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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 12, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Patrick Addresses USCA Graduates Page 13A A Quick Read Reye's Syndrome Cases Plummeting ATLANTA (AP) — Reye’s syndrome cases have fallen dramatically in nine years as a result of warnings about the links between aspirin and Ute childhood disease, federal health researchers say. Just 20 cases of Reye’s syndrome were reported in 1988, the national Centers for Disease Control reported Thursday. At its peak in 1980, Reye’s syndrome afflicted 555 people. The 1988 co un is the lowest since national surveillance of Reye’s cases was begun in 1976, the CDC said. The disease struck 101 Americans in 1986, the year in which aspirin containers were first required to carry warnings about it. U.S. Zoos Take Steps To Protect Rare Birds ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A string of rare bird thefts at several zoos around the country is prompting more stringent security, and even leading some zoos to pull the valuable animals from exhibits. On May 2, a thief broke into the parrot cage at the Rio Grande Zoological Park here and took an Australian king parrot, a sulphur-crested cockatoo and a dusky lory. The crimson and green parrot — one of only 12 such birds in captivity — was found dead on the zoo grounds. The lory, a short-tailed parrot, flew back to the zoo. The white cockatoo with a pale yellow crest is missing. “I’m hopeful that whoever did it got chewed up sufficiently,’’ said zoo Director John Moore. “These birds are not real kind.” The global destruction of rain forests, the birds’ natural habitat, and export restrictions imposed by foreign countries have driven up the value of rare birds and encouraged thefts, officials say. Zoos in Los Angeles, San Diego, El Paso, Texas, Columbia, S.C., and elsewhere have been hit in recent years. Weather Fair Skies, Sunny Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 40s. Mostly sunny skies are forecast Saturday with a high in the upper 70s. Please see details on Page 12A. Deaths James F. Santa, North Augusta Norris R. Fulmer, Aiken Marvin R. Graham, Pomaria Elizabeth S. Kimberly, Jackson Flossie M. Road, Darlington Jimmy Rushton Jr., Windsor Albert E. Springs, Augusta Please see details on Page 12A. Inside Today Bridge..............................................8B Calendar...........................................3B Classifieds........................................3B Comics.............................................6A Crossword........................................9B Cryptoquote......................................7B Dear Abby.........................................6A Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.......................................12A Opinions...........................................4A Sports...............................................7A Television.........................................6A Weather..........................................12A Page 2A Baker Meets With NATO On Weapons Page IB Aikenite Dexter Receives State Awald t AWFU a    ,    .*mpy 435 NEWBERRY ST. S. VZ. AIKEN, S. C 29801 Friday, May 12, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina U.S. Moves Against Noriega By The Associated Press PANAMA CITY, Panama — Hundreds of American military dependents evacuated their homes in Panama after President Bush stepped up his offensive against Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega by ordering in nearly 2,000 combat troops. Bush on Thursday also recalled U.S. Ambassador Arthur Davis to protest the annulling of Sunday’s election and the beating of the opposition presidential and vice presidential candidates by supporters of Noriega. The State Department issued a travel advisory late Thursday for Panama, saying Americans shouldn’t travel in the country due to “extremely unsettled conditions.” The crisis convulsing this strategically important country occurred after the government halted the counting of ballots Wednesday and claimed its presidential candidate, handpicked by Noriega, held a 2-1 lead. A team of international observers headed by former President Jimmy Carter said the opposition presidential candidate, Guiilermo Endara, had won by a 3-to-1 measure despite widespread fraud. Endara, who was severely beaten Wednesday during a street protest by a group of thugs wielding two-by-fours and metal pipes, remained hospitalized today. Opposition vice presidential candidate Ricardo Arias Calderon, who was also beaten Wednesday, called the sending in of American troops “a U.S. policy provoked by Noriega and not sought by us.” Arias issued an “urgent call to Latin American and North American and European governments to start a concerted, decisive diplomatic and political action to help make the will of our people prevail and to keep us from sinking deeper in to savagery and disaser.” He said this should be done through the the Organization of American States. The 1,881 troops, making up a light division and a standard mechanized division, will join about 10,000 U.S. forces already stationed in Panama. Officials said operation “Nimrod Dancer” will take about a week to send all the reinforcements. (Please See U.S. MOVES, Page 15A) Deadly Blaze EXHAUSTED FIREMAN: Paramedics treat a fireman for heat exhaustion as a house burns in the background on Fulmer Road, near Interstate 20. Couchton, Center Staff Photo Ginny Southworth and Eureka Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the Thursday morning fire in which one man died. Please