Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 7, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Catawba Land Claim Causing NFL Trouble
ROCK HILL (AP) — The Catawba Indian claim to a large chunk of the Upstate is causing trouble for a group trying to bring a National Football League team to the Carolinas.
One of the sites being considered by the group of businessman for locating a stadium is in York County. But the Catawbas claim 225 square miles of York and Lancaster counties still belong to them. The suit currently is in U.S. District Court.
“We’d hate to build a stadium and have it be given to the Indians,” said Mark Richardson.
Winemakers Worry About Cork Quality
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Sometime soon, that $35 bottle of cabernet sauvignon may come with a screw top. And peeling the seal from a $100 bottle of champagne may reveal plastic.
Some wine experts say these and other innovations may await the nation’s wine drinkers because of problems with corks from Portugal, the industry’s major source.
The Portuguese cork industry has been running low of virgin cork in recent years, forcing some winemakers to use poor quality stoppers that can ruin some wines, said Lisa Van de Water of The Wine Lab in Napa, Calif., a research center for the wine industry.
Skies will be partly cloudy tonight and tomorrow with a low in the 70s tonight and a high in the 90s tomorrow. There will also be a chance of isolated showers and thundershowers tomorrow. Please see details on Page 6A.
Effie Brown, Jackson
L.C Colbert, Swansea
Christina M. Gilmore, North Augusta
Inez G. Hartley, Leesville
Melvin C. Jackson, Edgefield
Leroy Johnson, West Hempstead, N Y.
M. Ansel Quattlebaum, Evans, Ga.
Nathalia L. Roth, Aiken
Grover K. Stroman, Wagener
Lloyd D. Tyler, Perry
Lucille R. Veno, Williston
Nellie M. Waters, North Augusta
Mary B Webb, North Augusta
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Newspaper Articles To Focus On Literacy
Friday is National Newspaper Literacy Day.
In an effort to promote literacy and tell our readers what is going on in programs at the state and local level, the Aiken Standard will begin a three-part series Friday on the importance of learning to read.
The stories will include statistics, comments from state and local officials and a look at what volunteer workers are doing.
Westinghouse Seminar Draws 800
Thursday, September 7, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 218
Bennett Expects Success On Drug Plan
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - National drug policy director William J. Bennett is taking the campaign for the administration’s $7.9 billion anti-drug plan to Capitol Hill, and he expects to succeed.
Bennett says he is heartened that much of the Democratic criticism heard thus far on the drug control strategy announced Tuesday night by President Bush has concerned money to pay for the proposal, not the basic tenets.
A number of congressional Democrats have said the program doesn’t go far enough and that Bush should recommend a tax increase to pay for it instead of
proposing to take money from other programs. The $7.9 billion sought is $2.2 billion above the 1989 budget authorization.
Bennett today is to face Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr. — who said the Bush plan isn’t “bold enough, but ifs a good start” — in the first congressional hearing on the plan.
Bennett told a packed National Press Club audience Wednesday that Biden revealed “no substantive disagreements with the strategy” in his Democratic response to the Bush plan aired Tuesday night.
As for those who say the $7.9 billion is inadequate to fight the war on drugs, Bennett said, “I’m just not going to be all
that receptive to criticism of the figure of $8 billion from people whose correct mark is $6 belion.”
Bennett said the strategy, if pursued “consistently over time,” will enable the country to win the war against drugs, but he cautioned that it won’t happen quickly with any “Batman through the transom” flashy solutions.
The strategy, which Congress had directed Bennett to develop, calls for a law enforcement crackdown on all levels of drug trafficking, from drug kingpins overseas to casual users in America. It seeks a 53 percent increase in funding for treatment programs, a 25 percent in-
BUSH VISITS: After outlining his $7.9 billion war on drugs, President Bush visited a Washington hospital for
babies. In this photo, the president lifts a 4-month-old baby who was abandoned by his addicted mother.
Safety Of SRS's K-Reactor Defended
By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer
K-Reactor, the first of the three idled Savannah River Site nuclear units scheduled to restart, does not need ultrasonic testing to check for cracks in its tank before it resumes operating, a Westinghouse Savannah River Co. official said Wednesday.
J.M. Morrison, program manager of the reactor tank inspection plan, said Westinghouse, the operating contractor at SRS, has told the U.S. Department of Energy that the prospect of a rupture in the K-Reactor tank is “incredible.”
Morrison told DOE’s Advisory Committee on Nuclear Facility Safety, which was meeting at SRS, that there will be ultrasonic tests of P and L reactors, the other two units which were shut down with K-Reactor last year for management and equipment improvements.
