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

September 21, 2002

Steve Bousquet
Democrats must look for pay dirt in Palatka
It was an unlikely setting for a civics lesson.

Top stories
Alex Sink releases her tax returns
The wife of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride relents after her husband wins his party's nomination.

No terror, no bombs -- they even paid tolls
Three Arab-Americans originally suspected of being terrorists are now cleared of everything, even a $126 toll offense.

Sales tax item is off ballot
The state's high court upheld a lower court's ruling that the ballot language was misleading.

Suspect: I helped steal moon rocks
TAMPA -- One of the four suspects in the case of the stolen moon rocks has agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with prosecutors.

Deal ends suit alleging anti-Hispanic bias at INS
An agent said a photo of Elian Gonzalez bearing the words "Kick me" was taped to a box in the Miami district office.

Dangerous spider appears in Florida
The state established a new Web site about venomous spiders after one of the world's most toxic species was discovered at a Central Florida home recently.

Around the state
Public schools chancellor hunt down to two finalists

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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