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  • More Than A Thousand Stood Under Heat & Sun For Free Food In Miami

    08/22/2014 12:54:49 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 67 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 8/22/14
    More than a thousand locals lined up Friday morning for several hours under the scorching sun and heat in Miami for a box full of food. The event located at the Central Shopping Plaza at 3825 NW 7th Street started at 9:00 a.m.
  • Palestinian Leader In Miami Boasts About " Conquering " American Jews

    08/22/2014 5:34:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Danielle Avel
    “Praise be to God, each day we conquer the American Jews like our conquests over the Jews of Israel. Your brother, Sofian” One should know several things about “Brother Sofian”: his full name is Sofian Zakkout; he is a Palestinian "proudly born in Gaza"; he lives in Florida; and – despite the outrageous statement above and others like them, the organization he runs is funded by agencies of the U.S. government and has excellent relations with a range of Jewish organizations.
  • Federal Judge Rules Florida Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

    08/22/2014 2:11:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 8/21/14 | Curt Anderson
    A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled....
  • South Florida Man Fights Back After Felony Arrest

    08/21/2014 7:35:44 PM PDT · by DariusBane · 26 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | 08/21/2014 | PhotographyIsNotACrime
    All Eric McDonough wanted was for Homestead Police officer Alejandro Murguido to obey the same traffic laws he enforced in their neighborhood. Instead, the 36-year-old scientist ended up in jail on charges of aggravated stalking and threatening a public servant because he confronted Murguido with his cellphone’s voice recorder outside the cop’s home two years ago. Since then, McDonough says Homestead Police Department brass have refused to investigate Murguido for falsely accusing him even though he has an audio recording that contradicts the cop’s version of events. McDonough tells his story in this video, so this is not the usual...
  • U.S. Treasury Clears Jay-Z and Beyoncé Trip to Cuba

    08/21/2014 9:13:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/21/14 | JOEL SCHECTMAN
    A U.S. Treasury Department investigation has found Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s 2013 Cuba trip did not violate sanctions law. Superstar Beyoncé and her husband, the rapper Jay-Z, had obtained permission to visit the blacklisted country from the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control, under a license that allows cultural exchanges....
  • Wasserman Schultz visits Hobby Lobby store - to urge a boycott

    08/21/2014 3:01:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 8/20/14 | Anthony Man
    Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, stopped at a Hobby Lobby store in her district on Wednesday – not to pick up some craft supplies for one of her kid’s school projects, but to alert people to the store’s existence and urge people not to shop there. “I want people to know that this Hobby Lobby is here and they should vote with their purses and their pocketbooks, and women should not shop here. If you didn’t know this Hobby Lobby was here before, know it now and don’t shop here. They don’t...
  • UPDATE: Jurors in Williams Case Begin Deliberations

    08/20/2014 7:30:51 PM PDT · by sarasmom · 10 replies
    www.theledger.com ^ | 8/19/2014 | Cody Dulaney
    Closing arguments have ended in the Lakeland man's trial of killing a Lakeland police officer in December 2011, and jurors will begin deliberations shortly. Kyle Williams, 21, is accused in the shooting death of Arnulfo Crispin in a park on Crystal Grove Lane. If convicted of first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, he faces the death penalty.
  • Saggy pants law challenged by critics

    08/20/2014 11:41:11 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 136 replies
    clickorlando.com ^ | 8/19/14 | Kristin Giannas
    ......over a month after signing the controversial saggy pants ordinance, Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn said Tuesday he no longer supports it..... His stance comes after criticism by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The groups claims to be taking direct action against the city, which can mean a lawsuit, according to Dale Landry, with the NAACP Florida chapter. "I'm sorry, it's going to be black males that are the subject of this," Landry said.
  • Should States Laws To Let Students Bring Concealed Weapons On Campuses?

