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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 14, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Pistons Do It 4Zip Page 9A A Quick Read Giant Tax Refund Doesnt Faze IRS ROCKVILLE Md AP Eight yearold Chad L Brenner didnt rush out to cash the refund check he got from the Internal Reve nue Service But so far his dad has had a tough time convincing IRS offi cials that the large refund was a mistake The father said the IRS clearly erred in sending the check to Chad a firstgrader at College Gardens Ele mentary School in this Washington DC suburb The boy had paid in taxes on interest and dividends last year his father said Tuesday Floyd Brenner said the reception ist at the IRS district office laughed when she saw the check and then told him to take a number I waited about an hour and 15 minutes Brenner said When I showed them the check they kind of looked at me saying Whats the problem They were so confused over what happened that I kept it until they tell me whats wrong Wife Takes Passes Bar Exam For Husband LOS ANGELES AP Their marriage was made in law school And when Morgan Lamb failed his state bar exam he sent his pregnant lawyer wife masquerading as a man to take the test for him She passed Now the California Supreme Court is considering whether to disbar Lau ra Beth Lamb who scored ninth highest on the exam then was rushed to the hospital to deliver her baby The State Bar says she should be disbarred for undermining the exam process and foisting on the public an unqualified lawyer her exhusband Her lawyer Tom Low implored the court Tuesday to choose a sus pension rather than disbarment He said his client was an abused wife who participated in fraud to save her life and the life of her child Low said that Lamb who owned a gun had threatened to kill his wife the fetus and himself Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms The low will be in the 70s Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunder storms Please see details on Page 4A Deaths Elizabeth R Ardrey Aiken Richard Bush Johnston Pauline P Hutto Graniteville Croft Johnson Philadelphia AlmaW LaGrone Edgefield Michael E Morris Evans Ga Ruby S Mote Ridge Spring Susie Fulmer Scott Aiken Myrtle Marie Peterson Wessel Aiken Please see details on Page 4A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote DearAbby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 6C 10C 4C 2C 7C 5C 2C 1B 4A 1C 9A 2C 4A Page2A Gorbachev Praises New German Ties jSgilB Indigent Care Funds Recommended Wednesday June 141989 Du Pont Says DOE Broke Contract On Pay By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer The US Department of Energy ig nored its contractual obligations and re lied on erroneous arguments in deny ing the Du Pont Co reimbursement for million in Savannah River Site sever ance pay the company charges in a lawsuit Du Pont distributed the pay among about 6500 site employees before it with drew April 1 as contractor at the DOE owned weapons plant Local DOE officials rejected Du Fonts bill in a May 30 final deci sion and Du Pont sued for reimburse ment on June 2 in US District Claims Court in Washington The suit filed as a contract disputes claim against the federal government sets the stage for a complex legal case that could take months or years for the nonjuried court to resolve The 23page complaint says Du Pont and the DOE agreed in 1984 after some 30 years of negotiating the issue to cut off accrual of Savannah River severance pay after Oct 11985 Any severance earned before then would be an allowable expense in case of a contractor change Du Pont asserts in the document a copy of which the com panys Aiken office released Tuesday Severance was based on one weeks pay for each year of employee service at SRS and the DOE stood to save at least million under the cutoff agreement Du Fonts suit states CELEBRATION Aiken County is quietly celebrating Flag Day today commemorating June 14 1777 when the Continental Congress officially adopted the Stars and Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth btripes as the official flag of a fledging nation For the story see Page 1B VOA To Broadcast Aiken Story By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aikens farming manufacturing and horse industries were in the spotlight Tuesday as a Voice of America reporting team descended on the city to file reports that eventually may be heard by 140 mil lion people On a tour that ranged from cotton and soybean fields to horse stables and the mills of Graniteville Co the radio jour nalists were given visual and word pic tures of what Aiken is all about This has been a wonderful day and a great experience said June Murff ex ecutive director of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce who accompa nied the visitors on the trip The Voice of America the overseas ra This has been a wonder ful day and a great experience June Murff Chamber Executive dio networK of tne US Information Agency will file the Englishlanguage re ports for interpretation into the lan guages of 43 nations around the world The sixmember VOA team included Annie Morris special events coordina tor Joseph Selden engineer and Doro thy Givens of VGAs news and English programs from Charleston Foreign reporters included Manna Kaisken of Kundyz Afghanistan the VOA Uzbek service Suman Gupta of Lucknow India the Hindi service and Selma Berksoy of Ankara Turkey