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By TIMES WIRES
Published August 30, 2006


Soda takes unlikely role in fighting obesity

Soda is a big culprit in the nation's obesity epidemic, but the PepsiCo Foundation is donating $1.1-million to a University of Florida pilot program that aims to curb obesity among low-income and ethnic minority families. Researchers planned to limit the three-year project to Gainesville and Ocala, but the money will allow them to reach 600 families throughout the country. The project will create a DVD on topics such as preparing healthy ethnic foods and managing stress that can lead to overeating.

Former museum chief gets N. Carolina job

Emily Kass quit as director of the Tampa Museum of Art in April 2005 after plans for a $76-million facility collapsed and Mayor Pam Iorio expressed displeasure with her leadership. Kass, 53, now is director of the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "We were very aware of what happened in Tampa," said Carolyn Wood, the Ackland's acting director. "We all agree that she was done wrong." When she left Tampa, Kass was making $137,000 a year. Her new salary: $150,000.

South Florida has 2nd fatal dog attack

Pablo Fleites, 56, was found dead Monday night inside a dog pen occupied by two boxers. Police believe Fleites was killed after entering the pen between 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Monday. Fleites likely was attacked by a 5-year-old male, who was covered with Fleites' blood, Miami-Dade police told the Miami Herald. It was the second fatal dog mauling in South Florida in about two weeks. Broward County resident Shawna Willey, 30, was killed in Coral Springs on Aug. 18, while bathing her 120-pound presa canario.

Opponents of resort win Yankeetown vote

Forces opposing a proposed resort on the Withlacoochee River won control of the embattled Yankeetown council in a special election Tuesday that featured a turnout of 59 percent. The three candidates running under the "Citizens for Responsible Government" banner carried the day - Dawn Clary got 189 votes; Douglas Dame got 174; and Larry Feldhusen got 182. Yankeetown's municipal mess started in the winter, when residents learned officials had been quietly meeting with the resort developers. Acrimony split the town, and by midsummer three of the town's elected officials quit, paralyzing the government and prompting Gov. Jeb Bush to declare the state of emergency that led to Tuesday's vote.

CORRECTION

Cape Air, featured in a story Friday about flights between Tampa and Sarasota, also flies routes in Micronesia, among the islands of Saipan, Rota and Guam. The story neglected to mention those routes.

[Last modified August 30, 2006, 01:25:13]


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