Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 1, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Car Can Stay Cool With Dr. Tan's Spray
WASHINGTON (AP) - When you climb into your sun-baked car in the shopping mall parking lot and crumple behind the wheel, gasping in a Saharan inferno, it’s time for a few squirts from Dr. Domingo Tan’s handy air conditioner in a can.
Tan, a Chinese-born physicist who lives iii suburban Alexandria, Va., invented Instant Car Kooler, an aerosol spray containing IO percent ethyl alcohol and 90 percent water mixed with a mint fragrance.
Those cardboard windshield “sunglasses” are no competition, Tan says.
To demonstrate, he opened the door of his aging Dodge sedan, which had been parked in the sweltering sun for a couple of hours with a cardboard sunshade in place. A large circular thermometer dangling over the front seat registered 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
Tan leaned into the car and pointed his can of Instant Car Kooler. “Psst-
Boston Hosts 47th Sci-Fi Convention
BOSTON (AP) — Sex on other planets, fearless vampire killers, gonzo fantasy and questions such as “Are There Any Really New Monsters?” are among the topics being kicked around at die 47th World Science Fiction Convention.
More than 5,000 writers, scientists and fans assembled Thursday for a long weekend of late night “filking” and confabs on the future of sci-fi, and the word is that cyberpunk is out.
Enthusiasts from science fiction’s fandom began flocking to the Hynes Convention Center clad in Star Trek uniform tops, propellor-beanies and T-shirts festooned with buttons.
Chance Of Rain
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Friday, September I, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 212
Reactor Restart Decision Denied
By KATHY KAOANE States News Service
WASHINGTON - Energy Secretary James D. Watkins denied a report in Thursday’s Washington Post that he had made a “final decision” on a date for restarting a reactor at the Savannah River Site nuclear weapons plant.
The Post, citing unnamed “government sources,” said Watkins and other Energy officials had decided to restart the K-reactor in July, and to restart two sister reactors three and six months later.
But in a statement issued several hours after the Post report appeared, Watkins said, “Under no circumstances do I anticipate announcement of a specific restart date before spring, 1990.”
“I have made no final decision on a recommended restart schedule for any of
‘There have been a number of discussions between the Admiral (Watkins) and Westinghouse officials regarding assignment of personnel, but arrival at the July date (for restart) was news to us.’
— Becky McSwain
the Department’s Savannah River reactors, and do not intend to speculate prematurely on possible restart dates,” he said.
The Savannah River facility is the sole U.S. source of tritium used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons.The plant’s reactors were closed down for safety reasons a year ago.
The Post also reported that under pressure from Watkins, Westinghouse Savan
nah River Company, the plant operator, had agreed to speed up the restart schedule for one of the reactors.
Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s subsidiary, the Westinghouse Savannah River Company, took over as plant operator from E. I. DuPont deNemours & Co.in April.
In a letter to members of Congress dated April 27, Watkins said he hoped the Savannah River plant, which manufac
tures tritium used in nuclear weapons, could be restarted “early enough in 1990 to maintain a viable weapons stockpile.” But in a letter to Paul E. Lego, president of Westinghouse Electric Corporation dated July 17, Watkins acknowledged that Westinghouse engineers, who had examined the condition of the plant, had decided restart of the K-reactor should be postponed by nine months.
In the letter, Watkins lambasted Westinghouse officials for not notifying him ‘personally” of the nine-month slippage in the restart schedule.
"I understand there may be upwards of 4,000 items that remain to be subjected to I analysis as to their applicability for restart),” he wrote in the letter first obtained by Morris News Service. “The rate at which these issues are currently being considered is unacceptable,” he added.
Voted to join Germany in plebiscite
Remilitarized in defiance of Versailles treaty
“Anschluss" merger with Germany
Given to Germany by Munich accord
Annexed from Lithuania by Germany
BOHEMIA A MORAVIA
Occupied by Germany
Annexed from Czechoslovakia by Hungary
Occupied by Hungary
Annexed by Italy
The Torch Of WWII Lit 50 Years Ago Today
-Sympathetic to Axis but not yet a formal member, signed Tripartite Pact in 1941.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of articles on the 50th anniversary of World War II.
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Fifty years ago today German Chancellor Adolph Hitler lit the torch of World War II by ordering his powerful Panzer armies into Poland on pretense that the Poles had committed a border provocation against his country.
Two days after Poland was invaded, France and En6land, fully aware that Hitler had them targeted for conquest in his desire to expand the German empire and control all of Europe, declared war on Germany.
In the nearly six years that followed, the greatest armies the world had ever seen were locked in combat around the globe. The antagonists included Western democracies and the Soviet Union against Hitler and his Italian and Japanese allies.
The battles raged in places many Americans had never heard of.
