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Pennsylvania man arrested in 2 murders after campground fight

Two men were shot and killed early Saturday morning at a Pennsylvania campground after attempting to intervene in a domestic dispute between another man and his girlfriend, according to officials.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release the incident happened around 2 a.m. Saturday at the Homestead Family Campgrounds in West Rockhill Township, located about 20 miles south of Allentown.

The victims and the suspect were among a group of 16 friends and relatives on an annual camping trip taking place this weekend at the campground.

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Prosecutors said that 40-year-old Miles K. Jones of Philadelphia fatally shot Eric Braxton, 41, and Arthur Hill, 46, also of Philadelphia, after the pair intervened in an argument between Jones and his girlfriend.

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Miles K. Jones, 40, of Philadelphia was charged with criminal homicide, possession of an instrument of crime and recklessly endangering another person in connection to the shooting. (Bucks County District Attorney’s Office)

Early in the morning, an argument had erupted between Jones and his girlfriend, and the woman told Jones to leave the tent they were sharing, according to prosecutors. That argument then escalated into Jones flipping the tent before the victims came to the woman’s assistance, officials said in a news release.

“He returned about 15 minutes later with a loaded 9-mm. handgun and he shot both victims,” Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said at a news conference.

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Between three and six shots were fired during the incident, according to prosecutors.

Braxton died at the scene, while Hill was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Jones was charged with criminal homicide, possession of an instrument of crime and recklessly endangering another person and was arraigned on Saturday afternoon. The 40-year-old is currently being held without bail at the Bucks County Correctional Facility and is scheduled to have his next court appearance on Oct. 31.

The shooting remains under investigation by Bucks County detectives, in addition to the Pennridge Regional Police Department and Central Bucks Special Response Team Crime Scene Unit.

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Florida judge temporarily blocks law limiting ex-convicts’ right to vote in state

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A Florida judge on Friday temporarily blocked a new law that prevents ex-convicts from voting in the state until they have paid all of their fees, fines and restitution, according to a report.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle said the law, passed by the Republican-controlled legislature this year, could be unconstitutional, Central Florida’s News 13 reported.

FLORIDA’S FELONS FACE UNEXPECTED OBSTACLES BEFORE VOTING IN 2020

Florida “cannot deny restoration of a felon’s right to vote solely because the felon does not have the financial resources to pay the other financial obligations,” Hinkle ruled.

The judge added that Florida must establish a way for felons to register to vote if it’s determined they are “genuinely unable” to pay their fees and restitution, according to News 13.

Last fall, Florida voters approved Amendment 4 that restores voting rights to some ex-convicts. Lawmakers said they were clarifying the amendment with the new law.

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Secretary of State Laurel Lee and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis had asked that the lawsuit brought by 17 complainants be thrown out.

The Florida State Conference of the NAACP, the Orange County Branch of the NAACP, and the League of Women Voters of Florida — who are representing felons in the suit — claim it is unconstitutional to condition voting rights on the payment of fees.

The case will head to the Florida Supreme Court, News 13 reported.

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Threats against Trump family, media, other targets get Seattle man 5 years behind bars

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A Seattle man was sentenced to five years in prison Friday for making threats against President Trump’s family, members of the media and synagogues.

Chase Bliss Colasurdo, 27, was arrested last May after he posted a photo on Instagram of a gun pointed at a picture of Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser.

SEATTLE-AREA MAN ARRESTED IN THREATS AGAINST TRUMP FAMILY

He pleaded guilty to threatening to bomb synagogues, hurt media members in Southern California and to making online threats to Kushner and Donald Trump, Jr.

Colasurdo was arrested after he bought a bulletproof vest and ammunition. He also tried to buy a gun but was denied after being flagged by the Secret Service.

He has a history of severe mental illness and paranoid delusions, authorities said.

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U.S. Attorney Brian Moran said the case is a “frightening intersection of mental illness and weapons.”

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New Emmett Till marker dedicated in Mississippi after vandalism

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A bulletproof marker was reportedly dedicated to civil rights icon Emmett Till in Mississippi on Saturday after previous ones had been vandalized by gunfire.

