Saturday, February 21, 2009

FLORIDA DIGEST - February 21, 2009

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-Winter Party Festival: It's going to be a throwback to the gay '08s
The 2009 economy is tanking and tourism has taken a hit, but gay men and women are poised to party in South Florida like it's 2008. Winter Party Festival advance ticket sales are nearly the same this year as last, according to Michael Bath, special events manager for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

South Florida Blade
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-Pompano Bill to be released from hospital
Local event photographer John "Pompano Bill" Calceterra is recovering from hip replacement surgery. For the scheduled operation, Calceterra was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital on February 5th and was released from Holy Cross Hospital after surgery on February 8th. He is currently recovering at the Fort Lauderdale Health and Rehabilitation Center where he is undergoing physical therapy twice daily and is expected to be released the weekend of Feb. 20. "I have one hip that's 83 and another one that's a week old." Calceterra said. No surgery was needed on his other hip but he admits he will not be able to do the Tango.

-Hate crime tried as robbery
Death penalty case begins for killing Ryan Skipper trial
Nearly two years after Ryan Skipper's body was found alongside a highway in Wahneta, Fla., the death penalty trial for one of the two men charged with his murder has begun.

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-Boca Raton man found guilty in 2005 slaying of gay man
A Boca Raton man may face the death penalty after a Broward County jury convicted him Friday of murdering a gay man he had targeted for robbery, prosecutor Shari Tate said. Eric Kurt Patrick, 45, confessed to the September 2005 slaying of Steven Schumacher.,0,7224185.story

-Fort Lauderdale City Commission District 4 profiles
Personal: 42, single
Education: Law degree, University of Miami, 1996
PROFESSIONAL: Partner in law firm Seidman, Prewitt, DiBello & Lopez; associate general counsel for mergers/acquisitions, SBA Communications Corp. Political: First run for office,0,3188512.story

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-Mass transit may be the next move for congested South Florida
Expanded bus, commuter rail lines considered as a solution to congestion despite hefty cost
By Michael Turnbell
No matter how much money is poured into building and widening roads, it's never enough. Interstate 595, for example, was at capacity a decade after it opened in 1989.,0,6522816.story

-Old and new politics collide in Fort Lauderdale City Commission race
Both District 4 candidates are attorneys, but one has family ties to the city stretching back 83 years; the other moved to city in '01
By Brittany Wallman
It's easy to see why the race has been couched as "old Fort Lauderdale " vs. new.,0,342878.story

-Former Broward Republican chief who guided Crist's election dismisses
Posted by Anthony Man at 6:34 AM
The carping coming from some in the Republican Party over Gov. Charlie Crist's support of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package doesn't detract from the governor's position, said George LeMieux. LeMieux, now chairman of law firm Gunster Yoakley and publisher of the LeMieux Report newsletter on politics, law and business, is a former Broward Republican chairman who went on to orchestrate Crist's successful 2006 campaign for governor and served as his first chief of staff. (LeMieux is also the person who coined the term "God's Country" for Broward County, a term Crist has come to use.)

Miami Herald
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-CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Mentally ill in jail in a new crisis
Florida's population of severely mentally ill jail inmates is expected to outstrip the number of beds available for treatment. Two years after state mental health administrators added 300 new treatment beds for mentally ill jail inmates -- averting a crisis that nearly sent a state agency head to jail for contempt -- Florida is once again running out of bed space.

-Public funds the cherry on campaign cake
Guess who else has been living large and getting massive government bailouts for years? Political candidates in Florida. Republican Charlie Crist, a career politician who easily shattered fundraising records during his 2006 bid for governor, got a $3.3 million handout to help run a campaign heavy on attack ads against his opponent. Democrat Alex Sink, a former banking executive who also had no trouble putting nickels and dimes together to run for chief financial officer, received more than $1 million courtesy of Florida taxpayers.

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Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, 20th District of Florida

-Two quick questions about expanding drilling off of Florida's coast
There are several proposals being discussed in Washington and Tallahassee that would expand the areas on which oil companies could drill off of the coast of Florida. I support a moratorium against the expansion of offshore drilling and have written a column on this topic, a version of which ran last month in the Sun-Sentinel (READ MY COLUMN HERE).

That said, I am interested to know what you think about this topic, especially now that energy prices are increasing. Thank you for taking a moment to read this and for letting me know your opinion on this important issue.

Fort Report
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-Crist unveils $66.5 billion spending plan
Plan relies on no new taxes, expanded gambling revenues and heaping helping of federal money to stay in balance
By Aaron Deslatte,0,3848435.story

-Miami mayor meets with Obama
by Oscar Pedro Musibay
President Barack Obama told a meeting of more than 80 U.S. mayors Friday that it was time to leverage their front-line expertise and "convert peril into promise."

-Rove testimony hangs in balance
A federal appeals court has agreed to give President Barack Obama a little more time-but only a little- to decide whether to of President Bush's most controversial uses of executive privilege.

-Broward Republican leader voices strong criticism of Gov. Charlie Crist
Three of the four top officials of Broward's Republican Party - Chairman Chip LaMarca, Vice Chairwoman Cindy Guerra, and state committeewoman Sharon Day - were at Gov. Charlie Crist's town hall meeting this week in Fort Lauderdale. The fourth - state Republican committeeman Ed Kennedy - has become increasingly critical of Crist over the governor's support for President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package.

-USF medical school program's accreditation is yanked
By Kris Hundley, Times Staff Writer
A program at the University of South Florida that trains doctors specializing in high-risk pregnancies has had its accreditation yanked after a review board found the students were overworked and poorly supervised.


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