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  • Dave Hlubek, founding member of Jacksonville band Molly Hatchet, dead at 66

    09/06/2017 11:50:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    jacksonville.com ^ | September 3, 2017 08:59 pm | Staff
    Molly Hatchet founding member Dave Hlubek is shown in a 2010 file photo. (The Times-Union/Jacksonville.com) ======================================================================= Dave Hlubek, a founding member of Jacksonville-based rock band Molly Hatchet, has died. The band announced the news via its Facebook page: “It is with great sorrow to announce the passing of our beloved friend and band member Dave Hlubek. Dave was one of the founding lead guitarists of Molly Hatchet. Amongst his many contributions to southern rock is “Flirtin’ with Disaster.” Our condolences and our prayers go out to his family during this time of loss. He will be missed but never forgotten,...
  • Gun Store Owner Settles After Five Year Lawsuit by Gun Control Group

    08/18/2017 1:20:46 PM PDT · by marktwain
    Ammoland ^ | 16 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In the spring of 2017, a five year long lawsuit against a Florida gun shop owner was finally settled. It appears the shop owner was able to sell the shop and retire, while the anti-Second Amendment group ended up with a face saving statement. In 2012, a mentally ill man named Benjamin Bishop shot and killed his mother and her boyfriend in cold blood. He was forbidden from owning a gun or ammunition, but a friend, Matthew Schwab, purchased the gun for him at a local gun shop. The Brady lawsuit alleged that Bishop attempted to buy a gun at...
  • Officials open time capsule found in Confederate statue [FL]

    08/14/2017 10:44:02 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    www.clickorlando.com ^ | Updated: 5:59 PM, August 08, 2017 | By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor
    ORLANDO, Fla. - A time capsule that was found hidden in the base of a Confederate statue that stood in Lake Eola Park for nearly 100 years contained the remains of what appeared to be a flag, money, newspapers and more. City officials found the 3-pound metal box in the top base of the statue, dubbed Johnny Reb, in June while they were relocating the 300-pound monument to Greenwood Cemetery. The statue was moved after critics argued that it was a symbol of slavery and shouldn't be displayed at a city park. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said the city opened...
  • Teens in stolen car crash had 126 arrests; murder charges possible (w/video)

    08/08/2017 12:00:31 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 56 replies
    Teens in stolen car crash had 126 arrests; murder charges possible (w/video) ^ | 08 AUG 17 | By Zachary T. Sampson, Lisa Gartner, Laura Morel and Anastasia Dawson, Times Staff Writers
    The last thing Keondrae Brown remembers before he blacked out is lying in shattered glass on Tampa Road, next to the burning wreckage of a stolen car, lucky to be alive after a high-speed crash that killed his brother and two of his friends. Now Keondrae and two other boys in a second stolen car could face murder charges in the deaths of Keontae Brown, 16; Jimmie Goshey, 14; and Dejarae Thomas, 16. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri suggested the more serious charges against the surviving teens at a news conference Monday, a day after the Palm Harbor crash once again highlighted...
  • Florida Open Carry Case Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

    07/17/2017 12:02:09 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    ammoland ^ | 13 July, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The Dale Norman open carry case in Florida has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Most cases that are appealed to the Supreme Court are refused. The case started back in 2012, when Dale Lee Norman walked down the street with his pistol showing.  He had recently obtained his concealed carry permit, and did not realize that his firearm was completely exposed.  He was convicted of the open carry of a firearm.  His case was appealed to the 4th Circuit court of appeals. The state Advocate General fought very hard to keep the case from being appealed. The...
  • Florida Concealed Carry Permit Fees Reduced by Five Dollars

    07/14/2017 1:43:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    ammoland ^ | 14 July, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    As of 1 July, 2017, the fee for obtaining a Florida Concealed Carry Permit has been reduced by $5.  From cbemeraldcoast.com: Florida residents will save $5 on application fees, down from $60 to $55, and renewal fees, down from $50 to $45, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Active law enforcement officers, correctional officers and correctional probation officers can now obtain a new license for $55 and renew their licenses for $45. This is the third time concealed weapon license fees have been lowered within the last five years, which has saved people a total...
  • Broward County school board sues FDE over education bill

