Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 1, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Washington's 200th Year
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Partying Carries Fraternity Price
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Scott Leffel straddled a motor scooter behind the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house and reflected on a future prerequisite for fraternity parties at Washington State University: good grades.
“I’m not too happy with it, actually,” said Leffel, a sophomore. “It seems like the university is continually working against us rather than with us.”
But the “no grades, no parties” rule that will take effect next year wasn’t the brainstorm of a scheming college dean trying to rid the campus of an “Animal House.”
The Greeks, often considered synonymous with parties, imposed this rule on themselves to bolster their image and academic standing.
Charleston Lawyer Named Top Mother
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP> — When Charleston, S.C., lawyer Nancy Hawk was chosen as 1989 National Mother of the Year, she didn’t know that five of her nine children were present.
The 66-year-old grandmother of 19 won the national award, presented by American Mothers Inc., over 35 other mothers at the annual convention of the organization Sunday.
Her daughter, Margaret Hare, said that Mrs. Hawk was shocked twice — first when learning that she had won, and then seeing her children.
“She was overwhelmed because she had no idea that she would win after hearing what all the other women had done,” said Mrs. Hare.
According to American Mothers spokesman Louise Cimino, the award goes to the mother who is shown to be successful through the achievements of her children, is an active member of a religious body, and is courageous, patient and cheerful.
A 50 percent chance of showers is forecast tonight with a low in the low 60s. Decreasing cloudiness is forecast Tuesday with a high near 80. Please see details on Page 5A.
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Gunman Kills One In Shooting Spree
Monday, May I, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 1C4
'Son Of EIA' Heads For House Action
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — A follow-up to the landmark Education Improvement Act heads to the House floor this week, giving lawmakers the chance to reaffirm their belief that education reform is “vital to the success of South Carolina,” a key committee chairman says.
The House Education and Public Works Committee last week approved a five-year plan that maps the reform movement into the 1990s.
The legislation, known formally as
Target 2000 — School Reform for the Next Decade” — and informally as “Son
of EIA” — represents the logical progression from the landmark education act passed by the General Assembly in 1984, committee chairman Rep. David Beasley said.
The full House probably will vote on the bill this week, said Beasley, D-Hartsville.
“I don’t think in general perspective there will be problems,” he said, although some House members might contest specific provisions.
The measure targets at-risk youths by establishing dropout prevention programs. It also proposes ways to have students think more analytically and supports innovations in teaching.
The bill also advocates a greater role for art education, supports increased funding for remedial and compensatory programs and stresses the need for early childhood development programs.
Some of the programs are new; others expand upon ones implemented under the EIA.
In most states, education reform usually fizzles out after two years,” Beasley said. “South Carolina is going to be, I think, making national headway because of EIA and Target 2000. ...there’s tremendous momentum and intense support (for reform).
“We’re saying we think education is
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Kohl,Thatcher Still Far Apart In Arms Talks
By The Associated Press
DEIDESHEIM, West Germany — After discussing West Germany’s demand for early talks on cuts in short-range nuclear weapons, Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of Britain remained firmly divided on what has become a major NATO dispute.
Both leaders reported making little progress during an afternoon of talks Sunday on an issue that has split the alliance, describing their talks as frank and intensive.
Kohl assured Mrs. Thatcher of his country’s firm allegiance to NATO, whose leaders meet in Brussels at the end of the month for a summit.
The West German leader’s call last week for prompt superpower negotiations on short-range nuclear weapons has placed him in a battle of wills with Mrs. Thatcher and President Bush.
“We still have quite a lot of work to
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JOVIAL START: Helmut Kohl and Margaret Thatcher seem jovial as disarmament talks get under way.
do,” Kohl told reporters during a joint news conference with Mrs. Thatcher after Sunday’s talks in this village west of the Rhine River city of Mannheim.
