Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 6, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Trains Collide Outside Glasgow
GIxASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Two commuter trains collided today outside Glasgow, and initial Fire Brigade reports said one person was killed and as many as 40 may have been injured.
It was the second rail collision in Britain in 48 hours. A crash Saturday on the outskirts of London killed five people and injured 94.
Jack Stewart, a Fire Brigade senior divisional officer, said details of today’s crash were sketchy, but that he knew of one fatality.
Stewart said two or three people were trapped in the wreckage. He said there were 30 to 40 other casualties, but added these could include people suffering only from shock.
“It is a serious incident. There are people trapped and casualties are being taken to the Royal Infirmary, Victoria Infirmary and Western Infirmary,” the ambulance service reported.
Scotrail spokesman Archie Birt said the two trains were traveling in opposite directions between the Glasgow suburbs of Springbum and Niln-gavie when they collided at 12:39 p.m. outside the Bellgrove station, two miles from the center of Glasgow.
At least one of the trains derailed, Birt said
Nancy Thurmond In Tourism Job
Nancy Thurmond, wife of Sen. J. Strom Thurmond, R-SC, has taken a position with the U.S. Travel and Tourism Administration, but an office worker was not sure this morning what that position is.
A secretary for the undersecretary said that Mrs. Thurmond was “definitely” working in the administration, but that she was not sure when she started nor what position she is in, as “titles are not settled yet.” Mrs. Thurmond was out of the office, as was the current undersecretary for Travel and Tourism.
Mostly cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance of rain is forecast tonight and Tuesday. The low will be in the 40s with a high in the 50s.
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Earl Babbitt, Augusta Frank Gantt, Leesville Virginia E. Hadden, Batesburg Janice E. Hall, Augusta Marian H. Harris, Vaucluse Booster Johnson, Augusta Anthony D. Maroney, Monetta Lizzie Quarles, Edgefield Nettie Ann Spires, Augusta Della M Twiggs. North Augusta Michael J. Weathersbee, Atlanta Please see details on Page 5A.
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Vol. 122 No. 56
Eastern Pilots Honor Strike
STRIKER: Eastern Airlines employee Philip Malle raises his fist as he pickets with other strikers outside the Eastern terminal at New York’s Kennedy Airport Sunday.
By The Associated Press
MIAMI — With rail commuters around the nation receiving a reprieve from chaos today, strike-torn Eastern Airlines warned pilots they were committing “economic suicide” by honoring Machinists’ picket lines.
Most of the 3,600 pilots, who are critical to Eastern’s operations, have honored the strike by the airline’s 8,500 mechanics, baggage handlers and ground crew.
Tile strike, in its third day, began over Eastern’s demand for contract concessions and escalated a 17-month battle at the nation’s seventh-largest airline.
Most of the airline’s 4,800 flight attendants also honored the Machinists’ pickets. The effects of the strike could spread Tuesday if the nation’s pilots followed their union’s request to strictly observe aviation rules starting that day.
Only 92 of Eastern’s 1,000 daily flights took off Sunday, said Eastern spokesman Robin Matell. The pilots’ union put the figure at 68.
The sharp cuts in operations have stranded thousands of Eastern’s usual 100,000 daily passengers at airports around the country.
The strike had threatened to spill over into a sympathy action today against 12 commuter railroads around the country, but the Machinists called off their plans Sunday after a judge in New York issued a temporary order banning railroad workers from honoring Eastern picket lines there.
Eastern President Phil Bakes, admitting that service has “been a mess,” urged the pilots to return .
“Come back now alw Aake tffis airline work,” Bakes told a news conference Sunday. “Come back for your families,
Local Travelers Not Affected
From Staff Reports
The Eastern Airlines strike has not affected travel in the Aiken-Augusta area, said Jose Hernandez, owner of Aiken Travel Center.
“We don’t get that much Eastern business out of the Augusta area,” he said.
Last week, however, area residents were taking advantage of lower fares being charged by Eastern with the knowledge that they could fly on a space-available basis with other airlines, Hernandez said.
Customers could experience “as much as a couple of hundred dollars savings if they didn’t mind waiting,” he added.
“A person buying those fares are not guaranteed that they are going to get to use those tickets,” said Faye Grantham, manager of Crest Travel.
She added that her agency has been advising travelers about the situation at the airline for several
(See LOCAL, Page JOA)
come back for Eastern Airlines. ... We can make it work.”
He also apologized to customers and
(See EASTERN, Page 10A)
Tibetans Riot In Protest After 11 Killed In Beijing
By The Associated Press
BEIJING — Thousands of Tibetans rioted in the streets of their capital today, hurling goods looted from Chinese stores onto bonfires, witnesses said. A day earlier, at least ll people were reported killed in street clashes.
Police fired on protesters in Lhasa on Sunday, but did not interfere today as the demonstrators chanted pro-indepen-dence slogans and stoned Chinese bicyclists who ventured into the area, the Western witnesses said.