    08/20/2014 3:48:47 AM PDT · by Bushbacker1 · 24 replies
    The (Lakeland, Fl) Ledger ^ | 8/20/14 | Bushbacker1
    Should states adopt laws to let students bring concealed weapons on campuses?
  • Trayvon Martin’s Mother Shares Pain With Family Of Michael Brown

    08/20/2014 3:18:38 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 8/19/14
    A South Florida mother who knows the pain of losing a son firsthand has written an open letter in support of the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO earlier this month.... “They both were unarmed. They were both teenagers. They both were African Americans and the both were shot and killed by a non-African American,” Fulton said.
  • U.S. journalist beheaded on video, officials confirm [Media Trumpeted Obama's "Progress" Yesterday]

    08/20/2014 2:12:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    philly.com ^ | 8/20/14
    A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State extremists beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. air strikes in Iraq. They threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist, Steven Sotloff, of Miami.
  • Ray Allen Pissed Off At Police For Not Taking Home Invasion Seriously

    08/19/2014 12:24:05 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    deadspin.com ^ | 8/18/14 | Rohan Nadkarni
    NBA free agent Ray Allen and his family are not thrilled with Coral Gables police after a recent break-in at Allens' home. The family's home in Coral Gables, a suburb of Miami where Allen most recently played with the Heat, was broken into last Thursday by a group of teenagers. The teenagers claimed they just wanted to see the house and thought it had been vacated, and police declined to press any charges. The Allens see the situation much differently. The family released this statement Sunday, per the Miami Herald: "We want to correct the erroneous information being reported about...
  • Purse snatching knock-out [Old woman hospitalized by UNARMED son of Obama]

    08/19/2014 9:32:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    ksn.com ^ | Published: August 18, 2014, 12:10 pm | Updated: August 18, 2014, 12:12 pm
    An elderly Florida woman is recovering after a brutal purse-snatching that left her unconscious. Charlotte Dunaway, 74, was knocked out when her purse was ripped from her hands inside a Publix grocery store in Ocoee. “I was knocked unconscious and have no memory of what happened,” Dunaway said.
  • Ferguson: Trayvon Martin's mom shares pain

    08/19/2014 5:45:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies
    krdo.com ^ | 8/19/14 | Emma Lacey-Bordeaux
    ...."I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence" she writes in the letter published in Time magazine. "But Michael is much more than a police/gun violence case; Michael is your son." Two and a half years ago on Feb. 27, 2012, Fulton's son was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watch captain. The case quickly drew national attention as weeks went by without formal charges....
  • Charlie Crist’s most important campaign accessory? A fan.

    08/18/2014 6:52:01 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/29/14 | By Chris Cillizza
    This is a story of a man and his fan. The man is former Florida Republican governor Charlie Crist who is running as a Democrat to get his old job back this fall. And the fan is, well, a fan. It is small. It is is black. And, it goes everywhere with Crist.
  • Rick Scott Edges Charlie Crist in New Poll

    08/18/2014 2:14:49 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 8/18/14 | Kevin Derby
    A poll from the Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) unveiled on Monday shows Gov. Rick Scott has taken the lead over former Gov. Charlie Crist. Despite having spent most of his political life as a Republican, Crist is the favorite to win the Democratic primary next week. Scott takes 44 percent in the poll of likely voters while Crist garners 41 percent. Scott’s lead expands when Libertarian Adrian Wyllie is added into the mix. In that scenario, Scott takes 41 percent, Crist gets 35 percent and Wyllie takes 4 percent. “While top concerns for voters remain jobs and the economy,...
  • Obama squeezes in another round of golf [with NBA 1%er Alonzo Mourning]

    08/18/2014 9:57:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/17/14 | Peter Sullivan
    President Obama on Sunday hit the golf course on Martha's Vineyard one more time before returning to Washington. ....Obama golfed at the Farm Neck Golf Club with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning and Marvin Nicholson and Joe Paulsen, who are members of the White House trip planning team.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,WOR AM,August 18-22,2014

    08/18/2014 8:26:40 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 560 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | August 18-22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    Call The Rush Limbaugh Show program line between 12 Noon and 3PM Eastern Time at: 1-800-282-2882 E-mail Rush: ElRushbo@eibnet.com Fax Rush at: 212-445-3963 Write a letter to Rush and mail it to: The Rush Limbaugh Show 1270 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020 Join This Ping List Now! Click Here To Join this Ping List! 
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  • Gay wedding expo held amid same-sex marriage fight

    08/18/2014 5:50:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    wsvn.com ^ | 8/18/14
    ....Gay Nuptials, a gay-friendly wedding expo, held its inaugural event at the Hagen Park Community Center in Wilton Manors....
  • UPDATE: Deadly church shooting suspect led authorities on chase in stolen car

