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Killer Dog, King Belief, and Charity Good--UPDATED

Today, the Sun-Sentinel enlightens us on why Shawna Willey was so obsessed with having large, vicious dogs surrounding her all the time. Sallie James, Jennifer Gollan and Robert Nolin report on the front page that Willey had the Presa Canario that killed her in her backyard because she feared her ex-husband, John Ronald Willey. The Sentinel dug up court records where Shawna wrote of J.R.: "He has put me in the hospital seven times for broken bones, ruptured eardrums and dislocated jaw." That just makes this story a a whole lot sadder.

But let's agree that this story's days on the front page are now officially over.

-- Evan S. Benn writes about a major bust of the Latin Kings' gang in Tampa. The Palm Beach Post's Kevin Deutsch has the story as well, focusing on the arrest of "King Belief." You have to wonder how successful the racketeering prosecutions are going to be, but this bust was all about information-gathering, sort of the Latin Kings version of Apalachin.

-- Southwest Ranches never fails to disappoint, as Fred Grimm has apparently discovered. [NEW]Grimm cites Jennifer Lebovich and Aldo Nahed for breaking the story, but fails to mention that it was the Miami SunPost's Angie Hargot who broke the news (with the help of Fane Lozman, an activist who is now mixing it up in Riviera Beach). The story of two-timing administrator Charity Good at North Bay Village and the Ranches, along with the disastrous reign of John Canada & Associates, should cause every city that has privatized its administration -- I'm looking at you Pembroke Pines and Weston -- to go back to the basics of public service.

-- This AP music story may be the worst of its kind ever written. As Fats Pompano remarked, it's enough to make Leslie Gray Streeter blush. But the photo of David Bauder is priceless.

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