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Links from the Times for April 4: Ex-USF student Megahed not guilty



Youssef Megahed not guilty in explosives case
Twenty months after a traffic stop in Goose Creek, S.C., catapulted two University of South Florida students into a federal explosives case that raised the specter of terrorism, one of those students has been set free by a panel of 12 jurors. Youssef Megahed, 23, is not guilty, the jury said Friday. Not guilty of illegally transporting explosives materials. Not guilty of possessing a destructive device. "I'm very happy," he said, grinning at the Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse in downtown Tampa, surrounded by his family. | A juror's perspective: What tipped the scales | Backstory: Full coverage of the case

'Naked Nanny' stays on probation

Sarah Slicker became known as "the Naked Nanny" after she was arrested and accused of removing her clothes in front of a 4-year-old boy she was babysitting in 2004. Now a 27-year-old mother, she requested early release from her 10-year probation sentence. Pinellas-Paswco Circuit Judge Joseph A. Bulone denied the request but noted that defendants who have well traditionally make a request after their probation is halfway done. | Backstory: The odd case of a naked nanny.

Facing the economy, the drought and water restrictions, what's a landscaper to do?
This year, the landscaping industry faces a triple threat. The weak economy has already reduced the clientele of many companies. Now, stringent water restrictions brought about by the drought have landscapers innovating so their businesses don't dry up. | Interactive: Tampa Bay Water Crisis

Detective work before gulf search
Searchers scoured phones and friends while scouring the gulf for four men who were lost at sea in the vast Gulf of Mexico. Much of the information they needed was on land, according to a new report released by the U.S. Coast Guard.

TRAGEDY AT SEA: Doomed by improper anchoring
An investigation concludes the four football players were inexperienced and careless. They clung to the boat after the accident, but one by one three fell away as hypothermia set in.
Video: Sequence of events
The documents: ACISS report | Investigation report |
Animation: See what went wrong

Previous coverage:

Hundreds gather at memorial for Will Bleakley

Coast Guard spent $1.6 million in search

Family of NFL player Marquis Cooper asks that search end

Two days before tragedy, NFL player was urged to buy life-saving device

As 3 friends slipped away, Nick Schuyler held on

Gulf of Mexico can quickly turn dangerous

Nick Schuyler tells strange story of others' fate

Photos: View images from the rescue

Watch video: EPIRB can save lives

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