SAFETY HARBOR _ The City Commission on Thursday tentatively agreed to postpone the commission race that pitted incumbent Margaret Harkey, who died two weeks ago, against community activist Linda Adkins. Instead, the city will take Harkey's name off the ballot and invite other candidates to run. Adkins won't be required to pay a qualifying fee again. Mayor Art Levine said postponing the March 13 election to May 8 and taking Harkey off the ballot was the best way to prevent any further insult to Harkey's family. Adkins, who has said she believes she won the seat by default when Harkey died, said she would wait until the commission votes on final approval of the postponement March 12 before deciding what her next step will be.Parents get custody of girl, 2
ST. PETERSBURG _ Jessica McAndrews, the 2-year-old who was hospitalized for almost two months with severe injuries allegedly inflicted by her babysitter, was returned to her parents' custody Thursday. Judge William Blackwood awarded the McAndrews custody with supervision by the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS). John McAndrews, Jessica's father, said that HRS had recommended against their getting Jessica back. He said HRS had questioned their ability as parents. But he said Judge Blackwood said HRS did not have enough evidence. Jessica's former babysitter, Christopher Douglas Crosby, 18, was charged with aggravated child abuse, alleging he beat and shook Jessica after she vomited on him.