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Dateline Florida

By TIMES WIRES
Published April 11, 2007


DIAPERED ASTRONAUT DRAMA GETS A NEW DOSE OF WEIRDNESS

The case of the astronaut who police say wore diapers in her dash from Houston to Orlando just got stranger. Police found British currency, pills and a computer disc containing bondage photos in Lisa Nowak's car after her arrest, documents released Tuesday show. The disk contained 15 images of a woman, sometimes nude. Nearly all depict bondage scenes. It was unclear if the woman was Nowak, who was charged with attempted kidnapping and burglary with assault in February after, police say, she confronted Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman. Authorities said Nowak had an affair with Shipman's boyfriend, astronaut Bill Oefelein. She pleaded not guilty.

Uh, okay, maybe he didn't quit after all

Florida Atlantic University's chief fundraiser, who was paid $577,950 in severance after he supposedly quit a year into a six-year contract, actually was fired, admits President Frank Brogan. Brogan said he and Davenport held "some significant differences in our leadership philosophies," among other things, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Davenport's contract stated that he would receive two years' pay if he was fired, but nothing if he quit. Brogan had said Davenport, whose annual salary was $255,460, resigned to pursue a job as a university president. The state Auditor General is investigating.

Governor looks at a pardon for Jim Morrison

Gov. Charlie Crist is being asked to pardon the late Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, 38 years after he was convicted of exposing himself during a concert in Miami. Dave Diamond, a cable TV producer from Dayton, Ohio, wrote to Crist last month asking for the pardon. Crist is an alumnus of Florida State, which Morrison attended. "Well, given that fact, I'm certainly willing to review it," said Crist. Morrison was accused days after a concert in Coconut Grove with exposing himself and simulating a sex act. He denied it but was convicted.

Florida Atlantic University's chief fundraiser, who was paid $577,950 in severance after he supposedly quit a year into a six-year contract, actually was fired, admits President Frank Brogan. Brogan said he and Davenport held "some significant differences in our leadership philosophies," among other things, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Davenport's contract stated that he would receive two years' pay if he was fired, but nothing if he quit. Brogan had said Davenport, whose annual salary was $255,460, resigned to pursue a job as a university president. The state Auditor General is investigating.