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Military anthrax vaccinations to begin

A pilot program for immunizing the Army Reserve and National Guard against anthrax will begin in Florida in January.

The vaccine is being given to all 2.4-million members of the active-duty armed services to protect them against deadly anthrax bacteria, but 200 service members have refused because of concerns about side effects.

The first sailor to face a court-martial for refusing to take the vaccine is scheduled to go on trial Aug. 16 at Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville.

The Defense Department's vaccination plan is the first attempt to protect the entire U.S. military against a germ-warfare agent. Nearly 900,000 service members have been immunized so far.

Inhalation of anthrax spores can cause death within days.

Lawsuit against Huizenga companies dismissed

FORT LAUDERDALE _ A judge dismissed a $43.2-million lawsuit claiming that Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga's companies and the city of Sunrise conspired to rob a Broward man of his idea of building a hotel and convention center.

Broward Circuit Judge Robert Lance Andrews threw out the lawsuit last week against Huizenga Holdings, Sunrise Land Group and Florida Panthers Hockey.

Margate resident Peter Giant Bowleg sued in June, saying he came up with a plan in 1993 to build a hotel and convention center in Sunrise near Sawgrass Mills mall and approached the defendants with the project.

In 1999, the suit charges, the defendants "misappropriated the idea to their own use" without paying Bowleg or giving him credit.

The three Huizenga companies are not involved in building a hotel near the mall, said Stanly Wakshlag, their attorney.

Bowleg plans to appeal, said his attorney, Alexander Akpodiete.

Mayo Clinic adding

research building

JACKSONVILLE _ The Mayo Clinic will build a $22-million cancer research center and recruit a team to develop research programs in genetic medicine.

"We're going to recruit at the highest level and really get some internationally known people," said Steve Younkin, chairman of Mayo Clinic Jacksonville's research department and a recognized Alzheimer's researcher.

At least 50 researchers and about 250 other staff members will work in the new building, and the clinic likely will add 10 physicians who will coordinate test trials of new therapies.

The research center will concentrate on brain research and work jointly with cancer doctors and researchers at the Mayo Clinic main campus in Rochester, Minn.

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