Education leader joins a rank of blacks

Published January 27, 2007

John Winn, the retiring Florida education commissioner, got quite the compliment this week from T. Willard Fair, chairman of the Board of Education. At a board meeting in Tallahassee, Fair, who is black, likened Winn, who is white, to Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and black power activist Angela Davis. Winn is "radical," said Fair, who heads the Urban League of Greater Miami. "I never saw him cave when there was controversy." Winn is pretty much the Wizard of Oz behind high-stakes use of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Fair told fellow board members that he has a "black wall" at home featuring photos of King, Malcolm X and other black leaders. Winn will be the wall's first white member.

Ice will melt anyway - why not water with it?

The state has found some takers for the 9-million pounds of ice leftover from last year's mild hurricane season. Ice-laden trucks have gone to seven places so far, including a fire department near Orlando, a Hispanic festival in Miami and a Catholic school in Hollywood. Now Tamarac, a city in Broward County, wants 40,000 pounds to water plants, bushes and grass on 1.7 acres. "We have no problems with the usage," said state emergency management spokesman Mike Stone. "It is the ultimate recycling project."

Poor dog: First starvation, now parasite

Pilgrim, the pit bullterrier that Hillsborough Animal Services found nearly starved to death Thanksgiving, might have to wait another month for a new home. The dog has heartworms, said Scott Daly, director of operations for Pet Pal Rescue. Animal Services discovered the condition shortly after his rescue, but he was initially too weak for treatment, spokeswoman Marti Ryan said. Pet Pals is asking for donations to offset the $600 to $800 cost; call (727) 328-7738.


Several founding faculty members of Eckerd College are living. A story Friday about the death of Eckerd professor Kenneth Keeton was incorrect on that point. For more, see Page 3B.