Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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Former teacher pleas

Former Monroe County School District substitute teacher William Britt, who is accused of possessing child pornography, could spend as much as 30 years in prison, according to a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Britt, 55, of Key West, was scheduled to go to trial at the federal courthouse last month, but public defender Michael Caruso filed paperwork on March 7 indicating his client was open to a plea, according to court records.

He is also facing fines of up $750,000, according to court records. Britt is scheduled to be sentenced on June 26 in Miami before U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez.

He was arrested on Nov. 8 after a fake job interview was set up Glynn Archer Elementary School, where Britt had taught as a substitute teacher during the previous school year.

Social Security goes online

The Social Security Administration now offers a personalized online account service residents can use to access and print official benefit verification letters, payment history and earnings records.

Nine million people last year requested verification letters, which serve as proof of income to secure loans, mortgages and other housing, and state or local benefits. It also proves age, current Medicare health insurance coverage, and retirement or disability status.

People 18 and older can sign up for an account and find more information at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Fantasy Fest seeks poster artists

Organizers of Fantasy Fest 2013 are asking artists to submit their vision of this year's "Super Heroes, Villains ... & Beyond" theme for the annual poster design contest. The winner will receive $1,000, a poster-signing party and recognition as the winning artist or collaborators.

The artwork should reflect the theme and elements that are characteristic of Key West. Photography, cubism, graphic design, watercolors and cartoons all have been used over the past 34 years. Posters may be horizontal or vertical and a variety of sizes are accepted. The submission deadline is June 7. Visit www.fantasyfest.net or call 305-296-1817. Entry forms are available on the website, and at the Fantasy Fest office, 1111 12th St., Suite 211, in the professional plaza behind Kmart.