Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 14, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Page 9AA Quick ReadGiant Tax Refund Doesn't Faze IRS
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Eight-year-old Chad L. Brenner didn’t rush out to cash the $39,541.55 refund check he got from the Internal Revenue Service. But so far his dad has had a tough time convincing IRS officials that the large refund was a mistake.
The father said the IRS clearly erred in sending the check to Chad, a first-grader at College Gardens Elementary School in this Washington D.C. suburb. The boy had paid $152 in taxes on interest and dividends last year, his father said Tuesday.
Floyd Brenner said the receptionist at the IRS district office laughed when she saw the check, and then told him to take a number.
“I waited about an hour and 15 minutes.” Brenner said. “When I showed them the check, they kind of looked at me, saying, ‘What’s the problem?’
“They were so confused over what happened that I kept it, until they tell me what’s wrong.”Wife Takes, Passes Bar Exam For Husband
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Their marriage was made in law school. And when Morgan Lamb failed his state bar exam, he sent his pregnant lawyer wife masquerading as a man to take the test for him. She passed.
Now, the California Supreme Court is considering whether to disbar Laura Beth Lamb, who scored ninth highest on the exam, then was rushed to the hospital to deliver her baby.
The State Bar says she should be disbarred for undermining the exam process and foisting on the public an unqualified lawyer, her ex-husband.
Her lawyer, Tom Low, implored the court Tuesday to choose a suspension rather than disbarment. He said his client was an abused wife who participated in fraud to save her life and the life of her child.
Low said that Lamb, who owned a gun, had threatened to kill his wife, the fetus and himself.WeatherPartly Cloudy
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Elizabeth R. Ardrey, Aiken Richard Bush, Johnston Pauline P. Hutto, Graniteville Croft Johnson, Philadelphia Alma W. LaGrone, Edgefield Michael E. Morris, Evans, Ga.
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Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 142
Du Pont Says DOE Broke Contract On Pay
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Energy ignored its contractual obligations and relied on “erroneous” arguments in denying the Du Pont Co. reimbursement for $64 million in Savannah River Site severance pay, the company charges in a lawsuit.
Du Pont distributed the pay among about 6,500 site employees before it withdrew April I as contractor at the DOE-
owned weapons plant.
Local DOE officials rejected Du Pont’s $64,410,742 bin in a May 30 “final decision,” and Du Pont sued for reimbursement on June 2 in U.S. District Claims Court in Washington.
The suit, filed as a “contract disputes” claim against the federal government, sets the stage for a complex legal case that could take months or years for the non-juried court to resolve.
The 23-page complaint says Du Pont and the DOE agreed in 1984 — after some
30 years of negotiating the issue — to cut off accrual of Savannah River severance pay after Oct. 1,1985.
Any severance earned before then would be an allowable expense in case of a contractor change, Du Pont asserts in the document, a copy of which the company s Aiken office released Tuesday.
Severance was based on one week’s pay for each year of employee service at SRS, and the DOE stood to save at least $40 million under the cutoff agreement, Du Pont’s suit states.
CELEBRATION: Aiken County is quietly celebrating Flag Day today, commemorating June 14. 1777, when the Continental Congress officially adopted the Stars and
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
Stripes as the official flag of a fledging nation. For the story, see Page 1BVOA To Broadcast Aiken Story
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Aiken’s farming, manufacturing and horse industries were in the spotlight Tuesday as a Voice of America reporting team descended on the city to file reports that eventually may be heard by 140 million people.
On a tour that ranged from cotton and soybean fields to horse stables and the mills of Graniteville Co., the radio journalists were given visual and word pictures of what Aiken is all about.
“This has been a wonderful day and a great experience,” said June Murff, executive director of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, who accompanied the visitors on the trip.
The Voice of America, the overseas ra-
‘This has been a wonder-ful day and a great experience.’
— June Murff, Chamber Executive
dio networx of tne U.S. Information Agency, will file the English-language reports for interpretation into the languages of 43 nations around the world.
The six-member VOA team included Annie Morris, special events coordinator; Joseph Selden, engineer, and Dorothy Givens of VOA’s news and English programs from Charleston.
Foreign reporters included Manna Kaisken of Kundyz, Afghanistan, the
VOA Uzbek service; Simian Gupta of Lucknow, India, the Hindi service, and Selma Berksoy of Ankara, Turkey, the Turkish service.
