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IRCC WINS POSTLIHES 19TH STRAIGHT SWIMMING TITLE sports, i6c , ; Ifflls EDG3 AT YCUR FINGEIITIPS Stock reports, tax tips, sports scores, Sfg latest headlines and more just a phone call away i SEE PAGE 3A AND BOOKLET INSIDE TODAY'S POST WEATHER: Mix of clouds and sunshine, cloudy at night. High 76, low 55. 2A he Palm Beach Posl MARTINST. LUCIE FINAL SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 1993 514 PAGES ONE DOLLAR Jl NEWS Sift , 4 J 7 Gang filled void for accused killer j Friends, relatives can't understand why teen might have shot deputy! : 1 MARK MIRKOStaff Photographer Chris Hardy, 16, brother of shooting suspect Nicholas, said: 'We started out as one of those families that you just can't split up.' By JENNY STALETOVICH Palm Beach Post Staff Writer LANTANA Picture the first 10 minutes of the American Dream: small pastel houses and mowed lawns packed along winding streets where children roller skate on sidewalks and chase down ice cream trucks. Then something weird happens. Gang names like Chico Clan, Ghetto Boys, Folk Nation, La Raza and Latin Kings start appearing on neighborhood walls. In the Concept Homes development off Lantana and Jog roads, gangs fill the void left by parents working long hours to keep the Dream going. The gangs are cool, and they're status. For an adolescent, that means power and recognition, says a Palm Beach County Sheriffs gang investigator. Nicholas Hardy moved into this neighborhood with his moth er, his younger brother Chris Hardy, and his older sister and her boyfriend in April 1992. An obsessed body builder, Hardy knew about power. At 18, he could bench press 350 pounds. But for a reason his family can't explain, that wasn't enough. Hardy wanted more. He ripped down the Arnold Schwarzenegger posters lining his room and covered the ceiling and walls with swirling graffiti that read Ghetto Boys, Skiee and Astor. Communicating in the hiero- glyphics of gangs, Hardy slipped, into a world where his family could, not go. j "I thought it was peaches and cream, man. The American.' Dream. Then bam, bam, bam,"; said Michael Hoxworth, who has; lived with the family since Hardy was 13. "There's something really wrong out there. Add every piece Please see SHOOTING 1 OA Indians may drop Homestead By JOHN FERNANDEZ Palm Beach Post Staff Writer HOMESTEAD As this city's restored field of dreams hosted the Florida Marlins-Cleveland Indians spring training game Saturday, spectators had extra incentive for booing the visiting team. -: There is much anger and concern in Homestead because the Cleveland Indians may back out of a pre-Hurricane Andrew contract to move its spring training site to this South Dade city next year. ' Homestead has not sufficiently recovered from the storm, at least not enough to support a team, Cleveland Indians officials say. . ' The possibility of losing the ' Indians is dashing the city's hopes . for a much-needed economic jolt, which would be anchored by the $22 million Homestead Sports Complex customized for baseball. "This place looks terrific," said Ron Hurley, with his aqua-clad 4-year-old son perched on his shoulders. "I don't understand why the Indians would want to go elsewhere. It would be their loss." ' In the past six months, Homestead's stadium has undergone $7 million in storm-related repairs. Several signs refer to the ility as the Indians' new home, $wt they may have to be removed. H; The team was to begin spring draining in Homestead this year, jbut the Aug. 24 hurricane changed ;everything. The Indians' temporary spring home is Winter Haven, which was vacated by the Boston 'R6d Sox last year. Homestead and the Indians signed a two-year contract, which was pushed back to 11994. But the team does not have to commit to Homestead if the city ;is not a "viable" site, team spokesman John Maroon said. :: Homestead officials are upset that the team is reconsidering the move to South Dade. Please see HOMESTEAD 19A More moms scuttling adoptions By GARY KANE Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Young and alone, Donna Walborn seemed like many other expectant mothers who turn to adoption as an answer to an unplanned pregnancy. . . So Linda Mclntyre, a Coral Springs adoption attorney, had the 29-year-old Lake Worth woman sign a standard adoption agreement and gave her $1,090 for rent and $100 for food. She then happily telephoned a couple hoping to become adoptive parents. ;" But instead of gaining a bundle of joy, the couple lost a bundle of cash. Walborn kept her baby and the money. Furthermore, Mclntyre said she soon learned that Walborn promised her baby to two other couples and an adoption agency and received cash for living and medical expenses from them. The attorney contacted Coral Springs pc.'jce, who are investigating Wal- 'Mona Lisa' At Virginia Slims w V r J e V a .,. ., W St. N It t I II tl lis- I 11; ' tzar's rr; rii V 4 H 8riiru r?;:, I I , ifrTm 1 -V "A .. DELRAY BEACH - It's not the 'Mona Lisa' Bob Emmel of Heritage House Galleries