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Three are hurt in boat accident at Skyway

A man, his son and another boy were injured Monday when their boat apparently collided with a marker or part of the Sunshine Skyway bridge, authorities said. All three were taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Timothy A. Whitney, 34, 9545 135th St. N in Seminole, suffered a serious eye injury. His son, Jamie, no age available, and his friend, Michael G. Smith, 11, were treated for minor cuts and bruises. They said the man was navigating his 23-foot Mako back from a fishing trip at about 7:50 p.m. when the boat struck a bridge support or a marker on the north side of the shipping channel under the bridge, officials said. One of the boys radioed for help. Marine Patrol officials took the three to shore, where they were placed in ambulances and taken to Bayfront. Florida Marine Patrol officials still were investigating the accident late Monday. "Nobody saw it," Marine Patrol Lt. Rachel Hitterman said. "They're trying to get the story."

FINAL FINANCIAL REPORTS IN MAYOR'S RACE. It cost nearly $67,000 for David Fischer to win the St. Petersburg mayor's seat, according to the final campaign financial reports due Monday. Fischer received contributions of $67,550.95, including $3,000 in loans, his report said. He spent $66,908.15, leaving him $642.80 when the March 23 election was over. He defeated Ernest "Curt" Curtsinger, whose financial report had not been filed as of Monday afternoon. Reports must be postmarked by 5 p.m. Monday, but may arrive in the St. Petersburg clerk's office after that. An earlier report showed contributions to Curtsinger of about $65,000 and expenditures of about $63,000. Reports also were due Monday for candidates in four other races decided by the March election: In the District 2 City Council race, Beatrice Griswold collected $9,010 for her successful race against Virginia Swanson, who raised $8,269. In the District 4 Council race, incumbent Edward L. Cole Jr. raised $500 to beat David "Bill" Foster, who received $3,435 in contributions. In the District 6 race, David Welch reported $11,029.90 to defeated candidate Frank Peterman Jr.'s $7,567.87. In the District 8 race, incumbent Leslie Curran raised $6,080.12. Ron Dillon, who lost, raised $1,890.


GIRL IN FAIR CONDITION AFTER BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT. Ashley Daniels, a little girl suffering from a rare form of cancer, was listed in fair condition Monday after undergoing a bone marrow transplant. The 1-year-old girl's father, Herbie Daniels, was the donor for the 45-minute medical procedure, officials at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg said. A transplant attempt two months ago had be postponed when Ashley developed upper respiratory and sinus infections after a series of doses of chemotherapy. Ashley, who comes from Ocoee, outside Orlando, suffers from chronic myelogenous leukemia, a cancer that strikes about 1 in every 2.5-million children in the United States. The transplant will increase Ashley's chance of defeating the leukemia to about 50 percent, pediatric oncologist Dr. Alan Wayne said earlier.

HEARING TO DETERMINE JAILED LAWYER'S IMMEDIATE FUTURE. A U.S. magistrate will hold a hearing in St. Louis Wednesday to determine whether Tampa bankruptcy lawyer Ronald J. Harris will be detained without bail and whether he will be sent back to Tampa to face charges of federal wire fraud. Harris, who vanished last November, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in St. Louis on Friday and has been held without bail in a federal jail. The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office also has issued a warrant for Harris' arrest stemming from complaints from clients who say he absconded with thousands of dollars.

FIRE AT UNIVERSITY WAS ACCIDENT. Fire investigators said Monday that they have concluded that a three-alarm fire that caused $200,000 in damages to McKay Auditorium at the University of Tampa on June 11 was an accident. The fire was caused by a roofing crew who had been making repairs to a cupola topping the building several hours before the fire broke out, said Mike Salario, supervisor of investigations for the Tampa Fire Department. Investigators are still trying to figure out whether the fire was caused by materials used in repairing the cupola or by an employee who unintentionally ignited the blaze, Salario said. University officials estimate repairing water, smoke and fire damage to the 67-year-old building will cost $200,000.


QUESTIONS REMAIN ABOUT STATE FARM FIREBOMBING. An arson investigation continues into a firebombing of a State Farm Insurance building where fire, home and auto insurance claims are processed. Someone broke a back window of the building on 225 W Busch Blvd. about 1:25 a.m. Monday and threw a Molotov cocktail into the lunch room, police and fire reports said. No one was injured, fire spokesman Bruce Savage said. The fire caused $2,500 in damage. State Farm officials have no idea who would have wanted to set the building on fire. "You always get people that are upset, but nothing to the extent that threats were made against us," State Farm public relations specialist Jay Ravede said. Jack Reed, State Farm office supervisor, said he did not know of any disgruntled employees or customers.