Two Pensacola abortion rights leaders say they are leaving because of threats, harassment and violence by abortion opponents, including three murders in this Florida Panhandle city. "I'm just tired of living my life in fear," said Chicky Desmarais, co-president of the Escambia County chapter of the National Organization for Women. Desmarias and Sherry Langlais, the local group's treasurer, said Thursday that they plan to move to the Tampa Bay area within a few months. The women said they have received death threats and suffered harassment, including having their auto tires punctured.
Trauma center hailed
MIAMI _ U.S. Transportation Secretary Federico Pena dedicated a new trauma center Friday while emergency helicopters buzzed overhead and ambulance sirens blared down nearby streets. A goal is to prevent auto accident injuries through research as well as to treat them. A $300,000 check for the William Lehman Injury Research Center was the recent installment on a five-year, $8.5-million grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant was lobbied for by Lehman, a former congressman from Miami.