Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 19, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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AIDS Activists Say AZT Still Too Costly
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials praised Burroughs Wellcome Co.’s decision to reduce the wholesale price of AZT by 20 percent, but some AIDS activists say the cut isn’t deep enough.
“TTiis is a step in the right direction, but a very small step,” says Peter Staley of the New York-based AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power. ‘‘It’s not enough.”
Burroughs Wellcome Co. announced Monday that it will lower the wholesale cost of the only federally approved AIDS treatment, citing production efficiencies and research that suggests an increasing demand for the drug.
‘‘The expected growth in patient population, coupled with recent production economies, will reduce somewhat our financial risk and will remove some of the uncertainties which existed when this drug was first introduced,” said T.E. Haigler Jr., Burroughs’ president.
10-Hour TV Casette Tapes On The Way
WASHINGTON (AP) - Tired of all those videocassettes cluttering up your house? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to tape IO favorite TV soaps or five or six movies on one cassette?
How about 30 hours of recording per cassette?
West German videocassette manufacturer BASF says that by 1991 it will be offering U.S. viewers a tape with a 10-hour capacity.
Meanwhile, a Finnish company, Nokia, says it has developed a new technology allowing a new line of VHS recorders to cram those IO hours onto a tape without the loss of picture quality that results when today’s VCRs are cranked down to their slowest speeds.
‘‘The picture quality is better than existing long-play systems,” Nokia spokesman Lauri Kivinen said in a telephone interview last week.
Nokia, a major manufacturer of television sets in Europe, hopes to license its new technology to VCR manufacturers and the new recorders could be on the market sometime in 1990, Kivinen said.
Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 30 percent chance of rain. The low will be in the mid 60s. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Wednesday with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms. The high will be in the low 80s.
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Hugo Expected To Strike U.S. Mainland
By The Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Hugo churned toward the Bahamas today after scouring Puerto Rico with 125 mph winds and ripping apart the homes of tens of thousands of people from the eastern Caribbean to San Juan.
The region’s worst storm in a decade, blamed for at least 14 deaths, skirted Puerto Rico’s northern coast on Monday and roared on to the northwest, sparing the Dominican Republic of hurricane-force winds.
Forecasters said it likely would hit the U.S. mainland later in the week.
Hugo’s winds overturned cars, peeled roofs off houses and office buildings and sent chunks of concrete plunging into streets in San Juan, where one-third of the U.S. commonwealth’s 3.3 million people live.
Gov. Rafael Hernandez-Colon told a
news conference late Monday that Hugo left at least 27,900 Puerto Ricans homeless and said he would ask President Bush to declare the island a disaster area.
Fifty airplanes were reported destroyed at the airport in Isla Verde. Looters stripped shops of their goods in San Juan, where electrical power cut during the storm had still not been restored Monday night.
The capital’s streets were littered with downed power lines, tree limbs, sheets of metal and shattered glass from blown-out windows. Flooding made many roads impassable and international communications were disrupted.
Officials said they had no immediate reports of storm-related deaths, but noted that poor communications were hindering efforts to assess the damage.
(Please See HUGO, Page 12A)
BRONCO BUSTERS: Denver Broncos Darren Carrington (left) and Michael Brooks haul down James Mueller of the Buffalo Bills for a safety in last night’s National Football League game. For the story, please see Page 10A.
S.C. Coast Prepared For Worst
By The Associated Press
It could be Thursday before weather experts know whether Hurricane Hugo will hit the Southeast Coast, but South Carolina officials were taking no chances and were preparing to face the worst of the powerful phenomena’s fury.
Hugo, whose maximum sustained winds were near 115 mph Monday night, was moving northwest across the Atlantic at 12 mph after carving a path of destruction and killing at least 14 people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A spokesman for the National
Weather Service in Charleston said it was still too early to predict the future direction of the storm, which was about 1,100 miles southeast of the state Monday night.
Scientists say the storm could approach the coast just in time to catch a ride on a huge current of air that would guide it to a landfall somewhere between northern Florida and southern North Carolina.
Or, they say, a different air current could direct the storm toward the Middle Atlantic states or the Northeast.
(Please See S.C. COAST, Page 12A)
Consumer Prices Steady In August
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Consumer inflation turned in its best performance in more than three years in August as prices remained frozen at the previous month’s level, the government reported today.
It was the first time that the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index has not registered an increase since April 1986, when it fell by 0.3 percent The August performance was credited to a 4.2 percent plunge in gasoline prices, the steepest one-month drop in three years.
Falling energy prices have given consumers three consecutive months of good news on inflation. Prices were up a modest 0.2 percent in both June and July.
This was in sharp contrast to the situation earlier in 1989 when steep hikes in gasoline and food led to a surge in prices pushed the inflation rate up to an annual level of 6.7 percent for the first five months of the year.
