Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 5, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Senate Takes Up Health Care
Page 2AA Quick ReadAIDS Risk Small In Blood Transfusions
BOSTON (AP) - The risk of AIDS infection from transfusions is minuscule, but blood banks should work harder to recruit and retain women donors because they’re less likely to have the AIDS virus, a Red Cross report concludes today.
The research shows that blood from repeat female donors is nine times safer than from first-time male donors.
Currently, 42 percent of donors are women. The report said this proportion should be uncreased, in part by encouraging members of women’s organizations to give blood and by telephone recruiting campaigns aimed at women.
“Every effort should be made to recruit and retain female donors,” wrote Dr. Paul D. Cumming and colleagues freon the American Red Cross in Washington.
However, an editorial published with the study in the New England Journal of Medicine questioned this tactic.Earth’s Oldest Rock Found, Says Scientist
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A summer of ordinary geologic investigation in a remote area of Canada has reaped an unexpected scientific bonanza: nearly 4 billion-year-old rocks, the oldest known on Earth.
“It was pure scientific luck,” said Samuel Bowling, a geologist at Washington University who has been conductio research in Canada’s Northwest Territories since 1979. “I actually had predicted these rocks were going to be very young. Maybe 2 billion years old.”
“If I had known, of course, that I was looking at the world’s oldest rocks, I would have done this sooner.”
He said studying the chemistry of the old rocks will give researchers insight into the early history of Earth and its fellow planets.
The rocks are only about 600 million years younger than the Earth itself, which scientists believe was formed about 4.6 billion years ago.
For a little more perspective: scientists say the first dinosaurs began to roam the Earth about 200 million years ago, and the first human ancestors who used tools didn’t show up until about 2 million years ago.
The oldest known rocks before Bowring’s discovery were about 3.8 billion years old, found in the Isuka-sia region of Greenland in the 1970s, he said.WeatherFair Skies
Skies will be fair tonight with a low in the mid 50s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a high in the upper 80s. Please see Page 6A for details.Deaths
Mae O. Barnes, Williston Kella G. Clamp, Salley Daisy F. Corder, Batesburg Chester Hill, New Ellenton Arthur Price, Johnston Joe F. Wood, Parksville Please see Page 6A for details.Inside Today
Thursday, October 5, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 246
Nobel Prize For Dalai Lama Upsets China
By The Associated Press
OSLO, Norway — The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual and political leader of Tibet, won the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize today for his non-violent struggle to free his Himalayan nation from Chinese rule.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised the Dalai Lama’s message of universal reverence and respect for all living things. China condemned the selection.
Though he preached peace, his follow-
ere repeatedly joined bloody clashes with Chinese authorities in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, in the last two years.
The chairman of the Norweigan Nobel Committee, Egil Aarvik, said the selection of the Buddhist monk could also be seen as a signal of encouragement for the pro-democracy movement in China itself, which was crushed in June.
“The committee wouldn’t have anything against them interpreting it like that,” Aarvik said after reading the citation to reporters.
“If I was a Chinese student, I would be fully in support of the decision,” he said, referring to the students who led the pro-democracy movement that was violently suppressed in Beijing in June 3-4.
The Chinese Embassy in Oslo denounced the Nobel committee decision as interfering in China’s internal affaire and called the Dalai Lama a political figure intent on “splitting the fatherland.” Embassy official Wang Guisheng was quoted by the national NTB news agency as saying, “This has hurt the Chinese
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League while San Francisco bombed the Cubs 11-3 in playoff opener in the National League. For the story, please see Page 8A.
Bakker Jury Nears Decision, Judge Told
By The Associated Press
CHARLOTTE — A federal jury considering the fate of PTL founder Jim Bakker was apparently near verdicts in the fraud and conspiracy trial of the man the government has portrayed as a lavish spender of his ministry’s money.
After a day of deliberations Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Potter, who is suffering from a cold, asked jury foreman Ricky Hill if the six-man, six-woman panel was close to completing its work. Hill said he thought a
verdict was possible Wednesday night, but Potter sent the jurors home at 6 p.m.
Bakker is accused of diverting more than $3.7 million in PTL money to live in high style, buying Rolls-Royces, homes, diamonds, an air-conditioned doghouse and furnishings ranging from mirrored walls and gold-plated swan bathroom fixtures to motorized bedroom drapes and gigantic walk-in closets.
“I feel fine,” Bakker said as he and his wife, Tammy Faye, left the federal courthouse for lunch. Asked if he was worried about the outcome, Bakker responded,
“No I’m trusting God.”
But Bakker said nothing as he left the courthouse Wednesday evening. Before leaving, Bakker and his wife stood in a corridor at the courthouse and she cried as they embraced.
