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October 10, 2002

Cryptic words, then she dies
Families of seven victims take comfort in Aileen Wuornos' execution, but some others remain convinced she was insane and should not have died.

Running mates debate likely a clash of wit
Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan and state Sen. Tom Rossin's debate tonight may prove livelier than Bush/McBride.

Bush leads McBride in TV time
The governor's fundraising advantage is spilling over to the tube. In the local market, he has spent five times more than McBride.

Political Junkie: County Web site's votehart link takes Hart by surprise
Until Wednesday, a person would have typed www.votehart.com on the computer and the Hillsborough County Web site biography of Commissioner Chris Hart would have popped up.

Film pairs teen pop culture with a sobering message
PINECREST -- Helen Marie Witty, 16, strapped on her inline skates one evening in June 2000 and told her parents she'd be right back. She was struck and killed by a drunken driver shortly after.

Around the state
Legislator charged with prescription drug fraud

Supreme Court considers grandparents' rights case
At issue is a trial judge's decision to let the grandparents intervene in another couple's adoption of a toddler.

Lawyer: Noose wasn't racist symbol
It was tied to show how to catch a gator, insists a utility's lawyer, denying a charge by a black worker who found the knot.

Law limiting damage suits upheld on appeal
Opponents say they will take their fight to the state Supreme Court.

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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