But with the price moderation in the three months since then, consumer prices are now rising at a more modest annual rate of 4.8 percent, up only slightly from the 4.4 percent increase for all of 1988.
While some economists say the country is in for moderation in inflation, other analysts are worried that underlying inflationary pressures are being masked by the plunge in energy costs.
These economists say energy prices, which surged early in the year only to fall back somewhat in the past three months, are likely to begin rising again this fall, reflecting higher crude oil costs.
Gasoline prices shot up 21.2 percent in the first five months of the year, then fell I percent in June, 2.2 percent in July and
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was the biggest drop since a 5.2 percent decrease in August 1986.
Natural gas and electricity prices registered a 0.2 percent decline while heating oil costs fell by 0.9 percent last month.
Food prices rose a modest 0.2 percent in August following a 0.3 percent July gain. Those figures were in sharp contrast to the first nine months of the year, when the lingering effects of the 1988 drought sent food costs racing ahead at a 9.3 percent annual rate.
For August, declines in the cost of pork and poultry were partially offset by increases for beef, fish and eggs.
Fruit and vegetable prices fell 0.2 percent in August following a 0.5 percent increase in July.
Clothing costs fell a sharp 1.5 percent in August.
Solidtor To Resign Jan. I To Enter Private Practice
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Second Judicial Circuit Solicitor Robert J. Harte confirmed Monday that he will resign his post effective Jan. I to enter private law practice in Aiken.
“I am going to Columbia this afternoon and turn over my resignation letter to Attorney General (Travis) Medlock,” Harte said during a break in criminal court proceedings.
The solicitor’s resignation will end a tenure that began with his election in 1980. He has since been re-elected twice to a job serving Aiken, Barnwell and Bamberg counties.
Harte said once he leaves the post in January, Resident Judge Rodney Peeples of Barnwell will declare a vacancy and the governor will appoint a successor to the unexpired term.
Currently serving as assistant solicitors are Barbara Morgan, Brenda Todd, Lawrence Brown and J.D. Mosteller.
Harte said his decision was prompted
by the fact that he has been given the opportunity to enter private practice with his brother, John W. Harte Jr., a former family court judge.
“I said when I first ran for office that I did not intend to continue as solicitor for the rest of my career,” Harte said. Before becoming solicitor, he served as a public defender and assistant solicitor.
Harte noted that he has spent 13 out of 15 years in public service since graduating from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1974.
During his service Harte prosecuted some of the biggest cases in the state, including convicted murderer Paul Koon, soul singer James Brown and rapist Benjamin Allen (Benny) Hall.
Koon was sentenced to die for the kid-nap-slaying of Valerie White Newsome in 1981, Brown was sent to jail for drug-related traffic and parole violations and Hall was given 160 years and a life sentence for rapes in Aiken and Lexington
During a brief interview, Harte said he would be leaving the job without any regrets, ‘‘because with the exception of one or two cases, I think we have accomplished everything we wanted to do.
(Please See SOLICITOR, Page 12A)
S.C. Judged Most Radioactive By Public Interest Lobbyists
By KATHY KADADE States News Service
WASHINGTON - South Carolina contains within its borders more radioactive waste than any other state in the country, according to a report released Monday by Public Citizen, a Washington public interest lobby group.
About 1.26 billion cubic meters of high-, low-level and “mixed” radioactive material is buried or stored in the Palmetto State, the report said. Much of the waste was generated at the Savannah River nuclear weapons plant, according to the report’s authors.
The total accumulated volume of all types of radioactive waste in the U.S. in 1988 was 146 million cubic meters — “enough to fill more than 14,000 miles of railroad hopper cars, stretching from coast-to-coast almost five times over,” the report said.
The report calls for the permanent shutdown of the Aiken facility, saying that, “Not only do these reactors produce high-level waste, but they are exempt from the already lax standards which apply to commercial power reactors, and thereby represent a highly
dangerous and ongoing threat to the local community and the environment.”
The report did not offer specific safety criticisms of the Aiken reactors. Energy Secretary James D. Watkins said earlier this month he hopes one of three reactors, now shut down for safety reasons, can be restarted in the last quarter of 1990.
The reactors at Savannah River manufacture tritium, an isotope used in making nuclear weapons.
The authors of the Public Citizen report used federal records to tally how much radioactive waste had been created by weapons manufacture and operation of commercial nuclear power plants since the 1940s, when the first U.S. reactors were built.
South Carolina heads the list of states as a disposal site for “low-level” radioactive waste. Over 1.09 million cubic meters of low-level waste generated by commercial and industrial-i medical waste is buried in South Carolina, the report said.
(Please See S.C. JUDGED, Page 12A)
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Staff Graphic by Melissa Culp