Holocaust survivors will point an accusing finger at a Nazi death camp commandant Tuesday when a German court takes their testimony in preparation for his war crimes trial. Now 79, Josef Schwammberger was an SS lieutenant who commanded camps in Poland, where thousands of inmates, mostly Jews, were interned and died during World War II. He hid in Argentina for 40 years but was found and imprisoned in Stuttgart, Germany. His trial there, scheduled for this summer, could be the last major Nazi war crimes hearing of its type, as time takes its toll on victims and suspects alike. A statement from German prosecutors said Schwammberger is suspected of killing at least 50 Jewish inmates and assisting in the murders of at least 3,377 others from 1941 to 1944. Stanley and Lusia Igel of Largo are among only 105 survivors out of 28,000 Jews who lived in the Polish ghetto and labor camp of Przemysl when Schwammberger took command.Judge bans cable marketing tool
FORT LAUDERDALE _ A Florida judge on Saturday temporarily banned a cable company's marketing strategy that would have charged customers for a movie channel they never requested. The marketing tool would have required thousands of consumers in the state to cancel the "Encore" channel or get charged $1 to $4.95 a month beginning in July. Broward Circuit Judge Lavon Ward acknowledged that stopping the marketing plan would be costly to the cable company, but said the "negative option" technique violates state fair trade laws and was inherently unfair. The marketing plan targeted more than 200,000 customers of Storer Cable TV of Florida in Broward, Dade and Seminole counties. TCI Cablevision owns Storer and serves upper Pinellas and Pasco counties.
in cattle fraud
JACKSON, Miss. _ A Jackson man has been sentenced on charges he sold thousands of dollars worth of nonexistent cattle to Florida families. Oscar E. Taylor, 68, was ordered Friday to repay the money and to serve five years in prison. Taylor pleaded guilty April 16 to charges of wire fraud and interstate transportation of fraudulently obtained money. Stanley Olsen, 62, a retired motel owner who lives in South Pasadena, said he bought into what sounded like a good investment in a cattle- breeding venture after a neighbor introduced him to Taylor in 1985. Olsen said he and his family invested $75,000. He said he didn't ask to see the herd. He learned too late that he had bought bogus pieces of paper but not a hide or a hoof.