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   Northwest Florida Daily News (Newspaper) - March 4, 1995, Fort Walton Beach, Florida                                 WEATHER  TODAY  Mostly  cloudy. High in mid-60s; low 50s. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph/2A.  SPORTS  INSIDE  Raiders are in championship game tonight  PAGE 1C  GOP rejoices at defection of Coloradan  PAGE 7A  INDEX  Business...............8B  Calendar.............10B  Church News........7C  Classifieds...........12C  Comics...............11C  Crossword...........10B  Dear Abby...........10B  Editorials...............4A  Local News...........1B  Movies.................11B  Obituaries..............4B  Public Record.......2B  Sports....................1C  TV Schedule.......11B  f  4 section*, 48 pages Fort Walton Baach, Fla  Copyright* 1995, The Daily News  SATURDAY, MARCH 4  Q -m -y NORTHWEST FLORIDA  Daily News  1995  :  ~ ~~ ~ %r  500  Hospital may be undone deal  ■ Antitrust rumblings on the state level may shake apart the agreement to lease and eventually reopen the Destin facility.  By BETH CHACEY  Daily News Destin Bureau Chief  DESTIN - The Destin Hospital lease deal may have stumbled over state level antitrust inquiries into Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation's potential Okaloosa County hospital monopoly.  Ed Towey, spokesman for the State Agency for Health Care Ad  ministration, the office monitoring the Destin deal, would not verify Friday whether the lease agreement had been signed between lessee Healthcare Management Decisions, Inc. and Columbia/ HCA.  For the first time in the month-slong process, Towey, who has been the agency mouthpiece throughout the state-mandated  Ed Towey, spokesman for the State Agency for Health Care Administration, the office monitoring the Destin deal, would not verify Friday whether the lease agreement had been signed between lessee Healthcare Management Decisions, Inc. and Columbia/HCA.  hospital sale, said, "We have no comment on the issue at this time."  Healthcare Management President Scott Hopes had told city of  ficials Tuesday evening the lease had been signed.  Although the state Attorney General's office and Federal Trade Commission are conducting  Ill-fated bomber captures imagination  The B-24 "Lady Be Good," as it was  discovered in the Libyan desert in 1959.  Special to the Dally Naws/TOM RAOO COLLECTION  It was just plane obsession  ■ Submitted for your approval: The story of a downed World War II bomber and the man who just had to know more.  By JEFF NEWELL Daily New* Staff Writer  CRESTVIEW — For most readers of the June 6,1959, Olean, N.Y., Times-Herald, "World War II Plane Is Found In Desert" was just another UPI wire stoiy headline.  But for Tom Rado, now a Southside Elementary School fourth-grade teacher, the story launched a lifelong quest for more information.  Rado is a member of the Codings Foundation and is coordinating this  weekend's visit of the foundation's two vintage World War II bombers to Crestview's Bob Sikes Airport. The bombers, the B-17 "Nlne-O-Nine" and the B-24 "All American," visited Destin and Pensacola this week.  The stoiy Rado spotted in his afternoon paper 36 years ago described the well-preserved remains of the B-24 bomber "Lady Be Good," which flew its first — and last — mission from the Army Air Force's 376th Bomb Group base at Soluk, Libya, on April 4,1943.  Sixteen years later, the U.S. Air Force base at Wheelus Field, Libya, began receiving reports of an oil survey expedition that had spotted a large, wrecked, World  DOMBt£RS ON DISPLAY  ■ Two World W«r HI  owned by the CoMngs Foundation ere vtsMng Bob Sûtes Ahport in CrasMew this  ■ cMdran, irtsWl^NrfliWri: ídO Sjrçi. ' to 6 p.rn. today, and «rom sao a.m. to noon  RADO  War II-era bomber in the desert. A search team was dispatched in C-47 transport with orders to find and investigate the wreckage.  Thus began the mystery of the Lady Be Good, the bomber so well preserved in the dry desert air that its number (64) and name were still visible, the radio set still worked and coffee found in vacuum flasks was still  Please see PLANE/12A  Clinton goes on offensive, blasts GOP's 'hostility'  ■ The president says he will work with the Republicans to reduce the national deficit.  By WILLIAM NEIKIRK  Knlght-Rldder Newspaper«  WASHINGTON - President Clinton accused Republicans of "outright hostility" toward government programs on Friday while defending his administration against charges of scandal and asserting it would be a mistake for a  Democrat to challenge him next year.  