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STATE'S POLICY ON HEALTH CARE TO BE DISCUSSED

CLEARWATER

A town hall meeting to discuss the Florida Health Care Freedom Act is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Tuscon's Southwest Grill, 13563 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. The meeting is hosted by state Rep. Peter Nehr, R-Tarpon Springs, state Sen. Carey Baker, R-Eustis and state Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood. Baker and Plakon are sponsors of the legislation that would amend the Florida constitution to prohibit any law or rule from forcing people into a "one size fits all" federally mandated health care system. Citizens on both sides of the issue will have opportunities to speak and ask questions. To amend the state constitution, the Florida House and Senate must pass the referendum language in next year's legislative session with a supermajority vote. The measure would then go before the voters in the 2010 November general election, and must pass with at least 60 percent approval.

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Police seek help in group home theft

Clearwater police are asking for help in solving an Aug. 31 robbery at a home for children with special needs. Police say a man entered the Tampa Bay Group Home, 1897 Princeton Drive, through the front door shortly before 10 a.m. He encountered the only employee in the office and ordered her at gunpoint to the floor. The man, who was wearing a ski mask and dark clothing, then went to a closet and took a small black safe, which contained an undisclosed amount of money belonging to the children of the home. The man fled, possibly in a white vehicle. The employee was not injured and no children were in the immediate area at the time of the robbery. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Clearwater Police Tip Line at (727) 562-4422. People can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) or by submitting a tip online at www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.

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