The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 6, 1997 · Page 119
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 119

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Saturday, December 6, 1997
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REINDEER SOUTH MAN DELIVERS COUNTY HOLIDAY SPIRIT fHJAL LOCAL NEWS, 1 B WEATHER: Sunny, High 68, low 45. 2A . HEAT WIN, PANTHERS LOSESPORTS, 1C lest games for gifts Click Here's holiday guide ACCENT, ID POPE JOHN PAUL SEASON IS OVER , s. Eagles' improbable playoff run ends in 34-7 loss to Red Devils 1 ine Jraim eacn ro, SOUTH COUNTY FINAL SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1997 120 PAGES 50 CENTS r s Tobacco settlement: Lawyers, money and politics Crumbling cf tha Drccn. spending all of (R.J. Reynolds') money, but by making the other son of a bitch spend all of his." Florida officials couldn't count on government lawyers to beat this industry alone. And they certainly weren't going to gamble taxpayers' money. So, they set about putting together a legal "dream team" a group of seasoned, successful trial lawyers who would relish the challenge and come up with the big bucks needed to front legal costs. The enticement for the lawyers? A chance to crusade against public health enemy No. 1, Big Bad Tobacco, and collect 25 percent of any winnings. But that's not how things worked out. On Aug. 25, Florida and the tobacco industry signed an $11 billion settlement. But it didn't guarantee the state's trial lawyers 25 percent or even immediate payment. State officials said they thought they had the Dream Team's acquiescence: Not a single lawyer objected when Gov. Lawton Chiles and tobacco negotiators signed the deal during a nationally televised court hearing. The lawyers went along with the deal be Please see SEUimm 12A Lawyers' fees and who said what punctuate arguments about Florida's victory over tobacco. By Stephanie Artero and Mary Ellen Klas Palm Beach Post Staff Writers When Florida sued the nation's cigarette makers nearlv three years ago, nobody had ever wrestled a dollar away from the tobacco industry. Tobacco companies were famous for wearing down their opponents. As one lawyer put it: "The wav we won these cases was not by The powerful team of lawyers that the state hired to fight its tobacco war is falling apart in : the battle over legal fees. Now on the opposing side, these same lawyers make formidable foes. CHART, 12A Wflaemess ii JonBenet's parents still face questions The new head of the investigation says the Ramseys are under an 'umbrella of suspicion.' By Tom Kenworthy The Washington Post BOULDER, Colo. The parents of JonBenet Ramsey remain under an "umbrella of suspicion" and will be re-interviewed about the circumstances of last Christmas night's homicide, the new head of the murder investigation "Tliere is a balance in man also, one which has set against his greed and his inertia and Ids foolishness; his courage, his will, his ability slowly and painfully to learn, and to work together. "Perhaps even in this last hour, in a new relation of usefulness and beauty, the vast, magnificent, subtle and unique region of the Everglades may not be utterly lost." Marjory Stoneman Douglas The Everglades: River of Grass, 1947 What's at stake in the Everglades: Not just a park but our source of water soil, crocodiles' saltwater hunting grounds, mangrove-lined mazes swum by dolphins and manatees. RHBMBHI By Robert P. King Palm Beach Post Stat) Writer Fifty years ago today, in what author Marjory Stoneman Douglas called the Everglades' "11th hour," nearly a half-million acres at Florida's southern tip officially became a national treasure. The creation of Everglades National Park was a great victory for one of the world's subtropical jewels. In a state wracked by boom-and-bust development, the park wrapped the arms of federal protection around vast stretcher of the region's carpets of sawgrass, nourished iit plainsof sIow.-trirkJig?water. It The park saved all this richness, President Harry Truman proclaimed, "for the use of all the people, for all time." But a half-century later, the park is more threatened than ever ---even at three times basked in that day. Scientists say parts of its intricate ecological web are near collapse. Decades ago, hundreds of thousands of wading birds nested in the park. Today, thanks to human interference with the flow of water, nests of some species number in the bare dozens or hundreds. Alligators, otters, rabbits and other creatures have suffered as well. Only one full-bred Florida panther remains in the park. Thickets ' of " foreign trees have swarmed across tjie landscape. I ligh levels :i PltosAei EVERGLADCSia4 JO "Like liberty itself, conservation must be fought for unceasingly to protect earlier victories. " President Harry Truman at the dedication of Everglades