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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 1

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Tuesday, March 31, 1998
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;,r-,.... s Two officers proudly join West Palm's SWAT team LOCAL NEWS, IB WEATHER: Warm with partly cloudy skies. High 83, low 72. 2A IN ACCENT How to make the ULTIMATE SCRAPBOOK IN SPORTS KENTUCKY WINS 7TH TITLE Wildcats rally to erase 10-point first-half deficit; beat Utah 78-69 for second title in three years he Palm Beach TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998 FINAL EDITION 54 PAGES 50 CENTS Post No last words at 'Black WidowV execution Convicted murderer Judi Buenoano was the first woman to be executed in Florida in 150 years. Why Judi Buenoano was executed She was found guilty of the 1971 arsenic poisoning of her husband, Air Force Sgt. James Goodyear, in Orlando. Buenoano was found guilty of drowning her partially paralyzed 19-year-old son, Michael Goodyear, in 1980. She was convicted of attempting to kill her fiance, John Gentry, by planting a ts, 9. i 'She may not have been as pretty or as engaging as Karla Faye Tucker, but she was just as good a Christian.' JEANNE EATON Judi Buenoano's cousin problems, no complications," said prison spokesman Gene Morris. Her head shaved, the slender 54-year-old grandmother wore a white shirt, navy blue pants and white socks as she was led, a bit wobbly on her feet, into the execution chamber. Witnesses included state Sen. Fred Dudley, R-Cape Coral, who was not immediately available for comment. Some 35 death penalty protesters from as far away as Scotland gathered in a field outside the rural North Florida prison, as cows grazed nearby in the dewy morning chill. "We stand before the world and Please see EXECUTI0N&4 Buenoano for the first time in 41 years, Americans had executed a woman in the electric chair. Somber, eyes closed, lips pursed, her body straightened under the initial 2,300-volt surge and her fingers turned purple. A trickle of white smoke rose from her right ankle. Corrections officials were quick to say the smoke represented no malfunction of the chair known as Old Sparky, just a minor burning of clothing or padding around the electrical connection on her leg. "There were no hitches, no By Charles Elmore Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STARKE Thirteen years of appeals ended Monday in 38 high-voltage seconds for Judi Buenoano, the first woman to die in the wooden arms of Florida's electric chair. The woman, dubbed the "Black Widow" for poisoning her husband and son, offered no final statement, no confession or last plea of innocence, nor a phrase she had once considered, "Until we meet again." By 7:13 a.m. witnesses were left only with the sure knowledge that, bomb in his car in Pensacola in 1983. Buenoano collected $85,000 in insurance upon James Goodyear's death, and had taken out similar policies on her son and fiance. INSIDE: Daniel Remeta, convicted of killing five people during a multistate killing spree in 1985, was scheduled to ' die this morning. PAGE 8A Women shaken after carjacking Brabham pleads: 'It was . -7- : : i ; 1 . ! - -' .. f - : .' .-.' . & ; 1 . wrong' The political activist will spend six months in jail for his role in a bribery scheme linked to the 1996 state attorney's race. By Christine Stapleton Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH V. Ted Brabham, flamboyant criminal defense attorney and former head of Palm Beach County's Democratic Party, will spend six months in jail for his role in a botched attempt to fix the , ' - . V:. --i' . iv.i,. f 1 7TT !i(?i 199b state attorney race. Brabham, 35, of Atlanta, Texas, pleaded guilty Monday to bribery, conspiracy and eight counts of accepting illegal campaign contributions. Brabham, whose trial was scheduled to t'-. , . j begin on Monday, also I hi. -.I. I surrendered his license,., f I I- V 1 Brabham to practice law in Florida and Texas. When he is i V' ,-' : Li i 4 LIU XINStaff Photographer RIVIERA BEACH - Carrie Oliphant (center) tries to calm her daughter Joanne stopped on Blue Heron Boulevard when the men, suspected of robbing a (right) and Val Reed as the younger women tell police how Joanne Oliphant's credit union on PGA Boulevard, ordered them out. The men crashed into a car was stolen by three men with a gun on Monday. The women were guardrail on Interstate 95 and fled. Three men were arrested. STORY, IB freed from jail Brabham will be on probation for four and a half years. "I am ashamed of what I did," Brabham said to a hushed courtroom filled with lawyers, judges and reporters. "I know it was wrong." In most plea bargains the prosecutor recites facts of the