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macon.com MIDDAY UPDATE: Mike Tyson sentenced on drug charges; two dead, 11 hurt in La. fire; 1 dead, dozens hurt in S.C. bus crash

Mike Tyson was sentenced today to 24 hours in jail and three years’ probation for drug possession and driving under the influence.

The former heavyweight champion had pleaded guilty in September to a single felony count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanor DUI count.Tyson faced a maximum of four years and three months in prison.

The charges stemmed from a traffic stop in Scottsdale, Ariz., last December.Police pulled Tyson over after the boxer had spent the evening at Scottsdale’s Pussycat Lounge. An officer said he saw Tyson wiping a white substance off the dashboard of his black BMW, and that his speech was slurred.

Authorities said they found bags of cocaine in Tyson’s pocket and in his car.— Associated Press

Two dead, 11 hurt in major apartment fire in La.

Two people died and 11 were hurt when fire ripped through an Baton Rouge, La., apartment complex so quickly that some residents jumped out of second- and third-floor windows to escape the flames, officials said today.

The fire at the Mirage Villa apartments took firefighters more than five hours to bring under control, said Howard Ward, spokesman for the city fire department. The fire was reported at 10:36 p.m. Sunday and was declared under control at 4:15 a.m.today, he said.

The cause of the fire was not known. Fire investigators combed the scene and interviewed residents. Ward said the fire department didn’t yet know the identities of the two people who died.

Fifty-four apartments were affected by the fire, which displaced between 150 and 200 residents, Ward said. About three dozen spent the night at the high school, where the American Red Cross set up a shelter.

— Associated Press

1 dead, about 30 hurt in S.C. bus crash

A tour bus ran off Interstate 26 and into some trees early this morning in Ridgeville, S.C., killing the 58-year-old driver and injuring about 30 passengers, authorities said.

One person was flown to the Medical University of South Carolina hospital in Charleston, about 25 miles southeast of the crash, Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Robert Beres said. About 30 people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, officials said.

An autopsy was scheduled today for the driver, George William Thomas, of Hanahan, said Perida Moultrie, deputy coroner for Dorchester County.

The bus, operated by 5-Star Transportation based in Bonneau, was headed from St. Stephen to Miami. The wreck, on a rural stretch of highway, closed the interstate for about four hours. All the lanes were back open by 6 a.m., Beres said.

No other vehicles were involved, he said.

— Associated Press

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— We'll let you know more about the public viewing of the Oprah show that Macon Mayor Jack Ellis is planning for tomorrow afternoon.

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— The Modern Language Association has released its survey of languages taught in colleges. It finds that Spanish remains the most widely taught language but the fastest growing include Arabic (increased by 126 percent) and Chinese (increased by 51 percent). We'll tell you more about the trend.

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