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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 1, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports IV Page2A Senate Set To Approve Spending Bill Strolls Cup Polo Continues Page 7A A Quick Read Rep Huff Calls For Election Of Successor COLUMBIA Hampton County Rep Douglas E McTeer was expect ed to succeed resigned Rep Thomas E Tom Huff RNorth Augusta as chairman of the House Rules Com mittee late today Rep Huff forced to give up his chairmanship after switching from the Democratic to the Republican Party in April said his last act was to call for an election of the chairman this afternoon My term will end today and my intention is to call a meeting this af ternoon for the purpose of holding an election for the chairmanship said thejforth Augusta lawmaker Rep Huff said Doug McTeer is the first vice chairman and obviously has the votes to succeed me If he is elected there will be a vacancy for first vice chairman I have not in volved myself in that election Diaper Patent Suit Winds Down In Court CHARLESTON AP US Dis trict Judge Falcon Hawkins will rule sometime this summer in the so called diaper war pitting industry gi ants Procter Gamble and Kimber lyClark At issue is Procter Gambles complaint that the design of its su perabsorbent disposable Pampers was copied by KimberlyClark in de veloping its own superabsorbent Huggies Procter Gamble wants Hawkins to order KimberlyClark to stop man ufacturing superabsorbent Huggies and order them removed from store shelves Weather Fair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the low 60sPartly cloudy skies are forecast Friday with a high in the middle 90s Please see details onPagelOA Deaths Levi Green Sacramento Calif Annie M Gunter Wagener Lilie P Kilpatrick Aiken Martha S Kneece Johnson Please see details on Page 10A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote DearAbby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 8B 3B 6B 4B 9B 7B 4B 1B 10A 4A 7A 4B 10A Graduation Coverage Aiken County High Schools will hold their graduation ceremonies to night and Friday Midland Valley and WagenerSal ley will hold their graduations tonight Aiken South Aiken North Augus ta Silver Bluff and Ridge Spring Monetta will hold their ceremonies Friday Sundays edition of the Aiken Stan dard will include coverage of all area graduations The edition will include a list of all the countys graduates as well as pictures of each schools vale dictorian and salutatorian AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ST S I S C 2380 House Adopts Auto Insurance Reforms y June ly 1389 Aiken South Carolina Du Pont To Sue DOE For Severance Tab By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer The Du Pont Co says it will sue the US Department of Energy within a week to determine which one picks up the tab for million in Savannah River Site severance pay DOE officials in a final decision re port released Wednesday refused Du Ponts request for reimbursement of sev erance pay the company distributed among 6500 site employees before it withdrew April 1 as site contractor Du Pont insists that severance pay is an agreedto expense under its nonprofit contract to operate the DOEowned nu clear weapons plant But the DOEs 29page report argues among other points that the two parties have never had more than an agree ment to disagree on the issue of sever ance pay at SRS The controversy has been brewing since last August when DOE officials first denounced the severance pay as a taxpayersponsored windfall to site em ployees who wouldnt lose jobs or benefits in Oie changeover The DOEs report clears the way for Du Pont to file its threatened lawsuit seeking reimbursement for a bill of DOEs decision is not unexpected We have said from the outset that unfortu nately this issue will be settled in court the Delawarebased company said in a statement released Wednesday We expect to submit a claim to the US claims court in Washington within a week for roughly million to reim burse us for severance payments The companys statement refers to a March 22 letter to Du Pont employees from Chairman Richard E Heckert pledging that the company would keep our word to employees who were prom ised severance The company made good on its pledge distributing checks just before it turned the plants operation over to Westing house Savannah River Co on April 1 The community cash bonanza brought booming business to Aiken financial insti tutions realtors and retailers From here on it will be strictly a le gal matter We wont debate it in the me dia said Albert H Peters manager of Du Ponts Aiken office The DOE report which reads much like a legal brief also says Du Ponts severance pay policy for its commercial facilities isnt applicable to Savannah River Please See DU PONT Page 11A An Era Ends As Wright Steps Down Mrs Wright DefendedPage 6A Demos Protest LeaksPage 6A Gingrich ElusivePage 6A Foley Gathers SupportPage 11A By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Jim Wright never comfortable on television talked directly to the House He waved documents He held aloft his famous book He wiped his brow He spoke an hour and at the end almost in a mumble said that he would quit Off in the Republican seats sat Newt Gingrich gadfly from Georgia Wrights nemesis When tht Foiuc stood to ap plaud Wright Gingrich rose too but didnt clap Beside him Republican lead er Bob Michel offered a sad shake of his head He had witnessed a generational change and he is of the old generation Gingrichs the new Wrights speech was nothing fancy a detailed point by point rejoinder to the bill of particulars laid out against him by the ethics committee He belittled the percopy royalty received on the book