorneys general in several states are investigating whether oil refiners conspired to use the market turmoil caused by the Exxon tanker wreck to force higher prices on gasoline wholesalers, thus triggering big increases at the pump.
The industry says it’s not to blame, and some say the charges are inspired by politics. Yet the oil companies are facing a level of public suspicion about gasoline price collusion not seen in this country since the oil crises of the 1970s.
“There was something very special about this leap in prices: it was the fastest and greatest increase in the history of the United States,” said Trilby Lund-berg of the Los Angeles-based Lundberg Survey, which tracks gasoline prices.
The national average retail price
(Please See GAS, Page 6A)