Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Page 6AA Quick ReadBird Causes Outage At New Aiken Mall
A bird caused a power outage at the Aiken Mall Thursday evening.
A power outage which affected the Mall, Lowe’s and about IOO homes was caused about 6 p.m. when a bird lit on the main feeder line in a transformer which serves those areas, according to Jerry Pate, a spokesman for Aiken Electric Cooperative.
Power was restored after about an hour, according to Pate.
“We’re really embarrassed about it,” Pate said. ‘‘We apologize for any inconvenience that it caused.”
Birds, squirrels and other animals can often cause such problems, according to Pate.
“This sort of thing happens to all utilities,” he said.Judge Throws Books At Drug Defendants
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A judge threw the book, or rather books, at a pair of drug defendants, and he’s demanding book reports as part of the novel sentence.
Circuit Judge John E. Rochester said Thursday he’s been imposing book-reading sentences for about nine months in his rural circuit because he’s tired of seeing convicts return to prison again and again.
“I’m trying to identify people who won’t continue in that cycle,” he said.
On Wednesday. Rochester ordered Henry McQueen, 31, and Isaac McQueen, 30, to read five novels each.
The brothers, who pleaded guilty to cocaine-possession charges, have to write reports on the books and keep weekly diaries on what they are doing with their lives and what they’ve learned from this brush with the judicial system.
Henry McQueen was ordered to read “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, “Lie Down in Darkness” by William Styron, “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, “Bonfire of the Vanities” by Tom Wolfe, and “The Reivers” by William Faulkner.
Isaac McQueen’s reading list consists of “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, “Crime and Punishment” by Feodor Dostoevski, “The Trial” by Franz Kafka, “Confessions of Nat Turner” by Styron, and “East of Eden” by Steinbeck.
The McQueens each were given suspended sentences of one year and a day, plus five years supervised probation.WeatherMore Clouds
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Vol. 122 No. 254'Outright Recession' Possible
By The Associated Press
HOT SPRINGS, Va. — The nation’s top business leaders today forecast a significant U.S. economic slowdown for 1990 and warned that an outright recession is possible unless the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates.
The Business Council, composed of IOO chief executives of the country’s largest corporations, predicted that the economy will grow next year at the most sluggish rate since the end of the 1981-82 recession.
However, the expected slowdown will turn out to be the “pause that refreshes” and growth will rebound in 1991, giving the country an unprecedented nine con
secutive years without a recession, the business leaders forecast.
This optimistic outlook came with a major caveat that the Federal Reserve must cooperate by moving soon to lower interest rates to spur economic activity.
“There are a variety of potential weaknesses in the economy that carry the risk of a recession,” said Lewis T. Preston, chairman of J.P. Morgan Inc., the giant New York bank. “If I were the Fed, I would be inclined to lean in the direction of an easier policy. My sense is that we will need a fair amount of insurance against trouble.”
The call by the business leaders for the Fed to relent in its inflation campaign
and start nudging interest rates lower echoed comments being made by the Bush administration, which is worried that a sluggish economy next year could harm Republican chances in the 1990 congressional races.
James D. Robinson III, chairman of American Express Co., said the Fed has done a good job in keeping a lid on inflationary pressures “but now is the time to bring interest rates down.”
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has so far given no indication that the central bank is willing to push rates lower. The Fed and the administration are locked in a dispute over the ad
ministration's call for lower interest rates to help push the dollar lower and bolster U.S. exports.
The Business Council released its semiannual economic forecast at the start of two days of meetings at this mountain resort.
The corporate economists who prepared the report said they believe the nation this summer entered a slowdown that is expected to last 15 months — until the final three months of 1990 — when growth will rebound to more satisfactory rates.
(See BUSINESS, Page4A)Bar's Fate Still Undecided
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
COLUMBIA — A decision to revoke or let stand the beer, wine and alcohol license of North Augusta’s controversial Buffalo Room restaurant will be made by Oct. 23, a member of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission said Thursday.
Julius Murray, whose three-man commission has jurisdiction over all state alcohol licensing, set the timetable shortly after a discrimination hearing against Buffalo Room owners, Bruce A. and Rose Lee Salter.
Salter is accused of refusing to allow blacks service in his restaurant.
“A decision will be made in two weeks, probably on Oct. 23,” said Murray, a Columbia black. He gave no hint which way he is leaning, although he questioned Mrs. Salter extensively about the couple’s attitudes towards blacks.
The Buffalo Room has gained widespread notoriety for its owner’s admitted policy of excluding blacks, but, beseiged by lawsuits, the Salters claim they have dropped that policy in the last 30 days.
