The Bradenton Herald from Bradenton, Florida on May 14, 1992 · 15
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Thursday, May 14, 1992
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i -v- kK'4'' 'K ‘C tiiiviy u--' i tw i” 's iV'i ' t: ’ 1 1 iil I - 4 A I -The Bradenton Herald Thursday May 14 1992 Wjf W- ' ' '" Student AIDS rumors false - ! TONY ATTR1NO H®rjdCojTMgondjr Like other brats Patti Davis turns pulp into prof it When her country -tinging career fizzled Patti Davis looked around for another way of making an eaay living And the hit cm a aweil moneymaking idea She would traah her well-known parents Why not make Mom and Dad look bad Patti reasoned Everyone elae waa doing it to her Mom and Dad and making a buck Patti aaid to heraelf Patti figured aha probably knew even mm about her parenta than Kitty Kelley did So Patti aat down and talked a book to her ghoat about her parenta and what life waa like in a dyifunctional family It waa fiction of course amt of in a way maybe And her life waa hell naturally Joan Crawford couldn’t have raiaed a kid in a worse way than Patti’s Mom did Mom never showed Patti how to find Patti’a inner child Oh the horror of such a thing Even Bing’s boys had-it better growing up than Patti did The book was sort of a bomb but the New York Timet loved it of course Then Patti decided that fiction waa too subtle for the mind of the average reader who probably also lived in a dysfunctional Amity and wasn’t very bright So she decided to talk a nonfiction book me that waa true sort of in a way maybe I’ve forgotten the name of this book but It now is on sale Don’t buy it Wait for the TV miniseries to come out to learn all about Patti’a prepubescent suffering for free For obvious reasons the book wasn’t advertised or promoted as a gift for Mother’s Day Don’t buy it for Dad next month either and expect to be invited for dinner next year Despite the fact that Patti’a book is no good a lot of people will read it many of them Democrats' It seema the only thing Dad was ever interested in waa politics not raising little girls Mom loved clothes mid waa ambitious Dad hated wasting his time working in Westerns while the Free World was falling to Communism : Naturally anyone living in such a climate would grow up to write books Beaver Cleaver never had to wriie books and get even with June and Ward Beaver’s parents knew when to spank and when not to and the kid grei practically normal Patti is I think having a hard Him accepting the fact that Dad is mm famous than she is and doesn’t have to trade off her name Still these are hard times and you make a buck the best way you can which is what Patti is doing in the worst way Rumors that suns high school students in Manatee ana Sarasota counties have tested HIV-positive or have AIDS are probably unfounded according to school administrators and public health officials However the officials say neither doctors nor parents are required to provide such information to schools "As far as I know (the rumors) are untrue But I mean how would I know? Number one testing Is done privately Number two that kind of Information would be privileged” Manatee High principal Patricia Lucas The rumors began after recent blood drives at schools in both counties "My 'understanding is when you have a blood drive no matter where it’s held those rumors pop up" said Ralph Heath principal at Southeast High School "I’ve been told it’s not true” '' Patricia Lucas principal at Manatee High School said she has heard the rumors from students "As for as I know (the rumors) are untrue" she said "But I mean how would I know? Number one testing is done privately Number two that kina of information would be privileged” 1 Diana Tudela executive director of the Manatee Community Blood Center visited Southeast High on Wednesday to help put an end to the rumors ' - "I said I’d like to nip this in the bud" she said "I let them know over the intercom at Southeast that it was fust of all not true and secondly that confidentiality is the name or the fame in health care" ' Tudela said a second rumor had been circulating that the blood center makes available to school administrators a list of those testing HIV-positive "If anyone would test positive for HIV only they would be the ones to know that” she said Tudela Mid no student donor in the county has ever tested positive for the virus She said about 800 students donated blood here in 1991 For the same year in Sarasota County 19700 people — 7 or 8 percent students — donated blood Two people tested positive for the virus but neither were students "I dont know where or how the rumor gets started” said RUMORS ToB-2 Astate Inspector is taken to an ambulance after a piece of concrete struck him in the iower leg in i CHRIS MKULABfsUsntanHsrsW' i U i 1 Jt A “rusa-ci-raH" niora nf rvnnroto - injuries to his lower left leg officials said ’’ ing the demolition project Miseroy said piece oi concrete s He was in good condition Wednesday to Miseroy said demolition of the old Sun- hit Lonnie C "Cliff Cooper Jr in Manatee Memorial HospitaL shine Skyway is scheduled to be completed ‘ tha chin i-la uae 1 (W! foot auav Cooper was observing the demolition of a before the end of the year All of the steel ' ’ Mr 8T’ ’ “ y‘ 120-foot-high concrete pier about 1045 am structure from the old bridge has been re- tlu rrint y 1 ’' - from a barge about 1000 feet from the pier moved' - - : ' v J-C Miseroy of the Hardaway Co a demolition project costs $81 million demolish part of the old Sunshine Skyway the shtoTMiseroy said V v ' Bridge tojured a state employee Wednesday Gworkenon the barge from where the : The Florida HighwsyPatrdstops traffic V V explosion was detonated were not tojured °n the new Skyway Bridge during the explo- Lonnie C JlifT Cooper Jr 42 a consul- Miseroy said sions ' tant engineering inspector f theFlorida De- dot officials are looking into the incident The old southbound tone of the Skyway Twii — ehavebeeni ? pertinent of Transportation (DOT) suffered tf Ho serious injuries havebeen reported dur- was hit fay a ship in 1980 killing 85 people V-Li- '' ’ '! i j V1 J f ' -h ' I w 4 : ' - Burnside: arraigned in Ala Burnside return delayed James Burnside is charged with killing his estranged wife in 1988 CARLOS GALARZA Herald Staff Writer r Accused murderer James Burnside’s return to Manatee County could be delayed for months as he faces new charges in a Birmingham Ala court today Burnside 55 will be arraigned before UB Magis- trata Elizabeth Campbell at 9:30 am today after a federal grand jury indicted Burnside April 30 of being in possession of objects to facilitate his escape from prison The UB Attorney’s Office to Birmingham will prosecute Burnside on the charges Assistant UB Attorney Lem Kelly said Wednesday Kelly said it could be three or four months before the new cam against Burnside soestotriaL When that trial ends Burnside will face first-degree murder and attempted murder charges here He is accused of fatally stabbing his estranged wife and wounding me of her coworkers Assistant State Attorney Barm Given who is assigned to prosecute Burnside here said he had no idea how long it would take to bring Bum-side here to stand trial "It’s difficult to say” Given said "(The US Attorney’s Office to Birmingham) does not know if (Burnside) will plead or whether he’ll demand a trial "I’m not disappointed (Burnside) faces additional charges I’m disappointed it’s going to delay his coming here” Given said Burnside- was sentenced April 22 by a federal judge to Birmingham to seven yean BURNSIDI ToB-2 McKay business 2 years behind bn property tax Sen John McKay R-Bradenton blamed his failure to pay tax on "cash-flow -problems” nick MASON Hrsld Senior Writer Political fallout flared Wednesday over local politicians not paying their property taxes as state Sen John McKay admitted one of his companies foiled to pay taxes for two consecutive years Voters may remember delinquent taxpayers much like they know which memben of Congress bounced checks at the US House of Representatives’ bank Manatee County Democratic Party Chairman Richard Reuschling said "I don’t see any difference to the two” he said "I would think (politicians) should have to set the pie to go by” he said “ " t know! c at this pretty i Reuschling said "If I was going to vote for a person I would look at this” - Manatee County Republican Party Chairwoman Karen Van Ness could not be reached for comment The Bradenton Herald reported Wednesday that 30170 Associates did not pay 1991 taxes totaling 176470 that were due April 1 m 45 parcels near new UB 801 and State Road 70 McKay is 50 percent owner of the company McKay R-Bradenton said he checked 30170 Associates records Wednesday and determined the company giao did not pay 1990 property taxes Investors ToB-3 CARSON BALDWNBradsnton Herald Putting the fear of God into pests A tent was raised over First Baptist Church Manatee Avenue West and 12th Street to alow Royal Exterminating Co Inc to ao 118 pest-contra wotk weaneso&y Trouble with tickets The past has caught up with motorists delinquent to paying parking tickets People with multiple unpaid tickets or one handicapped parking will not be able to renew their license plates Details PageB-3 Dead dolphin found A dead 4-year-old bottle-nosed dolphin was found Tuesday afternoon floating to Buttonwood Harbor off Longboat Key The dolphin had no signs of trauma Mote Marine officials said It was the 14th dolphin recovered this Details Page B-6 Palmetto prayer vigil The site of a melee Sunday to Palmetto will be where community religious leaders begin efforts to heal troubled neighborhoods A prayer vigil has been organized on a vacant lot adjacent to Le-Club Details PageB-7 INDEX Editorials B-4 H Commission should act on EMS ffliployii complaints M Coverage of commission meetings would Improve government Teen: I was coerced into sex! "John” said his relationship with George Meyers who died after ingesting cyanide was not consensual BETH MUNIZ i mM - - ner—o otan wi iw name — said Meyers threatened and black- mailed him into silence during the four-year period he was being abused John said he came forward after reading statements from Meyers’ family to local newspapers that said the two were lovers and the relationship was conaensuaL The 18-year-old who claims to have been molested for four years by George Meyers said Wednesday that Meyers threatened and blackmailed him into silence Meyers 46 died Tuesday to Manatee Memorial Hospital five days after wallowing a homemade cyanide capsule Meyers took the capsule Friday as Manatee County sheriff’s officials tried to arrest him on sexual assault charges The reputed victim John — not his real TEBN ToB-3 Woman’s home still not a castle "I've been through so many hurdles so many snags” said Ernestine Hart who is trying to rebuild a house she inherited CARLOS GALARZA Herald Staff Writer Ernestine Hart’s dream house continues to elude her "I got to look beyond all these snags and see myself someday sitting in my home eating a piece of chicken” Hart 66 said Wednesday Hart of Palmetto said she sometimes feels the system is toying to wear her down to see whether she dies before she can move into the home "I’ve been through so many hurdles so many snags” she said Hart's tenacious efforts to keep the city of Palmetto from raxing the tattered home she inherited from a relative moved independent contractor Bill Close to intervene on her behalf Close kept Hart’s house at 606 12th St Drive W from being demolished in March 1991 by promising to rebuild it But reconstruction of the house was put on hold when the Farmer’s Home Administration first approved and then denied Hart a combination 15000 grant$20000 loan Close overcame the setback by getting' John was 14 and was spending the night' with Meyers' son Scott when Meyers first! molested him John said After that John said he felt trapped "He blackmailed me and made me do the! acta with him” John said "He said he would tell everybody He would broadcast it over! the school’s (public address) system" John didn’t tell anyone but his mother said his behavior changed drastically HOMI ToB-2 J f TAX

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