The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 5, 1997 · Page 178
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 178

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Friday, December 5, 1997
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A - IN TGIF to holiday iajjeui(& SOUTH FORK MARTI F J 'RADICAL' ST. LUCIE CALENDAR NIXED pjfL LOCAL NEWS, IB WEATHER: Cloudy. High 73, low 46. 2A . BENGALS 41, OILERS 14SPORTS, 7C . NBA suspends Warriors' Sprewell for one year SPORTS, 1C it". 'aim Beach Post MARTINST. LUCIE FINAL FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1997 4 145 PAGES 35 CENTS ""V- f 5 "W" TheP UlA. PES- t j Cold air Winter-like front blowing in this weekend ... Brrrrr-ing on the cold p Tenn. Confront U ,i;oia air is s c. j Okla Ark. Dush ne down N V Medicare HMOs see big Fla. turnover J fmm tho nnrth a Jf , w... ,.r. .... Texas I La. ? Miss A;rf. i Ga. H f -V -,-4 o : By Shannon Colavecchio Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Get out the wool blankets or turn on the heat ; it's gonna get cold. Daytime temperatures will struggle into the I;60s this weekend with nighttime lows in the 40s 'as some of the coldest air of the season swings through Palm Beach County today and Saturday, forecasters said. Chilly air provides the wake-up call Saturday morning, with the mercury dipping into the 50s. But it could feel a lot colder as northwest winds gust to about 20 mph. The news could be worse for folks in the western rural areas of the county, where the temperatures may get downright frigid the high 30s Sunday night and Monday morning, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Lushine. Shelters in the county are gearing up. Please see COLD2&4 is Gulf of Mexico 4 V SOURCE: NOAA SEAN TEVISStaff Artist Following days of rain that cast a blanket of wetness over South Florida rv The number of people quitting HMOs has risen steadily over three years, a consumer health study says. By Phil Galewitz Palm Beach Post Staff Writer One in four Florida Medicare HMO members quit their health plans last year, a rate twice the national average and one that could signal seniors' discomfort with managed care, a new study says. Florida also has the nation's highest Medicare HMO dropout rate, said the report released Thursday by Families USA, a Washington-based consumer health group. About 60 percent of Florida Medicare HMO members who left their hmmbmb Despite the high dropout rates, : Medicare HMOs continue to enjoy : rapid growth because they enroll more new members than they lose. plans in 1996 signed on with other HMOs. The rest returned to traditional Medicare, the report said. "HMOs with high quit rates . often mean that plan members expressed , dissatisfaction with their feet, and prospective enrollees better beware," said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA. V 1 , 1 i f ..-At; HMO executives blame the churning on Florida's many Medicare HMOs and beneficiaries' ease of switching plans. They also note that winter residents routinely drop their Florida health plans when they move north in the spring. ! Nine Medicare HMOs operate in Florida, the study said. Eight of those operate in Palm Beach County. "It's a nature of the market," said Lisa Haines, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles-based Foundation Health Systems. Foundation had a 38.7 percent dropout rate last year in Florida. Families USA analyzed 1996 dropout rates for 158 HMOs with at least 1,000 Medicare enrollees. On average nationwide, 13 percent of a health plan's membership left each year. The number of people quitting HMOs has risen steadily the past three years, the study said. Of HMOs operating in South Florida, Physician Please see MED!CAREi&4 ! i ' 1 ' AfoA,:; 11- ; JENNIFER PODISStaff Photographer Monica Barraza, 4, checks out the rain from the safety of a porch at grounds in suburban West Palm Beach on Thursday. She and her one of the buildings at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fair- classmates from Tiny Kingdom Preschool were there on a field trip. Teens not colorblind in doll adoptions Inside We just pat ourselves on the back and say we're such a progressive community, but we're not. ' I J 4 1 1 f Mandela's ex apologizes but admits nothing Winnie Madikizela-Mandela stuns her questioners by apologizing, saying, 'Things went horribly wrong.' By Dean E. Murphy fys Angeles Times ' JOI IANNESBURG, South Africa In a grudging ;yet stunning llth-hour admission, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told a hushed auditorium Thursday that i'things went horribly wrong" on her watch in the nti-apartheid struggle of the late 1980s, but she denied involvement in any criminal activities. LINDA GENTRY