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NO CHARGE IN BUS RACE CRASH THAT KILLED SHERIFF

Criminal charges won't be filed in connection with a crash that killed Lake County's sheriff during a charity school bus race.

Chris Daniels, 47, was killed during the annual Battle of the Badges race Oct. 14 to raise money for Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches. He was thrown from his bus in a spinout and run over by his own bus and another.

A combination of poor visibility, lack of seat belt use and little bus driving experience contributed to the crash, according to a final report released by the Florida Highway Patrol.

It said Daniels' bus lacked enough mirrors to compensate for obstructed views created by the vehicle's painted windows and Daniels' own full-face helmet.

"All of the drivers acted appropriately during the race. ... By all accounts it was a minor spinout, not unlike many others that occur during this type of event," the report states.

AUBURNDALE

Onetime Guinness heaviest woman dies

Rosalie Bradford, who once held the Guinness record as the world's heaviest woman, has died from complications of obesity. She was 63.

Mrs. Bradford, who moved from Pennsylvania to Auburndale with her husband and son in 1999, weighed 1,050 pounds in January 1987, according to the 1994 edition of Guinness Book of World Records. She also was listed by Guinness as having lost more weight than any other woman - 736 pounds, weighing in at 314 pounds in September 1992.

She alternately lost and regained pounds over the years, and recently weighed over 400. She died Wednesday at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

"We're going to miss her," said Sandy Nice of Auburndale, Mrs. Bradford's half sister who assisted in a ministry that counseled obese women.

On her Web site, www.-RosalieBradford.com, Mrs. Bradford blamed her lifelong weight battle on being abandoned at 6 months by her mother, which she said bred a food addiction. She gave credit for a drastic weight loss after a 1989 suicide attempt to Richard Simmons, the fitness guru and television personality who began corresponding with her after hearing of her struggle.

Her husband, Robert, and son, Robbie, now of Sarasota, survive.

TALLAHASSEE

Open records expert to be key Crist aide

Gov.-elect Charlie Crist has talked of bringing a commitment to open government to the governor's office, and he is making good on that pledge with one of his planned hires.

Pat Gleason, general counsel in the Attorney General's Office and an expert and advocate for public access to government records, will work on Cabinet affairs in the governor's office, Crist said Thursday.

"I covet most from what I would term nothing less than a tremendous public servant is her wonderful background as it relates to open records," Crist said of Gleason. "She is, I think, universally recognized as the expert in the field and probably one of the experts across the country, so being able to keep her was very, very important to me."

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE

Air Force calls off Eglin wing transfer

A plan to move 3,400 jobs from here to California's Edwards Air Force Base is off the table for now.

Air Force chief of staff T. Michael Moseley said Wednesday a decision to transfer the 46th Test Wing has been reversed, pending more study.

The Air Force also restored about $343-million to its testing and evaluation budget.

FORT LAUDERDALE

Abandoned but safe

Capt. Tammy Longo of Broward County Fire Rescue holds a newborn boy who was left at the fire station Thursday morning. A Florida law passed in 2000 allows babies less than 3 days old to be left anonymously at a firehouse or hospital emergency room.

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