The Index-Journal from Greenwood, South Carolina on March 28, 1991 · Page 1
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Call for: Missed paper 223-1411 Advertising .....223-1414 Classified 223-1411 News 223-1811 sPrtS 223-1813 Today's Living 223-1814 Business ofi1ce....5...223-1411 Got a story or photo Idea? CaU 223-1811 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays. THE INDEX-JOURNAL Inside Classified Ads 21-23 Comics 20 Community Calendar ... 24 Dear Ah by 7 Editorials 4 Obituaries 2 Sports 14-16 Today in History 6 Today's living 11 Weather, Forecast 13 GREENWOOD, SOUTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 1991 Copyright 1991 by The Index-Journal Co. 73rd Year No.44 24 Pages 2 Sections 250 Presidential primary COLUMBIA (AP) South Carolina Democrats will hold their first ever presidential prim ary election next year. The Dartv's executive commit tee approved a resolution Wednesday setting the primary for March 7, three days before several Southern states nlan to hold their presidential primary eiecuon. Democrats hone the earlv primarv will attract national attention, much in the same way tne state s Republicans basked in the spotlight in 1988. The GOP held its primary three days be- iore me aoumern regional prim ary that year. U.S. Embassy MOSCOW (AP) Fire en gulfed most of the U.S. Embassy today, forcing more than 400 diplomats and other employees to flee the 10-story building that a congressional delegation once called a firetrap. One Marine guard was treated for smoke inhalation, according to embassy spokesman James Bullock. Several Soviet firefigh ters apparently also suffered re spiratory problems. But no other injuries were reported. China BEIJING (AP) A group of visiting U.S. congressmen pre sented a petition to Premier Li Peng today seeking the release of 77 people imprisoned or under house arrest because of their reli gious activities. , The petition was signed by 110 congressmen, including House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Minority Leader Robert Michel. The 77 people listed included Catholic bishops, priests and participants in local house churches. China allows worship only in state-supervised churches and bans contact with the Vatican or loyalty to the Pope. New Kids LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - New Kids on the Block lead sin ger Donnie Wahlberg denied charges he dumped vodka on a hotel carpet and set it on fire. "I didn't even rub two sticks together," the pop star said after his arrest. Wahlbere. 21. was charged with arson Wednesday and freed on $5,000 bail after turning himself in. He performed at a sold-out concert Wednesday night. The sineer. who has a reDuta tion as the pop group's "bad boy," denied the charges at a news conference before the show. "The report is that I ran down the hall pouring vodka all over the place trying to burn the hotel down. ... I never came across any vodka," he said. "I never came across any matches. ... I didn't even rub two sticks together." He pleaded innocent and was ordered to appear in court on April 11. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years to life in prison. Chile SANTIAGO. Chile fAP) Army commander Gen. Augusto w.. i i I rr i ii 111 rmocnei nas reouiiea me civ man government he allowed to take power a year ago, angrily rejecting a presidential report on torture and killings during his 17-year military rule. "The Chilean army certainly sees no reason to ask for pardon," Pinochet said Wednesday of the report, which says more than 2,000 people were killed for political reasons after Pinochet took over in a coup in 1973. Addressing 1,200 officers at the Military Academy in Santiago, he called the report one-sided and called military action during his rule "a patriotic task." Yugoslavia qpi .TT Yugoslavia (AP) The presidents of all six Yugoslav republics met today in this Croatian port city for new talks on reshaping their crisis-ridden federation of Communist and non-Communist republics. At the same time, however, the nori iament of one of the non- Communist republics, Slovenia, 1 1 .1-1 1 I A opened an unscneauiea aeoaie on secession from Yugoslavia, the official Tanjug news agency reported. Thf leaders of the remiblics gathered as fears of civil war or military intervention receded duo t an ajrreement bv the country's two main political rivals to reject violence ana tne army s promise to stay out of politics. U.S. likes UoNo plan to end war WASHINGTON (AP) A tough United Nations plan to end the Persian Gulf War and sap Iraq's military strength should be implemented even if Saddam Hussein's government objects, the Bush administration says. Iraqi rebels desperate for food ZAKHO, Iraq (AP) Kurdish rebel leaders in northern Iraq are pleading for the U.S.