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Jennifer Hudson watches fiance wrestle in Dade City


Singer Hudson comes to town to cheer fiance

If you went to the National Guard Armory to watch Florida Championship Wrestling on Wednesday night, you may have caught a glimpse of an out-of-town guest: Jennifer Hudson. The Dreamgirls star was there to see her fiance, David Otunga, who wrestles under the name of Dawson Alexander, Esq. (which is an improvement over his previous nickname, Punk from I Love New York). Luis Santana, a paparazzo for the Times' sister publication tbt*, was on the scene and managed to catch a glimpse of Hudson hanging out in the background (wearing a gray hoodie and pink tights, no less), but she soon got wise and left. Otunga was there signing autographs and looking gigantic, though.


Group to perform at Wiregrass mall

Spotlight Kids, a group of 21 students who perform patriotic songs and dances, will put on a show at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, as part of the Suncoast Arts Fest. The group, which is available for other community performances, is collecting contributions for a trip to Hawaii to perform on July 4 at Pearl Harbor. For information, call director Jim Wanker at (727) 808-4260.


Homeless man jailed in stabbing

A homeless man was arrested Wednesday evening on charges he stabbed another man behind the Just Brakes at 23124 State Road 54, near the homeless camp where they both lived. When deputies made contact with Eric Weyand in the woods near the business, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report, Weyand asked: "You wanting to know about the guy behind the brake place?" Weyand, 43, told deputies he stabbed the man once in the chest with a 4 1/2-inch folding knife, which was not recovered, the report said. The victim — Kenneth Reese, 28 — was taken to a hospital Wednesday evening in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. His condition was not available Thursday, and authorities have not said what prompted the argument. Weyand was charged with aggravated battery and remains at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of 10,000 bail.


Deputies pull over a car on U.S. 19 after seeing a baby riding on a woman's lap in the passenger seat. They determine the driver is intoxicated, the passenger is a fugitive and the baby is neglected. Story, Page 4

Pasco deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

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