Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 4, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 107
Senate Agrees On Insurance Reform
COLUMBIA (AP) — The
Rev. Jesse Jackson has not forgotten about soul music legend James Brown, who is serving a six-year prison sentence stemming from a two-state car chase.
Jackson, a world-renowned civil rights activist, was to pay the Beech Island resident a belated birthday visit in prison today, according to Bennish Brown, a spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
The spokesman, who is not related to “The Godfather of Soul,” said the 56-year-old Brown did not have any visitors on his birthday Wednesday.Weather
Showers To Return
Showers and thunderstorms are forecast tonight and Friday. A 70 percent chance is forecast tonight and Friday. The low will be in the mid 50s with a high in the upper 70s. Please see details on Page 14A.Deaths
Brunson D. Hall, Ridge Spring
Sis Nunn, Columbia
Clarence A. Timmerman, Hilton Head Island
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Shuttle Crew Eyes Rain Clouds
By The Associated Press
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA counted on sea breezes to clear away rain clouds today in time for a second attempt to launch Atlantis and start the robot craft Magellan on its 806-million-mile journey to Venus.
The space shuttle was to lift off at 1:48 p.m. EDT, and Air Force weather forecasters said this morning there was a 40 percent chance that rain or crosswinds at the Kennedy Space Center emergency landing site would prevent the launch.
Atlantis’ five-member crew was to be on board the shuttle by about ll a.m.
Six hours after launch, the astronauts were to deploy the $550 million Magellan spacecraft —- America’s first deep space probe in ll years. The crew members then will spend four days orbiting 184 miles above Earth.
Light rain fell on the launch pad in the early morning, and dark clouds approached from the west. But forecasters said they believed there was a good chance of clear skies and calm winds by launch time.
“Basically we still have 40 percent chance overall that weather could be a problem, but we don’t expect it to be,” said Capt. Ken Warren, the Air Force weather officer. “We expect a sea breeze to clear out what weather we have by launch time.”
Starting before dawn, technicians pumped more than a half-million gallons of liquid hydrogen and oxygen into the spacecraft.
The final preparations followed a frenzied effort by engineers to correct problems that on Friday stopped the countdown just 31 seconds from liftoff. A flawed pump and a suspicious hydrogen line were replaced.
“A real problem stopped us,” shuttle chief Richard Truly said. “We’ve fixed that. We are ready to fly again.”
Today’s launch opportunity, determined by the path Magellan must follow to reach Earth’s mysterious neighbor, was to end at 2:52 p.m. If the launch is postponed, there are daily launch opportunities until May 28. At that point, Earth and Venus will have moved out of alignment and the Magellan mission will notNew Soviet Law Would Allow Union Workers To Call Strikes
By The Associated Press
MOSCOW — Labor unions will gain the right to strike in new legislation designed to free them from decades of meek subservience to the Communist Party and government, a leading Soviet union official said.
Unions “must have the right to stop work at enterprises, in organizations and institutions as a means of pressure on the administration for speeding up the resolution of labor disputes,” Stepan A. Shalaev told the labor newspaper Trud in an interview published Wednesday.
But Shalaev made clear that the Cen
tral Council of Trade Unions that he chairs does not expect strikes to become as common as they are elsewhere.
“The decision to stop work at an enterprise — this is an extreme measure to be taken only in extreme circumstances,” he said.
Shalaev said the draft law, published Saturday, would be discussed by unions for three months. It must eventually be approved by the new Supreme Soviet Parliament.
Giving unions a limited right to strike appeared to be an effort to prevent labor unrest from taking on the dimension
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be possible for two years.
The mission is commanded by David M. Walker. Others on the crew are pilot Ronald Grabe and mission specialist Norman Thagard. Astronauts Mary Cleave and Mark Lee will operate remote controls to eject Magellan from the cargo bay.
Magellan then will rocket itself out of Earth orbit and start a 15-month voyage that carries it 1^ times around the sun before reaching Venus.
Magellan marks the beginning of a new era in a U.S. planetary exploration program that has not had a launch since 1978.
Venus, Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor, has fascinated since humans first began scanning the sky. It is the brightest object in the nighttime sky, except for the moon. It appears in season as either the morning or the evening “star,” but Venus is actually a planet that orbits 67 million miles from the sun. The Earth orbits 93 million miles from the sun.
Scientists are intrigued by Venus because it is so close in size to Earth, yet much different in most every other way.Judicial Pay: Another Route For Congress?
An AP News Analysis
By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — Some members of Congress are clearly carious whether providing a pay raise for federal judges will supply enough political cover to vote one for themselves as well.
