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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 125

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, December 6, 1997
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The Palm Beach Post w s SECTION B PROTECTING PRODUCE Growers and processors say the USDA's proposed guidelines are too burdensome. BUSINESS, 9B DOCTORS FINED Two Palm Beach County doctors are fined and reprimanded for cases in which patients died. STORY, 6B SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1997 LOCAL NEWS Judges opt not to take attorneys' bribe case An appeals court put the trial of Phil Besides Baber's testimony, Castillo needs bank records from Butler's and Brabham's personal and campaign accounts. Circuit Judge Edward Garrison initially ruled that the records were improperly subpoenaed, but amended his ruling and aliowed Castillo to use some of them. The appeals court, in delaying the trial, agreed to consider the records issue. Castillo said the records are vital to his case and he would be forced to drop some of the charges if the appellate court rules against him. Farish said the state's case would be "gutted" without the records. The 4th District Court of Appeal issued a stay Friday shortly after the five judges, including one assigned to the case Thursday, said they couldn't hear the case. The judges offered no explanations, simply writing a one-page statement that the y would all "be unable to handle the case." Circuit Judge Walter Colbath was prepared to assign retired Judge James R. Stewart Jr. but declined to do so in the wake of the appeals court stay. Butler, a failed Republican candidate for state attorney, and Brabham, Butler's campaign manager, were arrested and charged with accepting bribes of $680,000 in illegal campaign contributions from James Clyde Baber III. Baber, president of Badcock Economy Furniture, told investigators that Butler and Brabham promised to take care of Baber's DUI manslaughter case if Butler was elected. Baber, the state's key witness against Butler and Brabham, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 16. But Assistant State Attorney Cass Castillo, a Bartow prosecutor handling the Butler and Brabham case, said he will ask that Baber's sentencing be postponed until after he testifies. That has Butler and Brabham fuming. They're using this as a tool to make Baber sing," said Joe Farish, one of Brabham's attorneys. They've got the canary in the cage." Butler and V. Ted Brabham on hold and agreed to revisit the state's request for bank records. By Christine Stapleton Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH The five remaining criminal court judges eligible to preside over the bribery trial of attorneys Phil Butler and V. Ted Brabham signed letters disqualifying themselves Friday, and an appeals court agreed to delay the Monday opening of the trial. Winging it f " ' v " ' Brian E. Crowley Politics Mitchell won't run for office, at least for now 1 She was "95 percent certain" she would run for the West Palm Beach City Commission, but now Anita Mitchell says 1998 is not her year for politics. : On Friday, Mitchell said her consulting and lobbying business has expanded, she has added new partners and, for now, running for office is out of the question. It was just a few months ago when Mitchell sounded like an eager candidate ready to take on commission incumbent Joel Daves. "I really wanted to do it, but I gave myself a reality check," W 4 Mitchell JENNIFER PODISStaff Photographer the day and was open for tours; it returns to Charleston today. The aircraft is 174 feet long with a wing span of 169.75 feet, but its design allows it to land on short runways and be operated by just two pilots and one loadmaster. Its large cargo compartment allows it to carry a broad range of vehicles, troops and airdrop loads. WEST PALM BEACH - Senior Airman Michael J. Emmrich, with the Air Force's 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston (S.C.) Air Force Base, walks a wing of the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft Friday. The C-17 is the most advanced military airlift aircraft in the world, and the fleet of 120 to be built will replace the older C-130s. The $175 million plane was at Palm Beach International Airport for ' g - , I ... . . m ps. Expert: More 'canes on tap next season Hurricane season, by the numbers v- ' historical ' 1998 1997 1997 Average Forecast Forecast Actual Named storms 9.3 9 11 7 Hurricanes ' 5.8 5 6 3 Intense hurricanes 2.3 2 2 1 1998 hurricane names Alex Frances Jeanne Nicole Shary Bonnie Georges Karl Otto Tomas Charley Hermine Lisa Paula Virginie Danielle Ivan Mitch Richard Walter Earl 1950-1990 ' , Source: National Hurricane Center, Colorado State University By Eliot Weinberg Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Next year's hurricane season should be slightly below average but busier than this year's fizzle as El Nino begins to taper off, America's top forecaster said Friday. Colorado State University Professor William Gray had forecast an above-average season for 1997, but it was one of the quietest in years; Gray cited El Nino, called one of the most powerful climate events this century. For 1998, Gray predicts nine tropical storms. He says five will become hurricanes and two intense hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or more. An average season produces about nine storms, about six hurricanes and about two intense hurricanes. Gray does not predict whether