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September 26, 2002

Starving teen dies after bus trip to Fla.
The 62-pound boy said his parents fed him scraps and beat him, then sent him to search for his birth father.

Hundreds laid off on Bush's watch
The governor criticizes layoffs at Bill McBride's law firm, but at least 2,300 have lost state jobs since Jeb Bush took office.

GOP: McBride TV spot is illegal
Republicans contend that the union-backed ad amounts to an endorsement and violates campaign laws.

Experts: West Nile, polio are different
Public health officials are worried about confusion following a government report last week that found the West Nile virus had caused poliolike paralysis in a handful of patients.

Bush touts plan for teacher certification
The governor's latest education plan, to increase the number of board-certified teachers, would cost $160-million.

Protesters who put up tents in FSU walkway acquitted of trespassing
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State University president Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte didn't care that students had gathered outside his office to highlight their demands that he join an activist group opposing sweatshops.

Mildly retarded teen convicted in drowning of autistic child
Charged as an adult in the death of a 5-year-old boy, the teen faces up to 15 years in prison.

Around the state
Boys' trial as adults spurs advocacy group

Man charged with killing five family members
The man said he thought at least one family member had molested his young daughter, police say.

Public school chancellor candidates still sought
TALLAHASSEE -- With just two candidates remaining for the new post of chancellor of public schools, the Florida Board of Education is seeking to enlarge the field before making its choice.

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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