END-OF-LIFE DISPUTE RE-EMERGES AS 2016 ISSUE FOR BUSH
Jeb Bush was preparing to release the emails he sent and received as Florida governor when he was excoriated by a letter-writer to The Miami Herald. The headline: “Don’t trust Jeb Bush with the power of the presidency.” The subject of many of the emails was Terri Schiavo. The letter-writer was her husband, Michael. Bush’s effort to stop Michael Schiavo from removing his brain-damaged wife’s feeding tube was a defining moment of Bush’s time in office. Bush, a devout Catholic, sided with Terri Schiavo’s parents in the end-of-life dispute and reached for unprecedented authority to intervene. Michael Schiavo said his wife did not want to be kept alive artificially.
BETHUNE-COOKMAN EVENT TO PROMOTE MEDICAL, DENTAL CAREERS
Bethune-Cookman University is hosting a national tour stop for students interested in careers in medicine and dentistry. The event is set to begin Monday at the B-CU Center for Civic Engagement in Daytona Beach. Organizer “Tour for Diversity” will bring in physicians and dentists from across the country to provide various workshops. The grassroots group seeks to educate, inspire, and cultivate future physicians and dentists of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds by forming local connections.
FAMILY OF FORMER PRESIDENTS GATHER AT LITTLE WHITE HOUSE
Descendants of three former U.S. presidents discussed their famous family members’ accomplishments at Key West’s Harry S. Truman Little White House, Florida’s only presidential museum. The Sunday event featured Truman’s grandson Clifton Truman Daniel, Gerald Ford’s daughter Susan Ford Bales and Dwight Eisenhower’s granddaughter Mary Jean Eisenhower. Topics included Truman’s authorization of the Marshall Plan to rebuild post-war Europe, Eisenhower’s integration of American schools and Ford’s pardoning Richard Nixon after the Watergate controversy.
STATE ATTORNEY TO SEEK DEATH PENALTY IN 2002 MURDER CASE
A central Florida state attorney has filed notice that his office will seek the death penalty in a 13-year-old murder case. Ninth District State Attorney Jeff Ashton’s office filed a notice of intent on Friday in the case of Demorris Andy Hunter. Hunter is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Teresa Ann Green. Green was reported missed from her Orlando home on May 27, 2002, and found dead that evening in the trunk of her car. Hunter is currently serving a life sentence in a March 2002 death of an Oakland, California woman. He was extradited from a California prison last week to Orange County.
NO. 25 SOUTH FLORIDA WOMEN FALL TO EAST CAROLINA
East Carolina saw a 15-point lead disappear late, but held on to upset No. 25 South Florida women, 65-64 on Sunday. East Carolina (17-8, 8-6 American) led by 15 points after Jasmine Phillips drilled a jumper with 8:39 to play, but South Florida rallied. Courtney Williams’ jumper made it 63-59 with :48 left. Following two free throws by Janesha Ebron to push the Pirates lead back to six, 65-59, Williams drilled a 3-pointer to halve the lead.