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American-Israeli Composer
Eliana Gilad
to Make Rare Florida Appearance
at Religious Science Center

For immediate release
Ancient Sounds & Rhythms for Living Peace Workshop with Eliana Gilad from

Ft. Lauderdale, FL October 9, 2006 Eliana Gilad, an internationallyrecognized expert in the conscious use of voice and rhythm as naturalhealers, will conduct a workshop on "Ancient Sounds & Rhythms for LivingPeace" at the Religious Science Center for Spiritual Living on October 29,2006, from 2:00-5:30 pm. Everyone is welcome; no prior experience isnecessary. Suggested donation for the workshop is $35.00. Gilad will alsobe speaking and singing at Religious Science's regular Sunday services at10:00am and 11:30am.

Gilad works regularly with Arab and Jewish nationals. "While bombs exploded around me during the current war, I remained calm inside. I want to sharethis with others. We can slow down, and cultivate peacefulness and innerquiet-celebrating our vulnerability and common humanity," says Gilad. Duringthe full-participation event, the group will explore a mystical Hebrew vocalmeditation that connects us to our roots, five-element healing chants (shownto induce relaxation and focus) that connect us to our Source, and naturalrhythms from the ancients.


Ken Keechel - Broward County Commission

It is time to start putting the schedules together for early voting and election day. Our momentum has really built over the past couple of weeks and every vote is going to count. We would like to have a volunteer at the polls, in a Keechl T-Shirt as much as possible.

I need help for early voting--everyday next week from the 30th to the 5th. Early voting hours are from 10 am until 6 pm, Monday through Friday and 10-3 on Saturday and on the last day of early voting, 1-4 on Sunday.

I need coverage at:

Imperial Point Branch Library at 5985 N. Federal Highway

Pompano Beach Library at 1213 East Atlantic Boulevard

Deerfield Beach Library, 837 East Hillsboro Boulevard

Working would entail wearing a Keechl T-Shirt and handing out literature for Ken. You need to be 100 feet away from the entrance of the precinct. I would recommend bringing a folding chair and anything else you may need to make yourself comfortable. I am looking at 2 hour shifts, if possible. From 11 to 1pm and then from 4 PM to 6PM on the weekdays. Please calll me at 954-567-1901 if you can cover a shift.

As to Election day, I need to cover 78(!) precincts so we need as much help as we can get. Shifts that day will be from 7 - 9, 11- 1, and 4:30 - 7PM (and then on to the victory party!) Again, please call me, or email me, as to when you can work on November 7th.

Thank you in advance for your help and I look forward to talking with you.

Thanks, Mark
Campaign Manager


McCollum lobbied for controversial company


Bill McCollum, the Republican candidate for attorney general, was apaid lobbyist in 2002-03 for a Maryland charity that is among a group ofcompanies that run a controversial home-buyer assistance program theInternal Revenue Service recently labeled a ``scam.''

AmeriDream Inc. paid the former Orlando-area congressman and threeother lobbyists at the law firm of Baker & Hostetler $200,000 to lobby onCapitol Hill and at the Department of Housing and Urban Development betweenJuly 2002 and July 2003.

McCollum no longer lobbies personally for AmeriDream, but his law firmdoes. So far this year, AmeriDream has paid $80,000 in lobbying fees toBaker & Hostetler, where McCollum is a salaried partner, federal disclosurereports show.

McCollum, who's running against Broward Democrat Walter ''Skip''Campbell, said he was ''unaware of any issue the IRS had with AmeriDream''until being asked to comment. He added that he was ''not aware of the extentand nature'' of his firm's work for AmeriDream because his lobbying role wasminimal.


Davis scores points, but is it too late?
By ADAM C. SMITH, Times Political Editor
Published October 25, 2006

DAVIE - It was the "happy warrior" Charlie Crist vs. the stern fighter JimDavis, and their first televised debate did little to shift the racedramatically.

That could be bad news for Davis, the underdog Democrat who still came offas sharp, substantive and better-equipped with specifics than RepublicanAttorney General Crist. Even with one poll showing Davis effectively tiedwith Crist - others show Crist comfortably ahead - the Tampa congressmanneeded to land some big blows to help combat Crist's huge fundraising leadand presence on TV.

The ever sunny Crist once again showed himself a natural on TV, using simplelanguage to connect with average voters and looking friendly even as herepeatedly hammered Davis for missing congressional votes while running forgovernor.


Analysts say Davis gains momentum amid anti-GOP backlash
By Mark Hollis
Tallahassee Bureau

October 25, 2006

TALLAHASSEE· After a slow start, Jim Davis is getting the Democratic basefired up and Charlie Crist is hampered by a national anti-Republican surge.That combination means the Florida governor's race is becoming a tightcontest in the final stretch.

Political analysts from both parties say the past three weeks have beenamong the best for Davis since he began his run for governor more than ayear ago.