    07/05/2017 6:08:45 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | 7/5/17
    .... Broward County school board is suing the State of Florida over a new education bill that they say is a weapon.... ....redirects more than 400 million state dollars to charter schools. Back in May, 7News reported on Mater Academy, a charter school in Hialeah Gardens, for directing their students to write letters in support of the bill and in return, they would receive extra credit.... .... Broward County Schools is the only district that has filed a lawsuit and board members hope other districts will follow, including Miami-Dade...
  • Carl Ramey: On guard against ‘stand your ground’

    07/01/2017 11:29:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 41 replies
    gainesville.com ^ | 6/29/2017 | carl ramey
    Now, they’ve really done it. Florida’s gun-happy, National Rifle Association-controlled Legislature has turned an already dangerous, unpopular law into an unmitigated disaster. It’s nothing short of legislative malpractice. Florida’s infamous “stand your ground” law — with a long-running, well-documented history of flagrant misuse — has now been elevated into a virtual license to kill. Already weighted heavily in favor of trigger-happy shooters (freed of any duty to retreat), new changes to the law will not only increase shootings but discourage legitimate prosecutions. Previously, shooters charged with a crime — bear in mind, many acts of self-defense never result in criminal...
  • Sheriff: Be Armed, Be Mentally Prepared, Make Terrorists Defend Their Lives for a Change

    06/10/2017 6:58:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/9/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    Florida’s Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey is urging law-abiding Americans to arm up, get familiar with their firearm, and be ready to make terrorists worry about defending their own lives, for a change. Ivey made these comments in a video he posted to Facebook in reaction to the horrendous attacks on unarmed, law-abiding Londoners. Looking at terror attacks around the world, Ivey observed: Terrorists and active shooters are using every weapon available to target citizens. Guns, knives, trucks, hammers, and even explosives have all become the weapon of choice for murderers who only have one goal–killing innocent and law-abiding citizens....
  • Florida concealed weapons permit site hacked

    05/23/2017 12:06:33 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 18 replies
    WBBH NBC-2 Naples ^ | May 22, 2017 | Nestor Mato
    LEE COUNTY, Fla. - If you're a concealed weapon permit holder, your information could be in danger after a statewide hack. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the data breach affects more than 16,000 people and some social security numbers may be at risk. "It's a little nerve-racking to know that it happened here in Florida," said Evelyn Greenway. Officials say people with concealed weapons licenses who renewed online may have had their names accessed. An additional 469 others have been notified their social security numbers may have been hacked. "Somebody knows this house has weapons in...
  • Chaos at Florida airport after Spirit flights canceled

    05/09/2017 6:33:20 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 49 replies
    Skirmishes involving irate passengers broke out at a Florida airport following the cancellation of multiple Spirit Airlines flights. Broward Sheriff's officials tell ABC News that deputies were called to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Monday to deal with angry passengers. Videos posted online show deputies trying to break up fights and detaining some unruly passengers.
  • 9 U.S. highway tunnel projects: Insights into what we might get if I-81 is a tunnel

    04/29/2017 8:12:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | April 26, 2017 | Charley Hannagan
    Syracuse, N.Y. --There's not a lot tunnel building going on in the United States. Four highway tunnels have been completed over the last 10 years in the U.S. Four more tunnel projects are under construction or in design. And one long discussed project that would have tunneled underneath a national forest in California was dropped. Could be a tunnel in Syracuse's future for Interstate 81? After a tunnel was initially rejected, a tunnel or depressed highway is back on the table as an option to replace Interstate 81's 1.4 mile section of raised highway in Syracuse. The DOT at first...
  • 10-year-old with autism arrested at Florida school

    04/21/2017 8:18:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 184 replies
    cnn ^ | April 21, 2017 | Jacqueline Howard, CNN
    CNN)When John Haygood, a 10-year-old boy with autism, was arrested last week at a school in Florida, he kept repeating that he didn't know what was happening, as seen in shaky cellphone video taken by his mother. "I don't know what's going on. I don't understand," he cried out. In the video, his hands are cuffed as two officers escort him to the back seat of a police car. His mother, Luanne Haygood, followed behind them while recording the incident on her phone. In the video, John appears distraught, and yells some profanities. Luanne is heard in the video speaking...
  • Moms Demand: ‘Absolutely Heartbreaking’ Florida House Bolstered Stand Your Ground

