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August 22, 2002

DCF head warms to faith groups
The new child welfare secretary supported a character program with ties to a fundamentalist preacher.

Victims' kin: Keep death penalty
High court arguments to ditch death verdicts are met with pained outcries from murder victims' relatives.

10 years later, Hurricane Andrew gains strength
MIAMI -- Scientists now think Hurricane Andrew's winds were at least 10 mph faster than previously thought, making it the third Category 5 storm to hit the United States in recorded history.

WWI Army aviator John T. Potts dies at 106
John T. Potts, believed to be the last surviving Army aviator of World War I, died Saturday (Aug. 17, 2002) at Bay Village in Sarasota. He was 106.

Undercover officer's name can be revealed
A judge rules that a newspaper can identify a Polk County deputy who shot and killed a suspect.

Drug smuggler says pressure from F. Lee Bailey led to plea
GAINESVILLE -- A convicted drug smuggler should be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea because his attorney, F. Lee Bailey, misled him and was more interested in his fortune than in representing him, defense attorneys said Wednesday.

DCF chief: 'I'm here to stay'
The new secretary answers his critics and vows to find missing children and run an open agency.

Ruling says sperm donors can't claim parental rights
SARASOTA -- An appeals court has ruled that a man who donated his sperm and fathered twin boys has no parental right to visit or contact the children.

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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