A Saint Leo College student held in Kuwait since Iraq's invasion Aug. 2 was released Tuesday afternoon. John Charlton Jr., 19, will arrive in Washington, D.C., on Thursday afternoon, said Seppie Allan, director of communications for Saint Leo College. Charlton's mother, Margriet, was notified by the federal government Tuesday afternoon of her son's release. Charlton, who would have been a sophomore at the college this fall, and his family lived for about a year in Kuwait, where the father, John Sr., worked at the U.S. Embassy. Mrs. Charlton and Charlton's sister, Irene, were released earlier from Kuwait, but John Charlton Jr. was turned back at the border. John Charlton Sr. still is being held. Story, Section A.State officials okay
buying land for park
TALLAHASSEE _ With little discussion and without a single dissenting vote, Gov. Bob Martinez and the Cabinet on Tuesday approved the purchase of about 100 acres near Holiday as a possible park site. The property, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and owned by Dr. James Gills, would be sold to the state and county for $4.1-million. The state and county each would pay half of the sales price, which is more than $2-million lower than the tract's appraised value. Although the vote Tuesday puts Pasco one step closer to acquiring the Gills tract as a park site, county officials say arranging financing for the purchase and taking care of other details related to the sale could take months to complete.