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Since 1954 PINELLAS-NEWS.com Friday, May 15, 2009 I 250


Survey

finds more

homeless

in Pinellas

Homelessness increases
by 20 percent in Pinellas
County.

PINELLAS PARK Lisa Jack-
son, President of the Pinellas
County Coalition for the Homeless,
Inc., revealed the results of the
2009 Homeless Count and Survey
for Pinellas County, which was con-
ducted the week of January 25,
2009, and referred to homeless sta-
tus on the night of January 25/26.
"We have known anecdotally for
at least a year that the poor econ-
omy was having a major impact on
the numbers of homeless persons
in Pinellas County. The results pro-
vided here demonstrate factually
how large the increase has been,"
Jackson said.
This was the most comprehen-
sive Homeless Count and Survey
ever conducted by the Pinellas
County Coalition for the Homeless,
involving almost 400 volunteers
and numerous staff persons from
homeless service providers. The
County worked diligently to ensure
that persons were not counted
more than one time. Homeless in-
dividuals and families were found
throughout the county, from the
southern areas to north Tarpon
Springs. They were found living on
the street, in cars and abandoned
buildings, in camps along railroad
tracks and close to the Pinellas
Trail, and at emergency shelters
and transitional housing programs.
The numbers of homeless indi-
viduals and families are much
larger than ever before in Pinellas
County, for a variety of reasons.
First, as the most comprehen-
sive count by the County was able
to find homeless persons un-
counted previously.
Second, and more importantly,
the large increase in numbers has
been caused by the dramatic eco-
nomic downturn we continue to ex-
perience here. Individuals and fam-
ilies that were barely maintaining
housing a year or two ago, are now
unable to do so. Thousands of peo-
ple have lost their jobs, which has
led to loss of rental or owned hous-
ing. Households have lost their
rental housing- and current rent
and deposits- due to foreclosures of
See HOMELESS COUNT I Page 6


Castor wants standardized treatment


ST. PETERSBURG Congresswoman
Kathy Castor announced details of a bill she
filed last week to eliminate minority disparities
in breast cancer treatment on Monday, May 11,
at Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center in St. Pe-
tersburg. Joined by Jackie Brown, a breast can-
cer survivor, and Claudia Agulado Loi, presi-
dent of LUNA support group for Latina at
Moffitt Cancer Center, Castor discussed the
disparity in breast cancer treatment among
minorities.
According to Castor, African-American
women are 1.9 times more likely to be diag-
nosed with an advanced stage of breast cancer
than white women.
Hispanic women are 1.4 times more likely
to be diagnosed with an advanced stage of
breast cancer.


Research has found that Hispanic women
are about 20 percent more likely to die from
breast cancer than non-Hispanic women. Sim-
ilar trends exist among black women.
Castor's bill is designed to standardize
health care practices for breast cancer pa-
tients, and it will require providers to report
their practices, in hopes of encouraging doc-
tors to offer adequate care for all.
Castor, a Democrat from Tampa, said that
because of its diversity, the Tampa Bay region
should be especially concerned about breast
cancer.
Castor explained that her bill contains pro-
visions that will encourage healthcare
providers to screen low-income patients for
breast cancer and increase the standards of
treatment among minorities.


Going


Photo by Frank R. Carreras III
Gas prices are creeping up again, with wholesale prices hitting their highest levels of the year,
according to the AAA. The average price of regular unleaded gas rose by 14 cents in the last week, to
$2.21 a gallon down from its high of $4.11 last July. It also rose 14 cents in Florida, to $2.23 a gallon
from $2.09.The AAA indicated that it did not expect gas prices to rise above $2.50 per gallon nationwide
this summer.


Photo by Frank R. Carreras III
Congresswoman Kathy Castor, joined by L-R Jackie Brown and Claudia
Agulado Loi, highlighted her recent bill on Monday at the Johnnie Ruth Clarke
Health Center in St. Petersburg.


St. Pete


musuem


reopens


ST. PETERSBURG The
Florida International Museum at St.
Petersburg Collage is reopening in
May 2009. The popular downtown
destination, home of successful ex-
hibits such as Diana, Vatican Splen-
dors and Ink & Blood, is now under
the umbrella of St. Petersburg Col-
lege, as is The Palladium at St. Pe-
tersburg College. "We are proud
and excited to reopen our exhibit
space," said Kathy Oathout, Direc-
tor of Operations, The Palladium,
Florida International Museum &
SPC Downtown Arts. "The mu-
seum is has a wonderful history as
part of a vibrant downtown arts
scene and we look forward to con-
tinue to bring unique, educational
and inspiring exhibits for the people
of Tampa Bay."
In acquiring the two cultural en-
tities and building the new St. Pe-
tersburg College Downtown Cul-
tural Center, which houses the
offices for The Florida Orchestra,
American Stage and its new 182-
seat Raymond James Theatre,
which opens in June, SPC has
shown its commitment to the cul-
tural arts and downtown St. Peters-
burg. "SPC recognizes and teaches
the value of the arts and pledges
our continued support," says Carl
M. Kuttler, Jr., SPC President. "We
welcome FIM to our family and look
ahead with great anticipation and
are pleased to continue to contribute
See MUSEUM I Page 6


Grants revitalize local brownfields


ATLANTA U.S. Environmen-
tal Protection Agency Administrator
Lisa P. Jackson has announced the
availability of an estimated $4.8 mil-
lion in grants bolstered by funds from
the American Recovery and Rein-
vestment Act of 2009 to help commu-
nities in Florida clean up sites known
as "brownfields" which may be con-
taminated by hazardous chemicals or
pollutants.
The grants, which include $2.2 mil-
lion from the Recovery Act and $2.6
million from the EPA brownfields gen-
eral program funding, will help revi-


talize former industrial and commer-
cial sites, turning them from problem
properties to productive community
use.
"Cleaning and reusing contami-
nated properties provide the catalyst
to improving the lives of residents liv-
ing in or near brownfields communi-
ties," said Jackson. "A revitalized
brownfields site reduces threats to
human health and the environment,
creates green jobs, promotes commu-
nity involvement, and attracts invest-
ment in local neighborhoods."
"Brownfields initiatives demon-


strate how environmental protection
and economic development work
hand-in-hand," said Stan Meiburg,
EPA Acting Regional Administrator
in Atlanta. "This funding will help lo-
cal efforts in transforming underuti-
lized properties into community as-
sets while providing a boost for the
economy through the creation of
green jobs."
Applicants selected to receive Re-
covery Act funds include Central
Florida Regional Planning with $1.0
million for Assessment Coalition.
Clearwater received $400,000 for


community wide assessment. Cocoa
received $400,000 for community
wide assessment and Tampa received
$400,000 for community wide assess-
ment.
The grants will help to assess,
clean and redevelop abandoned, con-
taminated properties known as
brownfields.
Brownfields are sites where ex-
pansion, redevelopment, or reuse may
be complicated by the presence or po-
tential presence of a hazardous sub-
stance, pollutant, or contaminant. In
addition, the Small Business Liability


Relief and Brownfields Revitalization
Act of 2002 expanded the definition of
a brownfield to include mine-scarred
lands or sites contaminated by petro-
leum or the manufacture of illegal
drugs. Grant recipients are selected
through a national competition. The
Brownfields Program encourages de-
velopment of America's estimated
450,000 abandoned and contaminated
waste sites.
More information on brownfields
cleanup revolving loan fund pilots and
grants at http://www.epa.gov/brown-
fields/eparecovery/index.htm.


