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Got talent? We have the event for you

By TIMES STAFF
Published February 3, 2007


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If you plan to enter the 24th annual Spotlight on Talent contest, you better start polishing up your act and filling out your paperwork. The deadline for applications is Feb. 22. The contest is much like American Idol, but these judges try to be helpful, not hurtful. Winners don't get record contracts, but they do get $100 and a big trophy. The preliminaries are set for March 10, with finals at 6 p.m. March 31 at the Wesley Chapel Performing Arts Center on Wells Road. Tickets are $8. Sponsors also are needed; for information on becoming a sponsor, call Barbara Friedman at (352) 567-1720.

Judge postpones evidence decision

After hearing nearly four hours of arguments Friday, Circuit Judge William Webb deferred a decision on whether to toss the evidence in the first-degree murder case of Lawrence Kenneth Tener. Authorities said Tener, 24, beat Tammy Lee Bowles to death with an axe handle in 2004 and buried her near his mother's Moon Lake mobile home. Tener's defense attorneys filed a motion to suppress key evidence, citing 11 reasons, including the fact that the search warrant was signed by Circuit Judge John Renke III, who was later removed from the bench for campaign violations. Webb's ruling is expected in a few weeks.

[Last modified February 3, 2007, 07:32:29]


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