case. However, retirtifJ Supreme Court Justice James Aldermaa required Brabham to take the stand Monday and undergo questioning by Assistant State Attorney Cass Castillo, a special prosecutor assigned to the case. Brabham admitted details of a bribery scheme involving candidate Phil Butler and Pentagon discounts Cuban threat; exiles angered Castro foes point to plans to complete a Chernobyl-style nuclear plant as evidence that Cuba remains dangerous. mand, has recently returned from a week-long visit to Cuba and is urging a "regular, formal dialogue" between the United States and the island nation. "My position is that diplomatic relations would be too hard politically to do in the near future, but that the United States and Cuba share a lot of common interests drugs, migration, the environment so regularized contacts should be made," Sheehan said in an interview Monday. an enemy that could have inflicted some degree of harm on the United States, but the idea that Cuba is a threat today is merely a laughable one," said retired Adm. Eugene Carroll, the head of the Center for Defense Information, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. "The fall of the Soviet Union and the decline in military aid from the Soviet Union to Cuba has simply put the Cuban military on the skids," he added. In a separate development, retired Marine Gen. John Sheehan, former commander of the U.S. Atlantic Com portray Cuba as a country very different from the deadly menace that housed Soviet missiles and so frightened Americans in the early 1960s. Instead, the report is likely to paint a picture of a military force that's been substantially weakened by personnel cuts, and by the use of equipment that's grown so obsolete it's become almost unusable. "There was a time when Cuba was By Shelley Emling Palm Beach Post Staff Writer MIAMI The Pentagon is expected to report to Congress this week that Cuba poses no serious threat to U.S. security, an assertion that has drawn outrage from exile groups here, as well as from Cuban-American lawmakers in Washington, experts on Cuba say. In a classified report, U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen is expected to Please see CUBA4A Woman's grief spurs move to protect unborn Inside Heasesee PLEA724 Need a bypass? Shot may help you grow one By Daniel Q. Haney The Associated Press ATI AN'TA For the first time, doctors have shown that injections of a genetically engi neered hormone can help people with bad hearts grow their own bypasses an approach that could someday offer an alternative to surgery and angioplasty. The hormone, which occurs naturally in the body, triggers the heart to sprout tiny vessels to carry blood around blockages that cause angina pain. The results of the first experimental use, released Monday, snowed that the treatment eased angina in 13 of the 15 people treated. The results are considered very preliminary, and the doctors caution that much more testing will be needed to know precisely how well it works. Nevertheless. Dr. Timothy Henry of the Universilv of Minnesota, who directed the A Senate panel last week passed a bill making it a crime to kill an unborn child in a reckless car crash. 2A 2A 9C 78 40 50 2C LOTTERY PEOPLE SCORES STOCKS THEATERS TV LISTINGS TV SPORTS ANN & ABBY 2D BUSINESS 68 CLASSIFIEDS IOC COMICS 60 DEATHS 58 EDITORIALS 16A HOROSCOPE 20 CROSSWORDS ADortion-ngnts supporters are uneasy wnn me dim. SECT10NSCD PALM BEACH Weather. 'V INTERACTIVE nes. sports titnc.GvPHimm and news FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICE 820-4663 10054-1231 rights supporters fear her efforts could erode a woman's right to an abortion. And she has seen an appeals court overturn the conviction of the driver accused of causing the crash. But she keeps working because she wants her granddaughter, Alexandria, who lost most of her family in the crash, to see something positive come from the tragedy. liist week Solway, 55. of Palm Beach Gardens, watched as the Sen- ' Hcastwt SOIWAy7i4 By Mary Lou Picket Palm Bfvch Post Staff Writer TAIJAIIASSF.E Since the day she lost her unborn granddaughter in a car crash. Marci Solway has been trying to convince state legislators that a reckless driver who kills an unborn child should pay. During the past four years her crusade has become entangled in the abortion debate. Abortion opponents have supporwd Solway and want the law to provide protection from the moment of conception. Though spmpathetic to oUay. abortion- V " I' - - I CotW jj 1998 I tot p Vol 90 13 4 Mttwm JMN MART Nuwrt). Fn Photo TURNING GRIEF INTO ACTION: Marci Solway, of Palm Beach Gardens, lost her daughter, grandson and unborn granddaughter to a reckless diver. J lease see BYPASS 24

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