Orlando crowd heckles U.S. Rep. Dan Webster at meeting

ORLANDO

U.S. House member heckled at meeting

Freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Webster faced repeated heckling, boos and shouting matches between supporters and opponents during a town hall meeting in Orlando.

Webster was just over a minute into his prepared remarks Tuesday when the first heckler shouted out his doubts about Webster's promise to do what is right in Washington. From there, the hourlong meeting attended by about 300 people was filled with a constant stream of boos and questioners shouting over each other.

Armed with graphs and charts, Webster defended a Republican budget plan that would restructure Medicare and cut social safety net programs.

GAINESVILLE

Student drinkers to get medical amnesty

The University of Florida will allow students to seek medical attention for life-threatening incidents related to alcohol or drug abuse without fear of disciplinary action.

UF's medical amnesty policy applies to sanctions under its code of conduct for underage drinking or other violations. Dave Kratzer, UF's interim vice president for student affairs, says it's meant to encourage students to call 911 if they or their friends have had too much to drink.

The policy was announced Monday at a meeting of the Community Alcohol Coalition, a task force of UF, police and city officials formed in 2005 in response to the alcohol-related deaths of several students. UF officials said the policy has been in practice but not publicized.

TALLAHASSEE

Man dies after police fire stun gun at him

A Panhandle man died shortly after Tallahassee police officers fired a stun gun at him.

Police said they responded to a call Monday night about a man behaving erratically at an apartment complex. Officers reported finding Kevin Darius Campbell, 39, inside a woman's apartment.

He had earlier been reported running around the complex. Police said they tried to detain Campbell, but he struggled. Officers used a Taser to subdue him.

Police said he was still struggling after being stunned but became unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Associated Press

Orlando crowd heckles U.S. Rep. Dan Webster at meeting 04/26/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 11:41pm]

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