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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 5, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Daley Wins In Chicago Page 2A A Quick Read Anti-Cancer Chemicals Found In Burgers IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — A scientist found cancer-fighting fatty chemicals in cheese and grilled ground beef, but says it’s no excuse for people to go stuff themselves on cheeseburgers. “People should be reassured to know there are things in food that prevent cancer,” said microbiologist Michael Pariza, who conducted the research as director of the University of Wisconsin’s food safety research institute. But saturated fats and cholesterol also found in beef and cheese have been linked previously to heart disease and some cancers. So “we’re certainly not suggesting that people go out and chow down on cheese and hamburgers,” Pariza said Tuesday during the American Cancer Society’s science writers’ seminar. Wizard's Computer Checks On Elderly COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - A self-taught computer wizard is attracting the attention of police from around the nation and Scotland Yard for a computer dialing program that checks on elderly people who live alone. “Good morning!” the recorded message announces. “Are you O.K.?” If the recipient of the call utters a response, the computer assumes the answer is yes and moves on to the next person. If there’s no answer or the telephone is busy, the computer repeats the call. But if there’s no answer a second or third time, the computer sounds an alert to law enforcement officials who dispatch a squad car to see if anyone is in danger. “It’s a good deal all the way through,” said Clyde Ritter, 73, of rural Osage, Iowa. “They say it saved my life.” Ritter had gone into a diabetic coma one morning in August at his home five miles northwest of Osage. Weather Sunny Tomorrow A 30 percent chance of showers is forecast tonight with a low near 40. Mostly sunny skies are forecast Thursday with a high near 70. Please see details on Page 7A. Deaths Alfred C. Aistrope, Wagener Sallie Mae Bowman, Edgefield John D. Bozard, Orangeburg Doris W. Jones, Girard, Ga. Jessie S McElveen, Cades Carrie R. Moorer, West Columbia Mamie G. Nimmons, Aiken Henry Prince, Augusta Annie W. Rutland, New Ellenton Please see details on Page 4A.Inside Today Bridge..............................................5C Calendar..........................................5B Classifieds........................................3C Comics.............................................4B Crossword........................................6C Cryptoquote......................................4C Dear Abby.........................................4B Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................4A Opinions...........................................1C Sports...............................................8 A Television.........................................4B Weather............................................7A \ Page 2A Wednesday, April 5, 1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina UWM** Vol. 122 No. 82 Takeover Expenses Run High Westinghouse's Cost Estimated At $65M By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Westinghouse takeovers of govfern-ment-owned weapons plants in Ohio and Washington State cost about $6 million combined, officials say, compared to the estimated $65 million cost of making the company the new contractor at the Savannah River Site. But Department of Energy officials point out unusual expenses — possibly unprecedented within the DOE’s weapons complex — that drove up the cost of the Savannah River transition. Westinghouse Savannah River Co., a subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Corp., became operating contractor Saturday at the newly renamed Aiken County plant. The Du Pont Co. designed, built and had operated the 300-square-mile facility for nearly 39 years as the Savannah River Plant. The plant’s nuclear production reactors, now shut down for wide-ranging improvements, supply tritium and plutonium for U.S. nuclear weapons. Westinghouse and Du Pont have been separately accruing contract transition expenses for the DOE to reimburse, and the total bill is projected at $64.5 million. / In comparison, Westinghouse took over i the DOE’s Fernald, Ohio, plant in 1985 for 1 a cost of only $996,000, said Julie Madden, a spokeswoman with the department’s Savannah River Operations. And in 1987, it cost about $5 million for Westinghouse and another company, Kaiser, to assume prime contracting duties (See TAKEOVER, Page 12A) State Auto Insurance Bill Critics Win First Round By The Associated Press COLUMBIA — Opponents of Gov. Car-'oll Campbell’s plan to reduce auto insurance rates won the first skirmish in the fight over two competing reform proposals. The House voted 60-56 on Tuesday against a proposal to eliminate a law that 'equires companies to write policies that ;over punitive damages awarded in traf-ic accident lawsuits. Campbell spokesman Tucker Eskew iownplayed the significance of the vote: ‘Early skirmishing aside, the debate has aardly begun.” The House on th" opening day of debate nade it through less than a handful of the 7 sections in the bill drafted by the I>a->or, Commerce and Industry Committee md supported by Campbell. Rep. Robert Brown, a Marion Demo crat and LCI committee chairman, said the legislation would lower the premium of average drivers with clean records by more than $100. Competing with the LCI committee bill is legislation — being offered in the form of amendments — that would lower the premium of those same drivers by $77 without reducing their benefits if they are involved in an accident, Rep. James