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13 injured when three buses collide

Thirteen people, including nine first-graders, were hurt Monday in a chain-reaction accident involving a Jacksonville city bus and two school buses returning from a zoo field trip.

None of the injuries were severe, but eight of the Cedar Hills Elementary School students and two of the adults were taken to hospitals to be checked, officials said. All the victims, who complained mainly of bumps and bruises, were treated and released.

The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. when the city bus stopped about 50 yards beyond a bus stop to let someone off and was rear-ended by one school bus, which was then rear-ended by the second school bus.

Pit bullterrier fights

lead to 2 arrests

PENSACOLA _ Two men were arrested and nine pit bullterriers were seized after police were called to a home where about 100 people were watching the dogs fight inside a chain-link pen.

Shannon McCreary, 26, and James Lutley, 39, were charged with cruelty to animals and fighting or baiting animals, both felonies.

The Escambia County Animal Shelter is holding nine dogs, which have injuries to their heads, faces and ears. Some of the dogs have been treated at the Pensacola Animal Emergency Clinic.

At the house, deputies found two buckets of bloody water that they believe people used to wipe off the dog's faces. In organized dogfights, participants bet on which dog will win, with the fight continuing until a dog dies or runs away.

The shelter will hold the dogs pending the outcome of the Sheriff's Office investigation and will not adopt them out if the dogs' owners don't claim their animals. The shelter has a policy not to adopt out pit bullterriers, Rottweilers, chows or wolf-hybrids.

Lawyer getting paid

26 years after taking case

FORT PIERCE _ After 26 years, a Fort Pierce attorney is finally getting paid for his work on the St. Lucie County school desegregation case.

Ralph Flowers billed the school board $121,193.02 for his part in the lawsuit, which was first filed in 1970. The district remained under a federal judge's desegregation order until this August.

In 1971, Flowers began representing four black parents named as parties against the school district, and he racked up 1,105 hours of work on the case.

Why did it take so long for Flowers to get paid?

He'd never asked for the money, said School Board attorney Dan Harrell.