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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 134

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At least 225 workers lose i r i IN SPORTS AGASSI STILL RISING Former No. 1 will face Rios in Lipton final IN ACCENT Was there a real MAN IN THE IRON MASK? jods at nvergiaaes rcegionai if LOCAL NEWS, IB HEAT 102 WEATHER: Partly cloudy and warm. Jf BUCKS 77 High 81. Low 73. 2A J SPORTS, 1C The Palm Beach SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 WEST FINAL 101 PAGES 50 CENTS Post More funerals are planned today for victims of the middle school shootings J oneshoro says fS g w & Justice sorts allegation trade trips tied to gifts A confidante of the late Ron Brown has accused President Clinton and others of exchanging overseas junkets for campaign donations. By Roberto Suro Vie Washington Post WASHINGTON The Justice Department is reviewing allegations that President Clinton and top White House officials directed a scheme to offer U.S. businesses places on overseas trade missions in exchange for campaign contributions, department officials said. The move marks the first step of the investigatory process dictated by the Independent Counsel Act and was triggered by Nolanda B. Hill, a former business partner of the late Commerce Secretary Ronald Brown, who made the allegations during testimony in a civil suit Monday. Hill, 53, a Dallas broadcasting entrepreneur, was indicted March 14 on unrelated federal charges that she diverted money for personal expenses from companies she controlled and failed to report it as taxable income. Hill has pleaded not guilty to those charges. Prosecutors are now weighing her credibility and determining whether the alleged exchange of 4- 1 NiUv .1 V 1 .' : V I 1 i v' A) Sv I ft t flUT 1 13 i at ftm I - government trips for contributions constitutes the kind of explicit bargain that would be against the law, the Justice officials said. Unless evidence emerges quickly to tarnish Hill I 14 S as a potential witness, investigators will have to be gin the multi-stage process that can lead to the appointment of an independent counsel, they said. Even if the process halts short of an independent 7 counsel investigation, the Hill inquiry has the po r tential to prove a political embarrassment to the administration, which has been repeatedly criticized over the apparent trading of government favors for contributions to the 1996 Clinton-Gore reelection effort. White House officials did not comment on the Justice Department's inquiry Friday night. After THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Mourners console each other as they leave graveside services for Natalie Brooks Friday in Jonesboro, Ark. Four others were also shot during the Tuesday shootings at Westside Middle School. In top photo the casket of Paige Ann Herring,12, is carried to her grave. Hills testimony, a White House spokesman said Hill's charges were "false in every respect." Hill's testimony came in a lawsuit brought against the Commerce Department by Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm. In an affidavit, Hill depicted herself as Brown's close personal confidante for over seven vears" and By Rick Bragg lite Mew York Times JONESBORO, Ark. People here still close their eyes when they pray, especially today. As her family, neighbors and classmates said goodbye to 12-year-old Paige Ann Herring in the first of two funerals Friday, a man in blue jeans stood in the foyer of the packed Farmer's Union funeral home, his arms wrapped tightly around his weeping 7-year-old daughter. A tiny gold cross glinted in the neckline of the girl's simple blue dress, one more sign of the faith said that she talked to him daily and often several times a day, including during the years he served as had burned up the court in basketball, played fierce volleyball, and turned ponytails into a fashion statement. Like the four others, she had been shot down at lunchtime in the schoolyard of Westside Middle School, when an 11-year-old classmate and his 13-year-old friend opened fire on them with hunting rifles and handguns from a thicket of trees. The presiding minister, the Rev. Gary Cre- Please see FUNERALS54 this city has, and will need, as the funerals continue into the weekend. Later Friday, some of those same mourners moved a few blocks over to Emerson Funeral Home to hear another preacher, another prayer, in the funeral of 1 1-year-old Natalie Brooks. Natalie was supposed to be baptized this Sunday. Today, the funerals go on, with Stephanie Johnson