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LAUREN DUNGY TO SPEAK AT EXHIBIT'S GRAND OPENING

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Lauren Dungy, the wife of former Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy, will speak Sunday at the public grand opening of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority's centennial exhibit at the downtown library.

The traveling exhibit tells the story of the oldest black sorority in the United States, which was founded at Howard University in 1908. Admission is free and the exhibit will remain on display through Oct. 2 at the John F. Germany Library, 900 N Ashley Drive.

Lauren Dungy, who isn't a member of the sorority, is attending because she supports the organization's mission of community outreach and volunteerism, organizers said.

Other invited speakers for the program, which runs Sunday from noon until 4 p.m., are storyteller Carrie Morgan, community activist Fred Hearns and Tampa poet laureate James Tokley.

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AFTER 432 DAYS IN JAIL, DISABLED MAN GETS A HOME

Robert C. Burrell has a home without bars.

After 432 days in jail on no criminal charges, followed by more bureaucratic delays, the mentally retarded and physically disabled man was placed Aug. 3 in a St. Petersburg nursing home.

Officials wouldn't identify the specific facility, citing patient confidentiality. But they said the 41-year-old man is thriving.

"He's happy, he's safe, he's doing well," said Kim Tennant, behavioral health administrator for Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, which operates as Gulf Coast Community Care.

The nonprofit mental health agency stepped up last month after Hillsborough Circuit Judge Debra Behnke declared that Burrell didn't belong in jail.

He had been found incompetent to stand trial after getting arrested for breaking into a BMW in South Tampa. The charges were dropped two years later in June 2006 because his mental acuity didn't improve.

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