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Lennox Lewis retains WBC heavyweight title in fifth SPORTS, 11C ' IN SPORTS FINAL TWO Kentucky, Utah to meet for title WEATHER: Partly cloudy, warm. High 82, Low 73. 2A Your guide to the season PANTHERS 3 BRUINS 2 SPORTS, IOC The Palm Beach Post SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 FINAL EDITION 339 PAGES $1.25 He's the sports agent Castro hates I XT. t the Brothers to the Rescue group flew into Nassau with a planeload of supplies for the 236 refugees at the detention center. V '-' U 1 -f if f' Little Havana folk lero, Joe Cubas owns :he market on Cuban Daseball players. $y Dan Moffett Mm Beach Post Staff Writer NASSAU, Bahamas Joe ubas is trying to become histo-y's first humanitarian sports igent. His claim to the oxymoron vas strengthened Saturday when facto Cuban Franchise, an operator and hustler who has cornered the market on immigration from the island to the game. Cuban-Americans find in Joe Cubas an appeal that crosses the generations: The old guard respects him because Castro hates him; the young admire him because he's a proven winner self-made financially and successful in the field. He was the Please see CUBASAZ&4 him to the Bahamas, however, and it is baseball that has made him a folk hero within South Florida's Cuban community. In Little Havana, he is known affectionately as "El Gordo," the Fat One, for his stocky 5-foot-8 frame and hyperactive nature. Back in the original Havana, Fidel Castro calls him "vulture" and "bloodsucker" for stealing his young heroes. Around the major leagues, he is known as the manager of the de Cubas THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Cubas brokered the deal that made it happen. It was baseball that brought WAITING FOR HELP: Cuban baseball players being held in Nassau, Bahamas, count on Joe Cubas to get them back on the diamond. If a Lipton win is spring, can summer glory be far behind? Tempers, water spill over rising Okeechobee KEY BISCAYNE For Venus Williams to let her hair down, it takes something pretty special. There are, by her own estimate, approximately 2,000 hair beads in place at the beginning of a tennis tournament, the whole clackety package color-coded to match an outfit or a mood. ilk S 1 Meteorologists warned water managers to prepare for El Nino. The managers say they did their best. : By Robert P. King Palm Beach Post Staff Writer As weather forecasts go, last summer's warning from federal meteorologists proved uncannily accurate: A powerful El Nino was on its way, and Florida was in for a drenching. More than six months later, Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades are filled to the brim, the lake's levee is springing small leaks and cascades of foul-smelling water are devastating fishing and tourism on the St. Lucie and Caloosahatcb.ee rivers. Some scientists suspect the deluge is causing lesions and tumors found in fish from Jupiter Inlet to New Smyrna Beach. Along with the water, tempers are rising, too. One environmentalist blames the wmmmmmmmm Winning the Lipton Championships on Saturday in a gritty 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 comeback victory over Anna Kournikova suggests it is time for the Palm Beach Gardens teenager to relax, rebraid and reload for a whole new phase of the most fascinating story to hit American sports since Tiger Woods tore up the Masters. OK, maybe Dave George Commentary Kournikova won the first set, but Williams won the match, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. SPORTS, 1C m w As 7 Absence of plankton threatens species living in normally salty inland waters. LOCAL, 6B mess partly on South Florida water managers, who in October rejected his pleas to drain the lake to prepare for the downpours. The water managers say they did their best, balancing the that's overstating the case a bit. Venus, 17, hasn't won a Grand Slam event yet, though she did reach the final of her first U.S. Open in September; and there are millions in this country and around the world who still have not seen her 118-mph serve scrape paint off the hard court or the happy little dance that bubbles up from her sneakers at the end of a successful match. All this will change, and soon, but the uncommon patience behind Richard Williams' family plan, devised long before Venus and her sister Serena were born, does not "Don't rush me," Venus said Saturday when asked if this $235,000 Lipton title signals her arrival as a threat to run the table of the world's