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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 12, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Allele I YU Sports •Ski? ac'fi M    *    »*V rf mw i * :&ar;;' Bo Leads AL's All-Star Show Page 8A A Quick Read Extinguisher Bursts, Puts Out Small Fire MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — A fire extinguisher that couldn’t take the heat burst and put out a small fire at a day care center, said firefighters who raced to the scene but were never needed. “Unbelievable,” said fire Lt. Ed Murray. “Someone was watching over the building, because the fire already started.” The extinguisher dangled from a nail above a table fan that short-circuited and caught fire Monday night. The extinguisher ruptured from the heat and sprayed its chemical contents all over the smoke-filled room, Murray said. Firefighters ran into the Carousel Nursery School with hose stretched, ready to battle a blaze originally reported with flames shooting through the windows. “They were very surprised. They felt the heat and couldn’t find the fire,” said Murray, a 25-year veteran of fighting fires. Woman Wandered In Airport For 5 Days LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 70-year-old woman spent five days in an airport after she was separated from her family as a result of a series of misunderstandings, police said. Initially, it was feared the woman might have been left behind by relatives, but that turned out not to be the case, police said Tuesday. Irene Rodriguez wandered around Los Angeles International Airport after she went there July 5 to board a flight to Lincoln, Neb., and found there was no ticket waiting for her. Police began a criminal investigation because officers were unable to locate her children. But her son, Robin Breadwell, 39, and his 47-year-old wife, Emily, 47, reported his mother missing when they arrived in Lincoln after driving there. “It was just a tragic incident, probably a communications gap,” Arnold said. “It all worked out OK, I guess.” Weather Storms Forecast Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Thursday with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. The high will be in the mid 90s. Please see details on Page 4A. Deaths Frank E. Beerman, Aiken David C. Bristow, Graniteville Rhett F. Crider, North Augusta Helen H. Salley, Aiken Ozell B. Simpkins, Edgefield Morrie W. Thompson, Augusta William B Wise, Batesburg Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge......... Calendar...... Classifieds. Comics........ Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby... Local Front Obituaries ... Opinions...... Sports.......... Television.... Weather....... . 7B . 6C 5B . 7C 7B . 5B . 7C 1B 5A 4A 8A 7C 4A Page IB School Board To Focus On Instruction SMkcn Wednesday, July 12,1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 166 Bush Pledges Stronger Hungary Ties By The Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary — President Bush, declaring that “the Iron Curtain has begun to part,” promised today to give Hungary unlimited access to American markets and send the first Peace Corps volunteers ever dispatched to a communist nation. He also offered a $25 million grant to spur this reform-minded East Bloc nation’s fledgling free-enterprise system. Saluting political and economic reforms here, Bush said there is “no mistaking the fact that Hungary is at the threshold of great and historic change.” Bush made his comments in a speech at Karl Marx University, which was broadcast live on Hungarian television, following talks with Hungarian leaders who presented him with a box contained barbed wire fencing torn down along the Austrian border. In his speech, Bush noted that barbed wire separating Hungary and Austria had been dismantled and stacked into bales earlier this year. “For the first time, the Iron Curtain has begun to part, and Hungary is leading the way,” Bush said. Making the same offer he presented in Poland, the president promised that the United States “will be your partner” as Hungary tries to establish economic freedoms. “I believe you are ready to meet the future,” Bush said. “I see a country well on the way. I see a country rich in human resources and rich in moral courage of its people. I see a nation transcending its past and reaching out to its destiny.” Bush did not link the assistance with any demands for austerity, as he did earlier this week during his visit to Warsaw, the first stop on a 10-day European tour. White House Chief of Staff John Sununu said that in his talks with Hungarian SLIPPERY BUT WET: David Buff, 5, of Graniteville finds the going cold and wet as he climbs over a slippery Staff Photo By Scott Webster rock in Horse Creek. The youngster was among many in Aiken County looking for relief from the recent heat. Beating The Heat Some Ignore It, Enjoy Summer Fun; Others Just Keeping Cool By DANA RODGERS Staff Writer Although the temperatures have been reaching into the high 90s, Aiken citizens haven’t let the heat keep them from enjoying summertime. The summer heat has not stopped those who go to the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center to enjoy the summer afternoons either. “Whether it is 80 or IOO degrees it is hot,” Patty C. Carver said. She said the hot weather is all a part of summertime. The people in general agreed that they could cope with the heat by avoiding going out when the sun is most intense. Most also said they felt the summer hasn’t been much hotter than usual. Ms. Carver said she copes with the heat by saving indoor activities such watching television for the midday, and when she does go outside, she looks for shaded areas. Sandra V. Carswell said she tries not to go outside from about noon-2 p.m., but she added that she doesn’t let the summer heat keep her indoors. “We’ve made is a point to go out in the summer,” she said. “If anything, we go out more.” She also added that the afternoon rain has helped to keep things cool. Denise Bush said she stays inside to Heavy Rain Lifts Drought Alert By NINA NIDIFFER Staff Writer Plentiful rains in the past few months have caused the South Carolina Water Resources Commission to lift an incipient drought alert that was in effect for the southern drought