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BIGWIGS JOIN IN COMMISSION SEAT DISPUTE

Hernando County added a pair of Tallahassee stars to the cast of players crowding the battle over the District 2 County Commission seat. Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Stephen Grimes stepped in on behalf of Supervisor of Elections Annie Williams. Ron Meyer, the lawyer who defeated Jeb Bush's school voucher programs, joined the defense of Commissioner-electish Rose Rocco. That brings Rocco's dispute with exish-Commissioner Hannah "Nancy" Robinson to two plaintiffs, six lawyers and seven defendants. Rocco beat Robinson by 1,444 votes, but Robinson said her opponent should be tossed off the ballot because she didn't live in the Spring Hill district on Election Day. Robinson says the seat she held for 14 years should still be hers. Not so fast, Meyer said Monday. Even if Rocco is disqualified, that doesn't make Robinson the winner. There could be a special election.

BROOKSVILLE

Hate crime forum open to the public

The Tampa office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, together with local law enforcement officials, will host a town hall forum on hate crimes at 6 tonight at the Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St. Featured speakers include Jody Norris of the FBI; Lance Newman of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Michael Maurer of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and Ahmed Bedier, executive director of CAIR-Tampa. The forum is free and the public is invited. Call 813-514-1414 for more information.

BROOKSVILLE

PHCC will show new lab, simulator

Pasco-Hernando Community College will host an open house for the new PHCC Sim Centre for patient simulation at 10 a.m. Thursday at the PHCC North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Visitors will observe a simulator demonstration and see the new state-of-the-art nursing lab that will provide students with hands-on learning experiences. The open house will start with welcome comments and speakers, followed by refreshments and tours of the simulator laboratory. For information, call 796-6726 or toll-free at 1-877-TRY-PHCC.

Correction

Karen Stanbro, a member of the Rotary Club of Brooksville, participated in the annual Hernando County Job Fair. Her name was incorrectly listed in Hometown Hernando on Sunday.

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