Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 4, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Page 11AA Quick ReadSecond AIDS Virus Found On West Coast
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A second type of deadly AIDS virus has reached the West Coast, where it was found in a West African man who often failed to wear condoms when he had sex with 20 to 40 women here since 1979, officials say.
“This is the first case of HIV-2 to our knowledge in the western United States,” said Dr. David Ho, director of the AIDS virology laboratory at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
HIV-2 — or human immunodeficiency virus type 2 — is common in West Africa, but very rare in the United States, where almost all of more than 105,000 AIDS cases were caused by the HIV-1 type.
The infected man, a Los Angeles resident who moved here from Sierra Leone in 1979, hasn’t developed AIDS, and chances are low that he infected his lovers, said Dr. Peter Kermit, AIDS epidemiology director at Los Angeles County’s Department of Health Services.WeatherSunny And Mild
Skies today will be sunny and mild with a high in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Tonight will be cool and clear with a low in the mid-60s. Thursday will be mostly sunny and warm. Please see Page 10A for details.Deaths
Howard N. Collier III, Conway James C. DeVault, New Ellenton Pearl Donaldson, Washington, D.C. Willie Garvin Jr., Perry Ruth K. Gilbert, Saluda Jack E. Schneider, Graniteville Please see Page 10A for details.Inside Today
1989 Goal: $1,510,000
Total Contributions as of Monday, 10/2: $328,124
Percentage of Goal: 21.8
EXCELLENT START: First reports show the United Way is off to an excellent start on this year’s goal. For story, please see Page 1B.
Wednesday, October 4, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 245
Aiken Co-Op: SCE&G Pushed Ordinance
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
A spokesman for Aiken Electric Cooperative said it is unfortunate the utility had to bring legal action against the Aiken City Council in a power rights dispute, but “it looked like SCE&G has pushed that ordinance on them.”
Jerry Pate, a public affairs representative for the state’s rural electric cooperatives, was explaining the reasons Tuesday for a restraining order that blocks
Oakland 7, Toronto 3
the Council from taking up a public hearing on an ordinance establishing power rights.
The ordinance, passed on first reading, designates South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. as the primary power supplier for the city, limiting Aiken Electric to those customers it serves before annexation.
Monday night the Council was supposed to have held a public hearing and second reading on the ordinance, but the injunction has stalled the action and
sends the issue into the courts.
“We felt we had a business agreement with the city for some time, and it looked like SCE&G has pushed that ordinance on them,” said Pate. ‘‘The ordinance SCE&G was promoting was going to cause harm to us.”
Asked if the cooperative officials regretted taking legal steps, Pate said, “Absolutely. We didn’t want to do that, but we saw no other choice because of the aggressive campaign SCE&G was conducting with the council.”
J. Sidney Ballentine III, Aiken manager for SCE&G, said his company had nothing to do with raising the franchise issue. He said the franchise issue was first raised last December when Aiken Electric asked the City Council for such an agreement.
Ballentine said the city gave first reading to an ordinance at that time, then suspended action because of a suit involving the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative
(Please See AIKEN, Page 8A)
Noriega Survives Coup In Panama
SOLO HOMER: David Henderson (right) is greeted by teammate Mark McGwire after hitting a solo homerun for Oakland last night. For story, please see Page 11 A.
By The Associated Press
PANAMA CITY, Panama — Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega’s grip remained firm after his forces crushed a coup attempt, and an opposition leader said there would be no civil uprising because Panamanians “are highly intimidated.”
Troops enforced a nighttime curfew in Panama City early today on streets where forces loyal to Noriega on Tuesday quashed the second attempt in 18 months by dissidents in the military to oust the Defense Forces chief.
Noriega was quick to blame the revolt on the United States, which has been trying to oust the Defense Forces commander for more than Vk years.
“The proof is that American troops closed access routes to the barracks, just as they closed the Pan-American Highway,” Noriega said on nationwide television severe.'flours after the failed coup by what appeared to be a small group of soldiers.
President Bush denied any role in the rebellion, but reiterated that the United States would still like to see Noriega ousted.
“I want to see democracy in Panama succeed,” he said in Washington Tuesday night. White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said the Bush administration had some advance word that a coup attempt might be afoot.
Noriega was indicted on drug trafficking charges in the United States in February 1988, but maintains those charges are part of a U.S. plot to keep possession of the Panama Canal, which reverts to Panama at the end of the century.
He also annulled May elections after international observers said his slate of candidates had lost by a landslide.
