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Sarah Stanley, granddaughter of Francis Edgar Stanley, who invented the Stanley Steamer in 1906, gives the crowd a thumbs up during her run on Ormond Beach on Thursday celebrating the legacy of the Stanley Steamer. One hundred years ago it set a world land-speed record on the beaches' hard-packed sand.

The Associated Press
Published: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Columbia charges teens with burglaries, fire
  • The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is charging four teenagers in connection with several burglaries and a fire that destroyed a vacant mobile home and damaged another mobile home.
    Deputies received complaints, starting Friday, about a residential burglary on Double Run Road and teenagers firing guns. They later charged a 12-year-old boy and 13-year-old with stealing guns from a truck, plus mopeds and an ATV from the home.
    On Tuesday, a fire on Colvin Avenue destroyed an empty mobile home and damaged another mobile home. A 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy, charged with arson in the case, said they had been skipping school and threw a lit cigarette into a box of clothes in the mobile home. The boy also confessed to a Monday night burglary at a home on Rebecca Terrace.
    The four were taken to the juvenile detention center in Gainesville, the Sheriff's Office reported.
    - Lise FisherEnergy consultant faces tough questions
  • ICF Consulting, a firm hired to study potential ways to extend Gainesville's energy supply beyond 2011 faced hostile questions Thursday night from about two dozen residents concerned about the breadth of its initial proposals.
    Among the audience members was Gainesville City Commissioner Jack Donovan, who became the second commissioner to publicly express doubts about the extent of ICF's $345,000 report.
    "I really don't think the way things are structured will give us what we need to make a decision," Donovan said. "I could be wrong, I need to look further into the problem."
    ICF was hired in November to evaluate GRU's proposal to build a 220-megawatt power plant fueled primarily by coal as well as three other options to meet its customer's future energy needs. The other options to be reviewed by ICF will be a new type of coal power plant that can lead to reduced pollution, a natural gas plant and aggressive conservation and energy efficiency measures to eliminate the need for a new energy source.
    - Jeff AdelsonAlachua County school spaces to be discussed
  • The Alachua County School Concurrency Project will host a public meeting Sunday at the Millhopper Library.
    Project President Peter Rebmann will speak about new funding options for school concurrency that may be proposed at an upcoming session of the state Legislature.
    In school concurrency, school and government officials work together to ensure enough space is available in schools to handle additional students coming from new residential developments. Under concurrency, the schools would have space ready when or before school-age children move into the new homes.
    According to the Rebmann's statistics, more than a third of Alachua County's 24 elementary schools are at or above their functional capacity, and several planned housing developments threaten to make the crowding worse in the coming decade.
    The meeting is at 2 p.m. in the library at 3145 NW 43rd St. in Gainesville.
    - Tiffany PakkalaGay civil rights topic of Monday UF speech
  • Elizabeth Birch, former director of the Human Rights Campaign who because of illness canceled an appearance at the University of Florida last semester, has been rescheduled to speak Monday.
    Her speech is titled: "Where are we now: civil rights for gays."
    During her time at the Human Rights Campaign between 1995 and 2003, Birch spearheaded the "National Coming Out Day Project.
    She's scheduled to appear at 8 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at UF's Reitz Union. The event is sponsored by the Pride Student Union, Student Government and the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Affairs.
    - Janine Young SikesProposal to enlarge class size moves ahead
  • TALLAHASSEE - A Republican proposal that would ask voters to loosen the class size limits that they set nearly four years ago won approval from a House committee on a straight party line vote Thursday.
    To sweeten the pot, sponsors included a provision that also would require school districts to spend 65 percent of their budgets on classroom instruction. It has has been dubbed the "65 percent solution."
    Democrats denounced the proposed state constitutional amendment as a gimmick, and questioned the motive for linking the two issues.
    - The Associated Press
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