Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 5, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 435 NEWBERRY ST. S.
Easy Goer Picked To Win
Friday, May 5, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 108
Cult Reports 'Ridiculous/ Sheriff Says
Film Raises Concerns About SRS
A Review By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
COLUMBIA — An audience of hundreds turned out for the premiere of a new documentary film that seeks to raise grave concerns about the safety and morality of the Savannah River Site.
“Building Bombs,” a one-hour film produced by Mark Mori and Susan Robinson, will be shown on a national tour this summer, Mon told an overflow crowd at the downtown Jefferson Square Theater.
The film uses interviews with disaffected former employees to paint a grim picture of the site’s effect on the environment, but adds comments from SRS defenders — chiefly, former governor James Edwards — to provide some balance.
The film includes extensive interviews with Arthur Dexter and William Lawless, two plant professionals who quit nuclear weapons work there for reasons of conscience.
Dexter, a physicist under former plant contractor Du Pont, recounts his realization one day that the U.S. had enough tritium gas for 30,000 nuclear warheads. “It seemed rather obscene,” Dexter said.
The plant supplies the nation’s only source of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen that gives nuclear weapons their immense power.
Lawless, a former nuclear waste engineer with the Department of Energy at Savannah River, described his fears that previous disposal practices — such as burying low-level radioactive waste in cardboard boxes
(See FILM, Page WA)
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The nation’s unemployment rate shot up 0.3 percent last month to 5.3 percent as job growth in the economy slowed to its lowest level in nearly three years, the Labor Department reported today.
The April jobless rate was the highest since January and moved civilian unemployment off the 15-year low of 5.0 per
cent posted in March.
The report was likely to be greeted by financial markets because analysts have said a rise in unemployment is the quickest way to ease wage inflation that has been pushing up overall inflation.
The department’s survey of business found the addition of 117,000 non-farm payroll jobs in April, the lowest number since the government reported a drop of 92,000 positions in June 1986. The depart
ment also revised March payroll growth to 171,000, down from 180,000, in yet another sign of a slowing economy.
The slower job growth contrasts sharply with the average monthly payroll growth of 300,000 in the 12 months that ended in February.
The number of unemployed workers also increased in April after two months
(See JOBLESS, Page WA)
Anthony B. Daley, Augusta Elijah DeVoe, Aiken Russell B. Holley, Langley Matterson Winfield, Aiken Please see details on Page 7A.
Disc jockeys from WBBQ will be the guest Oysters of Ceremonies to start the races.
Area restaurants will serve an assortment of crustaceans, snacks, soft drinks and beer.
Clowns, magic and fun for the entire family are also planned.
Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the gate. Admission will be free with 1989 T-Shirts. Kids under 6 are admitted free.
(See LOBSTERS, Page WA)
Jobless Rate Jumps Up To 5.3 Percent
A Quick Read
Showers In Forecast
Cloudy skies and a 70 percent chance of showers and scattered thunderstorms are forecast tonight. The low will be in the 60s. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Saturday with a 30 percent chance of showers and a possible thunderstorm. The high will be in the mid 70s. Please see details on Page 7A.
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Aiken County Sheriff Carrol G. Heath has dismissed as “ridiculous” claims that several Satanic worship cults are operating in the county, especially in Horse Creek Valley.
Sheriff Heath, interviewed about rumors and television reports last week concerning Satanic worship, said calls about the so-called cult groups are inter
fering with normal law enforcement operations.
“I can’t afford to assign two officers to do nothing but check out reports about Satanic worship cults,” said the sheriff. ‘These calls are getting ridiculous and don’t amount to anything.”
Sheriff Heath said if anyone has “concrete, solid evidence” that a cult exists he would like for the information to be turned over to his department.
Discussing the flood of reports about cults, the sheriff said a story about a Sa
tanic cult will start out in one end of the county and by the time it gets to the other it’s “IO times worse.”
Both the sheriff and Aiken County Coroner Sue R. Townsend report being bombarded with calls about deaths related to the cult. Both said these were just rumors.
Rumors concerning the existence of such groups, purportedly made up mainly of teen-agers and young adults, have been circulating in recent weeks, but, a
law enforcement official said, there has been no proof they exist.
