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Trick-or-treaters dare to enter the porch of a house decorated as a haunted cemetery in the Hamilton Heights subdivision Sunday for Halloween.

CHRISTINA STUART/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Monday, November 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 11:55 p.m.

Most legislative seats are uncontested

  • TALLAHASSEE - Evalyn Narramore would like to send a Democrat to Tallahassee as her state representative on Election Day, but she won't have that option.
    The only candidate on the ballot in her Pensacola-area state House district will be Republican Holly Benson, a popular incumbent.
    ''I think it stinks,'' said Narramore, referring to the lack of a Democratic challenger on the ballot for her to choose.
    Many other Floridians across the state also will find themselves without much of a choice when they go to the polls on Nov. 2. Well over half of the 142 legislative seats up for re-election are uncontested by a major party. The Senate election is no different: 14 of 22 seats up for re-election are uncontested.
    Voters in most of those races can either support the candidate on the ballot or they can elect to write in another name if they want a say in who should represent their interests in the state Legislature. In a few races, there are minor party or independent candidates. But none is expected to win.
    -The Associated Press

    Anti-flu medicine is making waves

  • DATELINE - Like many Americans, Karen Johnson of Royal Palm Beach couldn't get a flu shot this year.
    But she isn't stewing about it. Instead, for the third week in a row, she tipped her head back on Wednesday and poured a small pile of sugary granules under her tongue from a slim plastic vial labeled ''Dolivaxil.''
    Made in France and little known in the United States, Dolivaxil is about to explode from obscurity.
    Even staid Wal-Mart is sniffing around the product, though it won't disclose what stores it is selling Dolavaxil in.
    For the product's maker, Dolisos of France, Dolavaxil's sudden popularity is a golden opportunity to educate health-care providers, retailers and consumers. The French company is the world's second-largest maker of homeopathic remedies.
    ''It is opening doors that have not been opened to us before,'' said Darren Krein, an executive who works from Dolisos' U.S. headquarters in Las Vegas.
    - N.Y. Times Regional Newspaper Group
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