Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 16, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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'Cave Woman' Still Thinks It's March
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — An isolation researcher thinks she has two months to go in her underground hideaway when in fact it’s only a matter of weeks that she’ll see her first daylight since mid-January.
Stefania Follini, a 27-year-old interior decorator from Italy, has been in a two-room, 200-square-foot Plexiglas house under the hills west of Carlsbad since Jan. 13, without sunlight or other ways of measuring time.
The only sounds she hears are those of her own voice, her guitar, or an occasional buzzer sounded by researchers in a computer-equipped trailer on the surface, 50 feet above her.
“The buzzer is just to get her attention,” said Rita Fraschini, interpreter and spokeswoman for Italian researchers who are sponsoring the experiment.
For about four months, the computer terminals have been Ms. Follini’s only mode of communication as she simulates what it might be like for space travelers isolated for extended periods.
Spring Break Mecca Rethinking Its Role
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -Excessive drinking, gridlock and trashed hotels are causing some residents to question whether the welcome mat to this spring break mecca should be rolled up.
When Fort Lauderdale more or less told students to go elsewhere for their weeks of unbridled partying, Daytona Beach took over as the nation’s top spring break destination.
It attracted 500,000 students during the four weeks that ended in early April, according to Georgia Carter, of the tourism promotion agency Destination Daytona.
Although students spent $100 million here, they left behind angry residents who complained about car stereos blaring throughout the nights on clogged streets, and youths urinating on lawns and passing out in driveways.Weather
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Apple Growers Voluntarily Stop Alar
Tuesday, May 16, 1989
SCE&G Hearing Draws Small Crowd
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 117
Senate Shift Turns Deficit Into Surplus
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — A budget-balancing amendment quickly adopted by die state Senate should make ensuing work on the $3.4 billion proposed budget for 1989-90 much easier, senators say.
‘ I think this will probably speed up the process now,” Sen. Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, said after Monday’s budget action.
State senators took less than 30 minutes
on Monday to turn a $50.6 million deficit on the proposed state budget into a ▼200,000 surplus when given the chance.
In a unanimous vote, the Senate adopted a plan put forward by senior Sens. James Waddell and John Lindsay to move some $50.8 million from the regular budget into a section that will be funded only if adequate surpluses materialize in the fiscal year ending June 30.
‘‘This is the only way that I know to move ahead,” Waddell said. “At least we
are not having $50 million hanging over our head.”
The “bookkeeping maneuver,” as McConnell called it, essentially balances the budget without a major tax increase, allows senators to continue their discussions without worrying about making major cuts, and puts off any major budget chopping until the conference committee of House and Senate members takes a look at the bill after the Senate is through.
The proposal by Lindsay came as the Senate, concluding its fifth day of budget debate in a rare Monday session, also agreed to boost the salary of Frank Cag-giano, Senate clerk and research director, by $10,000 to a total of $77,876.
The agreement takes some pressure off senators, many of whom had been ex-peeling long hours this week as they tried to conclude business before the General
(Please See SENATE, Page 7A)
SRS's Moore: VIP Remains Regular Guy
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
James S. Moore laughs when asked which of his two favorite hobbies he’s better at, and he answers quickly: He’s a much better choir singer than he is a golfer.
But Moore’s friends agree that he hits a respectable drive nonetheless, even if his high-powered job as president of Westinghouse Savannah River Co. keeps him off the golf course on many a sunny afternoon.
The recently transplanted Pittsburgher is well-regarded — both in Pittsburgh and Aiken — for his calm good humor, his listening, speaking and management skills, and the nuclear expertise he’s accumulated over 30 years.
One new acquaintance sees Moore as a VIP who’s remained a regular guy.
“He has a presence about him that you get the impression he commands a lot of respect,” said Frank Thomas, president of Woodside Realty, which sold Moore a lot in Woodside Plantation.
“But standing around talking to him, you get the impression he’s just one of the fellows,” Thomas said.
A company man who’s risen steadily through the Westinghouse ranks, Moore seems to be taking in stride the rigors of overseeing the sprawling and controversial Savannah River Site. Westinghouse replaced the Du Pont Co. on April I as contractor at the government-owned nuclear weapons plant.
Moving 600 miles south hasn’t interrupted Moore’s active membership in the Episcopal church.
He switched from Fox Chapel Episcopal Church in suburban Pittsburgh to St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church in Aiken
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
RELAXING: James S. Moore relaxes by playing golf near his home in Woodside Plantation.
when he moved here last fall, soon after Westinghouse won the SRS contract.
The Rev. James M. Dix of Fox Chapel said he misses seeing Moore and wife Carmen in church.
“We’re greatly upset to have them leave. They were fine, dedicated, unassuming people,” Rev. Dix said.
Moore served on the church vestry, similar to a board of trustees, and his departure also left the church’s senior
choir missing one experienced tenor.
How does the pastor rate Moore’s singing skills?
“We have nothing but the best in the senior choir,” he replies.
Moore isn’t singing for St. Thaddeus yet, but says he hopes to join the choir, and he attends church regularly despite a crowded work schedule.
(Please See SRS’s, Page 7A)
Critics Fast To Attack Crime Plan
Some Feel Measure Falls Short Of Target
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Bush’s anti-crime proposals place him in a crossfire between gun lobbyists who say he went too far and lawmakers who say his plans won’t stop the shooting on America’s streets.
