- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

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DEVELOPER OF THE VILLAGES DIES

Harold Gary Morse, the developer of one of the world’s largest retirement communities and one of the biggest Republican donors in Florida, has died. He was 77. Morse died Wednesday, according to The Villages Daily Sun, which received a statement from the family. No cause of death was given. Morse took over a small mobile home park in central Florida from his father in 1983, when it had just 386 manufactured homes, a clubhouse and a few shuffleboard courts. The U.S. Census Bureau says The Villages is now one of the nation’s fastest-growing communities.

CLOSINGS SET IN FLORIDA A&M; HAZING TRIAL

Former Florida A&M; University band member Dante Martin told a judge Thursday he will not testify on his own behalf in his trial on manslaughter and hazing charges in the November 2011 death of a school drum major. Earlier, state medical examiner Dr. Sasra Irrgang testified that 26-year-old Robert Champion, of Decatur, Georgia, died from massive blood loss into his own body through bruises sustained during a hazing ritual on a band team bus in Orlando.

JACKSONVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF SUFFOCATING MOM

Police say a 28-year-old man is accused of suffocating his mother inside her Jacksonville apartment. Henry Sean Harriford was arrested Thursday, a day after the body of 59-year-old Janette Harriford was found by co-workers who were concerned for her safety. The Florida Times-Union reports the son was outside the apartment when the co-workers arrived. He told them his mother was inside, then left the scene. He later returned and was arrested.

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT REMOVES LEON COUNTY JUDGE

The Florida Supreme Court is removing a Leon County judge who sold religious books from her office as part of her for-profit ministry. The high court issued its ruling Thursday to remove Judge Judith Hawkins from the bench. The decision goes beyond the recommended punishment from the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission, which said Hawkins should be suspended without pay for three months, fined $17,000 and reprimanded.

LEBRON RETURNS IN CLEVELAND

After four seasons with the Miami Heat, LeBron James’ new journey begins tonight in Cleveland. Right back where it began. Nearly four months since proclaiming “I’m coming home” and shifting the NBA’s balance of power, James will play Thursday night in front of family, friends and the Cleveland fans who had their hearts broken four years ago. This is a homecoming like no other with a crowd of 20,000-plus expected at the game against the New York Knicks.

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