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Northwest Florida Daily News (Newspaper) - March 3, 1995, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 'iwpiif I ■''/•■■if • « 4 # ' H* WEATHER TODAY Mostly cloudy. High In low 60s; low 40s. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph/2A. ENTERTAINMENT Classic cars in fast lane for fun show SHOWCASE INSIDE U.S. Marines last ones out of Somalia PAGE 10A INDEX Business...............8C Calendar...............8E Classifieds...........110 Comics..................70 Crossword...........19E Dear Abby.............7B Editorials...............4A Local News...........IB Movies.................16E Obituaries..............38 Public Record.......SB Showcase.............IE Sports....................10 TV Schedule.......18E f 5 ttcUon», 82 pig«» Fort Walton BMKh. Fla. Copyright* 1995. The Daily News FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 1995 ^ -m-y NORTHWEST FLORIDA Daily News 95 ^ "" ^ "" 500 Budget measure beaten for now ■ But Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is threatening to bring the annendment debate back in tinne for the election in '96. By DAViO HESS Knight-Rldder Newspapers WASHINGTON - After weeks of debate, the Senate decided Thursday that the U.S. Constitution, amended only 27 times in the nation's histoiy, shouldn't be altered for a 28th time to require a balanced federal budget. Republican leaders brought the measure to a vcfte knowing they would lose, then immediately renewed their threats to use the issue to pound Democrats in the 1996 congressional elections. GOP leaders also blamed President Clinton for the setback, charging that he dismissed the sentiments of most Americans by ' working with his Democratic congressional allies to torpedo the proposed amendment. "The president doesn't believe in a balanced budget amendment," said Senate M^ority Leader Robert Dole of Kansas, a leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination next year. "He has abdicated his responsibility for reducing deficits.... If that's leadership, then it's a different definition than what I under stand." The amendment, which earlier passed the House by a 300-132 margin with ample Democratic support, failed in the Senate because supporters fell one vote short of achieving the two-thirds mtgority needed to approve constitutional amendments. The official vote was 65-35, but the true count was 66-34. Dole switched from "yes" to "no" after the initial roll call, in a procedural maneuver that ensures his ability to bring up the amendment for reconsideration later on. Dole said he intended to keep trying to cajole a few Democrats into supporting the measure and pledged to bring it up shortly before next year's elections, if necessary, to put Democrats on the spot. In the end, all but one Republican — Mark Hatfield of Oregon — and only 14 of the Senate's 47 Democrats supported the amendment, which would have required a balanced budget by the year 2002. If it had passed, 38 states would have had to ratify the amendment for it to take effect. The measure was the capstone of the Republicans' grand strategy for downsizing and diminishing the power of the federal government. It was, in the rhetoric of Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, R-N.Y., "the most important issue since Congress' vote for going to war in World War II. And this is a war. Please see BUDGET/12A Okaloosa slashes school budget ■ Education board's action reduces the spending plan by more than $1.1 million. By SHERRY SAPP Daily News Staff Writer The Okaloosa County School Board voted Thursday to cut more than $1.1 million from next year's budget by privatizing two functions and by eliminating administrators and other positions. No teaching or school-site positions are involved in the cuts. Superintendent Bernadette Cover asked the board last week to approve the addition of seven new administrative No teaching or school-site positions are involved in the cuts. positions. However, Don Gaetz, board vice chairman, arrived at the special board meeting Thursday - with a propositi to reject those recommendations and to take additional measures to reduce next year's spending by an estimated $1,1345,500. "I am recommending that we not add any new personnel to Uie district office at a time when we're facing even darker financial clouds," Gaetz said. In all, the board voted to reduce the superintendent's disti-ict-wide job allocation request by 35 slots, 27 of which are existing positions. Those will be eliminated as of July 1. A specialist-budget analyst position would be added and two jobs would be upgraded. The