Till was a 14-year-old black teenager in 1955 when he was kidnapped, beaten and lynched in Money, Miss., for allegedly whistling at a white woman.

The marker was erected near the Tallahatchie River where Till’s body was found days later.

BULLETPROOF EMMETT TILL SIGN COMMISSIONED AFTER RECENT VANDALISM: REPORTS

The new memorial, made of steel, is 10 times heavier than the previous ones, the Huffington Post reported.

“This marker answers the question as to what we do with our history,” the Rev. Willie Williams, co-director of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, which advocated for the new marker, said, according to the Post. “Do we learn from it? Do we use it to help our society have greater respect for humanity? This answers that.”

The Rev. Wheeler Parker, Till’s cousin, who is the last living witness to his kidnapping, plus another cousin and her daughter attended the ceremony, the Post reported.

Till’s murder is seen as one of the catalysts of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s

Last year, the Justice Department reopened the investigation into his death, saying it received new information.

The two suspects in his murder, the husband of the woman Till was accused of whistling at and the man’s half-brother, were both acquitted by an all-white jury at the time.

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The new sign was commissioned just days after some University of Mississippi students were suspended from their fraternity after posing in front of the memorial with guns last summer.

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Ohio FedEx delivery man fixes stars and stripes pillows after dropping off package

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A FedEx delivery who flipped a set of stars and stripes pillows on an Ohio front porch is being hailed a patriot after footage of the kind act went viral.

The unidentified package deliverer swapped the pillows Wednesday when he noticed they were out of order — the stripes pillow was to the left of the stars when it should have been reversed.

Jackie Szabo told Fox 35 she saw the man fixing her pillows on the security camera.

84-YEAR-OLD US ARMY VET CHALLENGES TSA AGENT TO 10 PUSH-UPS BEFORE HONOR FLIGHT

She posted the clip to Facebook and said, “When the FedEx guy puts the stars before the stripes.”

The video had been viewed more than 1.9 million times as of Saturday afternoon.

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The gesture was “sweet” and “extra special” to her, as her son is “an Airborne Soldier and a veteran in U.S. Army,” Szabo told Fox 35.

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Soldier who amputated leg to save tank crew: ‘It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me’

For one soldier, losing a leg in a freak accident is far from a tragedy. It’s an inspiration.

In fact, Army Spc. Ezra Maes, 21, says it’s probably the best thing that ever happened to him.

“I’ll probably say that for the rest of my life,”  he told Fox News this week.

“Every day I wake up and look at it, and I remember how close I was to losing it all. And I’m still here,” he said. “I managed to survive, and this is just the scar I walked away with.”

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Spc. Ezra Maes undergoes physical rehabilitation at the Center for the Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center’s cutting-edge rehabilitation center on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. (U.S. Army photo by Corey Toye)

Maes was on a weeklong rotation in Slovakia while deployed to Poland last year. The armor crewman served as a loader for the main cannon of an M1A2 Abrams tank.

He and two crew members fell asleep in the tank one night only to wake up with the hulking machine slowly rolling downhill at 5 mph.

They quickly learned the parking brake had failed. The crew went through all the emergency procedures to get the tank to stop, but nothing worked, Maes recalled.

“We held on and hoped one of the trees stopped us,” he said. “And it did, for the most part.”

The tank picked up speed, rumbling up to 30 mph, but was slowed after hitting several trees, eventually crashing into an embankment.

Thrown across the tank, Maes’ right leg became lodged in the gearing under the tank. The driver smashed his head through the driver’s hatch and broke his back, and his gunner dislocated her leg and had a “nasty-looking cut on her inner thigh,” Maes said

84-YEAR-OLD US ARMY VET CHALLENGES TSA AGENT TO 10 PUSH-UPS BEFORE HONOR FLIGHT

“I was pretty sore but not knocked out,” he said.

Maes focused on helping the other injured crew members. After seeing the cut on his gunner’s leg, he knew “we had to get it fixed right away.”

He started twisting and turning while lodged under the turret gearing, thinking his uniform was stuck.

“I felt a pop and a rip, and thought, cool, I tore a uniform piece off,” Maes said.

