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February 8, 2003

Lucy Morgan: Democrats, be careful what you ask for
We've all been playing the speculation game about our next lieutenant governor.

Shuttle Disaster: A goodbye to their bird
More than 5,000 of those who helped design and build Columbia gather to mourn its crew.

Professor will write Corleone sequel
TALLAHASSEE -- A Tallahassee author has gotten an offer he can't refuse: A chance to write a sequel to The Godfather, the 1969 bestseller that sold 20-million copies and made the Mafia a central part of American mythology.

Study links cancer risk, pressure-treated playsets
A government commission finds increases in some types of cancer for children who play on the wood.

Speaker spends $600,000 on PR
With a budget crisis looming, House Speaker Johnnie Byrd's staff defends the publicity costs.

Fed-up Cubans dock patrol boat in Key West
The men told authorities they were unhappy with conditions in Cuba and they wanted out.

Around the state: Carnival Cruise employee arrested on sex charge
FORT LAUDERDALE -- A Carnival Cruise Line employee was held without bail Friday on charges he raped a passenger aboard the Legend as it neared Port Everglades.

W.D. Childers' bribery trial to be moved
SHALIMAR -- A judge on Friday decided to move the bribery and money laundering trial of suspended Escambia County Commissioner W.D. Childers from Pensacola.

Priest, 80, suspended over '50s sex charges
PALM BEACH GARDENS -- The Diocese of Palm Beach suspended an 80-year-old priest this week, decades after the Boston Archdiocese learned of allegations that he had sex with teenage girls.

FAU plan for Brogan: $290,000 salary, perks
BOCA RATON -- Florida Atlantic University has proposed a salary for incoming president Frank Brogan that would rank him third among the state's 11 public university presidents.

Partner threatened to shoot kidnap victim, suspect says
MIAMI -- A kidnapping suspect told police he got in over his head with a stranger who he said threatened to shoot a postal worker at the beginning of a televised chase and standoff.

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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