The official Chinese Xinhua News Agency said one policeman and IO protesters were killed in Sunday’s violence and 40 police and more than 60 demonstrators were injured.
An American traveler, speaking by telephone from the city, said today that many Tibetans reported the death toll at closer to 30.
It is the fourth time in 18 months that tensions have boiled over between Tibetans and Chinese, who rule the remote southern region.
At least 40 were killed in the earlier
clashes, including 24 who died one year ago during a daylong battle.
Sunday’s protest was begun by Buddhist monks and nuns who apparently were marking that anniversary.
American and other travelers said thousands of Tibetans milled around the streets of the city’s old section today, looting merchandise from Chinese-owned stores and setting it on fire.
They stoned any Chinese who tried to bicycle through the area and dragged some from their bikes, which they burned, the witnesses said.
A second American said he saw a policeman dragged from his bike and chased down the street at knifepoint.
“The streets are thick with people. There’s lots of whooping and shouting and throwing stones. There’s no control whatever,” said an Australian. He said the protesters set up barricades with tables and garbage cans on some streets.
Tibet remains largely closed to journalists and the only independent reports came from travelers, many of whom who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of police reprisals.
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Xinhua said Sunday’s violence began at noon when 13 monks and nuns paraded illegally through the Barkhor, the city’s central market and location of its main temple, the Jokhang. They waved banners and shouted “Independence for Tibet,” the report said.
They were joined by several hundred people, who stoned a nearby police station.
A Swedish traveler, who gave his name only as Pontus, said he ran to the roof of the Jokhang Temple for a better view.
“There were six people to the left of us taking pictures of the crowd ... Then they dropped their cameras and started firing
(See TIBETANS, Page 10A)
Du Pont Will Maintain Office In Aiken
From Staff Reports
The Du Pont Co. plans to maintain an Aiken office to tie up loose ends of business after it withdraws April I as Savannah River Plant contractor, company officials said.
Albert H. Peters, Du Pont’s manager of plant facilities and services at Savannah River, will head the office.
“It will be staffed by financial, legal and public affairs representatives of the corporation, who will remain in the community after April I to resolve business matters associated with the conclusion of Du Pont’s operating responsibilities,” the company said in a statement released this morning.
Du Pont will be renting space at Woodside Office Park, said Rebecca M. McSwain, a company spokeswoman.
‘It will be staffed by financial, legal and public affairs representatives of the corporation, who will remain in the community after April 1 to resolve business matters.
— Du Pont Press Release
She said she didn’t know how many people would work at the office, or how long it would remain open.
Westinghouse Savannah River Co. was named in September to succeed Du Pont at the helm of the Department of Energy-owned nuclear weapons plant.
Du Pont, which designed the nuclear weapons materials plant and has operated it for nearly 40 years, announced in October 1987 that it would leave this year.
James E. Felder and Robert C. (Clif) Webb, Du Pont’s top two public affairs officers at Savannah River, will temporarily alternate as company spokesmen at the office, even though both have accepted transfers with Du Pont.
Webb is going to Wilmington, Del., and
Felder to Houston, but for the first month or so at least, they will take turns staffing the office on a week-by-week basis.
How long that continues depends on “what comes up,” Webb said.
While Westinghouse will assume responsibility for SRP as of April I, Du Pont expects substantial post-turnover business of its own.
“Once they leave, there are still a lot of loose ends that will have to be tied up,” said Ms. McSwain.
How long the office stays open “will depend on how much business needs to be conducted after April 1.1 think there will be a diminishing amount of that as time goes by.”
By BRAD SWOPE Statf Writer
Electronic watchdogs will start reading passes and opening gates within the Savannah River Plant early next year, officials say, as the nuclear weapons facility moves to automate its internal security system.
Coded access cards and radio frequency transmitters form the heart of a new system now being installed in many high-security areas of the SRP.
When the system is completely operational in about three years, up to 8,000 employees will carry “proximity cards,” each bearing a unique identifying circuit.
Transmitters posted outside various areas will read the cards and unlock entrances, letting authorized employees breeze through.
SRP officials say the new system, part of a $100 million general security upgrade under way at the plant, will reduce paperwork and strengthen safeguards while replacing an assortment of less-stream-lined control methods.
“We have a number of different systems. We’re going to standardize the plant,” said Howard B. Gnann, chief of the safeguards, engineering and projects branch with the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Operations.
The new system will replace the ma-chine-scannable magnetic “stripe” card and, in some areas, the “touch pass” method that requires guards to closely inspect employees’ photograph identification badges.
“The systems we use now are manpower-intensive,” Gnann said.
Touch passes, for example, also require guards to keep written logs on who enters and exits, but with the new system, “the computer will do all that for you,” he said. “It improves the efficiency greatly.”
The proximity system, representing off-the-shelf commercial technology, also will provide more complete records — which employees went where, and how long they stayed — Gnann said.
(See SRP, Page 10A)