U.S. troops moved into position only a
STILL IN CHARGE: Gen Noriega’s
supporters beat back coup.
few hundred yards from the fighting Tuesday and temporarily closed the main bridge over the canal, but U.S. spokesmen said those were only security measures.
The U.S. troops did not take part in the fighting.
About 50,000 Americans live in Panama, including more than 12,000 U.S. military personnel attached to the U.S. Southern Command.
Although witnesses reported some deaths during the fighing, Defense Forces spokesman Maj. Edgardo Lopez would say only that a number of soldiers were wounded and refused to be more specific.
(Please See NORIEGA, Page 8A)
Riley Urges Visitors To Return As Qty Cleans Up
By The Associated Press
CHARLESTON — Thirteen days after Hurricane Hugo smashed through Charleston, an upbeat Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. is urging visitors to return again to the city which has survived storm, earthquake and battle.
“We’ve bounced back from Hurricane Hugo and visitors should not cancel their plans to come to Charleston but should come right ahead,” said the mayor.
Riley, who wore a T-shirt saying “Charleston S.C. We’re Going Strong,” said Tuesday that 90 percent of the city’s hotels have reopened and a nighttime curfew should be lifted shortly.
“Our city is being cleaned and cleared of debris and huge numbers of businesses are opening every day,” he said.
More than 1,000 truckloads of debris a day are being removed and life is getting back to normal in historic district in the city where the Civil War began. A curfew
remains in effect from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.
This time, returning visitors will have something new to see.
“Come see the 200-year-old buildings which withstood this century’s worst hurricane,” the mayor suggested.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hoped today to finally link the mainland with barrier islands northeast of Charleston which have been isolated since the Sept. 21 storm.
The storm left the Ben Sawyer Bridge,
a swing bridge linking the mainland with Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms, tipped at a 45-degree angle with one end submerged in the Intracoastal Waterway.
The bridge will stay permanently closed until the Highway Department can determine if the swing mechanism can be fixed so the bridge can swing open again for vessels on the waterway.
(Please See RILEY, Page 8A)
Senators Opt For Liberalized IRAs Over Capital Gains Cut
By JIM LUTHER AP Tax Writer
WASHINGTON - An evenly divided Senate Finance Committee refused early today to reduce the tax on capital gains, voting instead to liberalize Individual Retirement Accounts in an effort to encourage saving.
The 10-10 vote was split nearly along party lines, but both sides agreed the battle will be fought again on the Senate floor, perhaps later this week.
The vote came on an amendment by Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., to substitute a capital gains cut for the expanded IRAs that Chairman Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas, had written into the bill. The Bush administration supports Packwood’s plan.
The tie vote retained Bentsen’s plan to liberalize IRAs.
Each side argued that the other’s plan
was more beneficial to those with higher incomes, but there was little of the emotional debate that marked House passage of a different capital gains cut and rejection of the same IRA proposal a week earlier.
The vote against the capital gains cut came as the committee completed work on a bill whose chief purpose is to reduce the 1990 federal budget deficit by about $8 billion. The bill was approved on a voice vote early today.
Most of the deficit reduction would come from a package of relatively minor revenue increases, including permanent extension of the 3 percent tax on local and long distance telephone service.
The biggest single money-raiser in the
(Please See SENATORS, Page 8A)
Shortfall Expected In Funds Earmarked For S&L Bailout
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The $50 billion Congress earmarked two months ago to rescue failed savings institutions may not be enough, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman L. William Seidman said today.
“It is possible that $50 billion will prove to be an insufficient amount to deal with potential failures,” Seidman said in testimony prepared for the Senate Banking Committee.
“But it is really much too early to make a reliable new prediction of loss,” he added. Today’s hearing was the first on the savings and loan bailout since Congress passed the legislation Aug. 9.
Also scheduled to testify were Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Housing Secretary Jack Kemp and
members of the Resolution Trust Corp., created to close and sell failed thrifts.
Seidman, whose agency operates the RTC, said the government has taken control of 283 failed S&Ls with $112 billion in assets. Of the 283, it has closed 24 small institutions and expects to sell five large institutions by next week.
Through August 1992, thrift regulators may turn over another 300 S&Ls to the RTO, bringing the total failures to nearly 600 with combined assets exceeding $300 billion, he said.
Those projections “raise questions about the adequacy of the $50 billion in RTC funding,” Seidman said.
His comments throw the strongest doubt yet on whether taxpayers will eventually have to pay a second install-
(Please See SHORTFALL, Page 8A)