Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Wednesday, September 13, 1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 224U.S. To Accept 40,000 Soviet RefugeesNYC Victor
Derrick Sees Gap In Closing Of FMF
East Germany Says Stem The Tide
By The Associated Press
BERLIN — East Germany’s Communist leaders are demanding that Hungary stop allowing East Germans to flee to West Germany by the thousands in an exodus that is draining their labor pool of young, skilled workers.
About 11,000 refugees had arrived by Tuesday night and West German border officials said the mass trek to the West may have peaked. There were indications East Berlin had begun restricting travel to Hungary.
The refugees have traveled by car, train and bus through Austria to their new homeland since midnight Sunday, when Hungary suspended a 1969 agree
ment with East Germany and opened its border to the refugees.
The border officials said the number of refugees, who are granted automatic citizenship in West Germany, could top 15,000.
In West Germany, the new arrivals crowded relocation camps and were greeted with plenty of job offers.
The exodus comes at a time of dramatic change in the East bloc. Poland has installed the bloc’s first non-Com-munist government, and Hungary’s leaders are promising free elections.
West Germany and Hungary have worked together to coordinate free passage for the East Germans, and that
(Please See EAST GERMANY, Page 7A)
Aiken Kicks Off First Recycling Project
Buffalo Room Owner Admits Black To Restaurant
By The Associated Press
NORTH AUGUSTA - A North Augusta restaurant is now open to all races since the owner has dropped his previous policy of not serving blacks.
Bruce Salter, operator of the Buffalo Room, said Tuesday he would continue serving blacks “as long as they don’t
come in and tear up the place.”
Salter’s policy against serving blacks has made the Buffalo Room the subject of an FBI investigation and a separate Justice Department inquiry.
The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has scheduled a license revocation hearing for the Buffalo Room on Oct. 12 in which the commission will seek
to prove the restaurant discriminated against blacks. If it proves the allegation, the commission could pull the Buffalo Room’s liquor license.
But George Hill, one of soul singer James Brown’s attorneys, said Salter let him into the restaurant twice Tuesday and served him dinner. It is the first time
in recent memory that a black has been admitted to the Buffalo Room.
Asked whether admitting Hill had anything to do with the hearing before the state ABC commission, Salter said, “I ain’t going to say nothing. Let them think what they want.”
(Please See BUFFALO, Page 7A)
Olympic Swimmer Eyes Comeback
Page 8AA Quick ReadBig Cat Becomes Long Island Mystery
BELLPORT, N.Y. (AP) - There’s a cat on the loose on Long Island, but it’s best not to set out saucers of milk, authorities said.
It may be a cougar.
The animal left pawprints 4H inches wide Tuesday in a wooded area of Bellport, where it was spotted by two people, including a deputy sheriff.
They described it as a cat-like animal on the run.
Linda Pew, supervisor of the Brookhaven Animal Shelter, said the cat may be a runaway cougar kept as a pet.
“We think it was probably domesticated,” said Pew.Old West Accented By Neiman Marucs
DALLAS (AP) — Neiman Marcus, seller of sumptuous fantasies for 81 years, is inviting its well-heeled clientele to put on a pair of spurs and recapture the Wild West.
The Dallas-based retailer Tuesday began delivery of its Christmas catalog, the annual wishbook of the wealthy. For one cowpoke with $108,000, Neiman Marcus will sell a hand-tooled saddle by Edward H. Bohlin Co., lavishly furnished with sterling silver and 18-karat gold.
A cowboy ain’t a cowboy without a horse, so for $4,000 and up Neiman Marcus is offering a selection of champion bloodline painted horses
from the Roe! Ranch in Kerrville.Fatal Jail Disease Puzzle To Officials
HOUSTON (AP) - A federal judge promised a quick decision on whether to release up to 500 misdemeanor offenders from an overcrowded jail where a mysterious bacterial infection has killed two prisoners.
Mark Canfield, chief of epidemiology for the Harris County Health Department, said Tuesday that the source of an outbreak of flulike symptoms at the county jail was unknown.
On Monday, Attorney James Oit-zinger asked U.S. District Judge James DeAnda to force jail officials to relieve overcrowding and to isolate those at greatest risk of contracting the infection.
