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Q&A: Sinkholes, JFK documents, Oswald's family

Filling a sinkhole

The huge sinkhole in Dunedin was filled with an estimated 600 dump trucks of sand. Where did they get that much sand and who paid the bill for the razing of the houses and the filling of the hole?

The approximately 300 truckloads of dirt used to fill the sinkhole came from a stockpile near the Belcher Road fire station, according to Laura C. Morel, one of the Tampa Bay Times reporters covering the story out of Dunedin.

The city is compiling the costs of the demolition of the houses and the costs of filling in the sinkhole, which will then be sent to Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Morel said.

Dunedin city engineer Tom Burke could not give a cost estimate earlier in the week because it is still in the works, but said it was "considerable."

Sealed JFK documents

I was in high school when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I remember a story that stated certain documents related to the event would remain sealed for 50 years. Has anything been unsealed?

The National Archives and Records Administration states on its website that the Kennedy assassination records "are largely open and available to the research community" at the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Record Collection in College Park, Md. The Warren Commission Report is available online at www.archives.gov/research/jfk/warren-commission-report.

The NARA has 5 million pages of records, including material from the Kennedy, Johnson and Ford presidential libraries, "records of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, records of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a small amount of material from a variety of other agencies, including the Office of Naval Intelligence," the website states.

The NARA states that a "few" records remain sealed, and the "documents that are closed in full or in part were done so in accordance with the Kennedy Act," created by Congress in 1992. Records that remain sealed until 2017 or beyond include files regarding George Joannides, a former CIA agent, now dead, who had connections to Lee Harvey Oswald, according to the Associated Press.

Oswald's family

What became of Lee Harvey Oswald's wife and two daughters after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?

Marina Oswald Porter, Lee Harvey Oswald's widow, is a 72-year-old grandmother who has lived in the Dallas suburb of Rockwall since the mid 1970s. She was born Marina Prusakova and married Oswald on April 30, 1961, after he had defected to the Soviet Union. They had two daughters — June is 51 and Rachel is 50 — who also live in suburban Dallas, according to published reports. Marina married Kenneth Porter in 1965 and they had one son.

Compiled from Times and wire reports. To submit a question, email answers@tampabay.com.

Q&A: Sinkholes, JFK documents, Oswald's family 11/22/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 22, 2013 11:05am]
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