Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 12, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
World Series Fever Heats Up
Page 7AA Quick ReadS.C. Officials Check For Computer Virus
COLUMBIA — State officials were taking seriously national rumors of a computer virus timed to destroy data files early on Friday the 13th.
“We’re notifying people,” said Larry Huckabee, information technology officer for the state Budget and Control Board’s Divison of Research and Statistical Services. “It’s being handled exactly like a bomb threat.
“We haven’t found a thing, but we are checking,” he added. “I think you have to De serious about it, but not necessarily alarmist.”
State government microcomputer systems — there are more than 1,000 at the University of South Carolina in Columbia alone — were being checked using computer programs designed to wipe out various kinds of electronic viruses.
According to sketchy reports, the virus was allegedly transmitted by a national computer “bulletin board” system and is designed to be triggered when a computer’s internal clock reaches midnight today.Bounty Reportedly Placed On Policemen
BOSTON (AP) - Police Wed in for roll call as usual, but this day they were told the neighborhood stakes had gone up: A street gang had put a $1,000 bounty on their heads.
Ii might just be talk, police spokesman Jim Jordan said, but the talk’s been persistent — so much so that commanding officers felt they had to warn patrol units before they went out on the streets Tuesday evening.
Word of the Franklin Hill Giants gang’s bounty has spread quickly through the streets of the Roxbury, Mattapan and Dorchester sections, Jordan said, “and people in the community feel a repugnance at the notion.”
But residents become equally alarmed when one of their own is shot under murky circumstances, which is what happened several hours after Tuesday’s roll call.
Orlando Carr, 30, was stopped for a search by two officers, one of whom opened fire when he mistook a set of keys for a gun. He was listed as stable Wednesday at Boston City Hospital.
Deputy Superintendent William Celester said the officer saw something shiny and “feared for his life.”WeatherSunny Skies
Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low near 50. Mostly sunny skies are forecast Friday with a high in the mid 80s. Please see Page 6A for details.Deaths
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Abortion Leaders Feel Momentum In Their Favor
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Abortion rights leaders claim an “unprecedented turnaround” is putting anti-abortion forces on the political run following defeats in the U.S. House and a special legislative session in Florida.
And in Virginia, Democratic candidate for governor Douglas Wilder is challenging political wisdom on abortion by airing pro-choice television ads aimed at winning support among conservative voters.
“This is evidence that the anti-choice minority no longer inspires fear in elect-
By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer
The Aiken Mall was officially opened and dedicated to the citizens of Aiken, Barnwell and Edgefield Counties during grand opening ceremonies held Wednesday morning.
Twenty stores were ready for business when the approximately 450 people who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony were allowed to enter the mall.
Belk of Aiken and Sears were the two anchor stores to open their doors.
Rey’s Jewelers, Chiek-Fil-A, The Hair Cuttery, Afterthoughts, the Great American Cookie Company, Atari Expo, the Shoe Show, Friedman’s Jewlers, Patti’s Hallmark Shop, Regis Hairstyles, the Foot Locker, the Electronic Boutique, Claire’s Boutique, Radio Shack, K&K Toys, the Athletic Warehouse, Disc Jock
ey officials,” said Kate Michelman, executive director of the National Abortion Rights Action League.
The House voted 216-206 on Wednesday to allow federal aid for abortions for poor women who are victims of rape or incest, rejecting Medicaid restrictions it has kept in the law since 1981. It instead backed more liberal provisions already passed by the Senate.
The vote was a defeat for conservatives and put Congress in opposition to President Bush, who has promised to veto Medicaid abortions.
Rep. Patricia Schroeder, D-Colo., at-
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ey records and the Dollar Tree all opened for business Wednesday.
An additional IO to 15 shops are expected to open at the Aiken Mall in time for the holiday season. The facility expects to be filled to its 57 tenant capacity by this spring when an additional 20 to 25 shops open.
During the ribbon cutting ceremony, developer George D. Zamias said, “The Zamias organization has been working on this mall since 1979 and seeing this finished product we are witnessing today we are pleased and delighted in the fact that this mall justifies our faith and confidence in the Aiken market.”
“In the ten years that we have been working on this mall, we have seen our sales projections grow in excess of 50 per-
tributed the vote to an abortion rights movement galvanized by the Supreme Court’s decision in July giving the states more power to restrict abortions.
“The Webster decision was a wakeup call,” she said.
Rep. Henry Hyde, R-IU., for years the leader of anti-abortion forces in the House, said House members are increasingly “perceiving their constituencies as pro-choice.”
Darla St. Martin, leader of the National Right to Life Committee, said the vote “opens the door to the use of tax funds to destroy innocent unborn babies” and
cent because of the great growth in Aiken County,” he added.
Aiken Mayor H. Odell Weeks, who cut the ribbon, said, “We have seen a lot of changes over the years and this is a great one.
“We are now becoming a regional shopping area and I am sure that it is going to be great for our area,” he said.
“Presently, there are over 30 million dollars of retail sales that are escaping the Aiken County area and we hope to capture , with this mall, quite a number of those dollars and keep those dollars here at home,” Zamias said.
