PLANTATION - A pit bull terrier ravaged the hood and grille of a car in an apparent attempt to get at cats sleeping under the vehicle's hood, police said. The dog ``mutilated the hood of my car, literally chomped into it and tried to rip the hood off,`` said John Franz III, owner of the car and the cats. ``He tore out half my front grille and shredded my mud flap tires.`` Franz said five of his cats survived the early morning attack Tuesday, but two 4-week-old kittens were missing and probably dead. Franz, 30, estimated the damage to his 1983 Honda at about $2,000.
TALLAHASSEE - House Speaker-designate Tom Gustafson has moved into the speaker's office in the Capitol long before the November general election that a rival said could unseat the Fort Lauderdale Democrat. State Rep. Carl Carpenter, also a Democrat, is attempting to wrest the leadership post from Gustafson. Each man claims to have enough votes, but the outcome will not be decided until the House convenes following the election Nov. 8. That election could change the party balance in the House, now standing at 75 Democrats and 45 Republicans, and give Carpenter a greater chance of victory. ``I think it is extremely presumptuous on his part to move into the speaker's office,`` Carpenter, of Plant City, said.