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2b ST. PETERSBURG TIMES WEDNESDAY. JUNE 15, 1988 state DIGEST Torching suggested for crack houses WEST PALM BEACH Tampa and Miami city officials took out their aggression by razing suspected crack houses, but some West Palm Beach city commissioners have suggested torching cocaine dens. "Let's do it. Let's burn them," Mayor Pat Pepper Schwab said. Commissioners learned Monday that it could cost up to $1 .5-miMion to destroy about 535 abandoned buildings. Tampa has torn down about 50 buildings, and Miami has started demolition work. West Palm Beach commissioners took no formal action. State may change funeral home laws JACKSONVILLE State laws may need to be changed following the discovery of the decomposing remains of 70 people in the Howell Morning Glory Funeral Chapel, Gov. Bob Martinez said Tuesday. The governor, speaking in Tallahassee, said the state Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers has a meeting scheduled July 11 and may discuss proposed changes to avoid a repeat of the Jacksonville case. Women urged to reject Dalkon offer TALLAHASSEE An attorney representing Dalkon Shield victims said Tuesday women should oppose a $2.3-billion reorganization plan to pay claimants. "The proposed Dalkon Shield settlement is unfair, inadequate and contrary to law," said Tallahassee attorney Sidney L. Matthew. He said the settlement would represent an average payment of less than $12,000 per victim. The plan was mailed to nearly 200.000 women who have filed claims in the bankruptcy of A. H. Robins, maker of the shields. The responses must be returned by July 7. Sheriff says paper tried to scare him TALLAHASSEE Leon County Sheriff Eddie Boone said the attorney for the Tallahassee Democrat tried to intimidate him into dropping charges against one of its reporters who allegedly received papers from inmates, the newspaper said Tuesday. The paper's attorney "told me I was 'heading down a road of no return,' whatever that means. I think I understood the message, but I'm not intimidated by the Tallahassee Democrat or their lawyer," Boone said. Reporter Karen E. Olson, who had been investigating allegations of abuse against prisoners at the county jail, was charged Monday with illegally taking papers from inmates through a doorway crack. Ex-official still faces extortion charges JACKSONVILLE U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Scott has refused to throw out extortion charges against former state Rep. Don Gaffney, who claims they were filed by vindictive prosecutors. Gaffney, 34, resigned from the Legislature after being convicted this spring of mail fraud charges. Scott upheld a magistrate's earlier recommendation against dismissing 12 of the 19 extortion Counts against Gaffney and two associates. DPR official seeks insurance office Associated Press A BUM RAP Jacksonville to pay Beasties $1 ,000 over ticket warning TALLAHASSEE Department of Professional Regulation (DPR) Secretary Tom Gallagher resigned Tuesday to seek the Republican nomination for insurance commissioner. "It's certainly as challenging a job as there is in this state except for governor," Gallagher said. "It's an opportunity to hold a position that can do a lot of good for the consumers of Florida." Gallagher, 44, served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1974 to 1986 before leaving in an unsuccessful attempt to win the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 1986. Gallagher is the first Republican to announce plans to seek the office being vacated by Democrat Bill Gunter, who is seeking a U.S. Senate seat. Senate President John Vogt, D-Merritt Island, and Walter Dartland have announced their candidacies in the Democratic primary. Democratic state Sens. Don Childers of West Palm Beach and Ken Jenne of Hollywood have scheduled announcements this week. Two Cabinet seats, insurance commissioner and secretary of state, are up for grabs this year in unusual off-year elections for those positions. Florida Republicans are hopeful that the developments give them a chance to have a member of their party elected to a Cabinet position for the first time since Reconstruction. Gallaeher ran into some controversy in the summer GALLAGHER of 1986, when the St. Petersburg Times disclosed his peripheral involvement in a drunken driving case. The case involved a state legislator who was in an accident and a lobbyist who tried to cover it up. The lawmaker, then-Rep. Carl Selph, ducked into a Tallahassee motel after the 2 a.m. crash and wound up at a party Gallagher was attending. A woman at the party told the Times that Gallagher's campaign manager asked her to keep Selph in the hotel room while the manager spoke to police. Gallagher himself never was linked to the apparent coverup attempt. He never was charged with a crime. Two years later, Gallagher says he has matured. "I think all of us go through a maturing process, and I think most of you had an opportunity to observe mine," Gallagher told reporters Tuesday. For the last 10 months, he's run the DPR an agency that oversees the conduct of doctors and dozens of other professionals. Aides say he will accept campaign contributions from those professionals as well as people affected by the insurance commissioner's office. Times staff writer David Dahl contributed to this report. Associated Press Senate debate is a washout after storm grounds opponent By KENNETH S. ALLEN Times Staff Writer BOCA RATON The first debate between Democratic U.S. Senate candidates was rained out Tuesday. Thunderstorms forced a campaign plane carrying U.S. Rep. Kenneth "Buddy" MacKay to land in Sanford, causing him to miss a scheduled debate with U.S. Rep. Dan Mica before the Boca Forum Club. Mica, whose congressional district includes Boca Raton, was rewarded with an unopposed