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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 62

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The Palm Beach Post s SECTION B BAD TAPE A taped conversation between Phil Butler and James Clyde Baber III won't be played in court. STORY, 3B $7.2 MILLION BONUS Lowell 'Bud' Paxson gave $7.2 million in bonuses to himself and four executives last year... BUSINESS, 5B J 1 TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 LOCAL 1TI?W0 JIJ VV kJ I.e.- .JVb-;...: -i s.-. Face lift patient had bad heart - fi I -" f ., ,- .r: j, - ff -V An autopsy shows the Lantana man t was given painkillers when he shouldn't have been. That, and the , weakened heart, likely proved fatal after his liposuction. By Matt Reed Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOYNTON BEACH A Lantana man who died after liposuction and a face lift had a weak heart from talcing diet pills, and a drug mix-up probably triggered his death, an autopsy report says. The report released Monday by the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office called the Jan. 13 death of Daniel Parish, 51, an accident No one has admitted giving Parish painkillers that stopped his breathing while he recovered, wrapped in bandages, at Plastic Surgery Arts Centre in Boynton Beach. The painkillers found in Parish's blood were not given during surgery, and Dr. Mark Schreiber said he didn't prescribe them. Parish's heart was not strong enough to survive the loss of oxygen, the medical examiner said. In addition, his oxygen tank had run out and nurses delayed providing a new one for as long as a half-hour, the report said. Schreiber, who operated on Parish for about six hours, said the patient appeared healthy and awake when he left him with an overnight nurse at about 8:15 p.m. Parish also had a scar removed and his penis enlarged that day. When Parish stopped breathing at about 8:30 p.m., the nurse first called nursing supervisors for help, records show. Schreiber said he didn't know Parish was in trouble until nurses paged him at home about 9 p.m. He said he might have saved Parish if he had been alerted earlier. Paramedics drove Parish to Bethesda Memorial Hospital, where he died about 10 p.m. "Some mistakes were made by the nursing peo-. pie, and it all just dominoed," Schreiber said. But a lawyer for Parish's wife and son blamed the doctor for not catching the patient's heart condition before surgery with X-rays or a heartbeat monitor. Attorney Ted Babbitt called those "routine" precautions; he has already told Schreiber he intends to sue. The Palm Beach County State Attorney's office has not determined whether to file any criminal charges. Schreiber said Parish had no symptoms or medical history of heart disease. His office performs X-rays and pulse scans on patients older than 55, he said. Parish was 51. ; i GREG LOVETTStaff Photographer Braving the winds for art PALM BEACH - Inge von Reith holds her dog Mishi at the Ocean Avenue fresh air. Von Reith has had Mishi for 15 years. Today's forecast calls sea wall Monday. Von Reith, who is an artist, was working on a painting for another breezy day, with winds of 15 to 20 mph and thunderstorms and said the ocean is her favorite place to paint because of the light and likely. District tardy with plan for school choice Harris, associate director for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. "The lack of urgency blinds us to the real problems that are out there." In addition to parents wanting more choice, the committee, which is still working, has agreed on six things, Harris said. The plan should be for all children and be system-wide. Every school should develop a specialty to attract Please see OPEN ENROLLMENT member John Borkowski said the framework would meet the requirements of the law, but similar plans were not favorites of Florida Educa- tion Commissioner Frank Brogan and his staff. David Harris, co-chair of the citizens' committee, said he was encouraged that board members understood parents want more choices, but believes there's no big rush to fix problems at existing schools. "We're all trying to pretend that everything is rosy and great," said they would work out the details within a year but they still won't have a complete plan to send the state by the June 30 deadline, board members learned Monday. Instead, they will transmit a "framework" that again provides an outline of key decisions and lists outstanding issues determined by the citizens' committee, which has been meeting since Jan. 6. . Board members were still not clear whether they would ever get into the details of the plan. District staff The state-mandated plan lets parents pick which school their kids attend. By Mary Warejcka Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Almost a year ago school district officials said they didn't have enough time to finish a state-required plan that allows parents to pick which school their children attend. ! So they sent the state an outline for Controlled open enrollment and said Congressmen bring anti-IRS talk to town The IRS is the most un-American institution that this country has ever created.' MS. REP. BILLY TAUZIN, R-La. Pushing national retail tax ; .'"