-led allies to send food, saying they are more worried about starvation than Saddam Hussein's offensive against them. In a new report on Saddam's (See Iraq, page 2) v- JLJ, . THE INDEX-JOURNAL Senators send ethics COLUMBIA (AP) Months in the making, an ethics reform bill prompted by the federal probe of Statehouse corruption cleared the Senate but 11th hour revisions left some wondering if they had Former state official repays one loan, suit pending for another GREENVILLE (AP) Former State Development Board Chairman Dick Greer has repaid a $250,000 bank loan, settling one of two suits brought against him in the past month. The suits alleged he failed to repay more than Solicitor: Ex-USC chiefs spending under scrutiny COLUMBIA (AP) University of South Carolina President James B. Holderman's indict ment will not stop investigations into his spending, said Solicitor Dick Harpootlian. ' We 11 examine every allega tion or complaint we receive. We'll look at all of it," the prosecutor said. Harpootlian says he has no plea agreement with Holderman, who was indicted Friday for using his public office for private gam. Harpootlian sought the indictment. . Holderman, who has been wide Among the stiff provisions in the draft resolution, likely to be adopted by the U.N. Security Council by the end of the week, are a ban on all military sales to Iraq's armed forces and diversion of a percentage of oil income to pay for damage to Kuwait. The State Department did not explain Wednesday how the resolution could be carried out if Saddam "objected, since spokeswoman Margaret D. Tutwiler said force would not be used against Iraq. In any event, by President Bush's reckoning, the issue could become moot. Bush said Saddam's survival of the turmoil gripping Iraq seemed unlikely. "We'll wait and see how it plays out, but I think we'd have to put him down as fairly doubtful at this point," the president (See U.N. plan, page 2) worked in vain. "This body has nothing to be ashamed of," President Pro Tempore Marshall Williams, D-Orangeburg, pleaded Wednesday night after 12 hours of debate. $1.1 million in loans. The Greenville businessman, who served as chairman of Gov. Carroll Campbell's re-election campaign, resigned his post in January. He also (See Greer, page 2) ly criticized for his lavish spending habits, resigned last summer. . He now works in real estate development in Florida. Disclosures about Holderman's spending have become nearly a daily occurrence as reporters review records from a university-affiliated foundation found at a Columbia-area landfill. Records reporters have reviewed at the State Law Enforcement Division garage included check authorizations, canceled checks and other financial material. (See Investigation, page 2) I -JiU. .... ft ...... 4Mpp3ng vAth joy' Easter is on the way and so is spring break! Pinecrest Elementary School students were "hopping" with joy this morning. Third grader Avery Moore, center, puts his best into dancing the "bunny hop." (Staff photo by Jay Siltzer) Sculptor's code stumps G-men WASHINGTON (AP) The new $250,000 sculpture decorating the inner courtyard at CIA headquarters contains a secret, coded message so difficult to unscramble that it's spooking the spy agency's smartest spooks. Sculptor Jim Sanborn wrote the message but steadfastly refuses to divulge its contents. He says the text is known only to himself and CIA Director William H. Webster, and neither is talking. Sanborn's encrypted brain-teaser is etched in 2,000 letters on the curving copper plates of his outdoor sculpture, "Kryptos." The work was erected outside the mirrored windows of the CIA employee cafeteria, offering a tantalizing challenge to the lunchtime crowd inside. "Everyone wants to know what it says," Sanborn says. "They're out there all the time. There are groups of dark-suited people pointing at it and getting down on their knees trying to figure out what it says. Some take photographs. One guy copied the whole thing down with pencil and paper." Months ago, as rumors of the mystery sculpture swept through the (See Code, page 2) Months in the making But many colleagues bristled at his words of self-congratulation. They said the Senate missed a golden chance at reform, took the pressure of the House and invited