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Park service to eliminate island

MIAMI —The National Park Service is trying to recoup $1 million it is spending on eliminating a man-made island just off the coast of Miami-Dade County.

The tiny island in a remote area south of Miami, discovered a year ago, was built by piling rocks in Biscayne Bay National Park, the Miami Herald reported yesterday.

County officials said the island, which has an elaborate hideaway, is connected to the mainland by a boardwalk. They said it was built by Ching Hai, a Vietnamese-born woman who founded the Suma Ching Hai International Association, which says it has as many as 2 million members in 50 countries.

The park service said the island will be removed, but it will cost $1 million and officials have not been able to reach Miss Hai, also known as Celestia De Lamour, to discuss the issue.


Company freezing lobsters alive

BOSTON — A company says its freezing technique allows some lobsters to come back to life when thawed — just in time to become dinner.

Trufresh LLC, of Suffield, Conn., discovered that the method it has used for years on salmon also revived some lobsters after their subzero sojourns, potentially resulting in fresher-than-frozen crustaceans. The company is looking for partners to begin selling the lobsters commercially.

Company Chairman Barnet L. Liberman acknowledged that only about 12 of roughly 200 healthy lobsters survived the freezing, which involves immersing the lobster in a brine 40 degrees below zero. In addition, the company hasn’t researched how long a frozen lobster can survive — overnight is the longest period so far.


Gun advocate sues over weapon permit

ST. LOUIS — The head of the Second Amendment Coalition in Missouri is suing St. Louis County officials for refusing to process his request for a concealed-weapons permit.

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