    08/17/2014 7:30:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    WRDW ^ | Aug. 15, 2014
    COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. — Deputies confirm a suspect has been arrested in Jacksonville, Florida for the deadly shooting of a 55-year-old man in Columbia County last night. The coroner's office identifies the victim as William Davitte. He was shot and killed at Marvin United Methodist Church on S. Belair Rd near Wheeler Rd. Davitte and his wife, Jennifer Davitte, were turning on the sprinkler system at the church around 10:30 p.m. when the shooting happened, said Columbia County Cpt. Steve Morris. The husband was shot three times and died on the scene. His wife was taken to the hospital with...
  • Video: Hillary: When I’m ‘President Again’

    11/08/2007 8:29:18 AM PST · by rwa265 · 65 replies · 247+ views
    CNN "Situation Room" ^ | 11/7/7 | ianschwartz
    Slip of the tongue? Yesterday on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Hillary Clinton spoke about what she would do about licensing illegal immigrants when she is president again. Watch:
  • Not #Ferguson: Elderly White Woman Hospitalized After Brutal Robbery in Ocoee

    08/16/2014 8:21:55 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 61 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 16,2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    WFTV in Orlando, Florida reported Friday about a callous, violent robbery of an elderly white woman by three young black men that left the woman hospitalized with a serious brain injury and a broken clavicle. The Publix surveillance videos released to the media show rare, clear before, during and after video of the victim, the perps and the robbery. There will be no protests, no candlelight vigils, no statement by President Barack Obama, no Justice Department investigation, no visits by Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. The race ‘healers’ won’t descend on Ocoee like they are doing in Ferguson this week...
  • Jeb Bush lends political star power to Rick Scott

    08/15/2014 7:10:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 8/15/2014 | MICHAEL J. MISHAK
    Jeb Bush is lending his political star power to embattled Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is locked in a tight race for re-election in the nation's largest swing-voting state. Speaking at a metals factory in this South Florida farming community, the former Florida governor and potential White House hopeful on Friday credited Scott with the state's economic recovery, saying the incumbent Republican had created a "field of dreams" for Floridians looking to prosper after the recession. He also criticized Scott's likely Democratic opponent, Charlie Crist, as a craven opportunist. Bush said Crist, a former Republican governor who switched parties in...
  • Geraldo Rivera: Michael Brown And Trayvon Martin, Spinning Tragedy

    08/15/2014 3:59:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | August 15, 2014 | Geraldo Rivera
    It is outrageous that we only found out now, nearly a week after the fact, that 18-year-old Michael Brown, the kid tragically killed on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, met the description of a suspect in a strong-arm robbery of a convenience store obtained from a 911 call received at 11:51 a.m. on Saturday August 9. Ten minutes later, at 12:01 p.m., and just a ¼ mile away, Brown and his alleged accomplice are spotted and confronted by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. If Officer Wilson heard the 911 call, of course the cop is tensed up. The six-year veteran...
  • Trayvon Martin Autopsy Doctor Says Prosecutors ‘Hoped To Lose’ Case Against Zimmerman

    08/15/2014 1:55:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    <p>The doctor who conducted the autopsy on Trayvon Martin, and who later raised eyebrows with his uneven testimony during the trial of George Zimmerman, has released a 37-page e-book in which he argues prosecutors “hoped to lose the case.”</p> <p>Despite that claim, “Dead Men Can’t Lie,” e-book by Dr. Shiping Bao, offers no proof.</p>
  • Charlie Crist To Feds: Don’t Kick The Undocumented Off Obamacare Coverage

    08/15/2014 6:07:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/15/2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Charlie Crist, the Democratic nominee in Florida’s governor race in November, says the Obama administration shouldn’t require proof of immigration status for Obamacare sign-ups. “We need to make this law work for the people depending on it, and the President should suspend this requirement so that no American citizen loses their health insurance due to a bureaucratic requirement,” Crist spokesman Brendan Gilfillan told Politico Thursday. Over 310,000 Obamacare customers have failed to provide proper documentation on their citizenship or immigration status to the Obama administration, after the federal government contacted them between five and seven times about discrepancies in the...
  • Checkers flies US flag upside down; hear what Mexican employee tells concerned veterans

    08/14/2014 9:49:27 AM PDT · by Jacvin · 30 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 8/14/2014 | Jack Furnari
    An Army veteran joined a Marine cohort in confronting a Checkers restaurant for flying the American flag upside down. The vets say it’s the second time in three months that the eatery has improperly displayed Old Glory. The video was taken and posted on Facebook by John Zulu of Lakeland, Fl and according to Zulu: I just had to deal with checkers disrespecting the American flag for the second time. Please share this video everywhere. The employee even says, “I’m Mexican, I don’t even believe in the American flag.”
  • Charlie Crist Flies Private Jet to Global Warming Media Event [Jet Owned by Serial Polluter!]

