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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 101

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Monday, December 1, 1997
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msi THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, DECEMBER 1. 1997 5B Florida to begin its own probe of sweepstakes deception Attorney General Bob Butterworth made the decision to withdraw from a multi-state investigation. The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE Florida will conduct an independent investigation of American Family Publishers and Publishers Clearing House for possible deceptive marketing practices. Twenty states, including Florida, have cooperated on an investigation of American Family for the past four years and are close to a settlement agreement, according to Gary Betz, who is based in the Tampa office of Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth. But Butterworth has given the green light to his lawyers and investigators to State news "We are going to make a complete reappraisal of everything," said Betz, who is heading the investigation. Betz examined the proposed multi-state settlement with American Family and wasn't impressed. The states "are getting out-negotiated," he said. The proposed mutlti-state settlement currently includes language clarifying if a person is actually a finalist in the sweepstakes, disclosure of the chances of winning and a disclaimer printed in a type size "no smaller than the largest typeface used." Sweepstakes mailings often put the announcement that someone is a winner in large bold type and the disclaimer "if you have and return the winning number" in smaller lighter type. pull out of the joint investigation, The SL Petersburg Times reported Sunday. Betz said the state decided to change course after an elderly California man flew from his home to Tampa believing he had won a prize from American Family Publishers. Teen held in death of homeless man wy "t tm V Someone called police to report finding a body behind the shopping center. Officers initially could not find any signs of injury, but continued to investigate while awaiting the results of an autopsy. ; By the time police learned the cause of death was internal bleeding, the word was out that officers wanted to talk with Stone, prompting his surrender, Bristow said. ; Stone was jailed in Manatee County's Juvenile Assessment Center during the weekend and then sent to the county detention center, police said. The state attorney's office will decide whether Stone should be charged as an adult. i An acquaintance of Stone's, described by police as another homeless man, gave police the initial information that aided the investigation. Tkt Associated Press BRADENTON A teenager is facing second-degree murder charges in the beating death of a homeless man who refused to buy alcohol for juveniles, police said. Mark Stone, 16, was charged in the death of Donald Blake, 49. Police said Blake died after being beaten behind the Oneco Square mall near Bradenton about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Stone surrendered to authorities Friday and confessed, police said. Authorities were searching Sunday for a second suspect "There was an altercation," said David Bristow, spokesman for the Manatee County Sheriffs Office, about Blake "not wanting to buy alcohol for a juvenile ... that is the initial story." ACUPUNCTURE . .,- - , . j t , , ft :: f -- . J 20.00 OFF 1st TREATMENT WITH AD AMERICAN M.D. ON STAFF FREE CONSULTATION MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED LIC. BY CHINA & FLA. WE USE DISPOSABLE NEEDLES ONLY. IMltimiATAU lAlimmATIIBE MEDICAL HMdnmu i vn Mvurunv i More acupuncture experience than any Dr. Lee opened the nation's first Acupuncture Center in 1972. Since then proven results of millions of acupuncture treatments earned us a world-wide recognition as the leading clinic for treatment of medical conditions, BOCA RATON I W. 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The SWA doesn't tout recycling as a self-supporting enterprise, but as an alternative to its 90-foot-tall garbage mountain off Jog Road and 45th Street. Recycling costs about 22 percent more a ton than burning garbage and burying the ash in the landfill, SWA business analyst Daniel Pellowitz calculates. Recycling enjoys high participation in Palm Beach County, with the SWA collecting a record amount of recyclables in 1996-97. But the authority's latest annual household survey found a tiny drop in weekly curbside participation and slightly fewer people citing concern for the environment as a reason to recycle. "There are indications that r ' HEATHER SELWITZStaff Photographer Students from Wellington Elementary watch as Julio Ramirez (left) and Joe Hernandez separate dif-?Sent types of paper products for recycling. Lesson has kids thinking about trash contain the most competitively priced and 30 year level term coverage available the insurance industry today. 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So we're j frying to get them to nag their I parents," says tour guide Leta j McDowell. Parents can expect the nag-J ging to continue. Through tours I arid school visits, the county's Sol-! idAVaste Authority preached recy-i ding to more than 22,000 students last school year nearly double the previous year's level. This year's student tour schedule is booked solid through June, and the SWA's emissary to schools says her appointment book is nearly maxed out as well. The children's crusade comes Suspect in mom's death will return The Associated Press SARASOTA One of two men charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the shooting of the mother of quadruplets has agreed to sign an extradition waiver to return to Sarasota, his attorney said. Samuel Gonzales, 27, could be returned this week to face the charges. Last week he said he would agree to be extradited from San Antonio "in the spirit of cooperation," said his attorney, Fred Mer-curio of Sarasota. Gonzales' cousin is Jose Luis Del Toro Jr., the man accused of fatally shooting Sheila Bellush Nov: 7. Gonzales was arrested in Texas 10 days after the killing. Authorities say Del Toro drove from San Antonio to Sarasota and shot Bellush in her home while her 2-year-old quadruplets were nearby. Her 13-year-old daughter found the body when she returned from school. Mercurio, who has represented a number of high-profile criminal defendants, was retained by Gonzales a week ago. Mercurio will be the lead attorney in Gonzales' defense, and S. James McHazlett, Gonzales' attorney in Texas, will act as co-counsel. Investigators and prosecutors have revealed little about