Bill would push up the price of a UF education

Published February 20, 2007

TALLAHASSEE - The University of Florida would charge its undergraduate students a $500 fee for each semester they attend school to hire 300 more faculty members and academic advisers, under a bill introduced Monday in the Florida Legislature.

Gov. Charlie Crist already has come out against the idea.

"We need to reduce the faculty-to-student ratio, which is really at an all-time high compared to other great universities," said state Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-Cross Creek, the bill's sponsor.

Florida President Bernie Machen and Mark Rosenberg, chancellor of the State University System of Florida, also spoke in favor of the bill.


Two killed in airport shuttle collision

FORT LAUDERDALE - Two people died when a pair of airport shuttle buses collided head-on near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, authorities said.

Rescue crews transported eight people to Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale with conditions that ranged from serious to critical, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The crash happened around 11 p.m. Sunday.

George Pitter of Hollywood, Fla., and Jameer Fyzool of Sunrise died in the crash. Pitter, 64, was driving one of the buses. Fyzool, 71, was a passenger on the other.


SUV crosses center line, three kids die

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Three children died Monday in a crash on a Clay County bridge.

A sport utility vehicle heading west off the Shands Bridge on State Route 16, just south of Jacksonville, apparently crossed the center line, hitting two oncoming minivans and a pickup truck, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Three small children - two girls and a boy - died at the scene. Two of the children were in one of the minivans, and one child was in the SUV, authorities said. Five others - a mix of adults and children - were taken to Shands Jacksonville medical center.

Names of the dead and injured were not immediately released.