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He pleaded guilty Monday to all charges filed against him: first-degree rape, forcible oral sodomy of a child, lewd molestation, lewd proposal to a child and two counts of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime.

LOUISIANA

Colonial records shed new light on U.S. history

NEW ORLEANS — A marathon project is under way in New Orleans to digitize thousands of time-worn 18th-century French and Spanish legal papers that historians say give the first historical accounts of slaves and free blacks in North America.

Yellowed page by yellowed page, archivists are scanning the 220,000 manuscript pages from the French Superior Council and Spanish Judiciary from 1714 to 1803 in an effort to digitize, preserve, translate and index Louisiana’s colonial past and in the process help rewrite American history.

The few historians who’ve pored over the unique archive say it’s pivotal because it connects early America to the broader history of the Atlantic slave trade. It’s at the heart of a wave of research tracing American roots beyond the English colonies and into Spain, France and Africa.

FLORIDA

Arrest made in Maryland in 2001 Florida homicide

PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County sheriff’s detectives have made an arrest in connection with the homicide of a 19-year-old whose skeleton was found in a patch of Florida woods in 2001.

Sheriff Bill Cameron said Monday that arrest warrants for first degree murder were issued for Phillip Gavin Barr, 43, and David Ray McMannis, 39. They say Mr. McMannis was arrested in Cumberland, Md.

The men are accused of killing Tara Danielle Sidarovich, who disappeared from her Punta Gorda, Fla., home in 2001. Mr. Barr owned a septic system repair company, and he and Mr. McMannis were at Ms. Sidarovich’s home doing work the day she disappeared.

Mr. McMannis is awaiting extradition to Florida. Authorities are searching for Mr. Barr and say he might be in New York or Vermont.

MASSACHUSETTS

Another pharmacy shut down by state

BOSTON — Massachusetts shut down another compounding pharmacy over sterility concerns after a surprise inspection prompted by the nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to a different company, state officials have said.

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