The combat zones stretched from South Pacific islands, to Asian jungles and swamps, to North African desert, to the frozen tundra of the Aleutian Islands and the steppes of Russia and, finally, into the streets of Berlin where Hitler’s totalitarian regime died in crushing defeat.
Hitler’s atrocities claimed the lives of more than 6 million Jews as he attempted to exterminate an entire culture, but the shellings and bombings killed an estimated 50 million in Europe and Asia. The infrastructure of entire nations was reduced to rubble before the Axis powers were defeated.
On the day Poland was invaded, a Polish general, referring to the masses of German troops pouring into his country, uttered a prophetic statement.
“Death,” he said, “is coming, and his angels (the Germans) are preceding him withins message.”
In America, millions of young men answered the call to arms — joining the Army, Navy and Marine Corps from all
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corners of the nation. When the war ended, more than 408,000 Americans were dead and more than a million had been wounded out of some 12 million who saw service.
During land, sea and air battles fought against Japan, Germany and Italy, some places became famous because of heroic deeds performed by U.S. fighting men.
Today, history books recall their names — Bastogne, Omaha Beach, Normandy, Cassino, Iwo Jima, Tarawa, Guadalcanal. It was a geography lesson learned first hand by veterans now in their 60s and 70s.
South Carolina contributed more than 166,000 men and women to the cause and slightly more than 3,500 were lost — many of them never to return, buried in foreign soil.
Today, the Aiken Standard, in commemoration of the war and in remembrance of those who made the supreme sacrifice, elsewhere in this issue prints the names of Aiken Countians who died in action.
Some names may be unintentionally omitted because of a lack of documentation concerning birthplaces and origin of service entries. Also, some names may have been missed because of relocation after the war and a fire years ago in a military records center that destroyed many personnel files.
COMING TOMORROW: The first of five interviews with combat veterans of the Army, Navy, Marines and the Army Air Corps.Jobless Rate Unchanged In August
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The nation’s unemployment rate remained at 5.2 percent in August as the resurgent economy created more than 200,000 jobs, the government reported today.
The Labor Department’s official figure for non-farm payroll expansion last month was 110,000 jobs. But strikes reduced the job totals by about 108,000 — meaning that without the walkouts the new-job total would have been some 218,000.
TTie government also revised its July job growth figure upward to 184,000 from 169,000, a sign the economy continues to expand at a pace that will keep it out of recession in the short term.
The unemployment report is the first comprehensive look at economic performance in August, and the numbers bol
ster recent predictions that the record-long expansion seems in no danger of ending.
The new job growth was predominantly in the service-producing sector, which added nearly 70,000 jobs. That number would have been higher in a normal month because the telephone workers fall into the service portion of the economy.
Manufacturing and construction posted modest gains in August of 11,000 and 8,000 jobs, respectively.
The manufacturing total showed slight job declines in some areas, including furniture and lumber products, but a gain of 25,000 in auto manufacturing, a sign that carmakers called back some of the workers laid off because of sluggish sales.
Wage data in the report should prove encouraging to inflation watchers, although perhaps discouraging to workers.
The government said average hourly earnings were essentially unchanged last month — actually falling by a tiny fraction — after rising 0.7 percent from June to July. For the year ending in August average hourly wages were up 3.9 percent, the government said, well below the pace of consumer inflation.
The report also showed a slight reduction in factory activity, with the average manufacturing work week dropping 0.1
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Thirteen Are Wounded In Columbia Factory Bombing
By The Associated Press
BOGOTA, Colombia — An explosion damaged a paint factory and wounded at least 13 people in Medellin, and authorities reportedly were considering widening a curfew to halt the wave of drug-related violence.
In Washington, officials said Thursday that some of the $65 million worth of equipment pledged by the Bush administration to fight the narcotics trade should begin arriving Sunday. U.S. military personnel were to arrive today for preparations.
Also Thursday, the Colombian government said that under emergency rules, judges’ identities would be kept secret in drug cases. Since 1980, 220 judges and court officials have been murdered in a reign of terror aimed at intimidating them into dropping drug cases.
The government began fighting back in its boldest attempt ever after a a leading presidential hopeful, Luis Carlos Galan,
was assassinated Aug. 18. Drug lords responded with threats to kill more officials and with bombings.
They were particularly angry over a government decree that re-established Colombia’s extradition treaty with the United States, where many drug dealers are wanted.
On Thursday, 33 pounds of dynamite strapped to an ice cream vendor’s bicycle exploded at the Medellin paint factory, causing $300,000 worth of damage in addition to injuring at least 13 people, police and fire department spokesmen said.
The bomb was in a box on the back of the bicycle, which was left leaning against a retaining wall around a paint storage tank, Colombian news reports
The blast also damaged about 20 cars, a police spokeswoman said on condition of anonymity.
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