Monday, March 30, 2009

FLORIDA DIGEST - March 30, 2009

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-Lambda Legal unites Janice Langbehn with man who received late partner's heart
Janice Langbehn made national news two years ago when she wasn't allowed to be with her dying partner of 18 years, Lisa Pond, at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital. Lambda Legal later sued JMH on behalf of Langbehn and the couple's children. Saturday night at a Lambda Legal sponsors' reception in Fort Lauderdale, Langbehn met the Jacksonville man whose life was saved as a result of Pond's sudden death from a brain aneurysm: Jerry Lawrence, who received Pond's heart two days after she died. "This is the best outcome I could hope for," Langbehn said Saturday upon meeting Lawrence and his wife, Maxine. "Lisa is inside of him."

-Leonard Pitts Jr. wins another GLAAD award
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) on Saturday night awarded Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. it's GLAAD Media Award as outstanding newspaper columnist. Pitts previously won in 2003, the year before he won a Pulitzer Prize. Here's GLAAD's news release from the New York awards (a complete list of winners is at the bottom). Two more award dinners this year come later:

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-Experts: UF voters swayed recent elections
The Associated Press
Experts say high turnout among University of Florida students had helped sway recent elections - and that the increased participation isn't an aberration. UF political science professor Dan Smith says the "Obama experience" has altered how young people participate in politics.

-State news of national interest
The Associated Press
EAST - Former Mayor Anthony Williams withdrew his application to join the Order of Malta after members of the Catholic service society complained he shouldn't be allowed to join because he supports abortion rights and protections for gay unions. Williams's critics used Internet blogs to voice their concerns, but order president Noreen Falcone said anonymous postings with incomplete information were unfair to Williams and his sponsors.


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-Broward School Board considers cutting area offices
The Broward School Board today is expected to consider Superintendent Jim Notter's proposal to cut the school district's area offices from four to three. The switch would save the district about $4.1 million, according to a committee made up of district administrators, The Miami Herald reports. The committee has proposed keeping four areas but housing them in two offices instead of four.,0,5891421.story


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