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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 2, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Jessica Steals Spotlight Page 12A A Quick Read LA Herald Examiner Goes Out Of Business LOS ANGELES AP The Los Angeles Herald Examiner once the nations largest afternoon newspa per published its last edition today announcing its bittersweet farewell with the headline So Long LA Virtually every columnist and many of the 86yearold newspapers reporters confessed in print to giving way to tears while composing the edition They tore a part of my heart out yesterday sports columnist Doug Krikorian declared on a sports page whose headline asserted Were outta here Humor columnist Gordon Dillow found himself without a joke Tough hardbitten journalists arent supposed to cry he lamented Hearst Corp attributed the closing to losses of up to million a month and a lack of suitable buyers since the paper was offered for sale last summer Britain Goes Metric A Millimeter At A Time LONDON AP Two decades af ter it set out to measure things by the millimeter liter and kilogram Brit ain is part way there but still not very enthusiastic about it Shillings and sixpences are gone and the liter spelled litre here is showing up at gasoline stations But miles are still the measure of the highways and pounds and kilo grams depend on where you shop Every retailer is afraid to change said Andre Gabor an econ omist who has advised the govern ment on going metric No one will go out on a limb for metric because they fear people might go to the next shop As a member of the European Eco nomic Community Britain is part of the tarifffree 12nation trading bloc that will come into existence at the end of 1992 and the resulting eco nomic harmony will put the British imperial system of weights and mea sures all the more out of step Weather Chance Of Showers Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of showers The low will be in the mid 40s Tomorrow will be partly sunny and cool with a low in the mid 60s Please see Page 4B for details Deaths Maggie Burnett Los Angeles Bertha Clay Augusta William E Hanks North Augusta Edyth L Licht Augusta Dr Marie Moorehead Aiken Carlton L Roberson Jr Springfield McLemore Roberts Spartanburg Please see Page 48 for details Inside Today Bridge9B Calendar3B Classifieds6B Comics5B Crossword10B Cryptoquote7B DearAbby5B Local FrontIB Obituaries4B Opinions4A Sports9A Television58 Weather4B Page 2A COUNTY NEWBERny Book Alleges Chappaquiddick Staged Page 1B FEMA Says Disaster Money Misspent Thursday November 2 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 274 Sandinistas Step Up War In Nicaragua By DORALISA PILARTE Associated Press Writer MANAGUA Nicaragua After Presi dent Daniel Ortega suspended a 19month ceasefire opposition leaders accused the ruling Sandinistas of fearing free elec tions and Contra rebels reported stepped up government attacks A rebel communique said The break ing of the ceasefire by the Sandinista army is already in effect because the Nic araguan military today intensified its at tacks against our forces and positions through widespread operations The communique distributed by the rebels Nicaraguan Resistance organiza tion in Tegucigalpa Honduras said the leftist government was mounting attacks Wednesday with tanks helicopter gun ships and heavy artillery Ortega announced at news conference broadcast live to the nation early in the day that he was suspending the unilateral ceasefire He said more than 1100 rebels had in filtrated Nicaragua through the Hondu ran border during the past three weeks and that rebel attacks had increased dramatically Later the Defense Ministry said Con tras killed eight people and wounded 14 in three attacks in the northern provinces of Matagalpa and Jinotega from Sunday to Tuesday Three of the dead were civil ians who were kidnapped then killed a ministry communique said In an editorial piece in todays New York Times Ortega contended the Con tras were trying to subvert the electoral process because they are as convinced as I am that the Nicaraguan people will give the Sandinistas a landslide vic tory in elections planned for Feb 25 He said that during October Contra units closed more than 50 voter registra tion centers preventing thousands of citi zens from registering They targeted for assassination known Sandinista supporters promi nent community leaders party activists and candidates for municipal offices and slit their throats Ortega wrote The rebel high command said Sandinis ta troops using heavy artillery and backed by Sovietmade helicopters at tacked Wednesday in La Sirena and Bati tan in the southern Atlantic coast prov ince of Zelaya Interior Ministry troops made contin uous attacks on rebels at Sarawaca Hill in the northern province of Jinotega at the border with Honduras the Tegucigal pa communique said Alfredo Cesar a former director of the Nicaraguan Resistance said he believed Please See SANDINISTAS Page 8A Staff Photo By David Kldwell BOOK TALK Tom Maurice and Kathy Reynolds discuss the new library at Wednesday nights preview party Library Patrons Like The New Look ByTRACISHELTON Staff Writer The recently renovated Aiken County Library showcases Aikens best the old and new Friends of the Library unveiled the building which used to be Ai ken Elementary Wednesday night at a debut party It was a important event and the patrons pride showed in their faces as they wandered from room to room of the spacious schoolhouse This certainly brings back a lot of vivid memories said Ed Cush man who attended Aiken Elemen tary and was once student body president Its changed a lot but not so much that I cant recognize it I couldnt believe they could turn it into this Its wonderful said Thomas B Hallman Jr Hall man started first grade at the school in 1920 and attended for sev en years The almost centuryold building has been renovated to accommo date the needs of the growing li brary and allows room for growth from the current 45000 volumes The contributions of the guests