Hillsborough sides with McCollum on reform
Hillsborough County commissioners on Wednesday voted to send a letter of support to Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum as he pursues a lawsuit to kill federal health care reform legislation. "From my perception, this is a socialism bill," said Commissioner Jim Norman, who suggested the letter. The board voted 4-2, with Commissioners Kevin Beckner and Kevin White opposed. The two are the only Democrats on the commission. Beckner said the legal experts he has heard give McCollum's lawsuit little likelihood of success.
11 at high school have TB
Eleven people at Plant City High School have tested positive for tuberculosis, following secondary testing after a November case. The infected individuals show no symptoms, Hillsborough schools spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said. The county Health Department says the cases are not considered active. "It's nothing that the community should worry about," spokesman Steve Huard said.
Bring a buddy, ride free
Hillsborough bus patrons can celebrate Earth Day with a free bus ride today. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit is offering free fares to riders who bring friends, who also would ride for free. The offer is good only on HART's local, Limited Express, Express, Flex, In-town Trolleys and Connector bus.
• The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to the Hillsborough school district is for $100 million. A Times headline Wednesday had an incorrect amount. Also, Barbara Miraglia, a social studies teacher at Giunta Middle School, will mentor new teachers. A photo caption was incorrect on this point.
• The Anti-Defamation League has concerns about legislation to add homeless people to Florida's hate crime's law, but did not speak against the bill at committee hearings. A story in Wednesday's paper was incorrect on this point.
• Edie Loebenberg died Monday. A story Wednesday listed an incorrect date.