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Links from the Times for Jan. 14: Election chief may investigate Buddy Johnson



Florida election chief may investigate Buddy Johnson
Florida's top election official said Tuesday the state may investigate how Buddy Johnson, Hillsborough's former supervisor of elections, spent more than $2-million in federal grant money if ongoing audits don't come up with the answer. Secretary of State Kurt Browning said he was surprised when Johnson's office told county commissioners in December that his office had more than $2.3-million in cost overruns. Browning said there should be no deficit considering that Hillsborough received a federal grant meant to cover costs for voter education, poll workers and some equipment. | Special report: Buddy Johnson's troubles

JQC accuses Tampa judge of fiscal shenanigans with stripper
Judge Thomas E. Stringer Sr., a Tampa appeals judge is facing misconduct charges from the state Judicial Qualifications Commission for his financial dealings with a stripper. | Previous coverage: The judge and the stripper

Monkey on the lam
A rhesus monkey is on the loose in Clearwater. Fish and Wildlife officers tried to trap it Tuesday afternoon with a bucket truck and a dart gun. They were unable to capture it. | Video: Monkey eludes captors

Pinellas approves school closures
The Pinellas School Board voted Tuesday to close seven schools and revoke busing privileges for thousands of students. The decision comes after months of controversy as the school district tries to keep pace with worsening budget news out of Tallahassee. | Proposed school zones: Elementary | Middle (PDFs)

IDOL RECAP: Bikini girl, blind high-fives, etc.
Join Sean Daly for American Idol redux: all the highlights of the first show of the season, along with Sean's unparalleled insight. | PopLife blog

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