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( FISHER SPEAKS f FSU's coach-in-waiting answers -'' v questions on state of the team lOttti yew. No. 349, Dec. 15, 2009 75 Cents ZONE DEFENSE COULD Mil I .11 i Tallahassee youngsters share their Christmas wishes with St BE A FACTOR FOR FLORIDA STATE IB liVl Nick and the Democrat) Families 4B 4 ' !iU Sports IB - 'A... Promoting democracy since 1905 rrn H laid I J J Tuesday, December 15, 2009 75 Cents Tallahasseeocom V - . LETTERS TO SANTA XI Breaking news I on your cell phone Text TALLYNEWS to 44636 (4INF0). noiesporlsto.om fl'fkHll- iff mm UNUAY PRINTEXCLUSIVE Plans to transform the former Palmer Munroe Community Center into the city's first Teen Center are gaining momentum. While the idea has many supporters, several officials and others have doubts about how it will be ' funded and whether it is necessary in light of , budget cuts. LOCAL Suspect in hit-and-run death of Tallahassee ' police officer admitted hitting someone. Page 3A Former Leon County Sheriff Raymond Hamlin Jr. dies at 86. Page 3A STOCKS Dow Jones 29.55 to 10,501.05 1 mmm Crude oil I L -$0.36 to $69.51 per barrel, bench- mark crude for January delivery. For more business news, see Page4A, NEWS ON THE GO Get headlines delivered to your inbox by visiting Tallahassee.comemail. Or get the latest news on your mobile device atm.tdo.com. INDEX Comics. , 8B Nation ;,..,. 7A Crossword 7B Obituaries...., 7A Editorials M Sudoku ,..5B Horoscope.. SB Television 7B Lottery 2A Zing! M Today: Mid-70s Tonight: Mid-50s Rain: 70 Weather: 10B CONTACT US MAIN NUMBER MWEffmiNO 850-592100 592210. 671-6544 ClltCUlATKm NEWS TO HOIUNE 800-999-2271 850-599-2233 TAIMIIASSliE DEMOCRAT 104th yew, No. 349, Dec. 15, 2009 75 Centt A Gannett newspaper Copyright 2009TtllahatM Democrtt ' 0IIII124091I01050IIII4 tokf Son mmta forte Jury to begin deliberations later in day By Jennifer Portman DEMOCRAT SENIOR WRITER After two witnesses and less than 15 minutes, defense attorneys for Deneilo Bradshaw rested their case Monday, paving the way for closing arguments followed by jury deliberations today in the murder trial of one of the two men accused of . killing confidential police informant Rachel Hoffman. "The defense's case is going to be short and sweet," lead defense attorney Chuck Hobbs told the jury. That Andrea , Green shot and killed Rachel Hoffman and that Andrea Green threatened to kill Deneilo Bradshaw if he did not cooperate." Green, who is Brad-shaw's step brother-in-law, faces trial in October. Two men who spent time with Green as inmates at the Leon County Jail said the 27-year-old Perry native told them he shot Hoffman on dead-end Gardner Road. One of the inmates, Ira Reynolds Jr., said Green also confided in him that he threatened to kill Bradshaw, 24, of Tallahassee, if he refused to drive Hoffman's car with her body inside. Each defense witness was on the stand for less than five minutes. There was no cross examina- Jim Pound, Christian education leader, dies By Irlcka Berlinger DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER It was a sad day at Wakulla Christian School on Monday as word spread to students and teachers that their beloved principal, Jim Pound, passed away over the Pound weekend. "I am sure he is in heaven, already making plans to build a school up there," joked school program coordinator Cathy Montgomery as she fought back tears. On Thursday, Pound, 77, and his wife, Valerie, drove to Gainesville for a routine appointment at Shands Hospital to check on his cochlear implants that helped him hear. - , 'j"' v"' ; v, -, -sr ,. .. . . . v v ' : V- V i v : -A i X s ilmfc Mm f Ii " ? . ' i ktiiimmMtoimmHiliu!mmilim - .. , trnt'i'mim iWf limmMmiimtutfnit iwni'iiroinnrmr . ' MIKE EWENDemocrat Murder suspect Deneilo Bradshaw enters the courtroom Monday during the final day of testimony. His defense team hoped to convince the Jury that Bradshaw feared for his life during the murder of Rachel Hoffman. After nearly an hour of behind-the-scenes legal arguments, the