The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 30, 1998 · Page 89
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 89

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Monday, March 30, 1998
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msl THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 Clinton: Botswana a model democracy Children protest mother's execution First lady meets victims of prejudice kill her boyfriend with a car , bomb. Buenoano will become, the first American woman tcr; die in the electric chair since" 1957. Two others have died": by lethal injection. In aduV tion, she will be the first; woman to be executed ire. Florida since 1848, when a. XV 2r By Charles Elmore Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau STARKE The surviving daughter and son of "Black Widow" killer Judias Buenoano pleaded for her life Sunday on the eve of Florida's first execution of a woman in the electric chair. "We say stop the killing now," said daughter Kimber-ly Hawkins. "Do not turn her blood into charcoal." Inside the rural north Florida prison at Starke, Buenoano requested a last meal of steamed asparagus and broccoli, tomato and lemon wedges, black pepper, fresh strawberries and hot tea. She met with family members and friends Sunday night, but they said she chose to be alone, without a spiritual adviser, for the final hours before her scheduled 7 a.m. execution. Prosecutors say it was with just such calm that she poisoned her husband James Goodyear with arsenic in Orlando in 1971 to collect insurance money. She was also convicted of killing her firstborn son, Michael, who drowned wearing 50 pounds of leg braces, and of trying to 1 ne raim tseacn rosi guarantees a value equal to I I .i .i ... nc rii7 I ,3jSi'ir.ntitf i President Clinton is greeted as he arrives in Kasane, Botswana on Sunday. He will go on a safari along the Chobe River on Monday. Vie Associated Press GABORONE, Botswana First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday met two Botswana women who have fought personal battles over racist and sexist discrimination. Over tea at the U.S. ambassador's residence, Mrs. Clinton talked to Ruth Khama, the widow of Botswana's founding president, Seretse Khama. The couple was exiled for five years because of their interracial marriage in the late 1940s. Botswana, then still a protectorate of England, refused the married couple readmission. Sir Seretse became president when Botswana gained independence in 1966 and governed until 1980. Mrs. Clinton also met Unity Dow, a Botswana woman whose children were denied Botswana citizenship because she had married a foreigner. years as president, and his vice president, Festus Mogae, will take over until elections next year. Botswana's economy is so good that the Peace Corps late last year decided to end its projects here, and the U.S. Agency for International Development has stopped direct assistance. Trade and foreign investment have supplanted aid from the United States. Later Sunday, Clinton announced that the United States plans to start a radio service similar to the Voice of America aimed at promoting democracy in Africa. Then he set off to spend two days enjoying one of Botswana's natural riches its wildlife. The president and his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, traveled to northern Botswana to go on safari and take a brief break from the hectic pace of their African odyssey. n mirr ri SUM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS continent, he will encourage more African nations to embrace democracy and will spark support in America for assisting them in reforms. "At your independence three decades ago, Botswana was among the poorest countries on Earth, with only 2 miles of paved roads and one public secondary school," Clinton told a few thousand people on the lawn of the president's official residence in the capital. 'Today, you have a vibrant economy, a network of major highways, almost full enrollment in primary schools and the longest average life span in sub-Saharan Africa." Since gaining its independence from Britain in 1964, the Texas-sized country has held regular, free and fair elections, and it has a remarkably good record for upholding human rights. The current president, 72-year-old Ketumile Masire, is stepping down Tuesday after 18 The country epitomizes the African Renaissance Clinton has been plugging during his trip. Los Angeles Times GABORONE, Botswana President Clinton traveled Sunday from Africa's youngest democracy to its oldest, where he praised the government and people of Botswana for being a model for the rest of the continent for 30 years. "We have seen the promise of a new Africa whose roots are deep here in your soil, for you have been an inspiration to all who cherish freedom," Clinton told a crowd after arriving here from South Africa, just to the south. Botswana, the fifth African country the president has visited, epitomizes the African Renaissance that Clinton has been plugging throughout his trip. It is Clinton's hope that Botswana's success will encourage other African nations, such as South Africa, that face greater obstacles in their paths to stability. Clinton started his day in South Africa going to services at the Regina Mundi Roman Catholic church, which served as a refuge for members of the popular movement that replaced the country's apartheid system with democracy four years ago. "I am profoundly honored to be in this great house of God, which is also a great shrine of freedom, for it was here that you and the people before you gathered to stand for the freedom of the people of South Africa when it was denied you," Clinton said at the church in Soweto, the sprawling slum outside Johan-- nesburg. The congregation of about :l,000 in the church gave him a 'standing ovation when he walked .to the altar to speak. During Clinton's three days in South Africa, he repeatedly urged ' the leaders and the people not to be discouraged about the long 'path to right the wrongs of :apartheid and build their new society. At the church, he reminded Sruic irnf IV IIUJ HUil S ONLY! FREE Kalgaetabs; ( X r or greater man uic cum ui r------- - . your newspaper everyday. mayjwjised. Valid 330 - J Please patronize our Daily Deal Merchants! Your zip code Mill h S?v m nmimi m y b k n iu i ii ii i i i b mii ltuvi vuiiinv fcK f( B-ll lDM I i JJf MAIN VENT freed slave named Ce-lia was hanged for the murder of her master. 2ZZ Share ffto your opinions at Palm Beach Interactive: . Last- - minute appeals by Bue-,. noano's lawyers were rejected Sunday by a federal aj. peals court in Atlanta and the : Florida Supreme Court. Attorneys continued with other appeals including one to the. U.S. Supreme Court, but prison officials said barring, any late-night court order to . the contrary they were ready'; to proceed with the execution in the wooden electric chair. : known as Old Sparky. Hawkins was joined out- side the prison Sunday: evening by her brother, ' James Goodyear. They left in ' tears, declining to add to the statement Hawkins read. ' ffil'ifMWtl 849 S. Federal Hwy. Stuart j Call 561 2237006 I Drive-thru available II I m i 1 111 1 , . nne mnnnn ivr nprsnn ner visit P r ns l MS I Week On v L . f $25 Hie9- (rC Helps Eliminate DUST MITES BREEDING in Your Vents! Additional Charge 1 SPECIAL! Nn I imit on Vents. i Handler (reg. $79). Reg No Charge for Air Video, audio and updates crs Dlm Pao-h tntorartiup L luunu ftnPRI mm the crowd that the first black South African to win a medal at the Olympics was Josiah Tung-wane, a marathoner. 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