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Dateline Florida

By TIMES WIRES
Published June 9, 2007


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HE GREW, BUT HE'S STILL CUTE, STILL THE TINIEST

Dancer, the itsy-bitsy chihuahua from Leesburg, has grown, but he is still a petite fellow. The rust-colored pooch measured 5 inches in height Friday, his first birthday. That makes him smaller than the world's last smallest dog, which according to officials with the Guinness World Records, stood 5.4 inches high. The measurement paves the way for Dancer to take over the title of world's smallest living dog. He couldn't officially lay claim to the title until he was a year old. In April, when the Orlando Sentinel first told the story of the diminutive dog, Dancer measured 4.1 inches.

Solider gets leave to donate his kidney

A soldier was granted leave from the Army on Thursday to head to Florida to donate a kidney to his mother. Army Spc. Frank Chapman, 27, is a match to his mother, Patricia Chapman, 54, of Dunnellon, who has kidney disease and is on dialysis. They are scheduled for transplant surgery Wednesday in Dunnellon. "There's a lot of stress lifted off my chest at this moment in time, because for a minute there I thought I was going to have to go AWOL, " said Chapman.

HGTV focuses on Bradenton home

Home and Garden Television is featuring the Bradenton weekend home of Tampa lawyer Stacy Frank on its series National Open House. Monday's 10:30 p.m. show compares home prices across the country. The network selected Frank's house based on a reference from Hillsborough County Judge Margaret Courtney, whose nursery was shown on another program. Frank lives in Tampa and is the daughter of Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank.

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