and Brittany Varner, both 12, and one of their teachers, Shannon Wright. But it began with Paige, the sixth-grader who commerce secretary. Brown was killed in a Diane crash in Croatia in 1996 while on a government trade mission. At the time of his death, Brown was the subject of J1easeseemSS0USSA Inside iili. : Nation's birthday bash mired in controversy ... By Larry Kaplow Palm Peach Post Staff Writer JERUSALEM In this controversial little country, a big birthday party can quickly turn into a family feud. Israel turns 50 years old this spring. Around the world, plans are under way to celebrate the legend of the scrappy, determined homeland to the Jewish people. In the United States, for example, a televised Hollywood gala, brought to you by former producers of the Academy Awards, will be held April 15. There will be a street fair in Atlanta and an Expo in Miami. But, all is not well back in the Holy land. Here, organizers have been plagued by infighting and criticism as they schedule events leading up to, and beyond, the April 30 independence day. More worrisome, the happy birthday is threatened by the general gloom in Israeli society, where the hangover seems to have hit before the party began. The peace process with the neighboring Palestinians is in a tense standoff, and many blame Israel's leadership. Terrorism is still common. Just last month, anxious Israelis lined up for gas masks, fearful that Iraqi Scud missiles could rain down on Tel Aviv. llease see ISRAEL 16A A general gloom in Israeli society is threatening the birthday party. It seems the hangover has hit before the party even began. FDA approves pill to treat impotence The oral medication, available only by prescription, is the first nonsurgical approach to treating sexual dysfunction. By Marlene Cimons Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON The Food and Dmg Administration on Friday approved the first pill to treat impotence, which health officials estimate affects millions of men in this country. The oral medication, Viagra, which will be available only by prescription, is the first nonsurgical approach to treating sexual dysfunction. It is being touted as easier and less embarrassing for men to use than currently available treatments, which must be injected or inserted into the penis. Viagra is taken by mouth, about an hour before intercourse, and does not directly cause penile erections; rather, it affects the response to sexual stimulation. Essentially, the dmg enhances the smooth muscle relaxant effects of nitric oxide, a chemical that is normally released in repinse to sexual stimulation: this smooth muscle relaxation allows increased b!Md flow into certain areas of the penis, leading to an erection. This new therapy increax-s the ranee of options available for men with this Clinton visits Mandela's cell President Clinton and South African leader Nelson Mandela peer through the bars of cell No. 5 at Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. STORY, 3A Bush, MacKay need 'safe' running mates 2 2 11C 6B 60 70 2C LOTTERY PEOPLE SCOPES STOCKS THEATERS TV LISTINGS TV SPCPTS AW 4 AEEY 2D ELSl'.ESS 58 CLASSIFIEDS 5 CGViCS 80 DEATHS 20. 4B ED'OP.ALS 12 HOROSCOPE 20 CP0SSAQBDS SECTIONS C,D Note to readers Due to production problems, some stock tables in the Business section are incomplete or missing in today's Post. -, PA1M BEACH Weather. INTERACTIVE news, sports nuu (,Tt;l rum and yews Both candidates in the race for governor are looking for someone who won't embarrass them. By Brian L Crowley Palm Hrmh Past lUitual FJtttir Buddy MacKay is one but has never had one. Jeb Bush has had two he would rather forget. Dread may be the word that best describes this most critical of dec isions: Who in the world can join Bush and MacKay in the race for governor and not mess things up? In pub' both Republican Bush and Demi it Mat. Kay wi.l say that what they want most of all a running mate is someone who can govern. Don't believe it. What they really want is someone who won't embarrass them. Or worse. "I'm sure both of them would rather campaign without a running mate, but the law savs we have to have one." said one of Bush's top advisers. Bush has exjH rienced the worst of running mates. In YM, he those little-known state lawmaker Tom I-eeney. We. polite and energetic, Feeney only had one problem. He had joined a group o'f Republican lawmakers, who. on a lark, proposed a resolution saying Florida would leave the United 7y7T?7si7cANDiDArv7u 1998 Vol 31 Ho. J4 fw srr PILL,; I

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