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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 26, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Baseball Great Dies In Crash Pagel2A A Quick Read Playwright Dead At 83 PARK AP Nobel Prizewin ning author Samuel Beckett who created a world of everlasting de spair and left theatergoers Waiting for Godot died at age 83 of respira tory failure and was buried today his publisher said The playwright poet and novelist whose work depicted death and de cay as mankinds sole and inescap able destiny was buried this morn ing at Montparnasse Cemetery in a private ceremony said publisher Je rome Linden The playwright died Friday in Par is Linden said Blue Laws Causing New Years Blues By The Associated Press Most states have some sort of law restricting liquor sales on Sundays So when New Years Eve falls on a Sunday as it does this year its a lessthanfestiye holiday for those who make a living selling alcohol I think it will hurt the industry said Ray Brezzo who owns a liquor store in Glastonbury Conn Were very very pessimistic In Connecticut as in many North eastern states bars and restaurants can serve alcohol on Sundays but li quor stores cant sell it For New Years Eve Brezzo is hoping his cus tomers will buy what they need on Saturday but hes far from confident Nobody knows what to expect he said Everybodys sort of sitting on the edge of their seat Liquor stores in New York City are posting signs to remind customers to buy early Weather Cold Night Tonight will be fair The low will be near 20 Tomorrow will be sunny with a high in the 40s Please see Page 3A for details Deaths Joe B Asbill Marietta Hollie Blevins Belvedere Jennie Brunson Edgefield Yvonne C Chase Aiken Sallie C Haigler Swansea Annie Kneece Warrenville Clara McCormick Blackville John T McGrath McCormick Marie Moseley Aiken Benjamin Platls Jr Barnwell Leonard Randall Williston Harold L Smalls New York City Arzila Stephens Windsor Olive K Taylor Augusta Lula Mae Toole Aiken Lucile Underwood Aiken Roosevelt Walker Aiken Please see Page 6B for details inside Today Bridge5B Calendar6C Classifieds3B Comics11A Crossword8B Cryptoquote4B DearAbby11A Local Front1B Obituaries6B Opinions6A Sports12A Television11A Weather3A Page 2A Blast Rocks Large National Refinery Page IB I Early State Retirement Could Be Costly Tuesday December 26 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 328 Coast Still Has White Christmas By The Associated Press The state Highway Patrol urged motor ists to drive carefully as South Carolin ians returned to work today following a weekend winter storm that dropped as much as 15 inches of snow in coastal cities Hazardous roads remained in some parts of the state Authorities also attrib uted at least six deaths to the cold spell The frigid weather also caused water pipes to burst in Charleston leaving many high and dry and disrupted air and bus transportation to the coast The National Weather Service predict ed high temperatures today in the 30s and 40s which would help melt snow that ac cumulated along the coast But subfreez ing temperatures during the night prom ised to make driving treacherous before the suns rays hit the roads Drive very very slow Its those early morning hours you have to watch out for Charleston police Cpl David Fair Airlines flying in and out of Charleston International Airport were to resume a normal schedule today an airport spokesman said The Myrtle Beach Jet port closed for a third straight day Mon day was expected to resume operations this morning But the jetport can operate only during daylight hours because runway lights are covered with snow said Todd Crawford deputy airport director Regular bus service to the Myrtle Beach and Charleston areas resumed Monday for the first time since Saturday Greyhound Bus Lone officials said The storm dumped 15 inches of snow in Myrtle Beach and eight inches in Charleston Warmer temperatures were expected to melt some of the snow by today High temperatures across the state were ex pected to reach the 60s by Friday the weather service said Authorities reported the cold weather led to the deaths of at least six people including three homeless men and sever al cases of hypothermia Two elderly men both apparently homeless were found dead Christmas morning in the Charleston area victims of exposure to the weather authorities said Herman Capers 65 was found dead in an abandoned cab at a local cam compa ny authorities said Tape Shows Bodies Of Leaders By The Associated Press BUCHAREST Romania Govern ment television today showed the bodies of former President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife after they were executed by a firing squad and Romanians rejoiced at word of the Communist dictators death Also today the new provisional govern ment appointed its leader Ion Iliescu as chairman of the 37member governing council The videotape showed the Ceausescus bulletriddled bodies lying against a wall after an earlier sequence of the couple in captivity A closeup showed Ceausescu lying with blood on the right side of his head The actual shooting by firing squad was not shown nor was its location disclosed Ceausescu and his wife Elena were tried by a secret military tribunal and executed Christmas Day for genocide and other crimes They were captured Saturday a day after a popular uprising forced Ceausescu from power By trying the couple putting them to death swiftly and showing the bodies the revolutionary government apparently was trying to end the fierce street fight ing that has claimed thousands of lives See TAPE Page 3A AP Laserphoto BLOOD SMEARED CEAUCESCU Bucharest residents demonstrating to commemmorate the victims of fights in Bucharest and Timisoara carry a bloodsmeared portrait of former dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu Noriegas Future Uncertain By The Associated Press PANAMA CITY Panama A full day after Gen Manuel Antonio Noriega took refuge in the Vatican embassy US troops battled his supporters in Panama City and the new government urged