However, Kohl said he thought the issue could be worked out before the Brus-
(Please See KOHL, Page 6A)
Electricity: Northeast Thirsts, Rest Drown
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — As the Northeast sweats out the prospect of another summer of electricity shortages, much of the rest of the country is nearly drowning in power.
Government and industry officials say utilities in New England and New York may be forced to impose “brownouts,” or brief periods of reduced voltage, if this summer brings a heat wave as intense as last year’s.
A power glut in other areas, meanwhile, is creating problems of a different sort.
Public Service Co. of New Mexico is drowning in surplus power. Earlier this month, state regulators in effect penal
ized the utility for having invested in power projects that today are not needed. The utility, facing financial peril, stopped paying dividends on its stock.
“We still stand in a very precarious state,” says Rick Brinneman, a Public Service spokesman.
The disparate power supplies raises a question of growing urgency: Why can’t regions with too much power send their surplus to areas with shortages?
The answer lies in the fragmented nature of America’s electric power grid.
While it is physically possible to transfer power from one area to another — and it is done regularly between some Western states — there is no nationally integrated transmission system and no
master plan for relieving regional bottlenecks.
Ashley Brown, a member of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission, calls tile nation’s inability to balance its regional power needs “a travesty.”
“If you came from Mars and looked at the New England states ... and at the Midwest, which we can say charitably is endowed with no. shortage of capacity, and you saw that we can’t get power from one place to another, there is no logical explanation for that,” he told a meeting of state utility regulators.
Some officials say the Northeast’s power squeeze may be even more severe in a
(Please See ELECTRICITY, Page 6A)
still the top priority and is vital to the success of South Carolina.”
The bill’s supporters sought about $20 million for programs beginning in the 1989-90 school year. But the budget bill approved by the House and sent to the Senate cut the level of funding to $12.6 million. The cost of the five-year reforms. if funded in full, is estimated at $85 million to $90 million.
Sidney B. Cooper Jr., deputy superintendent for instruction at the state Department of Education, said Target 2000 keeps reform alive and viable and
(Please See SON, Page 6A)
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — Automobile insurance reform talk is cheap, but it won’t make rates any less expensive, insurance industry representatives dissatisfied with the General Assembly’s reform pace say.
“I don’t think they can significantly lower rates and keep them down. Everybody is just talking,” said Gerald D. Jennings, president of Collier-Jennings, an independent insurance agency in North Augusta.
“Everybody is trying to flash numbers,” said Thomas Salane, a lobbyist for the 17(V-me:nber American Insurance Association. ’But I haven’t heard any numbers I believe. Let’s wait to se what is passed, and then take it with a grain of salt.”
Nevertheless, the issue continues to occupy an inordinate amount of lawmakers’ time.
In the biggest reform effort since South Carolina made car insurance mandatory 15 years ago, the House has considered
(Please See INSURANCE, Page 6A)
Solon Eyes Abortion Rule Effect
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — A special session of the South Carolina General Assembly could cost more than $38,000, bat state Rep. Mike Fair says it may be necessary if the U.S. Supreme Court rules states can impose greater restrictions on abortions.
“Of course, it would be expensive,” Fair said. “But it’s important enough to me.”
Fair, R-Greenviile, says he will introduce a resolution Tuesday asking Gov. Carroll Campbell to call a special session of the Legislature lf the court overturns its landmark 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wade granting women the right to abortion or imposes further restrictions.
The court last week heard arguments on a challenge to a Missouri law that restricted the use of public facilities for abortion and declared that human life begins at conception.
The court is expected to rule before July I on the Missouri case.
Legislators would receive no additional salary for the session, but each would receive a per diem allowance of $74 per day for the length of the session.
In addition, members could receive 21 cents per mile for their travel to and from Columbia.
Fair predicted such a session would last three days, which would put the per diem tab for 170 legislators at nearly $38,000.
The mileage tab, plus any extra costs for security and employees that normally work only during the regular five-month session, would be added to that
(Please See SOLON, Page 0A)