Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 1, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Strolls Cup Polo Continues
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A Quick Read
Rep. Huff Calls For Election Of Successor
COLUMBIA — Hampton County Rep. Douglas E. McTeer was expected to succeed resigned Rep. Thomas E. (Tom) Huff, R-North Augusta, as chairman (rf the House Rules Committee late today.
Rep. Huff, forced to give up his chairmanship after switching from the Democratic to the Republican Party in April, said his last act was to call for an election of the chairman this afternoon.
“My term will end today, and my intention is to call a meeting this afternoon for the purpose of holding an election for the chairmanship/* said the North Augusta lawmaker.
Rep. Huff said, “Doug McTeer is the first vice chairman and obviously has the votes to succeed me. If he is elected there will be a vacancy for first vice chairman. I have not involved myself in that election.”
Diaper Patent Suit Winds Down In Court
CHARLESTON (AP) — U.S. District Judge Falcon Hawkins will rule sometime this summer in the socalled diaper war pitting industry giants Procter & Gamble and Kimberly-Clark.
At issue is Procter & Gamble’s complaint that the design of its super-absorbent disposable Pampers was copied by Kimberly-Clark in developing its own super-absorbent Huggies.
Procter & Gamble wants Hawkins to order Kimberly-Clark to stop manufacturing super-absorbent Huggies and order them removed from store shelves.
Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the low 60s.Partly cloudy skies are forecast Friday with a high in the middle 90s. Please see details on Page 10A.
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Annie M. Gunter, Wagener Lilie P. Kilpatrick, Aiken Martha S. Kneece, Johnson Please see details on Page 10A.Inside Today
Aiken County High Schools will hold their graduation ceremonies tonight and Friday.
Midland Valley and Wagener-Sal-ley will hold their graduations tonight.
Aiken, South Aiken, North Augusta, Silver Bluff and Ridge Spring-Monetta will hold their ceremonies Friday.
Sunday’s edition of the Aiken Standard will include coverage of all area graduations. The edition will include a list of all the county’s graduates, as well as pictures of each school’s valedictorian and salutatorian.
Senate Set To Approve Spending
House Adopts Auto Insurance Reforms
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Vol. 122 No. 131
Du Pont To Sue DOE For Severance Tab
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
The Du Pont Co. says it will sue the U.S. Department of Energy within a week to determine which one picks up the tab for $64.4 million in Savannah River Site severance pay.
DOE officials, in a “final decision” report released Wednesday, refused Du Pont’s request for reimbursement of severance pay the company distributed among 6,500 site employees before it withdrew April I as site contractor.
Du Pont insists that severance pay is an agreed-to expense under its non-profit contract to operate the DOE-owned nu
clear weapons plant.
But the DOE’s 29-page report argues, among other points, that the two parties have never had more than an “agreement to disagree” on the issue of severance pay at SRS.
The controversy has been brewing since last August, when DOE officials first denounced the severance pay as a taxpayer-sponsored windfall to site employees who wouldn’t lose jobs or benefits in the changeover.
The DOE’s report clears the way for Du Pont to file its threatened lawsuit, seeking reimbursement for a bill of $64,410,742.
“DOE’s decision is not unexpected. We
have said from the outset that, unfortunately, this issue will be settled in court,” the Delaware-based company said in a statement released Wednesday.
“We expect to submit a claim to the U.S. claims court in Washington within a week for roughly $64 million, to reimburse us for severance payments.”
The company’s statement refers to a March 22 letter to Du Pont employees from Chairman Richard E. Heckert, pledging that the company would “keep our word” to employees who were promised severance.
The company made good on its pledge, distributing checks just before it turned
the plant’s operation over to Westinghouse Savannah River Co. on April I.
The community cash bonanza brought
booming business to Aiken financial institutions, realtors and retailers.
“From here on, it will be strictly a legal matter. We won’t debate it in the media,” said Albert H. Peters, manager of Du Pont’s Aiken office.
The DOE report, which reads much like a legal brief, also says Du Pont’s severance pay policy for its commercial facilities isn’t applicable to Savannah River.
(Please See DU PONT, Page HA)
An Era Ends As Wright Steps Down
Mrs. Wright Defended.................Page 6A
Demos Protest Leaks..................Page 6A
Gingrich Elusive.........................Page 6A
Foley Gathers Support..............Page 11A
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Jim Wright, never comfortable on television, talked directly to the House. He waved documents. He held aloft his famous book. He wiped his brow. He spoke an hour and at the end, almost in a mumble, said that he would quit.
Off in the Republican seats sat Newt Gingrich, gadfly from Georgia, Wright’s nemesis. When th* House stood to applaud Wright, Gingrich rose, too, but didn’t clap. Beside him, Republican leader Bob Michel offered a sad shake of his head. He had witnessed a generational . change, and he is of the old generation. Gingrich’s the new.
Wright’s speech was nothing fancy, a detailed point by point rejoinder to toe bill of particulars laid out against him by the ethics committee.
