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Published: Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 12:15 a.m.

Scholarship established in name of noted artist

The family of noted artist and University of Florida art professor emeritus Hiram Williams, who died Sunday, has announced that a scholarship in his name will be established at the UF College of Fine Arts.
The scholarship will support an outstanding student majoring in painting in the School of Art and Art History.
Contributions should be made to: UF Foundation, Hiram Williams Scholarship Fund, UF College of Fine Arts, Office of Development, P.O. Box 115800, Gainesville, FL 32611-5800.
For more information, call Peg Richardson, development director at the College of Fine Arts, at 846-1211.
- Douglas Jordan

Smallpox bioterrorism site has been set up

Two University of Florida researchers have set up a Web site to help people concerned about smallpox bioterrorism evaluate the risk posed by both the disease and the vaccine to prevent it.
Smallpox vaccinations are now available only to military, law enforcement and medical personnel, but the federal government has developed a voluntary program for the public that could be implemented in 2004.
The Web site is located at
It was created by Dr. Parker Small Jr., nationally recognized as a smallpox expert, and John Paling, an environmental toxicologist who developed the easy-to-follow risk chart shown on the site.
- Diane Chun

Brogan says he'll apply for presidency at FAU

TALLAHASSEE - Florida Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan said Wednesday that he will apply to become president of Florida Atlantic University.
Brogan, 49, had delayed his final decision until after Gov. Jeb Bush was sworn in as the first Republican governor to serve a second term in the state's history. Brogan will submit his application by the deadline next week, said the governor's spokeswoman, Jill Bratina.
"The governor hopes that the lieutenant governor will remain the lieutenant governor, but he also understands he has the qualities that would make him an excellent president at FAU," Bratina said.
FAU was originally scheduled to announce the hiring of its new president on Dec. 5 but delayed the decision until as late as February after Brogan's interest became known, search committee members said.
He earns $117,990 as lieutenant governor. FAU's new president will be offered a salary-and-benefits deal worth as much as $2.6 million over five years, plus the use of a new $2 million on-campus home.
- The Associated Press

Damages sought from Marion sheriff's office

OCALA - The daughter of an 86-year-old pedestrian killed last year when he was struck by a deputy's patrol car is suing the Marion County Sheriff's Office, seeking more than $15,000 in damages.
Robert Don March died last Jan. 31 after being struck by a car driven by Deputy Julie Vowinkel. March was attempting to cross County Road 464 while Vowinkel was responding to a disturbance call.
Officials have said the light bar atop Vowinkel's patrol car was on but the car's siren was off.
A Florida Highway Patrol report also noted the patrol car's emergency lights were on. The same report states March failed to yield the right-of-way to Vowinkel's vehicle.
Vowinkel took evasive action to avoid hitting March, the FHP report states, but the left side of the vehicle struck March.
The lawsuit recently filed by March's daughter, Margaret March-Phillips, alleges Vowinkel's light bar, siren and headlights all were turned off when the accident occurred.
- The Associated Press

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