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Witnesses say argument broke out when former policeman asked Chad Oulson to stop using his phone during trailers

Travel: Deliverance!

Houseboating down Florida's St John's river? Good idea - but watch out for uninvited guests.

Simon Calder's Travel Column

The chap at the Alamo car rental depot in Orlando was charm itself. "Where will you be travelling this week?" Touched by his interest, I outlined my plan to head to Florida's Gulf Coast. Immediately his tone changed to one of surprise. Leaning forward with an air of deep concern, he said "Sir, I would strongly advise you to upgrade to a bigger model."

Property: The Mickey Mouse market awaits you

A week in Florida not enough? Buy a home there, suggests Nicole Sochor

30 die as tornadoes tear into Florida

AT LEAST 30 PEOPLE were killed when an unprecedented string of tornadoes, driven by the El Nino weather phenomenon, churned through the Orlando area of Florida before dawn yesterday, near Walt Disney World and other tourist attractions.

Baseball's big hitters queue up to sign Cuban exile

At the end of last year Orlando Hernandez escaped to the Bahamas from Cuba by raft. Phil Davison, Latin America Correspondent, tells why he may now become a multi-millionaire while many of his friends on the raft will be struggling in dead-end jobs.

The Dome and Mr Mandelson

The Minister without Portfolio refers to it as 'my dome' and relishes the challenge of the millennium project. But will it become a monument to his own career rather than the new century?

Mandelson goes in search of Mickey's magic

Peter Mandelson, the minister without portfolio, is visiting Disneyworld and the Epcot centre today on a fact-finding mission for the Millennium Experience. The prospect of a postcard from "Mandy" about his meeting with Mickey Mouse has Westminster agog.

Come right in, US tells baseball refugee

A former Cuban baseball star was cleared to enter America yesterday after escaping from Cuba by boat. Five of his fellow passengers are unlikely to be so lucky. Mary Dejevsky asks if the US operates double standards when offering asylum to Cubans.

Ticket cash beats Labour ban over foreign funds

Overseas defence companies have been making indirect donations to Labour, in spite of Tony Blair's ban on foreign finance for the party. Anthony Bevins, Political Editor, examines a grey area.

Laser surgery keeps heart patients out of hospital

Drilling tiny holes in the heart with a laser dramatically reduces chest pain and the need for hospital care for people with severe heart disease, new findings showed yesterday.

Sports Politics: British athletes animated by Disney deal as Government invests pounds 9m in training camp

Britain's Olympic medal hopes have received a boost with the announcement of a pounds 9m deal which will send athletes to prepare alongside America's finest and in Walt Disney's backyard.

X-treme: Wake me up before you go-go

If you don't know your hoochie-glides from your S-bends or your tantrums from your orientals, look no further. The extreme sport of Wakeboarding looks set to be the hippest thing on water

NO-HEADLINE

The best thing about the end of the school summer holidays is a reduction in the numbers of disconsolate faces of the people at any of Britain's big airports. Every year the airlines promise to do their best to make it a stress-free summer, yet every year holidaymakers are left stranded. Florida seems to attract more problems than most destinations: last summer, thousands got stranded at Gatwick or Orlando while Laker and Airtours got their acts and planes together; this year, 350 holidaymakers were stranded for a day and a half at Belfast International.

Sham medic jailed

Orlando (AP) - A Miami man was sentenced to seven years in prison and his wife was given two years' house arrest for running a sham medical practice that sent an unlicensed doctor to treat a holidaying British girl who later died.
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