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Letter carrier, sister charged in mail theft

A Tampa letter carrier and her sister have been charged with stealing and forging endorsements on more than $5,000 in welfare checks destined for eight women. Angilen V. Adkins and Linda White were charged with conspiracy to commit mail theft, a federal offense. Adkins, a U.S. Postal Service employee, is accused of stealing 15 checks between August 1992 and March 1993. According to the federal information, she turned each check over to White, her sister, who would forge signatures of the intended payees, then cash them for amounts ranging from $241 to $426.

Dalmatian mauls 3-year-old

TAMPA _ A 3-year-old Tampa girl mauled Tuesday afternoon by a dalmatian was operated on by a plastic surgeon Tuesday night and was reported in fair condition at Tampa General Hospital. Tampa police said Bridget Row of 4522 Rogers Ave. suffered severe cuts on her face and the top of the head after disturbing the mother and pups while they were nursing.

In partisan vote, appointment approved

TALLAHASSEE _ Nice try, Tom. Republican Party Chairman Tom Slade appeared before the governor and Cabinet on Tuesday to try to block the reappointment of Walter G. Campbell to the Florida Elections Commission. Campbell, Slade complained, has had a partisan approach to interpreting election law, favoring Democrats over Republicans. The vote on the appointment: partisan. The Cabinet's four Democrats approved Campbell's appointment. The three Republicans voted no. Gov. Lawton Chiles, a Democrat, couldn't help throwing in a sarcastic comment. "Testimony from you on election reform law bears a great weight with me," Chiles said to Slade, getting chuckles from fellow Democrats.

No deal on meal ads

TALLAHASSEE _ A $360,000 contract to promote free school breakfast and lunch through university athletic programs was ditched Tuesday. The governor and Cabinet refused to approve the program and agreed that education officials should try to send marketing money directly to school districts to urge children to eat nutritionally. Questions have been about raised why the contract was not competitively bid and whether the appropriate audience would be reached by marketing school meals on college sports shows.