Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 11, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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When Doctor Talks Animals Run For Cover
WASHINGTON (AP) - When Dr. Mitchell Bush talks to the animals at the National Zoo, they run for cover.
“I don’t think there’s any animal in the zoo that likes me,” the zoo’s chief veterinarian says ruefully.
The same furry creatures that would have nuzzled the jovial Doctor Doolittle cringe in fright when Bush appears, even though he fought a valiant but unsuccessful round-the-clock battle last weekend to save the life of the zoo’s newest panda cub.
Hsing-Hsing, the zoo’s giant male panda, ‘‘knows my voice,” Bush said. But when Bush starts talking, Hsing-Hsing lumbers down to his moat and paces worriedly back and forth.
Cheeky orangutans who cadge soft drinks from zoo visitors scramble for safety when Bush shows up. The great apes, he says, can spot him in a crowd of several hundred tourists and squeeze into a blind corner in their cage, out of harm’s way.
State Moves To Evict Elderly Squatter
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A feisty 72-year-old woman who has lived on the proposed site of a state park for nearly two decades is hoping to stop an attempt to evict her by appealing to a judge’s sense of fair play.
Eighteen years ago, Doris Gagnon was forced to abandon her cottage a few hundred yards away so the state could raze it and other beachside residences to make way for a park.
But the proposed 300-acre park along Long Island Sound is yet to take shape.
Although the state this month received an Army Corps of Engineers permit to seal a long-closed landfill on the property, state officials said last week a master plan for the park remains uncompleted.
‘‘The test of whether she is ultimately going to win or lose depends on how good a human being we happen to get in the judge who is ultimately assigned to the case,” said her attorney, John R. Williams. ‘‘The basic core of our defense is that what they are doing is unfair.”
State officials say they take no pleasure in seeking to evict Gagnon but have a responsibility to protect public land and provide more recreational opportunities for the public along Long Island Sound.
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Vol. 122 No. 222
East Germans Allowed To Go West
By The Associated Press
PASSAU, West Germany — Tired and elated, the first trickle of a broadening stream of East German refugees reached West Germany today after Hungary, incensing Communist leaders in East Berlin, broke a weeks-long logjam and let them go.
‘‘You made it!” yelled one young emigre hitting the hood of his Wartburg minibus after arriving in the largest mass migration from East Germany since the Berlin Wall went up in 1961.
Bavarian border police said more than 2,000 East German refugees had crossed
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into the southern West German state from Austria by mid-morning. The number was climbing rapidly.
Hungarian opened its border to the West at midnight to the East Germans, allowing the mass exodus despite efforts by die-hard Communists in East Berlin to dissuade its reform-minded leaders.
Thousands of East Germans flooded into Himgary on tourist visas after it tore down its border fence with Austria in May. By mid-August, refugee camps were going up around Budapest.
East Germany accused Hungary of interfering in its internal affairs by allowing the mass flight and becoming, in ef
fect, the first East bloc government to help citizens of a Warsaw Pact ally freely leave their homeland.
The state-run news agency ADN said Hungary, under the guise of humanitarianism, ‘‘has engaged in the organized smuggling of human beings.”
But while Hungary risked worsened relations with its East bloc ally, it could develop closer and potentially lucrative ties with Common Market member West Germany.
West Germany, which offers East Germans automatic citizenship and help getting settled, said Hungary made a “humanitarian” decision.
An estimated 60,000 East Germans were in Hungary on Sunday and the Hungarian foreign minister, Gyula Horn, suggested that many more than the 6,500 formally registered as wanting to leave might cross into Austria.
Even as the first convoys of refugees made their way into Austria, new East German arrivals were reported at several refugee camps in Hungary.
The first East German cars arrived before dawn today in this Bavarian town on the Austrian border. Most carried young couples or families with babies or
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Bennett: U.S. Troops Won't Fight Drugs
HOW SWEET IT IS: West Germany’s Boris Becker celebrates winmg the U.S. Open on Sunday. He defeated Ivan Lendl 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 for his first U.S. Open win. Please see story on Page 5A.
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A secret directive signed by President Bush could expand the U.S. military role in the war on drugs, but a top aide says the plan does not call for sending American troops into combat.
Bush sent security advisers to Colombia as part of a $65 million package designed to help that nation fight cocaine, and he said last Tuesday that an additional $261 million in security aid could go to Colombia, Peru and Bolivia for the drug war.
Drug czar William J. Bennett said in a televised interview Sunday that Bush is willing to send Special Forces advisers to the Andean nations.
“There is no plan for any Special Forces to ac ompan v troops in Peru or Bolivia into combat missions,” Bennett said in the ABC-TV program “This Week with David Brinkley.”
“That is not in the plan.... There is no such plan,” Bennett said.
As part of his anti-drug efforts, Bush signed a National Security Decision Directive outlining the goals and limits of military involvement, said another administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Over the next two weeks, government agencies will flesh out details of that classified program and decide how to allocate the $261 million in extra aid, the source said.
