Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 14, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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5 Persons Dead In Downtown Shooting
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A print-ing-company employee with an assault rifle and a handgun walked into the plant today and killed at least five people before taking his own life, police said.
Chief Richard Dotson said nine others were shot in the rampage at a building adjacent to The Courier-Journal newspaper offices. Their conditions were not immediately known.
Dotson said authorities began a floor-by-floor search for victims because of the Standard-Gravure Co. building’s many ‘‘nooks and crannies.”
The chief described the gunman as a disgruntled employee of Standard-Gravure, which prints newspaper inserts and Sunday newspaper supplements.
Afterward, the gunman lay facedown in a pool of blood on the floor of a pressroom. A small handgun was on the floor beside him and another gun, which police described as an AK-47 assault-type rifle lay nearby.
The newspaper building was evacuated following the shooting at about 8:45 a.m. At least two blocks were sealed off and about a dozen ambulances lined the streets.
Airline Smoking Ban Before Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) - Champ)-ons of a cigarette ban on all U.S. airline flights and their tobacco-state opponents face a Senate showdown over whether current smoking restrictions should be made dramatically broader.
A vote was planned for today on whether to halt a filibuster by cigarette industry supporters aimed at derailing the proposed ban. Advocates of the ban said Wednesday they had the 60 votes needed to stop the filibuster.
“No doubt about it,” said sponsor Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.
Smoking ban opponents served notice that even if they lost, they would keep trying to block the proposal.
Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 320 percent chance of evening thunderstorms. The low will be in the upper 60s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Friday with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms and a high in the upper 80s. Please see details on Page 6A.Deaths
Cora Lee Allen, Aiken Siller Baxter, Aiken Rudolph Chavis, Windsor Brenda W. Duckett, Augusta Erskine E. Farrar, Ocala, Fla.
Ansel E. Fowler, Winston-Salem, N.C. Henry T. Howell, Matthews, Ga.
Carrie Parker, Aiken Harry Pennington, Williston Edna H. Pritchard, Greenwood Charles A. Quattlebaum, Arlington, Va. Helen V. Studley, Aiken Please see details on Page 6A.Inside Today
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Thursday, September 14, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 225
10 Miners Die In Fiery Gas Explosion
By The Associated Press
WHEATCROFT, Ky. — A fiery methane gas explosion, smoke and dust figured in the deaths of IO miners in the nation’s worst coal mine disaster in five years, officials said as a federal investigation got under way.
“It was just a big boom. The ears popped and that was it. The dirt flew,” said Tony Hawkins, who was installing support timbers in the mine about a half mile from the explosion Wednesday
morning. “It was just scary. My knees started shaking.”
Hawkins said he and others helped to evacuate some miners who scrambled out of the smoky blast site about 1,000 feet underground in the Pyro Mining Co. ’s William Station Mine.
By late Wednesday, rescue teams had removed IO bodies, which were taken to the state medical examiner’s office for autopsies, and all other miners were safely accounted for, authorities said. Fourteen to 15 miners were in the im
mediate area when a jet of flame erupted, said Jim Greenlee, an executive vice president of Pyro’s parent company, Costain Coal Inc.
Officials believe some of the victims survived the explosion “and succumbed to the smoke and dust,” Costain President Charles Schulties said. Some of the miners were found wearing self-rescuing units, devices miners carry on their belts to filter out poisonous carbon monoxide
(Please See IO MINERS, Page 7A)
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Comparisons of calorie and fat content in sample meals obtainable at your local fast-food restaurant
1,275 calories 65 grams fat
655 calories 40 grams fat
885 calories 40 grams
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Double burger with sauce
■ French fries
Low-fat alternative meals
495 calories 22 grams fat
445 calories 16 grams fat
■Chicken nuggets (6) ■Apple pie ■Coffee with cream
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340 calories 7 grams f
■ Fish sandwich
with cheese & tartar sauce ■Soda (12 oz.)
■ French fries
315 calories 6 grams fat
■ Beef tacos (2)
■ Low-fat milk
■Single burger ■Tossed salad
ow-caiorie dressing ■Low-fat milk
■ Baked potato (plain)
■ Margarine (1 pat)
■ Tosred salad low-caiorie dressing
■ Low-fat milk
■ Cheese pizza
■Tossed salad !ow-calcrie dressing ■Orange juice (8 oz.)
Source: Massachusetts Medical Society
HEALTH-FUL TIPS: Medical experts looking into the medical value of fast-foods have come up with these comparable tips Meanwhile, fast-food chains are being urged to reveal more information about what they sell. For the story, please see Page 7A.
Broad Advance Offset By Merchandise Sales
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Retail sales, paced by soaring automobile purchases, advanced a moderate 0.7 percent last month in their best performance since May, the government reported today.
Tile Commerce Department said sales increased to a seasonally adjusted $144.3 billion in August following a 0.5 percent gain in July. Sales had remainea flat in June after rising 0.8 percent in May.
The department said auto sales advanced 2.6 percent last month, their best performance since a 3 percent gain in January 1988. Those sales had risen 1.7 percent in July.
Auto sales, driven last month by end-of-model-year sales incentives and the threat of steep price increases for 1990 models, represent about 20 percent of retail sales.
Overall retail spending itself accounts for about one-third of economic activity and is closely watched as a measure of
the overall economy.
Excluding the automobile category, however, retail sales edged up only 0.2 percent in August.
Sales of durable goods — big-ticket items that are expected to last more than three years — rose 2.4 percent. Building materials advanced 2.2 percent and furniture and other home furnishing sales gained 1.6 percent.