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At A Glance......3
Calendar ..........2
Classifieds .......6
Briefs ...............3


Crossword.......5
RAYS...............2...
Legal Ads.....4-5
Weekly Recipe..5


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EVENTS CALENDAR


Submit your events to
news@pinellas-news.com


Today, May 15, 2009
Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Tropicana Field. Thurs. 7:08 p.m.; Fri.
7:38 p.m.; Sat. 4:10 p.m.; and Sun. 1:38 p.m. www.raysbaseball.com or 1-800-
FAN-RAYS.
Romeo + Juliet: The Studio @ 620, 620 1st Ave. S. Times TBA. A production of
the timeless "Romeo and Juliet". Enjoy a take on the Shakespearean classic
done as only 620 can, directed by Bob Devin Jones.www.studio620.org or 727-
895-6620.
Relay For Life of Downtown St. Petersburg:
451 8th Ave. S.E. Overnight event starting at 6 p.m. and award closing ceremony
at 8 a.m. One day. One night. One community. Your Relay For Life is about cele-
bration, remembrance, and hope. By participating, you honor cancer survivors,
pay tribute to the lives we've lost to the disease, and raise money to help fight it
all right here in your community. www.relayforlife.org
Salsa En St. Pete:
The Pier, 800 2nd Ave. N.E., first floor. 9 p.m. to midnight. Come early at 8:30 p.m.
for free Salsa lessons. Have fun dancing the night away. www.stpetepier.com or
727-821-6443.
Webb's City, The Concert Version: The Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253
5th Ave. N. Thurs. through Sat. 7:30 p.m. and Sun 1 p.m. The original musical
comedy by Bill Leavengood and Lee Ahlin centers on "Doc" Webb, one of the most
colorful entrepreneurs in the history of Florida. The Palladium's concert version of
the show, a form made famous by the "Encore!" series at the City Center in New
York, will offer all the essential scenes and songs with minimal scenery and cos-
tumes. Against the backdrop of today's economic downturn, the story of a fear-
less dreamer who built his business during the Great Depression is particularly
timely and hopeful. Webb's City follows the great booms and busts of the
American 20th century that paralleled the booms and busts of Doc Webb's life -
the dissolution of his first marriage, the 30-year-romance of his second marriage,
his support of the African-American community, and the ongoing battle with his
maverick son, Jimmy. www.mypalladium.org or 727-822-3590.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Saturday Guided Hikes: Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Dr. N.E. 9 a.m.
Guided hikes through coastal mangrove and upland ecosystems of the Preserve
are held each Saturday of the month. Join us to learn about the coastal environ-
ment and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve. www.weedonislandpre-
serve.org or 727-463-6500.
Weedon Island Preserve Spring Butterfly Count: Weedon Island Preserve, 1800
Weedon Dr. N.E. 9:30 a.m. Each Spring Butterfly Count contributes data to the
important long-term monitoring program through the North American Butterfly
Association. www.weedonislandpreserve.org or 727-463-6500.
FISH-ful Saturday: Sustainable Seafood Fundraiser: Fins, Fans and Fun.Pier
Aquarium, 800 2nd Ave. N.E. Noon to 2 p.m. www.pieraquarium.org or 727-895-
7437.
Family Day: Super Saturday: Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. N.E. Discovery
Hour: Isis Nursing Horus, 11 a.m. World of Imagination Storytelling: Stories star-
ring Mom, 12:30 p.m. MFA: Hands-On!: Ancient Egyptian-inspired sculpture using
Model Magic, 1:30 p.m. Encore: Nan Colton's Art and Sculpture, 3 p.m. www.fine-
arts.org or 727-896-2667.
Writing Down Your Soul with author Janet Conner: Florida Craftsmen, 501
Central Ave.10 a.m. to noon. Reading and Booksigning: In Writing Down Your
Soul,Janet explains how anyone can use the simple act of writing to exit con-
scious mind, enter the all-important theta brain wave state and access that voice
of inner knowing, creativity and wisdom. On Saturday, she'll explain what deep
soul writing is (hint: it's not journaling), share what science has to say about why
this form of writing is so effective, teach us how to maximize the theta brain wave
state, and share a ten-minute experience of writing in theta. Bring a journal or
notepad and a bottle of water. www.floridacraftsmen.net or 727-821-7391.
Florida Orchestra Masterworks Concert: Resurrection: Progress Energy
Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater. 8 p.m. www.floridaorchestra.org or 1-800-
662-7286.
Woven Threads Through Time: Maya Weaving Workshops: Weedon Island
Preserve, 1800 Weedon Dr. N.E. 9 a.m. Learn the basic techniques of weaving
with the traditional backstrap loom, a device used by Maya women for over a mil-
lennium in this two-session workshop. Participants work on creating a table run-
ner under the expert guidance of Maya weaver Concepcin Poou Coy Tharin from
the Coban region of Guatemala. www.weedonislandpreserve.org or 727-463-
6500.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Florida Blood Services at Peddler's Market and Antique Stroll: Grand Central
District between 24th and 26th St.. on Central Ave. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fun, music
and great treasure hunting. Enjoy a festive atmosphere and stroll through an
eclectic variety of antique, retail shops and restaurants. www.grandcentraldis-
trict.org or 727-328-7086.
Sunday Afternoon Fun: The Pier, 800 2nd Ave N.E. First and Third Sundays. Lars
Erick Robinson, caricature artist from Fritzy Brothers One Man Circus and family
fun. www.stpetepier.com or 727-821-6443.
Music Fest on the Water with the Mellow Smooth: The Pier, 800 2nd Ave. N.E.
Waterside Cafe. 1 to 4 p.m. www.stpetepier.com or 727-821-6443.
Marly Music Society 2009 Summer Music Concert: St. Lawrence String
Quartet with Stephen Prutsman, pianist. Museum of Fine Arts Marly Room, 255
Beach Dr. N.E. 2 p.m. www.fine-arts.org or 727-896-2667.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Celebrity Critter of the Week, Elkhorn Coral: Pier Aquarium, 800 2nd Ave. N.E.
Noon to 2 p.m. www.pieraquarium.org or 727-895-7437.
Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Tropicana Field. Mon. to Wed. 7:08 p.m.
and Thurs. 4:08 p.m. www.raysbaseball.com or 1-800-FAN-RAYS.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Green Cities: Sustainable Solutions Through Education for Communities,
Business, and Government: Orlando, Orange County Convention Center.
Workshops, lectures, educational seminars: times vary during conference. Green
CitiesTM is part of a powerful global movement delivering sustainable inspiration,
education and networking to members of the greater community, business, and
government. Green CitiesTM Florida has been designed to deliver an impressive,
relevant and interactive experience to governments and businesses to equip and
empower sustainable decision making. Unique to Green CitiesTM are innovative
and optimum education systems such as interactive and collaborative workshops,
best practices case studies, conversation caf environments, roundtables and open
space technology sessions, www.greencities.com
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tea Dance: Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N. First and Third Wednesdays. Dance
instruction 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., taped music 12:30 to 1 p.m. and live music
by various bands 1 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon dancing.
www.stpete.org/coliseum or 727-892-5202.
620 Sideways : A Film Event Part of The Studio@620 5th Anniversary
Celebration. The Studio @ 620,620 1st Ave. S. www.studio620.org or 727-895-
6620.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Dali & Beyond Film Series: Shock of the New: The Threshold of Liberty.
Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 3rd St. S. 6 p.m. Hosted by Robert Hughes, this
series was intelligent, gripping, and innovative. This chapter documents the art
movement that gripped its exponents with the fervor of a religion: Surrealism.
Radical artists including De Chirico, Ernst, Mir and Dali, brought the subconscious
to the fore and attempted to tap into innocent and irrationality. Their story culmi-
nates in the surrealist exodus to New York and the transition from Surrealism to
Abstract Expressionism. (BBC Time-Life, 1980, 55 min.) www.salvadordalimuse-
um.org or 727-823-3767.


