Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 9, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Pumpkin Grower's Effort Thwarted
HARVARD, 111. (AP) — Larry Davidson lavished months of attention on one prickly vine in hopes of growing the Great Pumpkin, but was disappointed when plants he gave less water and manure produced greater gourds.
“I spend so much time pampering one plant and it doesn’t cooperate,” grumbled the owner of Larry Davidson & Sons Giant Pumpkins.
He had sheltered his favored seedling with a tent, warmed it with a space heater, encouraged it with a grow light, dumped 1,600 gallons of water on it and monitored it with a thermostat.
The chosen seed turned into a 250-pound pumpkin, but others on Davidson’s eight-acre farm grew larger.
Davidson, who claims to have the largest selection of giant pumpkins for sale in the Midwest, says it’s not the first time he’s been thwarted in his efforts to nurture the biggest pumpkin in the world.
Cocaine Prices Rise In Many Areas
WASHINGTON (AP) - Cocaine prices went up in parts of the United States as Colombia cracked down on drug traffickers, but it’s too soon to predict whether recent U.S. seizures will force the cost up even further, law enforcement officials say.
Miami has shown the greatest price increase, going from $9,000 to $10,000 for a kilo of cocaine before the crackdown to $20,000 today, according to Metro-Dade Police Detective George Reyes.
Along the Mexican border in southern Texas, the price of a kilo recently jumped to $14,000 to $15,000 after remaining steady for about a year at $11,000 to $12,000, said Armando Ramirez, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s resident agent in charge of the Brownsville office.
In Los Angeles, Sgt. Tim Beard of the County Sheriff’s Office says cocaine prices range from $10,000 a kilo, for someone buying IO kilos or more, to $15,000 for a novice buyer. At the same time, Steve Georges of the DEA in Los Angeles says the per-kilo price is $14,000 to $15,000, an increase of $1,000 to $2,000 from a year ago.
Gear skies are forecast tonight. The low will be in the lower 40s. Sunny sides are forecast Tuesday. The high will be in the mid 70s.
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Aiken, South Carolina
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Protesters Sentenced By Authorities
Hundreds Jailed By East Germany
By The Associated Press
BERLIN — East German authorities tried and sentenced to jail many of the hundreds of protesters arrested during weekend anti-government demonstrations in a half-dozen cities, West German television said today.
Meanwhile, East Germany began let-
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ting Western tourists back into East Berlin after keeping them out since Thursday during ceremonies marking the state’s 40th anniversary, West Berlin officials said.
On Sunday, riot police used clubs and dogs to attack thousands of demonstrators rallying for democratic reform outside an East Berlin church in a second day of protests against their Communist government’s intransigence.
The peaceful protesters shouted “We want freedom” and “No violence,” as security forces broke up a sit-in after a vigil at the Protestant Gethsemane Church,
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IN CONTROL: Rick Whitehead of Horse Power Farms tries to get control as teammate Lito Salentino follows up behind him. Avanti’s Charlie Bostwick (left) is also in on the action. Horse Power Farms won the Medical College of Georgia’s Children’s Classic 10-8 Sunday afternoon. Please see story on Page 9A.
New Church Program Set To Aid Hurricane Victims
By The Associated Press
CHARLESTON — Churches around the country can help South Carolina rebuild by adopting a family victimized by Hurricane Hugo, Gov. Carroll Campbell said in one of his first speeches since the storm hit Sept. 21.
“This long-term recovery process is going to take long-term support,” Campbell told about 300 members of the Citadel Square Baptist Church in downtown Charleston Sunday.
“Many families have lost everything. They are not going to bounce back from those circumstances,” he said. “It’s going to take months and maybe years for some of them to get back on their feet. ”
In South Carolina, 24 counties and 1.8 million people were affected as Hugo rolled through the state Sept. 21, killing 18 and causing an estimated $4 billion to $5 billion in damage.
Campbell has held several news conferences since the storm, but Sunday was the first time he spoke about the storm in person to a formal gathering of Charleston residents.
Services at the 134-year-old church in downtown Charleston, which itself suf-
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fered some $250,000 in roof, window and other damage, were taped for broadcast on the American Christian Television System.
Campbell used the opportunity to promote die Adopt-A-Family program announced last week as a means of linking individual congregations with families affected by the hurricane.
He urged all willing churches to contact their South Carolina counterparts, which in turn would put them in touch with troubled families.
The churches are needed, the Republican governor said, to provide “spiritual, material and moral support44 for up to a year.
Campbell’s wife, Iris, who conceived the plan, said church leaders are supportive. But she said many congregations would consider the program for the first time Sunday and it was too early to tell how many congregations will participate.
“We’ll be back,” Campbell told his audience. “With the spirit now in this state,
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beating demonstrators and chasing them into side streets.