Then he noticed it wasn’t just his uniform that came off. Maes had self-amputated his leg to become dislodged from the gearing.

He did his best to spring into action but was quickly losing blood.

“I almost fainted on my way out” to help the crew, Maes recalled. They used their belts as tourniquets and started shock procedures, splashing cold water on their faces — “buddy aid,” Maes said.

The tank’s radios had been knocked out in the crash and their cell phones were dead or broken — except one.

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Sgt. Aechere Crump and Pfc. Victor Alamo visit with Spc. Ezra Maes during their recovery at Brooke Army Medical Center. Crump and Alamo survived the tank accident with Maes in early 2018. (Courtesy Photo)

“That’s when we heard mine go off,” Maes said.

The gunner crawled to the phone and gave it to Maes, who summoned rescuers.

“Once they found us, it turned into a bunch of big jokes and laughs,” he said. “We were so happy to be getting care, and that we weren’t dead.”

When someone collected his severed leg, Maes managed to quip: “Hey, bring that back, I want it!”

Maes was taken to a hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, then back overseas to San Antonio, Texas. He was later taken to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston.

The specialist, who grew up in Colorado and New Mexico, has since been immersed in physical and occupational therapy at the Center for the Intrepid, the medical center’s outpatient rehabilitation center. He does yoga up to three times a week, kayaks, works with service dogs — about anything he can do, he does, Maes said.

“It’s the most comprehensive care you can imagine,” he said.

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Candace Pellock, physical therapy assistant, with Spc. Ezra Maes at the Center for the Intrepid. (U.S. Army photo by Corey Toye)

He’s in the process of being fitted for a long-term prosthetic leg. It’s a permanent implant, similar to a dental implant, that will allow him to “clip in and go,” he said.

Iniitially stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, in December 2016 after enlisting in the Army, Maes said he’s been given a second chance.

Maes, whose great-grandfather served in the Army, can now take his time and decide what to do next with his life. A big part of that will be inspiring and motivating people who are in similar situations.

“Your outlook can change everything. It’s 100 percent perspective,” he said. “I try and help as many people as possible who are in worse situations.”

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Soldier who amputated leg to save tank crew: ‘It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me’

For one soldier, losing a leg in a freak accident is far from a tragedy. It’s an inspiration.

In fact, Army Spc. Ezra Maes, 21, says it’s probably the best thing that ever happened to him.

“I’ll probably say that for the rest of my life,”  he told Fox News this week.

“Every day I wake up and look at it, and I remember how close I was to losing it all. And I’m still here,” he said. “I managed to survive, and this is just the scar I walked away with.”

Westlake Legal Group Ezra-Maes-2-US-Army Soldier who amputated leg to save tank crew: 'It's the best thing that's ever happened to me' Melissa Leon fox-news/us/personal-freedoms/proud-american fox-news/us/military/heroism fox-news/us/military/army fox-news/us/military fox-news/travel/regions/europe fox news fnc/us fnc article 1c6d23ae-97ab-5016-859f-9b928f5f9dd9

Spc. Ezra Maes undergoes physical rehabilitation at the Center for the Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center’s cutting-edge rehabilitation center on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. (U.S. Army photo by Corey Toye)

Maes was on a weeklong rotation in Slovakia while deployed to Poland last year. The armor crewman served as a loader for the main cannon of an M1A2 Abrams tank.

He and two crew members fell asleep in the tank one night only to wake up with the hulking machine slowly rolling downhill at 5 mph.

They quickly learned the parking brake had failed. The crew went through all the emergency procedures to get the tank to stop, but nothing worked, Maes recalled.

“We held on and hoped one of the trees stopped us,” he said. “And it did, for the most part.”

The tank picked up speed, rumbling up to 30 mph, but was slowed after hitting several trees, eventually crashing into an embankment.

Thrown across the tank, Maes’ right leg became lodged in the gearing under the tank. The driver smashed his head through the driver’s hatch and broke his back, and his gunner dislocated her leg and had a “nasty-looking cut on her inner thigh,” Maes said

84-YEAR-OLD US ARMY VET CHALLENGES TSA AGENT TO 10 PUSH-UPS BEFORE HONOR FLIGHT

“I was pretty sore but not knocked out,” he said.