any I Mitchell said. "I need to wait another year when I'll have the time to devote to a campaign." : What might she run for in 1999? Mitchell didn't say and probably doesn't have a clear idea herself yet If she's serious about running in 1999, however, don't be surprised to find opponents of Mayor Nancy Graham trying to entice Mitchell into challenging her. Then again, a county commission seat could lopk enticing in 2000. "I will absolutely run for office," Mitchell said. "It's a life goal of mine to serve in public office." Silver responds to GOP critic This was a letter that state. Rep. Barry Silver, D-Boca Raton, never intended to have seen in public. It seems that Brevard County Commissioner Helen Voltz wrote Silver a letter blasting him for the scores of speeding and other traffic tickets he's received. She wrote the letter without identifying herself as a politician. Even worse in Silver's view, Republican Voltz tried to associate the speeding tickets with the Democratic Party. Some excerpts from Silver's re-, sponse: . B "Clearly I am experiencing public relations problems if I am receiving such bitter mail from other elected officials. But what interests me currently is why a member of the Brevard County Commission would see fit to write me about this situation and not identify herself as a fellow elected official? Perhaps you were unaware that proper etiquette requires that elected officials generally identify themselves as such when corresponding with other elected officials." B "If you got the impression that I was somehow blaming my record on my Car, then I must apologize. My car is completely blameless in this matter." B "I don't see what my political affiliation has to do with my driving record (or my response thereto) any more than the fact that you are a Republican has anything to do with your wish to remain anonymous when hurling enmity at others. Indeed, knowing many honest, caring and fair Republicans, I can only assume this is an attribute unique to you." And on and on it goes. , Silver says he felt compelled to answer the attack on his character. He's also concerned that people are not understanding just how sorry he is about the traffic tickets. '. "I've always acknowledged that is niy fault. I'm not blaming anyone else," Silver said. "I got tickets because I drove too fast." '. Silver said he has changed his ways and has no intention of ever getting a Speeding ticket again. B Brian E. Crowley is political editor for The Palm Beach Post. He can be reached at 8204723 or by e-mail at storms will strike land. "It is our belief (El Nino) will die before or shortly after the 1998 hurricane season begins," but it's too early to know what effect the waning event will have, Gray said in presenting his forecast. Gray updates his forecast in April, June and August. Despite this summer's dud, the three-year period that just ended was the busiest on record, with 39 named storms and 23 hurricanes, 13 of them intense. , Gray said he still sticks to his conviction ' that conditions are ripe for a rash of busy storm seasons. " , ' "El Nino was just a one-year interruption in a long cycle of increased hurricane activity," Gray said. "We may be ' entering a dangerous and heightened period of hurricane activity." Photos by Lucien Capehart ANIMAL CARE: Dr. Rolla Campbell and his wife, Kim, have been Palm Beach Zoo supporters for years. $1 million gift gets animals new hospital ByTimO'Meilia Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH A $ 1 million gift from longtime board members Rolla and Kim Campbell will build a new animal hospital at the Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park. The hospital and research facilities ; are part of a $22 million redevelopment plan that begins with a rainforest exhibit and a new two-story entry complex, which will include classrooms, offices, a restaurant and gift shop. The plans were announced last week when George and Harriet Cornell gave $5 million to get the project started. "I've been on the board for 14 years," Kim Campbell said. "We have a capital campaign going, and I believe in supporting our charities." The animal hospital will be named for zoo veterinarian Salvatore Zeitlin. "The most important thing for us is to take care of the animals," Campbell said. She served two years as president of the zoo board and remains a member. Her husband is president now and heads the campaign committee. Rolla Campbell is a retired orthopedic surgeon. The couple moved to Palm Beach 16 years ago from New York, where he was a senior surgeon at the Hospital fo Special Surgery. He established a sports medicine clinic in Jupiter and retired several years ago. The couple moved to Hobe Sound recently. i 1 He's back with the season Reindeer Man rides high at his usual sales location By Ron Hayes Palm Beach Post Staff Writer LAKE WORTH Reindeer Man is on his corner again this Christmas season, and he's saying this year will be his last, again. But don't bet on it. Since 1978, George Estes and his plywood reindeer have shown up at the Shell station at Lake Worth Road and Congress Avenue as dependably as that Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. While drivers pump gas nearby, Estes and his herd of white, red-nosed deer graze beside the hurricane fence. Hease see REINDEERSB ERIN MORONEYStaff Photographer George Estes continues a 19-year tradition of reindeer sales at the Shell service station at Lake Worth Road and Congress Avenue.

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