The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 30, 1998 · Page 1
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 1

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Monday, March 30, 1998
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Riviera's charitable giving IN SPORTS RIOS EASES PAST AGASSI IN UPTON He becomes the first South American to reach No. 1, replacing Pete Sampras may violate law STORY, IB TENNESSEE: 93 LA. TECH: 75 Lady Vols produce 45th straight victory WEATHER: Partly cloudy, warm. High: 84. Low: 74 2A HEAT 109 ROCKETS 77 Heat captures Atlantic Division title SPORTS, 1C Fhe Palm Beach Fost 84 PAGES 50 CENTS FINAL EDITION MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 w- C Lobbyists wine, dine House staffers Attention, senior J) shopper Speaker Dan Webster thinks he outlawed the practice two years ago. But committee chairmen and top J staffers say they're unaware onne no ueeuiea imc. with interviews. According to those documents, Imhof also lunched at Chez Pierre, one of Tallahassee s swankiest restaurants, courtesy of lobbyists for the pay-phone industry. He and his entire staff periodically ate lunch at a local diner on the tab of a lobbyist for Florida Power Corp. Rep. Joe Arnall, R-Jacksonville and Imhofs boss, said there was nothing wrong or illegal about his itips and Telecommunications Com cept an unlimited number of gifts, including meals and drinks, from lobbyists, as long as none is worth more than $100. What's more, if the gift is worth less than $25 as was the case of the greens fees at Tallahassee's Hilaman Park it need never be reported, so there is no trace of it in the public record. To learn of the golf date, The Palm Beach Post had to request diaries and other scheduling memos from the committee, then follow up LOBBYISTS & LEGISLATORS A Special Report By Shirish Date Palm Beach Post Staff Writer TALLAHASSEE One day last fall, two BellSouth lobbyists treated House staffer Patrick Imhof to a day of golf. A few months later, Imhof s signature was at the bottom of the Util- mittee's analysis of a bill letting BellSouth and other phone companies double local rates during the next five years. A conflict of interest? Not according to Florida law, which says legislative staff can ac Please see 10BBWSTS9A A winner in Whitbread In South Florida, X - seniors who have - the spending power. : Seniors have more money t for luxuries than Baby ! Boomers: A typical 70-year-pfold has 10 times more in assets than the typical late-, -30s Baby Boomer. The -median household income ' for people 60 and over in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties is $45,905. (That's $10,000 less than ' people 18 to 59 but ; seniors' money is almost all discretionary.) They spend it: People 60 and up in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie coun- ; ties spend more money : than younger adults on: Women's clothes, accessories, shoes and jewelry Furniture, carpeting and large appliances Vacations And more AND they get great buys: Florida is a big market for businesses that know how to attract older buyers and they do that with deals. Who's got the discounts? See INSIDEBUSINESS , fa:, v V ' trTJ",w''rnininwiiiiiirrf -. ... - .- . . ... . M WT . ,--.-!. '. 4,LH w K' - - - v. . r- I EMILY KELSEYThe Miami Herald Panthers add to streak Florida's 4-0 shutout of Chicago stretches the Panthers' win streak to three. SPORTS, 9C Leonard takes Players Justin Leonard's five-under 67 tops in the final round. SPORTS, 1C Truce declared in war Big gambling on basketball Bets on bis college games rival Super Bowl wagers LOTTERY PEOPLE SCORES THEATERS TV LISTINGS 2A 2A 12C 40 50 2C ANN & ABBY 2D CLASSIFIEDS 68 COMICS 6D DEATHS 4B EDITORIALS 16A HOROSCOPE 2D CROSSWORDS over religion in schools A quiet theologian has found a way to satisfy both sides TV SPORTS SECTIONS B, D Hundreds of people gathered for protest '4' INTERACTIVE news, sports ana views www By Josh Barr, Tim Graham and Mark Asher Jhe Washington Post Thirteen hundred miles from the site of the National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball Final Four, about 1,000 gamblers crowded into the Las Vegas Hilton Sports Superbook to watch Saturday's action on seven theater-sized televisions. The standing-room-only crowd watched the games intently and reacted loudly to every basket, turnover and foul. The passion wasn't fueled strictly by team loyalty. Money was at stake. The $80 million wagered on this year's INSIDE: One incident real or perceived of racial disharmony sullies much of the hard-won progress in a sport. GREG STODA, 1C ON TELEVISION: NCAA men's basketball championship: Utah vs. Kentucky, 9 p.m. on WPEC-Channel 12 and WFOR-Channel 4. rallies. Judge DeMent "struck at the heart of what I believe," says Gary Carlyle, a local high school principal. So why does a shy. cerebral theologian named Charles Haynes think he can calm these furies? Haynes runs a mediation and training program that has already reshaped Copyright 1998 Palm Beach Post Vol 90 No. 32 Saectiom By Edward Felsenthal IJie Wall Street Journal When federal Judge Ira DeMent ordered public schools in DeKalb County, Ala., to stop evangelizing students last year, the state seemed on the brink of a 1960s-style conflict. The governor, Fob James, who had penned a 34-page, Scripture-filled memo to the judge, vowed to resist the order "with every ounce of strength I possess." A state judge issued his own decision in a lame effort to block the ruling. 28(HriOO00 Please see RELIGION4.4 FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICE 820-4663 1-S00-6S4-1231 Please see GAMBUNGi.14 Wy parents) thought they were adoptmg a healthy, bouncmg baby boynd they were,,!. MICHAEL LLOYD JUMAN, referring to himself in 1993 Son's concealed past drives pair in adoption lawsuit number of claims nationwide based on the concept of "wrongful adoption." It's a type of The part-time Boynton Beach residents have sued a New York agency for $50 million for withholding their son's history. 7 I. fraud that gives adoptive parents uie rm iu sue agencies or lawyers who misrepresented essential information about adopted children, their biological parents or both. Louise Wise Services, which still operates as a private nonprofit adoption agency, won't comment on the suit, said Deborah Darrell, agency spokeswoman. The agency has offered to settle the suit, but the Jumans rejected its offer bwause the amount was too low. said leonard Sperber of Mineola, N.Y., the Jumans' attorney. The Jumans said they decided to start speaking publiclv last year after they obtained agency adoption records confirming A' ""td chiatric history grew into a young man tortured bv his mental disorders until his sudden death four years ago at age 29. "We didn't volunteer for this." laments Marty Juman. whose family saga prodded the New York Supreme Court in 1994 to provide legal protection against fraudulent adoptions. . Now the Jumans. both 59 and winter residents of Bovnton Beach, are ready and eager to testify next month in their $ 0 million lawsuit against the agency. Iouise W ise Services of Manhattan. No date has been set for the trial. Their 7-year-old case is one of a small I By Marc Freeman Palm Heacn Post Staff Wntrr Maybe another couple would have wanted the baby. Maybe another couple would have told the adoption agency: Iook, we want a baby so bad we don't care that his mother is mentallv ill. Maybe another couple would have made the choice and taken their chances. But Phyllis and Martin Juman never knew what was coming. . Their darling baby Michael adopted in June 13 without the agency telling them Jibout his mother's lobmy or long psy JENVTR PCOiS Si Photograph)- ; LONG SEARCH: j K'..crael Juman as eager for the truth about his tor-, tured life. He died tefce getting m,in answers. A FAMILY'S SAGA OF SADNESS: Warty and Phyllis Juman care for Sandy, their son s dog. y IVase see AD0PD0N6.4

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