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FRAT HOUSE FLAP

Jacksonville neighbors fed up with frat house

(Information in the following story is from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Residents of a Jacksonville neighborhood say their peace is being shattered by new neighbors: a fraternity house.

Residents say members of University of North Florida's Alpha Tau Omega fraternity have moved into their community, having parties until early morning hours.

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue responded to a 911 call early Sunday morning from one partygoer requesting help.

Windsor Chase homeowners' association board member Richard Espaba tells the Florida Times-Union the house in question is being leased to five members of the fraternity.

UNF fraternities do not have on-campus houses, and the school has no rules about where events can be held. Alpha Tau Omega is on academic probation because its members' collective GPA fell below 2.5.

SPEEDWAY-FLAGMAN KILLED

Flagman killed at Bronson Speedway

(Information in the following story is from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, http://www.gainesvillesun.com)

BRONSON, Fla. (AP) - A veteran flagman at Bronson Speedway died after a racing pickup truck went out of control and hit him.

Paramedics rushed to the scene on Sunday afternoon in Bronson, but 49-year-old Buddy Jack Howell was pronounced dead a short time later at a Gainesville hospital.

Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond told the Gainesville Sun it was a "tragic accident."

Officials say the driver of the pickup truck was racing a small red car he lost control, spun counterclockwise and hit Howell.

Bronson is in Levy County in North Florida.

CAPTAIN CITRUS

Capt. Citrus, face of Florida OJ, gets a makeover

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Captain Citrus, the mascot of the Florida Department of Citrus, is getting a makeover.

Captain Citrus was born in 2011 as a big, fat talking orange wearing a green cape. Now he's being transformed into a buff Marvel Comics superhero who will fight evil alongside the likes of Captain America.

The idea is to promote the benefits of orange juice as consumers increasingly turn to other beverage choices.

The department worked with Marvel Comics to redesign the mascot.

The new and muscular Captain Citrus will appear with Marvel's popular Avengers characters in a series of custom comic books, some of which will be distributed to kids in schools.

MAN FALLS-SHIP

Man rescued after falling into cargo ship hold

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Fire Rescue crews rescued a 70-year-old man who fell inside a ship's cargo hold while conducting an inspection.

The incident happened Monday afternoon at the Port of Tampa.

Authorities say the man was inspecting the phosphate ship Mount Hope when he fell nearly 10 feet inside the cargo hold.

The department's heavy rescue and HAZMAT teams worked with a ladder truck and multiple rescue units to free the man. Firefighters entered the hold and put the man on a backboard before lifting him out.

The man was taken to Tampa General Hospital. His name and condition were not immediately available.

COLD CASE-MOTHER

Mom charged in son's 1991 murder is due in court

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A Florida woman charged in the 1991 death of her 5-year-old son is scheduled to make her first appearance in a New Jersey courtroom.

Middlesex County prosecutors say Michelle Lodzinski is due to appear Tuesday in New Brunswick. She is charged with killing Timothy Wiltsey, but her attorney has said she "adamantly denies" the charges.

The 46-year-old Lodzinski has been in custody since her arrest Aug. 7. She's was extradited to New Jersey on Friday and is being held in the county jail on $2 million bail.

She had said her son disappeared at a carnival, but investigators said her story kept changing. His skeletal remains were found in a marshy area of Edison 11 months later.

A county grand jury charged her in an indictment handed up in July.

HERTZ-ICAHN

Hertz adding Icahn-backed candidates to its board

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Dodging a proxy fight with billionaire Carl Icahn, Hertz is adding three of his chosen candidates to the board.

Two of the new board members, Vincent Intrieri, Samuel Merksamer, will also be part of a of a five-person CEO search committee. Hertz CEO and Chairman Mark Frissora resigned earlier this month for personal reasons.

The announcement follows last week's announcement that the car rental company had reached an agreement-in-principle with the activist investor, who controls about 8.5 percent of its stock.

Also named to the board Tuesday was Daniel Ninivaggi. Directors Henry Wolf, Barry Beracha and Philippe Laffont have retired.

Shares of Hertz Global Holdings Inc. are rising about an hour before the opening bell.

DEAN OF DENTISTRY

Univ. of Florida names new dean of dentistry

(Information in the following story is from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, http://www.gainesvillesun.com)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The University of Florida has a new dean of dentistry a year and a half after the last dean stepped down.

School officials announced Monday that Dr. Isabel Garcia will begin her new job at the College of Dentistry in February. She'll receive an annual compensation package of $350,000.

The Gainesville Sun reports Garcia is currently the deputy director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. She'll take over for interim dean Dr. Boyd Robinson who has been serving since Dr. Teresa Dolan stepped down in 2013 after 10 years.

University President Bernie Machen said Garcia "brings a great depth of leadership" to the job.

Garcia has an extensive career in public health that spans four decades and includes research, clinical, administrative and teaching experience.

MIAMI SCIENCE MUSEUM

Miami science museum gets $5M for health programs

MIAMI (AP) - Baptist Health South Florida is giving $5 million for health and wellness programs at the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science being built in downtown Miami.

The Baptist Health People & Science Gallery will be located inside the museum. Some of the funding also will pay for transportation for Miami-Dade County public school students to visit the museum.

Museum President and CEO Gillian Thomas says the gallery will teach people "how to make better choices for a healthy life."

Officials said Monday that the gallery will allow visitors to use technology to explore different lifestyle choices. It will include zones highlighting the psychology of eating, meditation techniques, body language, brain functions and technology for prosthetics and surgery.

The new waterfront museum is scheduled to open in 2016.

COUSTEAU-FLORIDA CORALS

Philippe Cousteau leads Florida research trip

MIAMI (AP) - A grandson of ocean exploration pioneer Jacques Cousteau is visiting Florida to raise awareness about the effects of pollution on marine resources such as corals.

Philippe Cousteau Jr. is bringing his organization, EarthEcho International, to South Florida this week to conduct field research and meet with students and local community leaders.

Starting Tuesday, Cousteau and his team will cultivate staghorn coral with Miami middle school students and talk with U.S. government scientists monitoring coral growth. He'll also be joined by students and educators from Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to reintroduce native plant species in storm water treatment areas.

Cousteau comes from a famous family of filmmakers, advocates and explorers. Earlier this summer, his cousin Fabien Cousteau spent 31 days living in an undersea laboratory in the Florida Keys.

KNIGHT FOUNDATION-CITIES

Knight Foundation to fund ideas to improve cities

WASHINGTON (AP) - A foundation is challenging innovators to find new ways to improve cities, and it's willing to fund their projects.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is announcing its Knight Cities Challenge on Tuesday to seek new ideas for how to make cities more vibrant places. The foundation will award $5 million per year in grants for three years.

The foundation says the challenge is open to artists, architects, city planners, students and educators, as well as governments and other groups. They're looking for ideas that attract and retain talent in cities, expand economic opportunity or create a culture of civic engagement.

Project proposals must benefit one of 26 cities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. They include Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, and smaller cities including Wichita, Kansas.

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