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December 24, 2002

State targets rise in drug scams
As Gov. Bush calls for a grand jury to investigate drug counterfeiting in Florida, an FDLE agent says arrests are near.

State to vaccinate against smallpox
Health workers will be the first to be offered the vaccine late next month. The public would have its chance in 2004.

Bush allies fill education board slots
Members of other panels and Republican fundraisers are among those who are appointed to oversee the state's universities.

Graham ponders run for president
Experts say the Florida senator could be a formidable alternative in a crowded race.

Jailed cop accused of murder plot
MIAMI -- A former Miami-Dade police officer awaiting trial on sexual assault charges was charged Monday with trying to hire someone to kill two key witnesses.

Officer kills suspect in struggle
JACKSONVILLE -- A police officer shot and killed a suspect after the two struggled following a foot chase, officials said.

Cocoa Beach is vanguard of slow-growth movement
The city is unique in its determination to stick to growth limits when challenged with lawsuits.

Around the state
Illnesses temporarily halt cruise ship kids program

Famed Miami judge 'Maximum' Morphonios dies
Ellen Morphonios, who prosecuted rock 'n' roll legend Jim Morrison, was 73. Respected by colleagues and criminals alike, she earned her nickname by sentencing rapists and robbers to 1,000 years or more.

Orlando's voters to choose new mayor on Feb. 4
Glenda Hood is resigning to become secretary of state. So far, five candidates are interested in running.

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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