PNJ PUBLISHER AND EXECUTIVE EDITOR SET TO RETIRE
Pensacola News Journal president and publisher Kevin T. Doyle and executive editor Richard A. Schneider are retiring. They made the announcement at a staff meeting Friday. The retirement dates become effective Sept. 15. Marketing director Becca Boles is set to become the interim publisher. Kim Thomas, who is currently the deputy managing editor for digital, will take over as interim editor. The Pensacola News Journal (http://goo.gl/CVo7iW ) also announced a restructuring Friday that has resulted in the loss of 10 positions. Those include longtime managing editor Ginny Graybiel, controller Tom Hartley and columnist Shannon Nickinson.
ALLIED VETERANS COMMANDER PLEADS NO CONTEST
The commander of a veterans' charity that prosecutors claim was a $300 million gambling operation is pleading no contest. Jerry Bass on Friday entered a no contest plea to two counts of operating a lottery. The plea allows him to avoid prison time.
FLORIDA IMAM GETS 25 YEARS PRISON FOR TALIBAN SUPPORT
An elderly Muslim cleric in South Florida has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for his conviction on charges of funneling tens of thousands of dollars to the Pakistani Taliban. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola imposed the sentence Friday on 78-year-old Hafiz Khan, who was convicted in March of four terror support-related charges.
COURT VACATES LIGHT PRISON TERMS FOR FLORIDA GUARDS
A federal appeals court has thrown out lenient sentences imposed on two South Florida prison guards convicted of abuse against inmates. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered new sentencing hearings for guards Alexander McQueen and Stephen Dawkins. Both were convicted of obstruction of justice and McQueen of conspiracy for beating inmates with their fists and broomsticks in 2009 at the South Florida Reception Center.
SEPARATE TRIALS FOR TWO CHARGED IN DEPUTY'S DEATH
Two people charged with killing a Brevard County deputy will be tried separately. A judge ruled Thursday that 19-year-old Andria Michelle Kerchner and 22-year-old Brandon Bradley will be charged separately on first-degree murder charges. Attorneys for the defendants argued separate trials would avoid a media circus, while prosecutors said separate trials would waste taxpayer money.