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Girl with hiccups returning to 'Today'

Published February 19, 2007


Jennifer Mee, a 15-year-old from St. Petersburg, still has the hiccups.

The Northeast High School student appeared on NBC-TV's Today last week with her mother and a gastroenterologist, and she will be on the show again this morning, network personnel said Sunday.

Jennifer was in science class when she started to hiccup on Jan. 23. After learning of her condition, thousands of people from around the world have sent suggested remedies to the St. Petersburg Times and other media in the past few days.

The family now has some ideas about possible causes and hopes for treatment, said Rachel Robidoux, Jennifer's mother, who also expressed gratitude for the outpouring of advice.

"It has been overwhelming," Robidoux said, "but if it means a stop to her hiccups, it's all been worth it."

Weather should warm up this week

The worst is probably over for now. The freeze warning in effect for much of the region this morning is past and the weather is expected warm up, said Tom Dougherty, forecaster with National Weather Service in Ruskin. The freeze warning affected Citrus, Hernando and portions of Hillsborough, Pasco and Manatee counties.

Today should warm up to 65 degrees and dip again at night to the 40s, Dougherty said. Temperatures are due to rise through the week, but Dougherty said another freeze or two is possible before the season ends.

Farmers around the state said over the weekend that oranges and strawberries weathered the cold so far with only minor damage. But bean and corn growers in South Florida said their losses already are significant.

[Last modified February 19, 2007, 01:02:16]

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