defense presented two Inmates as witnesses and closed their case. Judge Mark Walker will allow closing remarks today and the Jury will then begin their deliberations In the case. tion by prosecutors, who called one rebuttal witness, Tallahassee Police Officer Tom Maltese. In interviews with him, Maltese said, Green denied killing Hoffman and said he never threatened Bradshaw. Bradshaw did not take Please see TRIAL, 2A IF YOU GO Services will be held for Jim Pound at 2 ? p.m. Friday at North Florida Baptist Church, with burial at Roselawn Cemetery. Family will 'receive friends from " 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wakulla Springs Baptist Church in Crawfordville. Memorial contributions may be made to Wakulla Christian School, 1390 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville, 32327. While, in the hotel, the night before" his appointment, Pound suffered a brain aneurysm, that led to his death the next day. For the past 50 years, Pound had dedicated his life to two things; his Please see POUND, 2A LIVE VIDEO Tallahassee.com Watch live video of the closing arguments on Tallahassee.com. Read stories, watch videos, see photos and chat about the Rachel Hoffman case. B Join the Facebook group "Rachel Hoffman case: Uncovering the truth." B Watch Hoffman case videos at YouTube.com RachelHoffmancase. Follow updates at Twitter.comHoffmancase. FSU women show elegant side Putting young women in dresses and makeup for a photo shoot is not out of the Lee Nessel FLORIDA TODAY ' - f ' v ordinary. But put female athletes in this case, Florida State women basketball players in dresses and makeup for photos that appear on their team's Web site and hold on, because the opinions are flying. An e-mail from the National Organization for Women popped into my in-box last week, with this subject line: "Former NOW president defends FSU Women's Basketball Team." What could they pos- Commentary RON SACHS COMMUNICATIONSSpeclal to the Democrat Alexa Deluzlo, a redshlrt freshman guard for the Florida State University women's basketball team, Is shown here In a photo from the team's website. sibly have done that needs defending? I clicked through to the team Web site and saw beautiful photos of the women, some in evening gowns, some in their jerseys. My first impression: These are strong Go to Tallahassee, com and keep the conversation going. State jobs shrink as recession continues By Bill Cotterell FLORIDA CAPITAL BUREAU The recession has hit state government and employees are clinging to their jobs as Florida legislators cut job rolls. A new report by the Department of Management Services documents reductions in budgeted positions for front-line workers, middle managers and top bosses that nonetheless shows a small increase in the number of people holding the remaining jobs. The increase of 925 employees in the state's three major job classifications was attributed to growth1 in the prison system and Department of Health, where demand increases in a bad economy. "You just have to decide whether these are basketball numbers or golf numbers are low numbers good, like in golf, or is a low score bad, like in basketball?" Department of Management Services Secretary Linda South said Monday. "It's reflective of the state of mind that Florida has, that we're a very frugal state." Jobs in all personnel systems had risen gradually since 2005 but fell sharply this year. The DMS report said there were 173,486 authorized positions in all pay plans on June 30, 2008, but 168,654 job slots last June 30. The State University Please see JOBS, 2A i u 'Ik"? ' women who had some fun showing the lighter side of being a female athlete. What an artistic approach. OK, so back to the press release from a very miffed former Please see WOMEN, 2A nv -J Va. ... - - LSJ -t'-i -t -i nr i i r 1-iti m .ii-rmr --n - - " --OT-M-ffrri- -tlr,T,- n --- -i-"- -t -i -'Jmrr t-.-v- "v '.rirmmmmm . i . . ..ILaSadii tl.J.,, ... ; iiu.ua,, i a , . . ' ' '

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