Sales of non-durable goods, however, fell 0.4 percent. The only advances in this category were apparel sales, up 1.1 percent in part because of back-to-school clothes shopping, and drug stores, up 1.4 percent.
But general merchandise sales, including department stores, fell 0.9 percent.
Other declines in the non-durable categories included food stores, down 0.2 percent; service stations, down 1.5 percent, reflecting falling gasoline prices; and restaurants and bars, down I percent.
For the three months from June through August, overall retail sales were up 5.8 percent over the same period in 1988. Retail sales so far in 1989 were 5.9 percent above those in the first eight months of 1988.
SRS Working On Details Of Research Pact
By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer
By year’s end, the Savannah River Site should have an agreement in principle for a joint research program with five Georgia colleges that would resemble its pact with five South Carolina universities.
Clinton R. Wolfe, manager of the Savannah River Research Center, said Wednesday that talks with the five Georgia institutions “are progressing very nicely.”
The five include the University of Georgia, which already runs the ecology laboratory at SRS; Georgia Tech; the Medical College of Georgia; Emory
The objective will be research that could have wide application in society in general.
University and Clark College. Wolfe said the colleges “are thinking they will have their issues resolved this week,” meaning they will be ready to present a proposed outline for working with SRS.
Management at both Westinghouse Savannah River Co., the operating contractor at SRS, and the U.S. Department of Energy, which owns the facility, will re
view the proposal and then approve a framework for cooperation with the Georgia schools, Wolfe said.
He added that this probably will be done by the end of the year.
Then, in the following months, SRS and the institutions will specify the scope and areas of joint research, Wolfe explained.
Although talks continue, Wolfe said SRS and five South Carolina universities have defined a number of points in their research accord.
These five are the University of South Carolina, USC Aiken, Clemson University, South Carolina State College and the Medical University of South Carolina.
At present, SRS has $5.5 million in con
tracts with U.S colleges and universities; about half that total goes to institutions in South Carolina and Georgia, Wolfe said. “We hope to see that increase significantly,’’he added.
SRS is “unlikely to do work with the universities of a classified nature,” according to Wolfe. Rather, the objective of the joint programs will be research that could have “wide application in society in general,” he said.
Wolfe elaborated that the goal in dealing with the universities is to achieve “a solid alignment of their interests and
(Please See SRS, Page 7A)
USC Aiken Shows Another Increase For Fall Semester
From Staff Reports
Enrollment at USC Aiken has grown to a high of 2,633 for the Fall semester, according to Dr. Chris Plyler, associate chancellor for student services.
“We are pleased to report an increase in enrollment again this fall with student headcount at 2,633 (an increase of 3.9 percent) equating to an FTE (full-time equivalent) of 1,923 (an increase of 5.3 percent),” Dr. Plyler said.
The University’s FTE count is the number of course hours students have enrolled for divided by the number of hours it takes to be considered a full time student. For example, three students enrolled in five hours each would be taking the equivalent of one full time student — 15 hours.
“The untiring efforts of our admissions and financial aid staffs are responsible, in large part, for our steady growth in new student enrollment,” says Dr. Plyler. “Conversely, the number of continuing students who have re-enrolled has increased slightly from Fall 1988, indicating that the efforts of our faculty to retain students are having positive results.”
The increase in the number of students is also paralleled by an increase in the caliber of freshmen entering USCA this fall, according to Randy Duckett, associate dean of admissions. The average SAT scores of freshmen meeting regular admissions standards was 925, over last year’s 922 score. The average SAT scores of all students admitted as freshmen was 881, over last year’s 872.
Tile freshman class at USCA this fall comes from 17 states and from 31 counties in South Carolina, and 13.7 percent are from out-of-state. This out-of-state number for entering freshmen is up over the 9.9 percent number for 1988.
Minority enrollment at USCA is also on the rise, making up 14.9 percent of the total student body, over the 14.5 percent last year.
Graduate school programs enrollment for fall semester 1989, according to Dr. Mary Leslie Hudson, dean of continuing education and graduate regional studies, is at 463 students, over 451 students last year.
Recyclable Day Goes Smoothly But Impact Due Further Study
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Aiken’s first try at collecting recyclable garbage ran smoothly Wednesday, but it will take several weeks to determine the impact of the program, the city’s public works director said.
Roger LeDuc said the pilot venture involving 1,200 residences was launched early Wednesday with two sanitation trucks picking up the trash, and indications are most residents are participating.
“We have gotten good comment and from the phone calls we have received the public is very excited about it,” said LeDuc. He noted that several calls were from home owners apologizing for forgetting to put out the recyclable materials.
The project, instigated by a letter from school children asking that the city take steps to protect the environment, is the first undertaken by a municipality in South Carolina.
The collection focuses on separation of newsprint, plastics, glass, metal cans and waste oil. The sanitation department will turn the materials over to recycling companies making consumer items from the waste.
LeDuc said early indications are that “there is a lot of material out there, and we used two trucks the first day. Eventually, we hope to to be able to go with one truck. ’ ’
LeDuc said city officials are scheduled to meet today with the school administration as a first step in making organized contacts about the program. Later sessions are planned with civic clubs and other organizations.
“We hope to get permission from grade schools to set out containers, so children can participate,” said LeDuc, noting that elementary school children provided the impetus for the program.
LeDuc said it will take a few weeks to iron out all the opening day wrinkles and make accurate assessments of the volumes of waste that can be expected.