Sheriff Heath said the situation hasn’t been helped by television reporting on cults.
Newscasts on two Augusta television stations last week cautioned parents about the cults and told how parents can determine if a young person was involved in devil worship.
(See CULT, Page 14A)
Long-Time Pill Takers Risk Breast Cancer
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) - A 21-month-old boy has won a national “Million Dollar Baby” search, earning a municipal bond that will be worth $1 million when it and the winner mature.
Anthony Markowitz on Thursday received the bond, which will reach full value when he is 21.
The 10-week contest, in which viewers were invited to send in pictures of children 4 months to 2 years old, was sponsored by the network, Downy Fabric Softener and Gerber Products Co.
The name of the baby from suburban Detroit was drawn at random from among about 200,000 entries, VH-1 spokeswoman Kristy Loveman said.
LONDON (AP) — Young women who take birth control pills for than four years run a significantly higher risk of breast cancer, according to a study published today in a prestigious British medical journal.
Researchers were quoted in The Lancet as saying that among women 35 or younger, they found a 43 percent increase in the risk of breast cancer after four years of pill use and a 74 percent increase after eight years.
They called on doctors to tell women about the possible risks of breast cancer before they prescribe contraceptive pills, but they did not advocate avoiding oral contraceptives.
However, Clair Quivers of the Institute of Cancer Research in London, one of the authors of the study, advised women to aim for the lowest-dose pill available and stay on it for the shortest possible time.
The study is the most comprehensive look at the pill and breast cancer ever undertaken in Britain and one of the largest in the world.
The researchers were quoted in the medical weekly as saying the risks of taking the pill had to be kept in perspective.
“Breast cancer is uncommon below age 36, the age group that was studied. Only one woman in 500 develops the disease before age 36, so even a 70 percent increase in risk would only put the chances of developing breast cancer by this age up to about one in 300,” the researchers said.
Michigan Child Worth A Million
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
SILHOUETTE: Susan Christie Storey of North Augusta shows the skyline she painted in an Augusta restaurant. Please see details on Page 1B.
North Vows To Fight On
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Blasting prosecutors and vowing to “fight hard, for as long as it takes,” Oliver North says his conviction on three felonies in the Iran-Contra affair will eventually be overturned.
The first person to go on trial in the scandal that rocked the last two years of the Reagan administration, North lost his $23,10O-a-year Marine pension as soon as the jury delivered its verdict Thursday.
Ex-President Reagan, who successfully resisted a defense subpoena to testify at the trial, declined to comment after the man he once called a national hero was found guilty.
North was acquitted of nine of the 12 criminal charges against him and prosecutor John Keker appeared less than satisfied with the decision.
Still, Keker said, “Colonel North has been convicted of three very serious charges. The jury has spoken.” North called it “a partial vindication.”
North, to be sentenced June 23 by U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell, faces a maximum of IO years in prison and $750,000 in fines. As a first-time offender with an exemplary 20-year military career, North almost certainly will get penalties far less severe than that. Court appeals could take years.
The National Security Council’s former “action officer” on Central America counterattacked less than two hours after walking out of the federal courthouse. He defiantly criticized the cost of pursuing him through the legal system and suggested the prosecution had overstepped the bounds of fairness.
“After more than two and a half years and over $40 million of our taxpayers’ money spent on investigations, congressional inquisitions and now a special prosecutor who has likened me to Adolf Hitler, we now face many months and perhaps years of fighting the remaining charges,” North said, reading from a statement.
(See NORTH, Page HA)
Lobsters Ready To Run In Annual Race
The fifth running of the WBBQ-Stroh’s Lobster Race and Oyster Parade is close to post time.
The running of the lobsters will take place Saturday at the Aiken Jaycees Fairgrounds, the new location for the races. The gates will open at ll a.m., and the races will begin at I p.m.
Entries in the Oyster Parade will start lining up at IO a.m. at the IOO block of Newberry Street and march through downtown Aiken at ll a.m.
The parade will turn west on Park Avenue, then north on Laurens Street to the old Aiken Junior High, later Laurens Street Elementary School.
The beach music bands, The Sands and The Band of Oz will perform during the afternoon between timed events. A shag contest with prizes will be held while the lobsters are saddlin’ up between the races.