Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 8, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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CALCUTTA, India (AP) - Mother Teresa, the Nobel Prize-winning Roman Catholic nun known for her work with the world’s poor, suffered a heart attack this morning, her doctor said.
The 79-year-old nun’s condition TERESA had stabilized and was improving, however, said Dr. A. Bardhan.
He refused to give further details. The official All-India Radio reported she was alert and was visited briefly by the governor of West Bengal state.
Nuns at the Missionaires of Charity, which Mother Teresa founded nearly 40 years ago, said she was progressing well.
“Her heart is much better and her temperature is practically normal,” said one nun, speaking on condition of anonymity.Measles Up Dramatically
ATLANTA (AP) — More measles cases have been reported in the United States already this year than in any since 1980, as a decline in the childhood disease has come to an abrupt halt.
The national Centers for Disease Control, in its weekly report Thursday, said 10,115 cases of measles had been reported through last week. That’s nearly five times the 2,170 cases reported at the same time last year and is the highest total since 1980’s 13,430.
Federal health officials coincidentally issued their final measles report for 1988 on Thursday, showing that the disease decreased by 7 percent last year, to 3,411.
The Atlanta-based CDC said more than 90 measles outbreaks have been reported this year, mostly at colleges and universities. However, one outbreak among unvaccinated preschoolers in Houston struck more than 1,700.
By The Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon — The wife of missing Briton Jack Mann, a World War II fighter pilot, said today she had been told he died and that she believed the report to be true.
Mann, 75, disappeared May 12 as he drove to a bank in Syrian-policed Moslem west Beirut.
None of Lebanon’s kidnap groups has specifically identified him as a hostage. But a previously unknown faction, the Cells of Armed Struggle, claimed that it kidnapped an unidentified Briton in Beirut the day Mann disappeared.
It demanded the release of Arabs jailed in Britain for the 1987 killing of Palestin-Reactors To Soon Come Alive
By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer
Savannah River Site’s three idled nuclear reactors will restart late next year and in 1991, U.S. Secretary of Energy James D. Watkins announced Thursday.
Watkins approved a plan that would have K-Reactor back in operation sometime during the last three months of next year. L and P reactors would come back on line at three-month intervals after that.
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K, L and P reactors, all built and started during the 1950s, were shut down last year for management and equipment improvements.
“There will certainly be a lot of challenges” in meeting the restart schedule, said Dean Hoffman, a spokesman for Westinghouse Savannah River Co., the operating contractor at SRS.
Hoffman added, though, that Westinghouse believes “very strongly” that it can meet the schedule, which calls for K-Reactor to begin low-power tests in the third quarter of next year.
He said Westinghouse has “dedicated the entire management team to the concept of bringing (the SRS units) up to the standards of commercial nuclear reactors.”
Hoffman echoed J.L. Gallagher, the Westinghouse manager in charge of the reactor restart program, who said Wednesday that safety will be the top priority in getting the reactors back in operation.
(See REACTORS, Page 6A)
ian cartoonist Ali Naji al-Adhami. But Scotland Yard said no arrests had been made in that slaying.
There has been no word since then about Mann’s whereabouts.
His wife, Sunny, said she received a telephone call Monday from an unidentified man who told her: “I have bad news about your husband.”
She said she later met the man at a shop in west Beirut’s Hamra commercial thoroughfare and “he told me that Jack is dead.
“I waited, but there was no news about Jack on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday,” Mrs. Mann told reporters at her west Beirut apartment.
“I don’t know. There’s no proof that
he’s dead at the moment,” she said.
But she noted that the report of her husband’s alleged death “seems correct.”
Mrs. Mann refused to answer any more questions.
A British Embassy spokeswoman, who asked that her name was not used, said the embassy “has no information at all about the reported death of Mr. Mann. ”
“We’re trying to contact Mrs. Mann to find out what she knows, but we haven’t been able to talk to her yet,” she said.
The Manns lived in Beirut for 43 years. Mann worked as a pilot with Lebanon’s national airline, Middle East Arlines, for more than 20 years before retiring to manage a bar in Beirut.
He is one of 16 Westerners missing in Lebanon. Most are held hostage by pro-Iranian Shiite Moslem militants.
The other Westerners are eight Americans, three Britons, two West Germans, an Italian and an Irishman.
The longest held hostage is American journalist Terry Anderson, Chief Middle East Correspondent for The Associated Press. He was kindapped March 16,1985.
The last foreign hostage to have died in Lebanon was U.S. Marine Lt. Col. William R. Higgins, who was abducted Feb.
17,1988, while on U.N. duty in Lebanon.
The pro-Iranian Organization of the Oppressed on Earth claimed July 31 it hanged him in retaliation for Israel’s abduction of a Shiite Moslem cleric.Fuel Facility To Close
By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer
Savannah River Site’s Fuel Materials Facility will close, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday, but its 600 employees will be offered other jobs at SRS.