    08/13/2014 2:21:06 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    MediaTrackers ^ | 8/8/14 | James Taylor
    Charlie Crist flew in a private jet from Tampa to Tallahassee to hold a press conference about the importance of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Ironically, the private jet Crist used for his climate presser is owned by James Finch, who has repeatedly been forced to pay fines to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for unlawful pollution. Finch’s company paid fines for unlawfully polluting water in the Gulf of Mexico near Apalachicola Bay and the Apalachicola National Forest. Crist has recently criticized a new initiative by Scott to spend $1 billion to improve water quality in the state, with a...
  • 2006 Charlie Crist viciously attacks 2014 Charlie Crist in new attack ad!

    08/12/2014 9:58:12 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 8/12/14 | Moe Lane
    This was, of course, inevitable. Democrats across Florida heard a mysterious recorded call over the weekend that seemed aimed at attacking likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. The voice in the recording? Charlie Crist. “Hi, this is Charlie Crist calling to set the record straight. I’m pro-life. I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants, I support traditional marriage, and I have never supported a new tax or big spending program. It’s sad that in his fourth try for governor my opponent has resorted to distortions and untruths. … Floridians need a consistent, conservative governor that they can trust. I would appreciate...
  • Whose voice is on that anti-Charlie Crist robo call? It's Charlie Crist's

    08/12/2014 11:25:43 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | August 11, 2014 | Adam C. Smith
    Voters across Florida heard a mysterious robo call over the weekend that seemed to aimed at attacking likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. "It had someone who sounded like Charlie Crist, saying, '… I stand for traditional marriage, I'm prolife, I'm against amnesty for illegal immigrants,'" said one caller on our voice mail. "That seemed clearly like fraud." Listen to the call:
  • The Fastest-Growing States For Tech Jobs [Republican led Texas & Florida]

    08/12/2014 8:09:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/7/14 | Susan Adams
    What state is adding technology jobs at the greatest rate? My guess would have been Washington, where Seattle has become a center for cloud computing....[but it is behind]....No. 1, Texas, No. 2, Florida,
  • Rush Limbaugh Show Thread,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,WOR AM,August 11-15, 2014

    08/11/2014 7:53:53 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 648 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | August 11-15, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    Call The Rush Limbaugh Show program line between 12 Noon and 3PM Eastern Time at: 1-800-282-2882 E-mail Rush: ElRushbo@eibnet.com Fax Rush at: 212-445-3963 Write a letter to Rush and mail it to: The Rush Limbaugh Show 1270 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020 Join This Ping List Now! Click Here To Join this Ping List! Image by Cool Text: Free Logos and Buttons - Create An Image Just Like This
  • Thousands of silver coins discovered in condemned St. Cloud house ( Florida )

    08/11/2014 6:33:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 8, 2014 | Henry Pierson Curtis
    Treasure: 60 lbs of silver coins hidden for decades. Thousands of silver coins dating to early 1900's showered from a secret hiding place when a century-old home was demolished . ... The house was full of Florida junk," neighbor Jim Tuck said Friday about the 60 pounds of silver coins discovered in the recently demolished North Minnesota Avenue home. "It was grab, grab, grab and then talk, talk, talk." Stored for decades inside the walls, large glass pickle jars holding the more than 2,000 coins shattered when a crew of St. Cloud city workers leveled 1915 bungalow on April 22....
  • Charlie Crist: Rick Scott 'raised property taxes' [Even Politifact says "Mostly False!]

