Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 3, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Zap Uncertain About ZAP Repeat
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Folks in Zap still shudder when they recall the day 20 years ago when 2,000 drunken college students rioted on Main Street and set a bonfire, causing $3,000 in damage.
Saturday, a new generation of students plan a sequel.
But Denise Schlegel, organizer of Zip to Zap II, promises a more sedate celebration, one she hopes can erase hard feelings that have festered in the town of 300 people since 1969.
“I want to show them that people are different and things like this can work out,” said the 21-year-old junior at North Dakota State University in Fargo. “We are mending fences in a way.”
The school newspaper, The Spec-
rn, organized the first Zip to Zap for a spring fling. But chaos erupted that May day and the National Guard was called in to disperse the rowdy students.
Black Representative Bids For Governor
COLUMBIA (AP) - State Sen. Theo Mitchell has become the first to declare his candidacy for the 1990 Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Mitchell, a 50-year-old Greenville attorney with 14 years of legislative service, is seeking to become the state’s first black governor.
“I intend to aggressively pursue the nomination of the Democratic Party,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “The decision has been made to run. For all practical purposes,... we intend to seek the nomination.”
A formal announcement will be made later, he said.WeatherClouds Increasing
Increasing cloudiness is forecast tonight witha 20 percent chance of showers and a low near 50. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Thursday with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms and a high in the mid 70s. Please see details on Page 14A.Deaths
Henrietta Abney, Johnston Lillian M. Clark, Saluda Louise B. Garvin, Orangeburg Hampton Hightower, Williston Essie Lou Mealing, Edgefield Robert L. Stephens, North Augusta Harold L. Rutland, Bath Please see details on Page 14A.Inside Today
EXXON Official Calls Boycott Unfair
Jackson Voters Elect 3 To Council
Wednesday, May 3, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 106
Leaking Hydrogen Pipe
Main fuel pipe
Replaced Recirculation Feed Pipe
Three main engines
A pinhole leak was found in a four-inch diameter by 40-inch-long pipe that cames cool liquid hydrogen from the external fuel tank to the shuttle orbiter for recirculation through main engines’ cooling system.
$3.2M Settles Suit On Treatment Plant
Faulty Recirculation Pump
An electrical surge was detected 31 seconds before liftoff in the recirculation pump serving the no. one engine. The pump, the size of a garbage can, is one of three that brings liquid hydrogen from the external fuel tank and circulates it through the engine’s cooling system prior to ignition.
Main fuel pipe from external tank
Recirculation feed pipe from external tank
Engine number one
By CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer
Aiken County Council ended an eight-year legal battle Tuesday night when it voted unanimously to accept $3,275,000 as full settlement of all outstanding claims from the contractor of the heating facilities at the Horse Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
In 1981, the county and the Public Service Authority filed suit against Enviro-tech, a Delaware-based firm over faulty heating equipment, which the suit claimed did not function properly. Envir-otech appealed that decision, which has been in litigation since that time.
In January, the Fourth U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., ruled in Aiken County’s favor, upholding a 1984 decision by the U.S. District Court in Charleston, in which Judge Solomon Blatt Jr., awarded Aiken County $2.9 million in actual damages, and $1 million in punitive damages.
Since that time, both parties have been negotiating in an attempt to reach an agreement, and in April, agreed to the sum of $3,275,000 as a settlement.
County Attorney Robert M. Bell said the county will receive the money within 48 hours after the chairman of council signs the agreement of final release. Chairman Carrol H. Warner said he would sign the agreement before leaving the Council building Tuesday night.
“For once a lawsuit went in favor of Aiken County,” Chairman Warner said. “I’m glad this is finally over.”
Graham W. Rich, director of the Horse Creek plant said the money will be used to repair the faulty equipment.
In other action, the council voted unanimously to pass a proposed resolution allowing the Aiken County Historical Commission the use of Banksia, the current Aiken County Library, for an expanded historical musuem and park.
(Please See $3.2M, Page 16A)
Caucus To Write Textile Bill
AP/T. Dean Caple
SHUTTLE FAILURE: Illustration locates the faulty pump in the engine which kept the Shuttle Atlantis grounded last week. The pump has been fixed and the countdown for another launch has begun. For story, please see Page 2A.
