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Dateline Florida

By TIMES WIRES
Published January 26, 2007


Man loses appeal to get back posters the Nazis stole

A Sarasota man appealed to a German panel Thursday to return a valuable collection of rare posters the Nazis stole from his Jewish father. Peter Sachs was a year old in 1938 when the 12,500 posters were seized and his family fled to the United States. But the panel said no, citing $50,000 in compensation paid to his father in the 1960s. "I am inexpressibly saddened by the recommendation made today by the Limbach Commission," said Sachs, 69. His father accepted the payment when he thought the collection was gone, Sachs said. The German Historical Museum in Berlin holds what remains: some 4,300 posters valued between $10-million and $50-million.

Remember winter? It comes back today

Today is expected to be the coldest of this unusually warm winter, but not cold enough for the National Weather Service to issue freeze warnings. Still, farmers will likely keep a close eye on crops as temperatures dip below freezing for several hours early today in the northern reaches of West Central Florida. Many growers say they plan to set out smokers and do extra spraying to guard against the brief cold snap. The Weather Service did issue a wind chill advisory for West Central Florida and a "Red Flag Warning" for Citrus, Hernando, Pasco and Hillsborough counties, meaning there will be extra low humidity and an extra high fire danger.

Gasparilla, for first time, goes green

A new sight along Saturday's Gasparilla parade route in Tampa: recycling bins. Tampa wants pirates and partygoers to be kind to the parade route downtown and along Bayshore Boulevard, so it's deploying hundreds of recycling bins, recycling bags and dozens of volunteers to help out. It's the first year Gasparilla has gone "green," said Tampa recycling manager Barbara Heineken. The city is using part of a $200,000 state grant to fund the effort, and parade sponsor Budweiser is providing some bags. At last week's Children's Parade, the city collected 600 pounds of bottles and cans and six tons of cardboard.

Former Eckerd professor dies

Dr. Kenneth Keeton, who retired in 1995, also marched in Selma, Ala., wtih Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 4B