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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 20, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Page 2A Guerrillas Pull Out Of San Salvador Page 16 Government Promises Millions To S.C. Miami Squeaks By Dallas Page 14A A Quick Read Space Station: Mn Search Of Mission' WASHINGTON (AP) - If all goes according to plan — and there’s every likelihood that it won’t — a space shuttle will leave its Florida launch pad in March 1995 carrying the first pieces of America’s space station into orbit. Ten flights and 28 months later, by the same shaky timetable, the parts flown up piece by piece will have been assembled into a place where men and women can live and work for months at a time, looking down at the Earth as they silently dnft across the sky 250 miles high. By August 1999, seven years late but just in time for the 21st Century, the space station will be finished, serving as a basic research laboratory for medicine, astronomy, space physics, and as a staging area for manned flights to the moon and beyond. Scientists Say Spotted Farthest Object Ever PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Scientists say they’ve spotted the farthest and oldest object ever seen, a quasar that gives a peek of the universe near tne beginning of time and challenges a popular theory of how stars developed. The star-like body, about 14 billion light years from Earth, possibly has illuminated like a flashlight in the fog the matter that spawned everything from galaxies to life itself, according to scientists. “Astronomers have looked for more than 20 years for this primordial stuff of which galaxies, stars and then us were formed,” said astrophysicist John Bahcall of the Institute for Advanced Study. “One possible interpretation is that it’s been found.” Weather Clear Skies Clear skies are forecast tonight. The low will be in the 40s. Tomorrow will be clear with a high in the 60s. Please see Page 4B for details. Deaths Teresa P. Jones, Lyman Elise E. Murphey, North Augusta William E. Seigler, Aiken Joseph W. 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The daily newspaper will be delivered as usual. The newspaper will resume regular office hours on Monday. jssrrittV -JVikrn Monday, November 20, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 292 Administration Pursuing Policies, Study Says By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is shackling itself to 1930s-era economic policies to fight overseas competition in the advanced communications and computer marketplaces, a private study says. The Economic Policy Institute said the United States stands to lose 2 million jobs and suffer a $225 billion trade deficit by 2010 if the government fails to help American industry compete in high-definition television, semiconductors, computers and digital communications. The study released today, written by Robert B. Cohen and Kenneth Donow, concludes that — unlike Japan and the European Community — the United States has failed to develop a system to achieve and maintain competitiveness in leading-edge communications technologies. “U.S. policies currently emphasize customer and convenience services to the near-exclusion of developing domestically produced equipment and improving infrastructure,” the report said. “Without revising the antiquated policy framework that is a product of the 1930s, the United States cannot meet the challenges even now emerging.” The institute cited recent news reports that the Bush administration has “re versed or undermined Cabinet-level support for aiding advanced imaging systems, semiconductors and other high-technology industries.” The institute also cited reports that the Defense Department, which has earmarked $30 million for research into advanced TV display technology, now is considering buying such equipment from Japan and withdrawing its support of U.S.-based HDTV-related work. The institute also said the administration, among other things, was considering reduced funding for Sematech, the govemment-industry consortium that is developing new semiconductor process technologies. “With these steps, the Bush administration will curtail the main technology initiatives that have been supported by industry and military leaders,” the institute said. “The result of taking such steps could be a major deterioration in the U.S.’s ability to compete in world markets.” Congressional sources have said the White House is gun-shy about promoting policies that smack of the “industrial policy” tenets espoused by Bush’s 1988 campaign opponent, Michael Dukakis. The White House, the sources said, doesn’t want to be in a position of picking (See ADMINISTRATION, 9A) Victory Lane u Cap coni’ AP Laserphoto CHAMPAIGN FOR WINSTON WINNER: Rusty Wallace from St. Louis, Mo., sprays down the media in Victory Lane Sunday after winning the Winston Cup at Atlanta International Raceway in Hampton, Ga. Unocal 76 Racestopper Valli Elliott looks on. Congress Races To Adjourn By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congress’ race to adjourn for 1989 by Thanksgiving is running into problems from two measures bhat have proven intractable all year: deficit reduction and eliminating Medicare benefits for long-term illnesses. Lawmakers planned to search for solutions to those standoffs today, following an unusual Sunday session dominated by closed-door negotiations but little floor action. “I remain determined we will be able to complete action in order to adjourn... by Thanksgiving,” Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine, told his colleagues. But judging from the path in front of them, that might not prove easy. The House planned action today on a new version of the $14.6 billion foreign aid bill which President Bush vetoed Sunday. He complained that the measure provided funds for a United Nations agency that financed forced abortions in China, but liberals and conservatives were expected to clash over ald to violence-torn El Salvador. House-Senate bargainers renewed their effort to decide how to roll back the 1988 catastrophic health care law. The legislation provides coverage to elderly patients with long-term medical problems that otherwise could lead to financial ruin. When enacted, the measure had bipartisan and pop- (See CONGRESS, Page 9A) Consumer Group Says Many Children's Toys Dangerous WASHINGTON — Shoppers