By KATHY KADANE States News Service
WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Congressional Textile Caucus has decided to ignore White House pleas for more time to solve the “imports question,” and will proceed with plans to sponsor legislation again this year setting limits on textile and apparel imports.
Courtney Goodman, an aide to Rep. Marilyn IJeyt (D-Tenn ) said specific provisions for he new textile bill will be
discussed in a meeting of caucus members set for Wednesday.
But she said Lloyd favors a measure setting overall limits similar to the socalled “Thurmond” bill passed last year but vetoed by President Ronald Reagan.
“There will be a textile bill in this Congress which will address the imports problem,” Goodman said. She said Lloyd had not decided when the bill should be
(Please See CAUCUS, Page 16A)
Report Card: Schools Stagnating At Almost Every Level
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — American education is stagnating by nearly every measure in a new comparison of school performance across the country, Education Secretary Lauro Cavazos said today in releasing the discouraging report card.
The sixth annual State Education Performance Chart shows a decline in the national high school graduation rate and falling scores on college entrance exams in half the states.
“We must do better,” Cavazos said in a statement accompanying the report. “We must revitalize education in America. I am challenging states and districts to es-
We must focus not on the minimum, but on the best. ’
— Laura Cavazos
tablish education improvement targets.”
Cavazos said he would write every governor, state schools chief and school board president in the country to urge them to adopt his targets, which include boosting high school graduation rates to 90 percent and cutting in half the number of children who fail a grade.
“These goals are doable,” he said. “We must focus not on the minimum, but on the best.”
The controversial performance chart, known as the wall chart, shows a general lack of progress despite the continuing spate of reform efforts and ever-rising education spending — up to $3,977 per student on this year’s chart compared to $3,756 last year.
National scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) fell from 906 to 904 (on a scale of 400 to 1,600) from 1987 to 1988. Fully 14 of the 22 states in which the SAT
is the dominant college entrance exam registered declines.
Scores on the American College Testing Program (ACT), on a scale of I to 36, showed a scant .1-point gain.
Looking at trends since the first wall chart was issued in 1982, one bright note was a continuous rise in the percentage of students taking the Advanced Placement test qualifying them for college credit, from 5 to ll percent. The department attributed the climb largely to doubled Hispanic involvement and an 83 percent increase in participation by blacks.
(Please See REPORT, Page 16A)
In Full Swing
Campbell, House Members Say Tax Proposal Doomed
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — Some $56 million in proposed tax increases stand little chance of being enacted, Gov. Carroll Campbell and state House members say.
“I don’t think I will favor any kind of tax increase” this year, said Speaker of the House Bob Sheheen, D-Camden.
Despite about $400 million in available new revenue in the $3.3 billion proposed budget, Finance Committee Chairman James Waddell said the new taxes were necessary to fund “critical items” ignored by the House. Those items included funding for the Department of Correc
tions, Department of Mental Retardation and the Department of Mental Health.
“I can give you another $200 million of needs that we didn’t address in the House, too,” Sheheen said. “But that doesn’t mean I’m going to be in favor of $200 million worth of taxes.”
He and other state leaders criticized Tuesday as unnecessary and unacceptable in a time of state prosperity the proposal from the Senate Finance Committee unveiled Monday. The committee’s budget bill would increase total state spending nearly 16 percent over last year
(Please See CAMPBELL, Page 16A)
Insurance Reform Dead?
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
SHARP EYE: Brian Mitchell, 12, sharpens his batting eye as he practices with the Orioles Little League team in Graniteville where the baseball season is in swing also. For the story, please see Page 1B
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — The chances for automobile insurance reform are diminishing in the state Senate, the chief architect of the chamber’s proposal says.
“There apparently is some sentiment (coming from both Democrats and Republicans) not to have any bill,” said Sen. Ed Saleeby, D-Darlington.
Asked to rate the bill’s chances of passage on a one-to-10 scale, Saleeby said “not very good, below five.”
If the Senate does kill the bill, one of the state’s most volatile political issues in recent years — automobile insurance re
form — will be dead for the year.
The Senate is debating its version of automobile insurance reform, which as it stands now, offers about half the $85 in estimated savings in the House-passed version.
Saleeby made the prediction late Tuesday after the Senate handled only seven proposed amendments in about four hours of debate, and left with 33 still remaining.
“I just don’t think we made very much progress today (Tuesday). And I’m discouraged whether we can get any bill
(Please See INSURANCE, Page 16A)