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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Tuesday, March 24, 1998
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'i hp "I" I IMf II f l q, q ,' 'H HI y 1 l TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 The Palm Beach Post w c SECTION B BAD TAPE A taped conversation between Phil Butler and James Clyde Baber III won't be played in court. STORY, 3B LOCAL $7.2 MILLION BONUS Lowell 'Bud' Paxson gave $7.2 million in bonuses to himself and four executives last year. BUSINESS, 5B NEWS n Face lift patient had bad heart y I - . - , i , ' J Vj fit , A' yfjP iU U , An autopsy shows the Lantana man 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 taking 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. , J1 ? 1 GREG LOVETTStaff Photographer i 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 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 people, 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. 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 ENR0LLMENT3B member John Borkowski said the framework would meet the requirements of the law, but similar plans were not favorites of Florida Education 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 Maty Warejcka Palm Beach Post Staff WKter 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 Health director to run review of child deaths , Home Safe scrapped its plans to review recent cases amid concerns that a public agency, not a nonprofit group, run the panel. By William Cooper Jr. Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Palm Beach County's first child-death review committee is in the hands of Dr. Jean Malecki, the county's health department director. The IRS is the most un-American institution that this country has ever created. ' U.S. REP. BILLY TAUZIN, R-La. Pushing national retail tax S'M v. ... mm- i Jji' f : meeting at the Quantum Foundation, a major i -t ,i . . 1 ... TT A . . 1 V-r;. 'I V, ED KENNEDYStaff Photographer Man convicted of having protected bird feathers WEST PALM BEACH - David 'Standing Hawk Mitchell waits to leave the courtroom during his trial for possessing feathers of endangered species Monday. The 49-year-old man was found guilty of keeping feathers from migrating birds and threatened species. STORY, 3B 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 cant fight back." Opponents of the national retail sales tax and the flat tax argue that neither will accom- 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." Middle school band instructor charged with fondling 4 students pnuantnropic organizauon in uie i-uuiuy. i nc uc-cision ends weeks of controversy over which local agency would lead the effort "We want to do it right and comprehensively," said Malecki. "The committee must have die power to make recommendations for change." The group now must organize a steering committee consisting of the county's key players such as the sheriff, the state attorney, the medical examiner and other professionals. That group will develop a mission statement and define the committee's overall purpose. No meeting date has been set Malecki's staff also will research state confidentiality laws to see what information can be shared among committee members. The meeting, which drew officials such as Cecil Bennett, head of the Health Care District and Tana Ebbole and Eleanor Weinstock of the Children's Services Council, was organized in response to Quantum's interest in paying for a study of all child deaths in the county. "I think we did what we thought was right" said Jeannette McGill Corbett, the foundation's president and CEO. "The ownership (of the committee) has to be the community's ownership." For Ed Horton, district administrator for the Department of Children and Families, the meeting resolved a major concern: That a public agency not a nonprofit group head the committee. Home Safe, a shelter for abused and neglected kids, began work several months ago putting to- gether a similar committee. The 18-member panel had planned to meet Wednesday to review 20 child deaths from January. State Attorney Barry Krischer, who is a Home Safe board member, said that meeting was canceled so Home Safe can work with Malecki By Joe Brogan Palm Beach Post Staff Writer RIVIERA BEACH A band teacher at John F. Kennedy Middle School was charged Monday with four counts of lewd assault police said. Maurice E. Le Flore. 22, of 1258 W. 26th Court is accused of fondling four girls. The cases came to light Sunday night when a 14-year-old student at the school came to the police stauon with her grandmother and told an investigator Le Flore had molested her on Friday, police said. "She kept a journal of what she said he did," said Detective Pat Galligan. The incident reportedly happened after school in Le Flore's office, and incidents with the three other girls took place dating back to December in his office or the band room, Galligan said. Two of the other girls were 13 and one was 12, he said. It also was reported to police that Le Flore spoke to students in the classroom about sex, Galligan said. Le Flore was hired as a music teacher at JFK in October. He is an August 1997 graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Le Flore was in school Monday before Principal Clifford Durden took him to the Riviera Beach police station. He has been suspended with pay, a standard practice in I'uasesct XUCHUU21S

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