Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 16, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
NCAA Action Begins Today
Page 7 A
A Quick Read
Runyan Claims Iditarod Victory
NOME, Alaska (AP) — Musher Susan Butcher was about 70 miles from the finish line in the 1,168-mile contest when she knew she wouldn’t catch Joe Runyan, who broke her three-year winning streak in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
“I’m not disappointed,’’ said Butcher. “Everybody says it’s hard to fall from the top. But I’ve had a lot of good races. I thought it would hurt, but it didn’t hurt at all. So I don’t feel bad.”
Butcher, 33, of Manley, finished second Wednesday, arriving in Nome with nine dogs about an hour behind Runyan, 40, of Nenana, and his team of 12.
Runyan crossed the finish line in the 17th annual race after ll days and 5Ms hours on the Iditarod Trail between Anchorage and Nome, about three hours short of Butcher’s 1987 record time.
Forty-nine mushers left Anchorage on March 4 with up to 18 dogs each.
The race was inspired by a sled-dog relay of serum to Nome during a 1925 diphtheria outbreak.
Butcher was followed by Rick Swenson, who holds a record four Iditarod victories achieved over six years.
Fourth-place musher Dee Dee Jon-rowe finished the 22-mile stretch of trail between Safety and Nome at 10:47 p.m. Wednesday, with 36 other teams strung along the route as far back as Kaltag, 357 miles from the finish.
Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a low near 50. Mostly sunny skies are forecast Friday with a high in the upper 70s.
Please see details on Page 11A.
Martha B Adams, Aiken Catherine E. Blackburn, Aiken Frances H. Gosnell, Augusta James E Johnson, Orangeburg Alex S. Nobles, Aiken Please see details on Page 11 A.Inside Today
Bridge .....«.......... Btl
Classifieds ..... 7#
Comics ................ BB
Crossword ........ WI
Dear Abby ..... ...BB
Obituaries. ........«■' 11A
Opinions *.*** 4A
Weather... ........................11ASpecial Edition Coming
The Aiken Standard will publish its 19th annual Triple Crown edition in Friday’s newspaper.
The special section will include information on the three jewels of the Triple Crown — the Aiken Trials, Aiken Hunt Meet and Aiken Sulky Races — as well as other aspects of Aiken’s horse industry.
Thursday, March 16, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 65
Astronauts Survey Earth With Camera
By The Associated Press
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Discovery’s astronauts, working again at full electrical power, received a call from President Bush and focused cameras on the wounds inflicted on Earth by man’s pollution and nature’s violence.
Flying upside down 180 miles high, the five-man crew captured thousands of views of Earth with television, movie and still cameras. Some of the film will be edited into a study of ecological trouble spots.
The president and the crew talked briefly in a combined television-tele-phone hookup that let Bush see the astro
nauts in their space cabin from the White House.
Bush congratulated them on their flight — which nearly had to be cut short one day because of an electrical-system problem — and said, “I am determined to go forward with an active space program.” When Discovery commander Michael L. Coats revealed that the crew was “flying something for the new first lady” it prompted a presidential invitation.
“You better come up here and give it to her personally,” said Bush. “You’re invited. When you get back head this way.’’ Asked about a camera used to photograph environmental targets, pilot John E. Blaha said the crew was “getting a lot
of great film that will show a lot of people around the world how fragile the planet Earth is in this big vastness of space.” Discovery’s crew started the day by pre-empting the usual wake-up call from Mission Control with tape recordings of their own. They ended their eight-hour sleep by radioing to Earth the theme music from “Star Trek.”
Then, the recorded voice of William Shatner, who played Capt. Kirk in “Star Trek,” sent congratulations to Mission Control.
“Discovery,” responded a Mission Control communicator, “tell Scotty to beam me up.”
Their fourth day in orbit was the first
|j F M A M J J A S 0 N D J
F M A M J J A S O N D J
F MAM J JASONDJ
F MAM J J ASOND
J F M A M|
Anderson Starts 5th Year As Hostage
" By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Terry Anderson helms his fifth year as a hostage in Leba-lon today with Bush administration offi-ials reiterating that their policy of (laking no concessions is the best course. Bush, who took office barely two nonths ago, has continued the former teagan administration’s policies that he lelped develop as vice president, U.S. of-icidls said “In terms of our policy, there has been 10 change, and I don’t foresee one,” said i State Department Mideast expert who ■efused to be identified by name. He •ailed the policy the only one that might vork.
Since the Reagan administration was smbarrassed in November 1986 by reve-ations it had sold weapons to Iran, the J.S. policy has been, “No concessions, jut we’re willing to talk to anyone,” anither official said.
But Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan, D-N.Y., a nember of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he would not accept ‘the explanation that nothing can be lone.” Moynihan was to introduce a reso-ution today in the Senate condemning lostage-taking.
“Something must be done, the executive branch must seek to use every ave-ue, formal and informal, to win the hos-Inequalities Still Persist Among Races
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — They’re twice as likely to die at birth. The survivors have shorter, harsher lives. They have twice the trouble getting jobs, are three times more likely to be poor and will endure more crime and divorces.
In an America that is far from colorblind, the quality of life for blacks is getting worse in some areas from cradle to grave, according to recent studies detailing gaps between blacks and whites.
