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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 6, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside Exxon Valdez Captain Jailed Page 2A A Quick Read DeathDefying Dining Comes To America NEW YORK AP American diners with a death wish can now risk sushicide with fugu a seafood deli cacy that becomes the last supper for 100 Japanese each year The raw fish arrived in New York City last week appearing on the menus of seven Manhattan restau rants and making the United States the only country outside Japan where fugu is found Rut the man who brought the gour met delight stateside promised Wednesday this fugu couldnt hurt a fly unlike the badly prepared fugu thats fatal to half the people who eat it Every year about 100 Japanese eat a fatal fugu meal Fugu has been a taste treat in Ja pan for more than 2000 years There are 15 different kinds of fugu all pre pared from puffer fish If not proper ly cleaned the fish can be fatal its entrails liver and ovaries contain the deadly toxin tetrodotoxin Shag Memorial To Be Unveiled NORTH MYRTLE BEACH AP Every year hundreds of thou sands of men women and teenagers flock to Ocean Drive to soak up the sun ride the surf and to shag This weekend a statue commis sioned by the city will be unveiled to honor and pay tribute to the shaggers who have come to the city over the years and contributed to the econo my and development of the town The unveiling Saturday will be in conjuntion with the return the Soci ety of Stranders who are holding heir their Spring convention along the Grand Stand Were doing it for the kids who come to the area Mayor Phil Tilgh man said Were doing it for the old folks and were doing it for the folks wrapped up in it now The monument designed by North Myrtle Beach artist Mike Todd will be about 4 feet tall Weather Showers Possible Increasing cloudiness is forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of showers and a low in the mid 40s A 30 percent chance of mostly morning showers is forecast Friday with part ly cloudy skies forecast for the after noon The high will be in the upper 60s Please see details on Page 11A Deaths Joseph R Fowler Wagener Ada B Johnson Monetta Mancefield Lott Johnston George E McKay III New Ellenton Elmina W Nelson Saluda Maxine H Sanders Columbia John B Walls Jr Augusta Please see details on Page 11 A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 8B 5A 6B 5B 9B 7B 5B 1B 11A 4A 7A SB 11A Page 2A AIKEN COI1 f 435 Solidarity Legalized AlKErJ C Page 16 Hollings Predicts Troop Withdrawal Thursday April 61989 Aiken South Carolina Masters In Full Swing The 53rd Masters 1989 Past Champs Golfs Top Players Begin Title Quest By TONY BAUGHMAN Sports Editor AUGUSTA The last note of the over ture has been struck the longawaited main performance has begun After three successful days of practice rounds at the Augusta National Golf Club the 53rd renewal of The Masters golf tournament got under way Thursday Spring Color TV 46 pmWRDW USA morning under mostly sunny skies Near ly 40000 golf enthusiasts were expected to scatter about the 6905yard layout as more than 80 of the worlds best golfers teed off in search of the coveted Green Coat Firstround play began with a ceremo nial start by a trio of golf legends Sam Snead Byron Nelson and Gene Sarazen The first official tournament pairing which fired off at am featured Mark Brooks and Morris Hatalsky The last group pairing Scott Hoch Mark Weibe and David Rummells was to go off at in the afternoon Other pairings of interest were to be fourtime Masters winner Arnold Palmer and amateur P Daniel Yates III sched uled to begin play at am sixtime Masters champion Jack Nicklaus and amateur David Eger who were to begin at am Ben Crenshaw and Greg Norman slated to go off at pm and Seve Ballesteros and Lanny Wadkins scheduled for a pm start First round play continues until aroound 6 pm Thursday The second round begins Friday morning with the highest scorers teeing off at The firstround leaders will be scheduled to See MASTERS Page 12A Year Winner ri979 J 1980 Seve Ballesteros 271 1981 Tom Wilson 1982 Craig 284 1984 BenCrenshaw 276 1985 Bpmhafdiartgk 262 1986 JackNicklaus 280 1988 Sandy Lyle 281 Won in playoff AP Pope And Talbot Plant Will Close Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth WILDFLOWER The wildflower garden at Hopeland Gardens is now in bloom adding a splash of color to the scenery Hopeland in springtime is one of Aikens most beautiful settings By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer The Pope and Talbot plant in Ai ken is closing costing approxi mately 60 people their jobs Employees were informed this morning that the plant will be closing June 6 due to an economic decision said Mai Bellafronto vice president of operations It just broke my heart said June H Murff president of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Com merce It is sad I have a vested interest because my husband Nick works in the corporate office With another production facility in Shenandoah Ga the company was flooding the southeast with the private label diapers it pro duces for such chain stores as Winn Dixie Wai Mart and K Mart he added We didnt have enough busi ness to support the two operations in the southeast Bellafronto said this morning Economically we had to do something he added The plant also operates the na tional headquarters for the com panys six plants in the diaper di vision in Aiken at 33 Varden Dr The national headquarters which employs approximately 25 people will remain in Aiken Equipment from the Aiken plant which has operated under Pope Talbot since 1988 will probably be shipped to the compa nys plants in the northeast and the southwest Bellafronto said The Aiken plant pumps approxi mately million in salaries and benefits into the Aiken economy each year according to plant officials Pope and Talbot took over the See POPE Page 12A Bush Sees Shamir On Israeli Proposals By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Israeli Prime Minis ter Yitzhak Shamir is presenting propos als to President Bush today to deal with the ArabIsraeli conflict after the sug gestions received an initial warm recep tion from Secretary of State James