    08/11/2014 4:54:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 8/9/14 | Joshua Gillin
    PolitiFact Florida checked into Charlie Crist’s statement and found that tax revenue has increased because of rising property values.
  • Head of Seniors Group: Charlie Crist 'A Clear and Present Danger

    08/11/2014 4:29:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 8/8/14 | Kevin Derby
    Jim Martin, the chairman of 60 Plus Association....jabbed Crist over seniors' issues on Friday. "By his own words, Charlie Crist thinks that seniors losing their doctors under Medicare Advantage, which was slashed by $300 billion to fund Obamacare, is 'great,'” Martin said. “He thinks 300,000 Floridians having their health plans canceled by Florida Blue due to Obamacare is just fine. You know what Florida seniors think is great? A governor not named Charlie Crist.
  • Evidence that guns deter: “Knockout game” attacker asks victim if he is armed before hitting him

    08/10/2014 10:59:14 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 36 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | August 10, 2014 | CPRC
    The Florida Times-Union points to how guns deter in an attack on a man on Neptune Beach: "The victim told police that he believed the boys were playing the “knockout game.” He said he was approached on the beach by one of the boys who asked him if he had a “Glock.” The man was punched after admitting that he was unarmed. "Fearing that the boy would continue to hit him until he was unconscious, the man grabbed at a folding knife that he had tucked into his waistband and pretended to have a gun. The boys fled, and the...
  • Money Hidden in Bra and Girdle Seized by Customs Officers

    08/10/2014 10:55:27 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    ABCNews ^ | August 10, 2014 | SARAH FIGALORA
    Money Hidden in Bra and Girdle Seized by Customs Officers Aug 8, 2014 By SARAH FIGALORA PHOTO: A Florida woman was caught carrying almost $41,000 through customs, which a large bulk of the cash hidden in her undergarments. A Florida woman was caught carrying almost $41,000 through customs, which a large bulk of the cash hidden in her undergarments. Getty Images A Florida woman was allegedly caught carrying almost $41,000 through customs, with much of the cash reportedly hidden in her undergarments. Victoria Faren, 78, and her daughter were stopped April 2 while trying to board a flight to the...
  • ‘Knockout Game’ Attacker Asked Man If He Had A Gun Before Punching

    08/10/2014 4:17:12 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/09/2014 | Chuck Ross
    A teenager playing “knockout game” punched a Florida man in the face after making certain he was not carrying a gun, the victim told police. According to a witness who saw the attack unfold, a teenager approached a man who was walking alone on Neptune Beach on July 31, the Florida Times-Union reported Friday. According to the victim, the teen, who was with three accomplices, asked him if he had a “glock.” While Glock is a weapons manufacturer, the term “glock” is also used generically to describe any type of handgun. After the man said that he did not have...
  • Miami Rabbi Shot and KIlled on His Way to Synagogue this Morning

    08/09/2014 3:41:53 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 86 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | August 9, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    The Rabbi of a Miami Beach synagogue was murdered earlier today on his way to synagogue. The Rabbid was shot dead oin cold block only two blocks away from the synagogue that was defaced with Hamas, swastikas and Jew hatred last week after a Hamas-CAIR hate demo.
  • Democratic candidates roll out dueling endorsements from gay rights groups [Florida]

    08/09/2014 2:40:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | 8/7/14 | Anthony Man
    ...Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor turned independent turned Democrat, was endorsed by SAVE, the gay rights group based in Miami-Dade County. The gay and lesbian community has become an important element of the Democratic Party’s coalition.
  • Family says Tampa church canceled funeral because son was gay

    08/08/2014 6:38:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 116 replies
    WFLA-TV ^ | 8/6/2014 | Shannon Behnken
    Julie Atwood was standing at her son's casket when the phone rang. The church where her son's funeral was scheduled to be held the next day decided to abruptly cancel the service, after the pastor learned the deceased was gay and his obituary listed a surviving "husband." Atwood said she was told it would be "blasphemous" to hold the services at the church because her son, Julion Evans, 42, was gay. "It was devastating," she said. "I did feel like he was being denied the dignity of death." Evans' husband, Kendall Capers, says the pair were partners for 17 years...
  • Attorney General Pam Bondi: Let the U.S. Supreme Court decide gay marriage, not Florida courts

    08/08/2014 10:41:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 8/8/14 | STEVE ROTHAUS
    Rather than argue Florida's gay-marriage debate at the state Supreme Court, Attorney General Pam Bondi says she'd rather wait until the U.S. Supreme Court settles the issue nationally, once and for all. “Neither this Court nor the Florida Supreme Court can decide this federal issue with finality,” Bondi wrote in a filing late Thursday to the state’s 3rd District Court of Appeal. “The United States Supreme Court, however, ‘has the final word on the United States Constitution.’”
  • 1st set of remains ID'd from Florida reform school