That was the one clear lesson on Wednesday when William H. Rehn-quist became the first chief justice to testify before Congress hi 56 years. Rehnquist, who makes $115,006 a year, appealed for 30 percent pay raises and annual cost-of-living increases for himself and all federal
(Please See JUDICIAL, Page ISA)Police Can't Stop Rising Tide Of China Dissidents
By The Associated Press
BEIJING — Their independent unions spurned by Communist leaders, tens of thousands of students pushed through police lines today into central Tiananmen Square on the 70th anniversary of China’s first student movement.
Thousands also demonstrated in Shanghai and Nanjing for democracy and press freedom while several hundred took to the streets in Changsha. Three hundred journalists from the state-run press joined the march in Beijing.
Students plowed into Tiananmen — China’s symbolic seat of power — throughout the day.
By mid-afternoon, more than 70,000 people, about half of them students,
packed the 100-acre expanse in a collage of chanting, flag-waving and singing.
Red and white banners calling for freedoms unheard of in China since the Communists came to power 40 years ago flapped in the wind.
Bystanders, lining the streets by the thousands, had applauded and cheered the demonstrators as they marched along the 16-mile route to the square.
It was the sixth time in three weeks that students have made the pilgrimage to demand fundamental reforms of China’s autocratic political system.
“If this continues, China has hope,” said one onlooker.
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Braves Snap Losing Streak
A Quick Read
Unidentified Body Found In River
AUGUSTA — An unidentified body was found floating in the Savannah River this morning, according to a spokesman with the Augusta City Police Department.
Lt. Mary Jones said the body was found between 8th and 9th streets at 10:02 a.m., but added that no other information about the identity of the body, or who reported sighting it, is known at this time.
Bibles Could Be Taxed In Carolina
COLUMBIA (AP) - A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Texas case could end the long-standing sales tax exemption the Bible has enjoyed in South Carolina.
The Senate Finance Committee is recommending that state government tax the sale of Bibles and other religious publications. The move — which could mean about $300,000 a year in additional sales tax revenue — comes after the nation’s highest court ruled two months ago that Texas acted illegally in sparing religious publications from its sales tax.
“We have to comply,” said Vicki Jinnette, spokeswoman for the South Carolina Tax Commission. “If not, we could be challenged in court.”
Jackson To Visit Singer James Brown
Saleeby Fears Package Deal Falls Short Of Auto Owner Expectations
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — Consumers may be looking for larger automobile insurance rate reductions than the General Assembly will deliver, the chief architect of the state Senate’s plan says.
“I worry that some people may have high expectations,” said Sen. Ed Saleeby, D-Darlington, shortly after the Senate appeared to reach agreement Wednesday evening on a package of reforms.
He said that as automobile costs increase, insurance rates are bound to rise also.
Still, state Insurance Commissioner John Richards said past work in recent years by the General Assembly, such as increased costs for bad drivers and penalties for traffic violations, should help moderate increases when a current rate freeze expires July I.
“I don’t see anything that would cause rates to increase enough to wipe out man-
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dated reductions,” he said.
State senators ended a marathon session Wednesday by agreeing to an automobile insurance reform package its supporters say should offer about $50 in savings to good drivers.
Technical matters postponed a final reading until today on the bill.
But senators appeared committed to the plan when they adjourned at 8:30 p.m. — after more than six hours of debate Wednesday on the bill they have been discussing the past four work days.
Once passed, conferees from the House and Senate will try to work out differences. Supporters predict about $85 in savings from the House version.
“I think we’ll reach some compromise,” said Saleeby, though he predicted problems over such issues as the House’s 5 percent across-the-board cut for good drivers, on which the Senate never voted.
Surgeon General To Leave Office
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
TRIKE RACER: Rick Wells of Aiken gives final instructions to his daughter AHyson before the start the Kiwanis Club Trike Race Wednesday. The number 5 was lucky for her. She’s 5 years old and finished 5th in the 5th race. For story, please see Page 1B.
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Dr. C. Everett Koop, whose campaigns altoist sr.^ing and AIDS marked an i* ‘n-^oat oversial eight years as surge* ii general, told President Bush today he will leave office in July.
Koop, in a brief letter to the White House, said he had told Bush in February that he would not serve out his full second term, which ends in November. The surgeon general said he will leave July 13.
Koop, 72, was appointed the govern
ment’s top health officer by President Reagan, and was sworn into office in January 1982.
Koop said James Mason, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services where the surgeon general heads the Public Health Service, will name an acting surgeon general after he leaves.
Koop did not say in the letter what his plans are after he leave government. He has said in interviews that he would like to write books and work in television on health issues.