Links from the Times for Dec. 3
Florida: mortgage scam capitol
A national report released Tuesday said Florida leads the nation in mortgage fraud. Within the state, Tampa is second in the amount of suspicious loan activity. At about the same time the report was released, a federal jury in Broward County was returning guilty verdicts in a scam case that included $5-million in fraudulent mortgages. Howard Gaines, an attorney who worked as a title agent, was accused of falsifying closing documents. | Special Report: House of Cards: Case study in housing collapse.
Higher education scorecard stings Florida
Florida once again has received mediocre scores on a national report card evaluating the state's colleges and universities. While college enrollment among the state's 18- to 24-year- olds has improved since the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education released its first study in 2000, the group's latest report, which will be released today, ranks Florida near the bottom in college participation. | Read the report
Latest robbery at deli tests family
The half-dozen robberies at Star Deli over the last decade have cost the Patel family their peace of mind.
And in 2002, a robber's bullet took a piece of patriarch Narendra Patel's right lung. So when two masked gunmen rant into his store Monday night, he emptied the cash register. The $80 to $100 wasn't enough. One gunman shot Patel. | Video: Watch the robbery in progress