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Published: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Mayor to deliver State of the City today
Gainesville Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan will review work done by the city over the past year and lay out opportunities and challenges to come in the next year in her State of the City address today at the Hippodrome State Theatre, 25 SE Second Place.
The event, which is expected to run from noon to 2 p.m., will feature a multi-media presentation to accompany Hanrahan's speech and include videos of city commissioners, staff and community residents detailing Gainesville's accomplishments over the last year. Looking ahead, Hanrahan said the city's goals include balancing growth in the city, developing the urban core and becoming one of the top ten mid-sized American cities.
Lunch and refreshments will be served at the event, which will be broadcast on Cox Channel 12 at 6 p.m. Friday and re-broadcast next week.
- Jeff AdelsonAlachua County residents to get trees
Keep Alachua County Beautiful will give away 1,000 trees this month and next month to begin replacing the trees lost to the 2004 hurricanes in this area.
Through a $58,000 grant from the Department of Agriculture's Urban Forestry Division, Keep Alachua County Beautiful bought the trees and will be giving them to Alachua County residents (proof of residency required) over the next four Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 10-11.
There will be 250 15-gallon-size trees distributed each week at Harmony Gardens, 5416 NW Eighth Ave. (Newberry Road).
Species to be distributed (all native except for crape myrtles) are live oak, red maple, bald cypress, yaupon holly, East Palatka holly, Savannah holly, river birch, crape myrtles and possibly Chickasaw plum. The trees are supplied by Grandiflora, formerly San Felasco Nursery.
Information on the trees and their care will be published in Saturday's Daybreak. Friday is Florida's Arbor Day.
- Marina BlombergSeminar helps parents help their children
The 6-to-7-p.m. event at Duval Elementary School is designed to help parents improve their children's success both in and out of school.
Presentations will be on subjects ranging from from discipline to the FCATs, as well as a question-and-answer session.
The free event will be in the school's media center at 2106 NE Eighth Ave.
- Tiffany PakkalaFibromyalgia self-help course offered at SFCC
The Arthritis Foundation is offering a self-help course through Santa Fe Community College for those living with fibromyalgia.
The class will meet Mondays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Building K, Room 201, on SFCC's Northwest Campus beginning Monday.
There is a community education fee of $59 and a $35 materials fee for the workbook and handouts. For more information or to register, call (352) 395-5193 or go online at
- Sun staff report STATEConviction won for radioactive smuggling
An executive of an import and export company has been convicted of smuggling radioactive material from a Fort Lauderdale airport to the Bahamas, the U.S. Attorney's office said Wednesday.
A jury found Harold J. DeGregory Jr., of West Palm Beach, guilty of three counts of illegal transportation of Iridium-192, a hazardous and radioactive material. He was also convicted of two counts of making a materially false statement to the U.S. government, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.
DeGregory, president of the Fort Lauderdale-based H&G Import Export company, had made an agreement with the Bahamas Oil Refining Company to transport Iridium-192 to and from the Bahamas.
BORC acquired Iridium-192, which is used for industrial radiography, from a United States company that legally shipped it to Fort Lauderdale, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
During his trial, prosecutors argued that on at least three flights between August 2003 and November 2004, DeGregory failed to submit mandatory Hazardous Material Manifests and submitted false documents to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The documents stated he was transporting cargo, but did not mention the Iridium-192, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
He faces a maximum term of five years of imprisonment on each of his five convictions and up to $250,000 in fines. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 14.
- The Associated Press A telephone message left after hours to H&G Import Export company was not immediately returned.

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