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  • VIDEO: Suspect Flees After Coming Face-to-Face with Mother Holding Shotgun

    03/22/2017 5:22:45 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Mar 2017 | AWR HAWKINS
    Surveillance video from a Miami Gardens, Florida, home shows a home invasion suspect quickly changing his mind upon coming face-to-face on March 4 with a mother holding a shotgun.
  • Pregnant woman used as shield from bullets by father, killed in Gifford SWAT raid

    03/20/2017 5:53:52 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 26 replies ^ | 3/19/2017 | Luli Ortiz
    GIFFORD (CBS12) — The family of 21-year-old Alteria Woods, an innocent woman who was shot and killed during a S.W.A.T. Team raid in Gifford Sunday morning, said they are getting few answers from law enforcement. Woods’ aunt, Arlene Cooper, said it is hard coming to grips with what has happened to her niece. “I’ve never heard of this before. We don’t know what to do, no closure,” said Arlene Cooper, Alteria’s aunt. Woods was caught in the crossfire of the shootout, killed by Indian River County Sheriff’s deputies during the raid at the home, along 45th Street and 35th Avenue...
  • Trump Sees Supporters Waving on Street – Invites Them Over to Mar-a-Lago to Meet Him (Video)

    03/19/2017 12:33:12 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 29 replies
    GP ^ | March 19,2017 | Jim Hoft
    A few mins after his motorcade passed by, a white van pulls up and two White House staffers said the President wanted to meet us (!). We didn’t ask too many questions, we just got in the van. The staffer said the President liked my “God Bless Trump” sign and to tell him it was me who was holding it. They led us through security and into the Grand Ballroom, which was Big League. A butler wearing a bow tie walked in with a silver platter of “Trump” brand bottled waters and offered them to us. None of us drank...
  • Florida unit investigating Medicaid fraud gets high marks

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is among one of the nation’s top states in recovering money from health care providers suspected of Medicaid fraud. Data released earlier this month by the federal government shows that Florida’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit recovered more than $165 million during the 2016 federal fiscal year.
  • Prison Guards Who Threw Inmate in Hot Shower, Killing Him, Committed No Crime -State’s Attorney

    03/18/2017 11:57:48 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 103 replies
    Reason ^ | March 18, 2017 | Ed Krayewski
    Darren Rainey spent two hours locked in a shower inmates at the Dade Correctional Institute said prison guards left set to scalding hot before dying of the injuries caused by the water. Rainey's skin was peeling off when he was removed from the shower. Inmates say he was screaming to be let out before he died, and that guards regularly used extremely hot and cold showers to punish mentally ill patients. Nearly five years later, in a report released Friday, the state's attorney has ruled that there was no criminal conduct by the guards. In her ruling, Katherine Fernandez Rundle...
  • Gov. Scott removes State Attorney Ayala from Markeith Lloyd case(leo killer)

    03/16/2017 3:12:40 PM PDT · by lovesdogs · 30 replies
    clickorlando ^ | 03/16/2017 | Adrienne Cutway
    ORLANDO, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott has reassigned the Markeith Loyd case after State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced Thursday morning that she will not be seeking the death penalty. Scott originally called for Ayala to recuse herself from the case. When she refused, Scott removed her from the case and assigned it to Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Brad King in an executive order issued Thursday afternoon. /snip/ Loyd is accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, 24-year-old Sade Dixon, in Pine Hills on Dec. 13 and Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton at an Orlando Walmart on Jan. 9. He was arrested on Jan. 17,...
  • State Attorney Aramis Ayala won't seek death penalty while in office

    03/16/2017 1:51:30 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 31 replies ^ | 3/16/17 | WESH Orlando
    While discussing the Markeith Loyd case Thursday, State Attorney Aramis Ayala said she will not seek the death penalty during her administration. Ayala said she made the decision after conducting a review. The most visible case immediately affected by Ayala's decision is Loyd's, who is charged with killing Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton and his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Ayala's statement was made during a news conference she called to discuss her decision not to seek the death penalty in the Loyd case.
  • Gov. Scott: State Attorney Aramis Ayala Must Recuse Herself

