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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 25, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina 4JBJ<U7    ^unoQ    udvty Sports Clemson Still 7th In Poll Page 7 A A Quick Read NASA Launches Last Unmanned Rocket CAPE CANAVERAL, Fie. (AP) -After more than 400 liftoffs, NASA launched its last unmanned space rocket from this spaceport today, propelling a $125 million Navy communications satellite into orbit. A 31-year era ended when an Atlas-Centaur rocket blazed away from the pad at 4:56 a.m. and hoisted a 5,100-pound payload intended to link land, sea and air forces around the globe with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the National Command Authority and the president’s military command network. “We have had a successful mission today; the satellite is now being tracked by spacecraft controllers after a flawless ride aboard its Atlas-Centaur rocket,” said launch commentator Lisa Malone 30 minutes after the fiery liftoff. Fire Kills Two On Passenger Ferry COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Fire broke out on a 600-foot Danish ferry in the North Sea early today, killing at least two people and injuring IO, the Danish Sea Rescue Center said. The Tor Scandinavia was carrying 540 passengers, mostly British citizens, and 110 crew members when the ship caught fire out at dawn about 90 miles off the west coast town of Esbjerg. The fire was under control within a few hours, the rescue center in Arhus in central Denmark said. The Danish radio said the ferry was heading for Esbjerg on its own engines. Joergen E. Petersen, a spokesman for the shipping line DFDS, said none of the 540 passengers 110 crew members had been evacuated. One of the injured was flown by helicopter to Esbjerg because of asthma respiratory troubles. The nationalities or identities of the victims were not immediately released. The rescue center said injuries were minor and caused by inhalation of smoke. Weather Cloudy Skies Cloudy skies are forecast tonight with an 80 percent chance of rain or thunderstorms. The low will be in the upper 50s. Cloudy skies are forecast Tuesday with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms and a high in the mid 70s. Please see Page 11A for details. Deaths Sadie Y. Berry, Johnston Willie Brantley, Nassau, N Y. Noah G. Fulmer, Wagener Mildred R. Gardner, Martinez Hervey S. Granade, Thomas, Ga. Robert E. Gosey, Beech Island John B. Hendrick, Beech Island Edmee L. Hess, Aiken Rufus E. Jennings, Edgefield Mamie McClain, Jackson Laura Reed, Evans, Ga. Bertha H. Rinehart, Aiken Crystal P. Rodgers, Ward Ephrem Z. Scott, Aiken Jessie C. Wood, Goose Creek Please see Page 11A for details. Inside Today Bridge...............................................4B Calendar............................................SB Classifieds.........................................3B Comics..............................................6A Crossword.........................................6B Cryptoquote..........................  5B Dear Abby..........................................6A Local Front........................................1B Obituaries........................................11A Opinions............................................4A Sports...............................................7A Television..........................................6A Weather...........................................11A Page IB Olympic Training Site Planned Aiken Monday, September 25, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 235Good News: Economy Will Continue To Grow In 1990 By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The economy will continue to grow through 1990, forestalling until at least 1991 a recession that many once forecast for next year, top business economists said today. Nearly two-thirds of the 72 forecasting experts surveyed by the National Association of Business Economists said they think a recession is not likely before 1991. A third of them said a recession will not arrive until 1992 or later. “If the expansion does continue until that time,” the association said, “it will set a record for the longest expansion (in HS xm-- k ti v%-S 2% + im . r? ?»?% + 3V4 + Pf* 4 ll 4 rn . either war or peacetime) in the history of the United States.” The nation’s economy currently is en joying record peacetime growth which will be seven years old in December. The longest expansion ever occurred in the February 1961-December 1969 period that included the Vietnam war. The survey was being presented at NABE’s annual meeting in San Francisco. A copy was made available here. In its previous quarterly survey last May, NABE found that 63 percent of the respondents expected the next recession next year. Now, only 37 percent foresee a serious downturn by 1990. In today’s survey, 32 percent said the next recession would not begin until 1991, another 14 percent said 1992 and 17 per cent said 1993 or later. Twelve percent said a recession would arrive before year’s end and 25 percent expected it next year. “At the time (rf this writing, the Fed seems to have engineered the much-awaited ‘soft-landing,’” the report said, referring to the continued but slower economic growth sought by the Federal Reserve as it seeks to control inflation. “Economic growth has dropped to below 3 percent, inflation is dropping and interest rates are easing,” it continued. (Please See GOOD NEWS, Page 12A) Thousands Still Without Power Citizens Of Aiken Pitch In With Help By NINA J. NIDIFFER Staff Writer Aiken County citizens have rallied in force to send needed supplies to the people whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Hugo. Larry Murphy of Clearwater was watching football games Saturday when a news broadcast announced the enormous need of the people of Charleston for food and fresh water. Reacting to the need, he decided to take a pickup truck of food and water (Please See CITIZENS, Page 12A) By BRUCE SMITH Associated Press Writer CHARLESTON - Electricity finally flowed through five downtown hospitals in hurricane-ravaged Charleston, but thousands of people were without power and short of food, clean water or cash for a fourth day today. “I eat where I can get a meal,” said Renildo Holmes, 26, who had no food