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Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11:57 p.m.

Animal Services needs your help with contest

Alachua County Animal Services has entered a contest officials are hoping the public will help the agency win.

The county's animal services agency is participating in a contest, sponsored by Zootoo.com, to win a makeover of their facilities, the county announced last week.

Residents can support the county agency by logging on to www.zootoo.com and registering as a community member, earning points. The more points, the higher the shelter is ranked in the contest.

A panel of judges will evaluate the 20 shelters with the most points after March 31, according to the county. The top prize could be a $1 million makeover of the shelter. Winners will be announced May 1.

Go to www.zootoo.com for more information or to register.

- Sun staff report

POLITICS

Romney son campaigns in North Florida

The son of presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned in North Florida Monday.

Ben Romney held meet-and-greet events in Lake City, Lake Butler and Starke.

A medical student at Tufts University in Boston, Ben Romney is the fourth of five Romney sons.

Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. Florida voters cast their ballots in the state's primary today.

- Nathan Crabbe

STATE

Former senior state official, Trombetta, dies

TALLAHASSEE - Edward John Trombetta, who served as a top official under Gov. Reubin Askew, has died. He was 69.

Trombetta died Sunday at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital following a heart attack, his daughter Molly Buehler said.

Trombetta moved to Tallahassee in 1973 when he became the secretary of community affairs. He later became the state's secretary of commerce.

Before that he lived in Broward County and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1970.

Trombetta, a New York City native, moved to Florida with his family in 1947. He served in the United States Marine Corps and attended the University of Notre Dame.

He is survived by three children, two grandchildren, two brothers and a sister. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church with burial at MeadowWood Memorial Park.

- The Associated Press

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