RAYS 8, ORIOLES 6



Bartlett sparks Rays


BALTIMORE The Tama
Bay Rays ended a two-game losing
streak in Baltimore last night, beat-
ing the Orioles 8-6 in front of a
crowd of 13,237 at Camden Yards.
The Rays finished their road trip
4-3, and avoided last place in the
American League East.
Everything went right for the
Rays early in the game with de-
fense leading the way.
Shortstop Jason Bartlett jacked a
solo homerun to left-center field,
tying the game in the third inning.
Singles from Navarro, B.J. Up-
ton, and Zobrist pushed the lead to
8-2 in the ninth inning.
TThen Troy Percival entered in
the bottom of the ninth to make his
700th career appearance and
that's when it took a turn for the
worse.
Percival immediately gave up a
double to Cesar Izturis before sur-
rendering a two-run homer to Brian
Roberts. Felix Pie followed with a
solo shot to cut the lead to 8-5. One
out later, Huff doubled to right to
chase Percival in favor of J.P. How-
ell.
Thanks to a comfortable lead the
Rays were able to escape the ninth
with a win.


Photo by Frank R. Carreras III
Shortstop Jason Bartlett jacked a solo homerun to left-center field, tying the game
in the third inning. The Rays finished their road trip 4-3, and avoid last place in the
American League East.


Sox fan charged in Trop assault


ST. PETERSBURG The St.
Petersburg Police Department inves-
tigated an Aggravated Battery on Sat-
urday May 2, 2009 at about 11:00pm
near the conclusion of the Tampa Bay
Rays Boston Red Sox baseball game
at Tropicana Field.
The victim, John Thaddeus Ritter,
19, 1280 38th Avenue NE, St. Peters-
burg, Florida, a Tampa Bay Rays fan,
apparently exchanged words with a
man later identified as Joseph
Michael Norton, a Boston Red Sox
fan, as they both were leaving the sta-
dium and walking down the outside
ramp at Gate Six.
According to witnesses, Norton
ran up behind Ritter and "sucker
punched" him in the back of the head,
causing to fall forward on the sloping,
concrete ramp. Norton struck his
head on the concrete pavement and


suffered a concussion and serious
head injuries. He has since been re-
leased from the hospital.
St. Petersburg Police Department's
investigation positively identified
Joseph Michael Norton, DOB: 12-23-
78, 8102 Sheldon Rd., Tampa, Florida
as the suspect in the case and ob-
tained a warrant for his arrest this
week.
St. Petersburg Police Department
detectives requested the assistance
of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's
Office in locating Norton because he
lives in their county. HCSO deputies
arrested Norton Friday morning at
his residence and booked him into
the HCSO jail.
St. Petersburg Police Investigators
attempted to interview Norton about
this case, but he declined to make a
statement.


Joseph Michael Norton was arested
for Aggravated Batter. According to
witnesses, Norton ran up behind Ritter
and "sucker punched" him in the back
of the head, causing Ritter to fall
forward on the sloping, concrete ramp.


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Team Win/Loss Win Percentage Streak
TORONTO 23-13 .639 L1

BOSTON 21 13 .618 L1

NEW YORK 16-17 .485 W1

TAMPA BAY 16 19 .457 W1

BALTIMORE 14-20 .412 L1

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Friday, May 15, 2009 I PINELLAS NEWS I Page 3


PINELLAS COUNTY


LOCAL


BRIEFS


'Haul Pass' offers
cheap bus fare for
kids

CLEARWATER Many parents
simply don't have the time or money
to drive their kids around this sum-
mer, and that's where the Pinellas
Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)
Summer Youth "Haul Pass" comes
in. For only $35, kids ages 18 and
younger get unlimited transportation
on PSTA for the entire summer (ex-
cluding the 100X and 300X routes to
Tampa). That's less than $2.40 a
week for unlimited transportation.
Haul Passes are on sale now at
www.psta.net or can be purchased at
PSTA terminals and ticket outlets
throughout the county. Kids will
need a school or government-issued
ID (verifying age) to use the Haul
Pass, or they can get a PSTA Youth
ID with proof of age at a PSTA ter-
minal. Haul Passes are valid on PSTA
buses between May 15 and August
31.
Technically savvy youngsters will
love using PSTA's new Google Tran-
sit Trip Planner to find the route that
will take them to the beach, the
movies, or anywhere around town.
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Au-
thority is the public transit provider
for Pinellas County that carries
nearly 13 million riders a year along
nearly 40 bus and trolley routes.
PSTA's fleet includes 205 vehicles.
To learn more, call the PSTA In-
foLine at (727) 540-1900 or visit
www.psta.net.


Inmate sought in
accidental release

PINELLAS COUNTY Mouzon
has an arrest history in Pinellas
County on drug charges, theft, and


domestic violence related charges.
Anyone having any information
on his where-
abouts is asked
to call the Sher-
iffs Office at 582-
6200, or to re-
main anonymous
and be eligible
for a reward, a
please call Crime Nelson
Stoppers at 1-
800-873-TIPS.
The erroneous release is being
reviewed per agency policy.

Police search for
Wachovia Bank
robber
PINELLAS COUNTY-- Pinellas
Sheriff's Office detectives are inves-
tigating a bank robbery at the Wa-
chovia Bank in Belleair Bluffs.
Deputies responded to the robbery at
about 9:50 a.m. on Friday, May 8,
2009 at the Wachovia Bank located at
2515 West Bay Drive in Belleair
Bluffs.
Detectives say the suspect en-
tered the bank, approached a teller
displayed a handgun and demanded
cash. The teller complied with the
demand and the suspect fled from
the bank in a dark colored 4-door ve-
hicle.
The suspect is described as a
black male about 20-30 year of age, 6
feet tall with a medium build and
weighing about 170-180 pounds. He
was last seen wearing a plaid but-
ton-up short sleeve shirt, dark col-
ored pants a black ball cap, mirrored
su n -
glasses,
ti-and he is
believed
to be
wearing a
fake
beard.
? Any -
one with
informa-
The suspect is described as a black tion that
male about 20-30 year of age, 6 feet may as-
sist de-
tall, weighing about 170-180 pounds. tec'tides
in this
case is asked to contact Detective
Jeremy Nygren at (727)582-6200 or


to remain anonymous call Crime
Stoppers at 1800-873-TIPS.

Three arrested in
human Trafficking

ST. PETERSBURG Detectives
from the Sheriff's Investigative Op-
erations Unit, Clearwater Police, the
Clearwater Area Human Trafficking
Task Force, and the FDLE investi-
gate and arrested three persons be-
lieved to have run a human traffick-
ing operation out of a Treasure Island
home in Pinellas County.
Investigators have information
that the victims were forced into
prostitution and were dancers at
clubs in the Bay Area and elsewhere.
Several victims have been identi-
fied by investigators. Detectives also
believe there may be more victims,
who were too intimidated to report
the crimes committed upon them.
The victims are not being identi-
fied due to the nature of the crime
primarily sexual battery. The arrest
culminate a two month investigation,
which began with a tip.
More charges are possible and
perhaps more arrests.
The investigation continues. Any-
one having any information on this
alleged human trafficking operation
is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at
727-582-6200, or to remain anony-
mous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-
873-TIPS.


