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Published July 7, 2006

Bush names new head of Agency for Health Care

TALLAHASSEE - Christa Calamas was named Thursday by Gov. Jeb Bush to head the Florida Agency for Health Care.

Calamas replaces Alan Levine, recently selected as the new chief executive officer of the North Broward Hospital District.

Calamas most recently served as general counsel for the Agency for Health Care, and previously was the assistant general counsel to Bush.

The agency directs Florida's $16-billion Medicaid program and licenses and regulates more than 32,000 health care facilities and 30 health maintenance organizations.

Bodies of two boaters missing since Fourth found

PENSACOLA - Searchers have recovered the bodies of two men who disappeared after their boat capsized in Santa Rosa Sound July 4.

The bodies of Ladarell Saunders, 26, and Jerry Stewart, 44, were found Wednesday in waters off the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Three others who were on the 14-foot boat were rescued as they swam toward shore. Officials said Saunders apparently drowned trying to help Stewart after the boat sank.

Man held after incident provokes Amber Alert

WINTER HAVEN - A man was arrested on carjacking, assault and kidnapping charges after allegedly taking a former girlfriend's vehicle with her young son in the back, sparking an Amber Alert Thursday.

Diego Batista, 2, was found unharmed about four hours after the alert was issued at 5 a.m.

Capt. Vic Neal said Javier Tapia, 37, argued with the boy's mother as she gave him a ride. He told her he wanted to get back together, then pulled a gun and threatened to kill her when she refused, Neal said.

The woman stopped the car. Tapia pulled her out and drove off with the boy, Neal said.

Police tracked the two to an apartment, where Tapia was arrested.