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A 61-year-old motorcyclist died Saturday of injuries from a Friday night crash.

Danny L. Busbee of 705 Village Place was northbound on Kings Avenue at 8:55 p.m. when he tried to turn west onto Village Place in front of Rafael Vazquez.

Vazquez, 18, was driving south on Kings Avenue when his Mercury hit Busbee's bike.

The accident was under investigation. No one was immediately charged.

Fire stations host open houses

Tampa Fire Rescue is hosting Open Houses at fire stations throughout the city beginning with West Tampa Fire Station No. 9 at 2525 W Chestnut Street, at the corner of Chestnut and Tampania Streets.

Stop by Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to see fire trucks and learn about fire and life safety, smoke alarms and home emergency preparedness.

For more information contact Patricia Dempsey at (813) 274-8241.


Cubans win $80M in damages

A federal judge awarded $80-million in damages Monday to three Cuban men living in the Tampa Bay area who won a lawsuit claiming they were forced by their own government to work in slave labor conditions at a shipyard on the island of Curacao.

Senior U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King issued the order after a hearing in which the three men - Alberto Justo Rodriguez Licea, Fernandeo Alonso Hernandez and Luis Alberto Casanova Toledo - described mistreatment and harsh working conditions at Curacao Drydock Co. and their passports being confiscated.

The lawsuit filed in 2006 claimed that Cuba's government forced the men and dozens of others to work at the shipyard to satisfy a Cuban debt.

Curacao is a self-governing Dutch island in the lesser Antilles off the coast of Venezuela.

Curacao Drydock fired its attorneys after losing the jurisdictional questions and did not have anyone representing the company at Monday's hearing.