During the series of interviews, the reporters went from breakfast at the Willcox Inn, to meetings at Horse Health Products, Dogwood Stables, Graniteville Co., the Clemson Extension Service office and a roundtable discussion of the city’s equine history at the Willcox.
The day ended with a carriage ride in the historic district and dinner at the Willcox.
Among the hosts were Jerry Smith of Horse Health Products; W. Cothan (Cot) Campbell, president of Dogwood Stables; H.D. (Doug) Kingsmore, chief executive
(Please See VOA, Page 12A)
Du Font says the DOE wrongly contended in its final decision that the two parties had no more than an “agreement to disagree” on the SRS severance issue.
“The decision largely ignores the contractual basis for reimbursement presented in Du Pont’s claim the suit says.
The complaint, filed with a thick stack of supporting documents, says the DOE “tried and failed” during 1984 contract
(PleaseSee DU PONT, Page IZA)
3 Western Reporters Expelled From China
By The Associated Press
BEIJING — Authorities today announced the arrest of two of 21 student leaders wanted for roles in the pro-democracy movement and ordered three Western reporters expelled for their reporting on the martial law crackdown.
Given three days to leave were two American correspondents, John Pomfret of The Associated Press and Voice of America bureau chief Alan Pessin, and British Broadcasting Corp. Far Eastern correspondent Brian Barron.
The order came as authorities intensified their criticism of the United States and pressed on with a nationwide clampdown on dissent that has already netted more than 1,000 arrests.
Communist authorities have criticized VOA, whose short-wave broadcasts are an important source of information for Chinese, as spreading “distortions.” They have also condemned Washington for sheltering Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi and his wife at the U.S. Embassy.
Authorities also announced today the arrest of 32 participants in pro-democracy protests, which ended June 3-4 with a military assault on Beijing’s center in which hundreds of unarmed civilians were killed.
The Communist Party newspaper, the People’s Daily, warned the United States in a harsh front-page editorial today to “stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and not do anything to harm bilateral relations.
“Anyone who tries... to put pressure on the Chinese government is not sensible and is shortsighted, and will gain no advantage in the end ” the editorial said.
China has launched an unremitting attack on the United States for sheltering Fang and his wife, Li Shuxian. They sought protection after the army assault that cleared central Tiananmen Square of students who had occupied it for three
(Please See STUDENT, Page 12A)Moderates Again Lose Baptist Bid
By The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS — A conservative was reelected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, dashing moderates’ hopes that an election outside the Bible Belt would help their candidate.
Jerry Vines, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Fla., won 56.5 percent of the vote Tuesday in defeating his moderate challenger, Daniel Vestal, pastor of Dunwoody Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta.
“I’m just convinced the joy bells are going to begin ringing in the Southern Baptist Convention,” said Vines, who continued a conservative resurgence in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.
Vines received 10,754 votes to 8,248 for Vestal. It was the lith straight victory for conservative candidates since 1979.
STILL PRESIDENT: The Rev Jerry Vines re-elected by Baptists.
Vestal said he was disappointed, but already considering another run for the presidency at next year’s convention in New Orleans.
“I fear a kind of militant partisanship in this denominatiion,” he said.
(Please See MODERATES, Page 12A)
SPCA Leads Line Asking County For More Funds
BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer
The Aiken County Council was hit from all sides for more money at Tuesday night’s Public Hearing for the 1990 County Budget.
The proposed budget is for $20 million, with a millage rate of 4.0 mills — a figure that has been trimmed by about $1 million from the originally proposed budget.
Members of the Aiken Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals gathered in force at the hearing to support the SPCA’s request for $83,500 in aid from the County as opposed to the $49,000 the County initially budgeted for the agency.
At a June 5 Council work session to trim the budget, that figure was reduced to provide a 5 percent increase to the SPCA. The County currently contracts with the SPCA for a portion of the agency’s operating costs.
Under the contract, the SPCA accepts for housing, adoption and humane disposal stray dogs and cats and other animals brought to the shelter by County Humane Officers. The SPCA also accepts animals brought in by owners and other people in the unincorporated areas of the county.
Polly Sears, chairman of the board for the agency, told the Council the SPCA will consider dropping its contract with the County unless the County
increases its annual payment to the
Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie asked if a cost effective study has ever been done, and after verifying that Dr. Venaye P. Reece is a fulltime veterinarian for the SPCA, added, “the thing that concerns me is that we don’t even have a fulltime doctor at the prison.”
(Please See SPCA, Page 12A)