scorn and ridicule from Gov. Car- Holderman probe spreads to income tax COLUMBIA (AP) - Former University of South Carolina President James Holderman is being investigated for possible tax evasion concerning money he has been charged with illegally receiving, a newspaper reported today. The State newspaper of Columbia, quoting sources familiar with the probe, said the State Law Enforcement Division's investigation of Holderman has been expanded to determine whether he violated state income tax laws. Holderman, who resigned last summer after 13 years as USC president, was indicted last Friday on charges that he used his public office for personal gain. (See Holderman, page 2) bill to "House roll Campbell and the public. "Now we're back to almost business as usual," said Lt. Gov. Nick Theodore, the Senate's president. The bill given preliminary approval two weeks ago impressed Theodore with its get-tough approach. "Today's one that I'm depressed with," he moaned. State senators trying to preserve their personal interests collapsed at the last minute on landmark reform and passed a diluted bill that preserves the Statehouse status quo. The chief beneficiaries and villains, some said of the hasty retreat were the Senate's 20 lawyer-legislators. They en Elderly egg eater scrambles the odds By The Associated Press An 88-year-old man who eats 25 eggs a day says the habit is ruining his life. It isn't, however, ruining his health. His cholesterol level is normal, a doctor reported today in a medical journal. When Dr. Fred Kern Jr. heard about the man, he decided to tackle a medical mystery: How can some folks break all the dietary rules and still live to a ripe old age? Kern, who studies cholesterol gallstones at the University of Colorado, said he immediately wanted to study the elderly egg eater after meeting him through friends. He described the case in today's New England Journal of Medicine. The man, who was not identified, lives in a retirement home where a nurse told Kern about two dozen eggs are delivered to him each day. His memory is poor, but friends say he has eaten as many as 30 eggs a day for at least 15 years. It's unclear why he eats them. Doctors have said he's compulsive. He told Kern: "Eating these eggs ruins my life, but I can't (See Egg, page 2) ' RALLY BAN DEFIED Soviets call for reforms, Boris Yeltsin MOSCOW (AP) Tens of thousands of angry protesters de fied President Mikhail o. Gor bachev's ban on rallies and flooded the streets of the capital today in support of the radical re forms of his rival, Boris Yeltsin. People hung out windows and stood on phone booths, trucks and kiosks, but police prevented the demonstrators from approaching Manezh Square, which is adja cent to the Kremlin. "I'm not afraid. We should march forward, regardless. I've come to demonstrate here tonight because I cannot go on living like this any more, said Natasha, a 32-year-old engineer who refused to give her last name. Earlier, dozens of people broke through light metal barricades on Manezh Square, shouting "Yen sin! Yeltsin!" and "Gorbachev Resign!" Riot police with helmets and shields later cleared them away. Police, Interior Ministry troops and other law enforcement per-(See Soviets, page 2) 8 students injured in bus wreck Eight students from District 50 schools were injured when a car ran into the rear of a school bus early this morning in the Wilson Creek Mobile Village, according to Greenwood District 50 officials. Five students from Brewer Intermediate School and three from Woodfields Primary School were treated and released from Self Memorial Hospital, following the 7:12 a.m. wreck on Jebosha Drive, according to Ann Vaughan of District 50. The car was travelling about 10 mph when it hit the bus, according to Trooper K.D. Stone of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The driver of the car was charged with driv- (See Bus wreck, page 2) gineered a dramatic reversal allowing them to continue representing clients before state boards and commissions. Two weeks ago, the Senate tentatively approved a ban on lawyer-legislators appearing before such boards. Reformers cited conflicts of interest for lawyer-legislators, who often approve commission appointees and vote on agencies' annual budget. For example, two senators earned more than $100,000 in attorney's fee for cases before the Workers' Compensation Commission in 1990. The Senate said lawyer-legislators must report their ( See Ethics bill, page 2 )

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