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Maria Sharapova denied French Open wild card

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By Kelly Terez

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(PARIS) — Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has been denied a wildcard to play at next month’s French Open.

French Tennis Federation chief Bernard Giudicelli Ferrandini said Tuesday a wildcard is distributed for cases such as a return from injury but “there cannot be a wildcard for the return from doping,” according to BBC.

The tennis official said it was “my responsibility, my mission, to protect the high standards of the game played without any doubt on the result.”

Sharapova, 30, is a two-time French Open winner who recently returned from her suspension for testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. She was originally suspended by the International Tennis Federation for two years, but had the sentence reduced to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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At least 1 dead, dozens injured after tornado hits northwestern Wisconsin

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By Kelly Terez

iStock/Thinkstock(CHETEK, Wisc.) — At least one person is dead and 25 injured after a suspected tornado caused massive damage to a mobile home park in northwestern Wisconsin on Tuesday.

Injuries ranged from minor to major and about forty mobile homes were destroyed at the Prairie Lake Estates in Barren County, Wisconsin, according to Tod Pritchard of Wisconsin Emergency Management.

“We’ve been very fortunate over the last couple of years to not have any kind of really devastating serious tornadoes,” he said. “This looks like it’s going to be the worst one we’ve had in several years.”

Barron County Wisconsin Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said the tornado it “at a time when a lot of people were home.”

“I would describe it as total destruction,” the sheriff said, adding that it was at a level he had never seen during his time in law enforcement.

Rescue crews, fire, police, and state patrol were at Barron County and neighboring Rusk County. Pritchard said six homes were either damaged or destroyed in Rusk County and officials were checking to see if there were injuries.

Rescue teams are expected to stay on site overnight, according to the sheriff.

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Suspect who set fire to Florida mosque seen in surveillance video, police say

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By Kelly Terez

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office(THONOTOSASSA, Fla.) — Deputies in Hillsborough County, Florida, are searching for a male suspect seen in a newly released surveillance video setting fire to a local mosque.

The incident occurred on February 27, 2017 at approximately 2:00 a.m. local time at the Islamic Society of New Tampa in Thonotosassa. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue received a call just a few minutes later, around 2:09 a.m., about the fire. Firefighters put out the blaze and no one was hurt, though the building, commonly referred to as the New Tampa Mosque, suffered some property damage, officials said.

Deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office released the video, she said, in hopes someone will recognize the person in the captured footage and come forward with any leads.

Officials from CAIR Florida, the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, held a news conference with officials outside the mosque shortly after the February fire took place. Debbie Carter, Public Information Officer with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, told ABC News that the surveillance video of the February incident was released months later because the original footage was of poor quality that required a lot of editing.

In the video, the male subject is seen entering the property of The Islamic Society of New Tampa while carrying a large container and a rope. The suspect laid the rope as a trailer to the large container and attempted to set fire to the rope with an ignitable liquid accelerant, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office explained in a statement. After the rope failed to catch fire, the suspect then poured what appeared to be ignitable liquid accelerant on the sidewalk, causing the sidewalk to catch fire. However, the sidewalk fire failed to ignite the large container.

The male subject then moved out of the camera’s view and ignited the large ignitable liquid accelerant container, which led to damages to the mosque.

After igniting the fire, the subject is seen running from the property toward Morris Bridge Road, according to Hillsborough County officials. Laboratory results confirmed that gasoline was present at the scene.

Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, an attorney and the communications director for CAIR Florida, called the fire a “hate crime” and an “act of terror.”

“CAIR-Florida urgently call [sic] all local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to be on top of the investigation of what appears to be a heinous act of terror against the Muslim community,” Ruiz said in a statement.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information in regards to the suspect to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477). A $3,000 cash rewards is being offered to anyone who comes forward with leading information.

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Columbus council approves financial report

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By By Jason B. Hogan
reporter@coloradocountycitizen.com
COLUMBUS — Columbus city council approved its 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report at a May 8 meeting. …read more

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