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Northwest Florida Daily News (Newspaper) - March 6, 1995, Fort Walton Beach, Florida V^VÀto&lu*»*rtjft'vifeV* <iy*'^^-frtoWtfl.^«mirato,!fftfaùùf/j^'V^H^ft^Mfep^éìj^'^lft^ì ij' 1 WEATHER TODAY Mostly cloudy. High in low 70s; low near 60. South wind 10 to 15 mph/2A. FEATURES INSIDE Doll maker puts love into her art PAGE 1B Labonte posts victory from back in pack PAGE 1D INDEX Calendar...............2C Classifieds......2B, 4C Comics..................3C Crossword.............6A Dear Abby.............2C Editorials...............4A Health....................1C Local News...........1B Movies...................7A Obituaries..............3B Public Record.......4B Scrabblegrams.....4C Sports....................1D TV Schedule.........7A r 4 sections, 24 pages Fort Walton B«ach, Fla Copyright® 1995, The Daily News MONDAY, MARCH 6, 1995 -m"T" NORTHWEST FLORIDA Daily News 1995 500 Cyberspace meets outer space on Endeavour flight By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL - It was bound to happen: Cyberspace meets outer space. For the first time, NASA is providing public computer access to virtually all aspects of a space shuttle flight via the Internet, in cluding occasional exchanges with Endeavour's seven astronauts and continuous updates on their astronomical observations. Computer users can even "Come Aboard," and receive pictures and audio tapes of the crew. It's causing a cyberspace stampede. More than 350,000 requests for mission information have poured in since Endeavour blasted off Thursday. A sampling of computer messages from people logging on around the world: "One small step for NASA, one giant step for the 'Net.' " "Absolutely amazing, beam me up!" "This was great, I didn't even get airsick." "Godspeed Endeavour! I always wanted to say that." Becky Bray, a payload activity controller at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is leading the "Welcome to Astro-2" effort. Astro is the National Aeronautics and Space Administra tion's name for the three ultraviolet telescopes aboard Endeavour; this is their second space flight. Among the information available on the World Wide Web: Endeavour's exact location over Earth, stellar observations by the Astro telescopes and sky charts, crew and ground control team photographs, snapshots of the cockpit, taped conversations from four of the astronauts, even NASA-TV broadcasts of the mission that appear in a one-inch square. Internet users can access "Welcome to Astro-2" on the World Wide Web by typing: http://astro-2.msfc.nasa.gov Educators worry schools being robbed by crime ■ Local officials aren't optimistic about their prospects of funding from the state. By LAURA CASSELS Daily News Capital Bureau ( TALLAHASSEE - When Florida legislators convene here Tuesday to launch the 1995 regular session, the bouquets on their desks and fanfare in their chambers will belie a troubling dilemma they face. With the state checkbook running low this year, can Florida get even tougher on crime without shortchanging education and social services? Legislators are hopeful. Budget experts are doubtful. Educators and social workers are fearful. "This is going to be a painful year," said Okaloosa County Schools Superintendent Bernadette Cover. "Essentially, we know we're going to lose ground again, and it's going to get worse." Education-funding cuts ordered in the 1991, recession cut the fat and more, Cover said, and there has not been a bountiful year since. "For the first time, this is the year that will impact programs. We had been able to shelter those by cutting administration, but we cannot produce enough savings ... to shelter those any longer. "We'll probably have to go to layoffs." Okaloosa-Walton Community Col lege President James "Bob" Rich-burg, recovering from the shock of 25 percent budget reductions ordered by the Senate, said he no longer believes colleges will be cut that much, but increases are out of the picture. "We're not dealing with needs, just program reductions," he said. Legislation to make violent offenders serve 85 percent of their sentences appears certain to pass, following 1994's expensive measures to reach 75 percent. The 1993 time-served rate was 48 percent The costs of building and running new prisons to meet an 85 percent mandate — with early release only for good behavior and self-improvement — will gobble up a large piece of the shrinking budget. Please see SCHOOLS/8A CRIME PROPOSALS Crime legislation proposed for the 1995 legislative session: ■ Require Inmates to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences. Known as Stop Turning Out Prisoners, or STOP.__ ■ Impose mandatory sentences ranging from 10 years to life for criminals who are convicted of a violent offense and have three previous convictions for violent crimes and have served at least one stint in state or federal prison. Known as the Officer Evelyn Gort Career Criminal Act for a Metro-Dade police officer killed by an armed robber with a lengthy criminal record. ■ Increase the legal capacity of Florida's prison system from 133 percent of design capacity to 150 percent to add another 4,000 beds. ■ Mandate Injection of the female hormone depo-provera on someone convicted a second time for sexu-al battery against a child less than age 12._ ■ Require anyone convicted of a sexual offense, murder or violent felo ny or attempted sex offense, murder or violent felony to submit blood specimens for deoxyribonucleic acid (ONA) testing. ■ Strengthen sentencing guidelines to increase prison terms for certain repeat offenders who commit property-related crimes such