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Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 11:29 p.m.
Driver freed after SUV flips
Two inmates injured in Columbia jail fight
At about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the two fought each other and broke the tempered glass, which separates the dayroom from the sleeping room, according to Laurie Windham, a spokeswoman for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
One inmate suffered cuts to his leg and the other inmate had cuts on his torso, reports said.
Windham would not confirm the inmates' injuries or release the identities of those injured.
She said the glass was a special type approved for use in correctional institutions.
- Meredith Mandell
19-year-old man still in coma after crash
Doctors in the surgical intensive-care unit at Shands at the University of Florida are uncertain if Prthu Garrett of Alachua will recover from the coma, said his brother, Jerry Garrett of Alachua.
They predict that even with recovery, he will suffer brain damage as a result of the accident, he said.
Family members have created a special fund for Garrett, who had no health insurance, at the First National Bank of Alachua. People that wish to donate may go to any bank branch and make a contribution in Garrett's name.
- Meredith Mandell
Person escapes fire in Newberry; pets die
The blaze at 425 SW 257th Terrace apparently started near the home's carport and utility room, said fire rescue spokesman Mark Hughes. One person at the home escaped without injury, but two cats died in the fire. Flames destroyed two vehicles parked in the carport.
About a dozen firefighters fought the blaze. The cause of the fire, which caused about $85,000 in damage, remains under investigation.
- Lise Fisher
Jazz showcase tonight to aid tsunami victims
Performers include Dan Stepp, Natalie Rella, Nathalia Diaz and Lennie Kesl, among others. There will be 13 jazz vocalists and four accompanists in all.
The Thomas Center is at 306 NE 6th Ave. Tickets are $10 to $25 on a sliding scale. The event is co-sponsored by the city of Gainesville Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call (352) 246-4999.
- Deborah Ball
UF Student Senate OKs Chinese celebration
Senators passed a $4,400 bill to help fund the Chinese New Year's show, sponsored by the Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars.
Fei Long, president of the association, said the show, which is expected to draw more than 1,000 people, will be the biggest Chinese celebration Gainesville has ever seen.
"This is a dream for many Chinese students here at UF," Long said.
"People are proud of our work and excited about this show so we can promote awareness of the Chinese culture."
The show, which includes a performance by Amerina, a Chinese-American performance group from Orlando, takes place on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on the UF campus. It is free and open to the public.
The Chinese new year falls on Feb. 9 this year.
- Deborah Ball
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