Bennett said “we see now in Colombia the presence of American trainers working with the Colombians, giving them advice, training them on equipment. This is the kind of thing we would anticipate if Peru and Bolivia take the steps.”
Meanwhile, drug enforcement administrator John Lawn said Sunday that the Bush administration is reconsidering whether to ban the sale of assault weapons produced in the United States.
The administration has banned the im-rt of assault rifles, but President Bush s said he opposes a ban on domestic assault weapons.
Lawn, appearing on CBS’ “Face the
Nation,” was asked about Colombia’s request that the United States stem the flow of U.S.-made assault weapons to that country.
“We must look now at our own procedures here in the United States,” Lawn said. “...I believe it is something that is under review, and certainly citizens feel very strongly about the gun issue ... We in the law enforcement community feel very strongly when we’re out there on the firing line, and our view isn’t always necessarily the view of our leaders.”
About two dozen members of the U.S. Special Forces based in Panama have been rotating into Bolivia’s Chapare Valley, training anti-narcotics police there, but they have been barred from patrols.
The Washington Post, in its Sunday editions, said the directive would allow the advisers to accompany Bolivian drug forces on patrol. However, the administration source said that “the military is not allowed to go out into the jungle on patrol. That is the way it has been and the way it remains.”
The Post report quoted an unidentified senior administration official as saying that “several hundred” U.S. military advisers could be sent to the three nations under the “Andean initiative” announced by Bush.
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Trial Verdict Less Important Than Scandal
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By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — The outcome of former PTL leader Jim Bakker’s ongoing trial is less important than the ministry’s collapse and scandal, a televangelism expert says.
“I think the damage has already been done,” said Charles Lippy, a professor of religion at Clemson University who has concentrated on television ministry. “All of (the televangelists) have lost a viewing audience because all of them are suspect.”
Bakker, who co-hosted the “PTL Show” with Jerry Falwell and later broadcast “The Jim and Tammy Show” with his wife, Tammy Faye, is on trial in federal court in Charlotte, N.C.
He is charged with 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy and faces 120 years and prison and more than $5 million in fines. Prosecutors say the PTL founder used nearly $4 million in ministry funds to finance a lavish lifestyle.
The trial was interrupted when Bakker was ordered by U.S. District Judge Rob-
Experts Say Cooperation On Dollar Broke Down
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ert Potter to undergo psychological testing after a psychiatrist testified he was cowering under a couch in his attorney’s office. It resumed Wednesday.
“My suspicion is the verdict is less important than the collapse of Bakker and the whole business,” Lippy said, adding that Bakker’s resignation from PTL also had a negative effect on televangelism.
“From what I’ve read and understand, the viewing audience for all kinds of religious broadcasting has stopped,” he said. “Money is not flowing in, people are not calling in.”
However, what the televangelists lose in terms of a viewing audience might become a gain for conservative religions, Lippy said.
“One thing that always is missing from TV religion is a commitment to the life and values,” he said. “You’re not drawn into the community. I think that it’s healthy — that it may give a shot in the arm to other religions that televangelism
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By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Cooperation among the United States and six major allies to keep a low price for the dollar apparently has broken down, two U.S. experts say today as the international value of the dollar is rising again.
“In May and June (the dollar) shattered its upper limit against the yen — 140 (yen to one dollar) — and the mark — 1.90-1.92 (marks to one dollar), rising above 150 and 2.00 respectively to a two-and-a-half year high,” wrote I.M. Destler and C. Randall Henning.
Destler is professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland. Henning is a research associate at the Institute for International Economics, which published their new book “Dollar Politics:'Exchange Rate Policymaking in the United States.”
The institute is a private study group with financing from the United States and other countries.
The price of the dollar is important because of its effect on trade. A low dollar makes U.S. goods cheap, encouraging exports and discouraging imports. A rise in the dollar has the opposite effect.
Governments, including the Bush administration, agree that this country
buys far too much in comparison with what it sells. The resulting trade deficit has made the United States the world’s biggest debtor nation.
On Friday the price of the mark was above 146 yen and 1.99 marks, despite efforts to keep it down. One report said the central banks of IO countries had been selling dollars in an unsuccessful attempt to keep their price down.
A 1985 agreement to work together on the price of the dollar and other currencies was made by Secretary of State James A. Baker III — then secretary of the Treasury — and his counterparts from Japan, West Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Canada.
They have never published their targets for the dollar’s price. The upper limits named by Destler and Henning are often cited by unofficial experts.
The two authors complained that U.S. exchange rate policy is made by a small group of senior officials and should be more closely coordinated with broader economic policies and private business.
They proposed setting up new committees in Congress to watch the dollar’s price, a private sector group to advise Treasury Secretary Nicholas F. Brady, and more involvement by other government agencies.