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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 26, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Michigan Makes NCAA Final Four Page IB A Quick Read Art Conservator Restores Graffiti NEW YORK AP Between 1892 and 1954 nearly 17 million immi grants poured through Ellis Islands main building many hoping to make their mark in the New World Now as workers restore the gateways faded elegance a conservator is pre serving the marks some immigrants made on Ellis Island Christy Cunningham Adams an art preservationist from Boston has spent much of the past three years stripping layers of old plaster and paint to find old graffiti Giuseppe and Achille came to the Battery the day of the 18th of May Saturday 1901 one Giuseppe or Achille wrote in Italian on a column in what had been a dining hall Mrs Adams wrapped the column in rice paper gauze and resin to pre serve the surface which was cov ered with drawings poems and signatures Panel Rips Off Wing But Jet Lands Safely MANILA Philippines AP A panel ripped off the right wing of a United Airlines jumbo jet over the Pacific Ocean on Saturday but the plane returned safely to Manila and none of the 357 people aboard was injured The Boeing 747 landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport about an hour after departing for Tokyo and San Francisco The accident did not affect the planes ability to fly the airline and the US Federal Aviation Adminis tration said Last month the cargo door of a United Boeing 747 blew off after the plane left Honolulu for Auckland New Zealand ripping a huge hole in the side of the fuselage Nine people died when they were sucked out of the hole In April 1988 a crew member was killed and 61 passengers were in jured when a section of fuselage ripped off a 19yearold Aloha Air lines Boeing 737 These accidents and other recent structural failures have focused the attention of the US aviation indus try and the public on the age of Americas airplane fleet estimated to average about 127 years Weather Sunny Skies Sunny skies will hold through to day with temperatures in the 80s Monday will be partly cloudy Please see details on Page 4A Deaths Zelda L Banks Bath Thomas Cole Gray Montmorenci Louise H Lassiter Plum Branch Marian Peel North Augusta Please see details on Page 4A Inside Today Bridge Business Calendar Classifieds Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Stocks Weather Weddings 5E 1C 1D 3E 6E 4E 6C 1B 4A 1E 18 2C 4A 4D Soviets Vent Anger At Political Rally PagefA Easter Egg Hunt Attracts 600 Kids South Carolina Vol 122 Nov73 Du Pont Will Pay Million Severance Issue Still Not Resolved By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer The Du Pont Co plans to distribute million in severance pay to Savannah River Plant employees on Friday its last day as contractor at SRP officials said It will be a cash bonanza for the com munity bringing fivefigure sums to some senior plant employees but prom ises to set off a longthreatened legal bat tle between Du Pont and the Department of Energy to determine which one picks up the bUl DOE officials announced last summer that they wouldnt reimburse Du Pont for the severance pay which the company has promised to about 6500 SRP employees Department officials said severance pay isnt appropriate because all those employees have been offered jobs under the new contractor Westinghouse Savan nah River Co Du Pont officials responded that sever ance pay is a legitimate expense under its SRP contract and delivered a threat apparently still alive to take the DOE to court if necessary to win reimbursement Albert H Al Peters Du Fonts man ager of plant facilities and services at SRP confirmed that severance checks would be delivered Friday to eligible em ployees onsite A number of SRP em ployees temporarily stationed offsite are also to receive checks Du Fonts distribution of the checks will clear the way for it to seek court remedy although details of how it would file a lawsuit remained sketchy I think it would be fairly soon Peters said I suspect that Du Pont will seek to recover its funds promptly and in an or derly fashion The details of that kind of proceeding Im not knowledgeable about Glen Baldwin a site legal counsel with Du Pont declined comment on the law suit question I dont think its appropri ate for us to be discussing litigation Baldwin said Attempts were unsuccessful on Friday to contact DOE attorneys There has been no change in the de partments position Julie Madden a spokeswoman with the DOEs Savannah River Operations said Friday See DU PONT Page 5A And Then Comes The Fall NASTY SPILL A horse and rider go down in the third race of the 23rd renewal of the Aiken Hunt Meet Saturday at Clark Field The race the James W Staff Photo By Phil Jones Moloney Purse was won by Augustin Stables Musorgsky Record Crowd Witnesses Hunt Meet Veteran Trainer Cocks Posts Three Victories By DANIEL GARNETT Staff Sports Writer The winners circle became familiar territory to trainer W Burling Cocks at the 23rd renewal of the Aiken Hunt Meet ing at Clark Field Saturday afternoon Of Cocks seven entries in the sixrace card three posted victories and two fin ished third in the steeplechase event which drew a record crowd of more than 16000 according to Aiken Steeplechase Association representative HA McClearen Cocks began his triumphant afternoon Hunt Meet PicturesPages 6B 7B in the second race of the day the Bayard Warren Purse as jockey Ricky Hendriks led Ropes End to a winning run over one mile