A Baker III So far Shamirs ideas are shrouded in secrecy He had hinted before his arrival here that he was inclined to call elections for the 14 million Palestinian Arabs who live under Israeli control on the West Bank and in Gaza and to improve their living conditions with new housing BUSH But Shamir and Baker agreed at their meeting at the State Department on Wednesday not to disclose the substance of the prime ministers proposals until after the White House meeting with Bush Avi Pazner the prime ministers me dia adviser saH Shamir and Bakerhad decided not to reveal anything Pazner did say that a group of Israeli and US officials had convened to explore the ideas in advance of Shamirs talk with Bush Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in an interview with Cable News Network said if Shamir holds elections without the participation of the Palestine Liberation Organization it will be a grave mistake it will not solve the problem The Israeli leader refuses to negotiate with Yasser Arafats organization which he blames for terrorism against Israel and protests by Palestinians on the West Bank and in Gaza So far 419 Palestinian Arabs and 18 Israelis have been killed in 15M months of disturbances in the occu pied territories Israeli radio quoted Shamir as telling US Commerce Secretary Robert Mos bacher and Housing Secretary Jack Kemp that Israel would not agree to for eign supervision of elections in the occu pied territories if and when they are held Shamir and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney agreed to deepen strategic coop eration and for Israel to purchase 25 Apache helicopters Israel radio said Shamirs election proposition is de signed to have the Palestinians elect rep resentatives to negotiate with Israel on the basis of the 1978 Camp David agree ments reached with Egypt under US auspices The agreements produced an Egyp tianIsraeli peace treaty in 1979 and called also for five years of local autono my for the Palestinians after which nego tiations would determine their future and that of the territories captured by Israel in the 1967 SixDay war Baker after meeting with Shamir de scribed their talk as very productive useful and very friendly For his part Shamir said he had of fered some ways to solve problems in the Mideast and remarked I feel we have started a very serious discussion Our conversation was very friendly There were widespread expectations before Shamirs meeting with Baker that the Bush administration would take a tough stance toward Israel The Israeli spokesman said Shamir wanted to move carefully and that while the Palestinian problem was severe for Israel a bigger problem is our relation ship with the Arab world DOE Has Two Months To Make Response Severance Pay Bill Still In Question By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Federal officials have two months to make the next move in a dispute with the Du Pont Co over who foots the bill for million in Savannah River Site severance pay Du Pont distributed that pay in varying shares to about 6500 site employees when it withdrew as contractor there last Friday Company officials say they have sent the bill to the Department of Energys local office for reimbursement The department has 60 days to accept or reject that claim which Du Pont offi cials say comes to about million If the DOE rejects the request as it has promised to that would set the stage for Du Pont to file its threatened lawsuit seeking reimbursement If the department denies our claim we intend to litigate it The figurative balls in their court said Glen Baldwin a Du Pont attorney who will remain in Aiken temporarily to help handle loose ends of company business Du Pont served nearly 39 years as con tractor at the governmentowned nuclear weapons plant Westinghouse Savannah River Co which took over the plants operating contract on Saturday has changed the name to the Savannah River Site The 300squaremile plant which makes tritium and plutonium for nuclear weapons had been called the Savannah River Plant since Du Pont built it in the 1950s The severance pay provided an eco nomic windfall for the community but the attendant controversy helped to end the relationship of Du Pont and the gov ernment on a sour note DOE has the claim and the claim is currently under review Julie Madden a spokeswoman with the departments Savannah River Operations said Tuesday Sometime within that 60 days they would respond to the claim Ms Mad den said without predicting which way the ruling would go But John D Wagoner deputy DOE sec retary at Savannah River rejected Du Fonts request in March for a mil lion advance to cover the severance pay the company has since revised that esti mate Triple Crown Attendance Sets Record By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Hie sun smiled on this years Tri ple Crown and on the Aiken economy With approximately 28508 people attending the three events previous attendance records were shattered said June H Murff president of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce A1987 report by two Clemson Uni versity professors stated that in ex cess of 1500000 is pumped into the Aiken County economy by the event Officials at the chamber of com merce however feel that is a very conservative estimate consid ering the excellent attendance at this years Triple Crown An estimated 15000 people attend ed this years Trials chamber offi cials said This is up from esti mated 7800 in 1987 The Aiken Hunt Meet was also well attended this year Approximately 10000 people attended the event which is up from 4400 in 1987 Crowds for the event were so large that another setion had to be added to the guarantors tent Mrs Mnrff said The Sulky races were the surprise strong point of this years equine races she added A record crowd of 3500 people at tended the 1989 edition of the race In 1987 approximately 1325 turned out for the event Restaurants and hotels in Aiken had mixed reactions when asked how the event had affected business The Spiced Apple said that it did not see an increase in business due to the Triple Crown and the Wilcox Inn reported capacity crowds and a steady increase in business Sec TRIPLE Page 12A   

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