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Links from the Times for Feb 4



Surprise, Jennifer Hudson lip-synched at Super Bowl
On Jan. 20, Jennifer Hudson sat in a Tampa hotel room and watched her new president make history on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. With the inspiring words of Barack Obama echoing in her head, the R&B divette then went to a local studio and recorded her version of the national anthem, the very one you heard at Sunday's Super Bowl XLIII.

Buddy Johnson broke state law, audit says
The former Hillsborough supervisor of elections overspent his budget by nearly $1 million, mishandled grant money and failed to provide adequate oversight of finances within his office, the report said. |  | Backstory: Buddy Johnson's troubles | Read the audit report | Read the news release

Fear defense leads to acquittal in Hernando fatal hit-run
Jason Blair took the witness stand Tuesday and explained why he fled after hitting a pedestrian one night in February 2008. He knew he hit someone and he stopped, Blair said. But when he heard screaming and someone yelled, "I'm going to kill you," he took off. "The reason that I left was I was in fear of my life," Blair said. | Previous coverage: Hours after hit-run, pedestrian dies (Feb. 19, 2008) |  Class difference concerns vicitm's sister (Feb. 2, 2009)

Teens suspected in Pinellas Park incidents, too
Police are linking the five teens charged with an arson spree in St. Petersburg to nine similar incidents in Pinellas Park. The following is a list of the Pinellas Park incidents.

Jan. 19
7061 52nd Lane
- Vehicle arson
7076 62nd St.
-- Rocks thrown thrown into a house. Molotov cocktails found at scene
6536 65th Ave.  -- A cinder block was thrown through a window
6420 68th St.
-- Molotov cocktail thrown into a house but was quickly put out by residents
4700 83rd Terrace -- Molotov cocktail thrown in front of house; destroyed several mopeds/scooters
8783 56th Way
-- Molotov cocktail thrown into house
7600 43rd St. -- Someone tried to set a lattice archway on fire

Feb 1.
7092 47th St.
-- Cinder block thrown through front window
8162 54th St.
-- Car arson

Family recounts ordeal after officer was shot
She was home alone with the kids that night. Her husband was at work. The undercover St. Petersburg police detective was following a hunch. Moments later, his instincts proved to be dangerously correct. | Previous coverage: Undercover officer shot at gas station

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