last remaining assistant superintendent of schools position would be eliminated with the retirement of Jack Bludworth this year. The information officer position, plus a variety of secretaries, clerks, specialists and a program director Please see SLASHES/12A Today's your birthday File ptTOW In the 19th century, sand roads were nearly impassible and most transportation was waterborne. That changed when construction of Florida's railroad system, lilce these trades leading up to the Spence Sawmill at the head of NIcevllle's Boggy Bayou, began in 1881. Related stories/6A and 7A. Emerald Coast's past still vivid By JEFF NEWELL Daily News Staff Writer They were pirates and pioneers, soldiers and settiers, fishermen and farmers. In ways large and small, they left their own legacy on the history of Northwest Florida, which, along with the rest of Florida, is today ofGcially marking 150 years of statehood. The staple of the area's economy shorUy after Florida became a state was less glamorous than the local myths embellishing the unofficial history. It was a longstanding naval stores industry, literally rooted in the region's abundant forests. It began long before Okaloosa County was carved out of portions of Santa Rosa and Walton counties in 1 A M IK )OI ) 1915, when demand for better roads led to the creation of the new county. Lumbering itself was a huge indus try in Northwest Florida during the late 1800s. The region's so-called "Timber Boom" sustained a European building frenzy that would continue until the failure of a British bank in 1912 and a European depression that followed. Naval stores — tar, pitch, turpentine and resin — would continue as a viable but smaller industry until the late 1930s. That marked the advent of petroleum-based substitutes, a more predictable source than the region's natural products. 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Oi(Val wa« Ite.M W||^|^Wiil'^,-7#rtiiery.ol Hadd^^WpilM;;»' |a)d^Ml|am,0» Mapalay* a llimoflrpii mm tl|a" m àùiiki* a« tJJku Pro-life killer Griffin changes his mind ■ Convicted of shooting clinic doctor David Gunn in Pensacola, now the imprisoned murderer says using violence to protest abortion is just not the way. OLUSTEE (AP) - An imprisoned murderer says he has changed his mind about pro-life violence that he participated in and inspired and now wants it to stop. Michael Griffin said he still opposes abortion but appealed for non-violence in an interview published Thursday in the Florida-Times Union of Jackson-vUle. Griffin, 33, was convicted of fatally shooting abortion doctor David Gunn in 1993 outside a Pensacola women's clinic. "I used to believe it was justifiable homicide. I don't anymore," Griffin said. "Mental anguish comes into play as I consider how a child would react when told a doctor had to die that he may live." Since Gunn's slaying, another pro-lifer has killed a doctor and his unarmed escort at a second Pensacola clinic and a third man has been accused of fatally shooting two receptionists at abortion clinics in Massachusetts and firing on a clinic in Virginia. Grifflin has mailed a statement to abortion groups asking for a halt to clinic violence and illegal trespassing. "I'm trying to kepp some harm firom other people," he luUd. "I'm trying to prevent violence around the abortion . ■ ■ -. I used to believe it was justifiable homicide. I don't anymore. Mental anguish comes into play as I consider how a child would react when told a doctor had to die that he may live, ^i^ MICHAEL GRIFFIN Convlctad of kllllrtg Or. David Gunn outaida a Pensacola atwrtion clink:. industiy." The former Pensacola chemical plant woricer is serving a life sentence without parole for at least 25 yean at Baker Correctional Institution. GrifBn still refers to abortion prac-Uoners as people who kiU babies, but he said he changed his mind about violence from reading the Bible and praying during the two years since tlie shootlAg. Although the change has come grad ually, Griffin said he fully realized it in December at the prison library. He was listening to taped Bible verses about how Christians should submit to government authority because it is instituted hy God. In his anti-violence mailing, Griffin has written that government authorities, not private dUzens, are accountable for enacting and enforcing laws. "They are the ones who will stand judged on the day of reckoning," he wrote. ¡ Michael QrHfIn, who la Serving «COtt l . seritMioè «1 Florida St«l* Prison^ tDi r. murder of abortion doctor David Ounn, hqw says using violence to protest hbortloh fs wrong.
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