Parent volunteer By Maty Ellen Flannery Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART Some white teenagers say they can't take home black baby dolls from a required school program because they're afraid their parents will lock them out of the house. "My mom is going to kill me if I bring home a black baby," some students have told Jason Childs, of Healthy Start, who assigns Baby Think It Over dolls at Martin County High School. After his pink-toned dolls get adopted by some of the ninth-graders in the Life Management Skills classes, he said, "we end up with the black dolls left behind always." Since August, students have Another tax cut in the works? President Clinton is weighing a tax cut as part of next year's budget proposal but warns against the temptation of spending a budget surplus that does not yet exist. STORY, 12A Europe to ban all tobacco ads The European Union, with Britain's blessing after years of staunch opposition, outlaws all tobacco advertising and gives cigarette makers until Oct. 1 , 2006, to end sponsorship of major sports and cultural events. ST0RYj 17A .A spent weekends tethered by the wrist to cranky, 10-pound dolls that cry unpredictably, for as long as 35 minutes. The program is designed to get students to Please see D0LLSi&4 DAVID LANEStarT Photographer STUART Linda Gentry, a parent volunteer at South Fork High School, shows the black and white Baby Think It Over dolls used in a required high school course on parenting. HOROSCOPE 2F Sweet rivalry stirs fans Clewiston and Pahokee play tonight in 'Little Sugar Bowl' 2A 2A 10C 2D TGIF 2C LOTTERY PEOPLE SCORES STOCKS THEATERS TV SPORTS ANN & ABBY 2F BUSINESS ID CLASSIFIEDS IE COMICS 8F DEATHS 10B EDITORIALS 22A FLA. NEWS 16A TV LISTINGS CROSSWORDS I am saying it is true, things went horribly wrong. I fully agree with that," Madikizela-Mandela said in the final session of a nine-day hearing into the Mandela United Football Club, a group of troubled men and boys based in her Soweto home. "And for that part of those painful years, when things went horribly wrong and we were aware of the fact that there were factors that led to that for that, I am deeply sorry." IN ACCENT SECTIONS E,F 'v .- ' - -V iniiMinnhm il n a a nr. . i 1 1 ' .1 sy. rHLrn DLHl.n vvediner, INTERACTIVE news, sports and views some of the 1,000 general admission tickets that already have been sold. By kick-off at 7:30 p.m., it'll be standing-room-only. Crowd predictions start at 4,000 and go' as high as 7,000. Fireworks real skybursts, not the metaphoric ones have been ordered, along with extra boiled peanuts and hot dogs. Fresh coats of blue and gold have been slapped on the football field, across car windshields and on the windows of businesses along Route 27. And a weightlifter from Pahokee said he's putting $100 on the Blue Devils, while a cook at the Clewiston Inn wagered $50 on his Tigers. Did we mention that all this was over By Joe Capozzi Palm Beach Post Staff Writer CLEWISTON The folks around "America's Sweetest Town," where the sugar cane and football seasons intertwine, are calling it the "Little Sugar Bowl." Little Super Bowl might be more appropriate, for all the car-painting and money-passing this week over tonight's playoff game between Clewiston and Pahokee, two longtime rival teams from opposite sides of Lake Okeechobee. Four-hundred reserved seats at Cane Field were snapped up six hours after going on sale Monday. Fans from Pahokee made the 45-minute drive around the lake Wednesday just to buy FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICE 8204663 1-80054-1231 a high school football game? "Oh, it's not just any high school football game. It's the playoffs, and it's (against) Pahokee. It's the renewal of an old rivalry, and they're both serious football towns," said Miller Cause, president of the First Bank of Clewiston.. Tonight's game will mark the 35th meeting between the two teams since 1950, but just the first since 1984, when Clewiston was moved to a different class. The winner gets to host the regional final next Friday when the stakes will be nothing less than a trip to Gainesville for Please see GmUl5A I ) - Departing from a carefully scripted day of testimony, Madikizela-Mandela also issued apologies to the families of Stompie Seipei and Dr. Abu-Baker Asvat, a teenage activist and a Soweto physician murdered in 1989. Madikizela-Mandela was convicted in 1991 in the kidnapping of Seipei and was implicated in both killings by witnesses appearing the past two weeks before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a Please see MADIKIZELA-MANDELA25A Copyright 1997 Palm Beach Post Vol. 89 No. 212 7 sections VSOAV'IOOOO1 7 A 4 V

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