Armed robbery sus-
pects nabbed

PINELLAS COUNTY
Deputies have arrested three sus-
pects in connection with a carjacking
and armed robbery in an unincorpo-
rated area of St. Petersburg. The car-
jacking and armed robbery occurred
at about 7:14 p.m. on Sunday May
10, 2009 at 64th Avenue North, just
east of 31st Street in unincorporated
St. Petersburg.
According to deputies the victims
were headed eastbound on 64th Av-
enue North just east of 31st Street
when the three suspects in a black
Mercury Sable cut them off and
forced them to a stop. The three sus-
pects, one of whom was armed, ap-


proached the victims' vehicle and
forced them out at gunpoint. The
suspects then ordered the victims to


the ground and
robbed them.
The suspects
then split up and
drove off in both
vehicles.
The victims
reported the car-
jacking to 911.
Deputies re-
sponded to the
scene. Shortly
thereafter, two
suspicious vehi-
cles were spot-
ted at an apart-
ment complex
located at 1921
58th Avenue
North. Deputies
responded and
positively identi-
fied the vehicles
as the ones in-
volved in the car-
jacking.
The suspects
were also seen
and when
deputies ap-
proached, the
three ran
through a
breezeway.
One deputy
confronted all
three suspects at
the other end of


Henry


uavis


Bassett
15-year-old Desmond
D. Henry, 16-year-old
Robert Lee Bassett and
16-year-old Jason
Davis were arrested
fro armed robbery.


the breezeway and ordered them to
stop. Two of the suspects, 16-year-
old Robert Lee Bassett andl6-year-
old Jason Davis complied and were
arrested without further incident.
The third suspect, 15-year-old
Desmond D. Henry, did not comply
and continued to run. Henry was
subsequently tracked and appre-
hended by Canine Unit Corporal
Robert Livernois and his canine part-
ner.
Bassett was arrested for carjack-
ing, armed robbery and possession of
crack cocaine. Davis was arrested for
carjacking and armed robbery. Henry
was arrested for carjacking, armed
robbery, resisting arrest without vio-
lence and violation of probation from
the Department of Juvenile Justice.


Boy saves CDC: No need for school closures


three TALLAHASSEE The Center Seminole,Okeechobee, andDuval, work of Sentinel Physician Providers.
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year-old


girl


SEMINOLE An 8-year-old
boy is credited with saving a
drowning three year-old girl from a
pool. Deputies responded to the
incident on Sunday evening at a
private residence located in Semi-
nole.
According to deputies, the two
families were outside in the back-
yard of the home. The four chil-
dren, ranging in ages from three
to eight, were playing in the south-
west back corner of the lot, when
the adults briefly went back into
the home.
The eight-year-old child,Tyler
Kemmitzer also left the backyard
and went to the front yard.
While he was in the front yard
he heard a splash and immediately
ran around to the north side of the
home, jumped onto a vehicle hitch
and then onto the home's air com-
pressor, from where he could see
the above ground pool. From atop
the air compressor he saw his 3-
year-old sister, Taylor Kemmitzer
, near the pool and began to yell at
her that she was not allowed in the
pool.
Tyler then saw Taylor pointing
at 3-year-old Ashley Lawler, who
was face down in the water.
Deputies say Tyler immediately
jumped over the homes 4-foot
fence to get to the backyard, ran to
the ladder of the pool, climbed it,
jumped in the water, swam towards
Ashley and dragged her back to-
wards the pool's ladder.
Tyler's father, Dale Kemmitzer
then assisted in pulling the child
out of the water. Ashley's mother,
Ilea Lyons performed CPR on the
child and she regained conscious-
ness. Ashley was subsequently
transported to All Children's Hos-
pital for observation and treatment
of non-life threatening injuries.
Ilea Lyons and her two children,
who are from Webster, Florida
were in Seminole visiting their
friends the Kemmitzers.
The investigation continues.


Ioi IJliseaset Control anIIIIouIIcet Itia
samples are being received by Florida
Department of Health Laboratories
for analysis from physicians and hos-
pitals across the state.
All four Department of Health lab-
oratories have received testing sup-
plies from the Centers for Disease
Control and now can test samples to
confirm HIN1 Swine Flu. This test-
ing capability allows the Department
to expedite results as we no longer
need to send probable cases to CDC
laboratories.
Florida has 58 confirmed cases in
the following counties: one in Osce-
ola, Alachua, Indian River, Marion,
Clay, Collier, Lake, Manatee, Flagler,


two in OrangeI, Direvard and laasota,
3 in Pinellas, 7 in Lee, 8 in Hillsbor-
ough, and 11 in Dade and Broward
each.
The Department of Health con-
tinues enhanced surveillance and
outreach to physicians, hospitals and
other health care professionals. The
surveillance system, consisting of
sentinel physicians reporting in-
fluenza activity, DOH laboratories re-
ceiving specimens from physicians
and hospitals and our ability to mon-
itor emergency room cases and over-
the-counter drug sales is fully oper-
ational.
Department of Health continues
its enhanced surveillance with a net-


I iese providlers sen lselecteci sam-
ples of laboratory specimens to state
laboratories for testing if they have
patients with influenza like illness
(ILI). These physicians also continue
to report weekly ILI cases to the De-
partment of Health.
Anti-virals have been pre-posi-
tioned to areas of potential need. We
have over one half million individual
courses.
The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention has reported 2532
confirmed cases of novel influenza in
the United States with three deaths.
T Participation in Centers for Dis-
ease Control and other national con-
ference calls will continue.


At A 0

Glance


Dog of the Week
ZAP


Photo courtesy of SPCA


TAMPA, SPCA Zap is a
beautiful Terrier mix At 10 years
old, he's a senior citizen, but you'd
never know it. He is still very ac-
tive and knows a few commands,
too like sit, shake, speak and
dance. Zap is housetrained and
loves attention. He would prefer a
home with no other dogs, with chil-
dren at least 10 years-old, and with
a comfy lap for him to curl up in!
Come meet Zap today at the SPCA
Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Avenue
North, in Largo.
For more information about Zap
and his adoptable pals call 727-586-
3591 or visit their website,
www.SPCATampaBay.org. The
Pinellas County Animal Services
adoption fee is only $35 and in-
cludes spay/neuter, shot series, in-
ternal and external parasite con-
trol, heartworm testing, feline
leukemia testing, rabies tag, li-
cense and required county license.
More companion dogs and cats
are up for adoption at Pinellas
County Animal Services, located
at 12450 Ulmerton Road. Adoption
hours are from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. Saturdays. The shelter is
closed to the public on Thursdays.


