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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 84

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County plans to get in swim IN SPORTS RIOS EASES PAST AGASSI IN LIPTON He becomes the first South American to make No. 1, replacing Pete Sampras with 2 water parks TENNESSEE: 93 LA. TECH: 75 Lady Vols produce 45th straight victory STORY, IB WEATHER: Partly cloudy, warm. High: 84. Low: 74 2A Tf HEAT 109 ROCKETS 77 Heat captures Atlantic Division title SPORTS, 1C TTh 11 TTfo 1 ost lie jraim oeaoi 4 84 PAGES 50 CENTS MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 SOUTH COUNTY FINAL - r -."wwtma-'-'g Lobbyists wine, dine House staffers Speaker Dan Webster thinks he outlawed the practice two years ago. But committee chairmen and top staffers say they're unaware of the 'no freebies' rule. LOBBYISTS & LEGISLATORS 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. Please see L0BBYISTSa4 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 A Special Report ities and Telecommunications Committee'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 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 A winner in Whitbread Attention, senior u1J' shoppers In South Florida, it's? : seniors who have ; the spending power. Seniors have more money for Usuries than Baby Boomers: A typical 70-year-juld 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 counties 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 :.;: f v'7 V dS ..... - -IL .sl-'Grfc 1,.,- xK-f t . m;S .JuHJr- j&zfm' k'-K- - ' ' --"-' 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 The Silk Cut is joined by a flotilla of welcoming boats off the coast of Fort the sixth leg of The Whitbread. Its journey on this leg beganin Soa Sebastian Lauderdale as it makes its way to the finish buoys to mark a first-place finish in Brazil. The racers will be here through April 19. STORY IN SPORTS, 3C Big gambling on basketball Bets on big college games rival Super Bowl wagers 2A 2A 12C 40 50 2C LOTTERY PEOPLE SCORES THEATERS TV LISTINGS TV SPORTS Truce declared in war over religion in schools A quiet theologian has found a way to satisfy both sides. ANN & ABBY 20 CLASSIFIEDS 6B COMICS 6D DEATHS 4B EDITORIALS 16A HOROSCOPE 2D CROSSWORDS SECTIONS B, 0 TfS PALM BEACH Weather, INTERACTIVE news, sports www.GoPBJ.com and views 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. By Josh Barr, Tim Graham and Mark Asher line 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 Please see GAMBUNGi.M Copyright 1998 Palm Beach Post VoL 90 No. 32 S Motions Hundreds of people gathered for protest 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 Please sf REUGI0N4A By Edward Felsenthal Jhe 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 19G0s-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. 28041"10000' FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICE 820-4663 1-800-654-1231 '(My parents) thought they were adopting a healthy, bouncing baby boy. And they weren 1 ... Viey adopted a deranged lunatic . ' MICHAEL LLOYD JUMAN, referring to himself in 1993 Son's concealed past drives pair in adoption lawsuit The part-time Boynton Beach residents have sued a New York agency for $50 million for withholding their son's history. number of claims nationwide based on the concept of "wrongful adoption." It's a type of fraud that gives adoptive parents the right to sue agencies or lawy ers 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 because the amount was too low. said Leonard Sperber of Mineola, N.Y.. the Jumans' attorney. The Jumans said they decided to start speaking publicly last year after they obtained agency adoption records confirming chiatric history grew into a young man tortured by his mental disorders until his sudden death four years ago at age 29. "We didn't volunteer for this," laments Martv Juman, whose family saga prodded the New York Supreme Court in 1W4 to provide legal protection against fraudulent adoptions. Now. the Jumans. both 59 and winter residents of Boynton Beach, are ready and eager to testify next month in their $50 million lawsuit against the agency, Ijouise Wise Services of Manhattan. No date has been set for the trial. Their 7-vear-old case is one of a small By Marc Freeman Palm Beach Post Staff Wntrr Maybe another couple would have wanted the baby. Maybe another couple would have told the adoption agency: Look, we want a baby so bad we don't care that his mother is mentally ill. Maybe another couple would have made the choice and taken their chances. But ITiyllis and Martin Juman never knew what was coming. Their darling baby Michael adopted in June 15 without the agency telling them about his mother's lobstomy or long psy - -" ' - - LONG SEARCH: Michael Juman was eager for the truth about his tortured life. He died before getting many answers. A FAMILY'S SAGA OF SADNESS: Marty and Phy llis Juman care for Sandy, their son's dog. Heast see ADOPTJONx4

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