Covering a wide range of topics in 45 minutes, Clinton also denied that he is pursuing a "Yeltsin-first" policy in Russia as alleged by Senate Republican leader Bob Dole. He added his administration is working hard to keep U.N. peacekeepers from being expelled from Croatia, to avoid a wider war and the prospect that U.S. troops don't have to be sent there.  A day after defeat of the balanced budget amendment, Clinton said he would work with Republicans to reduce the deficit, but  added that the Republican "Contract With America" reflects "an outright hostility to government action..."  Clinton turned defensive when asked about his campaign statement promising the most ethical administration in history in light of the Whitewater probe and federal investigations into one former and three current Cabinet officers.  Clinton said a climate is being created in which many talented people will be reluctant to senre. "We live in a time now where the first thing people call for is a special counsel," he added.  PrMktent CUnton apeak* Friday during his wide-ranging news conferme« In Washington.  an antitrust investigation into Columbia/HCA activities, Hopes said Friday the Destin Hospital deal is secure.  Speculation has been floating around the health care industry that Columbia/HCA has run into problems over its attempted merger with HealthTrust .Inc., which owns Crestview's North Okaloosa Medical Center and leases Santa Rosa Medical Center in Milton.  "I had heard, through informal channels, that ... questions are being raised at the state level re  garding the total control of Okaloosa County," said Ron Wolff, president and chief executive officer of Panama City's Bay Medical Center. The HealthTrust merger was  announced by Columbia/HCA last Please see DEAL/11 A  HOPES  Barnes may get transfer from Edwins  ■ No one was more surprised by the announcement than the embattled principal herself.  By SHERRY SAPP  Daily News Staff Writer  Dr. Naomi Barnes may be transferred from her position as Annette P. Edwins Elementary  School princi- __  pal, but the surprise announcement late Friday afternoon has led to further confusion in the tumultuous dispute.  A Monday night hearing of an appeal by the Okaloosa County School Board of a harassment complaint filed by Edwins teachers against  à  m"  ¡8  BARNES  A Monday night hearing of an appeal by the Okaloosa County School Board of a harassment complaint filed by Edwins teachers against Barnes was canceled late Friday after teachers withdrew their request.  Barnes was canceled late Friday after teachers withdrew their request.  They withdrew the appeal because they were told the principal is being transferred to the district office by Superintendent of Schools Bernadette Cover.  Numerous calls to the superintendent's office and messages left at her home Friday were not returned.  Barnes said she knew nothing about the withdrawal of the teachers' complaint or the cancellation  Please see BARNES/11 A  House approves property rights bill  ■ The measure would require the government to pay when regulations diminish the value of property.  By BRIGID SCHULTE  Knight-HkWer Newspapers  WASHINGTON - The House on Friday passed the last in a series of bills that would rip apart the federal regulatory regime built over the last centuiy, making good on the GOP promise to overhaul the way government does business.  After two days of wrenching debate, the House approved a bill that would require the federal government to pay landowners when key environmental regulations diminish the value on an ecologically sensitive part of the property by 20 percent or more.  Outraged environmentalists say the so-called "takings" bill would virtually halt new regulations to protect endangered species and wetlands. And they're exactly right, property-rights advocates in Congress say.  "The amount the government is going to have to pay to compensate property owners is going to  depend mightily on the actions of  %  A CLOSER LOOK  ■ Tttlet Private Property Protection Act (H.R. 925)_  ■ Date Introduced: Feb. 14. 1995 _  ■ Datepaasodi March 3, 1995_  ■ Purpose! Require the U.S. government to compensate landowners if federal enforcement of an environmental regulation depreciates the value of a targeted property by 20 percent or more._  ■ Mouse votes 277-148 in favor of passage.  - KMQHT-MOOCR (NEWSPAPERS  the agencies from this day forward," said bill coauthor Rep. Billy Tauzin, D-La.  "If these are valuable wetlands, then we should pay for them," said Rep. David Mcintosh, R-Ind., who worked to dismantle federal regulations in the Bush administration's Competitiveness Council. "The innocent landowner should not bear the burden alone."  The property-rights bill goes further than courts have to .protect property owners from government infringement under the Constitution's Fifth Amendment.  f   

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