Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 9, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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'Toilet Of Future' Could Be Coming
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A water-saving “toilet of the future” may be enthroned in law in four Northeast states that face chronic water shortages, officials say.
The Delaware River Basin Commission is considering requiring the toilets in new construction and renovations beginning in 1991, officials said Wednesday. The toilets could cut water use by 45 percent and reduce the strain on sewage plants, the officials said.
“These are the toilets of the future,” said Jeffrey Featherstone, policy analyst for the commission. “They look like regular toilets. There’s nothing mysterious about them, except for the fact that they flush less water, which is very important.”
The new toilets use 1.6 gallons of water per flush, compared with as much as 7 gallons for conventional toilets.
Los Angeles Offers Help To Paraplegic
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The plight of a homeless paraplegic whose wheelchair was stolen as he slept in a parking lot unleashed an outpouring of public sympathy, but the man disappeared before he could accept any offers of help.
Details about George Donovan’s life and his misfortune were not all that clear, but people who tried to help him said the theft was typical: a snapshot of misery on Skid Row.
“George is a victim of the victims,” said Ray McCann, communications director at the Union Rescue Mission where Donovan found shelter briefly.
Police agreed Donovan, who claimed to be a veteran, was the victim of Skid Row thieves. And although people who have heard about the theft wanted to help, there was no one to refer them to, said Lt. Fred Nixon, a police spokesman.
The incident began Tuesday evening when Donovan, 47, awakened in a parking lot and found his wheelchair was gone, said Officer Joe Mariani, another police spokesman.
Skies will become fair tonight with a low in the low 30s. Mostly sunny skies are forecast Friday with a high in the low 60s.
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Senators Back Minimum Wage Boost
Addie Takes Oath Of Office
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Thursday, March 9, 1989
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Vol. 122 No. 59
Bush Readying Tower Replacement
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats pressed for a vote today to reject the nomination of John Tower to run the Pentagon, while the White House appeared resigned to defeat and said President Bush would have a replacement candidate quickly if Tower was defeated.
Admitting that only “a miracle” could save Tower, Republicans made a last-minute bid to give him an extraordinary six-month probation period to prove he can abstain from drinking.
With the prospect of defeat seemingly inevitable, White House press secretary
Marlin Fitzwater said, “If necessary, we’ll come up with a (new) candidate very rapidly.
“It must be clear to all that people like the chief of staff and the national security adviser, any number of congressmen and senators and any number of other outside experts have candidates on the tip of their tongue and they are more than willing and ready to provide those names and begin consideration of them when the time comes,” the spokesman said.
“But the time has not come,” Fitzwater added. “The time will come as soon as the vote is completed. We will wait until then.”
The probation idea was criticized by senior Democrats.
Only Democrat I Joyd Bentsen of Texas said he would vote “yes,” joining just two other Democrats who have made that decision.
President Bush should stand by his nomination of John Tower for secretary of defense, former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford said during a joint appearance.
At no time did I see John Tower in a position which impaired his integrity or capabilities,” Ford said Wednesday night during a news conference before he and
(’arter appeared in a forum at Tulane University.
“My opinion is that he is well qualified to serve and he will be secretary of defense,” said the Republican former president.
Democrats in the Senate have called on Bush to withdraw Tower’s nomination, which has been jeopardized by allegations of excessive drinking and womanizing.
Carter said Bush’s choice for the post should be honored.
(See BUSH, Page6A)
Comparing Machinists Wages
Top hourly wages for selected airlines
Eastern American Continental* United Northwest* Delta* USAir
Eastern Will File For Bankruptcy
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Continental contracts for the work
'machinists arc non-union
By The Associated Press
Strike-crippled Eastern Airlines, losing $2 million to $7 million a day, today will seek protection from creditors under Chapter ll of federal bankruptcy laws, a spokesman for the airline’s parent company said.
The filing, which would only affect Eastern, would have taken place at 9 a.m.
EST in federal bankruptcy court in New York City, said Art Kent, spokesman for Texas Air Corp.
“I can’t telL/ou anv^ more than that, lie said from Houston, where Texas Air is IC AHN
based. Eastern planned a news conference for late Thursday morning, he said.
On Wednesday, the fifth day of the acrimonious Machinists walkout, Eastern strikers, united in hostility for boss Frank Lorenzo, asked his rival Carl Icahn to consider a buyout as the crippled
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carrier desperately tried to stay aloft by slashing fares and selling airport gates.
