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SunTrust to beam a reminder in pink

Starting Sunday, Tampa's downtown skyline will include a splash of pink. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, SunTrust Financial Centre will illuminate its ziggurat with pink lights during October. The 36-story building is normally illuminated with 136 blue and white lights. But on Sunday, workers will install gel light covers over each bulb, a job that will cost $3,000 and take about four hours to complete. Clair Calzon of Trammell Crow Co., the leasing agent spearheading the effort, said she hopes the pink building serves not only as a tribute to breast cancer patients and survivors, but also as a reminder to women to get annual mammograms and to perform breast self-exams.

Commandments are for priests, too

Two former priests in Delray Beach have been accused of misappropriating $8.6-million from the St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church during the past 40 years. Delray Beach police say they skimmed cash from the offertory and used the money for personal profit, the Miami Herald reports. Former pastors John Skehan, 79, and Francis Guinan are charged with grand theft. ''These guys lived the life they told everyone else not to live and they lived it on everyone else's dime," police Officer Jeff Messer told the Herald. ''And one of the seven deadly sins is greed."

Candidate's wife finds a new cause

Laura Gallagher, who cut her political teeth campaigning for her husband's unsuccessful bid for governor the past 18 months, is taking on a campaign of her own: putting an antigay marriage amendment in the Florida Constitution. Florida4Marriage.Org announced Mrs. Gallagher's new role as its spokeswoman Thursday. The Gallaghers have been avid supporters of the measure, and the group's leader, John Stemberger, was one of Mrs. Gallagher's biggest fans during her husband's campaign. Is it a sign Laura will be the next Gallagher running for office? No, the telecommunications lawyer told reporters. "I'm very content being a wife and mom."