Cat of the Week
JANE


Photo courtesy of SAL


CLEARWATER, SAL Jane
is a sweet domestic cat. Jane and
her brother Tarzan were rescued
from a house with 10 other aban-
doned kitties. Jane can be a little
shy at first, but she does warm up
quickly. She loves to play with toys,
abd the ones with the feathers are
her favorite. Jane gets along well
with other cats, and would just re-
ally like a home to call her own.
Come meet Jane today at the Sun-
coast Animal League, 1030 Penn-
sylvania Ave, Palm Harbor.
For more information about Jane
and her adoptable pals call 727-
786-1330 or visit their web-
site,www.suncoastanimalleague.or
g. The Pinellas County Animal
Services adoption fee is only $35
and includes spay/neuter, shot se-
ries, internal and external parasite
control, heartworm testing, feline
leukemia testing, rabies tag, li-
cense and required county license.
More companion dogs and cats
are up for adoption at the Suncoast
Animal League, 1030 Pennsylvania
Ave, Palm Harbor.


Military News
NAVY

FHTNC Navy Seaman Ap-
prentice Matthew J. McGoldrick,
son of Julie A. Provenzano of
Tampa, Fla. and Daniel McGoldrick
of Clearwater, Fla., recently com-
pleted U.S. Navy basic training at
Recruit Training Command, Great
Lakes, Ill.
McGoldrick is a 2005 graduate
of Blake High School of Tampa, Fla.
During the eight-week program,
McGoldrick completed a variety of
training which included classroom
study and practical instruction on
naval customs, first aid, firefight-
ing, water safety and survival, and
shipboard and aircraft safety. An
emphasis was also placed on phys-
ical fitness.
The capstone event of boot
camp is "Battle Stations". This ex-
ercise gives recruits the skills and
confidence they need to succeed
in the fleet. "


Under Construction


Photo courtesy of NASA
Astronaut Andrew Feustel practices installing the Fastener Capture Plate on an
underwater mockup of the Advanced Camera for Surveys at the Neutral Buoyancy
Laboratory in Houston. Astronauts will attempt to repair the instrument during Servicing
Mission 4 to Hubble on Monday.


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NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No.: 09-2582
Division ES4

IN RE: ESTATE OF
FREDDIE EUGENE GRANT.
Deceased.
The administration of the
estate of Freddie Eugene Grant,
deceased, whose date of death
was January 30, 2009, and whose
Social Security Number is ***-
**-2615, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Pinellas County,
Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 315 Court
Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756.
The names and addresses of the
personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney
are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF
3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECE-
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is MAY 8, 2009.
Personal Representative.
Stephanie Grant
2391 68th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
R. Michael Robinson, Esq
300 31st Street North,
Suite 215
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
727-230-1767
FBN: 348971
11995 MAY 8.15.2009 050804
NOTICE OF ACTION
FOR DISSOLUTION OF
MARRIAGE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CaseNo.: 09-4331-FD-9

RICHARD KENNITH SCHUH,
Petitioner,
AND
JUDY L. SCHUH,
Respondent.
TO: JUDY L. SCHUH
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
an action has been filed against
you and that you are required to
serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on
RICHARD KENNITH SCHUH,
whose address is 5603 60TH
WAY N., ST. PETE, Florida
33709, on or before May 29,
2009, hand file the original with
the clerk of this Court at 545 1ST
Ave. N. ST. PETERSBURG,
Florida 33701, before service on
Petitioner or immediately there-
after. If you fail to do so, a default
may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the peti-
tion.
Copies of all court docu-
ments in this case, including
orders, are available at the Clerk
of the Circuit Court's office. You
may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of
the Circuit Court's office notified
of your current address. (You may
file Notice of Current Address,
Florida Supreme Court Approved
Family Law Form 12.915.)
Future papers in this lawsuit will
be mailed to the address on record
at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285,
Florida Family Law Rules of
Procedure, requires certain auto-
matic disclosure of documents
and information. Failure to com-
ply can result in sanctions,
including dismissal or striking of
pleadings.
Dated: APRIL 21, 2009.
KEN BURKE
CLERK CIRCUIT COURT
315 COURT STREET
CLEARWATER,
FLORIDA 33756
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
By: /S/ LINDA EDMUND
Deputy Clerk
DM050101MAY 1,8.15.22, 219 050101


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No.: 09-2238-ES
Division 3

IN RE: ESTATE OF
SANDRA A. BOWER
Deceased.
The administration of the
estate of Sandra A. Bower,
deceased, whose date of death
was February 22, 2009, is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for
Pinellas County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is
315 Court Street, Clearwater, FL
33756. The names and addresses
of the personal representative and
the personal representative's
attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF
3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING TIIE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTFI
ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH. IS BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is May 8. 2009.
Personal Representative:
Mark E. Bower
5014 Dogwood Drive
Warrenton, Virginia 20187
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
Cynthia J. McMillen
Attorney for Mark E. Bower
Law Offices of Joseph F. Pippen,
Jr. & Associates, PL
1920 East Bay Drive
Largo, FL 33771
Telephone; (727) 586-3306
Florida Bar No. 351581
SPN:01769503
13105-2MAY 8. 15. 2009050809


NOTICE OF ACTION
FOR DISSOLUTION OF
MARRIAGE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE SIXTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No.: 09-3371-FD-12

JAMES A. GORDON
Petitioner
and
ELIZABETH M. GORDON
Respondent.
TO: ELIZABETH M. GORDON
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
an action has been filed against
you and that you are required to
serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on James A.
Gordon, whose address is 4035
18th Ave South, St. Petersburg Fl
33711 on or before May 29, 2009
and file the original with the clerk
of this Court at 545- 1st Ave
North, St. Petersburg, Fl, 33701,
before service on Petitioner or
immediately thereafter. If you fail
to do so, a default may be entered
against you for the relief demand-
ed in the petition.
Copies of all court docu-
ments in this case, including
orders, are available at the Clerk
of the Circuit Court's office. You
may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of
the Circuit Court's office notified
of your current address. (You may
file Notice of Current Address,
Florida Supreme Court Approved
Family Law Form 12.915.)
Future papers in this lawsuit will
be mailed to the address on record
at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285,
Florida Family Law Rules of
Procedure, requires certain auto-
matic disclosure of documents
and information. Failure to com-
ply can result in sanctions,
including dismissal or striking of
pleadings.
Dated April 24, 2009.
KEN BURKE
CLERK CIRCUIT COURT
315 COURT STREET
CLEARWATER, PINELLAS
COUNTY, FL 33756-5165
BY: /S/ RHONDA DITTY
DEPUTY CLERK
DMO5010MVAY1,8,15,22,2C9 050108


NOTICE OF SALE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
UCN: 522008CA005268XXCICI
REF: 08-005268-CI-008

CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA,
Plaintiff,
vs.
EDITH S. WRIGHT A/K/A
EDITH SPIVEY WRIGHT etc., et al.,
Defendants.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT, pursuant to the SUMMA-
RY FINAL JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE entered in this cause in
the Circuit Court of Pinellas County, Florida, I will sell the property sit-
uated in Pinellas County, Florida, described as:

Lot 5, of WILDWOOD, according to the map or plat thereof
as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 17, public records of Pinellas
County, Florida
Commonly known as:
2709 15th Avenue South St. Petersburg,

at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, at the west
door of the Pinellas County Judicial Building, 545 First Avenue North,
St. Petersburg, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on May 29, 2009.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS
FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A
CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
ANY PERSON WITH A DISABILITY REQUIRING REASON-
ABLE ACCOMMODATIONS SHOULD CALL (727) 464-4062
(V/TDD) NO LATER THAN SEVEN (7) DAYS PRIOR TO ANY
PROCEEDING.
DATED:April 28, 2009.


