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Georgia girl struck by plane on Florida beach dies

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Law enforcement officials in Florida say a 9-year-old girl has died from injuries suffered when she was hit by a plane that crash-landed on the beach where she was walking with her father.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday morning that they were notified by the medical examiner's office that Oceana Irizzary had died. The child's father, 36-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Ommy Irizarry, died Sunday.

They were walking along Caspersen Beach in Venice Sunday afternoon when the 1972 Piper Cherokee plane made an emergency landing after reporting problems. Officials say the father and daughter were hit by either the plane or its debris.

The family is from Fort Stewart, Georgia. Ommy Irizarry and his wife, Rebecca, were celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary Sunday.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.


Florida Gov. agrees to appear in 3 debates

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he will participate in three debates this fall.

The Republican incumbent announced on Tuesday that he would appear in debates hosted by Telemundo, CNN and Leadership Florida that will be occur in October. The dates for the debates are Oct. 10, Oct. 15 and Oct. 21.

Scott in a statement called on Democratic rivals Charlie Crist and Nan Rich to plan to participate in the debates now. Crist and Rich will square off against each other in the Aug. 26 primary.

Crist has refused to debate Rich before their primary, saying that he is focused on running against Scott.

Scott's decision means that he will not participate in a fourth debate that the University of Florida wanted to host in September.


Banned book back on reading list at Fla. school

(Information in the following story is from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.),

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) - A banned book is back on the eighth grade summer reading list at a Florida middle school.

The book, "Paper Towns" by John Green, disappeared from the list earlier this summer after a parent's complaint about sexual content and language. The Tampa Bay Times reports the book is now back on the reading list at John Lang Middle School.

Pasco County schools Superintendent Kurt Browning faced threats of legal action from various censorship groups after the book was deleted.

District spokeswoman Linda Cobb says it was the school's decision to remove and now replace the book.

The district's police regarding objections to books provides for a detailed review process that allows for many views to be considered. It also allows for time for appeals.


Indian senior community part of growing niche

TAVARES, Fla. (AP) - A new development in central Florida is believed to be the first retirement community in the United States catering to people born in India.

ShantiNiketan (shan-tee-nick-KAY-ten) is one of a growing number of niche retirement communities aimed at people of specific ethnic backgrounds, hobbies or collegiate allegiances. The name means "House of Peace" in Hindi.

Niche retirement communities are growing particularly popular as the 76 million baby boomers reach retirement age.

Experts says the large, mass retirement communities that have been popular with previous generations will soon be competing with such smaller, niche-oriented developments designed for people of similar backgrounds or interests.


Fla mom in legal fight over C-section delivers son

(Information in the following story is from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press,

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) - A woman who went to federal court in an attempt to avoid a fourth cesarean section has delivered her son after agreeing to the procedure.

The News-Press of Fort Myers reports 29-year-old Jennifer Goodall went into labor on Friday and delivered the child at Cape Coral Hospital. A judge earlier this month sided with Bayfront Health Port Charlotte, where an ethics panel had deemed Goodall's request to have a vaginal birth after three previous cesarean sections too risky.

Goodall's supporters collected more than 6,000 names for a petition urging the hospital to reconsider its C-section policy.

In a statement, the hospital said Bayfront supports the right of women to have VBAC's when medically appropriate. Doctors say they can be risky for certain mothers, especially after multiple cesareans.


Bad Santa pleads no contest to Fla. bank robbery

(Information in the following story is from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal,

PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) - A bad Santa faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading no contest to displaying a fake bomb during a bank robbery in central Florida.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports 63-year-old Mark N. London donned a Santa hat, beard and white gloves before walking into a SunTrust Bank in Port Orange on Dec. 23. He carried a wrapped gift and a note implying the "gift" was dangerous and that he wanted cash.

Circuit Judge Leah Case will sentence London on Sept. 19. He is being held at the Volusia County Jail on $45,000 bail.

Authorities arrested London about four days after the robbery. He also pleaded no contest to charges of drug possession and drug paraphernalia.


Ala. fugitive captured at West Palm Beach hospital

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and her 8-year-old daughter in Alabama has been captured while being treated at a hospital in West Palm Beach.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials say they received an anonymous tip that a fugitive was being treated at Bethesda Hospital East on Monday evening. Deputies found 44-year-old David Pitts, who was arrested and taken into custody without incident.

Pitts is accused of abducting a 30-year-old woman and her daughter from their Ozark, Alabama, home on July 24. Authorities say he took them to a secluded area and sexually battered the woman in front of the girl. Authorities say he then molested the child.

Ozark police obtained multiple arrest warrants for Pitts. He's being held for Alabama authorities at the Palm Beach County Jail.


Cincinnati picked to win American

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Cincinnati has been picked to win the American Athletic Conference, with defending champion Central Florida second.

The Bearcats went 9-4 last season under coach Tommy Tuberville and returns 16 starters. They received 17 of 30 first-place votes from the media panel and 311 points.

UCF, which went 12-1 and beat Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl last season, received seven first-place votes and 296 points. The Knights return 17 starters but must replace quarterback Blake Bortles.

Houston was picked third with six first-place votes, followed by conference newcomer East Carolina.

SMU was picked fifth, South Florida sixth and Memphis seventh.

Temple came in eighth. UConn was tied for ninth with Tulane, also in its first season in the American.

Tulsa was picked last in its first season in the conference.

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