on the turf The bay gelding is owned by Henrietta Alexander Montand and Berruti a pair of Chilean horses finished second and third respec tively Montand is owned by Augustin Stables and was ridden by Liz Hendriks while Berruti owned by Mrs Lewis C Murdock was ridden by Benn Guessford Cocks would prove a prophet later dur ing Saturday afternoons races I hope we win the next couple Cocks said after his entry in the third race of the day finished third Cocks horses would win two of the final three races including the two cofeatures of the afternoon Jeff Teter rode Maitenhuapi to victory in the fifth race the Coors Gold Cup The horse trained by Cocks and owned by Mrs Miles Valentine toured the one mile sevenfurlong course over national fences in Teter felt the key to his horse finishing up front was simple He ran really well The key to him winning was he just jumped well from fence to fence Teter said Cocks other entry in the race Rokeby Stables Senator Brady finished third with Hendriks aboard Second was taken by Augustin Stables Morewoods trained by Jonathan E Sheppard and ridden by Jonathan Smart See RECORD Page 5A Browder Confident Jury Will Clear Him Of Charges By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer A moment Leonard Browder is dread ing will come within the next few days but Friday afternoon he expressed confi dence a federal jury will clear him and his employees of illegal drug sales and Medicaid fraud Browder who expects to be called to a federal courthouse shortly for arraign ment on the charges said I am confi dent that we have done nothing wrong and it will be proven But Browder 59 admitted he is deep ly concerned about the effect the charges are having on his employees his customers and most of all his family This has just about destroyed my wife and daughter and it has done little for my own wellbeing Browder said in a 90minute interview granted The Aiken Standard He has a son who also is a pharmacist Last week Browder a native of War renville and owner and operator of Aiken Drug Co and Woodruff Drug was indict ed along with four of his employees on a 153count indictment The others charged are Marian ORear 56 a drug department worker in the Laurens Street store and pharma cists Martin Johnson 33 Leonel Blantpn Sam Ergle 49 and James M Ixcklair 41 If convicted all five could get jail sen tences ranging up to five years on each count and be ordered to pay fines amounting to for each offense The government alleges the five partic ipated in a conspiracy to falsify some 131 prescriptions obstructed justice by alter ing records and committed 19 cases of Medicaid fraud amounting to Browsers attorney Charles Porter of Columbia has labeled the case a vendetta against the drug store owner and his em ployees claiming that the investigation has been going on for four years See BROWDER Page 10A Inside The Du Pont Co will end its lengthy tenure as operator of the Savannah River Plant this Friday Beginning today staff writers Brad Swope and Carl Langley will examine Du Ponts relationship with Aiken County in a weeklong series of articles For todays sto ries please see Pages 6A and 7A Pontiff Ushers In Easter By The Associated Press VATICAN CITY Thousands of small candles illuminated St Peters Basilica on Saturday night as Pope John Paul n celebrated Easter vigil services to usher in Christianitys holiest day Before thousands of people packing the pews and aisles of Christendoms biggest church the pontiff lit a long white candle to open the service commemorating the night Jesus Christ rose from the dead af ter his crucifixion Easter MessagePage 9A The cavernous basilica was dark and silent as the pope preceded by cardinals and bishops carried the candle in a slow procession toward the altar under the Baldacchino the baroque canopy de signed by the 17th century sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini After the third chanting of the Lumen Christi or Light of Christ the basilica slowly lit up as the congregation began lighting small candles to symbolize the pilgrimage from darkness to light The pope then placed his candle at the altar and the lights of the basilica were turned on After prayers and readings the pope delivered a homily stressing the natural power of water and its role in the sacra ment of baptism The pope then baptized and confirmed 16 people from eight countries five each from Japan and the Korean peninsula and one each from the United States France the Philippines Iran Italy and Egypt The American was Curtis Devorn Wil kerson 26 a surgical research technician from Joiner Ark In a wonderful way your baptism and the wait for the Resurrection of Christ which will happen tonight are taking place at the same time the pope said in his homily delivered in Italian See PONTIFF Page 5A Oil Spill Nightmare Conies True By The Associated Press VALDEZ Alaska Millions of gallons of crude oil that spilled when a tanker ran aground spread across a wildliferich stretch of ocean Saturday while Alaskas chief environmental officer criticized cleanup efforts as too slow The biggest oil spill in US history cre ated a slick 8 miles long and 3 miles wide in Prince William Sound The Coast Guard said only Reef Island and the west ern edge of Bligh Island had been touched by the slick This situation I think was everyones secret nightmare about what could hap pen with oil traffic in the sound said Dennis Kelso commissioner of the Alas ka Department of Environmental Conservation See OIL Page 5A   

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