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Review the Times' day-by-day coverage of the 2002 Florida Legislature

August 8, 2002

Prodigal pup's return has family rejoicing
A beloved dog disappeared six years ago. But thanks to a microchip, she is reunited with her Panama City owners.

Panel downplays arsenic-treated wood
The conclusion, reached by six doctors, contradicts an expert who says treated play sets pose a danger to children.

Governor rolls into Chiefland to lend an ear; residents bend it
Levy County loves the governor, but that doesn't stop residents from rising early to speak their mind.

Bush endorsements rile primary opponents
In a break from tradition, the governor gives early support to some incumbent state legislators.

Daytona weary of baring carousers
DAYTONA BEACH -- City fathers are considering cracking down on spring breakers and bikers who flash their breasts or wear skimpy bikinis.

Lawsuit: Death row inmates suffering in hot cells
JACKSONVILLE -- Florida death row inmates say temperatures that routinely top 100 degrees in their cells force them to stand in toilets, drape themselves in wet towels and sleep naked on concrete floors.

Women fight law requiring them to publish sexual past
A new law forces some women giving up babies for adoption to publish conception details as a notice to the fathers.

Around the State
Another boater waylaid by leaping sturgeon

Indictments break up prostitution circuit
MIAMI -- "The Circuit" had something for everyone in the market for a high-priced prostitute, federal prosecutors say.

From AP's Florida news wire
  • Hurricane Jeanne appears on track to hit Florida's east coast
  • Rumor mill working overtime after Florida hurricanes
  • Developments associated with Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne
  • Four killed in Panhandle plane crash were on Ivan charity mission
  • Hurricane Frances caused estimated $4.4 billion in insured damage
  • Disabled want more handicapped-accessible voting machines
  • USF forces administrators to resign over test score changes
  • Man's death at Universal Studios ruled accidental
  • State child welfare workers in Miami fail to do background checks
  • Hurricane Jeanne heads toward southeast U.S. coast
  • Hurricane Jeanne spurs more anxiety for storm-weary Floridians
  • Mistrial declared in case where teen was target of racial "joke"
  • Panhandle utility wants sewer plant moved to higher ground
  • State employee arrested on theft, bribery charges
  • Homestead house fire kills four children, one adult
  • Pierson leader tries to cut off relief to local fern cutters
  • Florida's high court rules Terri's law unconstitutional
  • Jacksonville students punished for putting stripper pole in dorm
  • FEMA handling nearly 600,000 applications for help
  • Man who killed wife, niece, self also killed mother in 1971
  • Producer sues city over lead ball fired by Miami police
  • Tourism suffers across Florida after pummeling by hurricanes
  • Key dates in the life of Terri Schiavo
  • An excerpt from the unanimous ruling in the Schiavo case
  • Four confirmed dead after small plane crash in Panhandle
  • Correction: Disney-Cruise Line story

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