Nuclear power plant nearly back on line

By Times Wires
Published February 27, 2007

CRYSTAL RIVER - Officials at the nuclear plant at Progress Energy's Crystal River complex Monday were bringing the unit back toward full power after a problem developed last week.

The plant had reduced power Feb. 18 to complete some scheduled maintenance to circulating water pumps, according to utility spokeswoman Carla Groleau. On Wednesday, a circuit card failed and caused the unit to go off line.

Utility workers installed a new circuit card and began to bring the plant back on line. It was nearing 100 percent power by late Monday afternoon.


Builder sued again for botched school project

INVERNESS - Builder R.E. Graham, whose botched construction job at Homosassa Elementary School forced the school district to completely revamp its construction process, is facing yet another lawsuit over the project.

Subcontractor Midstate Glass of Citrus County is seeking to collect nearly $20,500 in unpaid costs.

According to the complaint, Midstate notified Graham of the unpaid amount and he did not object. But Graham moved and left no forwarding address and has not paid the balance of the subcontractor's bill.

The lawsuit is one of nine Graham has faced for failing to settle with his subcontractors and suppliers on the elementary school and a county project: the construction of the environmental health building and agricultural extension service office beside the county's Lecanto Government Building.

Graham walked off both projects, leaving them undone.


Judge says Couey may continue coloring

MIAMI - Potential jurors in the trial of Jessica Lunsford's accused killer addressed serious questions Monday about the death penalty, but the man in the hot seat didn't even notice.

John Couey spent most of the day in court coloring - as he has for the last two weeks - after Circuit Judge Ric Howard thwarted attempts by prosecutors to get him to stop.

Prosecutors argued that the behavior unfairly tainted potential jurors who will weigh his mental competency.

The process of exploring potential jurors' moral, religious or personal views on capital punishment will continue today . Fifteen people from the pool of 71 were excused Monday.

The judge hopes to seat a jury by Wednesday morning and possibly begin opening statements the same day.


City to scrap plans for pedestrian bridge

CLEARWATER - City leaders will nix plans to build a pedestrian bridge over a beach road, a move designed to save roughly $2-million.

The walkway, which would have been more than 20 feet tall, was to stretch from the parking garage of the Aqualea resort project on S Gulfview Boulevard and onto the beach.

When initial development plans were proposed years ago, the city wanted the bridge to provide a "safe access route" to the parking garage, said Assistant City Manager Garry Brumback. But the project has since changed hands, and the garage reconfigured so that the bridge was no longer needed, Brumback said.