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Lawmaking grandfather delivers _ but babies?

Now we know the real reason state Rep. Charles Dean, R-Inverness, wants a speedy resolution to Florida's medical malpractice debate.

During a dinner last week with area physicians, Dean said he recently had become a grandfather for the second time. But with the number of obstetricians in Citrus County dwindling as a result of increasing malpractice insurance premiums, he said his chances of any more grandkids could be seriously threatened if his children moved back home.

And Dean doesn't think he'd been very good at delivering babies.

"I'm pretty good at delivering calves," he chuckled. "But I'm not sure . . ."

He trailed off as doctors laughed, surely at the image of the former hulking sheriff taking charge of a delivery room. Enough said.

YOU DON'T SAY: By his own admission, softspoken Inverness City Council member Richard "Dick" Kaufman isn't the most animated person. "Anybody who knows me knows I don't get excited," Kaufman said last week during a council meeting.

But Kaufman was excited about something at the meeting: The idea of building a parking garage in the city. Kaufman asked _ quietly, of course _ that the item be placed on the agenda for an upcoming council meeting.

_ Times staff writers Colleen Jenkins and Suzannah Gonzales contributed to this report.