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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 58

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IWackerley gets life for killing business rival LOCAL NEWS, IB (Hp N.C. State surprises UConn, 60-52 IN SPORTS SAMPRAS UPSET Hingis, Williams sisters advance at Lipton r HURRICANES 5 WEATHER: Mostly sunny. vX PANTHERS 3 High, 76. Low, 62. SPORTS, 1C ie Palm Beach Post 54 PAGES 35 CENTS jTUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 19 9 8 ACADEMY AWARDS Titanic' has night to remember As Good As It Gets' stars Hunt, Nicholson win top acting honors Supporting actor Actor Actress Picture It was a low-key fashion night at the Oscars ACCENT V ' - iff ?V - - tZ i 'feifc.'-.-..-. . , ) r ' " -if' ' i Titanic Director - s Robin Williams, " Good Will Hunting Jack Nicholson As Good as It Gets By Bob Thomas The Associated Press LOS ANGELES Titanic won a record-tying 11 Oscars on Monday, including best picture, director and song, while Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt won best acting honors for As Good As It Gets. Titanic director James Cameron received three awards: as producer of the $200 million disaster epic and all-time box-office champion, director and film editor. The film lost a chance to win a record 12 Oscars when it fell short in three categories: Hunt beat Kate Winslet, Kim Basinger took supporting actress for LA Confidential over Gloria Stuart, and Men in Black claimed the makeup prize. Nicholson became only the second actor to win three Oscar, this time for playing the ; anti-social writer of romance novels who's Supporting actress softened by a waitress, played by Hunt, and a gay neighor. Nicholson's other Oscars were as best actor for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1975 and supporting actor in Terms of Endearment in 1983. The other three-time male winner was Walter Brennan all as a supporting actor. "I'm honored to be on any list with you, Bobby, Dusty, and you and your father Mr. Damon, and my old bike pal, Fonda" Nicholson said, making the umpteenth joke of the night about fellow nominee Matt Damon and Please see OSCARS244 I - AN Kim Basinger, Confidential Vl 11 LA ames Cameron, Helen Hunt, As Good as It Gets Titanic "W T "1 tsm Clinton struggles with surging crowd in Africa his ires remier, Cabinet The surprise move is thought to be an effort to bolster his image in advance of the elections of 2000. By Charles W. Holmes Palm Beach Post Staff Writer MOSCOW President Boris Yeltsin abruptly fired the prime minister and Cabinet on Monday in a startling move meant to fortify his economic reform efforts and reverse his ailing image. After months of stinging criticism from the Russian people and infighting in the Kremlin, Yeltsin chose a characteristically sensational remedy: Gut the government and start anew, prompting the most sweeping government overhaul since the collapse of the Soviet Union. "Unfortunately, people don't feel changes for the better. I be-that recently the govern n ' ' ' . ' : i -IM. t A ! i it i REUTERS A Fellow detainees resent Cuban players' free pass ment has been lacking dyna- Yeltsin mism and initiative, new outlooks, fresh approaches and ideas. And without this, a powerful breakthrough in the economy is impossible," Yeltsin said in a nationally televised address. Russia's already weak economy has been buffeted in recent months by the tumble of Asian markets and the fall in world oil prices. The cash-strapped government has been unable to fulfill the promise to pay back wages and pensions to millions of Russians. Yet sacking the entire government also seemed intended to demonstrate that Yeltsin, at 67, remains firmly in charge of Russia following months of conjecture about his failing health and inability to lead. Yeltsin underwent heart surgery in 1996 and has been forced into seclusion tw ice since December for is an understanding of how unlevel the playing field can be. There's always been a double standard and there's always been preferential treatment," said Peter Upton, an Indiantown attorney. "In many ways, immigration policies are extensions of what's expedient. This time, it's baseball players who benefit" Special consideration for Cuban roes. "Our fear is that we will be deported back to Cuba, where we know that, simply for being baseball players who have decided to abandon the country, we can expect grave consequences," said a letter from Cubas, appealing to Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres. Not all immigration lawyers are sure about how grave the peril to baseball players really is in Cuba. But having seen U.S. policy at work, there About 250 Cubans, Haitians and Chinese detained in a barbed-wire-enclosed Nassau camp talked of hunger strikes after four players and a coach, days after arriving, appeared to be on a fast track to freedom and ultimately entry into the United States. The athletes, through their Cuban-American agent Joe Cubas, petitioned the Costa Rican government for asylum Monday, raising resentment from fellow detainees who once had considered the players he By Dan Moffett Halm Beach Post Staff Writer Immigration policy has long been a perplexing part of the American Dream to interpret. : And if Cuban baseball players keep defecting, it may soon make no sense at all. So claim attorneys who work in the field, and so charge angry refugees held in the Bahamas for many months, ivhose best chance at quick release may be to develop a good curveball. lease see m.TSlH6A Please see CURAHS6A 'Die, you monster,' victim's brother tells serial killer Inside List of upcoming executions 9A 2A 2A 5C 68 40 50 2C LOTTERY PEOPLE SCORES STOCKS THEATERS TV LISTINGS TV SPORTS ANN & AEBY 20 BUSINESS 58 CLASSIFIEDS 7C COMICS 60 DEATHS 48 EDITORIALS 16 HOROSCOPE 20 CROSSWORDS SECTIONS CD P' tv - '; i ri l 1 ft I ; t : Browns back The NFL will expand to 31 teams for the 1999 season, returning the Browns to Cleveland. STORY, 2C District plan Amendment that would have required panel to draw election districts killed. STORY, 4A ' PALM BEACH Weather. 'i" INTERACTIVE news, sports ruvGl HI com and views TO HOME DELIVERY SERVICE 8204663 1-80054-1231 By Ron Word The Associated Press STARKE A short order cook who confessed to 41 murders possibly more than some far better-known serial killers was put to death Monday in the first of four electrocutions scheduled in Florida over the next eight days. A man who killed a Jacksonville police officer was to be executed today, followed by a woman who poisoned her husband and killed her paraplegic son. A man who killed a store clerk during a tri-state crime spree was set to die after her. (k-rald Stano, 46. was executed for killing a 17-vear-old hitchhiker in December l'J73 and du'nping her body in a drainage ditch. His was the state's first execution since a foot-long flame flared from a condemned man's mask a year ago. Stano said only that his attorney and religious adviser would release his final statement He then stared straight ahead as he was strapped into the electric chair, mustering only a small smile toward his attorney. No smoke or flame was visible when the black-hooded executioner threw the switch, sending Stano lung- K ase sre txmmW9A 1991 VoL9CH.ZS i 4wctm AtX)ut two dozen opponents of cao-tal pun.shment protest durng a sunnse v g Kn Sta-Ke. ere G-'a-d Stao. 46. as put to death. 601 IOCOj

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