FLORIDA COUNTY WON’T MOVE CONFEDERATE STATUE
The Hillsborough County Commission voted 4-3 Wednesday not to remove a statue that was erected in Tampa in 1911. Called ‘Memoria In Aeterna,’ it sits outside a courthouse administrative building and depicts two Civil War soldiers next to an obelisk. After listening to more than two hours of impassioned public comment, commissioners decided they needed a better compromise.
TEACHER ALERTED DRUG DEALERS AS REVENGE ON CHEATING HUSBAND
Federal prosecutors want an eight-year sentence for 31-year-old Porsha Session, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to obstruction. In 2013, Session searched her then-husband’s work email and found information about a drug investigation. She used a co-worker’s phone at the elementary school where she worked to call one of the dealers and alert him that an informant had infiltrated his group. The informant later killed himself.
FORMER HAITI REBEL GETS 9 YEARS IN PRISON IN US DRUG CASE
Guy Philippe received nine years in prison for one count of laundering drug money. He was also ordered to forfeit $1.5 million. His sentence Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga was the result of a plea bargain he struck in April. Philippe originally faced charges that included drug trafficking, which could have resulted in a life sentence. His lawyers called the deal a fair compromise.
WARREN SAPP TO DONATE BRAIN FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH
Sapp announced Tuesday that his brain will go to the Concussion Legacy Foundation after his death. The 44-year-old says in an essay on the Players’ Tribune website that he’s started to feel the effects of the many hits he took during his 13-year NFL career. He said he’s specifically become concerned about his memory. Sapp said he hopes his donation can help prevent concussions and permanent brain damage for future football players.
LIL WAYNE SELLS MIAMI BEACH MANSION AFTER 2 YEARS ON MARKET
The 15,101 square-foot waterfront home was first listed in April 2015 for $18 million. A month earlier, police had swarmed the house following a hoax call claiming four people had been shot there. The rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., purchased the home in 2011 for $11.6 million. The nine-bedroom, nine-bathroom house features a rooftop skate park, a professional recording studio and a shark lagoon.