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Published: Monday, September 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 31, 2003 at 11:49 p.m.

COMMUNITY: Speaker to focus on violence and children

  • A nationally known expert on the effects of violence on children's lives will speak at the University of Florida on Tuesday.

  • Reaching out to the community
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    Reaching out to the community

    Freddie Taylor, 10, front, prays along with Senior Pastor Horace L. Mingo at the Jesus People Life Changing Church at 800 NW 39th Avenue on Sunday. On the last Sunday of each month the church invites the community to join the congregation for a play and a barbecue. The senior pastor's wife, Luretha Mingo, estimated 500 people joined them for this Sunday's service. "We wanted to have something that reaches out to the community," she said. "There is a world out there that is hurting, and we want to help."

    LEE FERINDEN/Special to The Sun

    James Garbarino, a professor at Cornell University, will speak at 9:30 a.m. in the Rion Ballroom at the Reitz Union.

    His presentation is titled "And Words Can Hurt Forever: Protecting Kids from Bullying, Harassment and Emotional Violence."

    Garbarino is co-director of the Family Life Development Center at Cornell and serves as a consultant to organizations such as the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse.

    He earned a doctorate from Cornell in human development in 1973, and his current research focuses on the impact of violence and trauma on child development and interventions to cope with those effects.

    - Douane D. James

    STATE: Miami Herald, NPR launch news program

  • MIAMI - The Miami Herald and National Public Radio affiliate WLRN will launch a jointly produced local news program today.

    The program, called WLRN/Herald News, will air weekdays 5 a.m.-10 a.m. Senior anchor/reporter Rhonda Victor Sibilia will produce and host a four-minute broadcast of hard news, business news and sports pulled from the newspaper's pages. Anchor/reporter Michael Hibblen will produce an original newscast.

    The broadcast journalists were hired by The Herald for the new venture. They are headed by The Herald's radio news director, Irina Lallemand, who plans to add two anchors by year-end to produce newscasts for the 4 p.m.-7 p.m. drive-time hours.

    The radio team will do its own reporting, as well as interview Herald reporters and columnists about their stories and local issues. Reports will be fed to NPR's national network.

    - The Associated Press

    STATE: Herpes-like virus infects baby lobsters

  • KEY WEST - A herpes-like virus has infected up to 10 percent of baby lobsters in the Florida Keys, causing some fisheries experts to wonder whether the disease explains dips in lobster catches seen in recent years.

    Biologists doubt that the disease can be transferred to humans but have alerted the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just in case. In all but two cases, the virus has been detected only in lobsters that are less than 6 months old, not yet at reproduction age, and smaller than three inches, the minimum length at which they can legally be caught.

    ``We know the virus exists, and we know there have been three low fishing seasons,'' said John Hunt, a research administrator with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. ``That hints that something is going on.''

    Dead cells build up in the infected lobster's blood, eventually turning it from its normal clear amber hue to white.

    Invariably, infected lobsters lose the ability to eat, stop grooming and, as a result, grow a coat of algae. After 30 to 90 days, the disease kills them.

    Statewide lobster catch averages 6 million to 6.25 million pounds a season, with about 90 percent caught off the Keys. The catch fell to 5.25 million pounds in the 2001 season; to 3.1 million in 2002; and rose to 4.5 million for the season ending March 2003.

    - The Associated Press

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