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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 30, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside The Du Pont Co will end its lengthy tenure as operator of the Savannah River Plant this Friday The builtin risks of the change in contractors and a look at how Du Pont is thanking it employees are featured today in the fifth part of a series on Du Ponts relationship with Aiken County Please see Pages 6A and 7A A Quick Read Broom Shovel Crew Wows Circus Crowds WASHINGTON AP The kids at the circus gasp at the Whirling Wheel of Death and ooh over the amazing Tahar the alligator tamer from Morocco but they usually save their biggest ovations for the lowly elephant sweepers Thats show biz When the ringmaster at the visit ing Ringling Bros and Barnum Bailey Circus introduces the next act a million pounds of performing pachyderms elephants lumber gracefully into the spotlight followed by a halfdozen anonymous men in blue jumpsuits and carrying brooms and shovels For the next few minutes 16 ele phants dance through their intricate ly choreographed routine with se quined showgirls Meanwhile the sweepers are performing their own desperate minuet dodging a swaying trunk or a thundering hoof to keep the three circus rings nice and tidy The kids in the bleacher seats and many of the grownups howl with de light especially when a man in blue smilingly holds his shovel under an elephants tail Sometimes the sweepers get more applause than the performers get said Scottishborn stablemas ter Tommy Henry 56 whos swept up his share of elephant manure dur ing 40 years of circus work The public likes it he said They think its funny Most of the guys think its a big joke A million pounds of performing pachyderms produces a lot of pounds of manure Ringlings entire animal menager ie in fact fills a 30cubicyard metal trash bin every day Fishermen Join In Oil Spill Cleanup Willing Takes Stand In Trial Showers Likely Cloudy skies today will sweep Ai ken with showers and thunder storms The high will be in the upper 60s and the low will be in the upper 50s Thundershowers will continue tonight and Friday Please see details on Page 8A Mary C Dobey Edgefield Essie L Williams Fraizer S Ozone Park MY Albert E Lewry Augusta Charles H Quarles McCormick Brandy Thomas Aiken Janice Thomas Aiken Kylee Thomas Aiken Lakisha Thomas Aiken Bobbie Whittle Salley Howard Williamson Aiken Ruth A Wooden Aiken Please see details on Page 3B Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 12C 7C 10C 4C 13C 11C 4C 18 3B 1C 9A 4C 8A Severance Pay Checks Go Out Today Checks Not Valid Until Tomorrow By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer The Du Pont Co will start distributing more than million worth of severance pay checks today at the Savannah River Plant but the checks wont be valid until Friday the companys last day as contractor The process starts this afternoon The checks are dated tomorrow They cannot be cashed or deposited before Friday March 31 James C Felder Du Pont spokesman said this morning About 6500 plant employees are eligi ble for varying amounts of severance pay under a formula that provides one weeks pay at current levels for each year of service at SRP through Oct 1 1985 Some senior employees will collect or more each Du Pont assured its Savannah River employees last summer that they would receive the promised severance pay when the company left SRP in spite of a growing dispute with the Department of Energy over which one will ultimately foot the bill Every efforts going to be made to get the checks to them by the end of the day tomorrow The process starts today Felder said The DOE recently refused Du Ponts request for a million advance to cov er severance checks The DOE says it shouldnt have to re imburse Du Pont for that severance pay because nearly all of the companys em ployees are guaranteed jobs under the new contractor Westinghouse Savannah River Co But Du Pont officials say the severance pay is a legitimate reimbursable ex pense under its contract with the depart ment to operate SRP The company says it will go to court if necessary to win reimbursement Along with the million Felder said Du Pont plans to distribute addition al severance pay to employees who ac crued that pay at Du Pont commercial facilities before transferring to SRP The company plans to pay that portion of sev erance out of its own pocket Felder said he didnt know much it would be Felder said the million represents beforetaxes pay subject to paycheck withholding So the actual paychecks will total less than that amount but local financial in stitutions retailers and other businesses are still bracing for an influx of new cash A number of banks savings and loan associations and credit unions are plan ning late hours Friday and special Satur day hours in anticipation of the sever ance pay Rushdie Backer Aide Shot To Death Staff Photo By Scott Webster FIFTIES STYLE The Up With People cast included a medley of music from the American 1950s in their international program Wednesday More than 100 youths from 18 countries participated in the program Please see story on Page 1B By The Associated Press BRUSSELS Belgium The as sassinated spiritual leader of Mos lems in three northern European countries was a moderate Saudi who had criticized Irans call for the murder of novelist Salman Rushdie Imam Abdullah alAhdal 36 and aide Salem elBehir a 40 yearold Tunisian were each shot once in the head and once in the neck Wednesday at close range in the imams office police said There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack at Ahdals irosquo Police said there were no witnesses and that no one heard the gunshots Unconfirmed reports said three hooded men were seen jumping from a van entering the mosque and then exiting The bodies were found by members of the Islamic community