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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 6, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Duke Clips Tar Heels Page 8A A Quick Read Trains Collide Outside Glasgow GLASGOW Scotland AP Two commuter trains collided today out side Glasgow and initial Fire Bri gade reports said one person was killed and as many as 40 may have been injured It was the second rail collision in Britain in 48 hours A crash Saturday on the outskirts of London killed five people and injured 94 Jack Stewart a Fire Brigade se nior divisional officer said details of todays crash were sketchy but that he knew of one fatality Stewart said two or three people were trapped in the wreckage He said there were 30 to 40 other casual ties but added these could include people suffering only from shock It is a serious incident There are people trapped and casualties are be ing taken to the Royal Infirmary Victoria Infirmary and Western In firmary the ambulance service reported Scotrail spokesman Archie Birt said the two trains were traveling in opposite directions between the Glas gow suburbs of Springburn and Nifoi gavie when they collided at pm outside the Bellgrove station two miles from the center of Glasgow At least one of the trains derailed Birt Enid Nancy Thurmond in Tourism Job Nancy Thurmond wife of Sen J Strom Thurmond RSC has taken a position with the US Travel and Tourism Administration but an of fice worker was not sure this morn ing what that position is A secretary for the undersecretary said that Mrs Thurmond was defi nitely working in the administra tion but that she was not sure when she started nor what position she is in as titles are not settled yet Mrs Thurmond was out of the of fice as was the current undersecre tary for Travel and Tourism Weather Rain Possible Mostly cloudy skies with a 20 per cent chance of rain is forecast to night and Tuesday The low will be in the 40s with a high in the 50s Please see details on Page 5A Deaths Earl Babbitt Augusta Frank Gantt Leesville Virginia E Madden Batesburg Janice E Ha Augusta Marian H Harris Vaucluse Booster Johnson Augusta Anthony D Maroney Monetta Lizzie Quarles Edgefield Nettie Ann Spires Augusta Delia M Twiggs North Augusta Michael J Weathersbee Atlanta Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge5B Calendar10A Classifieds3B Comics2B Crossword6B Cryptoquote48 DearAbby2B Lewis Grizzard3A Local Front1B Obituaries5A Opinions4A Sports7A Television 2B Weather5A Page 2 A Nunn Tower Reputations On The Line Page IB Computer Blueprint Could Help Surgery Monday Inarch 6 1989 250 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 56 STRIKE Eastern Pilots Honor Strike AP Laserphoto STRIKER Eastern Airlines employee Philip Mulle raises his fist as he pickets with other strikers outside the Eastern terminal at New Yorks Kennedy Airport Sunday By The Associated Press MIAMI With rail commuters around the nation receiving a reprieve from cha os today striketorn Eastern Airlines warned pilots they were committing economic suicide by honoring Machin ists picket lines Most of the 3600 pilots who are critical to Easterns operations have honored the strike by the airlines 8500 mechan ics baggage handlers and ground crew The strike in its third day began over Easterns demand for contract conces sions and escalated a 17month battle at the nations seventhlargest airline Most of the airlines 4800 flight atten dants also honored the Machinists pick ets The effects of the strike could spread Tuesday if the nations pilots followed their unions request to strictly observe aviation rules starting that day Only 92 of Easterns 1000 daily flights took off Sunday said Eastern spokesman Robin Matell The pilots union put the figure at 68 The sharp cuts in operations have stranded thousands of Easterns usual 100000 daily passengers at airports around the country The strike had threatened to spill over into a sympathy action today against 12 commuter railroads around the country but the Machinists called off their plans Sunday after a judge in New York issued a temporary order banning railroad workers from honoring Eastern picket lines there Eastern President Phil Bakes admit ting that service has been a mess urged the pilots to return v Come back now aiW ifiake tras airline work Bakes told a news conference Sunday Come back for your families Local Travelers Not Affected From Staff Reports The Eastern Airlines strike has not affected travel in the AikenAugusta area said Jose Hernandez owner of Aiken Travel Center We dont get that much Eastern business out of the Augusta area he said Last week however area resi dents were taking advantage of low er fares being charged by Eastern with the knowledge that they could fly on a spaceavailable basis with other airlines Hernandez said Customers could experience as much as a couple of hundred dollars savings if they didnt mind waiting he added A person buying those fares are not guaranteed that they are going to get to use those tickets said Faye Grantham manager of Crest Travel She added that her agency has been advising travelers about the sit uation at the airline for several See LOCAL Page IDA come back for Eastern Airlines We can make it work He also apologized to customers and See EASTERN Page 10A Tibetans Riot In Protest After 11 Killed In Beijing By The Associated Press BEIJING Thousands of Tibetans ri oted in the streets of their capital today hurling goods looted from Chinese stores onto bonfires witnesses said A day earli er at least 11 people were reported killed in street clashes Police fired on protesters in Lhasa on Sunday but did not interfere today as the demonstrators chanted proindepen dence slogans and stoned Chinese bicy clists who ventured into the area the Western witnesses said The official Chinese Xinhua News Agency said one policeman and 10 pro testers were killed in Sundays violence and 