    08/07/2014 5:34:18 PM PDT · by jacknhoo · 10 replies
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | August 7th, 2014 | Spencer from Miami
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - In December 1940, Owen Smith's mother wrote the superintendent of the then-Florida Industrial School for Boys about the welfare of her 14-year-old son, who had been sent there months earlier for being with a friend in a stolen car. Frances Smith received a letter from superintendent Millard Davidson, saying no one knew where Owen was. A month later, the family was summoned to Florida Panhandle school and led to an unmarked grave. Owen was in it, they were told - he had escaped and was found dead under a house. Frances Smith never accepted the story....
  • Florida Grandmother Kills 6-year-old Grandson

    08/07/2014 3:35:20 PM PDT · by informavoracious · 35 replies
    Killearn Lakes, Fla. -- Mason Rhinehart and his brother were playing video games in their Killearn Lakes Plantation home Tuesday morning when their grandmother, Martha White, interrupted to say she had a surprise for them. White, 63, who had been babysitting the boys, then took 6-year-old Mason into the bathroom and locked the door behind her, a probable cause affidavit said. Mason's brother, age 8, heard him start to cry from behind the door and say, "I don't want to die, please don't kill me." The boy said he tried to get in the bathroom, but could not. He then...
  • Billionaire pitching massive U.S. flag 400 feet over downtown Miami

    08/07/2014 7:12:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 8/6/14 | David Smiley
    A Coral Gables billionaire wants to hoist a 500-pound American flag atop a massive, 40-story flagpole over downtown Miami.... Fernandez, a major donor to Republican candidates and the former chief fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott, has been mulling a way to pay homage to the United States for years. He came to the U.S. from Cuba in 1964 as a penniless child and made his fortune in healthcare. He says the idea is “very preliminary,” but he began to consider flying a massive flag over downtown after watching a video of the Wisconsin-based insurer Acuity building a 400-foot tall flagpole...
  • Miami Heat player Greg Oden arrested in Lawrence

    08/07/2014 6:16:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    WISH-TV ^ | 8/7/14
    LAWRENCE, Ind. (WISH) — Miami Heat player Greg Oden was arrested in Lawrence early Thursday morning, according to a police report. According to the report, officers responded to a disturbance in the 7200 block of Maple Bluff Place around 3:30 a.m. An officer on scene was talking with a man, identified as 26-year-old Gregory Oden.
  • Rick Scott Bounces Back Against Charlie Crist in Poll

    08/07/2014 4:28:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 8/6/14 | Kevin Derby
    ....Scott leads 45 percent to 43 percent while 8 percent support other candidates and 4 percent remain undecided. In the last Survey USA/WFLA poll, Crist led 46 percent to 40 percent. The poll of 576 likely voters was taken from July 31-Aug. 4 ..
  • Florida must recognize gay widower’s Delaware marriage... [Lawless Judge #4]

    08/06/2014 5:37:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 8/6/14 | STEVE ROTHAUS
    For the fourth time in 19 days, a South Florida judge has ruled against Florida's gay marriage ban, this time in the probate case of a Pennsylvania widower whose husband died suddenly in Boynton Beach. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Diana Lewis on Tuesday ordered W. Jason Simpson should be personal representative....
  • Anniversary Of Death Of Teen Who Died After Being “Shocked” By Police

    08/06/2014 4:35:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Friends and family of a teen who died after a Miami Beach police officer shocked him with a Taser will mark the one year anniversary of his death with music, poetry and a film. Wednesday evening they gather at the abandoned restaurant where police say they caught the 18-year-old Israel “Reefa” Hernandez spraying graffiti on the walls.
  • AsiaSat 8 ready to ride SpaceX launcher into orbit (Tuesday, 1:25 a.m. EDT/Monday, 10:25 p.m. PDT)

    08/04/2014 9:18:08 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 48 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 4AUG2014 | Stephen Clark
    A Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral early Tuesday, continuing a jam-packed sequences of launches by SpaceX for commercial and government customers after a slow start to the year. The 22-story rocket will loft the AsiaSat 8 communications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit, a drop-off point for most large telecom payloads heading for operating posts 22,300 miles over the equator. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad is set for 1:25 a.m. EDT (0525 GMT). The launch window extends until 4:11 a.m. EDT (0811 GMT). Forecasters predict generally favorable weather, with a 30 percent chance...