Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 2, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Tuesday, May 2, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
WIT: Workers Cause Productivity LagArafat Aide Wounded In Lebanon Ambush
SIDON, Lebanon (AP) — Issam Salem, the PLO’s senior official in Lebanon, was shot and seriously wounded today in an ambush in this southern port city, police said.
PLO officials in Paris with Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat said Salem was killed in the attack. The source of their information was not immediately known.
In Sidon, 25 miles south of Beirut, police said Salem was driving along Fakhreddin Street when masked gunmen raked his car with gunfire at 1:05 p.m.
“Salem is wounded in the head. His chances of survival are very slim,” said a police spokesman who cannot be identified under standing rules.
Salem was rushed to Hammoud Hospital, the spokesman said, adding police had no clue to the identity or motive of the gunmen.
On Saturday, Zeid Wehbi, the official spokesman in Lebanon for Arafat’s Fatah guerrilla faction, escaped assassins tion when a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at his Sidon home. Two passers-by were wounded by shrapnel in the attack, police said.Denver Abolishes Living-ln-Sin Law
DENVER (AP) — It still may be living in sin, but unrelated people can five together throughout Denver after City Council revoked a law that had caused years of controversy and forced some to carry marriage certificates.
The council late Monday voted 7-6 to abolish the law that had covered more than half the city.
“There are no longer any zoning districts where two people cannot live together,” said Councilwoman Cathy Reynolds, who worked to change the ordinance since she was first elected in 1975. “I’m delighted.” Councilwoman Mary DeGroot also voted to abolish the law.
“Zoning, I believe, should be used to determine land use and density but not relationships,” she said.WeatherClear Skies, Cooler
Clear skies and cooler weather are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 40s. Mostly sunny skies are forecast Wednesday with a high in the upper 70s. Please see details on Page 6A.Deaths
Clifford W. Blount, Augusta James D. Carter, Rockwell, N.C. Pernell E. Gary, North Augusta Edward M. Mobley, Edgefield Archie L. Wallace Jr., Sumter Lewis Williams Jr., Dinwiddie, Va. Please see details on Page 6A.Inside Today
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STORM DAMAGE: Contents of mobile home lie strewn across the field. According to witnesses, high winds spun the mobile home around — with children, Clarence
staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
Williams, 11, and Andre Reed, 8, inside — until it blew up in the air.
Children Survive Tumbling Ride
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
WILLISTON — Clarence (Duke) Williams, ll, and Andre Reed, 8, can lay claim today to being the luckiest children in America. v
The Williston youngsters were taken for a wild, tumbling ride in a mobile home late Monday by a tornado that a witness said “spun it (the mobile home) around until it blew up in the air.”
When the wreckage hit the ground, Derrick Moody, who lives next door, said the children picked themselves up from the debris and ran for shelter at a nearby house.
“They were inside playing when it came,” said Moody. “We saw it (the mobile home) blow up.”
The mobile home was snatched from a tiny plot of ground between the Moody residence and another. The Moody home didn’t lose a shingle, while the other house’s carport was broken down.
Moody said the two shaken boys were taken to the Barnwell hospital for treatment. He added they did not appear to be
School Goes On At New Ellenton
Although Part Of Roof Is Missing
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
NEW ELLE MION — Aiken County school officials were to hold classes today in New Ellenton Middle School, although a tornado late Monday snatched the roofs off the kitchen, dining hall, band room and four classrooms.
The twister, which did not injure any
one, struck shortly before 6 p.m. At about the same time, another tornado cut a path of destruction through Williston, 28 miles to the east.
In Williston, that storm injured about nine people. The New Ellenton blast was limited to a smaller area and burt no
(Please See SCHOOL, Page 10A)
Besides those two, others who credited their survival to a miracle were Mary Alice Mundy, her daughter Amanda Youngblood and two-year-old grandson Donald Ray Youngblood along with Mary Jines.
Mrs. Mundy, Mrs. Youngblood and the toddler huddled in a bedroom as the tornado picked up a mobile home, carried it over their Marcia Street home and shredded and scattered it in nearby woods.
(Please See CHILDREN, Page 10A)
With Shuttle Fixed, Countdown Resumes
By The Associated Press
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Electricity flowed into Atlantis today, beginning a new countdown toward a Thursday afternoon blastoff after crews fixed fuel system problems that caused a last-minute launch postponement.
The shuttle is to carry into space five astronauts who are to propel a robot spacecraft to explore the planet Venus.
The countdown began on time at 8 a.m. when a test director summoned the launch team to work stations.
NASA said the new launch plan was “optimistic,” but officials were confident enough to move ahead.
Liftoff was scheduled for 1:48 p.m.
Thursday, with the 64-minute launch opportunity extending until 2:52 p.m.
The countdown, which normally lasts more than three days, is being compressed by 24 hours this time by eliminating some work done in the first count that need not be repeated.
The astronauts, who had returned to their training base in Houston after the scrub, were to fly back here late today after a practice session in a shuttle simulator.
