It's sweltering outside, but the folks at Florida's Department of Transportation have already shifted their thoughts to Christmas. They've put out a public call for creative nonalcoholic concoctions that people could serve at holiday parties. The goal is to help party hosts be responsible and cut down on the number of drunken driving crashes. They're compiling the recipes now so that they have time to publish and distribute "Recipes for the Road" by fall. They plan to give it to restaurants and Tampa Bay groups. Got an idea? Contact Jeanette Rouse at (813) 975-6256.
Dukes misses payment
Now that inactive Devil Rays player Elijah Dukes' estranged wife has decided on divorce, she's holding his feet to the fire. A few days after calling Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies to accuse Dukes of violating a protective order by calling her home, NiShea Gilbert filed a motion Friday asking a judge to hold Dukes in contempt for being one day late with his spousal and child support payment. According to the motion, Dukes was ordered to pay $2,800 in child support and $3,300 in spousal support within 10 days of a June 16 hearing. He has not paid, the motion said.
Cougar owner charged
The owner of an exotic wildlife company was charged after her cougar mauled a 4-year-old Coral Gables girl at a birthday party. Corinne Oltz, who operates Wild Animal World, was charged with culpable negligence and keeping wildlife in unsafe conditions, both misdemeanors, according to the Associated Press. The girl, now 5, was attacked Nov. 18 and suffered severe cuts to her eyelid, cheek and ear. Police said Oltz, 38, removed the leashed cougar from its cage to show the children, and the girl snuck behind her and startled the cat, which then attacked. The cougar was euthanized.
Otis Allen Davis' first big league game was also his last - April 22, 1946. But until he died, he received autograph requests from Dodgers fans. 8-9B