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March 7th, 2014
08:35 PM ET

Florida town faces dissolution over corruption allegations

Florida lawmakers want to dissolve the small town of Hampton over outrageous corruption allegations, but is this the best solution? Joining Ed Lavandera is National Review columnist Reihan Salam.


Filed under: Crime • News
March 7th, 2014
08:35 PM ET

The most corrupt town in America?

Hampton, Florida (CNN) - How off-the-charts corrupt do you have to be to capture somebody's attention in the Sunshine State?

You can lay claim to a 1,260-foot stretch of busy highway a mile outside of town and set up one of the nation's most notorious speed traps. You can use the ticket money to build up a mighty police force - an officer for every 25 people in town - and, residents say, let drugs run rampant while your cops sit out by the highway on lawn chairs, pointing radar guns at everybody who passes by.

Of course, none of those things are illegal. But when you lose track of the money and the mayor gets caught up in an oxy-dealing sting, that's when the politicians at the state Capitol in Tallahassee take notice.

Now they want this city gone, and the sooner the better.

A state audit of Hampton's books, released last month, reads like a primer on municipal malfeasance. It found 31 instances in which local rules or state or federal laws were violated in ways large and small.

Read the audit (PDF)

Somewhere along the way, the place became more than just a speed trap. Some say the ticket money corrupted Hampton, making it the dirtiest little town in Florida.

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Filed under: Crime • News
March 7th, 2014
08:32 PM ET

Massive grocery store merger raises food price questions

The No. 2 grocery-store operator in the U.S. has been gobbled up by a very hungry private equity firm.

Cerberus Capital Management bought Safeway for $9.4 billion in a deal that will merge the grocery chain with Albertsons, which the firm previously bought.

Cerberus is hoping the now massive chain will be able to cut costs and better compete with big-box retailers like Costco.

Safeway shares fell following the news.

Joining us tonight with some more perspective is Daily Beast Columnist Daniel Gross.


Filed under: Business
March 7th, 2014
08:31 PM ET

Putin, Washington playing dangerous game in Ukraine

Outfront tonight with more insight on the showdown between the U.S. and Russia is journalist and author Carl Bernstein – who is also a CNN contributor – and Stephen Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies at NYU and Princeton University and also the author of a cover story for The Nation this week called "Media Malpractice: Putin, Sochi and Ukraine."


Filed under: International • Military • Russia • Ukraine
March 7th, 2014
08:29 PM ET

Attempted murder charges for mom who drove van with kids into ocean

The woman who drove her three young children into the ocean has been arrested and charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated child abuse.

We're now hearing the 911 call Ebony Wilkerson's sister made just hours before Wilkerson drove her children into the water. In it, she details her attempts to keep Wilkerson and the children safe and mentions her sister was abused by her husband. FULL POST


Filed under: Crime • Mental Health
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