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Plane makes splash; pilot stays dry

A pilot who crash-landed in the gulf after his plane malfunctioned Tuesday was rescued without even getting wet, Coast Guard officials said. Les Leech Jr. was flying from Birmingham, Ala., to his home in Miami when the plane lost oil pressure, the Coast Guard said. Leech, 48, tried to set the plane down in water about 7 feet deep near the Withlacoochee River channel, but the plane went in nose first. Luckily, Robert Jacobs was fishing nearby. The Dunnellon resident rescued Leech within minutes of the crash. Leech, who had no injuries, was taken to Seven Rivers Community Hospital for observation and released.

Andre's getting new look, flavor

CITRUS HILLS _ One of the county's most popular schmoozing spots will undergo major renovations over the next few months. Andre's at Citrus Hills _ where countless civic groups, business organizations and politicians have met over the years _ is getting a makeover, according to new manager Frank Giacobbi. Italian dishes will be dropped, he said, and more focus put on steak, seafood and appetizers. Renovations will not close the restaurant, Giacobbi said.

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