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June 30, 2001

Their time in fire towers is no more
[Times photo: Jamie Francis]
Paul Fore has spent 18 years scanning the horizon for smoke from a fire tower about 12 miles north of Ocala. He climbs 139 steps to the top and, on a clear day, he can see 30 miles.
Lucy Morgan
Florida way too private with public records
Once upon a time Florida had a real public records law, a pretty good law that allowed folks to see what the people we elect were putting down on paper.

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Judge: Care was adequate
TAMPA -- In a rare legal and public relations victory for Florida's long-controversial G. Pierce Wood state hospital, a federal judge ruled this week that the state is providing adequate care for the mentally ill patients who live there.

Racial issues keep dogging Republicans
Gov. Jeb Bush remains a frequent target of criticism as the 2002 gubernatorial election approaches.

Fla. DEP defends decision to block drilling
In a final bid to block Chevron USA from drilling for natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection contended Friday that federal agencies agree that drilling risks unacceptable harm to the state's natural resources.

Trooper climbs ranks to become new director
TALLAHASSEE -- Christopher Knight, who worked his way up from road patrolman in his hometown of Venice to regional supervisor during 20 years on the Florida Highway Patrol, became the patrol's newest director Friday.

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