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Repeat Felon Sought for Killing Cops:  Florida police are searching for 24-year-old Dontae Rwshawn Morris, wanted for the early morning murder of two Tampa police officers during a traffic stop.  An AP story by Tamara Lush reports that the stop occurred at 2:15 am when officers noticed a red Toyota Camry without a license plate.  A man and woman were in the car when the officers approached, and the man was identified as Morris, who was wanted on a bad check charge.  A few minutes after the stop a passerby called 911 to report that the two officers were down.  Officer Jeffery Kocab is survived by a wife nine months pregnant with their first child.  Officer David Curtis was the married father of four boys.  Morris, who had been in prison twice for dealing cocaine, had been out for two months.  In 2006 Morris beat charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery and attempted robbery.  In too many states criminals like this are being released early to save money.

NAACP Backs Legalizing Pot:  Noting that blacks are disproportionally arrested for marijuana crimes, the NAACP of California announced that it supports California Proposition 19, which legalizes the possession and cultivation of marijuana for personal use.  AP writer Marcus Wohlsen reports that the NAACP announcement has outraged a coalition of black religious leaders.   Coalition President Ron Allen said the civil rights group's position disregards the harm to the black community caused by drugs.  "The NAACP does not represent the African-American community when it comes to legalizing marijuana," Allen said.  The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 has qualified for California's November 2, 2010 general election ballot.    


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