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Tate's robbery trial postponed until September

Published April 17, 2007


FORT LAUDERDALE - The robbery trial of Lionel Tate, once sentenced to life in prison for killing a girl when he was 12, was delayed several months Monday after defense attorneys said they have evidence that Tate did not hold up a pizza delivery man.

The trial had been set to begin Monday, but the judge rescheduled it for Sept. 4.

Tate initially pleaded guilty to robbery and gun possession in the holdup in return for a sentence of between 10 and 30 years. He withdrew the plea in the robbery, but was sentenced to 30 years on the gun charge.


Tornado victims to get millions in funds

ORLANDO - Federal officials have approved more than $17.7-million in payouts in connection with tornadoes that hit Florida this winter. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it also approved an additional $20.6-million in low-interest disaster loans, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The deadline to apply for assistance has passed. The payouts included more than $3.8-million to families and individuals, primarily in Volusia and Lake counties, for losses, and more than $3.1-million in housing assistance.


Brown backpedals

FORT LAUDERDALE - Rep. Don Brown on Monday qualified the apology he made last week for e-mailing a cartoon poking fun at illegal immigrants, and asked for a state investigation to determine if they are a burden to Florida's taxpayers.

The cartoon read: "Don't forget to pay your taxes ... 12-million illegal aliens are depending on you!"

[Last modified April 17, 2007, 00:40:00]

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