    03/16/2017 9:15:25 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 20 replies
    Rick Scott ^ | 3-16-17 | Rick Scott
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today Governor Rick Scott released the following statement on State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s decision not to seek the death penalty for Markeith Loyd, who is charged with killing Lt. Debra Clayton of the Orlando Police Department. Governor Scott said, “I want to be very clear, Lt. Debra Clayton was executed while she was laying on the ground fighting for her life. She was killed by an evil murderer who did not think twice about senselessly ending her life. I completely disagree with State Attorney Ayala’s decision and comments and I am asking her to recuse herself immediately...
  • “Popcorn” Shooting: Don’t Frighten an Old Man

    03/16/2017 6:11:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 63 replies
    ammoland ^ | 13 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Video of Theater Shooting link On January 13, 2014, a retired police officer, Curtis Reeves, and his wife were preparing to watch “Lone Survivor” in a theater in the unincorporated area of Wesley Chapel, part of the Tampa Bay Florida metro complex.Directly in front of the retired officer and his wife were another couple, Chad Oulson and his wife.Reeves and Chad got into a dispute after Reeves asked Chad to stop using his cell phone during previews.The case has been characterized as a retired police officer shooting someone who threw popcorn at him.  I was surprised to see the reality...
  • MDCPS Superintendent: ‘Over My Dead Body’ Will Immigration Agents Enforce On School Grounds

    03/16/2017 2:20:06 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 3/15/17
    The Miami-Dade School District took up the immigration debate Wednesday. The district reports undocumented students are worried sick for themselves and their parents. And the school board issued what is essentially a “stay away” order to federal agents.
  • Florida: Indian-American mistaken for Arab in arson attack

    03/11/2017 9:40:50 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 18 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Sunday, March 12, 2017 | Express Web Desk, New Delhi
    "Mr. Lloyd made the assumption that the store owners were Arabic when, in fact, they are of Indian descent." In yet another instance of purported hate crime, a 64-year-old man in Florida attempted to set fire to a store owned by an Indian-American thinking they were Muslims, news outlet CNN reported. The accused, Richard Lloyd reportedly told the deputies that he wanted to “run the Arabs out of our country.” St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara told CNN that Lloyd assumed the owners were Arab and what they were doing in the middle-east angered him. “It’s unfortunate that Mr. Lloyd made the assumption that...
  • Judge denies 'stand your ground' defense in movie theater shooting

    03/11/2017 9:33:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 260 replies
    CNN ^ | 5:24 AM ET, Sat March 11, 2017 | Eric Levenson, Tina Burnside
    The case dates to January 2014 when Reeves, then 71, confronted a man in a suburban Tampa movie theater about texting during the previews before a showing of "Lone Survivor." The two argued, and then Reeves walked out of the theater to complain to an employee. When Reeves returned, he and the man, Chad Oulson, began arguing again. Oulson threw a bag of popcorn at Reeves, according to a criminal complaint, and Reeves then took out his handgun and fired at Oulson, killing him. Defense attorneys asked the judge to dismiss the murder charge under the "stand your ground" law...
  • Miami vice! Hundreds of wild college students clash with cops after trashing South Beach [tr]

    03/11/2017 4:15:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 101 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 11, 2017 | Cheyenne Roundtree
    Miami Beach Police are taking a stand against thousands of rowdy college students who flock to South Beach for Spring Break and trash the sandy shores with litter from their epic partying. Across the country, city officials of coastal destinations are bracing for a storm of twenty-somethings to descend upon their beaches for weeks of drinking, dancing and mischief.
  • Wasserman Schultz: Muhammad Ali Jr. detained at airport

    03/10/2017 4:20:40 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | 3/10/17
    Muhammad Ali Jr. was detained by the Department of Homeland Security on Friday, weeks after he was detained at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz tweeted out, Friday. Wasserman Schultz’s tweet read, “On way home on DOMESTIC FLIGHT Muhammad Ali Jr. detained AGAIN by @DHSgov. Religiously profiling son of ‘The Greatest’ will not make us safe.”
  • Burt Reynolds blames governor for Florida's floundering film industry