-V- r K If . it IN ... - I ' Boynton group wants to kill term-limit law The group wants to put the issue on the November ballot, now that voters have decided to keep term limits for city commissioners. By Chuck McGinness Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOYNTON BEACH After losing a close fight in the March 10 election, suppprters of unlimited terms for city commissioners want to put the issue back on the ballot in November. Agroup of business and community leaders plan to meet Friday to begin plotting a strategy to win over voters, who have rejected changes in term limits five times in the past 12 years. Residents who want to keep term limits said the latest effort is a blatant disregard for the will of the people. "I just can't believe this, to tell you the truth," political activist Henrietta Solomon said Monday. "This is another reason why people can't have trust in the city government we nave." The city charter requires commissioners to step down after two consecutive two-year terms. Mayor Jerry Taylor and Vice Mayor Shirley Jaskiewicz cannot run again next March. Commissioner Jamie Titcomb, who was first elected in 1996 to fill an unexpired term, also may have to step down. Two weeks ago, 50.8 percent of the voters opposed abolishing term limits. In November 1996, voters turned down a suggestion for three-year terms. ; Those involved in organizing the new campaign said they would like to see commissioners take a more active role in promoting the change. To place the issue on the ballot, the commission would have to adopt an ordinance and hold at least one public hearing. Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Theresa LePore said it may be a tight squeeze to get the issue on the November ballot Because there are only 114 positions on the county's punch-card ballots, municipal issues will be considered on a "first come, first served" basis. LePore said. The governor's race and the other state and county contests take priority, as do state constitu- tional amendments. The Constitutional Revision Commission will meet this week to combine 36 measures into perhaps fewer than a dozen proposal. BILL INGRAM Staff Photographer By Brian E. Crowley Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Forget April 15. Forget the tax man. In fact, don't pay any income tax at all. U.S. Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., is trying to convince Congress to shut down the IRS and replace income taxes with a 15 percent national retail sales tax. While House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas thinks that's a crummy idea, he has a pitch of his own for more than 200 people gathered at the West Palm Beach Sheraton. Armey wants to tear up the tax code and let everyone pay a 17 percent tax on their income. The so-called flat tax would eliminate all tax forms except a single postcard listing income and the amount of tax being paid. Neither idea is close to becoming law. Still, Armey and Tauzin are traveling the country in a "Scrap the Code" road show being sponsored by the Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation, a conservative tax reform group. In a 90-minute performance, Armey and Tauzin gently spar about their competing ideas but stay on the same message: The entire tax code should be abolished. Speaking to a crowd composed almost entirely of senior citizens, Armey and Tauzin both said the Internal Revenue Service is out of control, abusive of its power and a monster that must be destroyed. "It is an instrument of oppression," said Armey to loud applause. "The IRS is the most un-American institution that this country has ever created," said Tauzin. "You are guilty until proven innocent and they target the poor who can't fight back." Opponents of the national retail sales tax and the flat tax argue thaS neither will accom- Sue Katz, 39, a former resident of The Seasons, makes a forehand return to Tim Anderson, the gated community's tennis pro. Boca board rules tennis at Seasons for residents only plish its goals of simplifying the tax code and eliminating the IRS. They argue that the IRS would still be needed to collect taxes and enforce the new tax laws. And while Armey and Tauzin each say their plan would reduce taxes overall, critics suggest that the loss of deductions would result in people paying more. Both scoff at their critics, saying that their proposals will benefit taxpayers not only by making the tax burden fairer but by eliminating thousands of pages of complicated tax rules. "If you're not better off with a flat tax," Armey said, "don't support it" Armey would take a person's income, deduct a large personal deduction, plus a dependent deduction and tax only the remainder. An example would be a family of four with income of $48,125. The personal deduction would be $23,200. The dependent deduction would be $10,600. Taxable income would be $14,325. The taxes due would be $2,435. "We should take only those taxes needed to run the government in the service of its people," said Armey. An accountant in the audience, Richard RampelL said he thought Armey and Tauzin's ideas were simplistic. "Most accountants agree that the tax code is over-complicated and needs to be simplified," Rampell said. "But if you want to tax people fairly, you have a complicated tax code to do that Hating the IRS is not the same thing as hating the tax code." or face $500-a-day fines. But the decision had less to do with the complaints of residents and more to do with city code violations. Five of the six board members agreed that the Seasons violated city code by allowing nonresidents to pay $560 annual dues to become club members. Board member David O'Connor dissented. In a separate 4-2 vote, the board determined that the Seasons should have sought city approval before changing its master plan to allow outsiders. O'Connor and John Levitt op- ByUsaOcker Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOCA RATON Outsiders aren't welcomed on the tennis courts of the Seasons subdivision, the code enforcement board ruled Monday. Some residents complained that nonresidents had been hogging the courts in the 255-home development and parking on the grass. I bought a house here thinking this was a private club," said Donald Levine, who opposed nonresident members. "I don't want to play tennis in the afternoon when it's hot.'" The board voted to give the Seasons until Monday to boot 84 players fleasfseeFmkTU2B

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