Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 20, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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A Quick Read
5.000 'New' Words
OXFORD, England (AP) — The
5.000 “new” words in the second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary say more about the glacial pace of lexicography than about the age of the words.
There are freshly minted terms such as AIDS-related, antiquark, fax, Filofax and ghetto-blaster; words or word senses redolent of the 1960s such as acid, downer, grok and chopper, and jazz-age coinages such as Big Apple.
There’s even one new word from Anglo-Saxon: “ash,” the symbol that combines the letters A and E.
The second edition, to be published March 29, reflects more than a century of scholarly labor.
Dream Fuels Runner's Sacred Object Quest
NEW YORK (AP) - A Cree Indian driven by a vision has led a 2,700-mile run to meet with museum officials and request that a cloth-wrapped bundle sacred to the tribe ae returned to his people in western Canada.
“We’ve been running every mile of the way.... It’s Indian custom to send foot messengers,” Jim Thunder, 38, said Friday as he and two companions neared the American Museum of Natural History.
At stake is a bundle assembled by Chief Big Bear more than 150 years ago to give his people spiritual guidance and protection. Complicating the quest is a competing claim for the relic and museum’s reluctance to part with it.
“In 1979, I had a dream in which Chief Big Bear appeared to me and offered a ceremonial pipe with the request that I bring the bundle home from New York City,” Thunder said. “I made a vow that I would do it.” The calico-wrapped bundle — about the size of two opened hands and containing a bear claw, a clump of sweet grass and a plug of tobacco — was acquired by the museum in 1934.
Considerable cloudiness is forecast tonight with a 50 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. The low will be in the mid 50s. Cloudy skies are forecast Tuesday with a 70 percent chance of a thunderstorm. The high will be in the low 70s.
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Vol. 122 No. 68
DOE: Reactor Suit Could Hurt Security
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
The Department of Energy says national security could be harmed if a pending lawsuit prevents it from restarting the Savannah River Plant’s nuclear reactors until a full environmental study on those reactors is completed.
DOE officials made that argument last week in a long-awaited written response to a lawsuit that environmental groups filed against the department in December.
The groups charged that recent disclosures of safety problems at SRP mean such studies are legally required before before restarts.
SRP’s production reactors, the nation’s
only source of perishable tritium gas for nuclear weapons, have been idled since last summer for upgrades to management, procedures and equipment. No restart dates have been announced.
The department has agreed to prepare an environmental impact statement on the reactors, but has said it won’t make completion of that EIS a condition for restart.
But the groups who filed suit —- the Energy Research Foundation, Greenpeace USA and the Natural Resources Defense Council — say they’ll seek an injunction if the DOE attempts to restart any of the three reactors before the EIS is finished.
(See DOE, Page 10A)
CFAC Picked To Oversee County's Strategic Plan
LOOSE BALL: UCLA’s Derrick Martin (left) and North Carolina’s King Rice scramble for a loose ball during the Tar Heels’ victory in the NCAA Tournament Sunday afternoon. For a complete roundup of NCAA action, please see Page 8A.
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
The Commission on the Future of Aiken County (CFAC) has been designated as the volunteer agency that will oversee implementation of a Strategic Plan aimed at guiding the county through two decades of expected growth.
Thomas B. Wessinger, chairman of the Coordinating Council on Economic Development, released a prospectus on the commission’s Ne lr.’. 'Vi a yrapup meeting held by tho f work ; Lf'ylhe plan.
The citizens group hJs been holding regular sessions to gather information that will be used in writing the Strategic Plan. The plan was called for because of management changes at the Savannah
(See CFAC, Page 10A)
Local Eastern Employees Don't Regret Decision
By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer
At 3 a.m. on March 4, Mike Caldwell aimlessly drove the darkened streets of Miami, deep in thought. At midnight, the International Association of Machinists (IAM) had gone on strike against Eastern Airlines.
As a pilot, Caldwell had to decide by morning whether to honor his own union’s request for a sympathy strike — a slim option, considering that strike breakers are not later well received.
The decision involved more than a temporary strike; Caldwell knew a walkout by the pilots, whom Eastern believed would continue flying, could result in a permanent loss of his job. At 44, landing a ground-floor job with another airline would be difficult; experience with another carrier does not count.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The union strikes on March 4 and subsequent bankruptcy of Eastern Airlines have left thousands of men and women out of work and out of pay, uncertain of the chance to continue their careers. As the third week begins, staff writer James Patrick interviews an Aiken pilot and flight attendant on strike.
