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$4-million will fund two disaster plans

Published October 24, 2006



Disaster planners will use $4-million in federal money to map out preparations for two catastrophic Florida hurricane scenarios: the failure of the dike around Lake Okeechobee and the impact of a Category 5 storm in the Miami area.

David Paulison, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told reporters Monday that airborne lasers will be used to create maps around Lake Okeechobee to provide an accurate picture of where flooding might occur and how fast.

That, in turn, will be used to determine which areas to evacuate and how to provide recovery resources if a breach of the 143-mile Herbert Hoover Dike appears likely, he said. A report in May said the dike has eroded and is in imminent danger of failing in another hurricane.

Planners also will develop new evacuation and recovery plans in the event of a major hurricane striking in Miami-Dade County.


Florida Marine among four killed in Iraq

Four North Carolina-based Marines, including one from Florida, died in combat in Iraq, the Defense Department said.

Cpl. Joshua C. Watkins, 25, of Jacksonville, a member of the 2nd Division's 2nd Tank Battalion, was among the four killed Saturday in Anbar province, where many Marines based at Camp Lejeune are deployed.


Armed robber targets women with infants

Police think an armed robber picks on women with babies.

Two women with infants have been robbed separately in a mall parking lot by a man with a gun. In both cases the man threatened to harm their children, police Cmdr. David Golt said.

In the latest robbery Friday, a man approached a woman and her infant, pointed a handgun and demanded her ring. She handed it over and he calmly left.


Priest named in abuse lawsuit admits 'errors'

A Roman Catholic priest in the Cuban exile community who resigned Oct. 6 amid allegations that he sexually abused an altar boy has apologized and admitted "errors of judgment."

A letter from the Rev. Gustavo Miyares was read to parishioners at Immaculate Conception Church during Mass Sunday.

"For many years I have been deeply plagued by the events," Miyares wrote in the letter read by Felipe Estevez, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Miami. He expressed "my sincere regret and repentance for any pain brought on by errors of judgment that I have made."

The 39-year-old alleged victim was disappointed, his lawyer said. "He made an apology to his parishioners, not to the victim. ... I would hope he would admit what he did and make an apology to the victim," attorney Jeff Herman said.


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