management area. According to a report released by the state agency, the alert was lifted as of June 12. There are no drought alerts in effect in South Carolina at this time. State meteorologist John C. Purvis said that the state, including the Aiken area, is enjoying a wetter summer than it has in the past several years. The water is welcome because it will help solve problems that have bothered farmers, property owners, and others for months on end. Exact figures were not available for Aiken, but Purvis said that the Augusta-Aiken area has received 24.99 inches of rain this year. That is .84 inches above normal. Last year at this time Augusta-Aiken had received only 21.39 inches of rain — 2.90 inches below normal. The lack of rain caused problems for farmers, gardeners, and those with lakeside property, Purvis said. But those problems are beginning to abate now, (Please See HEAVY, Page 12A) beat the summer heat. She said since she has a young baby, she is planning her vacation for cooler months. Larry Cummings, who exercises daily, said the heat has not cut into his exercise program. He said, “I like to get out in the heat.” He listens to music as he exercises, and he said the music helps. He saiu ne runs in the early mornings and afternoons, making the heat less of a factor. Rex A. Seay said agreed that the summer heat had not slowed down his activities. “They (summers) are all hot,” he said. To remain cool during the summer months, Seay said he stays near an air conditioner. leaders, Bush emphasized he would “be thrilled” if Soviet troops withdrew from Hungary and the United States would be able to removed its troops from Europe. Hungarian officials seemed satisfied with Bush’s aid proposals. ‘ The Americans are not selling us the fish but the net,” said Tamas Beck, the foreign trade minister. “We want to use other peoples’ experiences, but we don’t want to copy the systems of others,” said I^aszlo Kovacs, state secretary in the Foreign Ministry. (Please See BUSH, Page 12A) Tax Boost Targets Narrowed Plan Affects Few Ordinary Citizens By JIM LUTHER AP Tax Writer WASHINGTON — House tax-writers, under orders to find an extra $5.3 billion to reduce the deficit, are casting an eye toward pipe smokers, telephone users, air travelers and lenders. Those groups would pay more tax under a proposal by Rep. Dan Rostenkow-ski, D-Ill., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. But most of the three dozen-plus recommendations that he presented to the panel T uesday are highly technical changes affecting few ordinary taxpayers. During the budget year that begins Oct. I, Rostenkowski’s plan would produce just the amount of new revenue envisioned under a deficit-reduction agreement between Congress and the Bush administration. Although the plan would require various groups to pay more money to the federal government, apparently no part of it is a general tax increase that would be viewed as conflicting with President Bush’s pledge to oppose any tax increase. Rostenkowski did not ask for a cut in the capital gains tax rate, as Bush has proposed. There is general agreement that a reduction in that rate, which affects profits from the sale of stock and other assets, would actually increase tax collections for a year. But Rostenkowski has been unable to convince a majority of Democrats on his committee to agree to a tax change that would mainly benefit upper-income Americans. The committee, meeting behind closed doors, is expected to spend several days on Rostenkowski’s proposals and on various tax-cut suggestions and ways to pay for them. The provision in Rostenkowski’s plan affecting the most people would extend for one year the 3 percent tax on local and long-distance telephone service. Without congressional action, the tax would disappear after Dec. 31,1990. Bush wants to make the tax permanent. Extending the tax would raise $1.6 billion in the 1991 fiscal year. Similarly, present law would cut in half various aviation taxes, including the 8 percent levy on tickets, the tax on aviation fuel and the tax on air shipments. Rostenkowski’s proposal would keep the taxes at present levels for another year. (Please See TAX, Page 12A) Extra Funds Expected For Nuclear Cleanup WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee is expected to authorize a substantial increase in funds for the cleanup of the nation’s nuclear weapons plants when it meets in closed session today, sources say. The panel is also expected to reduce funding for a planned special isotope separation plant in Idaho by $75 million, aides say. Energy Secretary James D. Watkins has agreed to the cut. The plant, expected to cost nearly $600 million, would refine fuel-grade plutoni um produced at the Hanford nuclear reactor near Richland, Wash., into weap-ons-grade plutonium. Critics claim the facility is not needed. They maintain that the department has adequate stockpiles of plutonium, which undergoes little radioactive decay. In a separate but related development, Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, introduced legislation Tuesday to strengthen independent oversight of environmental, health and safety activities at the Department of Energy’s weapons plants. The measure is generally similar to one he proposed in the last Congress. “I am concerned that there will be a lasting framework of accountability that prevents repetitions of past mistakes and puts the DOE on an unalterable path to cleaning up and modernizing its weapons program. My legislation provides that institutional framework,” he told a Capitol news conference. His measure would: ^ Strengthen the Defense Nuclear Safety Board by requiring timely and open reporting of unusual occurrences at DOE facilities. ^ Require independent federal agencies to regulate and oversee worker safe ty and health activities at DOE sites. ^ Establish an independent board to oversee and review effects of radiation on workers health. Require DOE, affected states and the Environmental Protection Agency to conclude environmental compliance agreements, which are enforceable by consent decrees. Glenn acknowledged that Watkins had already taken action in some of these areas. However, he said he wanted to “lock them in” so the department “will never (Please See EXTRA, Page 12A) ;