17 die on Florida roads over Labor Day weekend

Seventeen traffic deaths were reported across the state over the Labor Day weekend.

Out of roughly 1,300 crashes that troopers worked from Friday through Monday, 78 crashes involved alcohol, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Troopers also made 80 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

More than 14,000 citations were issued, including 5,000 for speeding and 1,500 for failure to wear a seat belt.

TALLAHASSEE

Teacher chosen as top online educator

The first award in a field in which distance doesn't matter has gone to a teacher who works for a school more than 500 miles away.

Teresa Dove of North Tazewell, Va., on Wednesday received the first National Online Teacher of the Year Award.

Dove teaches math for the Orlando-based Florida Virtual School.

The public school offers online classes to 125,000 students across Florida and around the world. Its 1,100 teachers can work from virtually anywhere.

Dove said she can give students more individual attention online even while caring for her two children at home and her mother at a hospital.

ORLANDO

Paint fumes blamed after workers fall ill

Fire rescue crews treated dozens of patients who fell ill because of strong paint fumes inside a central Florida business.

Office workers were vomiting and dizzy when Orange County Fire Rescue crews arrived Thursday morning. Officials said rescuers treated 41 patients at the scene. Two others were taken to hospitals.

Paint fumes from inside the two-story building are likely to blame, officials said.

LONGWOOD

Radio talk show host George Crossley dies

A former conservative preacher convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill his lover's husband has died.

George Crossley collapsed Wednesday at Altamonte Springs radio station WEUS-AM 810, where he was a talk show host.

As an evangelical Christian preacher with a radio and television ministry in the 1980s, Crossley called for bans on strip clubs, sex education and some Judy Blume children's books.

He served 40 months in prison for trying to hire an undercover federal agent to kill his lover's husband in 1996.

After prison, Crossley founded CopWatch, a civilian group monitoring police behavior, and led the American Civil Liberties Union's Central Florida chapter.

Associated Press

17 die on Florida roads over Labor Day weekend 09/09/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:38pm]

    

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