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West Palm housing authority chief quits after three weeks ib New estrogen substitute receiving mixed re views ioa WEATHER: Mostly cloudy. High 82, low 60. 2A HEAT 94, SIXERS 90 SPORTS, 1 C IN ACCENT J?4 5 J 7n True stories of Late-life love i 4 recipes-' ,' The Palm Beach Post FINAL EDITION THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1997 4 80 PAGES 50 CENTS IN FOOD & DINING Why he's today's hot chef PLUS: Holiday cookie Wife, GE executive to split $100 million in divorce cially if she does not work outside the home? "It's very clear . . . this judge said 'by the way he divided the assets, 'I view this as a full partnership,' " said Sanford Ain, a prominent Washington divorce lawyer. "It's a very important statement." Connecticut, like Florida and the majority of states, is known as an "equitable distribution" state in divorce cases, giving judges a wide sU' .0mf if- The case sets a new value on what a woman is worth when she doesn't work outside the home. By Sharon Walsh and Devon Spurgeon The Washington Post STAMFORD, Conn. In a closely Watched divorce case, a Connecticut judge said loud and clear Wednesday that the wife of a wealthy corporate executive should get one- total figure. Both sides agreed Mrs. Wendt will receive more than $20 million in cash, property and alimony. Lorna Wendt's share includes a $3 million home in Stamford and a condominium in Key Largo; $252,000 a year in alimony, payable in equal monthly installments of $21,000; half of all stocks, bonds, cash and mutual funds in 19 accounts, and memberships in the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo and the Stanwich C,lub in Greenwich. half of the assets accumulated during the marriage whether or not she worked outside the home. , GE Capital Services Chairman Gary Wendt and his high-school sweetheart and wife of the past 32 years, Lorna Jorgenson Wendt, were dividing a marital estate worth as much as $100 million. Mrs. Wendt's attorneys said the ruling gave her half of Wendt's hard assets including cash, stocks, bonds and real estate. They said they could not immediately calculate a Wendt got to keep a house in Greenwich, two condominium units in Stamford, and two pieces of property in Homosassa. It was not just the amount of money and property involved that made the case unique there have been other divorces involving more money. But this divorce became the central exhibit in the debate over both legal and social questions: What is a wife worth? What is the value of her contribution to the marriage, espe One last spacewalk before space station's built Please see DIV0RCEi5A Wendt 10,000-ft runway inches forward i . I . . tin i - By Mary Lou Picket Palm Beach Post Staff Writer i ""71, """. n-- v 1 t WEST PALM BEACH Plans to lure European and other international flights to Palm Beach International Airport took off Wednesday when a committee of airport and county officials recommended an engineering firm to design a runway extension project. Officials say a 10,000-foot east-west runway means a greater chance of landing South American and European charter flights. But neighbors say extending the 8,000-foot runway would bring even more jet noise, and they plan to fight it. The committee decided to recommend engineering firm CH2M Hill to design the expansion, which could begin next August and be finished by the end of 1999. The county commission has final say over which company gets the design job, which could pay about $600,000. Commissioners are to consider the committee's recommendation in January or P ebruary. The expansion is necessary, airport director Bruce Pelly said, because big jets laden with fuel, people and luggage need more room to abort takeoffs safely. The runway expansion would open the airport to international flights and to direct cross-country flights, Pelly said routes on which planes generally fly heavier. "There's a possibility you could use us instead of Fort Lauderdale or Miami," Pelly said. - . Please see RUNWAY&4 1 ' - HIT ' J.' w WML. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. astronaut Winston Scott works in the payload bay of Columbia and maintenance of the soon-to-be-built international space station, on Wednesday with a hand-operated crane needed for construction He also had rave reviews for a robotic camera. STORY, 14A Did teen shooter act alone, sheriff asks? Inside Lake Park artists put halo on White House holidays else helped plan it? The sheriff said he had no evidence Carneal had any help or expected any, but gut instinct made him suspicious. "I may be totally out of whack here, but I believe there's someone else involved." Prosecutor Dan Boaz said news on whether there will be more arrests could come as early as today. He did not elaborate. In front of some 40 students, Please see SH00TINGil4 students wounded, McCracken County Sheriff Frank Augustus said the ninth-grader who confessed to the shootings, Michael Carneal, might not have known himself why he committed the seemingly senseless act. But Wednesday, the sheriff wondered about a possibility that few here want to believe: What if Carneal, who carried five guns into the school, expected someone else to join in the bloody attack? Or, at least, what if someone By Rick Bragg The New York Times WEST PADUCAH, Ky. Amid talk of installing metal detectors at the school doors and searching backpacks for guns, a still-puzzled sheriff wondered whether the 14-year-old who killed three of his classmates in a prayer circle acted alone, or expected help. After the shooting Monday morning at Heath High School that left three girls dead and five other Contract terminated Latrell Sprewell of the Golden State Warriors had his $32 million contract terminated Wednesday night following the player's attack on coach P.J. Carlesimo. SPORTS, 1C Land mine treaty World leaders gather in Ottawa to sign a comprehensive ban on the deadliest of land mines. STORY, 5A Au pair gets review A judge refuses to send Louise Woodward back to prison and instead refers the case to the full Supreme Judicial Court for review. STORY, 7A V A" ') 1 I 7 .1 PARK'S BEGINNING: A scandal of fashion and murder The pair created and sent a glass angel ornament for one of the trees there at the first lady's request. By Shannon Colavecchio Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Lake Park artists David Miller and Karen Stavert thought the manila envelope with the return address "The White House" was a joke. "I was like, yeah, right, the White House. Anybody could type that on there in those big black letters," Miller laughed. But when they opened the envelope the last piece of mail they opened upon returning from a 10-day trip in August they realized it was anything but a hoax. First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff wanted the couple to design a Christmas ornament no more than 6 inches around and less than 8 ounces, please to hang on the 19'A-foot Christnjas tree in the White House Blue t Room. "I was rather incredulous while I was reading it," recalled Stavert, who has been living and working with Miller as a glass artist for eight years. "I was thinking, 'How in the world did they find us?' " Turns out, the White House found them through the American Craft Council. Miijer and Stavert ANN & ABBY 2E BUSINESS ID CLASSIFIEDS 2F By Eliot Weinberg Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Guy Bradley died for the Everglades. Raised on Hypoluxo Island, son of Palm 2E 2A 2A 10C 2D 4E HOROSCOPE LOTTERY PEOPLE SCORES STOCKS THEATERS 18E COMICS DEATHS SB '''- - J "Vi EDITORIALS 20A FLA. NEWS 6A ivrRGiftors 1FN FOOD TV LISTINGS 17E TV SPORTS 2C SECTIONS E, F CROSSWORDS Beach pioneer settlers, he wound up face down in a skiff floating in the Everglades. His murder in 1905 helped curb a trade in egret feathers that almost drove the white birds to extinction. And it helped spark a move SHERMAN ZENTStaff Photographer This tiny glass angel will hang on the Blue Room Christmas tree in the White House. It was created by Karen Stavert of Hot Glass Beads in Lake Park. who met in Sheffield, Mass. have been members of the artists' organization for about a year, almost as long as they've operated their Hot Glass Beads Studio out of their garage. And because Hillary Clinton and her staff were so impressed with the couple's glass beads, jewelry and stained glass creations, a piece of local art will have a place in the White House. The glass ornament, a dainty, PALM BEACH Weather, INTERACTIVE news, sports www. GoPBI.com and views FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICE 8204663 1-800654-1231 if nils Guy Bradley (above) tried to stop poachers who fed the day's fashion demands. V ment that led to the establishment of Everglades National Park 50 years ago this weekend. Everglades National Park is still around. But the future of the Everglades is in doubt. Please see EVERGLADES724 Copyright 1997 Palm Beach Post Vol. 89 No. 211 7 sections tasee0RNAMENT&4

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