the Turkish service During the series of interviews the re porters went from breakfast at the Will cox Inn to meetings at Horse Health Products Dogwood Stables Graniteville Co the Clemson Extension Service of fice and a roundtable discussion of the citys equine history at the Willcox The day ended with a carriage ride in the historic district and dinner at the Willcox Among the hosts were Jerry Smith of Horse Health Products W Cothan Cot Campbell president of Dogwood Stables HD Doug Kingsmore chief executive Please See VOA Page 12A Du Pont says the DOE wrongly con tended in its final decision that the two parties had no more than an agreement to disagree on the SRS severance issue The decision largely ignores the con tractual basis for reimbursement pre sented in Du Fonts claim the suit says The complaint filed with a thick stack of supporting documents says the DOE tried and failed during 1984 contract Please See DU PONT Page 12A Student Leaders Jailed 3 Western Reporters Expelled From China By The Associated Press BEIJING Authorities today an nounced the arrest of two of 21 student leaders wanted for roles in the prode mocracy movement and ordered three Western reporters expelled for thenre porting on the martiallaw crackdown Given three days to leave were two American correspondents John Pomfret of The Associated Press and Voice of America bureau chief Alan Pessin and British Broadcasting Corp Far Eastern correspondent Brian Barron The order came as authorities intensi fied their criticism of the United States and pressed on with a nationwide clamp down on dissent that has already netted more than 1000 arrests Communist authorities have criticized VOA whose shortwave broadcasts are an important source of information for Chinese as spreading distortions They have also condemned Washington for sheltering Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi and his wife at the US Embassy Authorities also announced today the arrest of 32 participants in prodemocra cy protests which ended June 34 with a military assault on Beijings center in which hundreds of unarmed civilians were killed The Communist Party newspaper the Peoples Daily warned the United States in a harsh frontpage editorial today to stop interfering in Chinas internal af fairs and not do anything to harm bilater al relations Anyone who tries to put pressure on the Chinese government is not sensible and is shortsighted and will gain no ad vantage in the end the editorial said China has launched an unremitting at tack on the United States for sheltering Fang and his wife 11 Shuxian They sought protection after the army assault that cleared central Tiananmen Square of students who had occupied it for three Please See STUDENT Page 12A Moderates Again Lose Baptist Bid By The Associated Press LAS VEGAS A conservative was re elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention dashing moderates hopes that an election outside the Bible Belt would help their candidate Jerry Vines the pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville Fla won 565 percent of the vote Tuesday in defeating his moderate challenger Daniel Vestal pastor of Dunwoody Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta Im just convinced the joy bells are going to begin ringing in the Southern Baptist Convention said Vines who continued a conservative resurgence in the nations largest Protestant denomination Vines received 10754 votes to 8248 for Vestal It WES the llth straight victory for conservative candidates since 1979 STILL PRESIDENT The Rev Jerry Vines reelected by Baptists Vestal said he was disappointed but already considering another run for the presidency at next years convention in New Orleans I fear a kind of militant partisanship in this denomination he said Please See MODERATES Page 12A SPCA Leads Line Asking County For More Funds BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer The Aiken County Council was hit from all sides for more money at Tues day nights Public Hearing for the 1990 County Budget The proposed budget is for mil lion with a millage rate of 40 mills a figure that has been trimmed by about million from the originally proposed budget Members of the Aiken Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals gath ered in force at the hearing to support the SPCAs request for in aid from the County as opposed to the the County initially budgeted for the agency At a June 5 Council work session to trim the budget that figure was re duced to provide a 5 percent increase to the SPCA The County currently con tracts with the SPCA for a portion of the agencys operating costs Under the contract the SPCA accepts for housing adoption and humane dis posal stray dogs and cats and other ani mals brought to the shelter by County Humane Officers The SPCA also ac cepts animals brought in by owners and other people in the unincorporated ar eas of the county Polly Sears chairman of the board for the agency told the Council the SPCA will consider dropping its con tract with the County unless the County increases its annual payment to the agency Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie asked if a cost effective study has ever been done and after verifying that Dr Venaye P Reece is a fulltime veterinar ian for the SPCA added the thing that concerns me is that we dont even have a fulltime doctor at the prison Please See SPCA Page 12A   

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