Thursday, July 20, 2006



Harris rebuts rumors she's target of probe

By Larry Lipman
Palm Beach Post Washington Bureau
Thursday, July 20, 2006

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris spent nearly $38,000 in campaign
funds on legal fees during the past three months as federal investigators
sought information about her dealings with convicted defense contractor
Mitchell Wade.

Harris' most recent campaign financial disclosure statements show that her
legal fees to the Washington law firm Patton Boggs jumped from $1,975 during
the first quarter of this year to $37,758 during the second quarter.


GOP rivals differ on stem-cell veto

GOP gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist and Tom Gallagher disagree over
whether President Bush should have vetoed a bill to increase federal funding
for embryonic stem-cell research.


TALLAHASSEE - The two main Republican candidates for governor sharply
diverged Wednesday on the emotionally charged issue of stem-cell research, a
move that comes at a time both candidates claim to be the conservative heirs
to Gov. Jeb Bush.

State Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher aligned himself with President
Bush and praised the decision of the president to veto a stem-cell research
bill sent to him by the Republican-controlled Congress.

''I applaud the president for showing political courage today and following
through on a promise he made to the millions of Americans who elected him,
in part, because of his leadership on life issues,'' Gallagher said.
``Embryonic stem-cell research is an unnecessary practice which results in
the destruction of human embryos. It is wrong to use taxpayer dollars to
fund scientific research which destroys human life.''


Dollar duel splits Bush's cash cows

Florida's Republican fundraising machine has been splintered by the divisive
governor's race but backers vow to piece together another united front after
the primary.

TALLAHASSEE - The two-way split in the Republican race for Florida governor
has separated the monolithic money machine of the friends and fundraisers of
Gov. Jeb Bush, effectively dividing the fundraising base that served the
governor and the president for years.

Florida's big-name donors, whom President Bush named his Rangers and
Pioneers because they collected $100,000 or more in his campaigns, have
lined up against one another as Attorney General Charlie Crist and Chief
Financial Tom Gallagher battle it out in the Republican primary.


Fort Lauderdale may yet get to see controversial show with preserved bodies

By Emma Trelles

July 19, 2006

The provocative museum show that has outraged Fort Lauderdale civic leaders
and mesmerized Tampa viewers might yet make its way to South Florida.

"Bodies ... The Exhibition" -- which proffers 20 human cadavers and 260
internal organs and specimens -- could arrive at the Museum of Discovery and
Science in Fort Lauderdale.

"There are three distributors of the `Bodies'-type exhibit out there, and we
are in discussions with one of them," said Marlene Janetos, museum vice
president of communications and marketing. Museum President Kim Cavendish
added that while negotiations were near conclusion, nothing had been decided
upon: "I think there are some serious ethical concerns with the provenance
of the bodies and those have not been resolved to my satisfaction."