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Published: Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 11:50 p.m.

Wesley Clark will speak at O'Connell Center

  • Retired Gen. Wesley Clark will speak at the O'Connell Center as part of the University of Florida's Sept. 11 memorial series.
    Clark is a former NATO supreme allied commander and one of the nation's most highly decorated officers. He ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in the last election, but dropped out after four months on the campaign trail.
    Clark is expected to draw on his lengthy military career, which has taken him from Vietnam to Latin America to Kosovo, to offer insight into the nation's current military conflicts around the world.
    He is scheduled to speak on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
    The event is being sponsored by the Accent Speaker's Bureau. Clark is being paid $35,000.
    - Celeste Sims

    Carlton, former justice of state high court, dies

  • Franklin, N.C. - Vassar B. Carlton, a retired Florida Supreme Court Justice, died on Wednesday. He was 92.
    Carlton died in a local hospital of natural causes, Brad Mulkey, associate director of the Bryant Funeral Home in North Carolina, told The Associated Press.
    Carlton was born in Alachua County, attended the University of Florida and graduated with a law degree from Stetson University in 1937. In 1941 he was elected a Brevard County judge at 27 years old.
    In 1954, he was elected Circuit Judge of Florida's old Ninth Circuit and served until he was elected to the Florida Supreme Court in 1968. He was chosen as Chief Justice in 1973 and retired in 1974.
    He was awarded numerous awards, including an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Stetson Law School.
    Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday in Rockledge, Fla.

    Head of the class

    Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, center, sits with state Reps. Stan Jordan, left, and Audrey Gibson, and the student chorus at Andrew Robinson Elementary School on Wednesday in Jacksonville. Bush presented the school with a check for $50,740 for its achievement and improvement in the Florida School Recognition Program.
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