Sunday, June 15, 2008

FLORIDA DIGEST - June 15, 2008

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-Pompano Beach High valedictorian: Alexandra Leigh Draper
GPA: 5.0786
College: University of Florida
Major: Animal sciences
Academic awards: AP Scholar with Honor, Silver Knight, National MeritCommended Scholar, National Honor Roll, Honor Roll
Extracurricular activities: Art Club, National Honor Society, peer tutor,horseback riding, Gay Straight Alliance,0,4651119.story

-Overzealous drug war claims another casualty
The question isn't whether a Pembroke Pines police officer was justified infatally shooting Vincent Hodgkiss in his home early Thursday morning, orwhether illegal drug activity was taking place there. The real question isthis: Was a paramilitary-style dawn raid the best way to go about serving adrug-related search warrant?,0,7194021.column

-Water managers look to keep some water off limits
New rules that would reserve water for fish and wildlife and set a"baseline" for how much South Florida farms can use leave water managerswading into tricky territory.,0,6386054.story

-Democrats call for unity during Broward weekend of events
It's Barack Obama's party now. The evidence of his ascendancy could be seenall day Saturday, as the state Democratic Party held its first big eventsince Obama won enough delegates to lock up the presidential nomination.,0,7588721.story

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-Community conversation: New optical scanners will take getting used to(video, photo gallery)
New system involves filling in bubbles on a paper ballot and inserting theminto an electronic reader. If you're someone who doesn't like coloring in between the lines, now is thetime to get used it, at least when you cast your vote in Lee County.

-Jeb Bush campaigns for education, not office
Jeb Bush is back. This week, in the center of the state he governed foreight years, Bush ends his 18-month hiatus from Florida public life.

-Ballot Audits Don't Get A Vote Of Confidence
What's the use of paper ballots if no one looks at them? That's thequestion that election watchdogs continue to press, even as the state'selection supervisors race to implement the 2007 election law requiring everyFlorida county to vote on paper ballots.


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