Bill and Hillary Clinton recently held separate appearances and fundraisersfor Davis. Hiscampaign is running a barrage of television ads in SouthFlorida and other key markets. Polls are showing he has cut Crist's lead,with one survey showing Davis within striking distance of becoming thefrontrunner.


Harris, Nelson Missed Marks
By WILLIAM MARCH The Tampa Tribune

Published: Oct 25, 2006

TAMPA - As she has been in the past on the campaign trail, KatherineHarris was occasionally loose with facts in the debate Monday night betweenherself and Sen. Bill Nelson.

Nelson sometimes, though less often, joined her in missing the factualmark.

It's not surprising that Harris would swing wild; she needed to scorebig hits and gain ground.

Nelson, on the other hand, remained sedate and mostlynonconfrontational in the discussion, needing only to hang on to thedouble-digit lead polls show him holding.

Harris made questionable or incorrect statements about the candidates'reactions to an illegal campaign contribution scandal of the 1990s, her ownand Nelson's records of divulging special appropriations requests, andFlorida's property insurance rate crisis.


The Miami Herald

Crist, Davis aggressive in first TV debate

In a debate in Davie, gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis said he will
stand up to insurers; Republican opponent Charlie Crist hit the Democrat on
his House attendance record.


Florida's candidates for governor got aggressive in their first head-to-head debate Tuesday night, pushing themes from their television advertisements and knocking each other as feckless leaders.

A lackluster, lopsided race picked up tempo Monday after a surprising poll showed Republican Attorney General Charlie Crist's lead over Democratic Rep. Jim Davis was tightening.

Crist didn't act like a complacent front-runner. He repeatedly took Davis to task for missing votes in Congress, accused him of wanting to raise taxes and called his insurance plan a ''risky scheme.'' He also revived an attack that dominated the Democratic primary: Davis' 1990 vote against restitution for two wrongfully convicted black men.


The St. Petersburg Times

In reversal, appeals court bars Linn
Published October 25, 2006

Less than four hours before Florida's gubernatorial debate Tuesday night, astate appeals court ruled debate organizers need not include Max Linn, thehard-charging Reform Party candidate from Treasure Island.

The 4th District Court of Appeal's order was a victory for LeadershipFlorida and other debate sponsors, which had argued that Linn never met thecriteria to be included in the debate: at least a 10 percent showing in twoindependent statewide polls.


Our view: We recommend Jim Davis

Jim Davis has strength to break insurance lobby's hold as next Floridagovernor

Florida has two strong candidates running for governor this year:

Republican Charlie Crist and Democrat Jim Davis, both political moderateswho have long, admirable records of public service.

But the state faces enormous challenges, first among them theproperty-insurance crisis that's threatening to drive people from theirhomes and stall the economy.

Meanwhile, population growth and development outpace infrastructure andservices, swallowing land, depleting natural resources, and crowding roads and schools.


State pre-K program under fire

Advocates of early education call Florida's program the model that states
should avoid.

By JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK, Times Staff Writer
Published October 25, 2006

Florida's universal prekindergarten program was hailed as a national modelwhen voters approved it in 2002.

These days, pre-K advocates from across the nation are calling Florida theexample to avoid.

Instead of the "high-quality" program promised to voters, state lawmakersopted for lax teacher requirements and inadequate funding, early childhoodexperts said Tuesday.

"From where I sit, what unfolded is really trying to do pre-K on the cheap,"said Abby Thorman, who advised Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to lookelsewhere when crafting that state's new pre-K initiative. "Because of boththe low per-child funding and the real absence of standards for highquality, Florida became the model of exactly what we didn't want to do."


Sink for CFO
Candidate offers a dream resume

Voters picking Florida's next chief financial officer have a pleasant choicebetween two well-qualified candidates: Tom Lee, the Florida Senate presidentwith a long list of accomplishments in the Capitol, and Alex Sink, anoutsider with an equally impressive resume from the private sector.

The best choice is Ms. Sink, the Democratic candidate.

Adelaide "Alex" Sink, 58, worked her way up the ladder in banking to becomethe Florida president of Bank of America before she retired in 2000. Thebank had more than $40 billion in deposits, 9,000 employees and 800ranches.

If this were the job of CFO of a major corporation, Ms. Sink's banking resume alone would clinch the deal.

Shaw endorsement
Alice Wanderman
Boca Raton

October 25, 2006

By endorsing Clay Shaw, you fail to recognize the importance of initiating meaningful congressional oversight over an administration that caused the Iraq tragedy, wasted billions in no-bid contracts, mired us in debt, failed to secure our borders and ports, and is beholden to corporate contributors.

Shaw gives unwavering support to President Bush, despite the fact the executive branch has ignored the limits imposed on it by the Constitution.

Unless many responsible Democratic challengers are elected, our nation will lose the opportunity to repair the damage a Bush presidency has caused.


School Board
South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board

October 25, 2006

Re-Elect Marty Rubinstein in District 6

Incumbent Rubinstein, 57, of Sunrise, hasn't done a bad job in his one term, but at times has reflected some of the complacency that seems to have infected the Broward County School Board.

