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State House brainstorms insurance

By TIMES STAFF and TIMES WIRES
Published December 5, 2006


Members of the Florida House this morning will continue a three-day conference intended to generate ideas for next month's special session on the property insurance crisis. "I think we would all agree there is no greater threat to the future of Florida's prosperity," Rep. Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach, said Monday. Speaker Marco Rubio noted that there is "no magic bullet," but said the House should emerge with a clear idea of the options. Representatives will hear from Chief Financial Officer-elect Alex Sink today, then go into smaller meetings.

Mother charged with killing son, 3

A woman who is accused of killing her 3-year-old son has offered no reason, police said Monday. Danqiong Yang, 33, is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail in a Miami-Dade detention center. Police found the boy stabbed in their apartment Sunday. Yang refused to speak to investigators, "but we do have 911 tapes where she told the operator she had stabbed the baby, and there was blood on her," said Miami-Dade County police spokeswoman Nelda Fonticiella.

Killer of 3 women sentenced to death

Eugene McWatters, who raped and strangled three women in a 10-week period in 2004, was sentenced to death Monday. Martin Circuit Judge Larry Schack also ordered three consecutive life prison terms for the rapes. McWatters' attorneys had argued that he was abused as a child and suffered from depression and drug addiction. McWatters confessed to the murders in a statement but later asserted his innocence.