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UCF, FIU CLEARED TO ENROLL FIRST MED STUDENTS

The state's two newest medical schools can start recruiting their first classes of 40 students each, having secured accreditors' preliminary endorsement.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, a national accrediting body, has given preliminary accreditation to the schools at Florida International University in Miami and the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

UCF and FIU officials celebrated the news Wednesday, nearly two years after state university system leaders approved their controversial new medical programs. Along with the medical school approved for Florida State University in 2000, the two schools are the only medical schools created in the United States in the past 25 years.

Officials of existing Florida medical schools worry about the new schools' effect on their own state funding.

Tallahassee

Testimony about a judge is fought

TALLAHASSEE - Lawyers for the Judicial Qualifications Commission want to block testimony about the misdeeds of another judge when 1st District Court of Appeal Judge Michael Allen is put on trial for conduct unbecoming a judge.

Allen faces charges because he questioned the conduct of fellow Judge Charles Kahn Jr. in a June 2006 opinion upholding the conviction and prison sentence of former Sen. W.D. Childers.

Allen, in his written opinion, was responding to Kahn's accusation that the court acted illegally. Allen said he was concerned about the public's perception of the court, on which he has served since 1990. He questioned Kahn's attempt to overturn the charges against Childers, noting that Kahn is an ex-law partner of Fred Levin, a longtime friend of Childers'.

Last week, as several judges of the court were questioned for a trial next month, Kahn was described as a mentally unstable judge who has frequent temper tantrums and had extramarital affairs with two employees of the state court system. The motion seek to bar the testimony.

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