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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 68

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, March 25, 1998
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St. Lucie County decides to buy sensitive land IN ACCENT If) SPORTS V" filusical toy ' Hingis LOCAL NEWS, IB for the rich and quirky J !&w ramners iraae WEATHER: Partly cloudy and pleasant conditions. High: 76. Low: 64 2A ; i,fx bC-'gna Sheppard, Fitzgerald he Palm Beach Post 56 PAGES 35 CENTS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1998 Turnpike ft : " i to test ! electronic Brittany Varner, 11 Stephanie Johnson, 12 Natalie Brooks, 12 Paige Ann Herring, 12 passes n nn " mm'"1 "nmu""m' m,i,m j -- - j mKnKoaaBinmtev 01 DP ITS " ' m- "-' t11" - Sir I '"V, I . fciii fi;. . I li .,," - i ' r : :.St 1 . V 1 , .t ; j - LEIGH DAUGHTRIOGEThe Commercial-Appeal Emergency workers carry a girl from an ambulance at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Ark., on Tuesday. Four students and a teacher died in shooting there. MISSOURI 1 of 2 boys arrested talked of killing ARKANSAS Little Rock O O r-' Q. screaming, some unmoving. "I saw my best friend Natalie Brooks get killed. She was shot in the head twice," said 11-year-old Amber Vanoven. "I saw my friend laying down and in all this blood, and I just started running." The attack was the third multiple killing in a school by a youth under the age of 16 in the last six months. "I've been in this for a long time," said Sheriff Dale Haas of Craighead County. "v A ID t Motorists who buy the small boxes wouldn't have to dig for spare change or wait in toll booth lines. By Matt Reed Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Drivers on Florida's Turnpike could cruise past toll plazas and pay lower rates if they buy electronic passes that will be tested in May in Boca Raton. Turnpike officials on Tuesday displayed a sample SunPass, a slender white box that looks like an electronic garage-door opener. The boxes will cost $25 and attach to the inside of motorists' windshields, they said. Drivers will get a 10 percent discount on tolls after 40 "transactions" at plazas. Motorists must buy a Sun-Pass to qualify for lower rates ordered by the legislature last year. Residents would deposit money into accounts with the Florida Department of Transportation. The computer-controlled system will deduct from the accounts as motorists drive through special lanes at turnpike plazas. Factoring the discount and the one-time cost of the pass box, frequent turnpike users could break even after about 10 months, said Evelio Suarez, operations manager for the SunPass program. Families iould move the electronic device A from one car to another. The passes will be tested in Boca Raton and northern Broward County in late May, and drivers from Boynton Beach to Miami will be able to use the system by summer's end, officials said. Transportation officials will set up a toll-free line for motorists to call and request the passes once the program starts. In two or three years, SunPass will be installed on all Florida toll roads and bridges, Suarez said. Similar programs are in place in other parts of the country, including Illinois and New York. - - Lawmakers ordered a 10 percent discount for South Florida residents last year when they voted to use toll money to pay off bonds for new roads . in the state. Local leaders complained that South Floridians, who use the turnpike most, would bear the brunt of paying for roads in other regions. All aboard! Spjace tourism capitalists' next big trek By Steven S. Woo Palm Beach Post Washington Bureau WASHINGTON Within a few decades, space tourism could be a $20 billion annual business, with hundreds of thousands of people riding private craft into orbit and staying there in space "hotels." At least that's what NASA, the Marshall Space Flight Center and the private Space Transportation Association say in a report to be released today. But to make this vision a reality, a multibillion-dollar public and private research program should start soon, , the report says. A study by NASA and STA found that public interest in space is high, and suggested that tens of millions of Americans would be interested in traveling into space if they "could do so with reasonable safety, comfort, reliability and at an acceptable price." The report said a "commercially viable general public space travel and tourism business could begin to be created over the next decade or so." This could grow within several decades to a business worth $10 billion a third person set off a fire alarm, forcing students and faculty members outside. Dazed students described how dozens of seventh- and eighth-grade students filed out of the tan one-story school building at 12:45 p.m. and thought they heard firecrackers. But as the students started to fall outside Westside Middle School, 12- and 13-year-olds dove for cover and one teacher threw herself in front of a student to save her. Within seconds, several students lay in their own blood on the school grounds, some By Rick Bragg The New York Times JONESBORO, Ark. An 11-year-old boy, who reportedly vowed to kill all the girls who had broken up with him, and his 13-year-old cousin opened fire on students outside a middle school here on Tuesday tporning, killing four girls and one teacher and wounding 10 other people, the authorities said. Law enforcement officers said the two boys, dressed in camouflage clothing, apparently lay in wait in a wooded area near the school after someone perhaps 3 I t! ! LOUISIANA ROB BARGEStaff Artist Please see SNIPERSiM Inside Clinton acknowledges 'sins' of America against Africans During the Cold War, America was so concerned with the Soviet Union that it dealt with African countries based on how they fit in the superpower struggle, rather than on more humanitarian criteria, Clinton said. "But perhaps the worst sin America ever committed about Africa was the sin of neglect and ignorance," he said. "We have never been as involved with you, Bease see AFRICA724 told several thousand children and local residents in this rural town 20 miles from the capital, Kampala. "And we were wrong in that." Clinton's statement stopped short of the explicit apology for past wrongs that some blacks in the United States have sought But it was significant in that this was the president addressing this topic in this place, and, as he noted. The United States has not always done right by Africa." By Elizabeth Shogren Los Angeles Times MUKONO, Uganda Taking on a repentant tone on his second day on this continent. President Clinton said Tuesday that slavery was "wrong" and admitted to other "sins" that he said America has committed against Africa. "Going back to the time before we were even a nation, European Americans received the fruits of the slave trade," Clinton 1 i V 0 31 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Not even the birds are catching Prime Treasure Coast fishing spots are in disastrous shape Second killer executed STARKE Police officers await the execution of Leo Jones at the Florida State Prison early Tuesday. Jones was convicted of killing a Jacksonville police officer in 1981. His execution was the second of four scheduled over nine days. STORY, 8A PUM BEACH Weather. l.' INTERACTIVE clears his throat "First fish of the day and it's a sick one." As it turned out the sick fish was the only fish Gentile caught Tuesday. The four-hour trip took his 18!i-foot boat from the North Fork in Fort St. Lucie, south under the Roosevelt and Evans Crary bridges in the St. Lucie River, to the Crossroads at the St Lucie Inlet then north into the Indian River. "I'm going to pretend I've been on vacation for a couple weeks, and I'm just coming back, checking out all the places I usually take my clients." Gentile says. "And the first thing I'm seeing is what isn't here." No fishermen on the bridges. No fishermen on nAsesee NO riS' lA and views By Sally D. Swartz Palm Beach Post Staff Wnter Capt. Gregg Gentile eases the River Roamer toward the banks near Big Bend, one of his favorite fishing holes on the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. ... , A few casts with a little plastic minnow and Gentile reels in a feisty jack bright yellow and green, twisting and wriggling. f This little jack's a happy little guy, and I don t see a mark ..." Gentile stops in mid-sentence 'He's got a lesion on top of his head. Look at that" Small red sores border the slit in the little fish's head. .... Gentile unhooks the jack and releases it. It s like a kicV in the chest." 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