40 police and more than 60 demon strators were injured An American traveler speaking by telephone from the city said today that many Tibetans reported the death toll at closer to 30 It is the fourth time in 18 months that tensions have boiled over between Tibet ans and Chinese who rule the remote southern region At least 40 were killed in the earlier clashes including 24 who died one year ago during a daylong battle Sundays protest was begun by Bud dhist monks and nuns who apparently were marking that anniversary American and other travelers said thousands of Tibetans milled around the streets of the citys old section today looting merchandise from Chineseowned stores and setting it on fire They stoned any Chinese who tried to bicycle through the area and dragged some from their bikes which they burned the witnesses said A second American said he saw a po liceman dragged from his bike and chased down the street at knifepoint The streets are thick with people Theres lots of whooping and shouting and throwing stones Theres no control whatever said an Australian He said the protesters set up barricades with ta bles and garbage cans on some streets Tibet remains largely closed to jour nalists and the only independent reports came from travelers many of whom who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of police reprisals GOO miles Beijing CHINA INDIA AP Xinhua said Sundays violence began at noon when 13 monks and nuns paraded illegally through the Barkhor the citys central market and location of its main temple the Jokhang They waved ban ners and shouted Independence for Ti bet the report said They were joined by several hundred people who stoned a nearby police station A Swedish traveler who gave his name only as Pontus said he ran to the roof of the Jokhang Temple for a better view There were six people to the left of us taking pictures of the crowd Then they dropped their cameras and started firing See TIBETANS Page 10A Du Pont Will Maintain Office In Aiken From Staff Reports The Du Pont Co plans to maintain an Aiken office to tie up loose ends of busi ness after it withdraws April 1 as Savan nah River Plant contractor company of ficials said Albert H Peters Du Fonts manager of plant facilities and services at Savannah River will head the office It will be staffed by financial legal and public affairs repre sentatives of the cor poration who will re main in the community after April 1 to resolve business matters associated with the conclusion of Du Fonts operat ing responsibilities the company said in a statement released this morning Du Pont will be renting space at Wood side Office Park said Rebecca M McSwain a company spokeswoman It will be staffed by financial legal and public affairs representatives of the corporation who will remain in the community after April 1 to resolve business matters Du Pont Press Release PETERS She said she didnt know how many people would work at the office or how long it would remain open Westinghouse Savannah River Co was named in September to succeed Du Pont at the helm of the Department of Energy owned nuclear weapons plant Du Pont which designed the nuclear weapons materials plant and has operat ed it for nearly 40 years announced in October 1987 that it would leave this year James E Felder and Robert C Clif Webb Du Fonts top two public affairs officers at Savannah River will tempo rarily alternate as company spokesmen at the office even though both have ac cepted transfers with Du Pont Webb is going to Wilmington Del and Felder to Houston but for the first month or so at least they will take turns staffing the office on a weekbyweek basis How long that continues depends on what comes up Webb said While Westinghouse will assume re sponsibility for SRP as of April 1 Du Pont expects substantial postturnover business of its own Once they leave there are still a lot of loose ends that will have to be tied up said Ms McSwain How long the office stays open will depend on how much business needs to be conducted after April 11 think there will be a diminishing amount of that as time goes by SRP Will Automate Security By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Electronic watchdogs will start read ing passes and opening gates within the Savannah River Plant early next year officials say as the nuclear weapons fa cility moves to automate its internal se curity system Coded access cards and radio frequen cy transmitters form the heart of a new system now being installed in many high security areas of the SRP When the system is completely opera tional in about three years up to 8000 employees will carry proximity cards each bearing a unique identifying circuit Transmitters posted outside various areas will read the cards and unlock en trances letting authorized employees breeze through SRP officials say the new system part of a million general security upgrade under way at the plant will reduce pa perwork and strengthen safeguards while replacing an assortment of lessstream lined control methods We have a number of different sys tems Were going to standardize the plant said Howard B Gnann chief of the safeguards engineering and projects branch with the Department of Energys Savannah River Operations The new system will replace the ma chinescannable magnetic stripe card and in some areas the touch pass method that requires guards to closely inspect employees photograph identifi cation badges The systems we use now are manpow erintensive Gnann said Touch passes for example also re quire guards to keep written logs on who enters and exits but with the new sys tem the computer will do all that for you he said It improves the efficiency greatly The proximity system representing offtheshelf commercial technology also will provide more complete records which employees went where and how long they stayed Gnann said See SRP Page IDA I   

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