The skirmishing erupted Monday after the president unveiled plans for a permanent ban on imports cif many semiautomatic assault weapons and a ban on the manufacture of ammunition mag«gim»« for those guns containing more than 15 rounds.
The proposal is part of a $1.2 billion anti-crime package that also calls for building new prisons, hiring more federal agents, widening the death penalty and toughening sentences for illegally using semiautomatic guns.
The National Rifle Association of America, the nation’s largest gun lobby, fired one of the first volleys at the president’s gun-control plan.
“We don’t see a heck of a difference between a 15-round magazine and three five-round magazines other than about the two seconds it takes to change from one to another,” said James Baker, the NRA’s chief lobbyist in Washington. “That’s not going to have an effect on criminals.” v
Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, D-Ohio, sponsor of broader restrictions on semiautomatic weapons, said he was “disappointed that the president chose to limit
(Please See CRITICS, Page 12A)
Students Cry Reform; Gorbachev, Deng Seal Ties
By The Associated Press
BEIJING — Mikhail S. Gorbachev and Deng Xiaoping today normalized relations between the world’s two Communist giants while outside their meeting hall tens of thousands of people chanted for democratic reform.
“We can take this opportunity to publicly announce the normalization of Sino-Soviet relations” after 30 years, Deng said to applause from Soviet and Chinese participants in the meeting.
The 84-year-old senior Chinese leader welcomed Gorbachev in the red-carpeted Eastern Hall of the Great Hall of the People as “comrade” but did not give him the bear hug he reserves for close friends and allies.
In the opening minutes of their 2^-hour meeting, he told the 50-year-old Soviet president that the world’s “key political problems” have arisen from Soviet-American Cold War tensions.
That confrontation, he said, had helped prevent Sino-Soviet reconciliation but now “there may be a turning point in competition” between the two superpowers and “the situation is changing from confrontation to dialogue.” The United States and China normalized relations in 1979.
Outside in Tiananmen Square, tens of Uiousands of students, teachers, journalists, workers and onlookers reminded the leaders of momentous change of another sort.
The students, who consider Gorbachev a hero for the political reforms he has championed at home, issued appeals for him to take up their cause for democratic reforms with China’s leaders.
Their three-day occupation of the
Soviets Say Weapons Halted To Nicaragua
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, moving to ease superpower tensions over Central America, told the United States that his government has halted its weapons shipments to Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista regime.
Gorbachev informed President Bush of the decision in a letter this month and confirmed it in conversations with Secretary of State James A. Baker in in Moscow last week, a Bush administration official said Monday night.
Prior to his Moscow visit, Baker bad cited Soviet support of the Sanding tag as a litmus test far U.S.-Soviet relations, questioning whether Gorbachev’s deeds would live up to his words of conciliation toward the West.
Bush received Gorbachev’s letter be
fore Baker went to Moscow, where the secretary of state met with Gorbachev and Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze.
The United States estimated that the Soviets provided $506 million in various forms of military aid, including m ons, to the Sandinista government Nicaragua last year.
The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stressed that Gorbachev’s assurances did not foreclose delivery of other forms of military assistance besides weapons. That assistance could include vehicles, supplies and clothing. Baker did not persuade the Soviet leaders to cut off that assistance as well, the source said.
Also, the Soviets declined to suspend their military support of Cuba, the other prominent Soviet client state in the region, the official said. The United States
had also sought to have the Soviets halt supplies to Cuba.
There was no immediate breakdown of Soviet military aid to the Sandinistas, bat weapons account for much el $500 mtUjnu
Rebels, known as Contras aad backed by the United States, have been fighting the Sandinista forces since 1081. The United States provided arms to the Centra*, bat Congress subsequently limited U.S. assistance to so-called humanitarian aid.
Gorbachev’s move marks another step by the Soviet leader to lessen super-power tensions. He informed Bush that all Soviet weapons deliveries to Nicaragua were suspended at tee beginning af 1980 and woald not be resumed, the administration official said.
square, China’s symbolic center of power, forced officials to move an official welcoming ceremony for Gorbachev on Monday as he arrived for a four-day visit.
A planned wreath-laying ceremony was canceled today and the protesters later surrounded the Great Hall, halting traffic and forcing Gorbachev’s afternoon meeting with Premier Li Peng to be moved to a guest house several miles away. More than 3,000 students have staged a hunger strike on the square since Saturday.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Li Zhaox-ing said Deng and Gorbachev did not discuss the student demonstrations.
He said Gorbachev acknowledged that the Soviet Union had made “some errors” in its past stance toward China but the two leaders agreed ’’that bygones are bygones. What is important is to look forward and do more tangible things.”
Li said the two leaders discussed Cambodia, where Moscow-backed Vietnamese troops are fighting Beijing-backed resistance forces. “They shared some
views but did not reach complete agreement,” he said.
The Gorbachev-Deng summit brought together Soviet and Chinese leaders for the first time since a frosty encounter between Nikita Khrushchev and Mao Tse-tung in 1959.
Relations have since been marred by ideological rivalry, a 1969 border war and strong Chinese opposition to Soviet policy in Afghanistan and Cambodia.
(Please See STUDENTS, Page 12A)