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A Leesburg man channels Hemingway

KEY WEST— A Key West, white-bearded Florida man won an Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest, a highlight of a festival that ended Sunday honoring the late Nobel Prize-winning author. Tom Grizzard, 69, of Leesburg bested 141 other look-alike contenders late Saturday in the competition at Sloppy Joe's Bar, Hemingway's favorite watering hole when he lived in Key West throughout the 1930s.

"I relate to his love of the sea and love of people," said Grizzard. The eight-time competitor wore a cream-colored turtleneck sweater suggesting Hemingway's garb in an iconic 1957 photo portrait by Yousuf Karsh.

Look-alike contenders paraded across the stage at Sloppy Joe's during preliminary rounds Thursday and Friday before a judging panel of former winners. Other Hemingway Days events included the Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament and a short story competition directed by author and Hemingway granddaughter, Lorian Hemingway.

Ernest Hemingway's grandson, Edward Hemingway, a writer and illustrator, thought Hemingway Days would appeal to his late grandfather. "I imagine my grandfather would get a kick out of the festival," he said. "The spirit of his life is here in Key West."

During his 10-year residence on the island, Ernest Hemingway penned literary classics including For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and To Have and Have Not.


fight involving knife, pitchfork injures two

Authorities say a woman stabbed an elderly Manatee County man who fought back with a pitchfork.

A Sheriff's Office report says 25-year-old Sarah Moore and 72-year-old Robert Smith were fighting Saturday morning over $6 in the city of Palmetto, about 30 miles south of Tampa.

Moore grabbed Smith's wallet and then stabbed him in the chest.

The man fought back, stabbing Moore with a pitchfork.

The woman was evaluated and arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery and robbery. Her condition is not yet known.

Smith suffered from a wound several inches deep in his chest.


Search continues for Orange County girl

Authorities are working on dozens of tips in their search for a missing 2-year-old Central Florida girl.

Orange County sheriff's officials said Sunday they were working the phones, following up on tips that have come in regarding the disappearance of Caylee Marie Anthony more than a month ago. They say it's possible the girl is still alive.

Her mother, 22-year-old Casey Marie Anthony, was arrested after she went to police this week to report the disappearance. She's charged with child neglect and criminal obstruction.

Officials say the woman told detectives she had dropped off her daughter at a babysitter last month but hadn't seen her since. The charging affidavit says the mother didn't call authorities immediately because she was conducting her own investigation.


Mother leaves son in hot car; boy dies

West Palm Beach authorities say a mother left her son waiting in a hot car as she did her nails hours before her wedding. The boy later died at a hospital.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that 29-year-old Mirland Baptiste may not have known the boy was in the car. She dropped off other children at a relative's house Saturday before going to the nail salon.

She was supposed to get married later that day. Instead, the family mourned the death of Gregory Cesar at the hospital.

Officials say the boy may have been in the car for more than two hours. Temperatures outside had reached 90 degrees.

No further information has been released.


Suspected burglar's body found in shaft

Authorities say the body of a man suspected of trying to break into a South Florida business was found in a ventilation shaft.

Hollywood police say the body of the unidentified man was found Saturday evening after employees noticed a foul smell and what appeared to be blood dripping on the floor in the kitchen. When rescuers opened a vent on the roof, they found the man's body.

It's not yet known how he died. Nothing had been stolen from the business.


Beaches littered with foul-smelling algae

Red algae is littering some beaches along the southwest coast of Florida.

The algae can be found along 12 miles of shoreline between Fort Myers Beach and the north end of Bonita Beach. It's being blamed on a week's worth of heavy rains and churning Gulf of Mexico waters.

Although harmless, the algae has a bad smell. Business owners in the area say it has kept visitors away or forced them to cut vacation plans short.

But one resident says she won't let it ruin her beach plans. JoAnn Conleyn drives to the beach every Friday with friends. The 58-year-old says it may smell, but it doesn't bother her.

In 2006, red drift algae washed ashore during Tropical Storm Alberto and blanketed most of Fort Myers Beach.

Associated Press

A Leesburg man channels Hemingway 07/20/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 4:33pm]
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