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Published August 27, 2006

UCF president hospitalized again with heart trouble

ORLANDO - The president of the University of Central Florida has been hospitalized for the second time in approximately two months with heart trouble, officials said.

John Hitt, 65, was hospitalized Friday, and doctors implanted two stents in his heart's arteries. His hospitalization comes just days after the Burnham Institute for Medical Research announced it would open a facility in Orlando, an agreement Hitt was instrumental in. The center is expected to bring up to 300 jobs to the area over the next decade.

Hitt called his doctor Friday morning after experiencing some "mild discomfort," university spokeswoman Linda Gray told the Orlando Sentinel. He was in stable condition after the procedure to implant the stents, and doctors expect to release him Saturday, the paper reported.

Hitt was rushed to the hospital after suffering a heart attack June 24 while riding his bicycle. At the time, doctors cleared a blocked artery and inserted three stents.

Hitt has been president of the university since 1992. In July he received a 40 percent raise, putting his base salary at $450,000, and making him the highest paid public university president in the state.

13 dogs in mobile home lead to women's arrest

CLEARWATER - Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested two women early Saturday, accusing them of neglecting many of the dogs, cats, rodents, rabbits and iguanas who were found in their mobile home Friday.

Arrested were Cynthia D. Bhyravabhotia, 25, and Michelle A. Lee, 22. Both lived at the Southern Comfort Mobile Home Park, 24479 U.S. 19 N, No. 1028.

The two were arrested on 13 misdemeanor charges of animal confinement and abandonment. They were booked into the Pinellas County Jail on $1,950 bail, each.

After responding to a call about an open door and loose dogs Friday morning, deputies discovered 13 dogs, two cats, two rabbits, one squirrel, dozens of other rodents, one gecko and four iguanas.

Deputies said at least 15 animals were neglected.

Deputies said the women told them they were caring for the animals but may have taken in too many and "things might have gotten out of hand," according to a sheriff's office press release.

Pinellas County Animal Control took the dogs and cats and the Humane Society took the other animals.


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