He voted for a completely unjustified 10 percent pay raise for board members only a year after being elected. Fortunately, he was overruled. He also showed weak leadership when his appointee to the school district's Diversity Committee used the "N-word" in front of students and Rubinstein did not remove him from the committee.

Still, Rubinstein has been showing signs of improvement, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board recommends that voters re-elect him.

Displaying an appreciation of the financial burdens facing county taxpayers, Rubinstein was among the leading critics of a bond issue proposal for school construction that was very poorly prepared by school district administrators. In the end, his vote helped kill the ill-conceived proposal.


County Commission
South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board

October 25, 2006

Re-elect Jim Scott in District 4

Voters in Broward County Commission District 4 must decide between the incumbent, an accomplished political veteran, and a bright and energetic newcomer. The edge goes to the incumbent.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board recommends that voters re-elect Republican Jim Scott, who has long favored restraints on both taxes and spending and advocates zero-based and performance budgeting. Affordable housing and property tax portability are other priorities.

Scott, 64, a lawyer who lives in Fort Lauderdale, has been on the County Commission for six years, serving one partial term and one full term. Before that he served in the Florida Senate from 1976 through 2000, and was Senate president from 1994 to 1996. He now serves on the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority.

Scott has a wealth of political connections in Tallahassee and throughout the state. If he merits any criticism, it is that recently his energy and dedication to the job seem to have waned a bit. If re-elected, he must ratchet up his energy level and commitment.


Charges mount against teen in homeless attack
Burglary counts crop up from previous cases
By Hemmy So
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

October 25, 2006

One of the teenagers charged with attempted murder in last month's attack on a homeless man was taken into custody Tuesday on two burglary charges.

The State Attorney's office filed three new counts against Michael Livingston, 15, which arose from previous juvenile cases. A first-degree grand theft charge is pending, said Assistant State Attorney Maria Schneider.

Because Livingston is being tried as an adult in the attempted murder of William Teeters, 44, he can be charged as an adult on previous juvenile counts, Schneider said.

Livingston is accused of burglarizing two homes in May and June and stealing 30 laptops from Stranahan High School in August.

Livingston, along with two other defendants in the Teeters case, Patrick Keels, 15, and Romel Jean-Louis, 15, had previously admitted to stealing the computers.


School Board aims to act quickly on interim administrator
By Jean-Paul Renaud
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

October 25, 2006

The Broward School District is looking for a qualified administrator to temporarily lead the sixth largest school district in the country.

Requirements: Candidates must already be working for Broward schools; have at least 10 years experience in senior management; and be willing to work for nine very opinionated bosses.

Anyone interested will have less than a week to apply.

"We need an interim as soon as possible to stabilize the district," board member Stephanie Kraft said.

Last week, Superintendent Frank Till was fired in a contentious 5-4 vote and given a departure date of Nov. 17. That gives board members less than a month to find a replacement -- someone to sign paychecks, approve transfers, make appointments and carry out decisions that affect the district's 262,000 children.

Members decided Tuesday they would choose a temporary replacement days before Till steps down, and begin a nationwide search for a permanent superintendent shortly thereafter.


Till firing playing key role in race
By Douane D. James
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

October 25, 2006

Until a week ago, the Broward School Board District 6 election between incumbent Marty Rubinstein and challenger Phyllis Hope looked to be a repeat of four years ago.

In that contest, Rubinstein defeated Hope, a guidance data specialist at
Piper High School in Sunrise.

But when Rubinstein was one of the five prevailing School Board members who
voted to fire seven-year Schools Superintendent Frank Till, Hope said her
fortunes started to rise.

The firing of Till quickly sparked calls for action against those five board members.
Many educators, business leaders and parents protested the firing in part because Till will depart with nine months left on his contract.

Rubinstein is the only one of the five board members who ousted Till facing re-election Nov. 7.


Federal judge invalidates 100-foot limit on exit polls
By Curt Anderson
Associated Press

October 25, 2006

A federal judge in Miami on Tuesday declared unconstitutional a Florida law that prohibits exit polling within 100 feet of a voting place, finding there was no evidence such surveys are disruptive or threaten access to voting.

U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck ordered state officials not to enforce the law as it relates to exit polls in the Nov. 7 election, leaving intact the 100-foot limit for other activities such as solicitation, distributing campaign material or peddling.

The ruling was the result of a lawsuit brought by The Associated Press and five television networks that want to jointly conduct exit polls at about 40 Florida polling places next month.

"It's the result we expected, but we're still thrilled," said Dave Tomlin, AP's associate general counsel.

Florida State Department spokeswoman Jenny Nash said elections officials were pleased that Huck did not strike down the entire law. She said no decision had been made on whether the exit polling aspect would be appealed. "Order at the polls was really the intent. This decision works out well for everyone," Nash said.