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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 11, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports AilStar Game Starters Named PagelOA A Quick Read Sir Laurence Olivier Found Dead At Home LONDON AP The actor Lord Olivier died at his home today his agent Laurence Evans said He was 82 Laurence Olivier as he was known to millions of fans worldwide died peacefully in his sleep surround ed by friends and relatives Evans said A private funeral service will be held for Olivier followed by a public memorial service at a later date Ev ans said He said funeral arrange ments have not been finalized He said Oliviers last professional appearance was War Requiem a movie directed by Derek Jarmaii based on the oratorio by the re nowned 20th century composer Ben jamin Britten Olivier is survived by Ms wife Joan Plowright two sons two daugh ters and three grandchildren Evans a personal friend of Olivier for 50 years said He was the great est actor in his lifetime in my opin ion His like will not be seen again Woman Awakes Says Shot By ExHusband CONCORD NH AP For nearly five months police waited outside a rehabilitation center room for Miriam StoltzGurney to say who killed her friend shot her in the head and left her to die in the woods Last week she remembered and pointed the finger at her exhusband Police arrested George Gurney 52 and charged him with firstdegree murder kidnapping and attempted murder He is accused of killing Rog er Whittemore 52 of Swampscott Mass and taking his exwife prison er on Feb 16 State Attorney General John Ar nold said Gurney of Newburyport Mass had been a suspect from the outset Gurney denies the shootings and is fighting extradition from Massachu setts But New Hampshire authori ties are confident hell be in their custody soon At a district court hearing Friday in Lawrence Mass Gurney pleaded innocent to being a fugitive from the New Hampshire charges Weather isolated Storms Isolated evening thunderstorms are forecast tonight The low will be in the low 70s Partly cloudy skies are forecast Wednesday with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms and a high in the mid to upper 90s Please see details on Page 12A Deaths Miley B Brooks Saluda James F Hicks Jr Joanna Paul C Lee Milwaukee Wis George W Mason West Columbia Fermon McKinney Aiken Charles L McMillian Columbia Virginia S Patnode Augusta J Milton Quarles Edgefield Emlin B Toole Suitland Md Please see details on Page 3B Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 6B 28 4B 98 7B 5B 98 3B 9A 9A 9B 12A Bomb Disrupts Mecca Pilgrimage if HMO Former NE Police Chief Dismissed Q Defense Renews FMCs Bradley Contract Aiken Plant Assured Of Continued Orders Sy KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON Aiken employees of the FMC Corporation the Santa Clara Califbased manufacturer of the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle can expect continued orders for the weapon for an other decade said an FMC spokesman Monday In announcing a new Defense Depart ment contract award for next year John Hassell an FMC project manager said company executives were pleased the Army continued to have a lot of confi dence in the weapon The new contract calls for manufac ture of 627 vehicles in fiscal year 1989 beginning in October We have delivered 4400 M2s to date and the Army total buy will be 8811 Were about halfway through the pro duction program Hassell said The Aiken plant employing 350 will share in the new million contract About million will be spent on Aiken payroll and operating expenses The Ai ken plant manufactures 1200 finished parts including drive assemblies and housing for the vehicle which resembles a tank but is half the weight Aiken work ers also manufacture some 2000 unfin ished subcomponents We have been very very pleased with the Aiken plant The FY89 award is a positive development for that plant and a vote of confidence for the people who have been producing parts for the Brad ley at Aiken this is something we can all be proud of at FMC said Hassell Hassell said the tank now deployed in Europe with NATO forces has also found a foreign buyer In January the Saudi government signed a letter of agreement with the United States to purchase 200 Bradleys to be delivered over a twoyear period beginning 1991 The Saudi contract is val ued at million and includes payment for the vehicles as well as training and logistical support equipment Hassell said he could not comment on whether other foreign buyers were con sidering buying the infantry vehicle An Army spokesman said that Presi dent George Bushs proposal for a cut in conventional arms in Europe would not affect the Armys demand for the Bradley Solidarity Dreams si Live AP Laserphoto BUSH AND SOLIDARITY Newelected Solidarity members formed the backdrop when President Bush addresed the Polish Parliament By The Associated Press GDANSK Poland President Bush to day made a dramatic pilgrimage to the birthplace of the Solidarity labor move ment and told cheering thousands their struggle had produced a time when dreams can live again For those who say that freedom can be forever be denied I say let them look at Poland the president said in the emo tional climax of a twoday vigil is not aione America stands with you he said renewing his pledge to provide assistance for Polands economic reform The president was introduced by Soli darity leader Lech Walesa who said he hoped the visiting American realized our country should and deserves to be helped God Bless America May God bless our homeland Walesa said Bush made the trip to the Solidarity Workers Monument outside the main gate to the Lenin shipyard after a private lunch at Walesas home The president said