The jury returned to the courtroom five times after getting the case Wednesday morning. One of the jurors’ requests was for evidence relating to wire fraud charges.
(Please See BAKKER, Page 12A)
people’s feelings,” and he reiterated the claim that Tibet was always an integral part of China.
Tibet was independent from 1911 until the new Communist authorities in China regained control in 1950.
The Dalai Lama, bom Tenzin Gyatso in 1935, had been nominated for the coveted Nobel Peace Prize for at least the last three years, NTB reported.
(Please See NOBEL, Page 12A)U.S.Aid In Coup Debatedlacked Boldness/ Says Critic Of Bush
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Bush is coining under mounting congressional criticism for his inaction during a coup attempt in Panama, as top administration officials claim a lade of reliable intelligence made intervention too risky.
“They wanted certainty,” Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., said of the administration. “You do not get an engraved invitation to a coup. They just lacked boldness.”
Alluding to a charge made against Bush during the 1988 presidential campaign, Rep. Dave McCurdy, D-Okla.( added: “There’s a resurgence of the wimp factor.”
A large cross-section of lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, voiced bitter disappointment at the U.S. failure to send in military force to support Tuesday’s short-lived uprising by 200 to 300 dissident Panamanian Defense Forces troops against dictator Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega.
Not all lawmakers were critical, however.
“I’m convinced we did the right thing,” said Rep. Earl Hutto, D-Fla., a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
(Please See U.S. AID, Page 12A)
Gas Tax Hike May Fund Hugo Highway Repairs
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Highway Commission is considering raising the state gasoline tax by I cent to pay the state’s share for repairing highways and cleaning up after Hurricane Hugo.
“We may need that one penny gas tax (increase) to pay for Hugo,” Chairman B. Bayles Mack of Fort Mill told the commission on Wednesday.
Current highway damage and cleanup estimates range from $150 million to $200
million, and officials say the estimates are likely to increase as more detailed assessments are made.
Federal aid will pay about 75 percent of that, but the state still must come up with $40 million to $45 million in matching funds — money that it doesn’t have, officials said.
“We don’t know where the money is coming from,” Joseph Rideoutte, the executive director of the state Department of Highways and Public Transportation, said at a special board meeting.
“We assume it will be there, but we can’t go too far down the road until we know,” Rideoutte said.
He was concerned the current sense of urgency may dissipate if officials wait until the 1990 legislative session is well under way.
“I don’t know how it will be in April or May,” he said.
“We’re talking about $40 million to $45 million that we’re going to have to come up with in state funds, so I know of no other way than to ask the Legislature.”
The General Assembly and Gov. Carroll Campbell’s administration already are faced with the likelihood of a budget shortfall of up to $300 million from lost revenues, on top of direct Hugo expenses in the $200 million to $300 million range.
Highway officials had sought a 5-cent-per-gallon increase in the 1987 session, but had to settle for a phased-in, 3-cent increase in the face of opposition from Campbell and some lawmakers.
(Please See GAS, Page 12A)
Germans Fight For Space On Train
By The Associated Press
HOF, West Germany — Thousands of East German refugees arrived in this border town from Prague in locked trains today after rolling through their homeland, where police reportedly battled youths who sought to jump aboard.
In the East German city of Dresden, youths charged rail platforms, fought running battles with police, overturned cars and smashed windows Wednesday night, British tourist Adrian Maitland said from a hotel overlooking the main railway station. He said police charged the crowd several times.
“It looks like a battleground,” he told the British Broadcasting Corp. by telephone. “There are fire en
gines all around. There are ambulances. I’ve seen youths being carried off with blood streaming down their face.”
Thousands of East Germans chanting “We want out!” had flocked to the train stations and lined tracks in their homeland in hopes of joining the refugees aboard what could be the last “freedom trains” to the West.
The trains journey West was plagued by delays, and passengers said they stopped for some time before passing through the Dresden.
By 9 a.m. six trains from the state-owned railway had arrived in Hof from Prague carrying about 5,500 people. West German officials said as many as IO trains and 12,000 refugees were expected.
West German news media
quoted passengers on regularly scheduled trains as saying they saw East German police drive back young would-be emigres who had taken up positions along the tracks in a bid to board the refugee trains.
East Germany’s state railroad provided the trains — for a second time in less than a week — to transport thousands of East Germans who had crowded the West German Embassy in Prague and streets just outside it.
Maitland said he saw debris and blood outside Dresden station from earlier battles. “It seems to be a scene of devastation and mass injury,” he said.
West German officials said they were still uncertain as to exactly what happened in Dresden
COLD WAIT: East German refugees huddle in sleeping bags while awaiting processing to the West.