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July 7, 2000

Case closed
The ex-husband who hired Sheila Bellush's killers and the man who slashed her throat as her quadruplets played nearby were brought to justice Thursday.

  • Del Toro admits the murder
    SARASOTA -- In his heart, Jose Luis Del Toro believes he is free. But the 24-year-old will spend the rest of his life in prison.
  • From Bellush to Blackthorne
    Federal prosecutors said the trail led from the body of Sheila Bellush through three men to her ex-husband, Allen Blackthorne. At his trial, they said they wanted to prove that he was the leader of the conspiracy.
  • Chronology of events
    Timeline of events in the murder of Sheila Bellush and subsequent trials.

Court bars TV hearings for juveniles
TALLAHASSEE -- Saying that kids in trouble deserve a human touch, the Florida Supreme Court has effectively banned juvenile courts from conducting detention hearings via closed-circuit television.

State names price of test delay
The Florida Department of Education has asked the National Computer Systems testing company to pay fines in excess of $4.8-million for delays in delivering test scores.

Lawsuit: Officials viewed porn
Commercial fishermen say documents show fisheries officials inappropriately used state office computers.

Late-term abortion ban on hold
Days after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a similar law, state officials said Thursday they will not enforce a ban on a late-term procedure called "partial-birth" abortion.

Candidates debate plans for Social Security
Bill Nelson aggressively assaults opponent Bill McCollum's position that young workers should be able to opt out of some Social Security taxes.

Clinton to help Nelson raise funds
TAMPA -- U.S. Senate candidate Bill Nelson will get some help raising money from the White House. Nelson, the state insurance commissioner, confirmed Thursday that President Clinton will speak at fundraisers for him on July 31 in Tampa and Palm Beach. The presumptive Democratic nominee is facing Republican U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum of Longwood -- one of the House managers for Clinton's impeachment trial.

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