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NEW PRESIDENTS FOR UF, FSU CONFIRMED BY BOARD
Florida’s two best-known universities are officially getting new leaders. The Florida Board of Governors on Thursday confirmed the selection of new presidents for the University of Florida and Florida State University. The state panel that oversees the university system was meeting in Boca Raton on the campus of Florida Atlantic University. The board approved the selection of powerful state Sen. John Thrasher for FSU and Cornell University Provost W. Kent Fuchs for UF.
AIR FORCE BELIEVES FIGHTER JET CRASHED IN GULF
Air Force officials say they believe an F-16 fighter jet has crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. A news release from Tyndall Air Force Base says the jet was on a routine training mission over the Gulf Thursday morning when the Florida Panhandle base lost contact with the pilot. Aircraft and rescue forces were immediately sent to the missing jet’s last known location. No wreckage has been found, but officials are working under the assumption that the plane went down in the water. The U.S. Coast Guard is leading the search.
MAN FINDS BODY IN HOUSE BOUGHT AT AUCTION
A southwest Florida man found a body inside a foreclosed house he purchased at an auction. The News-Press of Fort Myers reports Cape Coral resident William Wilson bought the light pink house for $96,000 on Tuesday. When he went to evaluate his purchase on Wednesday, he found a corpse on the master bedroom floor. Cape Coral police cordoned off the property and began a death investigation.
NATIONAL ID CARDS COMING TO HAITIANS LIVING ABROAD
Haiti’s government is making it easier for its citizens living abroad to get the documents needed to obtain passports or vote in their homeland’s elections. The head of Haiti’s civil registry tells The Miami Herald that the agency will open an office next month at Haiti’s consulate in Miami and at consulates elsewhere to register Haitians for national identification cards. That means Haitians won’t have to fly to Haiti to apply for the cards, which are valid for 10 years and assign registry numbers similar to Social Security numbers.
POLK COUNTY JUGDE REPRIMANDED BY SUPREME COURT
A central Florida judge is going to be publicly reprimanded for an improper relationship she had with a bailiff. The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that was “clear and convincing evidence” that Polk County Judge Susan Flood violated judicial conduct rules. But the court said that the misconduct was an “isolated incident.” Flood has admitted her wrongdoing. The investigation into Flood’s relationship with former bailiff James Maxcy stemmed from an investigation into another Polk County employee.
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