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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 14, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Georgetown Downs Syracuse ie7A A Quick Read Wedding Lines Form In Las Vegas LAS VEGAS AP Long lines formed at the courthouse and busi ness boomed at the citys 25 wedding chapels today as an expected 1500 couples began tying Valentines Day knots in this marriage mecca Beverly Swinn who has seen hun dreds of thousands of couples line up at the Marriage License Bureau said workers were hoping they might get a breather this year with Valentines Day falling near the middle of the week Last year when Valentines Day fell on Sunday 1365 couples pur chased licenses Feb 13 and 14 The bureau issued 841 licenses this weekend said Ms Swinn More than 400 were issued Monday and at least that many were expected today she said We thought it was going to ease off but were swamped today she said Monday Most of those people will be saving them for Tuesday In 1988 the Marriage License Bu reau issued a record 72S500 licenses or about 20f a day Last years total was up neany 5000 from 1987 ingenuity Pays Off Despite Some Deiays MONTPELIER Vt AP Amili tary technician who was worried about the safety of a infrared light tester used on helicopters went to the local hardware store and built his own for Now after saving the military more than million a year John Ledoux is getting his reward a check for Ledoux a parttime sergeant in the Vermont Army National Guard and a fulltime civilian employee of an Army National Guard base in Bur lington Vt received a incen tive prize from the government more than a year ago Today he was to receive the larger prize from the federal Office of Per sonnel Management Page2A Schools Teach Basics Not Much Else Page IB Jackson First Alert Withdraws Request Weather High May Hit 80s Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a low in the mid 50s Partly cloudy skies are forecast Wednesday with a high in the low 80s Please see Page 2B for details Deaths Alaphaire Andrews Johnston Carrie T Darien North Augusta Ethel P Harrington Eutawville Thomas F Livingston Rowland NC Minnie Mathis Johnston Harry E Quattlebaum Augusta Marie K Staples Augusta William H Wilson Thomson Ga Please see Page 2B for details Inside Today Bridge7B Calendar10B ClassifiedsSB Comics4B Crossword8B Cryptoquote6B Dear Abby4B Local Front1B Obituaries2B Opinions6A Sports7A Television4B Weather2B TuesdayVFebruary 14 25 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 39 Million Settles Bhopal Case Union Carbide To Pay India By March 31 By DILIP GANGULY The Associated Press NEW DELHI India The Supreme Court today ordered Union Carbide Corp to pay the Indian government mil lion for the 1984 gas leak in Bhopal that killed more than 3300 people the worlds worst industrial disaster The payment is to be made by March 31 as full and final settlement of all claims said Gopal Subramanium an attorney for the Indian government in its suit against the Danbury Connbased corporation India had sought damages of billion for the leak of methyl isocyandate at the Bhopal pesticide plant which is operated by Union Carbides Indian subsidiary The civil suit that had bogged down in legal maneuverings in a series of Indian courts Subramanium said India had agreed to drop all criminal charges against Union Carbide officials as part of the settlement Warren Anderson former Union Car bide chairman had been charged with culpable homicide in the disaster A company spokesman Earl Slack told The Associated Press by telephone from his New York home that Union Car bide had accepted the million judg ment and March 31 deadline This is a just and fair settlement Subramanium told a reporter outside the Supreme Court chambers Slack said the courts order was based on its review of all pleadings in India and the US applicable law and facts and the enormity of human suffer ing that requires substantial and imme diate aid The settlement came as a surprise when the court reconvened after a lunch break in hearing daytoday arguments the Press Trust of India reported The news agency said Chief Justice RS Pathak suddenly interrupted Union Carbide lawyer FS Nariman to say the court had reviewed the case in detail and considered it preeminently fit for an Please See Page IDA Reagans Policies Are Key Issues By PETE YOST The Associated Press WASHINGTON Oliver Norths law yers say attempts by former President Reagan to get around a congressional ban on aid to the Nicaraguan Contra re bels and then cover up the activities are at the heart of this case North attorney Brendan Sullivan is at tempting to introduce evidence about the Reagan administrations secret efforts to aid the Contras in his defense of North who is charged with covering up the Iran Contra affair by shredding evidence and lying to Congress The Justice Department has succeeded in delaying Norths trial until an agree ment or court ruling is obtained on the extent of classified information that can be introduced Sullivan said Monday that Reagan and other top administration officials par ticipated personally and directly in quid pro quo and other arrangements with Central American and other third coun tries as a means of obtaining military assistance for the Contras after Con gress banned US aid Please See REAGANS Page IDA AP Laserphoto ESCORTED Oliver North is accompanied by a security agent as he arrived for a at the federal courthouse for a recent hearing regarding his trial An agreement pending between the Justice Department and North lawyers could clear the way for Norths trial to start Fugitive May Still Be In Vicinity From Staff And Wire Reports A chance exists that a fugitive sought in last weeks kidnapping of