Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 6, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Page 10AA Quick ReadPill Doesn't Raise Breast Cancer Risk
BOSTON (AP) — Researchers found reassuring evidence that birth control pills haven’t raised the breast cancer risk for middle-age women. Now, they are starting a major new study to see if that’s true for a younger generation.
Birth control pills became available in the early 1960s, and women now in their mid~40s and 50s typically began using the pill when they were in their mid-20s or beyond.
Since then, however, millions of American women have begun taking the pill while still in their teens.
Troubling data has begun to emerge that these people may be at substantially higher than usual risk of breast cancer.
“It really becomes very important to either refute that or substantiate it in a clear way, since that kind of use is routine for a large number of women,” said Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health. “If there is such a risk and it continues throughout life, that’s a major problem.”Booklet Discourages Isolating AIDS Victims
WASHINGTON (AP) - AIDS victims should not be isolated or given special treatment in U.S. schools, according to a new guide that says up-to-date knowledge about the disease should quiet fears that the virus can be easily transmitted.
“Until now, many people have been fearful that (AIDS) could be transmitted at school,” the National Association of State Boards of Education said today in the booklet that updates guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control in 1985. “We have enough information to stop worrying about this.
“What we do need to worry about — and the place to put our energy and concern is into education.”
AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is a fatal disease that destroys the body’s ability to fight infection.WeatherMostly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight. The low will be in the upper 60s. Cloudy skies are forecast Thursday morning, but skies will become partly sunny in the afternoon with a 20 percent chance of showers. The high will be in the mid 80s. Please see details on Page 15A.Deaths
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U.S. Ambassador, Staff Leave Lebanon
By The Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Helicopters today evacuated U.S. Ambassador John McCarthy and his American staff to Cyprus after hundreds of Christians besieged the U.S. Embassy, accusing Washington of allowing Syria a free hand in Lebanon.
The 30 diplomats were flown to to Cyprus because “deteriorating local circumstances ... no longer permitted the embassy to function effectively,” said Keith Peterson, a spokesman for the U.S.
Embassy in Nicosia.
The sudden decision to pull out of Lebanon, where Christian forces and Syrian troops have been battling for six months, came after hundreds of angry Christians surrounded the embassy compound Tuesday in hopes of forcing Washington to take a tougher stand against the Syrian presence in Lebanon.
Gen. Michel Aoun, wha heads the Christian Cabinet in Lebanon’s dual government, said in a statement released by his office: “It seems the American Cain couldn’t endure the stare of the Lebanese
Abel so he left.”
Peterson called the evacuation temporary. Dismissing accusations the traditionally pro-American Lebanese Christians have repeated in recent days, he stressed: “The United States of America is not abandoning Lebanon.”
He said the diplomatic staff would return “when the situation permits.”
The U.S. Embassy is in the country’s Christian enclave, where some I million Christians have been trapped for six months, ringed by the hostile Syrians and their allies and angry that the West has
not come to their rescue.
Peterson added: “The personnel were evacuated to Cyprus and are being flown from Cyprus to their final destination.” He would not give details of their travel plans.
Asked about earlier reports that the American diplomats were flown aboard three helicopters to the British base of Akrotiri in southern Cyprus, Peterson said: “I cannot confirm that.”
But unofficial sources in Cyprus said a U.S. transport plane and “several” helicopters flown from Sixth Fleet ships.
DRUG EVIDENCE: President Bush holds a bag of crack cocaine as he explains his new drug strategy.
Westinghouse Says Safety No. I In Reactor Restart
By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer
Westinghouse Savannah River Co. has a commitment to operate the Savannah River Site’s nuclear reactors “better than the best commercial reactors,” a Westinghouse official said today.
Speaking at a meeting of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advisory Committee on Nuclear Safety, J.L. Gallagher, Westinghouse manager in charge of the SRS Restart Program, said, “That is a real goal in my mind.”
Gallagher told the committee, which provides the secretary of energy with advice on the safety of DOE production facilities, such as SRS, that Westinghouse^ top commitment is to safety in restarting SRS’ three idled reactors.
The reactors were shut down last year for management and equipment improvements.
“Safety is No. I — to restart (the reactors) in a safe manner,” Gallagher said.
(See WESTINGHOUSE, Page SA)Medal Winner: Nobody Looks For A Citation
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
George Ashford (Ash) Milner Jr. says he “certainly did” think about getting killed while trying to replace an engine in a disabled tank, but it was “just something” that had to be done.
For his efforts in freezing cold near a Belgian village in January of 1945, Milner, 71, joined the ranks of American military men cited for bravery during World Warn.
