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   Panama City News Herald (Newspaper) - April 2, 1996, Panama City, Florida                                 6B THE NEWS HERALD  Tuesday, April 2, 1996  Sea World loses second killer whale this year  Associated Press  ORLANDO — A 2-year-old killer whale who developed health problems at an early age died of undetermined causes at Sea World of Florida on Monday.  The "special needs" animal, which had been separated from the marine park's performing whales since the age of five months, is the second to die at the Orlando attraction in a little more than a month.  Nyar, who died Monday, was the second offspring of Gudrun, a 5,000-pound female who died Feb. 25 a few days after giving birth to a stillborn calf.  Nyar, born Dec. 31, 1993, had a number of physical ailments that could all have contributed to her death, said Chuck Tompkins, vice president of animal training. A necropsy was being conducted, and test results from research laboratories that study different organs are not expected for several weeks.  "We don't like to speculate on the cause of death, but she had very obvious physical problems, was erratic in her eating habits and her growth weight was not normal," Tompkins said.  The animal's motor skills were not fully developed and she was a slow learner, he said. "In a human, these could be likened to autism or something like that."  Nyar was abandoned, or ostracized, by the healthy killer whales when she first started displaying unusual behavior, Sea World officials said.  "We filled the role of her family, feeding her and swimming with her and observing her around the clock," Tompkins said of a special four-personal team assigned to the animal.  Sea World had no prior experience with a whale in that condition, he said, and "I'm looking forward to having some researcher help us and say, 'This is what the problem was.'"  The two recent deaths were not related, officials said. Gudrun's first calf was born in July 1989 and is in good health, Sea World spokesman Nick Gollattschek said.  The Orlando park has six other whales, two males and four females. All killer whales are trained performers and use the stage name Shamu.  The Brazilian Court, shown in this 1984 photo, was for seven decades a stop place for the rich and famous visiting Palm Beach. Soon the palm-shaded Mediterranean-style stucco creation of architect Addison Mizner will be reborn as an old age home for the moneyed.  Longtime hotel to rich and famous to become old age home for wealthy  Associated Press  PALM BEACH — Time brings change, even to the Brazilian Court Hotel, for seven decades a stopping place for the rich and famous visiting this famed island resort.  Soon, the palm-shaded stucco creation of famed Mediterranean-style architect Addison Mizner — which has lodged movie stars, presidents, business tycoons and royalty all the way back to the silent screen era — will be reborn as an old age home.  But after all those years hosting the likes of Errol Flynn, Clark Gable and Richard Nixon, the Brazilian Court won't be just another nursing home. Instead, it is to become a "senior residence facility" for the aged — and the moneyed.  The hotel's 134 rooms, which go for $225 to  $260 a night, are to be made over into 50 two-bedroom suites and 50 studio apartments.  Those interested in spending their declining years in splendour will sign yearly leases of $74,400 for two-bedroom suites or $43,200 for the studios.  The idea was that of Abe Gosman, who paid $11.5 million for the hotel last November. Care-Matrix, Gosman's Connecticut-based company, owns other retirements along the Eastern Seaboard.  "He sees the Brazilian Court as the essence of Palm Beach," said CareMatrix spokeswoman Nancy Cox-Castaldi. "And he saw it changing hands, going from owner to owner, sliding down that slope of decline. So he saw a wonderful opportunity."  In 1985, the Brazilian Court was where 28-year-old David Kennedy, a son of Robert Kennedy, died of a drug overdose.  Student's use of mice in sculpture gets mixed reviews  Associated Press  GAINESVILLE — A work or art or animal cruelty?  That is the question confronting University of Florida police officers as they investigate a sculpture by Vince Gothard, an art student, who dipped mice into orange polyester resin and cut the resin into 50 two-inch pieces.  Gothard said his sculpture conveys the process of struggle throughout life. 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Chretien was walking through a crowd of people after a ceremony on Flag Day in Hull, Quebec, when Clennett confronted him and was pushed away before being pinned to the ground by police security officers.  If the results from all provinces are combined, 51 percent approve and 45 percent disapprove of what the prime minister did, the poll indicates.  Immigrants healthier than native Canadians  OTTAWA — Canada may not be the healthful haven some imagine.  Statistics Canada says recent immigrants report fewer chronic health problems than people born here.  But as the length of residency in Canada increases, so does the incidence of sore joints, allergies and hypertension.  The difference is especially marked for recent immigrants from non-European regions, who now account for most of the immigration flow.  About 11 percent of such immigrants reported problems with their joints compared with 24.5 percent of Canadian-born people, says the study.  For immigrants who had been in Canada a decade or longer, the rate was 2» percent, much closer to the Canadian average.  The rates for allergies were 11.2 percent for recent non-European immigrants compared with 19.5 percent for Canadian-born people. For immigrants who had been in the country more than 10 years, the rate was 20 percent.  Soldiers get babysitter after hazing  CANADIAN FORCES BASE GAGETOWN, New Brunswick — Rookie soldiers at Canada's largest army base are spending their nights under the watchful eye of a barracks babysitter in the wake of a hazing prank.  "We have someone in there to keep an eye on them," Lt. Col. John McEachern said Monday after receiving a military police report into the March 16 hazing.  The military report concluded last month's incident — in which two soldiers dropped their pants and positioned their buttocks over another man's face — wasn't serious enough to cause anyone to be kicked out. McEachern doesn't want such actions repeated. He said the young soldiers should learn by the end of this week what type of punishment the military intends to mete out.  Prison advocate want senior officials out  OTTAWA — Advocates for women prisoners are hoping there will be a voluntary purge of top-level corrections officials after a judge slammed the system's "deplorable, defensive culture."  The head of the Correctional Service resigned Monday immediately following the report into a series of events two years ago at Kingston's Prison for Women.  Kim Pate of the Elizabeth Fry Society is hoping other officials do the same.  "We don't presume to know who all was involved in these decisions, but certainly we expect those that were ... will take a responsible action," she said.  A spokeswoman for the union representing guards said her members did exactly what they were trained to do.  Judge Louise Arbour's report contains a scorching condemnation of the protective culture she said prevailed within the correctional system.  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