National Park, . Dec. 6, 1947 its original size. , Many of its glories remain, but others are faint, -reminders of what Truman .shltowlhardymejands m rock-studded said Fnday. Boulder Police Commander Mark Beckner, in his first public appearance since taking charge of the investigation nine weeks ago following a wide-ranging per If JonBenet sonnel shakeup, also said law enforcement authorities plan to interview for the first time Burke Ramsey, the 11 -year-old brother of the slain child beauty queen. With the one year anniversary of the slaying approaching, Beckner's news conference appeared to be part of a new effort by Boulder authorities to assure the public the investigation has been reinvigorated and is back on track. Eight criminal investigators and detectives are now permanently assigned to the matter, and officials said they would begin a full review of the case, re-interviewing witnesses and reexamining previously tested forensic evidence in hopes of ending the prolonged and so-far inconclusive murder investigation, sey's bludgeoned and strangled body was discovered in the base- Please see RAMSEYSZ4 Inside Absentee absences Record foulup has Cardinal Newman freshman almost flunking at Palm Beach Gardens High Clintons adopting With their only child out of the house, President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton have decided to adopt a dog. He's a chocolate Labrador puppy, about 3 months old. STORY, 2A By Marc Freeman Palm Beach Post Staff Writer PALM BEACH GARDENS On Oct. 1, John D. Calzolano's mother got a strange call from Palm Beach Gardens High School. A recorded voice told Susan Held that her 15-year-old son ;vd been absent 2D HOROSCOPE LOTTERY PEOPLE SCORES 2A 2A 9C 10B 4D 2C ANN & ABBY 2D BUSINESS 9B CLASSIFIEDS 3E COMICS 12D DEATHS 8B EDITORIALS 14A FLA. NEWS 6A TV LISTINGS CROSSWORDS Story of survival nets $169,000 bid A Jewish Holocaust survivor, needing money for eye surgery, offers her .; letters and papers at auction. ; By Ralph Blumenthal .' The New York Times '. It is not just that she triumphantly cheated fate: a Jew who lived out the war among her persecutors in Nazi Germany while her mother and 30 other relatives disappeared in the death camps. It is not just that she married a Nazi party member who protected her secret, or that their daughter was that rarest of miracles, a Jewish child born in a German hospital in 1944. Or even that the tale is documented in hundreds of pages of German letters, photographs and Nazi records she squirreled away with the help of confidants. What makes Edith Hahn's story more than just another survival epic is that it was sold to the highest bidder Friday an unusual offering in the fall auction season in full swing on both sides of the Atlantic. The Edith Hahn Archive, documenting her astonishing wartime escapes and loves sold in London for $169,250, almost five times the top estimate by Sotheby's. The collection was purchased by two wealthy 'Please see LETTERSZ4 . STOCKS THEATERS TV SPORTS -V - ' - . . . ' e .. v . , i t ' - . r IN ACCENT SECTIONS D, E That request went unanswered, and the annoying calls continued into November. Gardens High even issued Calzolano a report card for the first marking period. It contained incomplete and missing grades, dozens of absences, and somehow, bad conduct ratings. Calzolano and his mom worried that it all would reflect badly on his academic record. "If ever there was a comedy of errors, this appears to be it," said Paul Houlihan, principal of Gardens High. "But for (Calzolano's mother) it was a nightmare." After investigating, Houlihan said he would purge Calzolano's records and write a letter of apology to I leld. Last summer, Calzolano's records were transferred from Howell T. Watkins Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens to Cardinal Newman. But a series of recordkeeping mistakes showed the boy enrolled at Gardens High. way too much and was in danger of failing. Held didn't get it Calzo-lano is a freshman at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm R - !; PALM BEACH Weather, 'v' INTERACTIVE news, sports and views FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICE 820-4663 1-80O654-1231 SCOTT WISEMANStafT Photographer Saturated in 'Satisfaction' MIAMI - Mick Jagger may have been wailing 'I can't get no, sa-tis-fac-tion,' but the crowd at the Rolling Stones' concert in the Orange Bowl Friday night showed plenty. A review will appear in Sunday's Local News section. Copyright 1997 Palm Beach Post Vol. 31 No. 18 6 sections he's never Calzolano been to Gardens High in his life. But after the absence-warning calls continued for a week, Held told the school that her boy is enrolled in private school. She asked Gardens High to drop Calzolano from its nulls. ,28041"10000IMI 7

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