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State sues college over cemetery problems

Published Sep. 10, 2005

Authorities are suing Bethune-Cookman College, charging there are undocumented burials and multiple bodies in single graves at a local cemetery owned by the school.

The Florida Department of Banking and Finance filed a 92-page suit Thursday in Circuit Court, listing 144 alleged violations at Sunset Memorial Park.

Investigators said they found 93 graves of "unknown" people.

The cemetery was founded in 1952 after Daytona Beach's only other cemetery available to blacks at that time raised its prices. Sunset Memorial Park was donated to Bethune-Cookman 30 years later.

Since then, the college has operated the graveyard as a service for area residents needing affordable burials, according to Cathie Kershaw, a spokeswoman for the college. She said any graves of "unknown" people at the cemetery may have been buried decades ago.

The state in its suit is asking a judge to appoint a receiver to take control of the graveyard's bookkeeping, and is seeking nearly $20,000 in fines.

School officials insisted the charges are baseless.

FAA finds 5 security violations at airports

MIAMI _ Federal Aviation Administration agents have found five security violations at Florida airports since Oct. 31, the agency said Friday.

Three of the violations were found at Miami International Airport, and one each was discovered at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Tampa International Airport, FAA spokesman Christopher White said.

The five infractions were among 30 incidents nationwide since Oct. 31 at more than 400 airports overseen by the FAA.

The incidents involved improper security screening at airline gates after initial screenings were done at the terminals, White said. Plainclothes FAA agents found the violations during random boarding inspections.

The FAA required the airlines to rescreen passengers on four of the five flights, which were delayed. The Spirit Airlines flight from Tampa was not delayed.

Ex-newspaper publisher joins faculty at UF

GAINESVILLE _ David Lawrence Jr., former publisher of the Miami Herald, will join the University of Florida faculty in January as University Scholar for Early Childhood Development and Readiness.

Lawrence, 59, is president of the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation and chair for the Florida Partnership for School Readiness board.

_ Compiled from Times wires.