Dateline Florida

Published March 14, 2007

Lawyer escapes encounter with shark in 1 piece

Adam McMichael was having a pretty good Sunday surfing off Hutchinson Island. Then a shark tried to bite off his right arm, the Palm Beach Post reports. The 29-year-old Palm Beach County prosecutor was with his wife, Amber, at Tiger Shores Beach. At one point, he felt something sink its teeth into his right arm. He punched the shark until it let him go. Surgeons delivered good news: He'll lose some sensation on the back of his right hand but that's about it.

Schiavo's brother remembers an ally

Bobby Schindler, the brother of the late Terri Schiavo, has endorsed U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., for president and criticized Mitt Romney for saying he disagreed with the government intervening in the Schiavo case. "Mitt Romney's alleged pro-life conversion evidently does not to apply to all human life," Schindler said of the former Massachusetts governor's comments during Political Connections on Bay News 9. "My family will never forget Sam Brownback's valiant efforts to save my sister's life."

Teacher bares it, but nobody's grinning

A part-time high school music teacher in Charlotte County has run afoul of the school district because he's baring his bottom in a community theater production of The Full Monty. Jason Brenner, 28, said Tuesday that he refused to quit the show at the Venice Little Theatre despite an administrator giving him an ultimatum last week: drop the naked scene or quit his job at Lemon Bay High School. He is on paid leave pending a meeting Thursday. "For me, it's the principle of the thing, because I'm not letting anybody stifle my art," Brenner said.