    03/10/2017 5:11:09 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    WPLG-TV, owned by Warren Buffett ^ | 3/9/17 | Peter Burke, " Managing Editor"
    Former No. 1 box office draw has lukewarm memories of meetings with Scott, Askew Burt Reynolds is not a fan of Florida's governor. The 81-year-old "Smokey and the Bandit" star was critical of Gov. Rick Scott when he met with the media before a March 3 Florida Music Awards kickoff party in Fort Lauderdale. ....More films should be shot here," Reynolds said. "It's not Florida's fault, because Florida's got everything, you know? It's the governor. I remember I went in to see him and I said, 'You know, we ought to be shooting more movies down here.' And he said,...
  • AT&T customers can't call 911 throughout Florida, southeast U.S.

    03/08/2017 7:02:34 PM PST · by Innovative · 82 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 8, 2017 | C. Hayes
    AT&T wireless customers throughout large parts of the country and in the state of Florida are unable to call 911 due to a technical problem. The cause of the problem is unknown but officials both locally and throughout the southeast are working to fix the issue with AT&T, which is one of the largest wireless carriers in the nation. Currently, AT&T says the problem is affecting customers in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee, according to the Orange County officials. Each county has set up backup phone numbers so residents can reach first responders. In Orange County, residents needing...
  • Real Porky kept big cat, drove pink car, eluded law ("Porky's Based on Real Person/Bar)

    03/08/2017 11:00:47 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies
    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel ^ | July 1, 2015 | Robert Nolin
    "Porky's," a 1982 film, offered up a comedic portrayal of a group of teenage boys coming of age in South Florida. Though the movie was shot in Miami, it is generally believed to be based in large part on the Oakland Park roadhouse named Porky's Hideaway, which flourished in the 1950s and '60s. That bar's owner, Donald "Porky" Baines, was a geniune South Florida character. He drove a pink Jeep and kept a pet lion in a cage behind his bar. He let college kids drink all day for $1.50, and on Sundays, underaged teens were allowed in the bar...
  • Miami Beach Police arrest suspect in keying of swastikas into cars

    03/08/2017 2:14:02 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | 3/7/17
    Miami Beach Police detectives have made an arrest in the recent case where swastikas were found etched onto parked vehicles in Miami Beach. The accused subject, 61-year-old Timothy Merriam, is already in jail on other charges, according to a tweet sent by MBPD.
  • Broward County Schools votes to make schools immigration 'Safe Zones'

    03/08/2017 1:47:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 3/7/17 | Liane Morejon
    Broward County Schools voted Tuesday to make school grounds a safe zone from immigration enforcement. The new resolution covers all school-related activities and prohibits Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from performing raids or inquiring about the immigration status of students on school grounds.
  • 'I sleep pretty good at night': Casey Anthony says daughter Caylee would be a 'rock music-loving

    03/07/2017 11:07:55 AM PST · by ColdOne · 86 replies ^ | 3/7/17 | ap
    Full title............................'I sleep pretty good at night': Casey Anthony says daughter Caylee would be a 'rock music-loving badass' if she were alive and claims she has no idea how the young girl died six years after murder trial.............................. Casey Anthony has spoken to media about her daughter's death for the first time She was found not guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated manslaughter She insists she does not know how her daughter Caylee died Anthony asked the reporter not to run the interview after sitting down to speak on the record five times in the course of one week She...
  • 'Can this be legal?' YouTube Host Fires Submachine Gun From Plane Into Gulf (w/video)

    03/07/2017 5:08:39 AM PST · by Vlad The Inhaler · 26 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | March 6, 2017 | Paul Guzzo and Sara DiNatale,
    TAMPA — Two men and a woman take turns poking a fully automatic submachine gun out the slightly open window of a small plane in flight. They open fire toward the Gulf of Mexico below. The whole thing was videotaped, edited and posted to the YouTube channel, Do It With Dan. "What are the legalities of this," asked Dan, the host, as they walk toward a single-engine plane at Peter O. Knight airport for their flight. Tampa gun maker Mark Serbu, 55, holding a camouflage backpack with the gun barrel sticking out, answers, "I didn't really ask. I'm assuming it's...
  • I-75 construction has Hernando neighbors losing sleep

