Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida on October 31, 2000 · 30
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Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida · 30

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1. 4B TIMES TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2000 FLORIDA NEWS S)ILSS lh swainnmninig Florida Teacher fromlB El With help from mother, brother and others, George W. Bush makes . his final push for the presidency. By ADAM C. SMITH Timai Staff Writr ELLENTON Kicking off a week of Bushes blanketing Florida, Barbara Bush urged hundreds of senior citizens to be wary of Demo-j cratic campaign tactics questioning George W. , Bush's commitment to the elderly. "Please rest assured, as Jeb told you, George W. always has your best interests at ; heart," Mrs. Bush told the crowd at the Colony j Cove retirement community in Manatee Coun-'. ty. "You're going to hear some outrageous things about our son. Just keep this in mind: Do ; you think his senior citizen, white-haired moth-, er would let George W. wreck Social Security?" At her side in Ellenton and at a similar rally - in Fort Myers on Monday was one of her two ' favorite governors. Jeb Bush, after months of 1 hearing Republicans question whether he was doing enough for his brother in Florida, this week becomes Florida's campaigner in chief. He will spend most of the week campaigning on his brother's behalf. He and Barbara Bush hit Palm Harbor today, while former President George Bush rolls through the Panhandle and then hooks up with Jeb and Barbara tonight for a rally in Orlando. Jeb will be in Hernando County on Wednesday with vice presidential nominee Dick Cheney and Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, and he is touting his brother's candidacy in radio ads and direct mail brochures. Even Jeb's son, George P. Bush, is in a Spanish-language TV ad extolling his uncle. Various government offices also have lent a little help in polishing up the Bush name and helping other Republican candidates too. The governor's office for months has touted its progress in increasing minority participation in state contracting. But on Monday, two Democratic lawmakers jumped on a recent St. Petersburg Times report showing that some of the numbers are actually lower than announced. "Gov. Bush seems to be driven by the fear of harming his brother's campaign, rather than demonstrating a true interest in increasing diversity," said state Rep. Tony Hill of Jacksonville who, along with state Sen. Kendrick Meek of Miami, held a Tallahassee news conference to denounce Jeb Bush's efforts to overhaul affirmative action in Florida. i. State officials have delayed until after the election a meeting to hammer out final projections for Florida's Medicaid programs for low-income seniors and children. Preliminary numbers released in September indicated that the state would likely be at least $500,000 in the hole for its children's health insurance program. The final projections could determine whether programs need to be cut or other revenue raised. But a governor's office spokeswoman said officials still are fine-tuning the numbers so the projections won't be ready for about two weeks. This month, Jeb Bush held a news conference to remind Florida seniors about a new state law that could help seniors on Medicaid get discounts on prescription drugs. Times Staff Writers Alicia Caldwell and Curtis Krueger contributed to this report murder or rape, she said, the majority are charged with crimes such as auto theft, burglary and trespassing. She said it is important that jailed juveniles' continue their education because most will one day be released and a quality education is "the single most important factor in reducing the likelihood that a juvenile will commit more crimes." The Florida School Boards Association did not immediately return a call for comment. Mary Ellen Elia, who oversees non-traditional programs for Hillsborough schools, said an average of 50 juveniles each day await trial in Hillsborough jails. In the past, those juveniles were provided access only to classes in which they could earn a GED. Now, those students will be able to take classes that will allow them to earn credit toward a traditional high school diploma. "We are expanding the educational opportunities for these stu dents," Elia said. "We really feel that it is a great option for our students who are in jail to stay in the mainstream." Elia said students will be evaluated as they enter the jail and an educational plan will be developed for them. ' Elia said the district had been talking with the Florida Justice Institute for several months about : the quality of education for jailed teenagers. It was in response to those discussions, along with the growing number of jailed teenagers, she said, that the district decided to hire the new teacher. "They were aware that we were developing a program," Elia said. The district was surprised to see itself named in the institute's lawsuit Five counties were named as defendants Alachua, Lee, Marion, St Lucie and Escambia. The other 15, including Hillsborough, were named as providing inadequate educational services in county jails. Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. LOCAL NEWS 2nd trial begins in slaying, DNA link By GRAHAM BRINK Tim Staff Wrlr ' . TAMPA The second trial of a man accused of killing a convenience store clerk 11 years ago began with jury selection on Monday. In May, a jury deadlocked on whether Franklin Smith, 54, was . guilty of killing Eileen Mangold. The new jury will examine much of the same evidence, including controversial DNA evidence that pros-j ecutors say Smith left at the crime scene. It was the DNA evidence that the previous jurors had difficulty accepting. Mangold, 50, was working an '. evening shift in September 1989 as I a cashier at the now-defunct Kan-, garoo Fuel Stop on U.S. 301. Witnesses saw a man force her into her station wagon and drive off with her in the passenger seat ! according to sheriffs reports. Her r car was discovered five hours later ' at Krycul Avenue in Riverview. Her ' body was found eight hours later. Investigators found finger-' prints on the car but could not link : them to anyone. Last year, a fingerprint expert ran some of the prints ; again and came up with a hit A ; partial print taken from the hood of i the car matched Smith, who had I been arrested in unrelated cases I before the killing. Investigators questioned Smith, who told them ! he never knew Mangold and never j had sex with her. When asked, he ! provided a blood sample. Authori-ities arrested Smith in December after DNA tests came back as a i match to the semen found on Man-I gold's blouse. 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