Newspaper asks why black reporter ousted
A newspaper is asking John McCain's campaign why a black reporter assigned to cover a rally was singled out by security and told to leave a backstage area. Stephen Price of the Tallahassee Democrat was among four Florida capital press corps reporters behind the scenes at a Panama City rally Friday when a Secret Service agent approached and asked if he was part of the national media traveling with McCain. Price said no, and the agent told him he had to leave. Price said he then pointed out that there were other state reporters in the area, but was still told to leave. The other reporters were white. The McCain campaign said it asked Secret Service to look into the events. Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren said two other Florida reporters were removed along with Price and any other reporters who weren't with the national press should have been removed as well.
Missing girl's mom faces two charges
Prosecutors have filed formal charges against the 22-year-old mother of a missing girl, but not in the disappearance. Casey Anthony was charged Tuesday with child neglect, a third-degree felony, and filing a false statement, which is a misdemeanor. Police have held her on $500,000 bail on those same charges since last month. The prosecution's documents did not release any further details in the disappearance of 2-year-old Caylee. Police say the mother lied to them and didn't report her daughter missing for over a month.
Herald-Tribune cuts 33 positions
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune laid off 33 staff members Tuesday, the publisher told the Associated Press. Diane McFarlin said the cuts affected newsroom and business employees roughly equally. The Herald-Tribune had average daily circulation of 114,904 in the six months ended March 31, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. McFarlin said she did not think the New York Times Co. made cuts at any of its other regional papers. Representatives from the New York Times did not immediately return calls for comment.
Snipes ordered to pay cost of his trial
Actor Wesley Snipes must reimburse the government in prosecution costs for his tax conviction. U.S. District Court Judge William Terrell Hodges ruled last week the action film star must reimburse the government about $217,000, according to court documents. A jury convicted Snipes in February of three counts of willfully failing to file his income taxes. He has appealed the convictions and his three-year prison sentence.
Man hangs self in county jail
A man who was sentenced to five years in prison for having a sexual relationship with his daughter and fathering two children with her hanged himself at the Manatee County Jail, authorities said. Officials say Michael Mills, 46, hanged himself inside his cell Monday night. He was last seen alive during an inmate head count about 10:15 p.m. that night. Authorities say Mills used a makeshift rope of sheets and socks hung from an air conditioning vent.