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3rd Florida man guilty for burning cross in couple’s yard

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A third Florida man has pleaded guilty to setting a wooden cross on fire in an interracial couple’s yard. Federal prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday that 56-year-old William Dennis of Port Richey pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to threaten, intimidate and interfere with an interracial couple’s enjoyment of their housing rights. Two other men previously pleaded guilty. Officials say the men were living in a largely white community in Pasco County when an African-American couple moved into a…

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As Tropical Storm Erika weakens, some in the Tampa Bay area still worried about heavy rain

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Tropical Storm Erika dissipated Saturday, but folks in the Tampa Bay area are watching it carefully. The 9 a.m. forecast from the National Hurricane Center showed the storm had degenerated into a trough of low pressure by early Saturday after mountains and an unfavorable environment in Hispaniola knocked Erika below tropical storm force. It appeared that it would bypass drought-stricken South Florida entirely. But emergency managers in the Tampa Bay area are still worried about heavy rain. “Our aquifers are…

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