in search of holiday gifts for little ones should be on guard because potentially dangerous toys and children’s items are more readily available than ever, a consumer group said today. There are so many hazardous products on the market for children that “toy safety has become a contradiction in terms,” according to the 18th annual toy quality and safety report of the Consumer Affairs Committee of Americans for Democratic Action. The committee said it was “inundated by potentially dangerous toys” and blamed “the pitiful ineptitude of the Consumer Product Safety Commission” for the availability of dangerous toys. “In past years the commission only played dead. This year it was officially dead,” said the report, citing the panel’s lack of a quorum since January which makes it unable to take official actions. Additionally, “bottom-line considerations have outdistanced safety considerations” by toy makers, said Ann Brown, committee chairwoman. Dan Rumelt of the CPSC said agency officials were unable to comment on the criticisms because they had not seen the report. The report, which previously focused on toys, this year includes infant and children’s products because “they are inextricably linked and it just became too dangerous to ignore,” said Brown. The group recommends from among this year’s heavily advertised toys IO products for the “toy box” and an equal number for the “trash box.” The committee also cites 13 toys, a baker’s “dirty dozen,” of the most potentially dangerous toys from the 51 surveyed. Bob Jacobs, president of Aqua Sling, whose water balloon slingshot is among the group’s “dirty dozen,” said most of the problems associated with the product were related to user responsibility. “We haven’t had anybody hurt by the product. Everybody that’s had any problems with it has been with misuse of the product,” said the California businessman. The report said hundreds of people had been injured after being struck by water balloons fired by the slingshots. An executive at Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc., said the company was unaware of any safety concerns with its Bouncin’ Babies Cuddly Baby doll that also was listed among 1989’s worst toys. The ADA report said the toy has a pacifier with a stick that could poke a child’s eye. “It’s a design that works and kids seem to enjoy it and it meets all safety regulations,” said Stan Clutton, vice president for marketing at Lewis Galoob. The committee said categories of potentially dangerous toys include: ^ Exploding items designed to make loud noises which can be damaging to (See CONSUMER, Page 9A)Guard Post Meets Needs Of Hugo By PHILIP ORD Staff Writer EDGEFIELD — Before Hurricane Hugo ravaged the South Carolina coast on Sept. 21, the National Guard had been placed on alert by Gov. Carroll A. Campbell Jr. The 122D Engineer Battalion, headquartered in Edgefield, was no exception. On Sept. 21 the battalion received a warning order from Gov. Campbell, commander-in-chief of the volunteer forces, telling them to prepare their personnel for active duty after the hurricane, said Staff Sgt. Timothy O. Berry. “We had to pull out our alert roster and start notifying people” on Thursday, he said. “They had given us a list of critical jobs that would be needed down there and going from that we had to review the list of people.” Company C, located in Graniteville, and Company D, located in Batesburg, sent almost all of their personnel on Sept. 22 to help with engineering task, Berry said. Series South Carolinians Among Unhealthiest, Firm Claims . fillip nwSouth Carolina Recovers Staff Graphic by Melissa Culp More Hugo Coverage.................Page 1B Approximately 125 men from Charlie Company and 135 men from Delta company were sent to the coast. In addition to the two companies, 70 men from the battalion’s headquarters were sent to help operate heavy equipment or to work with the massive supply operation required to distribute equipment, Berry said. “The main things that we accomplished were to clear roads and to assist the power company in clearing power (See GUARD, Page 9A) By The Associated Press GREENVILLE — A state health official says South Carolina is moving forward in health care despite a recent survey that ranked it the fifth unhealthiest state. The state-by-state health ranking, compiled by Northwestern National Life Insurance Co., used 16 weighted criteria of health measurement, according to Northwestern National spokeswoman Marsha Johnson. “I don’t think this is news to anyone,” state department of Health and Environmental Control Commissioner Michael Jarrett said of the survey’s results. He blamed South Carolina’s low ranking on its relatively high poverty and illiteracy rates, saying many residents don’t understand the importance of health care. But recent state programs to combat infant mortality and other health problems have started to move South Carolina forward in health care, Jarrett said. “We’ve made considerable progress in some areas, but we’re so far behind that ifs hard to play catch-up,” he said. “We’ve got a long way to go, but I’m sure we’ll continue to see some impact.” The state ranked 49th in three factors — life expectancy, mortality and access to medical care — and only five other states were higher in the rate of major illnesses, according to the survey. However, the Palmetto State rated 13th in the amount of time lost to work and school because of illness and 18th in healthy lifestyle. South Carolina had the highest infant mortality rate in the 1980s, Ms. Johnson said, with 14 deaths per 1,000 live births. It also had the highest number of premature deaths, with 1,638 deaths per 100,000 people. By contrast, North Dakota, which received the best rating in both criteria, had 8.4 deaths per 1,000 live births and 978 deaths per 100,000 people, she said. South Carolina also ranked 49th for the number of low-birth-weight babies, 43rd for the rate of major diseases and also was below average in smoking, alcohol consumption and percentage of people without health insurance, Ms. Johnson said. Jarrett said the state must begin looking beyond the point of providing adequate health care to promoting wellness, especially in the poorer areas of the state, noting that a few dollars spent on preventive medicine could save hundreds of dollars in hospital treatment. ;

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