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Feds will try 'Girls' founder

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published May 16, 2007


PENSACOLA

Florida prosecutors lost their fight Tuesday to stop federal marshals from taking the founder of the Girls Gone Wild video series to Nevada on federal tax evasion charges. Florida prosecutors wanted Francis, who completed a 35-day contempt of court sentence this week, to first face state charges involving the sexual exploitation of minors. The 34-year-old Francis makes an estimated $29-million a year on videos of young women baring their breasts.

HOLLYWOOD

Seminoles re-elect tribal chairman

Incumbent Mitchell Cypress retained his post as chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, beating out challenger Moses B. Osceola by 100 votes.

Cypress has overseen the tribe during a period of tremendous wealth capped off by its recent purchase of the Hard Rock chain of cafes and the expansion of its casinos.

There are Seminole reservations in Big Cypress in the Everglades, Hollywood, Tampa, Immokalee, Fort Pierce and Brighton in Glades County.

The Seminoles have land, cattle and citrus holdings and operate seven casinos in the state.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH

Former TV actor arrested on pot charge

David Faustino, the actor who played Bud Bundy on the TV series Married with Children, was arrested on marijuana and disorderly intoxication charges.

Police allegedly spotted Faustino, 33, and his wife Andrea, 31, at an intersection late Friday night. Faustino reportedly tried to climb out the car window.

He allegedly tried to walk away when police confronted the couple. The officer found a plastic bag with a gram of marijuana in his pocket, police said.

Married With Children ran on the Fox network from 1987 to 1997.