that had been sold in wholesale lots to lobbyists He said his wife Betty had earned her sala ry They had paid for their condominium per diem said Wright irate Please See AN ERA Page ilA AP Laserphoto EMOTiONAL WRIGHT An emotional Jim Wright of Texas announces his resignation as House Speaker Legislators Struggling On Budget Must Meet Deadline Or Return On Friday By The Associated Press COLUMBIA State lawmakers with a major hurdle now cleared are rushing now to prepare a state budget in time for todays 5 pm mandatory adjournment deadline If they dont suc ceed Gev Carroll Campbell has prom ised to reconvene the General Assembly Friday to finish the budget Rep Bob McLellan said I told him I had to go do some laundry joked McLellan one of the Houses budget conferees who have been in Columbia for at least eight days working on the budget Teachers and state employees cleared the way for stalled budget action to re sume Wednesday by backing off their call for an early retirement plan Please See LEGISLATORS Page 11A CAMPBELL Southeast Expected To Be Hotbed For Vacation Travel By The Associated Press The Southeast wffl be the countrys hot bed of vacation travel this summer with about million Americans taking to the regions roads according to a recent survey More Americans than last year will take to the roads for vacations tbis sum mer the survey released Wednesday by the AAA Carolina Motor Club said Some 273 millioil people will take va cation trips of 100 miles or more between Memorial Day and Labor Day a 4 per cent increase over 1988 when 262 million Americans took similar trips the siurvey said The Southeast traditionally has en joyed having more people vacation with in its area than has otter portions of the country said Quentin Anderson a spokesman for the association in Char lotte NC I think they have discovered our many natural wonders in this part of the country he added The association considers the South east to be comprised of Delaware the District of Columbia Florida Georgia Maryland North Carolina South Caroli na Virgina West Virgina Alabama Kentucky Mississippi and Tennessee Some 58 milion people will travel the Great Lakes region 57 mfllionj the Mid west 36 million the West and 43 mil lion the Northeast All regions of the country wiil see more travelers this year than last year with the exception of the West where the number of vacationers will be the same the association said More vacationers wiil flock to the Southeast and West than wiil leave those two regions for other parts of the coun try while the Northeast Great Lakes and Midwest will ffeceive fewer visitors according to the sqjrvey Automobile travel will account for nearly 83 percentof this summers vaca tion travel the A About 26 percent of those travelers will vacation to a city 25 percent will go to the beach 16 percent to a small town or rural area 9 percent to alake 8 percent to a state or national park 7 percent to a theme or amusement park One percent did not know where they would go The survey based its results on a na tionwide telephone poll of 1500 adults conducted by the NatiocalTravel Center for the Associatioa The AAA Carolina Motor Club is an affiliate of the American Automobile As sociation It serves about 430060 mem bers in North Carolina and South Carolina Bush Thatcher Tighten British Ties By The Associated Press LONDON President Bush and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had a very encouraging and frank exchange today capping their NATO summit triumph in persuading Western allies to keep short range nuclear missiles in Europe Nearing the end of his weeklong Euro pean tour Bush emerged from two hours of talks with Mrs Thatcher to report that the special relationship between the United States and Britain was stronger than ever and will continue to be Mrs Thatcher credited Bushs staunch and steadfast leadership for a very very successful twoday NATO summit in Brussels Belgium earlier this week and declared that freedom is on the offensive around the world The two leaders said they discussed a wide range of issues ranging from the postsummit disarmament measures to the Middle Easts China South Africa Argentina Central America and Cambodia Bush said that it is only with friends that you can take off the gloves and talk from the heart Said Mrs Thatcher We think very much the same way which isnt surprising I thinkjfoey have been some of the most v JPT Jd happy talks I have had for a very long time Bush met with the prime minister at 10 Downing Street before a luncheon at Buckingham Palace with Queen Eliza beth II A dinner with Mrs Thatcher was the final event before Bush returns to the United States early Friday The presidents visit coincided with a subway strike in London which created traffic jams 10 miles long on major high ways into the capital and forced many commuters to walk or ride bicycles to work Mrs Thatcher is regarded as the Unit ed States most ardent supporter in the West The issue pitted the United States and Britain against West Germany after Chancellor Helmut Kohl demanded early EastWest negotiations to reduce and perhaps eliminate shortrange nuclear missiles In the end Mrs Thatcher and Bush prevailed in winning a NATO statement that put off any negotiations indefinitely It said the missile talks could not begin until an EastWest agreement on conven tional arms had been signed and reduc tions were under way In Paris Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze said Bushs disar mament proposals generally were posi tive but expressed doubt that agreement on conventional force reductions could be reached within a year as Bush had suggested PRESIDENT BUSH Pleased with summit outcome   

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