He belittled toe $3.25 per-copy royalty received on toe book that had been sold in wholesale lots to lobbyists. He said his wife, Betty, had earned her $18,000 salary. They had paid for their condominium “per diem,” said Wright, irate.
(Please See AN ERA, Page HA)
EMOTIONAL WRIGHT: An emotional Jim Wright of Texas announces his resignation as House Speaker.
Must Meet Deadline Or Return On Friday
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — State lawmakers, with a major hurdle now cleared, are rushing now to prepare a state budget in time for today’s 5 p.m. mandatory adjournment
If they don’t succeed, Gov. Carroll Campbell has promised to reconvene the General Assembly Friday to finish the budget, Rep. Bob McLellan said.
“I told him I had to go do some laundry,” joked McLellan, one of the House’s budget conferees who have CAMPBELL been in Columbia for at least eight days working on the budget.
Teachers and state employees cleared the way for stalled budget action to resume Wednesday by backing off their call for an early retirement plan.
(Please See LEGISLATORS, Page HA)
Southeast Expected To Be Hotbed For Vacation Travel
By The Associated Press
The Southeast will be the country’s hot bed of vacation travel this summer, with about 59 million Americans taking to the region’s roads, according to a recent survey.'
More Americans than last year will take to toe roads for vacations this summer, the survey released Wednesday by toe AAA Carolina Motor Club said.
Some 273 million people will take vacation trips of IOO miles or more between Memorial Day and Labor Day, a 4 percent increase over 1988, when 262 million Americans took similar trips, the survey said.
“The Southeast traditionally has enjoyed having more people vacation within its area than has other portions of the country,” said Quentin Anderson, a spokesman for toe association in Charlotte, N.C.
“I think they have discovered our many natural wonders in this part of the country,” he added.
Tile association considers the Southeast to be comprised of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virgina, West Virgina, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Some 58 million people will travel the Great I^kes region; 57 million, the Mid
west; 56 million, the West; and 43 million, the Northeast.
All regions of the country will see more travelers this year than last year, with toe exception of the West, where the number of vacationers will be toe same, the association said.
More vacationers will flock to the Southeast and Wes* than will leave those two regions for other parts (rf the country, while the Northeast, Great Lakes and Midwest will receive fewer visitors, according to toe survey.
Automobile travel will account for nearly 83 percent of this summer’s vacation travel, toe AAA survey said.
About 26 percent of those travelers will vacation in a city; 25 percent will go to toe beach; 16 percent to a small town or rural area; 9 percent to a lake; 8 percent to a state or national park; 7 percent to a theme or amusement paris. One percent did not know where they would go.
The survey based its results on a nationwide telephone poll of 1,500 adults conducted by the National Travel Cotter for the Association.
The AAA Carolina Motor Club is an affiliate of the American Automobile Association. It serves about 430,000 members in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Bush, Thatcher Tighten British Ties
By The Associated Press
LONDON — President Bush and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had “a very encouraging and frank exchange” today capping their NATO summit triumph in persuading Western allies to keep short-range nuclear missiles in Europe.
Nearing the end of his week-long European tour, Bush emerged from two hours of talks with Mrs. Thatcher to report that the “special relationship” between the United States and Britain was stronger than ever, “and will continue to be.”
Mrs. Thatcher credited Bush’s “staunch and steadfast” leadership for a “very, very successful” two-day NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, earlier this week, and declared that “freedom is on toe offensive” around toe world.
The two leaders said they discussed a wide range of issues, ranging from toe post-summit disarmament measures to
toe Middle Easts, China, South Africa, Argentina, Central America and Cambodia.
Bush said that “it is only with friends that you can take off the gloves and talk from the heart.” Said Mrs. Thatcher: “We think very much the same way, which isn’t surprising. ... I think ifr^y have been some of the most v« .W‘,^:,d happy talks I have had for a very long time.”
Bush met with toe prime minister at IO Downing Street before a luncheon at Buckingham Palace with Queen Elizabeth II. A dinner with Mrs. Thatcher was the final event before Bush returns to toe United States early Friday.
The president’s visit coincided with a subway stnke in London, which created traffic jams IO miles long on major highways into the capital and forced many commuters to walk or ride bicycles to work.
Mrs. Thatcher is regarded as the United States’ most ardent supporter in the West.
The issue pitted toe United States and Britain against West Germany, after Chancellor Helmut Kohl demanded early East-West negotiations to reduce and perhaps eliminate short-range nuclear missiles.
In the end, Mrs. Thatcher and Bush prevailed in winning a NATO statement that put off any negotiations indefinitely. It said toe missile talks could not begin until an East-West agreement on conventional arms had been signed and reductions were under way.
In Paris, Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze said Bush’s disarmament proposals generally were positive, but expressed doubt that agreement on conventional force reductions could be reached within a year, as Bush had suggested.PRESIDENT BUSH: Pleased withsummit outcome.