as burglary and auto theft. ■ Increase the maximum penalty for automobile theft from five years and a $5,000 fine to 15 years and a $10,000 fine. ■ Increase the penalty for anyone convicted of abusing or neglecting an elderly person from a first-degree misdemeanor to a third-degree felony. - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS EDUCATION 'S Some of the ideas that will surface in the 1985 Legislature: ■ Charter schools: The idea behind charter schools is to have school districts contract with a business or group to teach students. A charter school would enroll students in the area on a first-come first-serve basis and would be funded with the tax dollars the district agrees to under the contract. ■ District delegation: The idea behind district delegation would be to expand the power of schoof advisory councils, made up of the teachers, parents and employers closest to a school. The school boards in Florida's 67 counties now are unable to delegate any of their authority. A law that would allow them to delegate decisions to advisory councils would expand the local control granted in a 1991 reform law known as accountability or Blueprint 2000. ■ Public-private partnerships: The idea behind public-private partnerships is to let public schools contract with private schools that do a better job teaching children who have learning, emotional or physical problems._ ■ Pre-klndergarten: Florida's pre-kindergarten program is targeted at 3- and 4-year-olds from poor families who are judged to be "at-risk" of not being ready to learn when they start school. The law is scheduled to expire without reauthorization. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Destin doesn't appreciate car 'art' ■ The city's code enforcer says two restaurants' form of advertising has to go. By PATRICK GILSENAN Daily News Slatf Writer DESTIN - You know what they say ... "One man's art is another man's city sign violation," or something like that. At artistic dispute in this case is an automobile sign/sculpture at the entrance to the Destin Yacht Club on Highway 98. The sign consists of a BMW automobile brightly painted with a driver, two clowns, a fish, a man in an orange suit with a turtle on his stomach, a juggler, and the words "what a great day to be alive." On top of the car is mounted a sign advertising various things for the Hatteras Cafe and Harry T's restaurants. Although Legendary, Inc., which owns the sign, considers it an "artistic work" and an "automobile motif sculpture," the city is not so visually inclined. "Everyone in town I have talked to thinks it's an eyesore," said Destin Code Enforcement Officer Rick Bailey. "To me the (car) and the sign sitting right next to the Dumpster looks like it should go in the Dumpster." Based on the city's prohibition of portable, banner and vehicle signs, Bailey found the creation in violation and ordered it removed. Legendary Inc., however, has filed an appeal, halting enforcement of the violation and allowing passersby to view the work Please see ART/SA Dole: GOP rebel said he'd resign ■ The Republican front-runner said Clinton used the budget debate to discredit his rival. WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. Mark Hatfield, whose solitary defiance of his own party helped bring down the balanced budget amendment last week, offered to resign before the vote, Majority Leader Bob Dole said Sunday. Dole, R-Kan., speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," also said President Clinton used HATFIELD the balanced budget debate to discredit Dole, a potential rival in next year's presidential campaign. "The president and the Democratic leadership in the Senate decided this might be a pretty good shot at Bob Dole, because the leaders who voted for this last year voted against it this year, with President Clinton's blessing at least." Hatfield joined 33 Democrats last week in sending the balanced budget amendment, which needed a two-thirds majority, to a one-vote defeat. Dole said that by keeping his job, Hatfield, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, faces possible recriminations from his fellow Republicans. Dole may step down as majority leader WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Bob Dole said Sunday he would consider stepping down from his post as Senate majority leader if early wins in Republican primaries next year make him the front-runner in the GOP presidential race. The candidate who can capture the presidential contests in Iowa and New Hampshire is probably going to win the nomination, the Kansas Republican said on CBS' "Face the Nation." this automobile sign/sculpture at the entrance to the Destin Yacht Club on Highway 98 is the center of a controversy between the city of Destin and Legendary, Inc., which owns the sign. Although Legendary considers it an "artistic work" and an "automobile motif sculpture," city officials are calling it "an eyesore." 'Bloody Sunday' recalled ■ Marchers followed in the steps of the civil rights protesters. SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Two of the men who led the "Bloody Sunday" voting rights march 30 years ago received the keys to the city Sunday from the mayor — then a segregationist, now an ally of blades. It was on March 7, 1965, that white lawmen beat and gassed hundreds of marchers trying to cross Edmund Pettus Bridge. Footage of the beatings ran on national television, sparking outrage. A cold rain fell Sunday on demonstrators gathered outside the National Voting Rights Institute as they prepared to march once again across the bridge.
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