Dateline Florida


Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 12:21 a.m.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE: Airman found dead outside dorm

Air Force officials are investigating the death of a 21-year-old airman whose body was discovered adjacent to a base dormitory, authorities said. Airman First Class Jesse N. Kimball of Buckfield, Maine, was found Saturday afternoon on an exterior stairwell, officials said.

CORAL SPRINGS: Infant drowns in South Florida

A 15-month-old boy was found dead in a backyard swimming pool, the victim of an apparent drowning. Coral Springs police investigators said they believe Blane Atkinson of Fort Bragg, N.C., wandered away from his family, crawled through a pet door and fell in the pool Sunday.

ST. PETERSBURG: Lawmakers want rights ratified

Two Florida lawmakers have begun a campaign for support in their effort to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the state constitution. Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami, and Rep. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, are urging other elected officials to co-sponsor or support their plan to sponsor an ERA for Florida. See story, Page 2B.

BELLE GLADE: Cold snap ruins crops

Vegetable growers in Palm Beach County say the weekend cold snap that sent temperatures plummeting into the 20s in some areas damaged crops over scores of acres and they fear the tally of ruined crops will go up when they fully assess the damage.

KEY LARGO: Former `pool' shark released off Keys

A 4-foot-long nurse shark named Snoopy, kept for three years in a suburban Detroit billiards bar aquarium, was freed in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Monday. Within the past eight months she grew too large for her home.

"Nurse sharks belong here in the Florida Keys and pool sharks, the human kind, belong in Detroit," said Marine Mammal Conservancy director Rick Trout.

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