the roles of Gonzales and Daniel Rocha, a second man charged as an accomplice. "I think his intentions will probably be made known fairly quickly as soon as he gets here," Mercurio said of Gonzales. Gonzales has not signed the extradition waiver. When he does, which McHazlett said could be this morning, it will be up to Sarasota authorities to fetch Gonzales. In a homicide case such as this one, the sheriffs office usually sends deputies on a plane to bring back the prisoner. After Gonzales arrives in Sarasota, Mercurio said, he will move to reduce his bail, set at $1 million. Ben fit in page, he covers his mouth in surprise and says, "Uh-oh." Later, they turn to a book about bulldozers and dump trucks. He gets so engrossed, he doesn't want to go to the restroom. There are other school administrators and parents who would be afraid to put Ben in a regular classroom, said Bennett Buckles, the exceptional student specialist who worked with Parsons. But Buckles has observed Ben's growth this year. He verbalizes better. His fine motor skills have improved. The teacher, "who fell from the sky like an angel," deserves a lot of credit, said Barbara Slaga, director of exceptional student education. Lynch, who came to White City from New Jersey in July, has taught both kindergarten and special education classes. Her students obviously adore her, including Ben, who wraps his arms around her neck. She flies from table to table, a glue bottle in one hand and a hug for Ben in the other. At the writing table, Kaleb works on his sentences: "Today is Tuesday. I like flowers." He leans over to Ben and writes a "T" on Ben's paper, just to get him started. When Ben writes an "e," Kaleb crows. "Ben made an 'e.' Thats a very good 'e,' " Kaleb says. GUARD YOUR TABLE AND SAVE! Order with confidence from America's oldest, and largest table pad company. Our free measuring service assures an exact fitrJ No advance deposit or messy C.O.D. You pay nothing until you receive your Mom believes kindergarten will help while residents think recycling is a good thing, and something they should support, it is not the 'hot' button it once was," said Sunbelt Research Associates Inc. SWA officials want recycling to be a hot button. In a recent 45-minute session at Highland Elementary in Lake Worth, Clancy distributed pencils made from recycled sawdust and told students recycling saves trees and energy and keeps the landfill from overflowing. And, she said, materials like old plastic bottles can be recycled into new products. Collecting plastic bottles and other recyclables once a week requires putting a separate fleet of trucks on the road. It requires a $7.1 million processing facility in West Palm Beach where 51 employees on each shift sort materials and prepare them for sale to companies that use them to make new products. While recycling costs more, it slows the growth of the county's landfill. With recycling, the SWA figures the landfill will last until 2023, nearly four years longer than if all recyclables were thrown away with other garbage. is (Down syndrome), part of it is he's 6, and part of it may be he's frustrated with communication problems," she said. Ben knows his shapes, letters and colors. He understands what people say to him, and he can read small words. But he can't always respond verbally. He can't tell Aida to take her crayons away. He can't tell Spears to take his scissors from his fingers. The other kids know his limits, but Lynch has told them not to help too much. "We never talked about Down syndrome. They just said they'll help Ben because he's a little different," Lynch said. "They all try to help him, almost too much. Because Ben's in the classroom, Lynch has full-time support from Raimondo Puig, a paraprofes-sional with 11 years' experience. While the other kindergartners sit near Lynch learning to spell Tuesday, Ben and Puig sit in a corner saying words like queen and corn. While the others count to 62, Ben identifies the boy, bed and monster in A Nightmare in My Closet. When Ben turns each scary Nationally, Down occurs in roughly 1 of every 800 to 1,000 births, and generally these children are placed in regular classrooms. table pads and are completely satisfied. 655-2744-Ext.l92 INBOCA391-4202-Ext.192 or 1-800328-7237-Ext. 192 r V j, 1-888-248-LIFE (5433) orowara szi-ijjs Your Source For The Best Buys In life Insurance ?J Store ju ycdi iifiiHeu wan cu ii y. rCz&JABLE 30 year limited warranty. TABLE PAP CO. since mi Going Away fin Varatinn? Ull lUUlUUUi Newspapers For You. Beach Ibst , "St? Nfc"1'iiiimiiiii " ' m00 L-jIV i Hi r DOWN From IB She will not rive him the bas ket of blues, greens and reds until he repeats the three woras. uo .you, want me to help you color?" he' asked. No. He shakes his head and grins. Like his mother, Ben wants to work cooperatively, but he has limits. In February, Georgia Parsons first met with district and White City staff to talk about her plans for Ben. She wants Ben to live independently someday in the 'regular world," and she figures a regular classroom will be the best toteparation. She thought if he aidn't get started in kindergarten, h,e might never fit in. '"There's a way to get things ifone. I say (to school officials), 'This is what I want for my child, how can we do this?' I don't say, 'How are you going to do it?' " said Larsons, who sat calmly in her kitchen while water boiled on the stove, friends knocked on the (door, and Ben ran past. "I'm flexible. I want what's best for him. If it esn't work, we'll take him out." Both Parsons and school officials should be commended for their efforts, said Frank Murphy, executive director of the National Down Syndrome Congress. "So tften, these things turn into feuds between school administrators and parents, but the person who suffers is the child," he said. Nationally, Down occurs in roughly 1 of every 800 to 1,000 births, and generally these children are placed in regular classrooms. In a corner of the portable classroom, Lynch has a poster for superstar behavior. Ben has four stars. He's doing better than Ka-leb, who has two stars, but not nearly as well as Aida, who has nine. After 11 weeks of kindergarten, Ben has good days and bad days. On Tuesday, he can't get his scissors to cut a picture drawn on brown paper. He puts his fingers between the blades instead, then swings them at Lynch's classroom volunteer, Gladys Spears. The other children look nonplused. Lynch acknowledges she sometimes doesn't know what's going on in his head. "It's not perfect," Parsons said. Ben came home the other day with a paper Indian, but it took him 45 minutes to cut it out. He gets stubborn. 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