    03/06/2017 3:53:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    FOX 13 News ^ | March 2, 2017 | Haley Hinds
    BROOKSVILLE (FOX 13) - Some neighbors in Hernando County have had it with the noise. They say all-night construction on I-75 is keeping them awake, even shaking their homes. It's all related to a 6.5-mile, $95 million FDOT project that started last summer. Crews are currently widening Interstate 75 from four to six lanes, starting south of State Road 50 and finishing at the Hernando/Sumter County line. Lauretta Clemons, who lives on Shadywood Lane in Brooksville, remembers her backyard 30 years ago. "Beautiful," Clemons said. "Trees, ferns, flowers, birds and wild animals." Now, the trees are gone and she and...
  • SunRail ticket revenue is less than ticketing expense (Florida-Orlando)

    03/04/2017 3:28:26 PM PST · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 3-4-17 | Kevin Spear
    It’s no secret that tickets bought by SunRail passengers pay only a tiny fraction of the commuter train’s bills, but less known is that ticket revenue doesn’t even cover the cost of selling tickets. SunRail’s finances would be slightly stronger if riding was free. Put another way, the revenue of $1 to $7.50 per ticket is devoured by ticket machines, employees who support ticket sales and armored cars that collect fares, and does nothing to keep the train running. “If we have to pay more money to collect revenue than we are actually collecting, why does it make sense to...
  • Christopher Serino, Sanford police detective in the Trayvon Martin case, died January, 2017

    03/03/2017 4:12:23 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 13 replies
    Christopher Serino, the former Sanford police detective who played a prominent role in the Trayvon Martin case, died suddenly, January 13, 2017. He was 48. I've been unable to find a news story about his death. A relative who started a fundraising page in his honor says only that his death was unexpected. I just came across this news today, when I happened to think of the Trayvon Martin case and suddenly wondered what had become of some of the people involved in it since a number of years have gone by now. I looked up Serino and was...
  • Denied: Court Orders Noor Salman to Stay Behind Bars After Showing No Remorse

    03/03/2017 9:23:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | March 3, 2017 | Justin Holcomb
    An Orlando judge has overruled the arranged release of Noor Salman, the wife of the Islamic gunman who killed 49 and injured 69 at the Pulse nightclub last year.  On Wednesday, a district judge in California ordered that Salman be released pending trial.  Judge Donna Ryu argued that Salman wasn't a flight risk or a danger to public safety and had no connections to ISIS.Prosecutors in Orlando argued the contrary.  In the court filing, they said Salman has shown little remorse for her husband's actions, calling her a “cold person” who wasn't worried about the victims in the immediate aftermath of the attack, but was mainly concerned with “how...
  • Decision by FL Supreme Court on Open-Carry

    03/03/2017 6:26:50 AM PST · by John S Mosby · 17 replies
    State of Florida ^ | 03/2/2017 | Florida Supreme Court
    PDF of the FL Supreme Court
  • Beauty and the Beast's 'exclusively gay moment' will be a Disney first, director tells magazine

    03/03/2017 2:53:03 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 52 replies ^ | Christopher Spata
    Will the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie feature Disney's first openly gay character? Director Bill Condon's description of an "exclusively gay moment" near the end of the upcoming film is being taken that way by some. In a new interview with gay lifestyle magazine Attitude, Condon discussed the dynamic between the characters LeFou, played by Josh Gad, and Gaston, played by Luke Evans...
  • Florida Supreme Court upholds ban on openly carrying guns

    03/02/2017 7:42:34 PM PST · by aimhigh · 33 replies
    Orlando Weekly ^ | 03/02/2017 | Bloggytown
    Rejecting arguments by Second Amendment supporters, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a longstanding state ban on people openly carrying firearms in public. Justices, in a 4-2 ruling, said the state law "regulates only one manner of bearing arms and does not impair the exercise of the fundamental right to bear arms."
  • American Missionary Accused of Having Sex with Minors in His Haitian Orphanage

