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Professor wins endowment

H. Worth Boyce, a professor at the University of South Florida (USF) medical college, has been named to fill the Hugh F. Culverhouse Endowed Chair in Esophageal Disorders. Culverhouse, owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, gave money for the chair two years ago as part of a $2.5-million gift to USF. He became interested in swallowing disorders after being treated for one by Boyce.USF to use unspent funds

University of South Florida (USF) officials will not have to raid the university's trust funds to balance this year's budget, authorities said Tuesday. Last week, in order to meet yet another state revenue shortfall, the Legislature decided to borrow $18-million from the state universities' trust funds. USF officials warned that the measure would damage everything from faculty research to student housing. Now, USF expects to find its share of the money _ about $800,000 _ by combining unspent money from this year's budget, which ends June 30. USF executive vice president Albert Hartley said USF's share of the $18-million shortfall was less than expected because State University System officials decided to ask the 11 state universities to come up with only $7-million. The remaining $11-million will have to be found elsewhere, State University spokesman Pat Riordan said.

Diabetes discrimination

meeting delayed to June 24

ST. PETERSBURG _ A meeting to settle a diabetic's claim that she was discriminated against when fired by the Pinellas Park Police Department has been postponed until June 24. Cynthia A. Lavallee and Pinellas Park officials were expected to meet Tuesday to settle the discrimination complaint that Lavallee, 32, filed against Pinellas Park after being fired Aug. 1, 1990. Lavallee, who worked as a police dispatcher for five months, claimed she was fired because of her diabetes. She said that is discrimination. In May, the St. Petersburg Human Relations Department agreed. The complaint must be settled by June 24 or the human relations department will issue a complaint against Pinellas Park, forcing the case to be heard publicly, said Betty Cooper, an investigator with the human relations department. Pinellas Park officials have said Lavallee was fired because she missed too many days of work for illness.

Police think suspect is

major cocaine wholesaler

ST. PETERSBURG _ A suspected drug dealer in jail on $100,000 bail is thought to be one of the largest cocaine wholesalers in the city, law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Michael Andrew "Peter" Clark was arrested a week after agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Pinellas County Narcotics Bureau and St. Petersburg Police Department served a search warrant on two crack houses that they thought were operated by Clark. Clark was arrested May 30.