Some committee members expressed skepticism about Westinghouse’s recommendation against an ultrasonic test before K-Reactor restarts. Morrison de-
Critics Cast Restart Doubts
By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer
For an hour Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advisory Committee on Nuclear Facility Safety heard critics of the Savannah River Site cast doubt on the need to restart the three idled SRS nuclear reactors.
“I don’t believe we need them,” Chairman Frances Close Hart of the Energy Research Foundation in Columbia said of the reactors.
She spoke at a public comment session held by the committee, which concludes two days of open meetings at SRS today. The panel advises the secretary of energy on safety of DOE production facilities, such as SRS.
Mrs. Hart rejected claims that without the reactors operating there would be a national security threat because of a lack of tritium, which only SRS prduces for U.S. nuclear weapons. “I
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fended the move.
He noted that a videotape examination of the K tank in December 1986 showed no sign of cracks, only some minor gouges, scratches and corrosion.
The committee, which advises the sec
retary of energy on safety at DOE production facilities, such as SRS, finishes two days of public meetings at SRS today.
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crease in prevention efforts, and a vast expansion of the federal prison system to house drug offenders.
The strategy also calls for $261 million next year in military and law enforcement aid to Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, the three main cocaine-producing countries.
The administration plans to offer those countries some $2 billion more over the next five years once they demonstrate solid efforts to cut down on drug trafficking.
Meanwhile, Bush on Wednesday visited
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Drug Lords Defied In New Edicts
Suspect Extradited; New Rewards Offered
By The Associated Press
BOGOTA, Colombia — Defying threats that more judges will be murdered, the government extradited an alleged drug money launderer to the United States and offered hefty rewards for Colombia’s two reputed top cocaine kingpins.
Eduardo Martinez Romero, who U.S. officials say was flown out on Wednesday. is the first drug figure extradited to the United States under special emergency powers decreed last month as part of an unprecedented anti-drug war.
Colombian officials and U.S. diplomats kept mum about Martinez’s extradition, but it was confirmed by officials in the United States.
Martinez, 35, is charged in Atlanta in connection with the laundering of $1.2 billion worth of illicit cocaine cash. MARTINEZ
High-ranking U.S. diplomats and drug enforcement officials in Bogota have said that once extraditions start, they expect drug-related terrorism and violence in Colombia will get much worse.
Colombia’s drug lords — the world’s richest — have said they would rather die in Colombia than suffer “life in death’ in a U.S. prison. The traffickers threatened last month to kill IO judges for every extradited drug suspect.
For years, the traffickers had largely succeeded in evading justice through bribery and intimidation. They have had politicians, police, judges and journalists murdered and reportedly purchased influence in high places.
In 1987, the Colombian Supreme Court threw out an extradition agreement with the United States. The last Colombian drug trafficker to be extradited, the Medellin cartel’s Carlos Lehder, was sent to the United States early that year. He is serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison.
The extradition agreement was revived by President Virgilio Barco last month when he invoked emergency powers after
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Bakker Ruled Competent For Trial
BAKKER RETURNS: A subdued
Jim Bakker returns to the courtroom in Charlotte.
By The Associate^ Press
CHARLOTTE — Jim Bakker isn’t crazy and can aid in his defense, a psychiatrist testified before his trial resumed with a former PTL fund-raiser tearfully explaining how she was fired for not keeping her mouth shut.
Former fund-raiser Carol Price also broke into tears when she described trying to discourage an elderly woman from purchasing a $1,000 lifetime partnership that offered three nights lodging a year in a ministry hotel.
“I told her that selling a burial policy to buy a lifetime partnership was not a good idea,” Ms. Price said Wednesday.
Her testimony came after a mental competency hearing and U.S. District Judge Robert Potter’s dismissal of a defense mistrial motion.
Last week, Bakker was found hallucinating under a couch in his lawyer’s of-
‘He has no hidden mental illness. The stress that he’s feeling is normal.’
— Dr. Sally Johnson
fice. He was sent to a prison for psychiatric evaluation.
“He is not going crazy,” said Dr. Sally Johnson, head of the psychiatric team at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner. “He has no hidden mental illness. The stress that he’s feeling is normal.
“I can’t rule it out that it won’t happen again, but I can’t rule it in, either.’’
Ms. Johnson said she didn’t think Bakker had faked his breakdown. She said Bakker told her he hadn’t felt well
and that radio and television news crews gathered at the courthouse took on the form of frightening animals. She said he told her they appeared as “large ants with antennae.”
Ms. Johnson said Bakker insisted he hadn’t lost touch with reality.
“He did not lose sight that they were actually the press,” she said. “It was an experience in which he was very frightened and there was a large number of people in the crowd.”
She said Bakker simply suffered a “panic attack” and could stand trial on fraud charges.
After Potter agreed and released Bakker from custody, witnesses resumed testimony that Bakker and other ministry officials oversold vacations in PTI/ resort hotels.
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