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Florida soldier killed by IED in Afghanistan

A soldier who twice enlisted in the Army died this week when he was hit by an improvised explosive device while patrolling on foot in southern Afghanistan.

The military said 34-year-old Sgt. Karl Andrew Campbell of Chiefland died Monday. He was a cavalry scout assigned to the 101st Airborne Division.

He joined the Army in 1995 and completed his service in 2003. He enlisted again in November 2009.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer M. Campbell; a son, Charles Campbell; and a stepson, Ty Bartlett; all of whom live at Fort Campbell, Ky. He is also survived by a daughter, Brea Campbell of Denver, Pa.; a stepson, Joseph L. Goble IV of Starke; and his parents, Arthur and Audrey Campbell of Chiefland.


Jury says tobacco companies not liable

A jury decided that several tobacco companies are not responsible for causing a man's laryngeal cancer after he smoked cigarettes for about 37 years.

The jury deliberated and came to a decision Tuesday. This was the second trial for 70-year-old Jimmie Willis, who has a quarter-sized hole in his throat; an earlier hearing ended in a mistrial.

Jurors were asked whether to award compensatory damages to Willis, who has spent about $412,000 for surgeries and treatment for laryngeal cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


Goat in fenced yard eaten by black bear

A goat was in a fenced back yard in a rural neighborhood near DeLand last Friday morning when it was eaten by a bear. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman says although most black bears are vegetarian, it's not uncommon for the bears to eat other animals.

The commission advises residents in rural neighborhoods to put up electric fences and keep garbage inside until shortly before it is collected and secure it firmly.


Mayor recall petition gets official approval

A Miami businessman has been given the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures for a ballot initiative to oust Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez.

The county clerk of courts approved the recall petition form Wednesday.

Billionaire Norman Braman must collect signatures from at least 4 percent of registered voters, the equivalent of about 52,000 people, within 60 days.

If he succeeds, the issue would be placed before voters in a special election.


Mystery device made for chemistry class

A device that triggered the evacuation of Florida Key Community College was an extra-credit chemistry project, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says.

Chemistry professor Bruce Gragg found the device in his mail at the college on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, 56-year-old Gary Moes of Key West called detectives to say the device was his. Moes said he was enrolled in Gragg's online chemistry class, where they were studying chemical reactions.

Associated Press

Florida soldier killed by IED in Afghanistan 10/07/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 10:08pm]
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