Bailey said. Bailey, a Charleston Democrat and former member of the state insurance commission, is the primary author of the competing plan. He told his colleagues that the proposal to repeal the mandate to write policies covering punitive damages “sets the tone for what is in the bill ... one benefit reduction after another in the guise of rate reduction.” (See STATE, Page 7A) County Council Faces Decision On Health Insurance Program By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken County Council has been given until April 18 to make a decision on a costly program of health insurance for about 600 county workers. Chairman Carrol H. Warner said the deadline probably will be met. “We don’t have any other choice,” he remarked. Blue Cross-Blue Shield representative Curt Owens appeared before council Tuesday night to deliver two options that the county can use in reaching a decision. The county spent $984,585 for health insurance coverage last year. That cost could soar past the million dollar mark if the county chooses an option granting a IO percent premium increase. Besides the insurance proposal, the council whipped through a lengthy agenda in less than two hours, with considerable time spent in debate over hiring of a clerk and hearing criticism against the State Highway Department. Councilman Gene Duckett opposed a request by Clerk of Court Elizabeth Coo-per-Godard for an additional clerk to handle child support documents, saying the matter should be set aside until the county begins budget discussions. But council member LaWana McKenzie said the position, estimated to cost about $14,000 a year, is needed now so the office can meet demands imposed by a contract the county has with the state on child support payment collections. Mrs. McKenzie’s request for the position carried on a 6-3 vote, with provisions that the post be funded out of the (See COUNTY, Page 12A) Storm Causes Minor Problems For County From Staff And Wire Reports Although South Carolinians are still reeling from severe thunderstorms and tornadoes that ripped through the state, most officials say the state was lucky to get away with no injuries and a relatively small amount of damage, and Aiken was lucky enough to have only minor problems caused by the storm. “These type of tornadoes that we had ... were pretty small ones,” said meteorologist Wayne Jones, with the National Weather Service at the Greenville-Spartan-burg Airport. “There probably wasn’t a lot of difference in the wind and the tornados that we had and the wind and the severe thunderstorms that we had,’’ he said late Tuesday. Jones said winds reached speeds of 80 to IOO mph as the storm marched across the Upstate, beginning about 4:45 p.m. in Oconee County. No deaths or severe injuries were reported. “I guess we were just fortunate,” said Joe Beam, Greenville’s emergency management coordinator. “With this kind of storm, we certainly could have had trees falling on people or cars or whatever, because we had an awful lot of trees down,” Beam said. The Aiken County Sheriff’s Department reported several trees and limbs down in the Aiken area, (See STORM, Page 12A) nament Iou afters Clubhouse Augusta National Golf Club 1 4 400 2 5 555 3 4 360 4 3 205 5 4 435 6 3 180 7 4 360 8 5 535 9 4 435 OUT 36 3,465 10 4 485 11 4 455 12 3 155 13 5 465 14 4 405 15 6 500 16 3 170 17 4 400 18 4 405 IN 36 3,440 TOTAL 72    6,905 Economic Impact....................Page    11A Toughest Ticket?....................Page    11A Planning Important For Masters Visit From Staff Reports The Masters attracts visitors from across the United States and from around the globe to the CSR A. While many of these visitors are veterans of The Masters Experience, others are making their first pilgrimages to golf’s greatest shrine. For those folks who are attending the tournament for the first time, here are a few helpful hints to make the visit more enjoyable: How To Get To The Augusta National: The course is located on Washington Road in Augusta. The simplest way to get to the National is via Interstate 20. Take the Washington Road exit, take a left, and follow the crowds. An alternate route is to travel U.S. I to Augusta, take the Broad Street exit, and follow it until it crosses Washington Road. Where And How To Park: Finding somewhere to park at an event as popular as The Masters can be difficult. The best way to solve the problem is to arrive early with a healthy supply of patience. Without a parking pass for the lot adjacent to the golf course, there are several places, from dirt lots to paved parking lots, to park (most for a fee) along Washington Road. The Most Coveted Ticket In Sports: Masters tickets are always in great demand, but there can be stiff consequences to giving in to the temptation to selling a series badge for more than its face value. Getting caught can translate into a fine and, even worse, the loss of rights to badges for future Masters. What To Wear: The Masters presents the challenge of balancing fashion with comfort. The recommended apparel for the hills and valleys of the Augusta National includes shorts or slacks with comfortable sneakers or golf shoes. Ifs also a good idea to kcep abreast of each day’s weather forecast to plan for any special precautions. Taking A Break: Walking along the lovely holes at the National is almost a requirement of a visit to The Masters, but rest is almost always a necessity. (See PLANNING, Page 11A) 53rd Masters April 6-9,1989 Augusta, Georgia Hole    Par    Yards Hole    Par    Yards Staff Photo By Scott Webster STORM DAMAGE: This police car is forced to go around a tree that fell on Magnolia Lake Road in Woodside Plantation during Tuesday evening’s storm. The policeman was returning from a reported fire in Woodside.i \ ;