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Damn strong news day. Some of the better stuff:

-- Both the Sentinel (Jerome Burdi and Mike Clary) and the Palm Beach Post (Stephanie Slater) have the barn-burner about the arrest of a couple of thieving, high-living, Vegas-loving, skirt-chasing priests. These dudes, John Skehan and Francis Guinan, were out of control, stealing $8.6 million out of collection plates to finance their freak-ons. I almost admire the old crazy bastards -- from St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach -- just for their nerve.

After the jump: An Anti-Semitic DCF Investigator, A Homicidal Fort Lauderdale cop, No Christmas in Port St. Lucie, and Hanley's Charge


-- I love it when people think they've hung up, but whatever they say under their breath at the end gets recorded on the phone message. You know, kind of like when somebody accidentally sends an e-mail talking shit about somebody to the person they're talking shit about. It's like a portal into the soul. And unfortunately for state child abuse investigator Daniella Arnold, the peek wasn't pretty. After leaving her cell phone on a message machine of a family with an abusive father, her voice was caught on tape. To wit: "Fucking Jew. That's what she is. She's a goddamn Jew. Got to go to the goddamn temple to see her goddamn kid."

For more, read Kathleen Chapman's story in the Palm Beach Post.

-- The Sun-Sentinel's Brian Haas reports that a Fort Lauderdale cop named Alexander Griss was driving 91 mph in a 40 mph zone on Federal Hwy when he struck and killed a woman. Griss hasn't been charged with a crime yet. He should be put away for a minimum of 15 years. Minimum.

-- The Post's Teresa Lane reports on the pulling of the word "Christmas" and the role of Santa Claus from an elementary school play in Port St. Lucie. Somebody alert Bill O'Reilly cuz he's gonna have a field day with this one. And I'll have to agree with him on this one.

-- The Sentinel's Juan C. Rodriguez reports on Hanley Ramirez's late run for the Rookie of the Year Award. You may remember that I called Ramirez a while back as my pick. But then Dan Uggla broke records and went on a tear, so I thought the award was his. But since then, Uggla has gone on a god-awful slump that was punctuated last night with a two-run error when he air-mailed a double play throw to Jacobs at first base. So now, at the risk of being labeled a John Kerry flip-flopper, I'm going back to Ramirez. He's got the numbers and, man, he's just cool.

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