Mrs. Salter was the only witness for the Buffalo Room. She said her husband stayed home to take care of the family business located on Georgia Avenue, or U.S. 25.
The ABC board called the hearing at the request of State Attorney General T. Travis Medlock, who has proclaimed the Salters’ policies could be a violation of the public accommodations section of the
TESTIMONY: Rose Salter (left) listens as Ronald Burns, a former customer of the controversial Buffalo Room in North Augusta, testifies against Salter and her husband,
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
Bruce, yesterday in Columbia. A decision on whether to revoke the establishment’s alcohol license is forthcoming.
1964 Civil Rights Act.
Medlock also has issued an opinion that such a violation could jeopardize the alcohol license of the business.
Commission Chairman Elliott D. (Duby) Thompson said in an opening statement that discrimination on die ba
sis of race in a public accommodation could be grounds for revocation of a license.
The Salters, operating under a charter issued to Salter Enterprises Inc., have been accused by the Justice Department
and the NAACP with barring blacks from the restaurant in a pattern of discrimination that has existed at least eight years.
The Justice Department and the NAACP have filed suits in the case.
(See BUFFALO, Page 4A)
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Wholesale prices shot up 0.9 percent in September, fueled by a sharp rise in energy costs, the government said today.
The climb last month in the Labor Department’s Producer Price Index last month wiped out consecutive price declines of 0.4 percent in August and July and 0.1 percent in June.
The September reversal brought the annual wholesale inflation rate for the first nine months of the year to 5.1 percent and marked a return to the high in-
Gov. Campbell Vows State Won't Take Nuclear Waste
flation of the early part of the year.
Although wholesale inflation is not nearly as bad as feared after prices advanced at a 10.1 percent annual rate in the first quarter, it is still significantly higher than the 4.0 percent rate posted in all of 1988.
COLUMBIA — Gov. Carroll Campbell has derailed Bush administration plans to ship radioactive waste from Colorado to South Carolina.
And if tile federal government forces the state to accept the material, Campbell pledges to take the matter to the Supreme Court if necessary.
“If it wasn’t good enough for another state and they were generating it with their jobs and their industry, then it wasn’t good enough for us,” Campbell said at a news conference Thursday.
The Bush administration wants governors in South Carolina and six other states to accept the waste from the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant 16 miles from Denver. The administration is trying to avert a possible plant shutdown.
Campbell also said he did not believe President Bush would intervene personally and pressure South Carolina into taking the waste.
“The president of the United States is not going to ask me for that. He just won’t do that. He’s not the kind of guy that’s going to seek a quid pro quo,” Campbell said.
The Savannah River Site near Aiken is among eight sites sought as “interim” holders of waste from the plant. The seven states were singled out because they have Energy Department nuclear weapons facilities that already hold vast amounts of radioactive and toxic wastes.
But Campbell and governors of most of
(See GOVERNOR, Page 4A)
Democrats Ask Bush To Reconsider Opposition To Abortion Bill
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats concede they can’t override a threatened veto of a bill allowing more Medicaid-funded abortions and are pleading with President Bush to reconsider his “terribly harsh” opposition.
“The president has the power to deny an opportunity for poor women to make a choice in their tragic circumstances,” said House Speaker Tom Foley, D-Wash.
“The president’s position is wrong,” said Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine. “It is harsh — terribly harsh — on the poorest, most vulnera
ble American women.”
Foley and Mitchell jointly urged Bush on Thursday to go along with a measure passed narrowly by the House a day earlier — and already approved in the Senate — that drops a decade-long restriction on federally funded abortions for the poor.
In an outcome that surprised even the victors, the House voted 216-206 to permit use of federal money to terminate pregnancies for poor women who are victims of rape or incest and who report it promptly to authorities.
House Republican Leader Bob Michel said he had not heard from Bush on the
possible abortion veto, but told reporters, “I’ve never known him to go back on his word.”
Bush threatened in August to veto the bill. And as recently as Tuesday, the White House budget office sent Congress a policy statement saying it would recommend the president reject legislation permitting relaxed regulations on Medicaid abortion.
“Our signal’s out there and he believes in it strongly, but will review the bill when it gets here,” White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater said Thursday.
The provision would revise current law
permitting Medicaid abortions only in cases where a woman’s life was endangered by pregnancy and she could not afford to pay for an abortion.
It is part of a $156.7 billion measure to finance labor, health and education programs for fiscal 1990 that has already been approved by the Senate but remains subject to final agreement on unrelated issues.
“Not only is this a reflection of the majority position of the House of Representatives, Democrat and Republican, and the United States Senate, but the American people as well,” Foley said, joining Mitchell at a press conference.