He turned and drove past the Eastern gates, still feeling a sense of unreality that the choice had to be made.
“I hadn’t made up my mind totally,” he said last week. “I stayed up ail night, Friday, Saturday morning.”
He struck and returned to Aiken, hoping that Eastern would not only work out the IAM problem but provide the job security and stability to the pilots that they felt had been lacking the last few years.
Five days later, Eastern filed Chapter ll bankruptcy.
He sits on the unused hearth of his upstairs den, dressed in jeans and a sports shirt.
“My career is over,” he says. “No doubt about it.”
His wife, Pat, sits on the couch, drinking coffee. Another Eastern employee, she had 18 years in as a flight attendant. Her union went on strike the same day as the IAM and the pilots.
The strike came before the Caldwells could finish building their four-bedroom home in the pricey Woodside development. Their oldest son, Mike Jr., will enroll in college next year, and Caldwell supports another son in Maitland, Fla. The house will have to go on the market next month, as well as Pat’s car.
Yet weeks later, they still do not regret their decisions.
“You think about all the time you spend getting your time in and you think, ‘do I want to sacrifice it for someone else?’” says Pat.
“But then you look at the whole situation and realize their cause is your cause — and you have to make a decision at that point.”
The circumstances leading to the strikes had been building since 1986, the year that Frank Lorenzo, through chairmanship of Texas Air Corp., acquired control of Eastern, the Caldwells say.
That year was already marked by bad blood; in an effort to bolster the company’s financial situation, all the unions but one had taken cuts in pay. Ironically, it was the IAM which refused, demanding and getting a raise.
(See LOCAL, Page 10A)
Helicopter Crash In S. Korea Kills 19 Marines; 16 Injured
By The Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea — At least 19 Marines were killed and 16 injured today when a helicopter crashed in remote mountains, officials said. It was the second Marine chopper disaster in South Korea in four days.
The troop-carrying CH53-D Sea Stallion helicopter crashed near the port of Po-hang on the southeast coast while taking part in exercises with South Korean forces, a Marine Corps spokesman said.
All 34 Marines aboard the aircraft were killed or injured, the spokesman said on condition of anonymity. The injured included 15 Marines aboard the helicopter and one hurt on the ground during rescue operations.
Nine of the injured were in very serious condition.
Marine officials intially said 22 Marines were killed in the crash, but later lowered the figure to 19 because of confusion in early reports from the crash site.
The helicopter was carrying four crew
men and 30 infantrymen when it crashed, the spokesman said. The infantrymen were from the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines of the 1st Marine Division based at Camp Pendleton, Calif., he said.
Marine officials said they had no immediate word on what caused the crash. Little of the helicopter was left but charred pieces of wreckage.
Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, cited South Korean military officials as saying the helicopter exploded in the air and burst into flames before slamming into the ground. The report said the helicopter appeared to have a problem in its engines.
A Seoul newspaper, the Kookmin Ilbo, quoted a farmer who saw the crash as saying two helicopters were hovering about 250 feet above the ground when one suddenly turned upside down and plunged into a creek. About IO soldiers leaped out of the helicopter as it hit the ground, the report said.
(See HELICOPTER, Page 10A)
Cothran To Retire March 31; Hunter Is Named Publisher
Samuel A. Cothran will retire March 31 after 21 years as editor and publisher of the Aiken Standard.
He will be succeeded by Scott B. Hunter, a 15-year veteran of the newspaper staff who became general manager in June of 1987.
Cothran, whose newspaper career spans half a century, has guided the Aiken Standard through a period of unprecedented growth. He became editor and publisher in 1968 when the newspaper was acquired by Evening Post Publishing Co. from Mrs. Annie Howell King. Prior to coming to Aiken, Cothran had been managing editor of The News and Courier in Charleston.
The Aiken Standard and Review operated in a small building on Richland Avenue, using Lin-o-type machines and hot-lead production methods that had been common in newspaper plants for many decades. Construction of a modern, 24,000-square-foot newspaper publishing plant, which featured a new off
set press, was begun at once, and was completed, equipped and occupied within a year. The newspaper closed out the old operation with its issue of Friday, Sept. 26, 1969, and published its first issue from the new plant and on new presses the following Monday, Sept. 29. By this time the newspaper’s name had been shortened to Aiken Standard. Soon afterward the newspaper converted
(Please See COTHRAN, Page 10A)
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