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1 Man and his Chihuahua defy condo rules, judge LOCAL NEWS, IB SPORTS FINAL TWO Kentucky, Utah to meet for title Your guide to the season PANTHERS 3 BRUINS 2 SPORTS, IOC WEATHER: Partly cloudy, warm. High 82, Low 73. 2A Fhe Palm- Beach Post SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 WEST FINAL 3 337 PAGES $1.25 I V lit ii at tiisLJl tJ Li si JL ) He's the sports agent Castro hates ... M m mill ., the Brothers to the Rescue group flew into Nassau with a planeload of supplies for the 236 refugees at the deten 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 CUBAS;6L4 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 A Little Havana folk hero, Joe Cubas owns the market on Cuban baseball players. By Dan Moffett Palm Beach Post Staff Writer NASSAU, Bahamas Joe Cubas is trying to become history's first humanitarian sports agent. His claim to the oxymoron was strengthened Saturday when I II.'" ; " ' THE ASSOCIATED PRESS tion center. Cubas 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? o a, Is irosooug Tempers, water spill over rising Okeechobee -NiLrf ' 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. M jf 10 ) ' WV " K Meteorologists warned water managers to prepare for El Nino. The managers say they did their best. By Robert P. King Mm 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 Caloosahatchee 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 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 environmentalist blames the 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 Absence of plankton threatens species living in normally salty inland waters. LOCAL, 6B 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 V i 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 Manage-, ment 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." - 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 r lake. : Environmental groups long have urged the district to revive the lake's health by lowering water levels. ALLEN EVESTONEStaff Photographer even at the risk of occasional shortages for cities and farms. Flease see VENUS 1 7 A Venus Williams revels in sunbeams bouncing off shimmering crystal - the Lipton Championship trophy. HeaseseeLAKLf22A Inside Golfview gradually grounded as town swallowed by airport Quiet shrugs mark Buenoano execution Leniency pleas for the convicted killer barely register in the death-penalty debate. Plane crash lands The pilot and one of his two passengers are hurt after skirting homes and landing in a West Palm Beach parking lot. STORY, IB ANN & AB8Y 20 EDITORIALS 2E BOOKS 61 HOROSCOPE 20 BUSINESS IF LOTTERY 2A, 7 BRIDGE COMICS SCORES 23C CLASSIFIEDS 1G THEATERS SI DEATHS 68 TV SPOPTS 2C CROSSWORDS CUSSffKDS, COMICS -r PALM BEACH Weather. ' i IMTtRACTTVE news, sports kkw fxJUl com 9nd snews ton home wirvnnr service ?M66i I-SOO-6S4-1231 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 10B. Listings from the Nasdaq market were published Saturday. We apologue for the inconvenience. By George Bennett Palm beach Post Staff Writer GOITOEW 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 Golfview 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 Ileach County has begun closing sales with indiidual homeowners. About one-third of the homes remain occupied, but the number dwindles every few days. By Jenny Staletovich Palm brack Past Staff H ntrr 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 pro-cutor 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 regitr're in the death 111 Jf j l ; L ' 1 ' laiinilm COUNTING THE HOURS: Judi Buenoano is schedu'ed to be the first woman executed ithe state smc slavery. 1 CwfrigNt Pita ItKk i Pwt GOING, GOING, ALMOST GONE: Town Clerk Cynthia Harmon, the first child born to Golfview residents, ays it'll be tough to sign dissolution papers. : i2i lipase see BUENOANO 4A ilfasf see GOUVirW; !