pub lic employees to return to work The United States demanded that the Vatican embassy surrender Noriega who is wanted on US drug charges Church authorities refused and tried to find a country willing to take the deposed strongman possibly Cuba We want him alive to stand trial in the United States US Embassy spokes man Terrence Kneebone said We see this as a criminal matter This is not a case of political or religious persecution Fighting broke out downtown Monday night and diplomats reached at the Span ish Embassy said the nearby Chamber of Commerce was ablaze US troops said they took sniper fire about two hours af ter the pm curfew The small arms and mortar fire was heard near the Cuban Embassy which was surrounded by US troops as well as the Foreign Ministry where the USin stalled government of President Guil lermo Endara has set up shop See FIGHTING Page 3A Taxpayers To Get Holiday Greetings From Uncle Sam By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Taxpayers receive their annual holiday greetings from Un cle Sam starting today as the Internal Revenue Service mails out more than 107 million tax forms and instruction packages The forms which have been waiting at post offices across the nation for weeks should be in most taxpayers hands be fore Jan 1 The IRS always times the mailing which costs million for postage and printing to come right after the crush of Christmas mail but soon enough to give taxpayers as much time as possible to complete their returns before the filing deadline which falls this year on April 16 For taxpayers still reeling from the sweeping changes wrought by the 1986 Tax Reform Act the IRS has reassuring words the new forms look very much like last years forms But to the chagrin of IRS officials one of the few changes should not have been made and it could confuse millions of elderly Americans The IRS is trying to get the word out to taxpayers eligible for Medicare that they should ignore the lines on the tax form covering the supplemental Medicare pre mium Congress did away with the pre mium along with the catastrophic health program it was designed to fund But Congress did not vote to repeal the controversial program until late Novem ber long after the IRS forms had gone to the printers The IRS hopes to keep confusion to a minimum through a publicity campaign to get word to the 12 million elderly tax payers who could be affected In addi tion IRS officials note that the form tax payers would need to compute their Medicare premium tax liability Form 8808 does not exist We believe that taxpayers will not want to pay taxes that they dont have to pay said IRS official Arthur Altaian But Altaian said that if taxpayers still include an amount on the Medicare pre mium line the IRS will refund the money This years returns are accompanied by a special pitch from new IRS Commis sioner Fred T Goldberg Jr who urges taxpayers to consider filing their returns electronically to cut down on the time it takes to process their refund checks See TAXPAYERS Page 3A The Rush Is On To Take Back Christmas Gifts DECADE If there is anything more harrowing than the last minute rush to buy Christ mas gifts its the postChristmas rush to exchange everything that didnt fit came broken or just wasnt appreciated Add traditional sales to that and the resulting crowds can be overwhelming But store clerks in Aiken were holding up pretty well against the mob this morn ing Experienced staffs said they knew that even at its most unruly the ex change rush is a blessing an opportunity to bring customers in for the postholiday sales Many stores opened early to give shop pers time to finish their business as easi ly as possible Most were open before 9 am Belks in the Aiken Mall opened early to accommodate a crowd waiting at the doors at 8 am Manager BUly Howard reported crowded aisles half an hour lat er and said the store expected to serve roughly a thousand people before shut ting down tonight at 10 pm JB Whites was also having an exhi lerating morning Manager Dan We have a big cheerful crowd We have had to add extra funds to the terminals to make the returning of gifts as convenient as possible and we brought in additional siaff to assist in putting mer chandise back on the floor Dan Haywood Haywood said his store was very busy from the first opening of the doors We have a big cheerful crowd he said We have had to add extra funds to the terminals to make the returning of gifts as convenient as possible and we brought in additional staff to assist in put ting merchandise back on the floor All in all I think we are looking at another record year he added its own too thanks to early preparation on Christmas Eve Assistant manager Dar rell Wicker said the staff began days ago to make sure merchandise was in its proper place and that all paperwork was in order Well before 7 am today the first cars were pulling into the parking lot ready for the doors to open Hour after hour the crowd steadily increased with customers returning gifts and checking out a mas sive halfprice sale Wicker said Other stores waited to open at their regular times but kept employees run ning busily to and fro before their prepa ration time ran out Gates did not open until 10 am but the staff was working early in the morn ing marking down prices for its post Christmas sale and getting ready for returns Weve been here since about 7 oclock getting ready said Harriett Plowden are expecting a good crowd but not as busy as Christmas Eve We are hoping not too much will have to be returned IN REVIEW Series Examines 1984 Business The Aiken Standard continues its look back at the decade in review in todays edition with coverage on Pages 7A10A In news the year 1984 is profiled as well Business developments both locally and nationally are also examined In sports they year 1984 was an event ful one with USCs Black Magic foot ball season and Aikentrained Swales victory in the Kentucky Derby Stories on the top golfers of the decade as selected by the Associated Press are 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