at home and was eating barbecued chicken, sweet com and butter beans from a mobile kitchen opened Sunday by the Alabama State Baptist Convention. “My neighborhood looks like a trash barrel. Everything is out — trees, light poles and cars overturned.” Hundreds of Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island residents, meanwhile, were to learn today whether Hurricane Hugo spared any homes to return to. Boats were scheduled today to begin ferrying them to the island, which like other barrier islands, has been off-limits since being evacuated last week. Aerial surveys showed more than half the island homes to be unsafe. Propane gas leaked, and power lines, trees and debris cluttered roads. Coastal South Carolina, hit hardest by Hugo as it swept onto the U.S. mainland with 135 mph wind late Thursday, suffered billions of dollars in damages, officials said. Preliminary damage estimates in the Charlotte, N.C., area reached more than $366 million. But it will be days before anyone has accurate assessments of the losses. Insurance agents were going house-to-house, gathering information and handing out initial checks. The death toll from Hugo’s six-day rampage stood at 51 — at least 27 people in the Caribbean and 24 in the Carolinas, Virginia and New York. Damage estimates were in the billions of dollars. There were small signs of life returning to normal in Charleston. Garbage pickups were scheduled today, and five bank branches were opening, Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. said. Construction was to begin today on a pontoon bridge to link the barrier islands to the mainland. The only land link — the Ben Sawyer Bridge — was ruined and repairs will take four to six months, said engineer Herman Snyder, of the state De-partment of Highways and Transportation. Charleston Memorial Hospital, about a block from the harbor, was one of five with full power late Sunday. (Please See THOUSANDS, Page 12A) Charleston's Less Fortunate Line Up For Free Food By The Associated Press CHARLESTON — A minister of an affluent church prayed for speedy damage settlements, and less fortunate victims of Hurricane Hugo lined up in drizzling rain for free barbecue and milk to feed their babies. “If you don’t have money, you’re in trouble,” Carlotta Dennis said after visiting a food van parked at the Citadel Square Baptist Church. “You can’t get the money out of the bank because the electricity is off.” The van, operated by volunteers from the Alabama Baptist State Convention, fed an estimated 2,000 people Sunday. It is one of 30 such vans. “It tells me there’s a lot of hungry people and that’s what we’re here for,” said spokesman Emmette Jones of Montgomery, Ala. “A lot of them will go through the line a dozen times but that’s beside the point because they’re hungry.” Nearby, the Rev. James E. Hampton, rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, asked for divine help in processing insurance claims or his well-to-do congregation. “We pray, Lord, that all who have lost something may begin the process of recovery,” he said. “We pray specifically for insurance agents that they may be motivated by a sense of fairness and urgency.” With a city-wide power outage expect ed to last weeks, many residents can’t cook. Water service has been restored, but residents were told to boil it before drinking. There has been no mail since the storm, delaying some paychecks. But even if the checks had arrived, no banks were open to cash them. Amid the debris hurled about by the storm’s 135 mph winds, needy people (Please See CHARLESTON’S, Page 12A) Supreme Soviet Opens Second Kremlin Session By The Associated Press President Bush Challenges Soviet Union By The Associated Press KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - President Bush is preparing to challenge the Soviet Union to match the United States in making cuts of more than 50 percent in chemical weapon stockpiles as a step toward abolishing them, administration sources say. Bush planned to make the proposal today in New York in his first presidential Eh before the 44th session of the U.N. :al Assembly. Secretary of State James A. Baker III said the initiative would “move the world closer to a ban on chemical weapons.” Administration sources in New York said Sunday night that Bush would tell the United Nations he is prepared to slash U.S. chemical weapons stockpiles by more than 50 percent provided the Soviet Union makes similar reductions. Bush also planned to suggest sanctions against other countries which proceed with chemical weapons production, the sources said. Baker informed Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze of the president’s intention in their talks over the (Please See PRESIDENT, Page 12A) MOSCOW — A revamped Soviet legislature opened its second session today to tackle the country’s huge budget deficit, ethnic unrest and ambitious bills to redefine property in a Communist state and overhaul the tax system. The Supreme Soviet has some 80 items on its agenda, including the matter of granting economic sovereignty to several of the country’s 15 republics and methods for settling labor disputes, the official Tass news agency said. The session was gaveled to order by President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, under whom the legislative body has been transformed from a rubber stamp for Communist Party directives into a lively forum for debate. This Supreme Soviet, chosen after spring elections that gave the country’s voters their first choice among candidates in seven decades, is to sit for the next two months. It will devote Mondays and Tuesdays to general sessions and the rest of each week to committee meetings. The country’s battered economy is at the top of the agenda, with a large package of draft laws on economic reform being put before the legislators for action. Emergency legislation to halve the deficit from $192 billion to $96 billion has been drafted by the government for debate by the 542 members of the Supreme (Please See SUPREME, Page 12A) AP Laserphoto LINING UP FOR ICE: Volunteer worker Frederick Stevens unloads ice from a truck as people wait in line Sunday at the Red Cross headquarters in North Charleston. Ice is in big demand for those who weathered the fury of Hugo. ;