see story on Page 1B. Derrick: Fundraiser Draws A Crowd By Kathy Kadane States News Service WASHINGTON — Rep. Butler Derrick, D-S.C., celebrated 15 years in Congress with a fundraiser at the National Democratic Club on Capitol Hill this week, and the party was attended by about 200 guests, including other state lawmakers, House leaders, personal friends, and dozens of lobbyists. Like many of his colleagues, Derrick holds a Washington fundraiser annually, but this year, a lobbyist said, Derrick’s party was better attended than most. “All of Washington is interested in Mr. Derrick,” said Ed Yingling, head of the government relations department of the American Bankers Association. “This is because of his senior position on the Rules Committee.” Derrick is now third ranking Democrat on the Rules Committee, called the “gatekeeper of the House” ‘All of Washington is interested in Mr. Derrick . . . This is because of his senior position on the Rules Committee.’ — Ed Yingling, Banking Rep because its members decide the way in which a bill is debated on the floor and the amendments the House is allowed to consider. The committee can deny the House a chance to change parts or all of legislation on final consideration. “That is why the Butler Derrick fundraiser would attract a broad range of people,” Yingling added. “Every piece of legislation ends up in the Rules Committee.” The committee is chaired by Claude Pepper, D-Fla., and “traditionally the committee works as a close arm of the speaker (Jim Wright, D-Texas),” Yingling said. But Pepper, 88, was hospitalized recently with a serious digestive ailment, and Wright has had to face a challenge to his leadership, based on charges of wrongdoing leveled by the House ethics committee.Guests at the party acknowledged they had been counting noses in the committee’s lineup. “As I understand it, Pepper’s health is not good,” said Jim Byrd, assistant vice president for corporate and community affairs at Southern Bell, who attended the party. “Derrick could end up number two.” (Please See DERRICK, Page 15A) Sims Awaits Jury Verdict: Death Penalty, Life Term By STEPHANIE WARNECKE-ADAMS Staff Writer After two and a half hours of deliberation, a jury found Mitchell Carlton Sims guilty of two murders and an armed robbery. Sims, 29, West Columbia, was found guilty of the slaying deaths of Christopher LeRoy Zerr, 24, and Gary Dean Melke, 24, and the armed robbery of the Hanahan Domino’s Pizza store they worked at on Dec. 3,1985. “Obviously, we anticipated something like this,” William L. Runyon Jr., one of Sims’ court-appointed attorneys, said af ter the verdict. “Now we are getting to the phase of the trial where we have a real defense to set forward,” he added, referring to the sentencing phase, set to begin Friday. Since the state is seeking the death penalty against Sims, a sentence hearing will be held before the jury decides on either a sentence of death or life in prison. The trial was moved from Berkeley County to Aiken County because of extensive news coverage in the Charleston area. (Please See SIMS, Page 15A) CONVICTED: Mitchell Carlton Sims found guilty on three counts. Vol. 122 No. 114 SENDING TROOPS: President Bush announces action in Panama. Hub Would Boost S.C. Air Travel By The Associated Press COLUMBIA — The House, acknowledging the economic boost of more accessible air transportation, is moving ahead with a plan to finance airline hubs in South Carolina. A bill that would permit the General Assembly to issue $50 million in bonds as incentive for airlines to establish hubs won key approval Thursday from the House. The bill must pass the House on a final reading before going to the Senate. “This would give a little carrot to them, ... and maybe bring them this way,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Herb Kirsh, D-Clover. North Carolina has hubs in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham and Georgia has one in Atlanta. “We’re growing here and we could use one on this side,” Kirsh said. “We got a lot of people here that fly all over the country and, ... (they) just don’t have that many (airports) to pick from.” A community requesting the bond issue must have a contract with an airline requiring the carrier to use the hub for IO (Please See HUB, Page 15A) Autos, Food Offset Rise In Gas Cost By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Wholesale prices rose a moderate 0.4 percent in April, despite the sharpest rise in energy costs in nearly 2Vz years, the government said today. The rise in the Labor Department’s Producer Price Index reflected a steep jump in gasoline prices, counterbalanced by a substantial drop in auto prices and broad declines in food costs. It followed an identical 0.4 percent gain in March and large, back-to-back I percent jumps in January and February. Because of the steep rises early in the year, wholesale price inflation, one stop short of retail, advanced at a 9 percent annual rate in the first four months. The April report is likely to cheer financial markets, where traders were braced for a much worse number, in the neighborhood of 0.7 percent. Economists were paying particular attention to the inflation rate for goods other than the volatile food and energy categories, which edged down 0.1 percent in April following a 0.3 percent rise in March. It was the first drop since and identical fall in October 1987. A 0.6 percent decline in food costs was the biggest since a 1.1 percent decline in December 1987 and represented the first substantial price relief since last year’s drought. (Please See AUTOS, Page 15A) ;