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USF trustees approve president's bonus

The University of South Florida board of trustees Thursday approved a $37,000 bonus for president Judy Genshaft.

The decision, which came after Genshaft's annual evaluation at Thursday's board meeting, passed with ease. Even student body president Frank Harrison, who was expected by some to question the bonus, said he was "100 percent in support."

Genshaft's contract is to be renegotiated next year. Her base salary is less than those of the presidents of Florida International University, the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida. Of her $370,641 salary, $225,000 comes from public sources.

"I'm very appreciative (of the bonus)," Genshaft said. "They know this is a very challenging position and one I take very seriously."

Judge must pay bills for his JQC defense

Hillsborough Circuit Judge Gregory Holder beat a plagiarism charge but remains on the hook for his attorney's fees, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Holder's lead attorney questioned the decision.

Six months ago, attorneys for the Judicial Qualifications Commission and Holder argued before the court after the judge made an unprecedented request for the ethics body to foot his $1.8-million legal bill.


9 cardiologists sue over angioplasties

Nine cardiologists have sued the nation's largest hospital chain over their 2-year-old suspensions from performing angioplasties at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

The doctors allege that Nashville's HCA Inc., which owns the Hudson hospital, tarnished their reputations by suggesting they had compromised their patients' health.

The doctors are asking a judge to force HCA to restore their privileges to do angioplasties and pay them damages.

Eight of the nine are represented by Tampa powerhouse Barry Cohen's legal firm.