FMF is one of two U.S. facilities producing fuel for the Navy’s nude-ar-powered ships. DOE said the de- / mand for that fuel does not justify / operating both production sites.
The other fuel supplier is Nuclear Fuel Services Inc., a private company in Erwin, Tenn.
Dean Hoffman, a spokesman for Westinghouse Savannah River Co.,
SRS’s operating contractor, said Thursday, “We fully expect to move all permanently-employed (FMF) workers to other areas at SRS.” He noted that these workers are highly valued for their experience and training.
Hoffman said the decision to shut FMS “was not a big surprise to Westinghouse.”
In cooperation with DOE. Westinghouse will phase out production at FMS.
DOE cited four factors in deciding to close FMS:
✓ “A reduction in the Navy’s pro* jected nuclear shipbuilding program
✓ “Improved technology in naval reactor core design and manufacturing, which permits reactor cores to last longer, thus reducing the need for refuelings
✓ “Improved manufacturing techniques at the reactor core suppliers, which reduce the amount of fuel required to build a core
✓ “AU naval fuel material production can be met by NFS — the only manufacturer qualified to make aU types of fuel required by the Navy.”
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MEMORIES: Dorothy Salley, head of the Salley Historical Preservation Society, reminisces about the days when she taught second grade at the school. Please see story on Page 1B.
Protests Force President To Suspend Order In Towns
By The Associated PressWeatherFair Skies
Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the upper 60s. Partly sunny skies are forecast Saturday with a high in the lower 90s. Please see details on Page 14A.Deaths
Harris 6. Collins, Augusta Delphia D. Fugler, Aiken Lucille K. Patton, Hempstead, N.Y. Brookie Triester, Fairfax Nellie M. Waters, North Augusta Horace E. Williams, Aiken Please see details on Page 14A.Inside Today
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__ IOfficials Race To Beat Illiteracy
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Editor’s Note: This is the first of a three-part series on literacy.
From a cramped classroom in an Aiken County learning lab to the executive offices of the governor’s offices in Columbia, South Carolina government, business and education officials are racing against an economic clock in an effort to improve the state’s woeful position in national literacy.
At stake are the ripe plums — new plants and new jobs — that will be generated in the 21st Century by sophisticated industries using lasers, computers, robots and other marvels of a new age.
“We have less than a decade to do something about illiteracy before it severely hampers our ability to be economically competitive in the next century,” said Tucker Eskew, press secretary to Gov. Carroll A. Campbell.
“The governor believes until we can successfully address the adult literacy problems we have in the work place, we will be in danger of being left behind in the acquisition of new high tech industries.”
Staff Graphic by Melissa Culp
Eskew said those fears are what prompted the governor to begin in early 1988 a statewide program called the Work Force Inititative. The initiative brings together state and local educators, volunteer tutors and industries with one goal —
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BOGOTA, Colombia — President Virgi-lio Barco was dealt a setback in his war on drugs when public outrage forced him to back off from imposing military rule on two cities believed to be strongholds of cocaine traffickers.
Barco replaced the mayors of the cities with military officers on Thursday but rescinded the orders in the face of charges the action was unconstitutional and anti-democratic.
One person was killed and at least seven others were injured in violence nationwide, a day after an alleged money launderer was extradited to the United States.
In Medellin, headquarters of the powerful Medellin cocaine carte!, two policemen were slightly injured when bombs placed under a table destroyed a fast-food restaurant in a busy pedestrian mall.
Classes at the National University of Bogota were suspended for the day after skirmishes broke out during a demonstration by about 500 students protesting U.S. aid to help Colombia fight its war on drugs.
The students shouted “Gringos go home” and burned an American flag. Groups of youths with white hoods on their heads flung firecrackers at police and two students were injured in scuffles.
Also in the capital, gunmen in a speeding car killed cattle rancher Jaime Castillo Franco and wounded his driver. Flying glass injured two bystanders, a woman and her daughter.
It was not known if the slaying was related to the government’s anti-drug war, which began Aug. 18 when assassins believed to be paid by the cocaine traffickers killed the front-running presidential candidate, Sen. Luis Carlos Galan, a strong foe of drug dealing.
Under emergency measures imposed by Barco, authorities have seized millions of dollars in real estate and other property believed to belong to the drug lords. TTie president also revived Colombia’s extradition treaty with the United States, where many of the leading traffickers face charges.
The first extradition took place on Wednesday when Eduardo Martinez Romero, an economist alleged to be the money launderer for the Medellin drug cartel, was flown to Atlanta. He will be tried on charges of laundering $27 million worth of illicit cocaine cash.
A Justice Department spokesman in Washington said Thursday that U.S. attorneys are preparing extradition requests for the 12 most-wanted Colombian drug traffickers.
Although the crackdown is believed to have practically paralyzed cocaine production, there is fear of more bombing.*.