will allow the library to purchase at least an additional 800 books said Charlotte Cassells one of the Please See LIBRARY Page 8A Adviser Voices Doubts About Safety At SRS From Wire Reports WASHINGTON An adviser to Energy Secretary James D Watkins is questioning the success of Watkins effort to improve safety at the idled Savannah River Site reactors that make gas for nuclear warheads John Ahearne chairman of Watkins independent advisory pan el on nuclear safety said Wednesday that Watkins stricter safety approach apparently has not yet penetrated the middle manage ment and lowerlevel workers at Savannah River Site 1 What we are questioning is the effectiveness of safetyrelated improvement programs at Savannah River Site which is operat ed by Westinghouse Electric Corp under an Energy Department contract Ahearne said in a telephone interview The Ahearne panel said In a letter to Watkins last Friday that Westinghouse appeared to be relying on its training program to impart the new emphasis on safety This will not be enough the letter said At Savannah River Site Westinghouse spokeswoman Becky Apter said the company has made numerous improvements in safety training programs to bring the plant up to the standards of the civilian nuclear industry Ms Apter declined to directly dispute the Ahearne panels as sertions but said the group was told during a visit to the plant last September that numerous improvements were under way includ ing training on reactor simulators Ahearnes group applauded what it called numerous positive changes at Savannah River Site since Westinghouse took over last April but it also raised serious questions Procedural errors and reporting problems continue and indi cate that an emphasis on safety of operations is not yet perva sive the panel said in its report to Watkins The plants nuclear reactors the nations only source of tritium used to make nuclear warheads have been shut down for more than a year for safety reasons that include doubts about the skills and attitudes of plant workers Please See ADVISER Page 8A Study Risk Of Death Lowest Among Most Active By DAVID ROCKS Associated Press Writer CHICAGO An eightyear study that followed more than 13000 people shows that physical activity significantly re duces the risk of death from virtually all causes including heart disease and can cer researchers say While the risk of death was lowest among those who were the most active the studys authors say that even a slight increase in activity may reduce death rates among the least fit Moderate levels of physical fitness that are attainable by most adults appear to be protective against early mortality say the authors of the study to be pub lished in Fridays Journal of the Ameri can Medical Association The study by Steven N Blair and oth ers at the Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas indicated that if all the unfit people surveyed had taken measures to become fit death rates would have been reduced by 9 percent in men and 153 per cent in women The researchers studied 10224 men and 3120 women for an average of more than eight years Of those 240 men and 43 Moderate levels of physical fitness appear protective against early mortality women died during the study The subjects were first tested on a treadmill to determine their fitness level and then tested for cholesterol blood pressure and other general health fac tors They also were questioned about relevant lifestyle factors such as smok ing as well as family history of heart disease Even when all other data were factored in the more active groups had lower death rates the authors said Among men who were the least fit the death rate was 64 per 10000 personyears compared with 166 deaths among the most fit group A personyear equals the number of people studied multiplied by the number of years they were followed Among women deaths dropped from 395 per 10000 personyears to 85 per Please See STUDY Page 8A Bay Area Sweats Another Strong Aftershock Legislators Try To Cope With Recovery Cost ByJOHNANTCZAK Associated Press Writer SAN FRANCISCO An awesome aftershock to last months deadly earth quake jolted Northern California but the only harm appeared to be more jangled nerves authorities said today The aftershock which struck at pm Wednesday and measured 44 on the Richter scale was centered slightly north of the epicenter of the Oct 17 main shock said Pat Jorgenson spokeswoman for the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park It was the 84th aftershock of at least magnitude30 and the 21st of 40 or great er since Oct 17 The largest aftershock was magnitude 52 and hit 37 minutes af ter the Oct 17 quake which measured 71 on the Richter scale Awesome said Santa Cruz County sheriffs dispatcher Kevin Fink of Wednesdays jolt We were sweating bullets for a few seconds No damage was reported in Santa Cruz or Watsonville the region of the epicen ter and only minor damage was report ed in San Franciscos Marina District which was devastated last month Just bricks falling said Officer Gor don Clark People have been calling in sheer panic saying The big one is on the way We try to console them and tell them its an aftershock The tremor came as California contin ued to try to repair its vital transporta tion links help displaced people rebuild their lives and figure out how to pay for billions of dollars in damage The California Legislature today was scheduled to begin a special session in Sacramento to decide whether to in crease the state sales tax by onequarter cent for 13 months to pay quake costs Gov George Deukmejian and the Legis latures top four leaders of both parties have agreed on the plan which would raise million The current sales tax is six percent Providing shelter has brought the American Red Cross face to face with a new problem coping with chronically homeless people along with those who lost their homes to the earthquake Sixty percent of the 160 people still sleeping and eating at a Red Cross shel ter in the Marina district were among the Please See BAY Page 8A Staff Graphic by Melissa Gulp ;