Commanding the mission is David Walker. The pilot is Ron Grebe and the mission specialists are Mary Cleave, Mark I^ee and Norman Thagard. Lee is the only one who has not flown a previous shuttle flight.
Scientists monitoring the Magellan spacecraft in Atlantis’ cargo bay reported it was healthy. The astronauts are to release the $550 million probe toward Venus to map the planet’s cloud-veiled surface.
The two bad parts that forced Friday’s postponement were a hydrogen fuel pump that short-circuited and a 4-inch-diameter fuel line that sprung a small leak. Small metal particles found in the pump may have caused the short-circuit, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said.
The speedy fashion in which the parts were replaced prompted the agency to set a Thursday launch date.
COLUMBIA — When people turn to him to ask where their promised tax rollbacks went, Sen. James Waddell — chairman of the Senate Finance Committee that just eliminated the cuts — will be ready.
Waddell said Monday evening after committee approval of the $3.3 billion state budget he’ll point them to some $46 million in state necessities the House did not address when it passed its version of the bill in late March.
Included among those are funding for the Department of Mental Health, Department of Mental Retardation and the Department of Corrections, he said.
“The House just took the position that, well, we don’t have the money so we aren’t going to do it,” the Beaufort Democrat said.
Instead, the Senate committee took the $26 million the House had directed toward tax relief, spent it, and endorsed at least $56 million in tax increases to fund programs — including the purchase of two supercomputers for the University of South Carolina and Clemson University.
All in all, the plan now headed to the full Senate spends $82 million more than the House version.
The Senate committee’s version now goes to the full Senate, where debate on it is expected to begin next week. House and Senate conferees will have to resolve differences and the final version must be approved by Gov. Carroll Campbell before the budget can take effect on July I.
About $52 million of the tax increases would come through increases in a state gas tax and the taxing of long-distance telephone calls, expected to bring in about $34 million.
An increase in taxes on wine and liquor sales would generate another $4 million a year to fund the purchase and operation of the supercomputers.
The tax increases stemmed from the committee’s two senior members — Sens. John Lindsay, D-Bennettsville, and Waddell, D-Beaufort — who put forth a list of some $81.2 million in so-called “revenue enhancers” to help balance the state budget.
The full committee had asked the two to come up with a plan to help balance the budget.
The proposal to pay for the universities’ purchases drew stinging criticism Monday from state Commissioner on Higher Education Fred Sheheen.
Shebeen, whose commission oversees the state’s 31 institutions of higher learning, said the proposal could hurt faculty salaries and increase tuition and student fees by siphoning money to the state’s larger schools that could have gone to other, smaller state institutions.
“When the elephants dance, the little creatures get stomped,” Sheheen said.
Nevertheless, the committee voted 14-3 to support Lindsay’s view that the powerful new computers would help attract industry to the state.
The universities last week pitched a plan to the committee that would split financing for the supercomputers between state money and private fundraising efforts.
Survey Finds AIDS Crisis Is Boosting Sex Education
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The AIDS crisis is giving a boost to sex education but is also crowding other critical sexual topics out of the curriculum, concluded a nationwide survey released today.
Forty states either support or require sex education, said the study conducted by the Alan Guttmacher Institute. But it concluded that the current “crisis orientation” spawned by concern over AIDS has led educators to stress “the negative outcomes of sex” while often neglecting other important issues such as pregnancy prevention.
Thus while birth control is dealt with by most school districts, it is usually from
the standpoint of disease rather than pregnancy prevention, according to the report.
“Support for sex education is strong. Nt only does a large majority of the American public support it, but so do most state education agencies and large school districts,” said the study, “Risk and Responsibility: Teaching Sex Education in America’s Schools Today.”
The $323,000 study, funded primarily by the Carnegie Corp. of New York, examined teaching policies and methods in grades 7-12. The findings were published in “amily Planning Perspectives,” a bimonthly publication of the Guttmacher
(Please See SURVEY, Page 10A)
AIDS Video Tapes, Texts Chosen For 1990 Curriculum In Aiken Schools
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
A local committee that reviews and selects health and sex education materials for Aiken County middle and high schools chose AIDS video tapes and texts Monday night for next year’s curriculum.
The 13-member Aiken County Comprehensive Health Education (CHE) Advisory Committee was appointed by the school board last year to investigate materials that fulfill the requirements of the CHE Act passed in 1989. The committee makes its selections and recommends them to the Aiken County Board of Education for approval.
The CHE Act requires that certain
health and sex education components be taught to middle and high school students beginning next year.
As part of the comprehensive health program, the advisory committee was required to choose from a variety of video tapes and texts that teach about the deadly virus, AIDS.
The committee voted for two video tapes for the high school level: A Letter for Bryan and AIDS Questions and Answers, by the American Red Cross. The videos for instruction at the middle school level included What Everyone Needs To Know, by Churchill Films, and Live and Learn, by Teen-Aid.
(Please See AIDS, Page 10A)
SRS K-Reactor Parts To Be Replaced
S.C. Faces $56M In New Taxes
Senator Says House Left Out Necessities
May Day Riots In West Berlin
A Quick Read
By The Associated Press