Milner was awarded the Bronze Star for pulling and replacing a blown radial engine on the crippled tank while German artillery shells were dropping as close as 50 yards and a sniper was picking off American troops.
“He (the sniper) shot the starter off the tank, but some of our people finally spotted him in a big tree and blew the entire top off it,” recalled Milner.
The Aiken businessman doesn’t talk much about his Bronze Star. He’s happier he came out of the war unscathed after more than a year repairing tanks and other equipment with the 2nd Armored Division in the invasion of Europe, and he was glad to get home.
Staff Graphic by Melissa Calp
“I got enough points to rotate back home, and that’s what I did,” he remarked. The points were based on the number of days spent in combat and the goal of every fighting man was to accumulate enough to get home.
(Please See MEDAL WINNER, Page 5A)
Demos: Drug Plan Short On Finances
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Bush is embarking on a public relations campaign to sell his “block by block, child by child” war on drugs, but Democrats complain the $7.9 billion program doesn’t go far enough and relies on cuts in other federal programs for financing.
“Unless the president supports the tax increases that will be necessary to fight this war, the drug dealers are going to win,” said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski.
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In his first prime-time address to the nation Tuesday night, the president held up a bag of crack cocaine seized across the street from the White House and declared drugs the “gravest domestic threat facing our nation.” But he said, “We can pay for this fight... without raising taxes or adding to the budget deficit.” Bush called for expanded treatment and education programs, but he also urged the country to demonstrate “zero tolerance for casual drug use” and repeated his support for harsh penalties on users as well as dealers.
Still, it would be left to the states to carry out most of Bush’s recommendations targeting casual drug users, such as stiffer fines, auto seizures, drivers’ license suspensions and publication of offenders’ names in newspapers.
Bush also promised stronger efforts to attack drugs at their source, in South America and elsewhere.
“When requested, we will for the first time make available the appropriate resources of America’s armed forces” to nations fighting drug production, he said.
The president arranged a meeting today with regional editors and reporters to talk about his drug campaign, and plotted out a week’s worth of activities designed to promote the plan. Included are speeches on Thursday in Baltimore, Friday in New Orleans and next Tuesday in the White House — a noontime addressS.C. Delegation Impressed, Sees Decade Of Work
By KATHY KADANE States News Service
WASHINGTON - Members of the South Carolina delegation praised the $7.9 billion national drug control plan announced by President Bush Monday in a television address to the nation.
But they agreed with administration officials that despite the proposed stepup in federal programs against drug importers ana users, it could take at least a decade to eradicate the widespread use of illegal drugs.
“There’s no magic about handling this problem,” said Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., in an interview at the White House Monday afternoon after he and other congressional leaders had met with the president to discuss the strategy.
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that will be available for live broadcast to schools and libraries.
Republicans generally embraced the plan, but some Democrats said it didn’t go far enough, while others complained it envisioned cuts in immigration and other programs.
“As despicable as drug dealers are, they understand economics,” said Rostenkowski in urging a tax increase. “If you want to play, you’ve got to pay. ”
(Please See DEMOS, Page 3A)
S.C. Counts 5 Among Most Heroic Of WWD
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
In the last great war fought by American forces, South Carolina contributed more than 166,000 of its sons and daughters to the conflict that defeated the Axis powers of Germany, Japan and Italy in the 1940s.
From those numbers, hundreds won citations for valor and heroism in action. The awards ranged from presidential unit citations to individual medals for gallantry in action.
Among all the awards given for acts of great courage, the hardest to win is the Congressional Medal of Honor. It is not given lightly and since its creation during the Civil War it has gone to a mere handful of the millions who have served in combat.
During World War II, five South Carolinians were awarded the Medal of Honor and three of them lost their lives.
The Medal of Honor winners were Lt. Col. George Mabry Jr. of Sumter, Pvt. Thomas E. Atkins of Campobello, Sgt. Robert Allen Owens of Greenville, Pvt. Furman L. Smith of Six Mile and Pfc. William A. McWhorter of Liberty.
Mabry and Atkins survived the war, but the others gave up their lives in action against the enemy.
Mabry’s citation came on Sept. IO, 1945,
when he led his 2nd Battalion of the 4th Infantry Div. against German defenses in the Hurtgen Forest near Schevenhutte, Germany.
Personally leading the attack, Mabry cut through booby-trapped barbed wire, disconnected explosives, destroyed three bunkers, and killed, in hand-to-hand combat, several Nazi soldiers while taking others prisoner.
The Medal of Honor citation said his “superlative courage, daring and leadership” came in an operation of major importance.
Atkins was a rifleman serving in the 32nd Infantry Div. in the Philippines on March IO, 1945, when he earned his honor.
(Please See S.C. COUNTS, Page 5A)