The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 1058
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 1058

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i ii a a 4 it v t IN SPORTS va accused uiirnn OF IGNORING ST. LUCIE VETERAN'S FRAUD zmn LOCAL NEWS, 1C WEATHER: Mostly sunny and cool - ' today. High 68, low 49. 2A PARTY rffi ZHAGKA V1NS 1 1312 TITLE IS FLORIDA STATE STILL IN TITLE HUNT? Sally QuW s.v :rs down Texas A&M, : Crcnge Bowl berth hostess ties 'f Plus Society Snapshot! 1 he Palm Beach Post MARTINST. LUCIE FINAL SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 514 PAGES ONE DOLLAR Last year about 25,000 crying, frightened little people passed through these doors, and tonight is no exception. Here, the pace is frenetic, the stakes are high and Dr. Barbie is in charge - - - rui Jz3Q iuQ Sale of sugar land to protect Everglades The government will pay $ 1 33.5 million for Talisman's farms in western Palm Beach County. By Eliot Weinberg Palm Beach Post Staff Writer . . EVERGLADES CITY The 50,000-acre Talisman Sugar Plantation in western Palm Beach County will be sold to the state and federal government to help restore the Everglades, Vice President Al Gore announced Saturday at rededication ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of Everglades National Park. "It's a great day," Vice President Al Gore shouted, pumping his fist, as hundreds stood and cheered 1:H ! UN 7 tne announce- B Talisman Sugar Co. land lake Okeechobee 'tt IS" .ft: f;" Belle Glade - ...... L. k - -v .- ' v ' : Loxahatcheei J . ml, ... .... . ,.L-f ment at about the same spot where President Harry Truman dedicated the park on Dec. 6, 1947. "We were pushing hard," Gore said. "We wanted to have this in time to properly celebrate." In the deal, long in the works but reached only at 3:15 a.m. Satur . tit"- wi--"") mm. Nat ona Refuge I The Evergl, Conservation Area 3 MARK HEMPHILLStaff Artist 'Ml V .1 4i 7 AGAINST THE CLOCK: Nurse Bobbi Jones tries to insert an IV line into 8-year-old Daniel Narcado with some help from nurse Jackie Christopher (right) and Daniel's parents, Jose and Carmen Narcado. Daniel was suffering a severe asthma attack and later was admitted to St. Mary's Medical Center. day and scheduled to close in about six months, Talisman will get $133.5 million for 45,731 acres it owns. It also will surrender a long-term lease it has to use 5,121 acres of state land. Talisman will be allowed to finish four sugar crops through the March 2003 harvest. The company will pay for all closing costs of the sale and will pay to close its mill. St. Joe Paper Company, parent of Talisman, will donate another 3,000 acres to conservation groups at the end of the 2003 harvest, the company and Gore announced. The federal government is expected to supply $70 million to $80 million of the money, U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., said after the ceremonies. Federal legislation in 1996 set aside $200 million for Everglades restoration. Environmentalists want the Talisman land to be used to store and cleanse water flowing from sugar farms into the Everglades. Please see EVERGLADES&4 HE CHILDREN CRY; THE PARENTS SPEAK WITH THEIR HANDS. This is how the truth comes out in the children's emergency room at St. Mary's Medical Center. The parents all try to smile, to reassure, to hide their fright. W 1 w In k ; i 1 id , But anxiety courses down their arms and curls their fingers into fists, slaps their palms against shaky knees, drums their thumbnails against their lower teeth. The longer they wait, the jumpier they get It's easy to pick out the ones who have been here longest, dancing to a tune of dread that only mothers and fathers can hear. It doesn't matter how loud you groan or how often you complain. It doesn't matter whether you arrive at the Greenwood Avenue entrance just north of 45th Street by foot or car or ambulance. It doesn't matter whether you have insurance or whether you speak English. The blacked-out sliding door leading from the waiting room to the treatment rooms opens only when the triage nurse and a doctor decide it's time. That's when a name is called and parents L Mortham flap frustrating to Bush camp 1 - - LIFTING SPIRITS: A childlike sign belies the tension of the urgent care waiting room, where parents try to keep their jangled nerves in check. Please see LR. 10A PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALISON REDLICH STORY BY DOUGLAS KALAJIAN Inside The controversy over tobacco money critics say Mortham improperly spent ignites damage-control mode. By Brian E. Crowley Palm Beach Post Political Editor Bouncing along in a brand new yellow school bus -they had rented for a day of campaigning, Jeb Bush' and Sandra Mortham seemed like a couple of giddy ; kids who had just told their friends they were going; steady. They laughed at each other's jokes. Teased each other about the coming rigors of the campaign. And , quickly jumped to each other's defense when one was: challenged with a hostile question. They were, everyone thought, the perfect match. But less than two weeks after that bus ride, Secretary of State Mortham was standing before; reporters trying to explain why she asked a tobacco company for $60,000 and even worse politically, used most of it for office parties and trinkets bearing her name. That was quickly followed by reports that her. husband, Allen, joined her on state trips to Brazil, Japan, Russia and South Korea without paying. Instead, the $7,584 in air fares had been paid for by the Florida Intergovernmental Relations Foundation, which is under Mortham's office. Saying it was a staff oversight, the Morthams wrote a check to the state Please see MORTHAM2a4 A battle to change history Father blamed for Pearl Harbor; son wants to clear his name 5 PALM BEACH Weather, "V INTERACTIVE news, sports www. GoPBl.com and views FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICE 8204663 1-800654-1231 ANN & AB8Y 2D BOOKS 8J BRIDGE COMICS CLASSIFIEDS 1Q DEATHS 12C EDITORIALS 2E FLA. NEWS 26A HOROSCOPE 2D LOTTERY 2A.18A SCORES 2 IB THEATERS 6J TV SPORTS 2B CROSSWORDS CLASSIFIEDS AND COMICS pared for the raid that killed more than 2,400 people the scapegoat who humiliated a nation. Forced to retire, demoted from a four-star to a two-star admiral, Husband E. Kimmel also blamed himself for the disaster until he learned, in 1944, that senior naval and government officials may have known in advance of the impending attack, but never warned him. "He changed from a very dejected, downtrodden man into a fighting tiger," Edward Kimmel said. Please see PEARL HARB0Ri4 Copyright 1997 Palm Beach Post Vol. 63 No. 50 By Neal Thompson The Baltimore Sun : WILMINGTON, Del. Edward Kimmd sits in his den he calls it his "war room" surrounded by paintings of battleships, World War II posters, oceanographic charts and volume after volume on Pearl Harbor. Here, he wages the ' skirmishes of his decade-old war with history. Fifty-six years ago today, Kimmel's father was commander-in-chief of the U.S. Naval Fleet when Japanese bombs rained down on Pearl Harbor. He later was accused of being ill-pre-' , . Hlliilil 13 sections ',28041"70000' 9 r - r 1 - -

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