imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Rush's drug use has Palm Beach in tizzy

by Tom Zucco Monday, Dec. 15, 2003 at 2:54 PM

One waitress said of Rush; "I wouldn't say much to him if he came in now," she said. "But I'd serve him... Then I'd go out there and ask him about what he said about finding the ones doing drugs and locking them up forever."

St Petersburg Times, December 14, 2003

PALM BEACH - Don Auteri leaned against his squad car and watched the stores along Worth Avenue slowly come to life. It was 9:05 Thursday morning, and the smaller shops were open. But the heavy hitters - Gucci, Chanel, Armani and Ralph Lauren - were fashionably late again.

A silver Rolls-Royce rolled silently to a stop across the street, and an elderly man with jet-black hair, two-tone black and white shoes, white shorts and a pink and white polka-dot shirt climbed out. A Yorkshire terrier was under his arm.

This, Auteri said without glancing over, is a different world.

The local Publix offers valet parking and 9.99 bottles of 1998 Montrachet Grand Cru in an oak wine case. The fire department buildings are historic sites and could easily pass for some of the -million homes. And there are enough Jaguars here to open a game preserve.

As for many of the 10,500 or so people who live here full time, they remain mostly a mystery.

"No one knows what goes on behind those 20-foot hedges," said Auteri, who has patrolled the not-so-mean streets of Palm Beach for 23 years.

More than 90 percent of the crime here involves thefts and burglaries, he said. It's as if everyone has mutually agreed that violent crime is in poor taste. "The last murder we had," Auteri said, "was about 10 years ago."

And then, on Oct. 14, this quiet little world was rocked when the face of one of Palm Beach's most notable residents was plastered on the front page of the National Enquirer.

RUSH LIMBAUGH CAUGHT IN DRUG RING

At least, say some residents of this finger of sand that covers just 3.75 acres, Limbaugh had the good sense to drive across the bridge and buy his drugs in West Palm Beach. It didn't happen here.

Still, Limbaugh, who will be 53 next month, was national news. And Palm Beach was guilty by association. Again.

In early October, Limbaugh was forced to resign from ESPN for making a comment that a black NFL quarterback was overrated because the media wanted to see him succeed. That quarterback, Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb, has since led his team to a 10-3 record.

After acknowledging he was addicted to prescription pain medication, Limbaugh completed a five-week stint in rehab - his third try - and is back on the radio, talking to about 20-million listeners a week on more than 600 stations. He has not been charged with a crime.

The penalty for illegally buying large quantities of prescription painkillers is up to five years in prison, and prosecutors promise Limbaugh will receive no special treatment.

Some people here have brushed the incident aside along with all its lurid details, like the indiscretions of a wayward uncle.

"If anybody is hooked on prescription drugs, it's an illness," said Lt. Jim Sorrentino, a 22-year veteran of the Palm Beach Fire Department. "There's a lot more shame in some of the political goings-on than in someone who is ill.

"I have sympathy for him. And I'm not a Republican."

Others are more forthcoming.

"He brought a negative attitude to Palm Beach; that's the real crime," said Shannon Donnelly, society editor for the Palm Beach Daily News. "That's the worst crime you could commit in this town."

A registered Republican who is twice divorced and married to his third wife, Limbaugh is alternately described as pompous and bombastic on the air. And it may seem as if he craves attention. He was made an honorary member of Congress by adoring conservatives in 1994. Two years earlier, President George H.W. Bush personally carried Limbaugh's bags into the White House when Limbaugh stayed in the Lincoln Bedroom.

But those who know him say he is shy and retiring off the air, a man who prefers to curl up on a sofa and watch football.

"He's not out much," Donnelly said. "He has a circle of friends he socializes with, normally at the clubs and at his home.

"I never see him in the stores."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer has a mansion here. So does Rod Stewart, Jimmy Buffett, Vic Damone, and Ivana and Donald Trump (separate residences).

But few can match the fiefdom Limbaugh has amassed on the north end of the island.

In 1996, Limbaugh and his wife, Marta, paid .7-million for a new 12,000-square-foot Michael Burrows-built oceanfront home. Two years later, he bought the oceanfront lot just to the north for .9-million, and the following year, he paid .2-million for another adjoining lot.

Five months later, he added yet another lot, this time for a mere 0,000.

Finally, in 2000, he paid .3-million for the last piece to his puzzle, a 2,700-square-foot house that just three years earlier sold for 0,000.

The five parcels have a combined appraised value of more than -million, according to the Palm Beach County property appraiser.

Limbaugh paid more than 6,000 in property taxes this year, which means he's helping to pay for his own criminal investigation.

The drug probe began when Wilma Cline, 42, Limbaugh's former housekeeper, told the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office that from 1997 to July 2001 she gave Limbaugh thousands of sandwich bags filled with painkillers in exchange for Cuban cigar boxes stuffed with cash.

She says the transactions took place in the parking lot of a Denny's restaurant and at an Amoco station. For a few weeks, both places were minor tourist attractions. People ask Denny's employees if they have found the Rush parking lot, but the restaurant workers have never seen him.

Ditto for the workers at the Amoco on Okeechobee Road.

Just as the heat of publicity began to subside, it roared back to life this month. Investigators who raided the offices of four of Limbaugh's doctors said in search warrants that the talk show host engaged in "doctor shopping" for prescription painkillers. Limbaugh was the first to break the news, denying any wrongdoing to his listeners and accusing prosecutors of going on a "fishing expedition."

For now, at least, the gates and hedges surrounding his compound keep the world at bay.

The winter social season, meanwhile, is in full swing.

Within walking distance of where Limbaugh broadcasts his show is Green's Pharmacy. "You might find him there," said Auteri, the Palm Beach police officer.

"No, really. They have a lunch counter there and sometimes he stops in."

The store, by any standards, is unremarkable. It's as if it forgot its jacket and tie.

But the coffee is hot and the bacon and eggs are affordable. Most of the customers are people who work - not live - here. Carpet installers, electricians, drywall hangers. People who are glad to be able to sit for a while.

"He has come in here, but I don't know why," said server Nanci Lane, who has worked at Green's for eight years and lives in West Palm Beach. "Not lately, though."

Both of Lane's children are grown, but she can't retire. She's got bills to pay. Besides, she loves her job. It's what she knows.

"I wouldn't say much to him if he came in now," she said. "But I'd serve him.

"No, I'd wait till he got out on the sidewalk. Then I'd go out there and ask him about what he said about finding the ones doing drugs and locking them up forever.

"I'd ask him about that."

She poured another cup of coffee for a customer at the counter.

"Sometimes, things you say might come back to haunt you.

"Maybe it's haunting him. And maybe it's not."

Report this post as:

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A26 10:37PM

TheMilitary of Yemen IN In The 1990's A26 5:42PM

The Shortwave Report 04/27/18 Listen Globally! A26 4:03PM

Federal Bank Examiner FDIC recalls year long 1999 robbery in 2017 A26 3:24PM

Doxa du lobby A25 2:03AM

Tech workers organize A24 6:24PM

Architect Stephen Francis Jones A24 3:01PM

UN Forum Wrestles with Economic Policies 10 Years After Financial Crisis Islands Call for A24 12:34PM

Xyloglossie attitudinale A23 8:07AM

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy