MAYOR SUES TO INVALIDATE RECALL EFFORT
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez sued late Friday to dismiss a petition to have him removed from office, the Miami Herald reports. He says all the signatures on the recall petition are invalid due to a technicality: The letter approving the petition was signed by a deputy courts clerk, not the clerk himself. The mayor's lawsuit came just hours after Miami auto magnate Norman Braman delivered more than 100,0000 signatures. Braman launched his petition drive last month after the county approved a budget that raises property taxes while increasing salaries for most county employees. If the signatures are approved, a special election could be held as early as January.
College paper's edition stolen
Student journalists at the University of North Florida are trying to figure out why someone would steal nearly the entire print run of their newspaper. The Florida Times-Union reports about 3,600 copies of the Spinnaker's 4,000 papers were apparently swiped Wednesday night. Editors are stumped; they say there wasn't anything particularly controversial in this week's issue. The theft came after the paper's staff started off the week on a high, named the best weekly newspaper in the country by Associated Collegiate Press. They've printed another 2,000 copies of the paper for readers who didn't get one.