Oitzinger is representing the prisoners in a continuing lawsuit before DeAnda over jail crowding.WeatherPartly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of scattered showers. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Thursday. The low will be in the upper 60s. The high will be in the upper 80 to low 90s. Please see details on Page 6A.Deaths
Raymond T. Boatwright, Ridge Spring Mitchell O. Glover Jr., North Augusta Herman H. Jordan, Augusta Sarah F. Metz, North Augusta Betty Sue Miller, Augusta Please see details on Page 6A.Inside Today
Witness Testifies To PTL Runaround
From Heavy Rain
Richland Avenue flooded until water lapped the tirewells of cars parked in Kalmia Plaza, but the water was all gone by IO p.m., and no other damage was reported during Tuesday night’s storm.
Both the Public Safety Department and the Sheriff’s Department reported all was quiet. A spokesman for the Highway Patrol said the slick roads caused a few fender-benders, but nothing serious.
A spokeswoman for the Aiken Electric Cooperative said the storm caused scattered outages, but the damage was minor.
“We were very lucky. We had some outages in the Edgefield district and a few in the Aiken district, but it could have been much worse,” said Harriett Skinner, manager of member services and energy use. “The outages we did have were caused by lightning.”
South Carolina Electric and Gas reported only a few outages caused by blown fuses.Problems Few As Aiken Dries Out
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration wants to accept 50,000 Soviet refugees plus another 6,500 from Eastern Europe and phase out processing offices in Vienna and Rome, a U.S. official and sources in the American Jewish community say.
Overall, 125,000 refugees would be admitted in the fiscal year that begins Oct. I, an increase of slightly less than 8 percent over current quotas, sources say.
The 50,000 Soviet refugees, at least half of whom are expected to be Jews, are a fraction of the 250,000 Soviet citizens the State Department estimated last week would apply for entry in fiscal 1990.
Jewel S. Lafontant, the department’s coordinator for refugee affairs, was to testify on the new program today before the House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration. Key members of Congress were informed in advance of the
Of the 50,000, the sources said Tuesday, 40,000 would be assisted by the U.S. government in paying their transportation and settlement costs. The 10,000 others would depend on private organizations, friends and relatives. Still others could apply under a parole program that includes no U.S. financial assistance.
The current combined quota for refugees from the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe is 50,000. The new plan would allocate all 50,000 slots to the Soviet Union and set up a separate category of 6,500 for Eastern Europe.
Other projected quotas include 25,000 for East Asia, 3,500 for Latin America and the Caribbean and 3,000 for Africa.
In fiscal 1988, as emigration from the Soviet Union began to climb, the combined quota for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe was 15,000.
(Please See U.S., Page 7A)
FAMILY CELEBRATION: David Dinkins (left) is joined by his father, William Dinkins, in celebrating his victory over New York Mayor Edward I. Koch. For the story and other key elections around the country, please see Page 2A.Congressman Asks Watkins To Explain
By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer
dosing the Savant uh River Site’s naval Fuel Materials Facility leaves the U.S. Department of Energy open to harsh criticism, U.S. hep. Butler Derrick, D-S.C., said Tuesday in a letter to Energy Secretary James D. Watkins.
On Sept. 7, DOE announced that it will close FMF because demand for fuel for the Navy’s nuclear vessels no longer requires the unit’s operation.
In his letter to Watkins, Derrick said, “If this announcement raises questions in my mind, it practically begs the media and congressional oversight committees to maul the Department of Energy again.”
FMF, built at a cost of $176 million, began production last year. The only other facility producing fuel for the Navy is the 34-year-old Nuclear Fuel Services Inc. plant in Erwin, Term., which has a
history of labor and environmental problems.
Among other troubles, the Erwin plant was found in the 1970s to be missing uranium, which is assumed to have escaped into the environment. Congress was told recently that the plant also has contaminated the water supply with uranium.
“It is not apparent to me why the Department of Energy would choose to operate an old naval fuel facility that has experienced operational difficulties instead of using the $176 million, newly finished SRS facility,” Derrick wrote.
He added, “Speculation has it that the Savannah River Site naval fuel production facility has experienced operational difficulties resulting from design flaws.”
In a telephone interview from his office Tuesday, Derrick said he does not have concrete proof of such design shortcomings.
The New York Times reported Sept. 9 that an aide to a U.S. Senate committee that oversees DOE said the department cut corners in building FMF.
The Times added that the source said FMF is highly vulnerable to earthquakes.
(Please See DERRICK, Page 7A)
WATERY RESCUE: Ricky Swilling, a Southern Bell employee, carries Mattie Kinney from her job at Quick As A Wink cleaners after heavy rain flooded streets in
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
Aiken last night. As an indication of the flooding, notice how high the water has risen against the car at right. No major problems were reported from the storm.