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Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
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Christopher Millan, 11, and his half-brother Bryan Beach, 14, ride a bicycle together late Monday morning down NE 18th Street. The two said their bus to Westwood Middle School never arrived to take them to school. They were riding to a sister's house several miles away to find their father so he could give them a ride to school. Bryan said they arrived at the bus stop at 7:30 a.m. to catch the bus, which usually gets there at 8:30 a.m. The boys moved to Gainesville about seven months ago from Puerto Rico.

DOUG FINGER/The Gainesville Sun
Old Town resident dies in Dixie County accident
An Old Town resident died after he lost control of a pickup and was thrown from the vehicle Sunday evening in Dixie County, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
Two passengers in the pickup also were ejected and hospitalized at Shands at the University of Florida, according to troopers.
Killed in the wreck was Christopher M. Abare, 18. The pickup's driver, Abare lost control of the 2004 Dodge as he was driving on State Road 349, about 11 miles north of Old Town, troopers reported. The pickup collided with a log trailer parked on the road's east shoulder. The accident occurred about 5:30 p.m.
Kerri Lynn Sullivan, 25, of Cross City, and David M. Godfrey, 17, of Old Town, were passengers in the pickup. They were thrown from the vehicle as it left the roadway and began to rotate. No one in the pickup was wearing a seat belt, a FHP report on the crash stated.
Sullivan and Godfrey were in serious condition Monday, the hospital reported.
-Lise Fisher COMMUNITYJohnson of 'Rap City' speaks today at Reitz
The man who plays "Cousin Jeff," a politically conscious character on Black Entertainment Television's "Rap City," makes his way to the University of Florida today as part of Black History Month.
Jeffrey Johnson will speak to students in the Grand Ballroom of the Reitz Union at 7 p.m. Doors to the event open at 6:30 p.m.
In real life, Johnson has been a social activist on many fronts. He served as vice president of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, a nonprofit group that works to involve the hip-hop music industry in advocating education. He also served as the national director for the NAACP's Youth and College Division.
Tonight's event is sponsored by Black History Month 2006 and Cox Communications.
- Janine Young SikesJohnson of 'Rap City' speaks today at ReitzWorkshops will focus on writing grants
American Humanics, a student organization at the University of Florida, will host a grant writing workshop for local nonprofit organizations.
The workshop is designed to help organizations write proposals that will appeal to potential donors. It will be taught by Mickie Swisher, associate professor in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UF.
Workshop dates are Feb. 18 and March 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $75 per organization and the cutoff date for registration is Feb. 10.
For more information, call Linda Moise at (352) 318-1256 or e-mail Laura Botu at laurabo2@ufl.edu.
- Diane ChunWinners of weekend cat show announced
The top cats in the Cat Fanciers Championship held during the weekend at the Paramount Plaza Hotel - an event that drew nearly 200 cats and kittens from around the country - were as follows:
  • Highest scoring kitten: Ocalicos' Lydia Ann, a brown tabby and white Persian owned by Nancy Duckett and Frances Brown of Texas.
    n Highest scoring cat and champion: Javacat's Rolling Thunder, a red tabby and white Maine coon owned by Ernie Emrich of Fairfax, Va.
  • Highest scoring cat in the neutered and spayed class: Compass Rose Ivory Sky, an odd-eyed, white Oriental shorthair owned by Roeanne Fulkerson, Jim Robichaud and Ruth Copper of Belleview.
    - Janine Young Sikes STATEToddler is critical after being pulled from river
    A 19-month-old boy was in critical condition after he allegedly tumbled into a river after his grandmother lost sight of him for a few minutes, police said.
    Rescuers from the New Smyrna Beach Fire and Rescue Department pulled the boy from the Indian River and he was taken to Bert Fish Medical Center. Police are investigating.
    - The Associated Press
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