Aiken Standard, March 26, 1989

Aiken Standard

March 26, 1989

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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 immigrants poured through Ellis Island’s main building, many hoping to make their mark in the New World. Now, as workers restore the gateway’s faded elegance, a conservator is preserving 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 preserve the surface, which was covered 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 plane’s ability to fly, the airline and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration 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 injured when a section of fuselage ripped off a 19-year-old Aloha Airlines Boeing 737. These accidents and other recent structural failures have focused the attention of the U.S. aviation industry and the public on the age of America’s airplane fleet, estimated to average about 12.7 years. Weather Sunny Skies Sunny skies will hold through today 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..............................................5E Business...........................................1C Calendar...........................................ID Classifieds........................................3E Crossword........................................6E Cryptoquote......................................4E Dear Abby.........................................6C Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................4A Opinions...........................................IE Sports...............................................1B Stocks..............................................2C Weather...........................................4A Weddings.........................................4D Page 2A Soviets Vent Anger At Political Rally Page 9A SM ton jlKSW COONTZ FWC I'"" Sunday, March 26, 1989 50C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 73 Du Pont Will Pay $75 Million Severance Issue Still Not Resolved By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer The Ehi Pont Co. plans to distribute $75 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 community, bringing five-figure sums to some senior plant employees, but prom ises to set off a long-threatened legal battle between Du Pont and the Department of Energy to determine which one picks up the bill. DOE officials announced last summer that they wouldn’t reimburse Du Pont for the severance pay, which the company has promised to about 6,500 SRP employees. Experiment officials said severance pay isn’t appropriate because all those employees have been offered jobs under the new contractor, Westinghouse Savannah River Co. Du Pont officials responded that severance 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 Pont’s manager of plant facilities and services at SRP, confirmed that severance checks would be delivered Friday to eligible employees on-site. A number of SRP employees temporarily stationed off-site are also to receive checks. Du Pont’s 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 orderly fashion. “The details of that kind of proceeding I’m not knowledgeable about.” Glen Baldwin, a site legal counsel with Du Pont, declined comment on the lawsuit question. “I don’t think it’s appropriate for us to be discussing litigation,” Baldwin said. Attempts were unsuccessful on Friday to contact DOE attorneys. “There has been no change in the department’s position,” Julie Madden, a spokeswoman with the DOE’s Savannah River Operations, said Friday. (See DU PONT, Page 5A) Record Crowd Witnesses Hunt Meet Veteran Trainer Cocks Posts Three Victories By DANIEL GARNETT Staff Sports Writer The winner’s circle became familiar territory to trainer W. Burling Cocks at the 23rd renewal of the Aiken Hunt Meeting at Clark Field Saturday afternoon. Of Cocks’ seven entries in the six-race card, three posted victories and two finished third in the steeplechase event, which drew a record crowd of more than 16,000, according to Aiken Steeplechase Association representative H.A. McClearen. Cocks began his triumphant afternoon By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer A moment Leonard Browder is dreading will come within the next few days, but Friday afternoon he expressed confidence 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 arraignment on the charges, said, “I am confident that we have done nothing wrong, and it will be proven.” But Browder, 59, admitted he is “deeply 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 well-being,” Browder said in a 90-minute interview granted The Aiken Standard. He has a son, who also is a pharmacist. Last week Browder, a native of Warrenville and owner and operator of Aiken Hunt Meet Pictures..............Pages    6B,    7B in the second race of the day, the Bayard Warren Purse, as jockey Ricky Hendriks led Ropes End to a 1:28 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 respectively. 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 during Saturday afternoon’s 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 co-features Drug Co. and Woodruff Drug, was indicted along with four of his employees on a 153-count indictment. The others charged are Marian O’Rear, 56, a drug department worker in the Laurens Street store, and pharmacists Martin Johnson, 33; Leonel Blanton (Sam) Ergle, 49, and James M. Locklair, 41. If convicted all five could get jail sentences ranging up to five years on each count and be ordered to pay fines amounting to $250,000 for each offense. The government alleges the five participated in a conspiracy to falsify some 131 prescriptions, obstructed justice by altering records and committed 19 cases of Medicaid fraud amounting to $375. Browder’s attorney Charles Porter of Columbia has labeled the case a vendetta against the drug store owner and his employees, claiming that the investigation has been going on for four years. (See BROWDER, Page 10A) 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, seven-furlong course over national fences in 3:53-4/5. 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) Pontiff Ushers In Easter By The Associated Press VATICAN CITY - Thousands of small candles illuminated St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday night as Pope John Paul II celebrated Easter vigil services to usher in Christianity’s holiest day. Before thousands of people packing the pews and aisles of Christendom’s biggest church, the pontiff lit a long white candle to open the service commemorating the night Jesus Christ rose from the dead after his crucifixion. Easter Message..........................Page    SA 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 designed 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 sacrament 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 Devom Wilkerson, 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 Comes True By The Associated Press VALDEZ, Alaska - Millions of gallons of crude oil that spilled when a tanker ran aground spread across a wildlife-rich stretch of ocean Saturday while Alaska’s chief environmental officer criticized cleanup efforts as too slow. The biggest oil spill in U.S. history created a slick 8 miles long and 3% miles wide in Prince William Sound. The Coast Guard said only Reef Island and the western edge of Bligh Island had been touched by the slick. “This situation, I think, was everyone’s secret nightmare about what could happen with oil traffic in the sound,” said Dennis Kelso, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. (See OIL, Page5A) Browder Confident Jury Will Clear Him Of Charges 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' Musorqsky. 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 Pont’s relationship with Aiken County in a weeklong series of articles. For today’s stories, please see Pages 6A and 7A. ;

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