MAY 8 15 200


KEN BURKE
Clerk of the Circuit Court
/s/ SUSAN C. RUSTAY
DEPUTY CLERK
9 050801


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 09-001892ES
Division 003

IN RE: ESTATE OF
LIZZIE MAE MATTER,
Deceased.
The administration of the
estate of LIZZIE MAE MOT-
TER, deceased, whose date of
death was February 4, 2009; File
Number 09-001892ES003 is
pending in the Circuit Court for
Pinellas County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is
315 Court Street, Clearwater. FL
33756. The names and addresses
of the personal representative and
the personal representative's
attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
estate, on whom a copy of this
notice has been served, must file
their claims with this court
WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE TIME OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECE-
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is: MAY 8, 2009.
Personal Representative
GENELLE SMITH
92 Cypress Drive
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
William Rambaum
Attorney for Personal
Representative
WILLIAM RAMBAUM
& ASSOCIATES, PA.
28960 US Hwy 19 N,
Ste. 100
Clearwater, FL 33761
Telephone: (727) 781-5357
Facsimile: (727) 781-1387
FBN 0297682
SPN 00220429
10720 MAY 8 15 2009 050803



NOTICE OF ACTION
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIRCUIT CIVIL NO.:
09-4405-FD-25

IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF:
RONALD E. SERRE
Petitioner/Husband,
and
CLAUDIA STARR,
Respondent/Wife.
TO: CLAUDIA STARR
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
an action for Dissolution of
Marriage following: IN RE: THE
MARRIAGE OF RONALD E.
SERRE and CLAUDIA STARR
in the Pinellas County Circuit
Court has been filed against you
and you are required to serve a
copy of your written defenses, if
any, to it on DAVID L. LEVY,
ESQUIRE, Petitioner's attorney,
whose address is 1608 Hampton
Court, Safety Harbor, Florida
34695, on or before MAY 29,
2009, and to file the original with
the clerk of this Court either
before service on Petitioner's
attorney or immediately there-
after; otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief
demanded in the Petition.
Dated: APRIL 24, 2009.
KEN BURKE
CLERK CIRCUIT COURT
315 COURT STREET
CLEARWATER,
FLORIDA 33756
By: /S/ LINDA EDMUND
Deputy Clerk
16784-2MAY 1,8,15,22,2009 050107


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 09-1283ES
Division 4

IN RE: ESTATE OF
THELMA B. JULIEN
Deceased.
The administration of the
estate of Thelma B. Julien,
deceased, whose date of death
wasSeptember 18, 2008, is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for
Pinellas County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is
31.5 Court Street, Clearwater, FL
33756, The names and addresses
of the personal representative and
the personal representative's
attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF
3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MO.RE- AFTER THE DECE-
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is May 8, 2009.
Personal Representative
Merrill Lynch Trust Company
5200 Town Center Circle,
Suite 500
Boca Raton, Florida. 33486
Attorney for Personal
Representative
Karen S. Keaton, Esquire
Karen S. Keaton, PA.
Florida Bar No.: 394165
SPN: 303471
Post Office Box 1139
St. Petersburg, FL 33731-1139
Telephone: (727) 822-2200
Fax: (727) 822-1985
10240 MAY 8. 15. 2009 050813


NOTICE OF ACTION
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No.: 08-13093 FD-017

KATERYNA IHORVINA BETZ,
Petitioner,
And
JAMES ANDREW BETZ,
Respondent.
To: James Andrew Betz
2849 Bradley Court
New Port Richey, Florida 33465
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
an action for Dissolution of
Marriage has been filed against
you at 2849 Bradley Court, New
Port Richey, Florida 33465 and
you are required to serve a copy
of your written defenses, if any,
on Mark T Blake, Petitioners'
attorney, whose address is 1810
East Palm Ave. #4304, Tampa,
Florida 33605, on or before the
29TH day of May 2009, and file
the original with the Clerk of this
Court either before service on
Petitioners' attorney or immedi-
ately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against
you for the relief demanded in the
petition.
ANY PERSONS WITH A
DISABILITY REQUIRING
REASONABLE ACCOMMO-
DATIONS SHOULD CALL
(727) 464-4062 (V/TDD), NO
LATER THAN SEVEN (7)
DAYS PRIOR TO ANY PRO-
CEEDING.
WITNESS my hand and the
seal of this Court on 22nd day of
April, 2009.
KEN BURKE
Clerk of the Circuit Court
315 Court Street
Clearwater, Florida 33756-5196
727-464-3267
By: /s/ Rhonda Ditty
Deputy Clerk
DM10580102MAY 1.8. 15 22,200 50102


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 09-0847-ES 003

IN RE: ESTATE OF GARY B. RICHARDS,
Deceased.
The administration of the estate of Gary B. Richards, deceased,
whose date of death was December 11, 2008, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Pinellas County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of
which is 315 Court Street, Clearwater, FL 33756-5165. The names and
addresses of the personal representative and the personal representa-
tive's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is
required to be served must file their claims this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this
court WITIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED
The date of first publication of this Notice is May 8, 2009.
Personal Representative
David Vail
6641 51 Way
Pinellas Park, FL 33781


Attorney for Personal Representative:
Richard R. Blakeman, Esq
State Road 7
Suite 400
Boca Raton, Florida 33498
Telephone: (561) 988-6863
Florida Bar No. 204341
XXXX MAY 8, 15, 2009


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR PINELLAS
COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
UCN:522009CP001706XXESXX
Case Number: 09001706ES

IN RE: ESTATE OF
MIRIAM V OPPENHEIMER,
Deceased.
The administration of the
Estate of MIRIAM V OPPEN-
HEIMER, deceased, whose date
of death was February 20, 2009;
File Number 09001706ES is
pending in the Circuit Court for
Pinellas County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is
Clearwater Courthouse, 315
Court Street, Clearwater, Florida
33756. The names and addresses
of the Personal Representative
and the Personal Representative's
attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the Decedent
and other persons having claims
or demands against Decedent's
Estate, on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF
3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
Decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
Decedent's Estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECE-
DENTS DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is: MAY 8, 2009.
Petitioner
Arthur T Oppenheimer,
11962 105th Avenue N
Largo, Florida 33778
Attorney for Personal
Representative
Charles Ian Nash
Florida Bar No. 0296619
NASH, MOULE
& KROMASH, LLP
440 South Babcock Street
Melbourne, Florida 32901
Telephone: (321) 984-2440
cinashlaw@aol.com
XXXXXMAY 8, 15, 2009 050805


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR THE
SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO.: 09-1108 ES 003

IN RE: ESTATE OF
EARL G. BONNEY a/k/a
EARL GOODNOW BONNEY
Deceased.
The administration of the
estate of EARL G. BONNEY
a/k/a EARL GOODNOW BON-
NEY, deceased, File Number 09-
1108ES 003, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Pinellas County,
Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is Pinellas
County Courthouse, 315 Court
Street, Clearwater, FL 33756. The
names and addresses of the per-
sonal representative and the per-
sonal representative's attorney are
set forth below.
ALL INTERESTED PER-
SONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT:
All persons on whom this
notice is served who have objec-
tions that challenge the validity of
the will, the qualifications of the
personal representative, venue, or
jurisdiction of this Court are
required to file their objections
with the Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this
notice is served within three
months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must
file their claims with this Court
WITHIN THE LATER OF
THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE OR
THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE
DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and persons having
claims or demands against the
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN
THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS
AND OBJECTIONS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
The date of the first publica-
tion of this Notice is May 8, 2009.
Personal Representative:
William E. Bonney
2719 W. Jetton Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629
Attorney for Personal
Representative
Nancy G. Farage, Esquire
Nancy G. Farage, PA.
Post Office Box 173027
Tampa, Florida 33672
Phone: 813/221-5603
Facsimile: 813/224-0102
Florida Bar No. 325171
10022 MAY 8.15. 2009 050811