Police seized between 30 and IOO people, according to Hessische Rundfunk radio in Frankfurt. Several people were injured.
The latest arrests came after hundreds were detained in protests Saturday in East Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Jena, Potsdam and Plauen. Some estimates put the number arrested at more than 1,000 in East Berlin alone.
“Many of those arrested have been given summary trials and sentenced to pris
on terms of up to six months,” West Germany’s ARD television said today. It did not give a more precise estimate.
ARD said demonstrations had also occurred in Karl-Marx Stadt.
East German officials gave no reports of arrests or injuries.
As it marks its 40th anniversary, East Germany is in the throes of the most serious street demonstrations since Soviet tanks and troops put down a workers’ revolt in 1953.
(Please See PROTESTERS, Page 12A)
Nobel In Medicine Goes To Americans
By The Associated Press
STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Americans J. Michael Bishop and Harold E. Varmus won the Nobel Prize in medicine today for their discovery of a family of genes that has helped scientists understand how cancer develops.
Bishop, 53, and Varmus, 49, work in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco.
“I was stunned,” said Bishop, who lives in Belvedere, outside San Francisco.
Varmus said he was sleeping when he heard the news on the radio. “I didn’t know if it was a false alarm or they got my name confused, not having talked to anyone directly,” he said from his home in San Francisco. “As we say in science.
I needed confirmation of the information.”
The 50-member Nobel Assembly of the Karolinska Institute, Sweden’s largest and oldest medical university, cited tile researchers 44for their discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes.” Their 1976 work on oncogenes, which control the division and growth of cells, helped understand how malignant tumors develop, the citation said.
The discovery also “widened our insight into the complicated signal systems which govern the normal growth of cells,” the assembly said.
Oncogenic virus was discovered as early as 1916, although it was not known as such until nearly 50 years later.
Bishop and Varmus “published the remarkable conclusion that the oncogene in
(Please See NOBEL, Page 12 A)
Space Shuttle Countdown Starts Despite Protests
By The Associated Press
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The countdown for this week’s planned launch of space shuttle Atlantis started today despite the promise of anti-nuclear activists to sit on the launch pad if necessary to block a payload that carries radioactive plutonium.
Electrical power flowed into the shuttle’s systems as the clock began ticking at 8 a.m.
If a federal judge approves, Atlantis is to lift off at 1:29 p.m. Thursday with five astronauts who are to dispatch the nuclear-powered Galileo spacecraft to explore the planet Jupiter.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration decided to begin the count on schedule this morning even though a decision is pending on a lawsuit by three citizens’ groups seeking a temporary restraining order to halt the
launch. The groups contend that an explosion on liftoff could spread cancer-causing plutonium particles over a large area of east-central Florida.
NASA officials say the two nuclear-powered generators aboard Galileo have been thoroughly tested and that flying them poses minimal health and environmental risks.
U.S. District Judge Oliver Gasch scheduled oral arguments on the suit for Tuesday in Washington.
This is the first time anyone has gone to court to stop a space launch.
The space agency said it could stop the countdown at the 11-hour mark for several days to await the judge’s decision, if I necessary.
The Galileo probe must be launced by Nov. 21 or Jupiter will no longer be in the right position. If the deadline is missed,
(Please See SPACE, Page 12A)
Plenty Of Entertainment Planned For Mall Opening
By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer
The opening of the Aiken Mall on Wednesday will start a two-week-long celebration that will include live music and other performances.
Intended to reach out to young and old alike, the performances will include entertainment from a comedy duo to marionettes.
The live entertainment will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday when The Pilgrims, an award-winning quartet, takes the stage. Along with their five-piece band, Shan-ondoah, the group has appeared at the Grand Ole Opry and has been the featured act with Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams Jr. and the Oak Ridge Boys.
The comedy team of Jim Mulleague and Tom Saaristo will appear at the mall on Wednesday and Thursday. The pair will present a portrayal of world-famous comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
Magician/entertainer John Tudor, appearing as Mr. Fantasy, will take the stage at the Aiken Mall on Friday.
Appearing at the mall on Friday, Oct. 20, will be The New Dixie Harmony Brigade, division champions and members of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Slop Quartet Singing in America.
Maurice Williams, who recently received a platinum album for the more than 13 million copies of file ‘’Dirty Dancing” sound track containing his 1960’s hit “Stay”, will appear at the Aiken Mall on Saturday at noon. “Stay” was number one through the summer of 1960 and established Maurice and the Zodiacs as one of the top performing groups in the country.
On Sunday at 3 p.m., Lori Harris will bring her ventriloquist act and musical talents to the mall.
The Columbia Marionette Theater will present “Way Out West” at the mall on Thursday, Oct 19 and Friday, Oct. 20, with shows both days at ll a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
On Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., the Silver Dollar Band will take the stage at the Aiken Mall. The four piece group is from Leesville.