People 04/14/03

Monday, April 14, 2003

Prison time benefits baseball's Strawberry

NEW YORK -- Former baseball star Darryl Strawberry, who was released from prison last week, says serving time made all the difference in his battle with substance abuse.

"Being incarcerated is a whole different world compared to being free," he told the New York Post. "When you ride up to the prison and you know you're going behind the gate, it's a whole different feeling inside."

The eight-time All-Star was released from Gainesville Correctional Institution in Florida last week after serving 11 months of an 18-month prison sentence for violating probation on cocaine possession charges.

Strawberry said his prison time had a greater effect on him than his stays in rehabilitation centers, the Post reported Sunday.

"I needed to be incarcerated," he said. "I wouldn't wish it on anybody, but certain people have to go through certain channels to be able to come to grips with themselves -- and that was me."

F. Lee Bailey loses bar reinstatement bid

BOSTON -- Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey's storied legal career has been brought to an end, for the near future at least.

In an unanimous decision, the Supreme Judicial Court on Friday upheld a decision to disbar Bailey, rejecting his argument he was entitled to spend the appreciation on about $6 million in stock he was holding for his client. The state's highest court ruled Bailey deliberately broke ethical rules.

"That Bailey has had a long and highly successful career ... does not mitigate these multiple violations," Justice Martha Sosman wrote for the court. "Our standards of ethical practice apply to all attorneys, whether they are well known for their victories in high profile cases or whether they practice law in quiet obscurity."

Bailey gained fame over his 41-year legal career for representing clients including O.J. Simpson, Patty Hearst, and Albert DeSalvo, the man convicted in the Boston Strangler cases.

Bailey was disbarred in Florida in November 2001. A single justice of Massachusetts' highest court then revoked his license to practice law in Massachusetts in March 2002.

Bailey, 69, can petition for reinstatement to the Massachusetts bar in 2010 and the Florida bar in 2006, but Foye said Bailey would likely consider that later.

"I think for the time being, it does mark the end of the road," Foye said.

'Trading Spaces' VIP Yip gets grip on fan questions

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hundreds who flocked to see "Trading Spaces" interior designer Vern Yip seemed more interested in trading secrets than hearing design tips.

Yip is one of six designers on the Learning Channel's hit show in which two neighbors revamp a room in each other's house with expert help. During appearances Saturday at the Southern Ideal Home Show, Yip fed fans' curiosity.

"Why's (show host) Paige Davis so crabby?" he was asked.

His answer: "You think she's crabby? Paige is exceptional and she is very, very sweet and kind off-camera."

He also fielded questions about what happened to Alex McLeod, a former host who left the show and later hosted Joe Millionaire. "It just didn't work out at the end of season one," Yip said. "She was heading into Joe Millionaire territory and we just weren't going in that direction."

When he's not on the show, Yip runs his own Atlanta-based interior design and architecture firm, which caters to big spenders.

He was named Southeast Designer of the Year in 2000 and 2001, an honor that got him noticed by the Learning Channel in 2000 and won him a role on the show.

-- From wire reports

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