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February 1, 1989

DALTON, Mass. (AP) _ It was a good year for the company that makes paper for U.S. currency, and that means more folding money for its workers.

Crane & Co. officials said Tuesday it would contribute a record $4.5 million to a profit-sharing plan for 1,100 employees at three plants in western Massachusetts. The payments amount to between 16 percent and 20 percent of the annual salaries of workers, who make $6 to $12 an hour, officials said.

Last year, the company distributed $3.2 million to employees.

Company officials declined to reveal how much of their total sales of $119.8 million involved paper used in currency, and aside from the United States, they would not identify the countries that use their paper.

Sales were up for all products made by Crane, such as stationery and specialty papers for drafting, said personnel director James D. Manning.

Manning did say Crane won a new three-year contract to produce paper for U.S. bills in early 1988. The company first began making the paper for this country’s legal tender in 1879.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If the latest exhibit at the Steinhart Aquarium looks like a fish out of water, that’s exactly what it is - a frozen shark.

The great white shark - 1,500 pounds and 13 1/2 feet long - was caught off the Golden Gate bridge last fall by fisherman Michael McHenry.

″He must have used a huge hook,″ aquarium director John McCosker said Tuesday. ″It’s in there somewhere.″

McCosker said great white sharks have rarely been kept alive in captivity for more than a few hours because they have to swim to breathe.

But he’s confident that someday the aquarium’s tanks will contain a live shark. Until then, the Steinhart’s new exhibit is a good - and safe - way to get a close look at one.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Clyde, an 80-year-old Maine lobster, is a long way from his stomping grounds but he should feel right at home in this landlocked state. After all, he’s been named an honorary citizen of Nebraska.

But the 17-pound crustacean will be moving on to saltier waters, or worse, fall victim to the lobster pot if his new owner cannot raise $6,000 to buy an aquarium to keep him at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.

″I don’t want him being sold. I don’t want him being eaten,″ said Louise Douglas, who won Clyde through a grocery store drawing. ″If he made it more than 80 years, I don’t want him killed.″

Hinky Dinky store manager Tim Myers said patrons ooooed and ahhhed at the mighty lobster when it was lowered into the tank before the drawing.

Myers agreed to donate the lobster to the zoo and instead give her 10 smaller lobster tails, but Mrs. Douglas said the zoo will only accept Clyde on a permanent basis if a chilled saltwater tank is purchased to house him.

Otherwise he’ll be sent to the New York Aquarium, said Randy Wisthoff, associate director of the zoo. He said the lobsters on display at the zoo are Caribbean creatures and live in warmer waters than Maine lobsters.

Meanwhile, Clyde is being stored at the zoo in a big cooler.

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