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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 26, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Page 2A Blast Rocks Large National Refinery Page IB Early State Retirement Could Be Costly Tuesday, December 26, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 328Coast Still Has White Christmas Baseball Great Dies In Crash Page 12AA Quick ReadPlaywright Dead At 83 By The Associated Press The state Highway Patrol urged motorists to drive carefully as South Carolinians 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 attributed 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 predicted high temperatures today in the 30s and 40s, which would help melt snow that accumulated along the coast. But sub-freezing temperatures during the night promised to make driving treacherous before the sun’s rays hit the roads. “Drive very, very slow. It’s 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 Jetport, 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 Line 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 expected 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 several 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 company, authorities said. PARIS (AP) — Nobel Prize-winning author Samuel Beckett, who created a world of everlasting despair and left theatergoers “Waiting for Godot,” died at age 83 of respiratory failure and was buried today, his publisher said. The playwright, poet and novelist whose work depicted death and decay as mankind’s sole and inescapable destiny, was buried this morning at Montparnasse Cemetery in a private ceremony, said publisher Jerome Linden. The playwright died Friday in Paris, Linden said.Blue Laws Causing New Year's Blues By The Associated Press Most states have some sort of law restricting liquor sales on Sundays. So when New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday, as it does this year, it’s a less-than-festive 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. “We’re very, very pessimistic.” In Connecticut, as in many Northeastern states, bars and restaurants can serve alcohol on Sundays but liquor stores can’t sell it. For New Year’s Eve, Brezzo is hoping his customers will buy what they need on Saturday — but he’s far from confident. “Nobody knows what to expect,” he said. “Everybody’s sort of sitting on the edge of their seat.” Liquor stores in New York City are posting signs to remind customers to buy early.Tape Shows Bodies Of Leaders By The Associated Press BUCHAREST, Romania — Government 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 dictator’s death. Also today, the new provisional government appointed its leader, Ion Iliescu, as chairman of the 37-member governing council. The videotape showed the Ceausescus’ bullet-riddled bodies lying against a wall after an earlier sequence of the couple in captivity. A close-up showed Ceausescu lying with blood on the right side of his head. The actual shooting by firir^ 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 fighting 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 blood-smeared portrait of former dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu.Noriega's Future Uncertain By The Associated Press PANAMA CITY, Panama — A full day after Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega took refuge in the Vatican embassy, U.S. troops battled his supporters in Panama Qty and the new government urged public employees to return to work. The United States demanded that the Vatican embassy surrender Noriega, who is wanted on U.S. 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,” U.S. Embassy spokesman 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 Spanish Embassy said the nearby Chamber of Commerce was ablaze. U.S. troops said they took sniper fire about two hours after the 6:00 p.m. curfew. The small arms and mortar fire was heard near the Cuban Embassy, which was surrounded by U.S. troops, as well as the Foreign Ministry, where the U.S.-in-stalled government of President Guillermo Endara has set up shop. (See FIGHTING, Page 3A)weather Taxpayers To Get Holiday Greetings From Uncle SamCold Night Tonight will bf 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, Monetta 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 Platts 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. By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Taxpayers receive their annual holiday greetings from Uncle 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 before Jan. I. The IRS always times the mailing, which costs $26 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 year’s 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 premium. Congress did away with the premium along with the catastrophic health program it was designed to fund. But Congress did not vote to repeal the controversial program until late November, long after the IRS forms had gone to theprinters. The IRS hopes to keep confusion to a minimum through a publicity campaign to get word to the 12 million elderly taxpayers who could be affected. In addition, IRS officials note that the form taxpayers would need to compute their Medicare premium tax liability, Form ""I, does not exist. “We believe that taxpayers will not want to pay taxes that they don’t have to pay,” said IRS official Arthur Altman. But Altman said that if taxpayers still include an amount on the Medicare premium line, the IRS will refund the money. This year’s returns are accompanied by a special pitch from new IRS Commissioner 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 • A • DECADE •Inside Today Bridge...............................................5B Calendar............................................6C Classifieds.........................................3B Comics............................................11A Crossword.........................................8B Cryptoquote.......................................4B Dear Abby........................................11A Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................6B Opinions............................................6A Sports..............................................12A Television........................................11A Weather.............................................3A If there is anything more harrowing than the last minute rush to buy Christmas gifts, it’s the post-Christmas rush to exchange everything that didn’t fit, came broken, or just wasn’t 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 morning. Experienced staffs said they knew that even at its most unruly, the exchange rush is a blessing, an opportunity to bring customers in for the post-holiday sales. Many stores opened early to give shoppers time to finish their business as easily as possible. Most were open before 9 a.m. Belks in the Aiken Mall opened early to accommodate a crowd waiting at the doors at 8 a.m. Manager Billy Howard reported crowded aisles half an hour later, and said the store expected to serve roughly a thousand people before shutting down tonight at IO p.m. J.B. White’s 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 merchandise 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 putting merchandise back on the floor.” “All in all, I think we are looking at another record year,” he added. .IU    -I*    " ▲ UC OVU4«. V4 W A* Al. .aiding its own, too, thanks to early preparation on Christmas Eve. Assistant manager Darrell 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 a.m. 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 massive half-price sale, Wicker said. Other stores waited to open at their regular times, but kept employees running busily to and fro before their preparation time ran out. Cato’s did not open until IO a.m., but the staff was working early in the morning, marking down prices for its post-Christmas sale and getting ready for returns. “We’ve been here since about 7 o’clock getting ready,” said Harriett Plowden, manager.“We are expecting a good crowd, but not as busy as Christmas Eve. We are hoping not too much will have to be returned. IN REVIEWSeries Examines 1984, Business The Aiken Standard continues its look back at the decade in review in today’s edition with coverage on Pages 7A-10A. 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 eventful one with USC’s “Black Magic” football season and Aiken-trained Swale’s victory in the Kentucky Derby. Stories on the top golfers of the decade, as selected by the Associated Press, are. also included. ;

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