Wednesday evening Ahdal had been in Brussels for six years heading the Moslem community in Belgium the Neth erlands and Luxembourg Behir who headed the mosques social services and library had lived in the city for about 10 years On Feb 14 Irans fundamental ist patriarch Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called on Moslems to seek out and kill Rushdie a natu ralized Briton for his novel The Satanic Many Moslems consider the book blasphemous In a television interview on Feb 20 the day the 12 European Eco nomic Community countries re called their ambassadors from Iran in response to the death de cree Ahdal said he agreed that Rushdies book was blasphemous But he said of Khomeinis death sentence One should not have done that Rushdie should have first appeared before an Islamic He should have ex plained himself defended him self He should have been asked to See RUSHDIE Page 8A Rain Man Wins Top Four Oscars By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES In true Hollywood style a quiet film about the disconnected soul of an autistic Rain Man won Os cars for best picture best original screenplay best director Barry Levinson and best actor Dustin Hoffman It is for us a Cinderella story The picture was literally canceled three or four times Hoffman said backstage at Wednesday nights 61st Academy Awards List Of WinnersPageSB It also had a muchrewritten screen play and went through four directors over two years Jodie Foster a former child star won the best actress award and her first Os car for her emotional portrayal of the angry traumatized victim of a gang rape in The Accused See RAIN MAN Page 8A THE 61ST ACADEMY AWARDS And the Winner is FOR BEST PICTURE Rain Man FOR BEST ACmESS Jodie Foster The Accused FOR BEST ACTOR Dustin Hoffman Rain Man FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Geena Davis The Accidental Tourist FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Kevin Kline A Fish Called Wanda Report Doctors Should Help Hopelessly III By The Associated Press BOSTON Doctors should ease the dy ing of their hopelessly ill patients by giv ing them as much pain medicine as they need and even helping them commit sui cide if they wish a report today concludes The report drawn up by a panel of prominent physicians contends that doc tors have an obligation to help terminally ill patients have a good death just as they help them lead a healthy life We really think that the physician has a responsibility to be actively involved in creating an environment in which a peaceful death can occur said Dr Sid ney H Wanzer principal author of the report The most controversial of the groups conclusions was that it is not immoral for a physician to assist in the rational suicide of a terminally ill patient Wanzer said doctors can ethically pre scribe sleeping pills or other drugs to dy ing patients knowing they will use them for suicide and even tell them how big a dose is lethal The doctors said such assistance is certainly not rare However they add ed that if physicians tend to their dying patients comfort and dignity suicide re quests should be infrequent Two doctors on the 12member commit tee disagreed with the suicide guideline I dont want a blanket statement to say it is not immoral I can accept that someone else may say it is moral but I want to be able to say I dont like this said one of the dissenters Dr Jan van Eys of the University of Texas System Cancer Center in Houston The report is the second from the com mittee which was chaired by Dr Daniel D Federman of Harvard Medical School former president of the American Col lege of Physicians It was published in todays New England Journal of Medicine Its first report issued five years ago also dealt with the ethics of obeying pa tients final wishes including removing feeding tubes Some of its recommenda tions have since been widely adopted by doctors and courts The doctors noted that one of the great est concerns of the dying and their fam ilies is that doctors wont give enough painkillers They said this fear is largely justified The group said that allowing a patient to experience unbearable pain or suffer ing is unethical medical practice When death becomes inevitable the impor tance of relieving pain outweighs the risk of hastening death See REPORT Page 8A Supporters To Stump By The Associated Press COLUMBIA Supporters of Sen James Waddells proposal to legalize betting on horses are expected to be out in full force at this weekends Carolina Cup in Camden Its just an opportunity said El liott D Duby Thompson a lobbyist for the South Carolina Tourism Coun cil Were not running a public cam paign yet because the legislation that we are supporting calls for a public referendum and it has to be passed by the General Assembly first But with these kinds of obvious opportunities coming up you wouldnt want to let them go by Thompson said The measure on parimutuel bet ting on horse races isnt expected to come up in the General Assembly any time soon but just the same the tourism council will be passing out brochures and answering questions at the states largest outdoor cocktail party The Carolina Cup beginning Satur day attracts 40000 to 50000 people many of whom come for social rea sons and represent a new audience for parimutuel supporters Waddell DBeaufort and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee in troduced legislation in late February that would allow South Carolinians to bet on horses and dogs at seven tracks across the state If the Legislature passes the bill voters would decide in a November 1990 referendum whether to allow parimutuel betting Waddell said he hasnt done any thing with the proposal since it was sent to his committee because he doesnt want people to associate it with a state lottery proposal which the committee is handling now
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