podium, although he took questions from four reporters. Mica shed little new light on his campaign stands, saying his experience in Washington makes him the best person to represent Florida in the Senate. "I think Floridians want someone who is willing to recognize the needs of this state and fight for those needs in Washington," Mica said. In response to questions, Mica said he continues to oppose aid to the Contras in Nicaragua; thinks the budget can be balanced without income tax increases; and says research should continue on the "Star Wars" defense, but deployment should be delayed. Even if MacKay had arrived Tuesday, the meeting wouldn't have been a complete debate. State Sen. Pat Frank and Insurance Commissioner Bill Gunter, the other two Democrats in the race, were out of state raising money. The Democratic primary was thrown into a turmoil last month when former Gov. Reubin Askew withdrew from the race. Frank, Gunter and MacKay joined Mica in the race and have spent most of their time since at private fund-raising events. The incumbent, Sen. Lawton Chiles, is retiring in January at the end of his third term. JACKSONVILLE This city has agreed to pay the Beastie Boys $1,000 plus legal expenses to settle a lawsuit over city-ordered warnings printed on the group's tickets, the Jacksonville's General Counsel's Office said Tuesday. The legal expenses will be determined between the city and attorney Bill Sheppard, who represented the rap group in its federal court lawsuit over the constitutionality of the city ordinance requiring a warning on tickets dealing with adult subject matter. Sheppard, who represented the group, was in court and unavailable for comment, his office said. The Jacksonville City Council ordered the warning "for mature audiences only" printed on tickets for the group's Aug. 9, 1987, concert because an earlier performance by the band had prompted complaints from parents. In a show in February 1987, the group displayed a 21-foot-long phallus, one member of the band exposed his buttocks to the audience and the group's members urged women in the audience to expose their breasts. A city ordinance passed after that concert, although it did not mention the group by name, required warnings on tickets for adult entertainment in city-owned buildings. The warning on the Beastie Boys tickets was the first and only time the ordinance was used. Three days before the August performance, the band challenged the city ordinance as unprecedented, bizarre and unconstitutional. Two days before the band performed for 5,000 fans at the Coliseum, U.S. District Judge John H. Moore II ordered the city to remove the warning from fliers and tickets for the show. After the band won the initial court fight, its attorneys asked to have Moore's temporary injunc-; tion against the ordinance made permanent and' asked that the Beastie Boys be awarded damages for alleged lost ticket sales. Earlier this month, attorneys filed a settlement stipulation in which the city avoided paying much of the damages claimed by the group, but agreed it had lost on all other issues. Both sides agreed that the injunction against the city ordinance would be permanent and that it violated free speech and due process protections provided by the First and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The Beastie Boys' Licensed to III album, a raunchy mixture of rap and rock, sold several million copies and reached the top spot on the Billboard magazine chart. Since that album and the controversy surrounding the subsequent tour, the band has stayed out of the limelight. The band is currently in the studio recording a new album, said a spokeswoman for its record company, Def Jam. Staff writer Eric Snider contributed to this report. Couple fight HRS for custody of their child Associated Press MIAMI A minor traffic accident has turned into a nightmare for a couple whose 6-month-old baby was rushed to a hospital, then taken from them by the state when a doctor said the injuries may have been caused by child abuse. Even though a police investigator and follow-up examination by Jackson Memorial Hospital found no evidence of abuse, Nancy and Britton Andrew's son, Troy, remained in state custody for two months, and they are still fighting to keep him permanently. Another court hearing is scheduled for Thursday. "We haven't done anything," Mrs. Andrew said this week. "We want to prove this, we want them to understand we would only touch our child out of love." The ordeal began March 14 as Mrs. Andrew who, like her husband, is a non-commissioned officer in the Coast Guard drove Troy home from his babysitter. A pickup truck turned into the path of her car, causing the mother only minor bruises, but slamming Troy's baby seat against the dashboard. Troy was bleeding from the mouth and semiconscious when he was airlifted to Miami Children's Hospital. Neurologist Robert Cullen examined Troy for the first time and said there appeared to be fluid on his brain, Mrs. Andrew said. Dr. Shirley Press of Jackson Memorial Hospital's Child Protection Team says she saw no evidence that Troy had been abused. Only after the examination did she read Troy's medical report, which she says led her to recommend a child-abuse investigation. Metro-Dade police Detective William Fiscus said his investigation showed the Andrews were victimized. The state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS) took custody of Troy on April 22. A judge later ordered him placed in the custody of his maternal grandfather. To keep Troy from being returned to his parents, HRS filed a petition April 28, alleging that injuries attributed to a car accident fluid on the brain, retinal hemorrhage and a swollen thigh were the result of "shaken baby syndrome," or child abuse. 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