most significant tournaments. "I'm not there yet." Where, then, is she, exactly? At this moment, the best guess is that Venus and Serena, who barely missed meeting in Thursday's Lipton semifinals, are challenging each other to a match. Not tennis, you understand, but something like an risks of heavy rains against the danger of shortages if they lowered the lake too much. They also say nobody can offer ironclad forecasts months in advance and nobody predicted South and Central Florida would get its heaviest El Nino rains in more than four decades. "Show me where anybody predicted the rainfall would be 300 percent of normal," said Sam Poole, executive director of the South Florida Water Management District. "If there are people out there who say they're not surprised ... I'd like to get their advice on which lottery ticket to pick on Saturday." Wayne Nelson, a longtime lake activist from West Palm Beach, accuses Poole of engaging in "grave denial." "He can't even concede for a moment that he or his staff has made an enormous blunder," said Nelson, who urged the district to lower the lake last fall. "Everything (forecasters) predicted has come about." 5 The two sides may face off Wednesday, when water managers and environmentalists meet to talk about long-term changes in the way the district manages the lake. Environmental groups long have urged the district, to revive the lake's health by lowering water levels, even at the risk of occasional shortages for cities and farms. Please see LAKE224 '' - ALLEN EYESTONEStaff Photographer Venus Williams revels in sunbeams bouncing off shimmering crystal - the Lipton Championship trophy. Please seemi$17A Inside Golfview gradually grounded as town swallowed by airport uiet shrugs mark Juenoano execution niency pleas for the convicted killer rely register in the death-penalty debate. Plane crash lands The pilot and his wife are hurt after skirting rooftops and power lines and landing in a Forest Hill Boulevard parking lot. STORY, IB ANN & ABBY 20 EDITORIALS 2E BOOKS 6i HOROSCOPE 20 BUSINESS IF LOTTERY 2A, 7 BRIDGE COMICS SCORES 23C CLASSIFIEDS 1G THEATERS 5J DEATHS 68 TV SPORTS 2C CROSSWORDS CLASSIFIEDS, COMICS PALM BEACH Weather, "1b? INTERACTIVE news, sports Hwu GiPHI com and views FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICE 820-4663 1-800-6M-1231 frj" Where to find your stocks Because of a computer failure, The Palm Beach Post on Saturday didn't publish listings from the New York and American stock exchanges, as well as dividends and a complete mutual fund report. They are published in today's Local section on pages 7B through 108. Listings from the Nasdaq market were published Saturday. We apologize for the inconvenience. mum i I By George Bennett Palm Beach Post Staff Writer GOLFVIEW The end is near. Most of the houses in this tiny town are boarded up. Numbers are spray painted on them in the style favored by insurance claims adjusters after Hurricane Andrew. A shutter swings in the breeze like a western ghost town prop on a Hollywood back lot. Uncut grass and cobwebs are encroaching. So are vagrants and small-time burglars. The silence is eerie when it isn't overpowered by the roar of jets on nearby runways at Palm Beach International Airport. Soon Golfv iew will be part of the airport. After announcing plans last year to buy all but three of the town's 63 homes for $16.3 million. Palm Beach County has begun closing sales w ith individual homeowners. About one-third of the homes remain occupied, but the number dwindles every frw days. Please see C0lVN14.A By Jenny Staletovich Palm Bearh Post Staff Writer As pickax killer Karla Faye Tucker's execution date drew closer last month, attention became global. Appeals for the first woman put to death in more than a decade an attractive and articulate, born-again Texas convict came from as high as the pope and Christian Coalition leader Pat Robertson. Even one of her victims' brothers and the prosecutor in the case pleaded with Gov. George W. Bush for leniency. The Monday execution of a middle-aged Florida woman dubbed the Black Widow, on the other hand, has barely registered in the death J '' ' i LINTING HOURS: li Buenoano scheduled je the first nan executed he state since very. CooyrigM 1998 Pita Bead Port Vol. $4 Mo. 14 19 mr htmt first says GOING, GOING, ALMOST GONE: Town Clerk Cynthia Harmon, the child born to Golfview residents, it'll be tough to sign dissolution papers. J lleasesrt BUENOANO4.4

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