    03/02/2017 4:28:43 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 28 replies ^ | Thursday, March 2, 2017 | Caribbean360
    ACCORDING TO PROSECUTORS, DANIEL PYE TRAVELED FROM FLORIDA TO HAITI ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS BETWEEN 2008 AND 2011 FOR THE PURPOSE OF SEXUALLY ABUSING MINORS. WASHINGTON, United States, Thursday March 2, 2017 -- An American man who ran a missionary orphanage in Haiti has been charged for allegedly having sex with girls who resided there. Prosecutors say 35-year-old Daniel John Pye traveled from Florida to Haiti on multiple occasions between 2008 and 2011 for the purpose of sexually abusing minors. Over the period, they say, he sexually assaulted at least four victims between the ages of six and 14. He has...
  • 'Moonlight' Is Among the Lowest-Grossing Oscar Best Picture Winners Ever

    03/02/2017 8:42:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 106 replies
    Fortune ^ | 2/27/17 | Tom Huddelston Jr
    ....Moonlight won the top prize at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony—after some initial envelope confusion created a bizarre scene—and, despite the fact that the independent drama never made much of a splash at the box office. The movie, about a young, gay black man growing up in an impoverished Miami neighborhood, has only made a little more than $22.2 million in domestic movie ticket sales so far, according to Box Office Mojo. That made Moonlight the lowest-grossing Best Picture nominee at this year’s Academy Awards—and among the lowest ever for a Best Picture winner—even after generating months of Oscars buzz.
  • Rubio evicted from Tampa office because of protesters

    03/01/2017 2:08:19 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | 2.28.17
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is looking for a new office location in Tampa after the owner of his previous space decided not to renew his lease because of constant disruptions from protesters. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the owner of the nine-story Bridgeport Center notified Rubio’s staff Feb. 1 that it would not renew its lease. They have to be out by Friday.
  • Gainesville man gets 6 months for using Facebook Live in court

    02/28/2017 2:51:38 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 19 replies ^ | Feb 27, 2017 at 11:07 AM Updated Feb 27, 2017 at 5:30 PM |
    An Alachua County circuit judge sent a man to jail for five months and 29 days for using Facebook Live in his courtroom without permission. Jonathan Clyde Davis, 24, of Gainesville, was sentenced straight-away — without a trial, just a direct ruling by the judge — after he was questioned in the courtroom in the middle of an attempted murder trial and was found in contempt.
  • Eleven Individuals Including Two Miami-Dade County Residents and One Company Charged with Export...

    02/28/2017 10:57:10 AM PST · by Cementjungle · 8 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | 02/24/2017 | US Attorney Miami
    Specifically, the defendants are charged with: conspiracy to violate to IEEPA and to defraud the U.S. Government, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371; substantive violations of IEEPA and the EAR, specifically Title 15, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 746.9(a), regarding the Syrian Embargo; smuggling goods from the U.S., in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 554(a); submitting false or misleading export information, in violation of Title 13, United States Code, Section 305; conspiracy to commit money laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section1956 (h); and false statements, in violation of Title...
  • Fallen SEAL's dad slams Trump [Unbelievable McCain quote!]

    02/28/2017 4:51:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 80 replies
    WPLG-TV, owned by Warren Buffet ^ | 2/27/17 | Eli Watkins
    Bill Owens, the father of the Navy SEAL killed in a late-January raid in Yemen, leveled biting criticism at the White House and called for an investigation into his son's death in a news story published Sunday...
  • Wasserman Schultz speaks out after swastikas keyed into cars in Miami Beach [Blames Trump]

    02/28/2017 4:40:36 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    ..... Debbie Wasserman Schultz and local Jewish leaders are speaking out after swastikas were keyed into vehicles parked along Miami Beach, overnight....
  • 'You live in Trump country now': Gay couple attacked by drunk tourist, police say

