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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 6, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Exxon Valdez Captain Jailed Page 2A A Quick Read Death-Defying Dining Comes To America NEW YORK (AP) - American diners with a death wish can now risk sushi-cide with fugu, a seafood delicacy that becomes the last supper for IOO Japanese each year. The raw fish arrived in New York City last week, appearing on the menus of seven Manhattan restaurants and making the United States the only country outside Japan where fugu is found Rut the man who brought the gourmet delight stateside promised Wednesday this fugu couldn’t hurt a fly, unlike the badly prepared fugu that’s fatal to half the people who eat it. Every year about IOO Japanese eat a fatal fugu meal. Fugu has been a taste treat in Japan for more than 2,000 years. There are 15 different kinds of fugu, all prepared from puffer fish. If not properly 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 thousands of men, women and teen-agers flock to Ocean Drive to soak up the sun, ride the surf and to shag. This weekend, a statue commissioned 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 economy and development of the town. The unveiling Saturday will be in conj untion with the return the Society of Stranders, who are holding heir their Spring convention along the Grand Stand. “We’re doing it for the kids who come to the area,” Mayor Phil Tilghman said. “We’re doing it for the old folks, and we’re 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 partly cloudy skies forecast for the afternoon. 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  ..................  8B Calendar...........................................SA Classifieds........................................6B Comics.............................................5B Crossword........................................9B Cryptoquote ........ 7B Dear Abby. ...............................  5B Local Front ..........      1B Obituaries........  ......11A Opinions .............................    4A Sports..  .................................7 A Television.........................................5B Weather..........................................11A Page 2A AIRM I ' Aiken county •<-1 43S NEY,Ct RY ST. ,y. Solidarity Legalized, MustersA$upport Page IB TUfcm £fanDari> Thursday, April 6, 1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 83 Masters In Full Swing Golf's Top Players Begin Title Quest By TONY BAUGHMAN Sports Editor AUGUSTA — The last note of the overture has been struck; the long-awaited 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, 4-6 p.m.........................WRDW,    USA morning under mostly sunny skies. Nearly 40,000 golf enthusiasts were expected to scatter about the 6,905-yard layout as more than 80 of the world’s best golfers teed off in search of the coveted Green Coat. First-round play began with a ceremonial start by a trio of golf legends: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, and Gene Sarazen. The first official tournament pairing, which fired off at 8:45 a.m., featured Mark Brooks and Morris Hatalsky. The last group — pairing Scott Hoch, Mark Weibe, and David Rummells — was to go off at 2:29 in the afternoon. Other pairings of interest were to be four-time Masters winner Arnold Palmer and amateur P. Daniel Yates III, scheduled to begin play at 10:05 a.m.; six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus and amateur David Eger, who were to begin at 11:33 a.m.; Ben Crenshaw and Greg Norman, slated to go off at 1:25 p.m; and Seve Ballesteros and Lanny Wadkins, scheduled for a 1:49 p.m. start First round play continues until aroound 6 p.m. Thursday. The second round begins Friday morning with the highest scorers teeing off at 8:45. The first-round leaders will be scheduled to (See MASTERS, Page 12A) The 53rd Masters 1989 / 'YA i -* J * Past Champs 9 rn Year Winner Score 1979 Fuzzy Zoeller* 283 1980 Seve Ballesteros 271 1981 Tom Watson 276 1982 Craig Stadler* 284 % ■ ' ■■ ■ • - Yv- v 1983 Seve Ballesteros 275 1984 Ben Crenshaw 276 1985 Bernhard Langer 262 1986 Jack Nicklaus 280 1987 Larry Mize* 279 1988 Sandy Lyle 281 *Won in payoff 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 Aiken’s most beautiful settings. By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer The Pope and Talbot plant in Aiken is closing, costing approximately 60 people their jobs. Employees were informed this morning that the plant will be closing June 6 due to an economic decision, said Mal Bellafronto, vice president of operations. “It just broke my heart,” said June H. Murff, president of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce. “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 produces for such chain stores as Winn Dixie, Wal Mart and K Mart, he added. “We didn’t 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 national headquarters for the company’s six plants in the diaper division 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 company’s plants in the northeast and the southwest, Bellafronto