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Dateline Florida

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 19, 2007


Remembering his roots

Cameron Sokolik, 16, gave Tampa's Lockhart Elementary $21, 000 Friday. The money will allow 14 kids to go to the world finals of a problem-solving competition called Odyssey of the Mind. Without the money, the students could never make the Wednesday trip to Michigan. Sokolik, who once competed in Odyssey of the Mind, knew its importance. So how did the King High junior come up with $21, 000? In seventh grade, Sokolik won a Nestle award for charitable kids. When Sokolik heard about the Lockhart students, he sent an e-mail to Nestle. Within minutes, Sokolik had $16, 000. The other $5, 000 came from Devil Rays owner Stuart Sternberg, who was approached by Rays president Matt Silverman. Silverman is the cousin of Sokolik's mom.

SASHA LOVES HER NEW MOM

On the one-year anniversary of her arrival at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, Sasha, an 18-month-old orphaned chimpanzee has found a new home and a new mom. Sasha is thriving under the watchful eye of surrogate mom Rukiya, right. Sasha came from the Montgomery Zoo where her birth mother had been unable to care for her.

A job no one wants?

So, what if they advertised for a new U.S. attorney and no one wanted to apply? Blame it on the shakeup at the Justice Department or that there's just over one year left in the Bush administration. But only one person has stepped forward to fill the vacancy Paul Perez created when he resigned as U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida in March. The search committee has extended the deadline to June 15.