NOTICE OF SALE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION
Case No. 2009-01404-CI-21

OLD HARBOR BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
SAM and KAREN MARKOPULOS, LLC,
a Florida limited liability company; WINDOW &
SHUTTER DESIGNS, CORP Florida corporation;
SAM J. MARKOPULOS and KAREN MARKOPULOS
Defendants.
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Final Judgment of
Foreclosure entered in this cause, in the Circuit Court of Pinellas
County, Florida, I will sell the following property situated in Pinellas
County, Florida, described as:

Lot A of Mears Industrial Park, according to the plat thereof
recorded in Plat Book 86, Page 85, of the Public Records of
Pinellas County, Florida.

at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash in the Lobby
Steps of the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court Street, Clearwater,
FL 33756, at 11:00 a.m. on May 29, 2009.


14155-5


KEN BURKE
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: :/S/ KENNAN M. BORNE
Deputy Clerk
MAY 8, 15, 2009 050802


NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 6TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 07-6972-CI-21

DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY,
AS TRUSTEE UNDER NOVASTAR MORTGAGE
FUNDING TRUST, SERIES 2007-1
Plaintiff,
vs.
TODD KITTEL, ET AL
Defendants.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Summary Final
Judgment in Foreclosure dated April 30, 2009 and entered in Case No.
07-6972-CI-21 of the Circuit Court of the 6TH Judicial Circuit in and
for PINELLAS County, Florida, wherein DEUTSCHE BANK
NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE UNDER NOVAS-
TAR MORTGAGE FUNDING TRUST, SERIES 2007-1 is Plaintiff
and TODD KITTEL; JOHN DOE OR ANY OTHER PERSON IN
POSSESSION, IF ANY; THE GROVES AT COBB'S LANDING
HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATION, INC.; all unknown parties claim-
ing by, through, under or against the named Defendant(s), whether liv-
ing or not, and whether said unknown parties claims as heirs, devisees,
grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, or in any other capaci-
ty, claiming by, through under or against the named Defendant(s) are
the Defendant(s), I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at
the THE CLEARWATER COURTHOUSE located at 315 Court Street,
Clearwater, FL 33756 in PINELLAS County, Florida, at 11:00 a.m., on
the 29TH day of MAY, 2009, the following described property as set
forth in said Order or Final Judgment, to wit:

LOT 14, THE GROVES AT COBBS LANDING,
ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 100, PAGES 85
THROUGH 87, INCLUSIVE OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA
STREET ADDRESS: 2965 REGAL OAKS BLVD.,
PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA 34684

Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must file
a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale.
This notice is provided pursuant to Administrative Order No.2.065.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, If you are
a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to pro-
visions of certain assistance. Please contact the Court Administrator at
315 Court Street, Rm.170, Clearwater, Fl 33756, Phone No. (727)464-
4062 within 2 working days of your receipt of this notice or pleading;
if you are hearing impaired, call 1-800955-8771 (TDD); if you are
voice impaired, call 1-800-995-8770 (V) (Via Florida Relay Services).
WITNESS my hand and the seal of the Court this 4th day of MAY,
2009.


050808 18114


MAY 8. 15. 2009


KEN BURKE
Clerk Circuit Court
By: /s/ Derelynn Revie
As Deputy Clerk
050806


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LEGAL NOTICES


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NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA PROBATE
DIVISION
File No.: 09-0019-ES
Division 003
IN RE: ESTATE OF:
JAMES T DALY,
Deceased.
The administration of the
estate of JAMES T DALY,
deceased, whose date of death
was January 10. 2008: File
Number 09-0019-ES is pending
in the Circuit Court for Pinellas
County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is
315 Court Street, Clearwater, FL
33756. The names and addresses
of the Personal Representative
and the Personal Representative's
attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
estate, on whom a copy of this
notice has been served, must file
their claims with this court
WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE TIME OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECE-
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is: MAY 15, 2009.
Personal Representative
BARBARA RAUE
29250 U.S. Highway 19 North, #98
Clearwater, FL 33761
Attorney for
Personal Representative
William Rambaum
William Rambaum & Assoc., PA.
28960 U.S. Highway 19 N.,
Suite 100 Clearwater, FL 33671
Telephone: 727-781-5357
Facsimile: 727-781-1387
FBN 0297682
SPN 00220429
10720 MAY 15. 22. 2009 051502


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA PROBATE
DIVISION
File No.: 09-299-ES04
Division Probate

IN RE: ESTATE OF:
LILIA MARIA DOLORES
SALAZAR
Deceased.
The administration of the
estate of Lilia Maria Dolores
Salazar, deceased, whose date of
death was December 22, 2008,
and whose social security number
is 163-44-8016, file number 09-
299-ES04, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Pinellas County,
Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 545 1st
Avenue North, St. Petersburg,
Florida 33701-3378. The names
and addresses of the personal rep-
resentative and the personal rep-
resentative's attorney are set forth
below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF
3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE
DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECE-
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is MAY 15, 2009.
Personal Representative:
Manuel Fernando Salazar, M.D.
9064 Baywood Park Drive
Seminole, FL 33777
Attorney for
Personal Representative:
Paul C. Jensen
Florida Bar No 0094498
Paul C. Jensen
Attorney At Law, L.L.C.
2001 16th Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704
Telephone: (727) 825-0099
19190 MAY 15, 22, 2009 051503


NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE
AIM Towing and Recovery gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien
and intent to sell these vehicles on 06/06/2009, 09:00 am at 7658
Ulmerton Road Largo, FL 33771, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the
Florida Statutes. AIM Towing and Recovery reserves the right to accept
or reject any and/or all bids.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No.09-2471-ES
DIVISION 003

IN RE: ESTATE OF:
FREDERICK H. LUECK, JR.,
A/K/A FREDERICK HERBERT
LUECK, JR.,
A/K/A FREDERICK LUECK
Deceased.
The administration of the
estate of Frederick H. Lueck, Jr.,
A/K/A Frederick Herbert Lueck,
Jr., A/K/A Frederick Lueck,
deceased, whose date of death
was March 7, 2009, is pending in
the Circuit Court for Pinellas
County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is
315 Court Street, Clearwater, FL
33756. The names and addresses
of the personal representative and
the personal representative's
attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF
3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF TIIE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED,
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTHABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECE-
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is May 15, 2009.

