Tuesday, November 27, 2007

FLORIDA DIGEST November 27, 2007

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Former inmate files federal lawsuit claiming he was denied HIV medicationwhile in jail

By Vanessa Blum and Tonya Alanez
November 27, 2007

During the three months he spent in a Broward County jail, Kevin Sauve maderequest after request for HIV medication. Not one was granted, according toa lawsuit recently filed in Fort Lauderdale federal court.

In one of his more desperate written appeals, Sauve, 36, described piercingear pain, night sweats and rapid weight loss. In another, the FortLauderdale college admissions officer asked to be tested for pneumonia, apotentially fatal condition for patients with HIV/AIDS.

"I was freaking out," Sauve recalled. "I really thought I was left in thereto die."

Ultimately, the Broward judge presiding over Sauve's criminal case,involving charges of illegally selling pain pills, took the extraordinarystep of ordering his release so he could seek medical treatment from his own physician.

Sauve's federal lawsuit is one of two recent actions accusing the BrowardSheriff's Office and prison health-care contractor Armor Correctional HealthServices of delaying the treatment of HIV-positive inmates.

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New Florida rules mean rare citrus plants must sell or be destroyed

November 27, 2007

New government regulations that limit the growing of young citrus trees toindoor nurseries were designed to protect against the spread of diseasessuch as canker and greening. But there's one unintended consequence: Many ofthe rare or lesser-known varieties growing outdoors in Florida's citrusnurseries must be sold or destroyed, and soon.

One of the state's few best-known producers of hard-to-find varieties -Harris Citrus Nursery, in the Tampa area - is in a race now to sell hundredsof its larger trees to homeowners before the regulations take effect at theend of December

"It's a tragedy," said Herb Von Kluge, an Orlando business executive who hasbought many of the unusual, heirloom citrus varieties from the Harrisfamily's nursery through the years. "They have to get rid of the trees."

The unusual varieties range from the Ortanique on Swingle rootstock to theSunquat on X-639, a still unnamed rootstock. The hybrid fruits havedifferent parents from different trees and a blend of flavors and colors.Citrus trees typically are hybrids, with the rootstock at the base addingsome hardiness and other characteristics to the fruit variety at the top.

"Most nurseries just don't carry the wide variety that we have collected,"said Harris' manager, Ruth Nowland, whose parents, Paul and Rebecca Harris,started the business as a retirement hobby about 22 years ago.

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Fortified coffee could boost kids' nutrition
Plan may get a try in poor Mexican state

The Associated Press
November 27, 2007


A U.S. company and a popular Mexican coffee producer are teaming up to helpimprove the nutrition of kids in southern Mexico through an unusual andcontroversial source: coffee.

Houston-based Voyava Republic and the coffee cooperative La Selva say theyhave a way to fortify coffee with folic acid and other nutrients, and theywant to start giving it to elementary school children next year in theimpoverished state of Chiapas.

The plan, however, is already drawing criticism. State officials doubt theywill approve it because they don't believe elementary school kids should bedrinking coffee - fortified or otherwise. Others say milk and other wholefoods are the best way to help malnourished kids.

"It doesn't seem like a good idea, given that coffee isn't an adequate drinkfor children," the state health department said in a statement. "It's wellknown that high levels of caffeine can cause problems like nervousness,irritability and anxiety."

But Voyava Republic and La Selva say the poor kids in Chiapas'coffee-growing highlands already drink at least one, if not several, cups ofcoffee a day.

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Controversial bishop taking message to NSU law school

Posted on Tue, Nov. 27, 2007

Four years after the appointment of the first openly gay Episcopal bishop,tensions continue to mount within the Episcopal Church.

While some Episcopal dioceses are discussing breaking away from the church,the controversial bishop is traveling around the world to spread a peacefuland inclusive message.

His next stop -- South Florida, where a number of Episcopal leaders haveshown their support of Bishop Gene Robinson.

Robinson, of New Hampshire, will speak at Nova Southeastern UniversityTuesday. Robinson's visit at NSU will conclude the law school's 2007 GoodwinSymposium on sexuality, morality and the law. He will focus on how moralityaffects gay and lesbian legal rights.

''He's not only a bishop who struggled in the church, he's a person with aninternal struggle,'' said Anthony Niedwiecki, professor of currentconstitutional issues at NSU, who organized the event. ``One of the thingshe will talk about is how a church can actually reconcile with gay, lesbianand bisexual issues.''

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