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State officials: Racing greyhounds test positive for cocaine

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At least 12 greyhound racing dogs in Florida have tested positive for cocaine, and their trainer has had his license suspended. It’s at least the second instance this year of racing greyhounds testing positive for cocaine. The dogs raced at Bestbet Orange Park in northeast Florida near Jacksonville. The state is home to 12 of the 19 dog tracks in the U.S., where 40 states have outlawed the sport. Although supporters say the dogs are treated well, the industry faces…

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Busted: Cocaine found in 5 greyhounds at Derby Lane

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State officials revoked a racing greyhound trainer’s license after five dogs tested positive for cocaine after a race in January. According to records from the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Malcolm McAllister’s racing license was permanently revoked April 24. Urine samples for the dogs were taken by state employees following races at the St. Petersburg Kennel Club — known as Derby Lane — in January. McAllister, who did not return calls to a number listed in public records, didn’t…

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Lobbyist charged with cocaine buy

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A Tallahassee lawyer-lobbyist has been charged with one felony count of buying cocaine, a Leon County booking report shows. Lawrence “Lance” Block, 61, was arrested Wednesday by Florida State University police. He was released from jail that same day on $10,000 bail. Details were not available because the arrest report has not yet been filed with the court. Block’s attorney, Jackie Fulford, filed a not-guilty plea on his behalf Thursday, court records show. Block could not be reached at his office, and Fulford declined to comment on the case.

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St. Pete woman shot during capture of wanted felon by bail bondsmen

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Authorities say a woman was shot and wounded in the drive-thru of a Tampa Bay area McDonald’s as a team of bail bondsmen moved to capture a wanted felon. St. Petersburg police say the team was trying to box in the man’s vehicle when a woman in the front passenger seat was shot. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. Police say the wanted man, 26-year-old Deveon Stokes, was taken into custody. His…

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Pinellas crack dealer sues cops for wrecking her transport vehicle on the way to jail

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Girl gets busted for dealing crack. Girl gets put in police transport vehicle. Police transport vehicle gets into accident. Girl sues everyone involved. Seems legit. Maureen Doughterty was busted for possession of and dealing crack cocaine on June 28, 2012. On her way to jail, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s transport vehicle she was in collided with a truck and trailer belonging to a pressure washing company, Blasters. Doughterty is suing both for damages associated with injuries resulting in the accident.…

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Coke-snorting former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel launches media consulting firm

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If you get caught with powder on your nose in the midst of a career-devastating cocaine scandal, you probably need a media consultant to help you put out the fires. And if you’re the guy with smack on his face your next obvious move is to kick off your own media consulting company. That’s exactly what embattled former Florida U.S. Rep. Trey Radel has done following his not-so-sexy cocaine adventures. After getting busted buying his nose candy from a federal cop, the…

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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St. Petersburg Times – Poor Stewards Of Our Money: “As St. Petersburg Times staff writer Bill Varian details in today’s Perspective, many local governments went on a binge when times were good, expanding their budgets, giving generous raises, building new facilities and hiring to staff them. And now that times are bad, the choices and the cutbacks are far worse than they would have been had governments been more fiscally circumspect. In the boom times, government failed to plan for…

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