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Northwest Florida Daily News (Newspaper) - March 5, 1995, Fort Walton Beach, Florida if V-Í'ílft« WEATHER TODAY Showers. High in mid-60s; low upper 50s. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph/2A. SPORTS OWCC Raiders make sweep of state titles PAGE ID INSIDE Poverty confab likely to cut aid to needy PAGE 7A INDEX Classified..............3Q Commentary.........1E Crossword...........11C DearAbby........... 9C Friends...............'5,6E Lifestyle................1C Local News...........1B MoneySense.........1F Movies................11C Obituaries.............3B Public Record.......2B Roll Call..............4,SB Sports....................1D This Week.............4C f 11 sections Fort Walton Baach, Fla. Copyright* 1995. The Daily News NORTHWEST FLORIDA SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 1995 $1 l V Edwins principal fighting mad ■ Barnes says she's got an attorney to represent her. By SHERRY SAPP Daily News Staff Writer Dr. Naomi Barnes is fighting back. And she is attracting plenty of legal muscle to help her. The principal at Annette P. Edwins Elementary School has re tained a Tallahassee attorney who specializes in employment discrimination to represent her in action against the Okaloosa County School District. The at- BARNES torney, Anne Curtis Terry, is also advising an unmarried, pregnant school teacher in Walton County. Late Friday night, David Preston, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said he is working to bring in national SCLC assistance for Barnes. "I can assure you, if the transfer takes place, the NAACP will be called at the national level; oh, most definitely," said Sabu Williams, vice president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. "It's going to help my children, other African-Americans through out the Panhandle to stand up for what you believe in, and fight it to the end, regardless of what the consequences will be," Barnes said. "This problem is bigger than Dr. Barnes," the principal said. "There are some other political issues underlying there." "I feel like when I go to the principals' meeting ... that I have a disease that others might catch if they sit near me or even talk to me, but I have support in the system from other principals. ... They keep a low profile, but they sup port me." According to the Okaloosa County Education Association, Superintendent of Schools Berna-dette Cover wrote a letter of assurance on Friday that she will remove Barnes from the school. The letter is to be released officially on Monday. "(Cover) also stated that she's not going to renew my contract, that she would put me on a six-month contract and transfer me to the district office," Barnes said. Williams questions the superintendent's "crazy" behind-the- scenes personnel shifting. "I don't see why she felt obligated to let these teachers in on the fact that she was planning not to recommend Dr. Barnes to remain as principal there before she makes the recommendations for all principals" to the board by March 13, Williams said. Barnes is charging Dr. Frank Fuller, lead principal, with having been a part of a deliberate effort to undermine her success. She also charges that union di- Please see EDWINS/11 A Contractors not sure what to count on ■ The local business community suspects BRAC losses of 86 is too few and 700 is too many. By BRUCE ROLFSEN Daily News Staff Writer EGLIN AFB - Pick a number — 86, 200, 700 or any other figure in between. They're all numbers that have been mentioned when the talk turns to the number of contractor jobs that might be lost to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission's final recommendations. Military officials at Eglin Air Force Base calculated 86 local contractor positions would disappear. The losses would come from sending 10 of Eglin's portable electronic stations that make up part of the 46-station Electromagnetic Test Environment to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Fewer stations mean fewer people needed to run the machines. Also, 52 military and civil service jobs would be sent west, to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The promising news from Tuesday's BRAC announcement was that Eglin could become home to the headquarters for the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center. Now based in Albuquerque, N.M., AFOTEC could bring to Eglin about 700 federal and contractor jobs. After years of rumors that Eglin's entire electronic combat range, typically called "EC," would be sent west and 700 jobs would vanish, the decision that just 86 contracting jobs were to be taken away was good news; maybe too good. The Okaloosa business community suspects 86 is too few. "The real discrepancy is between the 86 and the 700 jobs," said Judy Byrne-Riley, president of the Okaloosa Economic Development Council. "I suspect the number will be somewhere in the middle." The council is spearheading Please see COUNT/12A Is this the drive-thru? Daily News/TRACEV STEELE Police Officer Rick Brown surveys what's left of the Circle K at 65 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, before a 1977 Mercedes-Benz is towed out of the store. The car's driver, Jennifer Powell, 54, of 793 Sundial Court, Okaloosa Island, was charged with careless driving Saturday after plowing through the store's brick wall and snack-food displays. Powell said she thought she had shifted into reverse before revving the car, which she recently began driving. Despite the damage, no one was hurt. State lawmakers face diverse agenda By JIM VERTUNO Capital Bureau TALLAHASSEE - Northwest Florida lawmakers have a diverse agenda for the 1U9S legislative session, one that no doubt will spawn its share of controversy. Abortion waiting periods, welfare reform, reducing government regulations, and condemnation of private land for conservation are among the top issues for area lawmakers heading into Tuesday's start of the regular 60-day session. Meanwhile, a common theme runs through the delegation: Public safety and education are Florida's top priorities. Northwest Florida lawmakers are intent on making criminals stay in prison longer, and they're the high cost of prisons to make willing to pay building more that happen. They say they must do that without hurting education funding, though it won't be easy in this lean, budget-cutting year. Before they face the tough funding decisions, work on Northwest Florida's legislative agenda will be well under way. ■ ABORTION Sen. Robert Harden, R-Fort Walton Beach, normally a budget and government regulations watchdog, has filed a bill that would mandate a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can get an abortion. During that time, her doctor would have to counsel her about the development of the fetus, pro cedures in the operation, alternatives, and medical risks associated with carrying the fetus to full term. Harden's district includes part of Pensacola, where the murders of two abortion-clinic doctors and an escort in the last two years have drawn national attention. Harden, who opposes legal abortion except in cases of rape INSIDE ■ A closer look at our delegation/1 OA. ■ Speaker Wallace suited to split House/SB. or incest and when pregnancy Please see AGENDA/11 A Voting rights birthplace marks 30th anniversary SILMA THIN: Tear gas fills the air as state troopers use billy clubs to break up the historic voter rights march In Selma, Ala., on Sunday, March 7, 1965. Two weeks after "Bloody Sunday" horrified the nation, Martin Luther King Jr. and other notables led a second march. ■ But today, some people wonder if "Bloody Sunday" is still relevant. By PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press Writer SELMA, Ala. — Every day, Marcus Rush walks by the Byzantine architecture of the Brown Chapel AME Church, where thousands of people once started a 54-mile trek that would change the nation. Eveiy day, he passes the imposing granite monument on the church's front sidewalk immortalizing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., another reminder of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march that inspired passage of the Voting Rights Act. Still, amid 30th anniversary events and a commemorative march that begins at the church today, the 21-year-old who lives at a public housing project across the street wonders what ail the fuss is about. Even such a momentous episode — guaranteeing blacks access to the ballot booth in a region where they once were slaves — doesn't have much relevance three decades later to a jobless black man. "I don't know too much about it," Rush said. "That was before my time." As it was for 32-year-old Lee Marshall, who calls the famous march "ancient history." "I'm just trying to make it in this world," Marshall said. "I'm just tiying to Please see RIGHTS/12A SELMA TODAYi Selma, Ala., Mayor Joe Smltherman sits on the back of a police car last weak as ha watches festivities marking the 30th anniversary ot "Bloody Sunday." If
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