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The signs: Increased business at rehab centers. Those Ski-related personal ads. A big spike in death rates. The trend began to reveal itself about five years ago — in centrifuges and under microscopes — at the University of Florida’s Forensic Toxicology Laboratory. Each year, the lab assists seven Florida medical examiners’ offices with about 3,000 cases, helping to identify toxic substances in bodies as medical examiners perform autopsies. Dr. Bruce Goldberger, the UF toxicologist who runs the lab, says he began to notice a “significant increase” in the number of cases in which cocaine either caused the death or was present in the blood stream. When he and his colleagues looked at data collected by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement from all 24 of the state’s medical examiners, they found that cocaine-related deaths had been rising all over Florida — from 1,034 in 2000 to 2,052 in 2006. The raw numbers also translated into a statistical spike in the cocaine-related death rate, from 6.4 deaths per 100,000 people in 2001 to 11.2 in 2005.
ST. PETERSBURG – Bailiffs shot and killed a man who had recently returned from an Air Force deployment after authorities say he opened fire in the lobby of a downtown courthouse Wednesday afternoon.Glen Lee Powell, 30, entered the courthouse shortly after 1 p.m. and approached a security checkpoint wearing a backpack. A deputy ordered him to remove the backpack and place it on a conveyer belt, but he instead threw it on the ground and opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun in the lobby in front of at least four others, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Bordner said.Deputies B.J. Lyons and Deputy Marvin Glover returned fire, seriously wounding Powell, who later died at a St. Petersburg hospital. Lyons, a 58-year-old firearms instructor, was treated at a hospital for a shoulder wound and released later that day. No one else was injured, Bordner said.A representative speaking for Powell’s family said he was returning divorce papers due at the courthouse Wednesday. Full Story: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/sfl-0507bailiffshooting,0,4744266.story
From deli meats to video rentals, the family store on St. Marks’ main drag has it all; its selection of used paperbacks even serves as the town’s public library. It’s part of a way of life many here want to preserve. “We all love St. Marks just the way it is,” said Joy Brown, Bo Lynn’s owner for the past 43 years. “We really don’t want another Miami. … We’re not ready for it, and we don’t want it.” But time is catching up with the town 20 miles south of Tallahassee. A group of citizens is planning to restart the town’s economy following a decade of hardships. Their proposal calls for a conference center and a waterfront plaza that could include the site of the shuttered Posey’s Oyster Bar. Click Here for Full Story: http://tallahassee.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080506/NEWS01/805060327&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL Take a look at the website, there is a photo gallery and a video about the Confrence Center
PLANTATION – Jeremy Thomas, a 16-year-old from Coral Springs, was busted for underage smoking at the mall a few months ago.On Friday, Broward County Court Judge Steven Shutter ruled those few puffs would cost Thomas 7 1/2 hours of community service or a $53 fine or a pint of blood.Without hesitation, he walked to a van outside the West Regional Courthouse in Plantation and prepared to be stuck with a needle.”I didn’t want to pay the fine,” Thomas said. Defendants who appear before Shutter can lop off as much as $75 from their fines or receive credit for community service if they donate blood. The option is available to traffic offenders whose violations range from expired vehicle tags to unintentionally killing someone in a car accident. Also eligible are some defendants charged with criminal misdemeanors and alcohol violations. Click here for full story: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flbblood0503sbmay04,0,4487754.story