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Black Panhandle church destroyed by blaze

Fifty members of a predominantly black Panhandle church will look for another meeting place Sunday after fire gutted their small cinderblock building Thursday.

Investigators suspected a gas or electrical problem at Morning Star Mission Baptist Church, said Dan McLaughlin, spokesman for the state Fire Marshal's Office.

But because of the recent black church fire scare, McLaughlin said, arson will be investigated as a cause.

Results of laboratory tests are expected in a few days.

Wife's suitor faces

prison for planting bomb

PENSACOLA _ A Niceville man obsessed with another man's wife is going to prison for trying to kill her husband.

Christopher Marcus Dascenzo, 22, faces up to 60 years with no chance of parole and a $750,000 fine after a jury found him guilty Thursday of planting a bomb designed to kill Jimmy Dalton.

Debbie Dalton acknowledged having dealings with Dascenzo during marital difficulties, but told investigators Dascenzo took it more seriously than she did.

Orlando airport officials

deny deal with lawmaker

ORLANDO _ Orlando International Airport officials deny allegations that they helped an Orlando legislator profit from a lucrative airport restaurant business in return for his influence.

The allegations are in a report of a 2{-year investigation of financial dealings by state Rep. Alzo Reddick. The inquiry was conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office.

An attorney for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority on Thursday called the allegations "demonstrably untrue." Reddick denied any wrongdoing.

State and federal authorities said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the lawmaker.

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