    02/26/2017 6:17:34 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 100 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | February 25, 2017 | Gwen Filosa
    Calling them gay slurs and taunting, “You live in Trump country now,” a drunken scooter rider attacked two Key West men who were on bicycles riding home on Duval Street early Thursday, police said. Kevin Seymour, 38, and Kevin Paul Taylor, 49, said it was a drunken tourist who followed them as they rode south on Duval Street “calling us f-----s and a slew of other anti-gay remarks,” according to a police report.
  • Countering Public Officials Who Respect Neither Free Speech Nor Property Rights

    02/26/2017 9:49:43 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 25, 2017 | George Leef
    Northwest Florida is largely inhabited by conservative folk who believe in private property and limited government under the Constitution. Nevertheless, officials in Walton County have been hammering both the First Amendment and property rights in an effort to gain control over private beach areas along the Gulf of Mexico. One family is fed up with the government’s bullying. They’re fighting back in court. Edward and DeLanie Goodwin purchased beachfront property in 1971 and built a house on the land in 1978. They own up to the Mean High Water Line; beyond that, the beach is public property. Thus, they own...
  • New York Food Blogger Busted for Cheating in Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon

    02/26/2017 5:40:00 AM PST · by csvset · 69 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | 22 Feb 2017 | By Nick Sortal
    Jane Seo blazed across the finish line at last weekend's Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon with a stellar time of 1 hour 21 minutes. The professional New York food blogger's blistering 6:15-per-mile pace earned her second place among the thousands who raced. Seo paraded around the finish line while grinning and gripping a gaudy medal. But her pace, it turns out, was too good to be true. Seo has now been disqualified for cutting the course — a crime she confessed to only after a computer sleuth crushed her elaborate coverup. A lengthy post published on documented her lies in...
  • Muhammad Ali's son detained at Florida airport for his 'Arabic-sounding name'

    02/24/2017 10:12:16 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 74 replies ^ | Saturday, February 25, 2017 | ANI
    In a shocking development, it has been revealed that the son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was detained for hours by immigration officials earlier this month at a Florida airport, and was repeatedly asked about his religion. Muhammad Ali Jr, 44, and his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the first wife of Muhammad Ali, were arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on February 7 after an event in Jamaica, when they were pulled aside while going through customs because of their 'Arabic-sounding names', reports the USA Today quoting Ali's family friend and lawyer Chris Mancini. Camacho-Ali was let go after she showed...
  • Charlie Crist files for divorce

    02/24/2017 11:31:24 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 60 replies
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist is getting divorced less than nine years after becoming the first Florida governor in 42 years to get married while in office....
  • Locals pile into town hall meeting to demand response from Rubio

    02/24/2017 1:46:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | 2/23/17 | Joe Roetz
    South Florida residents attended a town hall meeting, Thursday, all with the intentions of voicing their grievances about the current administration in Washington D.C.
  • Woman gang raped in Miami-Dade home near 4-year-old son, police say

    MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - A 30-year-old woman was gang raped over the weekend after she agreed to pick up drugs for a group of people in exchange for a meal at a McDonald's restaurant, authorities said. According to an arrest report, the victim met Kortney Ellis, 27, Sunday night at McDonald's at 599 NW 62nd St. More Crime Headlines Key Largo man tries to rape co-worker while holding her against her… Police said Ellis picked up the woman and her 4-year-old son later in the night with three men tagging along and took her to a convenience store to pick...
  • Disabled vet beaten by accused animal abusers given car

    02/23/2017 1:10:40 PM PST · by tekrat · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2/23/2017
    A disabled Navy veteran has a new ride a week after authorities said he was beaten by three men he confronted as they were torturing a turtle in Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach Kia-Mitsubishi gave Garry Blough, 45, keys to a 2012 Kia Forte after the incident was brought to their attention by another veteran, former Marine Paula Mongeon. "I just knew they would help this guy, I just knew it," Mongeon told The Daytona Beach News-Journal ( ).
  • Oldest surviving officer in Battle of Iwo Jima dies

