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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 6

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Tuesday, September 14, 1999
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THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 9A Holocaust lawsuits dismissed Excessive spending, unreported gifts mark second Atlanta Olympics report of respect" for U.S. government leaders who negotiated the pacts. Although he dismissed four class-action suits two against each company Debevoise said that allegations of the companies' complicity in barbaric acts by the Nazi regime were true. He noted that "every significant industrial concern (in Germany) participated in and no doubt profited from its role in the war effort." "Every human instinct yearns to remediate in some way the immeasurable wrongs inflicted upon so many millions of people by Nazi Germany so many years ago, wrongs in which corporate Germany unquestionably participated," Debevoise wrote in his 78-page opinion. But, he quickly added, "This court does not have the power to engage in such remediation." Los Angeles Times NEWARK, N.J. A federal judge on Monday dismissed class-action lawsuits against two large German corporations stemming from their use of slave labor during World War II, a ruling that could make it more difficult for Holocaust survivors to receive substantial compensation. In the first major ruling by a federal judge on myriad Holocaust-related cases filed in the past three years, U.S. District Judge Dickenson R. Debevoise said the lawsuits against Degussa AG and Siemens AG raised political questions that should not be resolved by a judge. Debevoise said treaties had been enacted to handle claims arising from World War II issues and that if he attempted to structure a reparations program it would "express the ultimate lack That's the backdrop against which Bell must now spin his sobering account of the excesses in the Atlanta campaign to win the 1996 Olympic Games. Bell's report could arrive at the U.S. House Commerce Committee's door today. Bell's team of Washington lawyers have been working for more than a month to revise an earlier report to Congress, authored by Olympic bid Chairmen Billy Payne and Andrew Young. Congressional investigators pointed out discrepancies between Payne's and Young's June 1 account and documents in some three dozens boxes of bid records. Bell, a former federal judge, stepped in to restore credibility at the defense table. After taking a look at the material in the boxes, Bell, a leading attorney with the Olympic law firm King & Spalding, acknowledged the first report was inaccurate and incomplete. And he promised to put out a complete story quickly, presumably including as much as $92,000 in unreported gifts, according to a congressional staffer. Investigators found a $425 shotgun purchased for the head of a national Olympic committee and a $1,000 pine bowl presented to Marts Carlgren of Sweden from his Atianta host and hostess, Mack and Mary Rose Taylor. IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch was presented with $8,000 in framed limited edition Olympic posters. Fall Shoe (T! dP) --01 it, OVER 125 STYLES ON SALE Sale 49.99 Caressa Open-sided Pump Save 18.00 Flexible sole comfort pump with color-cued fabric toe in black or navy leather. 6 to 10M. Reg. 68.00 Sale 54.99 Van Eli Stretch Pump Save 19.00 A classic in grey or black stretch fabric. 6 to 10M. Reg. 74.00 By Melissa Turner Palm Beach Post-Cox News Service ATLANTA Sex, lies and scholarships. , With the national media piling on, the Atlanta Olympic bid story is quickly deteriorating into a titillating scandal just as former Attorney General Griffin Bell completes his report on the Olympic campaign. Sensational talk about secret dossiers from the secret files of Atlanta's Olympic committee that detail which International Olympic Committee members can be bought, and which prefer to be paid with women worked its way into national news outlets over the weekend. In brief Red tide outbreak hits Panhandle beaches, kills fish Palm Beach Post Wire Services ...' PANAMA CITY BEACH An unusual outbreak of red tide, which most commonly occurs on Florida's southwest coast, has chased swimmers from the beach in this Panhandle resort. '., ", .Clouds of green scum swirled with each crashing wave from the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, and the air was filled with the smell of dead fish in some places. "It makes me cough every time I come down here," said David Vaughn, one of the few people who tried to brave the water. "My throat is scratchy. It makes me cough just from standing there." Those are symptoms of red tide. The primitive plant-like organism can affect people who simply breathe the sea air. Although not fatal to humans, the toxin produced by red tide is deadly to fish. Heirs win Kerouac battle ' SANTA FE, N.M. New Mexico's Supreme Court ended an epic battle Monday over the literary legacy of Jack Kerouac, rejecting a bid by the beat generation author's biographer to wrest control of his papers from family heirs. In a brief order, the court declined to take any further action in the Kerouac case, leaving in place a lower court decision which held that biographer Gerald Nicosia had no right to challenge the disposition of the Kerouac estate. "This is an unbelievable act of cowardice," Nicosia said. "The whole battle of five and a half years is over." Bush honors top cop TALLAHASSEE An FBI agent who supervised a task force to combat a computer sex ring was named the state's Federal Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Supervisory Special Agent David A. Thomas was honored Monday by Gov. Jeb Bush. Thomas oversees the Violent Crime and Major Offenders Squad in the FBI's Tampa Division. He was instrumental in creating the Innocent Images Task Force, which also included state and local agencies. ..The task force snagged 15 people, most accused of traveling to Florida to have sex with youths they met via the Internet Thomas, 38, has 19 years law enforcement experience. S.F. invites police hopeful : ' v A Connecticut man who was disqualified from a police recruitment process in 1996 because he scored too high on an intelligence test may yet wear a badge. Outraged at the use of the Wonderlic Personnel Test to weed out unusually high or low scorers among would-be police officers, the San Francisco chief of police has invited Robert Jordan to apply for a position on his force. Last week a federal district court judge in Connecticut dismissed a discrimination lawsuit Jordan filed after his 1996 application for a slot on the New London police force. 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