The University of Central Florida's expanding nursing school will become its own college.
Separation of the nursing program from the College of Health and Public Affairs in July will allow it greater name recognition and the ability to manage its own budget, said Terry Hickey, UCF executive vice president.
The college will continue to operate at UCF's main campus, but officials hope to raise $20-million to $25-million to move it to a new health sciences campus.
The nursing school has grown rapidly and now has nearly 550 undergraduates, 220 master's candidates and 36 doctoral students, said director Jean Leuner, who will be the college's dean.
The state Board of Governors this year approved a medical school for UCF, to open in 2009.
Cancer claims city's first black mayor
Yvonne Scarlett-Golden, the city's first black mayor, died Tuesday after a months-long battle with cancer. She was 80.
Scarlett-Golden, who won re-election to a two-year term in 2005, started her career in education. The Bethune-Cookman College graduate went on to get a masters in education from Boston University and followed her husband, Charles H. "Toby" Golden, in his Air Force career to Taiwan, where she taught school. She also was a teacher and administrator in public schools for 25 years in San Francisco.
"Who would have thought when I was a little girl, that I could grow up to be mayor of Daytona Beach?" she once said. She was elected mayor after serving as city commissioner.
Her husband and two daughters preceded her in death.
Offer of lottery tickets for sale on Web illegal
Tickets for a Florida Lottery game called Holiday Millionaire Raffle were illegally offered for sale on an Internet auction site, state officials said Wednesday, adding a warning that a violation can result in jail time.
They said the state will not honor any winning ticket found to have been bought illegally. Tickets can be sold only by retailers under state contract.
Some tickets were offered on eBay but were pulled off the Web site after state officials notified the auction company, said Lottery spokeswoman Leslie Steele.
The Holiday Millionaire Raffle will be conducted New Year's Day for 10 prizes of $1-million each and several smaller awards. A limited number of tickets - 1.25-million - were sold.
Man sues over having to vote at church
A nonobservant Jew whose polling place Nov. 7 was in a Catholic church has sued, claiming that casting a ballot amid crucifixes and antiabortion banners amounted to a breach of church-state separation.
Jerry Rabinowitz of Delray Beach filed the federal lawsuit against the elections supervisor for Palm Beach County. He says officials refused to remove or cover religious materials at Emmanuel Catholic Church.
According to the lawsuit, Rabinowitz had to vote in a room with crucifixes, a poster of the Ten Commandments and signs with messages including, "Each of Us Matters to God."
Firefighter to head Fire Marshal's Office
Leslie "Les" Hallman, a 25-year veteran in fire and rescue services, was designated the next director of the State Fire Marshal's Office by Chief Financial Officer-elect Alex Sink. The former fire chief for South Walton County replaces Rand Napoli, who is retiring after 30 years.
Santa Rosa County to be dry no more
A lottery of 5,000 applicants determined 17 lucky winners of state alcohol licenses, which let holders open bars or package stores in Santa Rosa County. Voters last year approved the first alcohol sales since Prohibition.
Wires, Daytona Beach News-Journal