    02/23/2017 12:29:54 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 8 replies
    News4Jax ^ | 2-20-17 | By Mike Vasilinda
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The oldest surviving officer from the Battle of Iwo Jima has died. Lt. Gen. Larry Snowden died over the weekend at the age of 95 in the state Capitol. Those who knew him called him a Marine's Marine, and a general's general. Snowden was a 23-year-old captain, commanding 200 men at Iwo Jima. Snowden told News4Jax in 2013 that one of WWII’s most famous battles was far different than the romanticized version. “I've read many accounts that says when the flag went up, the troops all over the island stood up and cheered. No way," Snowden said....
  • Miami-Dade, Broward To Maintain Protections For LGBTQ Students

    02/23/2017 9:22:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 2/23/17
    ....plans to alter Obama-era guidance that linked access to school bathrooms to a student’s gender identity has drawn vocal criticism – both on a local and national level. ....Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said students in the district do not need to be worried. On social media, the superintendent pointed out that the district had gender identification protections in place before the Obama administration’s directive and they would remain in place under the Trump administration’s retraction of it.
  • Florida woman hits pedestrian who was 'in the way'

    02/23/2017 8:54:34 AM PST · by simpson96 · 59 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 2/21/2017 | Ryan DiPentima
    A Florida woman who “became upset” when a man was “in the way” of her car hit and injured the man with her vehicle before fleeing the scene, police said. According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Amanda Weaver, 28, of DeLand, was allegedly speeding in her silver Kia on Monday when she hit 19-year-old Anderson Cantres from Deltona. A man walking with Cantres at the time of the incident said Weaver became frustrated she had to wait for a pickup truck to back up, screaming profanities at the driver before speeding around the truck and toward Cantres. Weaver’s Kia Soul...
  • Florida Gov. Scott Says Fellow Republicans Spreading 'Fake News'

    02/22/2017 7:23:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is now saying that his fellow Republicans in the Florida House are using "fake news" to justify their plan to scrap the state's economic development agency. Scott used his campaign Twitter account on Wednesday to distribute a video critical of House Speaker Richard Corcoran and House Republicans. The video labels Corcoran a "career politician" who wasted money by having the House produce a video that trashed programs championed by Scott.
  • Video from Florida Rally Sparks 'Serious Concern' For Melania Trump (sickening fake news alert)

    02/22/2017 6:09:19 PM PST · by drewh · 60 replies
    AOL News ^ | Feb 22nd 2017 10:14 | ALEX LASKER, AOL.COM
    Trumps first 100 days Follow President Donald Trump as he shapes AmericaÂ’s future Video from Florida rally sparks serious concern for Melania Trump ALEX LASKER, AOL.COM Feb 22nd 2017 10:14AM X An interaction between President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, at a Saturday rally in Melbourne, Florida, is reigniting rumors that she is 'miserable' as America's first lady. As Melania was preparing to address the applauding crowd, the president crossed the stage behind her, grasping her upper arm in the process. His action caused her to flinch, turn her head downward and take a sharp breath in. The first...
  • How Can You Compare America to East Germany?

    02/22/2017 2:00:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Rush ^ | February 22, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, last night on Fox, the Fox News Channel, there was a town hall on Trump’s immigration ideas and so forth and stuff in Jacksonville, Florida. And the first sound bite we have was obviously Florida residents, or we think it was Florida residents. I mean, the way the Democrats pack these things, you don’t know. But Fox says it’s a group of Florida residents about Trump’s immigration policy. And one resident, Hatiche Iaconangelo was the guest or was one of the attendees. And so the question was asked, “So what do you think about what you’re hearing here...
  • Florida teacher gets ‘reassigned’ for making pro-Trump Facebook status praising deportation

    02/22/2017 8:06:55 AM PST · by Basket_of_Deplorables · 17 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | February 20, 2017 | Carmine Sabia
    A Florida teacher has been reassigned after she wrote a Facebook status supporting President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Veronica Fleming was removed from her role as a computer lab teacher and assigned to administrative duties after she wrote that “glad about massive deportation” because it means there will be “less mouths to feed.” The principal at Parkside Elementary School, where Fleming works and where the students are 96 percent minorities, learned about her writing after parents called the school to complain, according to NBC 2. WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida The matter was given...