The Tampa Tribune from Tampa, Florida on December 8, 1996 · 1
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Sunday December 8, 1996 Gators win Florida captures the SEC title with a win against Alabama, likely giving the Gators another shot at FSU. Sports SUNNY AND BREEZY Windy and cool with highs in the mid-60s and lows in the upper 50s. Florida Metro, Page 12 THE LAST WORD A man criticized by a professor before he was expelled in 1931 bequeaths the university $11 million. This section, Page 3 NIXON TAPES Newly released White House tapes show President Nixon pushed for IRS tax audits of wealthy Jewish contributors to his Democratic rivals. This section, Page 22 AREA STAYS CALM Tampa police officers credit rumor control for easing tensions in College Hill after a drug suspect is killed. Florida Metro, Page 1 BOGUS BARGAINS Plane parts illegally salvaged from crashes, counterfeit parts and other items often find their way into the world's air fleets. This section, Page 10 CANTON CONTRASTS A visit to Canton, China, gives American travelers a taste of street life in this vast land. Travel, Page 1 MUSICAL WITH A MESSAGE Angela Lansbury strikes a blow for women's rights in "Mrs. Santa Claus" tonight on CBS. Florida Television, Page 6 GRUBER'S GAME Paul Gruber will become the Bucs' all-time S j0F icauci in gaiuco mssy played today, but his career in Tampa Bay may soon end. Sports, Page 1 A SPRINKLE OF JAZZ Clarence Spady adds the fragrance of jazz to his rollicking Chicago blues. Florida Metro, Page 6 A TACTIC WORTH TRYING Florida may learn something from Boston probation officers and police working together. Commentary, Page 2 BEACYBERCOACH How would you coach the Bucs? TV 11 gay about it after Online the game today at http:www. tboweb.cominteractbucs.htm ANN LANDERS Bayllfe-3 ASTROLOGY Bayllfe-7 BRIDGE Bayllfe-7 CLASSIFIED Classlfled-1 DEAR ABBY Bayllfe-3 DEATHS Florida Metro-11 EDITORIALS Commentary-2 HISTORY & HERITAGE Bayllfe-6 LOTTERY Florida Metro-2 MOVIE TIMES Bayllfe-8 PUZZLES Bayllfe-4 91 of The Tampa Tribune is printed on B55115"82077""6 recycled paper. 102nd Year -No. 49 Copyright 0 1996 The Tribune Co. ft ' t IS fTfTT TTTT7' TAMPA TEIBUNE A MEDIA GENERAL NEWSPAPER TAMPA, FLORIDA Student committed 4 days after 'free consultation SUMMARY: A well-advertised invitation for a free mental health consultation lured a young woman into being committed for four days. By TIM COLLIE of The Tampa Tribune TAMPA Like many students far from home, Maria Hernaiz fights loneliness, depression and doubts about her future. Should she leave her friends and return to her native Venezuela to finish her degree in architecture? Or perhaps pursue her love of painting and poetry? How should she grapple with her occasional dark thoughts about life and death? She wanted answers. So, hearing that Charter Hospitals offer free consultations to people who feel depressed, the 26-year-old student went there seeking advice. After one session lasting an hour, she was committed to a local mental hospital for four days under Florida's Baker Act. Despite her protests and those of her sister and boyfriend Hernaiz said she spent most of Thanksgiving week locked up in a room with several seriously ill mental patients. It was a sobering introduction to the American health care system for someone who has only lived in the United States for four months. "I couldn't believe this was happening I'm not crazy," said Her- See DEPRESSION, Page 23 ... JOCK FISTICKTribune photo Maria Hernaiz, right, and boyfriend Nathan Shaw say they were not able to persuade hospital staff to release Hernaiz. j . ROBERT BURKETribune photos Houses along Cowley Cove Drive in Riverview are reduced to rubble by a tornado that touched down Saturday. Deadly tornado levels homes SUMMARY: A tornado struck a Riverview mobile home park Saturday, killing one man and leaving at least six families homeless. By TRACIE REDDICK ind JIM SLOAN of The Tampa Tribune RIVERVIEW - Nathan Wallis knew something was up when he noticed the rain had started pouring sideways instead of down. The 18-year-old really knew he was in trouble when he saw the awning from his neighbor's house zip by his kitchen window like a scene out of "The Wizard of Oz." "I hit the floor and the next thing I knew the roof was caving down on top of me," said Wallis, who was shaken but unhurt after a tornado touched down about 3 p.m. on a cul-de-sac on Cowley Cove Drive in Riverview. "The only thing left of our house is my bedroom door and a back wall. Everything else was flattened. It's just terrible. I've never seen anything like this." The tornado crisscrossed the mobile home community, leaving tears and twisted metal. It killed 50-year-old Gary Lee Davis of 10005 Cowley Cove Drive. ' , t tZtA 8&fyAK,'t AZ A ........ .- ... .. ... ... H - ...,..t.. ..-.i.i,,,,.,.. Tina Gray walks by a huge tree uprooted by the twister's fury. Davis was a good neighbor, said Carolyn Rol-ison, who lives on the same street. She said his wife, Kathy, who wasn't at home when the twister hit, was in shock. "He was in his trailer; it looked like he was in the path of the tornado," said Debbie Carter, a spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Carter said six mobile homes were leveled, and four others had their roofs ripped off and See TORNADO, Page 15 Social Security reform snagged SUMMARY: Some members of a 2-year-old advisory panel are distressed at the surge of interest in "privatizing" part of Social Security.. By ROBERT PEAR of The New York Times WASHINGTON - After more than two years of work, a federal advisory panel studying Social Security has been unable to agree on how to find enough money to pay for the retirement of the baby boom generation. The panel is split into three factions, with six of the 13 members opposed to the most important change recommended by the others: Replacing part of Social Security with compulsory private savings to be invested in stocks and bonds. The six opponents include three union representatives and Robert Ball, a former Social Security commissioner who has worked closely with congressional Democrats for two decades. Members of Ball's group said they were distressed at the surge of interest in "privatizing" part of Social Security and seeing their names associated with such proposals, which they regard as a betrayal of the program's "community solidari- ty." The panel, the Advisory Council on Social Security, was appointed in June 1994 by Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala. The 13 members of the panel are divided into groups of six, five and two. Each faction has its own plan for guaranteeing the solvency of Social Security over the next 75 years. Instead of reaching a consensus on investing in stocks, the members' disagreements have become sharper, said Chairman Edward Gramlich, professor of economics at the University of Michigan. In June, the Clinton administra- See PENSIONS, Page 17 When state commissions speak, is anybody listening? 44 If the political stars are right, they can be. very effective. Others are just a total waste of time. David Rasmussen Policy Sciences Center at Florida State University SUMMARY: The state has dozens of commissions and panels to advise policy-makers. But some say they're a waste of time and money. By SALLY KESTIN of The Tampa Tribune TAMPA It's a common response by government to a thorny issue: Create a commission, task force or blue-ribbon committee. In Florida, dozens of these pan els have been formed to look at everything from fatherhood to the state's tax structure. They cost taxpayers millions of dollars and sometimes accomplish nothing. "Routinely, these kinds of things are disappointing," said David Rasmussen of the Policy Sciences Center at Florida State University. "If the political stars are right, they can be very effective. Others are just a total waste of time. Absolutely nothing happens." State Sen. John Ostalkiewicz, a Republican from Orlando, can't recall any that have been effective. "The public doesn't get a thing," he said. The government doesn't keep track of how many panels have been formed or how much they cost. They can be expensive. Consider: $2 million to study Florida's budget and tax structure. $750,000 to look at long-term care for the elderly. $630,000 to examine the criminal justice system. The state has commissions on education, constitutional amendments and domestic violence. When insurance rates rose after Hurricane Andrew, the government formed a commission. As juvenile crime soared, the state responded with a panel. Sometimes, the governor or law-See COMMISSIONS, Page 20

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