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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 9

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, December 3, 1997
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THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 3, 1997 7A '- State news House leaders considering execution by injection Dust halts southeast air travel sure making lethal injection the backup method should electrocution ever be ruled invalid. House Speaker Daniel Webster said he didn't want to rush any biU through on the subject for fear of making a mistake and inadvertently commuting 380 death sentences, and the House never acted on the Senate proposal. Committee Chairman Rep. Randy Ball, R-Titusville said he doesn't know exactly what the final version that comes out of his committee will say, but he plans to hold a vote at the panel's next meeting in January. Final approval would not be possible until the spring session. In its October ruling, the state Supreme Court ru ed 4-3 that a Jacksonville circuit judge had correctly ruled this summer that the electric chair is not "cruel or unusual" punishment But the three dissenting justices, as well as two on the prevailing side, wrote that the legislature should follow the lead of other states and make lethal injection an alternative. Florida is one of only four states left that exclusively uses an electric chair. ing some 380 death sentences commuted to life terms. Some members of the Crime and Punishment Committee wondered whether justices weren't overstepping their bounds by trying to dictate what form of execution the state should use, but most agreed with Marty Moore, deputy general counsel to Attorney General Bob Butterworth, that the legislature needs to act before something happens to make the court deem electrocution unconstitutional. "We're currently one vote away from that, possibly one problem away from that," Moore warned. The committee is considering a bill by Rep. Tracy Stafford, DAVilton Manors, that makes lethal injection the new method of execution for subsequent killers arid that gives existing Death Row inmates the choice. During last month's special legislative session on school construction, the Senate passed a similar mea By Shirish Date Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau TALLAHASSEE Florida House members Tuesday broke their longstanding reluctance to modify the way Florida kills its murderers, studying a bill that would give Death Row inmates a choice between the electric chair and lethal injection. While the Senate has for months been willing to change the state's 74-year-old method of execution, House leaders have consistently stood by "Old Sparky," calling it humane and efficient, regardless of a March mishap that sent flames from the head of killer Pedro Medina. That stance finally changed, the result of October's Florida Supreme Court ruling that by a single vote kept electrocution legal. The ruling also had five of seven justices recommend that the legislature create a lethal injection alternative or face the prospect of see WEDNESDAY IS YOUR PREVIEW DAY ALL STORES OPEN EARLY BOTH DAYS 8AM ..q..,,- Palm Beach Post Staff and Wire Reports JACKSONVILLE - Com- ' ' mercial flights in the southeast-' 1 ern United States were delayed ' ' Tuesday after dust forced the " partial evacuation of a major air " control facility for more than an . j hour. Workers were knocking down . , a wall in preparation for an as; ' 'r bestos abatement project at the ' ' Federal Aviation Administration's Jacksonville Center. - The demolition work caused dust containing fibers to migrate " into the control room at the facil- 7 ity, which controls all the air " space north of Orlando in Florida, part of the Gulf of Mexico and part of southern Georgia. As a result, the control room was cleared of all but about 15 . 7 essential personnel from about ( 2:45 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. and all " flights heading through Jackson- ville Center air space were held at .". their departure location or de 1 toured, said Kathleen Bergen, a FAA spokeswoman in Atlanta. Flights leaving or coming to Palm Beach International Airport from the north were delayed be-tween 10 and 15 minutes, said Jim Craft, an airport operations offic- er. Airplanes backed up at sever-, i( al southeastern airports, includ- ;V ing Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Or- " lando, Jacksonville and Birmingham, Ala., but FAA officials said they didn't know how many " flights were affected. . At about 4:15 p.m., the air in : " the center returned to acceptable levels and air traffic began re- i(, suming normal operations with (i its 50 employees. It took several . ' hours to clear the backlog, Ber-"" gen said. . .r Air samples were being shipped to Atlanta for testing Tuesday night, Bergen said, but n the fibers in the air were not be- , Irn pJ ONE BA w MAUL Wo-W (Of tfaiwfete REG., ORIG & IF PURCH. SER PRICES PLUS TERRIFIC VALUES ""-- W 0 lieved to be asbestos. "Necessary steps had been 7 taken to contain the area which contains asbestos," she said. y B ' - Palm Beach Post staff writer r.z David Abel contributed to this story " Dresses Wool crepe separates I ....... i .. A L.i:,J, J 1a Jmkm itnJ miuA (hiw lvr!4 LlVllrrl t Famous maker jackets, skirts, pants ana more ror misses, wrew, iwiiudy, udy-iu-uimira an umc uin jcmj imnau, r"-"1 netifpc ami wnmsn. Oris $76-4246 Sale 53.20-172.20 Dani Max. Sheri Martin and others for misses, petites and klV coats and jackets The largest selection of wools, leathers, faux shearlings, active styles, rainwear & more for misses, petites, women & juniors. 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Gene McGee, the secretary's international affairs director, said Mortham didn't realize at first that the foundation had paid for her husband's travels. She objected when she found out, even though her department's general counsel said the expenditures were appropriate. Last week, Mortham's husband wrote a check for $7,700 to reimburse $7,584.35 in travel expenses to Brazil, Russia and Japan, The Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times reported in Tuesday's editions. mid - "Jt ik V i 4 "IT ALL flannels ALT boots for her ALLjewelry 1 5 off selected jewelry Handbags and wallets ' ... l; V... t,Mn eiAne nri vIapc frott PharffiT Pluh and colors from Charter Club, Your favorite styles Jennifer Precious, semi precious, diamonds, sapphires, All gowns, pajamas, shirts, novelty prints and plaids in pure cotton flannel. Sizes P-XL Reg. $22-$40 Sale 13.20-$28 Great savings on all your favorite styles: dress, social occasion, athletics, cold weather and more. 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