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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 59

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Maritime museum asks for, gets another delay LOCAL NEWS, IB WEATHER: Warm with partly cloudy skies. High 83, low 72. 2A IN SPORTS KENTUCKY WINS 7TH TITLE Wildcats rally to erase 10-point first-half deficit; beat Utes 78-69 for second title in three years Hie ID. 3, aim JDeacH rose j TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998 IE a 54 PAGES 35 CENTS IN ACCENT How to make the ULTIMATE SCRAPBOOK 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 '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 Truck catches fire after hitting tree .I.J . Ill , H - . V i' - , , . ,. i . .. , , : Brabham pleads: lit was 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 L tf u , i -,ih T7j4 try " ' .I it . ST 1 r .. ..jr.... , .... , ? f unr , ...,-f, .ti ri' '..- 1996 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 begin on Monday, also surrendered his license to practice law in Florida Brabham t:.K"l''ki,.-.-..r.'2-.-;""l.;'i'.... :r.:.... ittl'":: '-" - ' ' .-JMii.fMii..it,uAA.A!fi.;ria.i-Ma DAVID LANEStaff Photographer and Texas. When he is 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, retired STUART - Martin County firefighter Louis Alol tries to extinguish flames truck north of the Stuart interchange after the left front tire blew out. Stickler coming from the rear of a sport utility vehicle that struck a tree in the median and his two passengers escaped with minor injuries before the truck burst of Interstate 95 on Monday. John Stickler of Port St. Lucie lost control of the into flames. 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 ret 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 CUBA44 Supreme Court Justice James Alderman required Brabham to take the stand Mori-day 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 Please see PLEA224 Need a bypass? Shot may help you grow one By Daniel Q. Haney 7 he Associated Press ATLANTA For the first time, doctors have shown that injections of a genetically engineered 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 University of Minnesota, who directed the Please see BYPASS;24 Woman's grief spurs move to protect unborn Inside A Senate panel last week passed a bill making it a crime to kill an unborn child in a reckless car crash. Abortion-rights supporters are uneasy with the bill. LOTTERY PEOPLE SCORES STOCKS THEATERS TV LISTINGS TV SPORTS 2A 2A 9C 7B 40 SO 2C ANN & ABBY 20 BUSINESS 68 CLASSIFIEDS IOC COMICS 60 DEATHS 58 EDITORIALS 16A HOROSCOPE 20 CROSSWORDS SECTIONS CD . , ,i, j q i " ,1111 ,.ii mi..,.,.... i in .i i iri I PALM BEACH Weather. ' V INTERACTIVE news, sports uw GoPHI com and wews FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICE S20-4663 1-800-6S4-1231 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. Last week Solwav, 55, of Palm Beach Gardens, watched as the Sen- wweSOLWAYAIl By Mary Lou Pkkel Palm Beach Post Staff H riter TALIAHASSEE Since the day she lost her unborn granddaughter in a car crash, Marci Solway has been trying to convince state legislators mat 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 supported Solway and want the law to provide protection from the moment of conception. Though sympathetic to Solway, abortion- 199 Patakadi Pari VolKNo.33 1 4i JtN HAhl MUVkAKU, li3 hie PtXMO TURNING GRIEF INTO ACTION: Marci Solway, of Palm Beach Gardens, lost her daughter, grandson and unborn granddaughter to a reckless driver. iSOtV'IOOOO

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