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Video captures FL police discussing crash cover-up

• After a Hollywood, FL police officer rear-ended a car in February and then arrested the driver on drunken driving charges, he and other officers talked about doctoring the report to cover up the crash.

• Hollywood police officials placed Officer Dewey Pressley, 42; Officer Joel Francisco, 36; Sgt. Andrew Diaz, 39; and civilian Community Service Officer Karim Thomas on administrative duty pending an internal affairs investigation.

• Alexandra Gabriela Torrensvilas, 23, of Hollywood, ended up charged with four counts of drunken driving and cited for an improper lane change.

• Pressley's report detailing the Feb. 17 midnight crash said "a large gray stray cat" that had been sitting on Torrensvilas' lap jumped out of her car window and distracted her, causing her to veer into Francisco's lane, where she abruptly braked, and Francisco's car hit hers.

• The exchange was recorded by a dashboard camera in one of the patrol cars; the officers apparently didn't realize it was on.


More retailers say yes to food stamps

• More retailers are accepting food stamps, as a record number of consumers are turning to government aid to pay for groceries.

• Nearly 39 million people received food stamps — now known as Electronic Benefit Transfers — in April 2009, up about 20% over April 2008.

• Retailers ranging from some Costco stores to 7-Eleven to Target are moving quickly to cater to cash-strapped customers.

• To accept the debit-card-like EBT cards, stores must meet at least one of the following conditions:

o They regularly sell at least three varieties of foods in each of four categories — breads/cereals; dairy products; fruits and vegetables; and meat, fish or poultry.
o Or more than half of total gross sales must be in "staple foods," which means no candy, soft drinks or prepared foods.


Strip clubs, marijuana eyed during budget crunch

• Instead of raising taxes, states are putting taxes and fees on specific items and services as they try to decrease their budget gaps.

• One of the more controversial ideas is to legalize the sale of marijuana, as proposed in a bill introduced in California's state legislature.

• Republican state Sen. Jack Murphy proposed a "pole tax" to charge patrons of strip clubs a $5 entrance fee.

• Some school districts in Utah have opted to shorten their school years by a few days or increase class sizes, with hopes of saving millions.

• In Virginia, the state House and Senate voted to increase inmates' daily rent by 500%, from $1 to $5.

• In Kentucky, new legislation puts a tax on cell phone ring tones.


Divorce takes health toll that remarriage can't heal, study says

• Divorced or widowed people have 20% more chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer than married people.

• They also have 23% more mobility limitations, such as trouble climbing stairs or walking a block.

• Previous research has suggested that married women have more financial security, which means better access to health care and reduced stress.

• A 2006 study also found that divorced middle-aged women were 60% more likely to have cardiovascular disease than middle-aged women who remain married.


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Comment by Corey on July 29, 2009 at 5:56pm
A pole tax?! Say it aint so! It's bad enough that I have to pay a two drink minimum or a surcharge on the drinks I bring in, and the fact that you can't even touch the ladies anymore. Oh the humanity!
Comment by TINA EDWARDS on July 29, 2009 at 3:41pm
Not knowing that the cam. was on serves them right, it goes to show you all the thig that goes on, and what we don't know about.
Comment by MIXEDMUT on July 29, 2009 at 3:07pm
It just goes to show more evidence on how crooked the police and judicial system is. If you look at it closely. It is called the crimminal justice system. Crimminals seeking justice! Our whole government, state, city, and local law inforcement and all city officials need an overhaul. Let's vote these old cats out of office!


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