Walesa had asked for private investment assistance in their talks I can give strong support for that standing right here in his yard Bush said On Monday Bush had outlined a pro gram of million in US aid and pro posed easier repayment terms for Po lands billion international debt He said he would take Walesas call for private investment to the economjv sum mit starting Friday in Paris ami well see where we come cut Bush was departing Poland later in the day for a twoday visit to Hungary anoth er Communist country in the throes of extraordinary political and economic re form He then travels to Paris on Tnurs day for the economic summit followed by a trip next week to the Netherlands Shouts of Welcome President Bush rang out and handheld American flags fluttered in the air as the president ar rived at the monument to Polish workers killed in an uprising in 1970 during the birth of the labor movement Thousands Please See BUSH Page 12A Wildlife In SC By DEMISE STUBBS Staff Writer The Department of Health and Envi ronmental Control has reported 110 cases of rabies in South Carolina this year an increase from only 37 cases in 1988 ac cording to Dr William P Morgan direc tor of DHEC in Aiken County Weve been seeing an increasing num ber of positive specimens coming in statewide Dr Morgan said The disease has spread among the wildlife of Aiken County and sis cases have been reported four raccoons one mouse and one fox By the end of 1988 six cases of rabies were reported in Aiken County We used to think rabies among ro dents wasnt a problem but theres been an epidemic among the wildlife popula tion this year Dr Morgan said Its important to get dogs or cats im munized because they can get into fights with these animals and contract the vi rus exposing humans to rabies he said People need to be careful of any wild animals that show no fear when ap proached by humans Dr Morgan ex plained Rabid animals lose fear of men and people should keep their distance All bites from either wild animals or stray cats and dogs should be reported immediately to the Aiken County Health Department A scratch or an insignificant bite by a wild animal can still cause problems and should be reported Dr Morgan said Please See RABIES Page 12A Heart Failure If Stills Voice Of Me By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES Mel Blanc The Man of A Thousand Voices including the legions of Looney Tune stars such as Porky Pig Daffy Duck Tweety Pie Elmer Fudd and that mischievously silly wabbit Bugs Bunny has died He was 81 The originator of such lines as Bugs Eh whats up Doc Sylvester the Cats Thufferin thuccotash and Por kys Ththththats all folks died Mon day from complications from heart dis ease and other ailments By his own count Blanc estimated he had at least 900 different ac cents and dialects during a career span ning more than 50 years Working in an age without hightech sound effects Blanc was a human syn thesizer a verbal computer It has been estimated that more than 20 million peo ple hear his voices daily He invented the voices of such charae ters as Woody Woodpecker Speedy Gon zalez Pepe Le Pew Tasmanian Devil Road Runner Foghorn Leghorn Heath cliffe the cat Speed Buggy Yosemite Pleas End Trial Pharmacists MEL BLANC Career spanned 50 years Sam and that Oscarwinning rabbit Bugs Bunny He also did voices for Elmer Fudd the Roadrunner and numerous other charac ters he performed on 850 cartoons for Warner Bros Ixxmey Tunes and Merrie Melodies He was the babbling Barney Rubble and the hyperactive yammering Dino Fred Flintstones pet dinosaur on the Please See HKAKT Page IM BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer Three Aiken pharmacists indicted af ter a federal drug conspiracy investiga tion that began in 1985 brought an abrupt end to the case Monday by entering guilty pleas in US District Court Leonard Browder 59 of Aiken owner of Aiken Drug Co and the Browder Drug Company Woodruff pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of falsifying prescriptions James Michael Locklair 41 and Mar tin Thomas Johnson 33 pleaded guilty to two counts each of falsifying prescrip tions for Darvocet N100 a painkiller The three entered guilty pleas before senior US District Court Judge Solomon Blatt Jr at the CharlesE Simons Jr Courthouse in Aiken Leonel Blanton iSam Ergle 49 who had also boon indicted pleatkd guilty Thursday in a Charlestons US District Court on oe count of drug conspiracy Charges against Marian OKear a clerk at Aiken Drug Co were dropped kvirdiu lS District Attorne Mar n 1 Can1 iii Seniencliii for Krowder Lockiair and Johnson is expected to be in September Cauihiiaii said Browder faces a maximum sentence of nine years in prison fines totalling and a assessment fee Lock lair could be sentenced to eight years in prison fines totalling and a assessment Johnson faces a possible sentence of eight years in prison in fines and a assessment Caughman said the additional assess ments added to the defendants sentences go into the Governors Victims Assis tance Program fund The five were indicted in March by a federal grand jury on 153 counts of drug conspiracy charges that included illegal ly dispensing narcotics defrauding the Medicaid program and altering drug keeping records The alleged offenses were said to have begun as early as 1983 Caughman said As a result of Mondays plea bargain ing the remaining charges against the five have been dropped Agencies involved in the investigation were the US Drug Enforcement Admin istration the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services the South Carolina Department of Health and Envi ronmental Control and the US Attorney Generals office Please See GUILTY Page IM   

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