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Fight over toilet paper ends with man dead

A Marion County man is accused of beating his roommate to death because there was no toilet tissue in the home. Franklin Paul Crow, 56, was charged Monday with homicide for the death of Kenneth Matthews, 58, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said. Crow told investigators the men were fighting about the toilet tissue when Matthews pulled out a rifle. Crow said he then began beating Matthews with a sledgehammer and claw hammer.

CDC says flu exists

throughout Florida

Influenza now is widespread in Florida, say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Florida is one of 13 states with widespread flu. But public health officials aren't seeing any unusual symptoms or complications from this year's flu, said state health department spokesman Fernando Senra. This year's flu shot works well against this strain of flu, he said, and many doctors still have flu shots available. To avoid flu germs, wash your hands often, health officials say. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, and stay home when you're sick.

Traffic case ends for former FHP official

A former Florida Highway Patrol district commander was convicted of two misdemeanors for lying to fix a ticket for a woman he pulled over and spoke to in a sexually explicit manner. Capt. Sterling King, who was in charge of Orange and Osceola counties' field operations, was fired last year for inappropriate communication with the woman. King, 44, used agency letterhead to ask a traffic hearing officer to dismiss a citation he had given the female driver, claiming he had mistaken her identity.

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"I had a state worker put his arm around my shoulder, he looked around the room to make sure nobody was looking at him, and said "Jim, I'm for you.' What kind of country is that? I've had the same conversations with other people - in Havana." - JIM DAVIS, Democratic gubernatorial candidate of Tampa on the fear of retribution among state workers if they say what they really think about how the state is run. STORY, 5B.

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