    04/07/2017 7:38:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/7/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    When the Florida House passed legislation Wednesday to bolster the state’s Stand Your Ground law–adding new protections for citizens’ natural right to self-defense–dejected Moms Demand Action members looked on from the gallery with faces marked by disappointment. Moms Demand volunteer state chapter leader Michelle Gajda said, “It’s absolutely heartbreaking.” According to the Miami Herald, the legislation is contained in Senate Bill 128–a bill designed to remove the burden of proof from the citizen and shift it to the state. It does this by requiring prosecutors to use a pretrial hearing to prove a defendant cannot use Stand Your Ground in...
  • Mom shows up at high school and beats up teen, police say. It doesn’t stop there.

    03/30/2017 6:52:06 AM PDT · by kevcol · 44 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | March 29, 2017 | Carli Teproff
    A mother of a teenage girl showed up at Carol City Senior High School, knocked a cell phone out of another teen’s hand and hit her several times, police say. Ernstlatta LaFrance, 30, continued to unleash her fury when the teen showed up at her home with her friends to retrieve her cell phone, according to a police report. She used an ax to destroy the victim’s car and broke the teen’s middle finger, an officer wrote.
  • 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....
  • Corrine Brown's Chief of Staff Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges. (Former FL Congresswoman)

    02/08/2017 1:40:57 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 24 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | February 8th 2017 | Allison Nielsen
    The federal scandal involving former Florida congresswoman Corrine Brown entered a new chapter on Tuesday when her chief of staff and co-defendant Ronnie Simmons entered a guilty plea to 18 counts against him in federal court. “After reviewing 40 thousand documents with my client, studying the evidence compiled by the government and after numerous gut retching sessions in which reality and conscious collided, Ronnie Simmons has decided to end his battle and admit his responsibility for misdeeds which he committed,” Simmons’ attorney wrote in a letter obtained by First News in Jacksonville Wednesday. Simmons pleaded guilty on two counts to...
  • FL: Tallahassee Mayor Claims Power to ignore State Law

    02/02/2017 4:24:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 January, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Mayor Gillum Image from Youtube In Florida, the State government has chosen to protect residents rights to keep and bear arms by restricting the actions that local governments can take.  This is call preemption, and it means that only the State can pass laws restriction the carry, possession, and use of guns.  It insures that the laws regarding guns and firearms use are uniform across the state. People exercising their right to keep and carry weapons will not have to guess about whether they are violating an obscure local ordinance when they cross some unmarked local boundary. Every state...
  • FL: Stand Your Ground Immunity for Firefighter who Answered Door with Gun in Hand

    01/13/2017 5:21:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 61 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In March of 2016, Captain Nick Marian answered a knocking at his door, and the ringing of his door bell.  He lives in a rough part of town, and answered the door shotgun in hand.  Police say that they saw him pick up a shotgun from his couch and answer the door. Prosecutors contended that he pointed the shotgun at the police officers for "more than a second" and that he knew they were police. The defense was that he had the right to protect himself, his actions were reasonable and prudent, and he had immunity due to the...
  • Beloved pet ‘Scarface’ freaks out, mauls family when they tried to put a holiday sweater on him

    01/02/2017 6:34:29 AM PST · by kevcol · 75 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | January 2, 2017 | Carmine Sabia
    A Florida pitbull freaked out on its family, hospitalizing two of them, when they attempted to put a Christmas sweater on him. The dog, named Scarface, attacked its owner Brenda Guerrero when she went to put the garment on him and then bit her husband, Ismael Guerrero when he struggled to wrestle the angry dog off of his wife, WFTS reported. The Guerrero’s adult son Antoine Harris was next to attempt a rescue by stabbing Scarface in the head with a knife, but he too was attacked. All three family members ran into the home and left the dog in...