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State's 8th case of encephalitis reported

Laboratory tests confirmed the eighth case of encephalitis in Florida on Wednesday.

A 71-year-old woman from Charlotte County came down with the mosquito-borne disease in mid-October and, after a hospital stay, is recovering at home, said Bob Vincent, Charlotte County health administrator.

While the risk is lower now than in October, a regional alert remains in effect and precautions are still urged, Vincent said.

The latest outbreak of St. Louis encephalitis has killed a 68-year-old Ruskin man and made the others ill.

Girl who received kidney released from hospital

MIAMI _ A 12-year-old Cuban girl, whose father made an emergency trip from Cuba to give her one of his kidneys, went home from the hospital Wednesday, seven weeks after getting the life-saving transplant.

Greta Blanco Caride, who has a congenital kidney disease, came to Miami from Cuba in 1994.

Her father, Alberto Blanco, came in July, after being granted a humanitarian visa. Blanco has requested a six-month extension to his visa.

Priest target of more

misconduct allegations

TALLAHASSEE _ A Roman Catholic priest has been accused of sexual misconduct by five more people a week after he resigned as pastor of a Tallahassee church over similar complaints by three siblings.

The Rev. David McCreanor left St. Louis Church last week after the three women went public with their complaints because they were frustrated by the slow pace of an investigation by the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. They originally reported the allegations 14 months ago.

4 surviving stowaways

are returning home

MIAMI _ After their bid to seek a better life in the United States was thwarted, four of seven surviving stowaways in a shipping container will be sent back to the Dominican Republic.

Three others died in the airtight container full of clothing in plastic bags, apparently suffocating.

Four of the stowaways were placed on a ship Wednesday departing for the Dominican Republic. Three other surviving stowaways face deportation proceedings.