Eastern, running just 4 percent of its flights with a skeleton crew of 1,500, had warned it could end up in bankruptcy court by week’s end if pilots continue to honor picket lines.
The strike began Saturday with a walkout by 8,500 Machinists in a dispute over $125 million in proposed wage cuts and escalated with the support of pilots and flight attendants.
Icahn, the corporate takeover specialist and chairman of Trans World Airlines, said Wednesday he would consider several requests made this week by the Machinists “concerning the acquisition by TWA of Eastern.”
“I would be willing to speak to the unions only if Eastern permits me to, because I do not want to be accused by Eastern of interfering with the collective
bargaining process,” he said in a statement.
(See EASTERN, Page 6A)
Atwater Lashes Out At Hollings
By MATTHEW DAVIS States News Service
WASHINGTON — Republican Party Chairman and South Carolina native Lee Atwater said Wednesday that he’s placed Democratic Sen. Ernest F. (Fritz) Hollings on his political hit list due to Hollings verbal attacks of Secretary of Defense-designate John Tower. In an interview following a fund raiser for Sen. Strom Thurmond Wednesday night, Atwater accused Sen. Hollings of “acting like a school boy” during recent exchanges on the Senate floor that have been some of the most bitter of the Tower debate.
Tuesday night, Sen. Hollings, who has made no secret that he thinks Tower is a
Thurmond Fund-Raiser Earns Nearly $300,000
severe alcohol abuser, squared off with Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kansas. Sen. Hollings lambasted Sen. Dole for accusing him of mounting “vicious” attacks against Tower.
Atwater said that exchange was the last straw. He now plans to actively seek an opponent to run against Hollings in 1992.
“I’ve been personally kind of laying off Sen. Hollings but now I’m going to take a personal interest in finding a candidate because of the way he has carried on about this Tower nomination,” Atwater said. “I saw him on television last night (Tuesday) and I don’t think he was acting like a U.S. Senator. He was carrying on
(See ATWATER, Page 6A)
By MAI THEW DAVIS States News Service
WASHINGTON — South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond pct on an impressive show of support Wednesday night with a spirited fund-raiser that included many of Washington’s Republican heavyweights and garnere ’ e 86-year old lawmaker almost $30U,000 for his 1990 campaign.
The fund-raiser, held at a posh banquet room in the recently renovated Union Station, marked the unofficial beginning of Sen. Thurmond’s bid for yet another term in the seat he has held since 1954.
Circulating among the crowd were representatives from a variety of national corporations and political action groups, in addition to several power players on the Washington scene. Excluding members of Congress and other government officials, those attending paid $1,000 each
for the privilege of supporting Sen. Thurmond, who holds powerful positions on several influential Senate committees.
The guests included South Carolina native Lee Atwater, chairman of the Republican National Committee who took a considerable amount of ribbing for his recent resignation from the board of trustees of Howard University. Atwater resigned Tuesday after students at the school staged a sit-in protesting his appointment.
But the fiesty Republican strategist took the jibes in stride. He told friends at the reception that his resignation did not amount to caving in to student demands. He said he was “afraid that someone would get hurt” during the sit-ins, which had become a tense standoff between students and campus police.
(See THURMOND, Page6A)
Westinghouse Proposes $169 Million SRP Savings
Cost Improvements Within The Initial Contract Term
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
Westinghouse^ plan for reducing the Savannah River Plant’s business costs by $169 million over the next five years helped the company win the contract to operate the government-owned weapons facility, officials said.
The company’s contract proposal, submitted last May, said it could achieve those savings through management improvements, technological innovations and employee attrition.
Department of Energy officials, who rated the proposal “excellent,” say the company’s savings projections were a factor in their decision to award Westinghouse the SRP contract over rival Martin Marietta Corp. last September.
“We take our fiduciary responsibilities seriously,” Westinghouse said in Volume I of its proposal. “We intend to stretch every federal dollar.”
Westinghouse Savannah River Co., a subsidiary of Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse Electric Corp., will replace the Du Pont Co. as SRP operating contractor on April I.
The plant, which makes nuclear weapons materials, has an annual budget of about $1.1 billion.
The DOE’s Savannah River Operations released parts of the Westinghouse proposal, totaling some 1,000 pages, in response to a request by the Aiken Standard under the Freedom of Information Act.
(See WESTINGHOUSE, Page 12 A)
Staff Graphic By Sharon McLaughlin