Maes focused on helping the other injured crew members. After seeing the cut on his gunner’s leg, he knew “we had to get it fixed right away.”

He started twisting and turning while lodged under the turret gearing, thinking his uniform was stuck.

“I felt a pop and a rip, and thought, cool, I tore a uniform piece off,” Maes said.

Then he noticed it wasn’t just his uniform that came off. Maes had self-amputated his leg to become dislodged from the gearing.

He did his best to spring into action but was quickly losing blood.

“I almost fainted on my way out” to help the crew, Maes recalled. They used their belts as tourniquets and started shock procedures, splashing cold water on their faces — “buddy aid,” Maes said.

The tank’s radios had been knocked out in the crash and their cell phones were dead or broken — except one.

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Sgt. Aechere Crump and Pfc. Victor Alamo visit with Spc. Ezra Maes during their recovery at Brooke Army Medical Center. Crump and Alamo survived the tank accident with Maes in early 2018. (Courtesy Photo)

“That’s when we heard mine go off,” Maes said.

The gunner crawled to the phone and gave it to Maes, who summoned rescuers.

“Once they found us, it turned into a bunch of big jokes and laughs,” he said. “We were so happy to be getting care, and that we weren’t dead.”

When someone collected his severed leg, Maes managed to quip: “Hey, bring that back, I want it!”

Maes was taken to a hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, then back overseas to San Antonio, Texas. He was later taken to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston.

The specialist, who grew up in Colorado and New Mexico, has since been immersed in physical and occupational therapy at the Center for the Intrepid, the medical center’s outpatient rehabilitation center. He does yoga up to three times a week, kayaks, works with service dogs — about anything he can do, he does, Maes said.

“It’s the most comprehensive care you can imagine,” he said.

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Candace Pellock, physical therapy assistant, with Spc. Ezra Maes at the Center for the Intrepid. (U.S. Army photo by Corey Toye)

He’s in the process of being fitted for a long-term prosthetic leg. It’s a permanent implant, similar to a dental implant, that will allow him to “clip in and go,” he said.

Iniitially stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, in December 2016 after enlisting in the Army, Maes said he’s been given a second chance.

Maes, whose great-grandfather served in the Army, can now take his time and decide what to do next with his life. A big part of that will be inspiring and motivating people who are in similar situations.

“Your outlook can change everything. It’s 100 percent perspective,” he said. “I try and help as many people as possible who are in worse situations.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

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Ohio town splits building in two over property dispute

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A small Ohio town chose a Solomon-like solution to a property dispute by splitting a new storage building into two pieces.

A third of the building was on farmer Brett Galloway’s land, leading to the dispute.

Last week, officials in Ruggles Township in rural Ashland County cut down a portion of the building and put up a fence along the property line that now runs through the missing section, Fox 8 Cleveland reported Friday.

“I think it’s silly and a bit absurd as you can see,” township resident Joyce Richey told the station.

MAN SAYS SOUTH FLORIDA VILLA HE BOUGHT AT GOVERNMENT AUCTION TURNED OUT TO BE A FOOT-WIDE PIECE OF LAND

The building was put up to store construction equipment.

Ruggles officials offered Galloway money to resolve the matter, which he rejected, the station reported.

“That was their offer, just buy the property, not address my damages,” Galloway told the station. “Their offer was half of what my damages were.”

Trustees referred Fox 8 to the county prosecutor.

He said the township wanted to demolish the building but couldn’t knock down the portion on Galloway’s land because he denied crews access.

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“I don’t know who would think this is a good idea,” Galloway told the station. “I can’t use my property and they lost a building.”

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Two suspects charged in largest seizure of turtles in recent history, FWC says

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has charged two suspects for poaching thousands of native turtles in Florida in what the agency says is the largest seizure of turtles in recent history.

“The illegal trade of turtles is having a global impact on many turtle species and our ecosystems. We commend our law enforcement’s work to address the crisis of illegal wildlife trafficking,” FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton said.