said. The Aiken plant pumps approximately $2.5 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 Minister Yitzhak Shamir is presenting proposals to President Bush today to deal with the Arab-Israeli conflict, after the suggestions received an initial warm reception from Secretary of State James A. Baker III. So far, Shamir’s ideas are shrouded in secrecy. He had hinted before his arrival here that he was inclined to call elections for the 1.4 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 minister’s proposals until after the White House meeting with Bush. Avi Pazner, the prime minister’s media adviser, said Shamir and Bakerhad decided “not to reveal anything.” Pazner did say that a group of Israeli and U.S. officials had convened to explore the ideas in advance of Shamir’s 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 Arafat’s 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 18% months of disturbances in the occupied territories. Israeli radio quoted Shamir as telling U.S. Commerce Secretary Robert Mos-bacher and Housing Secretary Jack Kemp that Israel would not agree to foreign supervision of elections in the occupied territories “if and when they are held.” Shamir and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney agreed to deepen strategic cooperation and for Israel to purchase 25 Apache helicopters, Israel radio said. Shamir’s election proposition is de signed to have the Palestinians elect representatives to negotiate with Israel on the basis of the 1978 Camp David agreements reached with Egypt under U.S. auspices. The agreements produced an Egyp-tian-Israeli peace treaty in 1979 and called also for five years of local autonomy for the Palestinians after which negotiations would determine their future and that of the territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day war. Baker, after meeting with Shamir, described their talk as “very productive, useful and very friendly. ” For his part, Shamir said he had offered “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 Shamir’s 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 relationship 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 $64 million in Savannah River Site severance pay. Du Pont distributed that pay in varying shares to about 6,500 site employees when it withdrew as contractor there last Friday. Company officials say they have sent the bill to the Department of Energy’s local office for reimbursement. The department has 60 days to accept or reject that claim, which Du Pont officials say comes to about $64.4 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 ball’s 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 contractor at the government-owned nuclear weapons plant. Westinghouse Savannah River Co., which took over the plant’s operating contract on Saturday, has changed the name to the Savannah River Site. The 300-square-mile plant, which makes tritium and plutonium for nuclear weapons, had been called the Savannah River Plant since Du Pout built it in the 1950s. The severance pay provided an economic windfall for the community, but the attendant controversy helped to end the relationship of Du Pont and the government on a sour note. “DOE has the claim and the claim is currently under review,” Julie Madden, a spokeswoman with the department’s Savannah River Operations, said Tuesday. “Sometime within that 60 days they would respond to the claim,” Ms. Madden said, without predicting which way the ruling would go. But John D. Wagoner, deputy DOE secretary at Savannah River, rejected Du Pont’s request in March for a $74.6 million advance to cover the severance pay (the company has since revised that estimate downward). (See DOE, Page 12A) Triple Crown Attendance Sets Record By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer The sun smiled on this year’s Triple Crown and on the Aiken economy. With approximately 28,500 people attending the three events, previous attendance records were shattered, said June H. Murff, president of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce. A 1987 report by two Clemson University professors stated that in excess of $500,000 is pumped into the Aiken County economy by the event. Officials at the chamber of commerce, however, feel that $500,000 is a very conservative estimate considering the excellent attendance at this year’s Triple Crown. An estimated 15,000 people attended this year’s Trials, chamber officials said. This is up from rn estimated 7,000 in 1987. The Aiken Hunt Meet was also well attended this year. Approximately 10,000 people attended the event, which is up from 4,400 in 1987. Crowds for the event were so large that another setion had to be added to the guarantor’s tent, Mrs. Murff said. The Sulky races were the surprise strong point of this year’s equine races, she added. A record crowd of 3,500 people attended the 1989 edition of the race. In 1987, approxzimately 1,325 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 tile Triple Crown and the Wilcox Inn reported capacity crowds and a steady increase in business. (See TRIPLE, Page 12A) ;