carries, but a reproduction using Gabriela Sabati- CAROLINE E. COUIGStaff Photographer ni's face. The Virginia Slims tournament auctioned the work for $4,200 to benefit the Arthur Ashe Foundation. RESULTS, 1C Homestead. h on list for closing fiig New York Times News Service WASHINGTON The Clinton administration is about to propose a sweeping new round of military base closings that seeks to reflect declining troop levels and changing military missions, Pentagon officials say. Under orders from Defense Secretary Les Aspin, the armed services recommended in the past 10 days that at least 30 installations including Homestead Air Force Base and the Navy's training center in Orlando be closed and as many as 150 other depots and smaller sites nationwide be consolidated or reduced. The Air Force is winnowing its Cold War bomber and fighter bases, partly through acts of nature. Air Force officials decided that rebuilding Homestead Air Force Base, an installation for F-16s that was destroyed in last year's hurricane, for $500 million to $1 billion was too costly. In the presidential campaign, Clinton strongly suggested that he would rebuild and reopen Homestead. But in a nationally televised town meeting last month, Clinton made no promise about its fate, saying he would go along with the commission's decision. Clinton called the base an "invaluable asset" and promised to find a non-military use for the installation. Housing Secretary Henry Cis-neros suggested Saturday that money for Homestead could be better used to help hurricane victims. About $76 million in disaster relief was to be used for Homestead. The Health Care An Update On Clinton's Plans President Clinton made health care reform a priority in his campaign and his speech to Congress last month. Inside is a review of the problems and his expected solution, called 'managed competition.' PAGE 12A The Navy is recommending that one-third of its installations, or about 130, be closed largely because many of the bases the Navy offered to close last time were rejected by the commission for faulty justification. With its existing infrastructure built to accommodate a 600-ship Cold War fleet, the Navy is now heading toward a total of 320 ships and submarines. The Navy's strategy is to create "megaports" in Norfolk, Va.; and San Diego, at the cost of closing clusters of installations in Please see BASES1 9A h If F ... L... . Jt , , .. fl ALLEN EYESTONEStaff Photographer Barbara Ann and Rick Stokes say they felt defrauded after a woman backed out of an agreement to let them adopt her baby. born for possible fraud, according attorneys say. If a planned adop- to police records. The landlord at a West Palm Beach condo that Walborn and a friend rented said they had moved, sticking him with clean-up and repair costs. It's not an isolated case. As adoptions arranged before birth grow in popularity, so do fraud and abuse. About one in 10 birth mothers back out of their adoption agreement after their child is bom, tion fails, a couple could lose a third or more of the $10,000 to $20,000 cost. The risk of a failed adoption is increasing, adoption professionals say. Contributing to the risks are birth mothers shopping for lawyers who can deliver the most benefits, and the adoption attorneys who lure birth mothers away from other attorneys with prom- Pyse see ADOPTION 16A Indiantown Co. quietly holds land, as well as Martin town's destiny First of two parts By SCOTT SHIFREL Palm Beach Post Staff Writer INDIANTOWN The Indiantown Co. owns the only bank in town, the only telephone company, the only water and sewer systems, the only trash and garbage hauling trucks, the only marina, and the most valuable land. The company is everywhere and has been for decades. But many residents know little about it, and the company likes it that way. Its services make this rural Martin County town livable. But former state legislator Bill Owens, an Indiantown community leader, is not alone when he says the company should help the area more. He and others had to solicit money from Florida Power & Light, which has a plant nearby, for a civic center and an adult education program. "I just don't understand it," Owens said. "Indian-town Company has done more to hold things back. They tie things up. They could be doing little things, at least." Like selling some of its land, some say. When the Rev. Frank O'Loughlin wanted to build a retirement home near the Holy Cross Catholic Church, he asked about buying land from the Indian-town Co. The company was run then by its patriarch, Please see INDIANTOWN2qA Inside w 22 BOMB PROBE - How investigators knew what clues to look for and where to look in tons of World Trade Center debris reveals the sophistication of forensic science. STORY, 21A PASSION FOR ORCHIDS There's no secret to growing beautiful orchids. All it takes to make them bloom is light water and fertilizer. And ' there's plenty of help available if you need it. HOME & GARDEN, 1H READERS' CHOICE: PICK THE WINNERS OF . 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