Aiken County Council Chairman Carrol H. Warner said during the ribbon cutting ceremony, “They have showed their support of Aiken County, now we ask you to show your support and shop locally.”
vowed that members who switched on the issue “will now hear from constituents.” In Tallahassee, Fla., a special session of the state legislature called by Gov. Bob Martinez rejected a series of proposed restrictions on abortions that the Republican governor sought.
“A right, having been established, is not easily removed,” said Tom Gustafson, Florida’s speaker of the House.
The Florida session was the first in the nation since the July 3 Supreme Court ruling gave the longstanding debate over
(Please See ABORTION, Page 3A)Vote Ban Affirmed By JudgeCouncil May Not Act On Power Franchise
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
An injunction preventing Aiken City Council from holding a vote that could designate South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. as the city’s primary power supplier will be in force until March I — unless the Supreme Court overturns the ruling.
Circuit Judge John H. Waller Jr., at a hearing in Marion Wednesday, extended an order he signed Oct. 2 blocking a vote on an ordinance the city has prepared to resolve a battle between SCE&G and Aiken Electric Cooperative over municipal power rights.
The judge said the council would be free to debate the ordinance but could take no affirmative action.
Judge Waller’s order suspends action until a breach of contract suit filed by the cooperative against the city can be resolved. The cooperative is suing on grounds it has prepaid franchise fees until July I.
City Attorney James M. Holly, after meeting with council for an hour late Wednesday, said no decision has been made on what legal course the city will take.
The city has IO days to appeal the judge’s ruling.
Holly said he could not comment on the latest turn of events, nor would he make a recommendation to council, until he has received the judge’s order and read it.
Holly has asked that the forwarding of the order be expedited.
The city attorney confirmed that council has the option of going to the Supreme Court and asking that Judge Waller’s order be overturned, but he has gotten no instructions in this regard.
“Council does not want to be pressured, and will make deliberate, considered decisions,” he said. “Council wants to be fair, objective and impartial.”
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Contract Awarded For K-Reactor Cooling Tower
Kansas Firm Selected To Build SRS Facility At $16.8 Million Cost
By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer
Marley Cooling Tower Co. of Mission, Kan., has received a $16.8 million contract to build the cooling tower for Savannah River Site’s K-Reactor, Westinghouse Savannah River Co., the operating contractor at SRS, announced Wednesday.
The announcement came one day after U.S. Energy Secretary James D. Watkins gave the green light for construction of the tower, following a sharp drop in its estimated cost.
Originally, the estimate was $127 million; now Westinghouse forecasts $82 million as the cost of the project.
Construction of the tower will begin in the first half of next year, with a scheduled completion date of March 1992. Under an agreement between the U.S. De
partment of Energy, which owns SRS, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the tower must be operating by Dec. 31,1992.
Groundwork preparation has already begun at the tower site.
DOE received $14 million for the tower in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. In the current fiscal year, $30 million has been budgeted.
K-Reactor, which shut down last year for management and equipment improvements, is scheduled to resume producing tritium for U.S. nuclear weapons late next year.
Cooling towers are standard for nuclear reactors that generate electricity.
The K-Reactor tower would lower the temperature and lessen the flow of water used to cool the reactor’s radioactive core. The water is discharged into two creeks which feed the Savannah River.
Without the cooling tower, K-Reactor water would be discharged at between 130 and 180 degrees and 179,000 gallons a minute.
The cooling tower will limit the maxi-
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Nuclear Share-The-Grief Proposal Gets Resounding 'No' From Derrick
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is meeting stiff resistance to its plan to spread plutonium-contaminated wastes from the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant among seven states in order to avert a plant shutdown early next year.
White House chief of staff John Sun-uuu and Energy Department officials urged the seven governors and members of the states’ congressional delegations Wednesday to temporarily handle equal amounts of waste from the Rocky Flats plant next year.
“My answer is absolutely not,” said Rep. Butler Derrick, D-S.C., whose district includes the Savannah River weapons plant that is among the sites target
ed by the Energy Department for interim storage of the radioactive waste.
“The Energy Department doesn’t know the definition of the word ‘temporary,’” Derrick said in an interview. He noted 35 million gallons of radioactive waste have been stored “temporarily” at Savannah River, near Aiken for decades.
Most of the seven states — Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Smith Carolina, Tennessee and Washington — had indicated earlier this week they would not accept any of the waste, which contains plutonium that remains radioactive for 240,000 years.
“The answer is still no,” Washington
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Officials On Hand For Mall Opening
RIBBON CUTTING: The Aiken Mall officially opened Wednesday, and Aiken Mayor H. Odell Weeks did the honors at the ribbon cutting. The mayor was joined at the front by (from left) Stephanie Corley, Aiken Jr. Miss; Carrol Warner, Aiken County Council Chairman; Kimilee
Bryant, Miss South Carolina; Marianna Zamias, executive vice president of Zamias; George D. Zamias, president of Zamias, the mall’s developer; Judy Widrig, Zamias vice president of construction; and Melanie Simmons, Miss Aiken County.