School officials tackle question of evolution

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 18, 2007


A majority of Pinellas County School Board members thinks that if Florida children are taught evolution, they also should learn other theories on the origin of life.

Board members Jane Gallucci, Carol Cook, Peggy O'Shea and Nancy Bostock stopped short of saying that faith-based theories should be included in the state's proposed new science standards, which the state Board of Education likely will vote on in February.

At least one Hillsborough School Board member would like to see the state continue its approach of teaching "change over time" rather than specifically mentioning evolution in the new standards.

Jennifer Faliero, who represents conservative east Hillsborough, said she may discuss the issue with other board members.


Tampa man dies when pickup goes off road

A 24-year-old Tampa man was killed Sunday after the pickup truck he was driving veered off U.S. 301 and struck a power pole, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Faustino Orozco-Carares, 5534 Terrace Court, was driving north in an outside lane of U.S. 301 about 8:10 p.m. when he lost control of his Ford F-150 truck just south of Stannum Street, FHP officials said.

The impact caused the truck to roll several times. Orozco-Carares, who investigators said was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene.


Four nominated for federal judgeships

Four Tampa Bay area residents are up for appointment to the federal bench, a screening committee said Monday.

The nominees include criminal lawyer William Jung, U.S. Magistrate Mary Scriven and Hillsborough Circuit Judge Charlene Edwards-Honeywell, all of Tampa; and Sarasota civil lawyer Thomas Icard Jr.

Their names will be sent to Sens. Mel Martinez and Bill Nelson for consideration, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The vacancies are in Orlando and Tampa. Federal judges are appointed for life at annual salaries of $168,500.