a South Car olina teenager may be in the AikenAu gusta area Aiken Department of Public Safety direc tor J Carrol Busbee said there is always a possibility that Richard Daniel Star rett may decide to stay in the general area in the territory he knows Starrett a 29year old engineer employed by Bechtel National STARRETT Inc of San Francisco and assigned to the Savannah River Plant was sighted in Augusta as recently as Sunday night ac cording to published reports Chief Busbee said the best thing local citizens can do is to keep an eye open for a man matching Starretts description and to watch for the fugitives car If either is sighted the police should be called immediately Please See FUGITIVE Page 10A Januarys Retail Sales Are Strong By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Retail sales rose 06 percent in January as 1989 opened with a strong showing despite a slowdown in the pace of auto transactions the govern ment said today The Commerce Department said re tailers sold billion worth of goods last month up million from the De cember sales level after adjusting for seasonal variations but not for price increases Januarys jump in sales was the best performance since a 13 percent increase in November and followed a revised 01 percent decrease in December The overall rate was held back by a 09 percent drop in car sales last month that followed a 04 percent dip in that catego ry in December Excluding autos which account for about onefourth of the retail total sales in January would have been up 1 percent following an unchanged sales pace in December The only category besides autos to re cord a decrease in January was clothing and accessory stores Retail spending is seen as a key barom eter of economic health because it repre sents about onethird of the gross nation al product The important general merchandise category which includes department store sales shot up 17 percent in Janu ary after inching up 01 percent in December Earlier this month major department store chains reported strong sales in Jan uary aided by mild winter weather that encouraged shoppers and added to sales volume In addition lean inventories re sulted in higher prices that boosted over all sales figures for January Sales of durable goods big ticket items intended to last three or more Retail Sales Seosonally adjusted billions of Mars 138 136 134 132 130 128 126 FMAMJJASONDJ Jan 88 Dec 88 Jan 89 School Reorganization Plan May Face A New Challenge By GEORGE BURGESS and DENISE STUBBS Staff Writers Dr Beecher Morton whose job with the Aiken County School system was eliminated in a recent reorganization isnt planning on leaving The Board of Education approved a plan submitted by the Superintendent of Schools Dr Joseph R Joe Brooks Jan 31 eliminating Dr Mortons position His position is assistant superintendent for adult education assessment and facility planning and management The staffing changes which involved transfers of assistant superintendents in the district and central office personnel left no position open for Dr Morton At a news conference on Feb 3 Dr Brooks made no comment as to where Dr Morton would be placed in the staff ing changes At that time the Board of Education Chairman Sheran Proctor said I think he is going to retire Dr Morton in a letter to Board of Edu cation Chairman Proctor dated Feb 7 has indicated he has no intention of resigning Chairman Proctor confirmed receipt of the letter this morning but said the letter would not affect the Jan 31 reorganiza tion of personnel Board members also confirmed receipt of carbon copies of the letter from Dr Morton I have asked our attorneys to be pre sent at tonights meeting she said This will be discussed in executive session Please See SCHOOL Page 10A years edged up 01 percent in January following an identical rise in December Nondurable goods surged 08 percent af ter dropping 02 percent during the previ ous month Here are sales details for other retail categories Furniture and home furnishings up 04 percent in January after a 11 percent drop in December xHardware and building supplies up 14 percent after a 2 percent increase the previous month Grocery and other food stores up 1 percent after a 09 percent drop Drug stores up 29 percent after a 27 percent decrease Clothing stores down 11 percent af ter a 1 percent increase Restaurants and bars up 12 percent after a 11 percent increase Gasoline stations up 1 percent after the same increase the previous month Rep Derrick Lauds Du Fonts Management Record At SRP By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Aikens congressman says the Du Pont Co has run the Savannah River Plant very well over the decades despite re cent media coverage of every hiccup at the troubled weapons plant US Rep Butler C Derrick DSC said his visit to the SRP on Monday was partly a gesture of appreciation to Du Pont which will withdraw on April 1 af ter nearly 40 years as plant contractor I came down here to thank them for the contribution they have made to this area and the US defense Rep Derrick told reporters at a press conference at the plant after his tour If you look at the results I think you would have to say theyve managed the plant very well he said He also lauded SRP advances in waste management and reactor inspection and downplayed fears of an impending short age of the weaponsgrade tritium pro duced only at Savannah River Derrick said hes worked with Du Pont for 20 years as a congressional represen tative and before that as a state legislator I have been pleased and satisfied with the way Du Pont has run the plant It hasnt been perfect he said but the plant has operated safely and without major accidents Please Sec REP DERRICK Page 10A
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