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Dateline Florida

Published March 7, 2007



Some e-mails can send you over the edge, even if you're an astronaut. Lisa Nowak collected more than a dozen e-mails that Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman sent to Navy Cmdr. William Oefelein, including one he got during his shuttle mission, court documents show. "First urge will be to rip your clothes off," Shipman wrote to Oefelein while he was aboard Discovery in December. "But honestly, love, I want you to totally and thoroughly enjoy your hero's homecoming." Nowak, 43, raced 900 miles in her car from Houston to Orlando on Feb. 5, wearing an adult diaper so that she wouldn't have to stop, to confront Shipman, police say. Nowak pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted kidnapping and burglary with assault. Story, 6B

Wildfire warnings are timely amid the ruin

It's wildfire season in Florida, so Charlie Bronson wants you to be extra careful about matches and such. "People are responsible for about 85 percent of all Florida wildfires," the state agriculture commissioner said in a recent wildfire alert. The wildfire threat got personal for 100 homeowners in Polk County who were forced to evacuate when a brushfire got out of control Friday. About a dozen homes, a couple of vehicles and about 75 acres burned, the Lakeland Ledger reports. Wildfire season begins in March and ends June 1 - just in time for the six-month hurricane season.

This doesn't look good for Penny tax

Gov. Charlie Crist gave Pinellas County Administrator Steve Spratt another reason to worry about the fate of the proposed 10-year extension of the so-called Penny for Pinellas. The governor isn't sure he supports it. Crist, who has made it clear he thinks local governments need to provide tax relief, was asked how he will vote in Tuesday's referendum. "I don't know yet," he said.

Iorio wins second term

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio easily won re-election to a second term Tuesday, and strip club owner Joe Redner emerged from a crowded field to force a runoff with incumbent council member Gwen Miller.

Expressway lane closed

After a piece of concrete falls, a lane of the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway is closed for repairs in Tampa.

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