The two suspects were found in possession of hundreds of turtles that had a black market value of $200,000. Over 4,000 turtles were taken illegally and sold over a 6-month period, according to the agency. The sellers reportedly received cash and even traded turtles for Marijuana products on occasion.

MASSIVE ELEPHANT FOUND DEAD ON TOP OF SQUISHED CROCODILE

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Michael Boesenberg, 39, was charged with dealing in stolen property as an organizer, 9 counts of standard caging requirements for captured wildlife, 3 counts of taking over the bag limit of turtles, being over the possession limit of turtles, sale and offering turtles taken in the wild, possession of marine turtle parts, possession of black bear parts, possession of marijuana, possession and intent to sell drugs, and possession of a controlled substance, according to the FWC.

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Michael Boesenberg, 39, faces charges for possession and sale of sea turtles (Lee County Sheriff office)

Michael Clemons, 23, was charged with two counts of taking over the bag limit of turtles, being over the possession limit of box turtles, selling and offering for sale turtles taken from the wild, and transporting wild-caught turtles without a permit, the agency reported.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has charged two suspects for poaching thousands of native turtles in Florida in what agency says is the largest seizure of turtles in recent history. (Florida Fish and Wildlife)

The FWC says they launched a sting operation after receiving a tip in February 2018. As a result of a search warrant on Aug. 12, they determined that a “well-organized” ring of wildlife traffickers were illegally catching and selling wild turtles to large reptile dealers and illegal distributors who shipped a large majority of them overseas on the black market.

“Putting a stop to this criminal enterprise is a significant win for conservation,” said Col. Curtis Brown, head of FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. “Arresting people engaged in illegal wildlife trafficking supports our environment and legal businesses. It is especially positive and rewarding to be able to release many of the turtles back into the wild.”

“We know that the global black market in live animals includes traffickers smuggling protected species of turtles out of the United States, usually for export to the Asian pet market,” Dr. Craig Stanford, Chairman of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group told the FWC. “This sinister and illegal trade threatens the future of many species of North American animals, and as one of the most threatened animal groups on the planet, turtles are at the forefront of our concern.”

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Over 4,000 turtles were taken illegally and sold over a 6-month period (Florida Fish and Wildlife)

The pair reportedly targeted habitats known for the specific species, eventually depleting the turtle populations so much that they had to expand to other areas of the state to meet their growing demand.

“Wild turtle populations cannot sustain the level of harvest that took place here,” said Dr. Brooke Talley, the Reptile and Amphibian Conservation Coordinator for the FWC. “This will likely have consequences for the entire ecosystem and is a detriment for our citizens and future generations.”

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The FWC says they launched a sting operation after receiving a tip back in February 2018 (Florida Fish and Wildlife)

The species taken included: Florida box turtles, Eastern box turtles, striped mud turtles, Florida mud turtles, chicken turtles, Florida softshell turtles, Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtles, spotted turtles and diamondback terrapins.

Investigators also found the pair to be in possession of the skull and shell of a protected Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, the rarest species of sea turtle that’s also on the critically endangered list.

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The skull and shell of a protected Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, the rarest species of sea turtle on the critically endangered list. (Florida Fish and Wildlife)

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The seized turtles were given a health evaluation and had their species identified by biologists at the FWC. The agency says over 600 turtles were returned to the wild and two dozen were quarantined and released at a later date. The illegal commercialization of wildlife ranks fourth behind guns, drugs and human smuggling, according to the agency.

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Florida tornado leaves thousands without power, homes damaged

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Nearly 10,000 customers were left without power Friday night as a tornado reportedly touched down in central Florida and rain and high winds from Tropical Storm Nestor continued to batter the state.

The tornado touched down in Kathleen and Polk County east of Tampa where there were reports of an overturned 18-wheeler on Interstate 4 and damage to Kathleen Middle School, which had its roof partially ripped off, according to Bay News 9 in Tampa.

No injuries were immediately reported.

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Several homes in Pinellas County were damaged by the tornado as well, according to WFLA_TV.

A Tornado Watch has been issued until noon Saturday for Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk counties, News 9 reported.

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Nestor developed in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday and is expected to strengthen as it comes ashore along the northern Gulf Coast Saturday with winds up to 60 mph, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

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