Personal Representative:
Frederick H. Lueck,
3161 Edgemoor Drive
Palm Harbor, Florida 34685
Attorney for
Personal Representative:
Cynthia. McMillen
Attorney for
Frederick H. Lueck, III
Law Offices of
Joseph F Pippen, Jr.
& Associates, PL
1920 East Bay Drive
Largo, FL 33771
Telephone: (727) 586-3306
Florida Bar No. 351581
SPN:01769503
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Florida


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ends with


arrest



TALLAHASSEE Florida
Agriculture and Consumer Serv-
ices Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson announced the arrest of
an unlicensed travel agent who al-
legedly defrauded numerous cus-
tomers who purchased travel pack-
ages but never received them.
Arrested by Bronson's Office of
Agricultural Law Enforcement
(OALE) on five counts of grand
theft was Nancy Alvarez, 21, of Mi-
ami. She was booked into the Mi-
ami-Dade County Jail on $25,000
bond.
According to investigators, Al-
varez, who goes by a number of fic-
titious names, posted advertise-
ments for Disney vacation
packages and Disney World dis-
count tickets on the internet site
Craig's List using the business
name A Fairy Tale Event. Numer-
ous customers responded to the
ads and provided her with personal
checks and money orders totaling
$7,640.
Authorities claim that despite
receiving consumers' money, Al-
varez failed to provide the vacation
packages or Disney tickets to her
customers.
The case originated from a com-
plaint to Bronson's Consumer
Services Division, which passed it
on to OALE. Bronson thanked the
Miami-Dade State Attorney's Of-
fice for its assistance in the inves-
tigation.
The Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services regulates
sellers of travel in Florida, and
Bronson encourages consumers to
call his department's toll-free hot-
line at 1-800- HELPFLA (1-800-
435-7352) to determine if a travel
company is licensed and to check
its complaint history. Consumers
who wish to file a complaint against
a travel company can do it online at
http://www.800helpfla.com or can
use the toll-free telephone number
to obtain a complaint form.


Anglers help biologists MOUNTAIN LAKE CAROLINA


TARPON SPRINGS Anglers
from across the state are helping bi-
ologists with the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission's
(FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research In-
stitute and the Mote Marine Labora-
tory gather valuable information
about tarpon. Results from the Tar-
pon Genetic Recapture Study yield
new insight into how tarpon can sur-
vive catch-and-release angling and
how tarpon move throughout Florida
waters.
FWRI biologists analyze tarpon
DNA samples submitted by anglers.
Each sample identifies a tarpon's ge-
netic "fingerprint," providing a unique
and natural tag for that individual fish.
Scientists compare new tarpon DNA
samples with cataloged samples to


determine if someone caught and
sampled the tarpon previously.
Using DNA as a tag is a cost-ef-
fective, less-invasive way to identify
individual tarpon. Because a genetic
code never changes, it is a permanent
way to identify fish; conventional tags
tend to break or dislodge.
So far, anglers have provided more
than 3,000 DNA samples. Biologists
have recorded 23 recaptured tarpon
from locations across the state, in-
cluding Miami, the Florida Keys, Fort
Myers, Boca Grande, Sarasota,
Tampa Bay and the Indian River La-
goon. Biologists welcome samples
from tarpon caught regardless of cap-
ture location or fish size.
Anglers who would like to partic-
ipate in this study can obtain a free,


easy-to-use tarpon DNA sampling kit
by e-mailing
TarponGenetics@MyFWC.com or by
calling 800-367-4461.
Biologists will send participating
anglers an annual newsletter with up-
dates on the Tarpon Genetic Recap-
ture Study. Anglers will also receive
additional information about specific
fish they caught as it becomes avail-
able.
Anglers who submit a tarpon DNA
sample to this program are entered
into random drawings for various
prizes.
For more information on the Tar-
pon Genetic Recapture Study, visit
http://research.MyFWC.com.


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MUSEUM I Continued from Page 1
Museum

reopens in

St. Petersburg

to our community in many different
ways."
Museum hours: Tuesday
through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 pm;
Sunday's -- noon to 5 p.m. Last en-
try is at 4 p.m. The museum is
closed Mondays, including Memo-
rial Day and Labor Day. Admission
will vary according to the exhibit.
For more information, please con-
tact Kathy Oathout, Executive Di-
rector, at 727-341-7904.



HOMELESS I Continued from Page 1

Count

shows rise

in homeless

their landlords. The count also pro-
vided more comprehensive home-
less youth numbers from the Pinel-
las County School System.
The numbers show homeless-
ness has increased for both individ-
uals and families, across all age
groups, and especially for children.
The comparison numbers pro-
vided in some categories are from
the last full Count and Survey con-
ducted in January, 2007.
For more information on how the
Point-In-Time Homeless Count is
conducted, please visit:
http://www.pinellashomeless.org/ho
melessness-in-pinellas/point-in-
time-homeless-count.html.


Researchers find potential treatment


GAINESVILLE University of Florida re-
searchers have found that a potential strategy for
treating malaria also extends to the bacteria behind
maladies such as Legionnaires' disease, Weil's
syndrome and botulism.
The work, by researchers at UF's Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences, hinges on some or-
ganisms' ability to produce folate despite lacking
one of the essential enzymes typically used to pro-
duce the compound.
As they report in the online edition of the Jour-
nal of Bacteriology, microbiologist Valdrie de
Crecy-Lagard and biochemist Andrew Hanson dis-
covered that many bacteria use the same substi-
tute for the enzyme as the parasite that causes
malaria.
Folate, a vitamin best known for its importance
to healthy pregnancies, is also essential to fueling
the cell division that enables bacteria to spread.
Humans don't have the biological process that
produces folate, so drugs that disrupt the process
are ideal candidates for disease treatments. Two
widely used antibiotics, trimethoprim and sul-
famethoxazole, use this approach.
"It had been a big mystery ever since we
started decoding bacterial genomes-what are we
not seeing that allows certain bacteria to produce
folate even though they are missing an essential
step in the process?" Crecy-Lagard said. "The an-
swer had already been found in the parasite that
causes malaria."
In 2008, a team led by John Hyde at the Uni-
versity of Manchester discovered that the malaria
parasite may bypass the need for the folate enzyme
FolB, instead using another enzyme, called PTPS.
As one of their first steps, the UF researchers
verified that the malaria parasite's enzyme substi-
tution would work in bacteria by replacing the reg-
ular gene for FolB in E. coli (the lab mouse of the
bacteriology world) with the PTPS gene from the
malaria parasite.
This was the first time that this substitution had
been shown to work in a living creature. The pre-
vious malaria parasite experiments had only of-
fered biochemical, "test-tube" evidence.
As a side note, de Crecy-Lagard said the PTPS
gene-bearing E. coli will make the gene easier to
study for antimalarial drug development than such
work would be in the malaria parasite. While sin-
gle-celled, the parasite is significantly more com-


Photo courtesy of University of Florida/IFAS/Thomas Wright

In this photo released by the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences, horticultural researcher Anne Pribat studies a petri dish containing E. coli
bacteria modified with a gene from the malaria parasite in her lab on the UF campus in
Gainesville on Thursday, May 7, 2009. Pribat and her colleagues have discovered that many
bacteria naturally contain a variation of the gene, which could be targeted for new
antibacterial drug treatments.


plex and harder to handle than bacteria.
The researchers then went on to discover
which bacteria this substitution may apply to by
conducting a genomic and biochemical analysis of
many types of bacteria known to lack FolB. The ex-
act number of bacterial species that lack FolB is not
known because of the sheer number of bacteria
species that exist.
While this leaves more room for exploration,


there is also work to be done to uncover how many
more complex organisms also use the PTPS sub-
stitution.
Diatoms, single-celled organisms that are a vi-
tal part of ocean ecosystems, are likely candidates,
Hanson said.
"Folate is an essential ingredient to virtually all
life," Hanson said. 'And we have a long road to
travel before we fully understand it."


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The launch of space shuttle Atlantis from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space
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Endeavour. Atlantis' 11-day flight will include five spacewalks to refurbish and upgrade
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