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October 23, 2002

Challenge of embargo not a sure loss
A Cuban-American candidate is doing just that in South Florida.

Bush's poise holds off McBride's final charge
ORLANDO -- For 18 months Bill McBride has been pining to debate Jeb Bush one-on-one. Over and over, the first-time candidate predicted he would win the comparison between a governor born of privilege and the folksy ex-Marine vowing to fix Florida schools.

Candidates abandon cordiality
Gov. Jeb Bush says Bill McBride is fuzzy on details. McBride says Bush will say anything to win re-election.

Leaving the bully pulpit
At his last Cabinet meeting, the attorney general hears praise from the causes he championed.

DCF workers still hospitalized after Palm Bay office cleared
PALM BAY -- Three workers remained hospitalized Tuesday, a day after they were evacuated from a state office along with dozens of colleagues and treated for breathing problems.

Lee sheriff bans new hires who smoke
FORT MYERS -- Tobacco users need not apply for vacancies in the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Around the state
Man recovering from alligator bite to foot

McBride ad attempts to parry Bush attack
In hopes of dulling the edge of a scathing Republican ad suggesting his spending ideas could require an income tax, Bill McBride has launched a new TV spot accusing Gov. Jeb Bush of using "scare tactics and fake numbers" against him.

Class size measure's foes air TV ad
Opponents paint a scary picture of schools if Amendment 9 is successful at the polls.

Author to speak on student testing
Former teacher Alfie Kohn, an outspoken critic of the focus on grades and test scores, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Sudakoff Center at the University of South Florida's New College in Sarasota.

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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