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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 21, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Sub Leads Bronco To NFL Win Page 4BA Quick ReadHepatitis B Greater World Risk Than AIDS WASHINGTON (AP) — Hepatitis B, a blood-borne disease that can cause fatal liver cancer, is a much greater worldwide health threat than AIDS, but U.S. doctors are doing little to promote use of a vaccine against the illness, an infectious disease expert says. There are 20 to 30 times more carriers of the hepatitis B virus than there are people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, that causes AIDS, Dr. Sanford F. Kuvin, vice chairman of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, said Monday. Among carriers of the hepatitis B virus, 25 percent, or about 60 million, will die from primary liver cancer, he said. An additional 15 percent, or about 45 million, will die of cirrhosis, another liver disease.Indictment Expected Agent 'Robin HUD' WASHINGTON (AP) - Prosecutors expect a grand jury to indict a Maryland woman dubbed “Robin HUD” who admitted stealing $5.5 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prosecutors had presented evidence to the panel in Baltimore allegedly showing Marilyn Harrell misused government funds on several occasions, sources at HUD and the Justice Department said on Monday. Justice sources said they were confident the evidence was more than enough to secure an indictment, which they said prosecutors had asked for and which they expected to be returned. Harrell, a former private escrow agent hired by HUD, got her nickname following her testimony that she gave some of the $5.5 million to charity and the homeless.WeatherPartly Cloudy, Cold Skies will be partly cloudy tonight with a low in the mid 30s, becoming mostly cloudy Wednesday with a 30 percent chance of rain. Please see Page 7B for details. John H. Arender, North Augusta Ronald D. Bodle, Augusta Ralph B. Cole Jr., Wilmington, Del. Angus Eubanks, Aiken Emmie A. Henderson, Edgefield Cecil Hilson, Augusta Dorothy M. Lorsong, Monetta Amy D. Samples, North Augusta William E. Seigler, Aiken Frankie Ware, Salley Minnie Williams, North Augusta Sarah Ann Wilson, North Augusta Please see Page 7B for details.Inside Today Bridge...............................................5C Calendar............................................8B Classifieds.........................................3C Comics..............................................2C Crossword.........................................7C Cryptoquote.......................................4C Dear Abby..........................................2C Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................7B Opinions............................................1C Sports................................................4B Television..........................................2C Weather.............................................7BHoliday Hours In order for employees of the Aiken Standard to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families, the newspaper will close its offices at noon both Thursday and Friday. The daily newspaper will be delivered as usual. The newspaper will resume regular office hours on Monday. Page IB AWD) COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY Tuesday, November 21, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 293 Power Suppliers Corry Arguments Before Council By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Both sides in a controversial power supply ordinance are preparing for a war of words during tonight’s public hearing and second reading on an issue involving public and private power suppliers. Between 15 to 20 people are expected to speak for Aiken Electric Cooperative in opposition to the proposed ordinance, said Jerry Pate, a spokesman for the customer-owned utility. “There may be many more than that wanting to speak,” he added. Those intentions will fall by the wayside due to a 50-minute presentation limit being imposed on both sides by the council. The Co-op will have 50 minutes to present its case and to have citizens speak in its favor, while South Carolina Electric and Gas will have the same. Both sides also are limited to 25 seats each. In addition to the company presentation, SCE&G will probably have five to six area residents speak for it, said Cathy B. Novinger, vice president for administration and government affairs for SCANA, parent company of SCE&G. Following presentations, both utilities will have IO minutes for rebuttal. The Co-op’s request to move the public hearing to a building large enough to ac comodate the anticipated crowd also was denied by the council, Pate said. Codicil chambers, where the 7 p.m. meeting will be held, has a maximum capacity of 150 people under state fire codes. That number includes the council, members of the press and residents who want to speak. After the public hearing, the ordinance will receive second and final reading. The proposed ordinance, which favors St 'E&G as the power provider for all new residents in annexed areas, unanimously passed first reading on Nov. 13. After months of controversy, the original ordinance was scrapped during an executive session on Oct. 26. The rewritten document was presented to the council on Nov. 13 for consideration as a new proposal. Under the proposal, Aiken Electric is permitted to expand existing services in six specific areas they presently serve. The main issue in the dispute, according to the Co-op, is that “Aiken Electric has planned and prepared to serve the people who will come into those areas (the areas being annexed by the city),” Pate said. “We are pleased that council finally recognized our right to service the areas we have served for thirteen years,” he (Please See POWER, Page 8A) CALL FOR OUSTER: A crowd estimated at 200,000 staged a demonstration in Prague calling for ouster of AP Laserphoto top Communist leaders and new freedom for Czechoslovakian people Czechs Take Freedom Call To Streets By HANNS NEUERBOURG Associated Press Writer PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia — An official newspaper today published an opposition call for the ouster of top Communists, a demand of the estimated 200,000 people who had just filled Prague’s streets with chants of ‘ ‘Freedom! ” The country’s major state-run media also broke with past practice by providing extensive coverage of Monday’s march in the capital — Communist Czechoslovakia’s largest anti-government demonstration ever. The pro-democracy tide now sweeping over one of the East bloc’s last strongholds of hard-line communism also rovincial cities, which saw ig street demonstrations in read to eir first decades. At least 35,000 people took part in rallies Monday in the Slovak capital of Bratislava, Ostrava, Brno and Liberec, said state-run media. State television showed footage of the Prague demonstration and the official news agency CTR and Czechoslovak radio reported the protesters’ demands for free elections. The media said some 5,000 students in Olomouc joined thousands of others in Prague and other cities on strike, state-run media said. So far, there has been no indication that workers have heeded student calls to join the strike. Protesters waved “V” for victory signs in Prague, where a government-sponsored reform movement was crushed by a Soviet-led invasion 21 years ago. Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev is now encouraging East bloc allies to embrace popular demand for reforms. Student strike committee leaders said demonstrations would continue daily at least through this week. The announcement may have played a role in the sudden cancellation of a scheduled visit that was to have begun today by new East German leader Egon Krenz, who is himself himself under mounting copular pressure to resign. (Please See CZECHS, Page 8A)Land Use Proposal DraftedCommittee Seeks Controlled Growth By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Recent growth and development in the area has caused Aiken County officials to review the regulations in place to handle the rapid expansion being experienced. To help address the county’s regulation needs and to help protect single family property owners, an ad hoc citizens zoning committee was established by the Aiken County Council. The 15 member group, which met for the fourth time Monday night, has already completed its work on a land use plan and has submitted the document to the Aiken County Planning Commissiion for review, said Dan Vismore, president of Vismore and Associates, the Columbia consulting firm hired to help review the regulations. After the planning commission studies to proposal, it will forward it the the Aiken County Council for final disposition, he added. “The ordinances and regulations to implement the plan are stiff under review by this committee and the schedule that we have just established this evening should take us about three more weeks to conclude (work on the regulations),” Vismore said. Under the proposed plan, areas in the county immediately surrounding the City of Aiken corporate limits would be zoned for specified uses by the year 2000, he said. (Please See LAND, Page 8A)Food, Gas Power Surge In Inflation By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — Consumer prices shot up 0.5 percent last month as higher gasoline and food costs gave the country its biggest inflation spurt since May, the government said today. The October increase in the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index, which translated into an annual inflation rate of 5.9 percent, followed four months in which the index recorded modest monthly gains of 0.2 percent or less. The price spurt was slightly worse than analysts had been expecting. The government blamed the rise on a jump in gasoline costs, higher prices for new cars and a sharp turnaround in fruit and vegetable prices. Through the first IO months of this year, consumer prices have risen at an annual rate of 4.6 percent, up only slightly from the 4.4 percent price gains recorded in both 1987 and 1988. Many economists are predicting that the best news on inflation has passed and that coming months will show higher inflationary pressures. Still, few analysts are concerned that the price increases Westinghouse Asks DOE For Operating Fee Boost will worsen beyond annual rates of around 5 percent. Leading the October advance was a 0.9 percent seasonally adjusted jump in gasoline costs, the biggest increase since a 3.9 percent surge in May. Gasoline prices have been on a roller coaster this year, soaring by 21.2 percent in the first five months of the year and then falling by 9.3 percent from June through September. The price that consumers actually paid at the pump was unchanged in October. However, gasoline prices normally fall in October, so the frozen prices translated into an increase after the Labor Department made its adjustments to take seasonal factors into account. Food costs were up 0.4 percent in October, the biggest advance since a 0.6 percent rise in May. Fruit and vegetable prices jumped 1.2 (Please See FOOD, Page 8A)Increased Risks Cited As A Principle Factor By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Westinghouse Electric Corp. has told the U.S. Department of Energy it wants its fees for operating DOE facilities, such as the Savannah River Site, doubled or tripled. Westinghouse Savannah River Co. is the operating contractor at SRS. A spokesman at Westinghouse headquarters in Pittsburgh said Monday that increased financial risks and risks to Westinghouse’s corporate reputation make the increased fees necessary. DOE reviews Westinghouse operations every six months and awards fees above the contractor’s legitimate operating expenses accordingly. The better DOE rates Westinghouse’s performance, the higher the award. DOE is now concluding its first six-month review of Westinghouse at SRS. Westinghouse spokesman Kit Newton noted that DOE recently agreed to triple the fees of EG&G, which on Jan. I will replace Rockwell International as oper- Du Pont Stock Split.....................Page    8A ating contractor of the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in Colorado. Westinghouse sees this as a precedent, according to Newton. Increased responsibility of operating contractors for nuclear and hazardous waste management requires “much greater top management oversight” and therefore more expenses, he said. Although contractors’ environmental responsiilities at DOE facilities have increased, their latitude in dealing with governmental regulatory agencies have not, according to Newton. In addition, he said, “You can no longer assume that DOE will automatically renew contracts.” Likewise, he added, Westinghouse will not automatically agree to contract renewals. Even with twice or three times the fees, the amount will not represent much in Westinghouse’s overall income, Newton said. At present, the DOE fees constitute “4 percent of the corporation’s total income before taxes,” he noted. Westinghouse’s SRS contract expires Oct. I, 1994, and Westinghouse officials are meeting with DOE representatives now to discuss increasing fee awards under a second contract, Newton said. ;

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