“There are still deep inequalities between the races,” said Billy Tidwell, director of research for the National Urban League in Washington. “The nation cannot allow such a significant part of its
(See INEQUALITIES, Page 12A)
‘Something must be done, the executive branch must seek to use every avenue, formal and informal, to win the hostages freedom.’
— Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan
tages freedom,” Moynihan said in a statement released Wednesday by his office.
On Capitol Hill, several groups planned to hold a ceremony for Anderson, 41, a correspondent for The Associated Press. Sponsors include No Greater Love, a humanitarian organization, and the Journalists Committee to Free Terry Anderson.
Anderson’s sister, Peggy Say of Cadiz, Ky., a leader in the drive to win her brother’s freedom, was attending the ceremony. She has been critical of U.S. government efforts on behalf of the hostages.
“You want to hope they are working on it, but let’s face it, four years speaks for itself,” she said. Say said she does not think the Bush administration has made any new drives to free the hostages. “Basically, things are just status quo.”Life Expectancy
Life expectancy at birth in years
She listed specific initiatives the United States could pursue, including payments . to the families of Iranians killed last July when the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian jetliner in the Persian Gulf. The State Department said it is working on a payment plan.
“You begin to wonder what it takes to move people,” Mrs. Say said. “They have heard and read how hostages have died, how they have gone mad, how they exist from day-to-day in the most barbaric conditions and the world does not respond.”
Officials say different factions hold the nine American hostages who have been seized in Lebanon, but they are elements of the umbrella group, Hezbollah, over which Iran exhibits control. The United States has called for the unconditional release of all hostages before it will talk with Iran.
The families’ frustration follows a brief sense of optimism that followed Bush’s Jan. 20 inaugural address in which he repeated his opposition to any deals, but seemed to send a signal to the captors.
“There are today Americans who are held against their will in foreign lands and Americans who are unaccounted for,” Bush said. “Assistance can be show here, and will be long remembered. Good will begets good will.”
with a trouble-free electrical power supply system. On Wednesday, they followed special operating instructions from Mission Control to correct an erratic flow from a hydrogen tank that supplies reactant to chemical power generators on the shuttle.
Flow from the tank became troublesome shortly after Discovery was launched Monday and Mission Control feared that fuel from the tank would not be available for use. Engineers asked the astronauts to dim lights and turn off computers, and said the five-day mission could be cut short a day if the problem wasn’t corrected.
Watkins: Cleanup Cost High
From Staff And Wire Reports
WASHINGTON — Energy Secretory James D. Watkins told Congress Wednesday that he doubted it would cost as much to clean up pollution at the nation’s nuclear weapons plants as the official estimates of between $65 billion and $100 billion.
“I believe we can do this for a lot less,”
Watkins told a Senate budget subcommittee W y
that is examining the J* ♦
Energy Department’s \ 40
plans for modernizing ^
and correcting environmental problems at 16 major weapons plants in 12 states.
Watkins, in his first congressional testimo- WATKINS
ny since being sworn in last week, said projections on the cleanup costs included “a lot of gold watches” or frills that the government could not afford at a time of tight budget limits.
“I don’t believe we need to buy all those gold watches,” Watkins said in reference to his efforts to develop a comprehensive plan that would accomplish the cleanup at the least possible cost, in part by letting some less harmful contaminants remain at the sites until sometime in the next century.
Shortly before Watkins took over, the department had officially estimated it would cost $81 billion to clean up and modernize the weapons complex over the next 21 years, and some department officials said recently that this figure may be too low. The General Accounting Office, the auditing agency of the Congress, has put the price tog at over $100 billion.
Watkins said one of his immediate priorities was to re-establish the credibility of the Energy Department, which has been strongly criticized by members of Congress and government auditors for poor management of the weapons complex and lax oversight of safety procedures.
(See WATKINS, Pagel2A)
□ All Americans
CT) • * CD
1984 1985 1986
Campbell, Shebeen Agree Taxpayers Won Budget Fight
Source: National Center tor Health Statistics AP
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA - Republican Gov. Carroll Campbell and Democratic House Speaker Robert Sheheen agree that there was a clear winner in the debate over how to return excess revenue to the people.
Campbell and Sheheen were both posed the question of which party came out ahead in a compromise tax cut plan adopted by the House after eight hours of negotiation Wednesday. They had the same answer: “The taxpayers won.”
“This is a fine hour,” Campbell said as he stood next to Sheheen at a State House news conference.
The House, choosing parts of three competing plans, endorsed income tax cuts, property tax cuts for the elderly and capital gains tax reductions, while agreeing to allocate some money for local water and sewer projects.
Without the agreement, “We would
have had a bitter floor fight that would have lasted several days,” House Speaker Pro-Tern Jack Rogers, D-Bennetts-ville, said.
The negotiations began with a morning meeting between Campbell and Sheheen and continued throughout the day. Leaders of both parties and advocates of various tax cut proposals conducted a form of shuttle diplomacy between the House chamber and the governor’s office a floor below in the State House.
The unanimous vote to adopt the compromise tax cut plan came as House members were debating the final few provisions in a state budget, which includes about $160 million more for education and health care and excluded pay raises for legislators, the governor, and other officials elected statewide.
The House gave key preliminary approval to the 1989-90 appropriations act Wednesday night and was expected to give routine final approval today.