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Arizona Hispanics Poised To Swing State Blue

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Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

Jacobs says he gave her something in an old McDonald's cup — a drug — and as she was waking up the man announced that he was a pimp. Her pimp.

The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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Former Student Planned To Stage Attack At Central Florida University

Mar 19, 2013

"It could have been a very bad day for everyone here."

That's University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary's conclusion after seeing the evidence that a former student at the school "drafted plans to kill others in his dormitory but changed his mind early Monday and took only his own life," The Orlando Sentinel writes.

Our colleagues at WMFE report that police say 30-year-old James Oliver Seevakumaran apparently left behind not only weapons and at least four improvised explosive devices, but also evidence of his plans.

"We found some notes and some writings that indicated this was a planned attack. This individual had laid out a timeline," Beary told reporters.

As we reported, the incident began just as Sunday turned to Monday morning when someone — apparently Seevakumaran — pulled a fire alarm in the university's Tower I dormitory.

What we've learned since then, is that police believe Seevakumaran "first pulled a gun on one of his roommates, who then escaped to a bathroom and called 911," the Sentinel says. "The sound of police arriving may have prompted Seevakumaran to alter his plans."

According to WMFE:

"Officials say Seevakumaran had been a business major through fall last year, but he had not paid for this semester and was in the process of being removed from his dorm in tower one. Seevakumaran is from Lake Mary, and was a graduate of Seminole High School. He was never seen by UCF Counseling and Psychological Services and had no student conduct record.

"From initial investigations it appears he was acting alone in his plans to attack the campus."

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