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Judge Belot also ordered Priest to pay nearly $30,000 in restitution for the fraudulently obtained housing and subsistence benefits given to married soldiers.

TENNESSEE

Newspaper ends decades of presidential endorsements

KNOXVILLE — The Knoxville News Sentinel has ended a decades-old tradition of endorsing presidential candidates, saying it no longer has any special access to the candidates.

Editor Jack McElroy said in a column published Sunday that the decision was difficult.

“Citizens can find plenty of opinions about the presidential candidates to weigh against their own, and there is no shortage of community dialogue — far from it,” he wrote. “The News Sentinel also has no special access to the candidates, and, in this age of global Internet and 24-hour news, we have no sources of information that every other citizen does not have as well.”

The tradition of endorsing a presidential candidate dates to the paper’s beginnings in the 1920s.

From wire dispatches and staff reports