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  • Rick Scott ad links Charlie Crist, Barack Obama

    10/20/2014 11:23:31 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | October 20, 2014 | James Hohmann
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is launching a new ad Monday that ties Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist with Barack Obama, including a photo of their infamous 2009 embrace. The Republican becomes the first gubernatorial candidate to deploy the clip of the president saying, “I’m not on the ballot this fall, but make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.” “Charlie Crist backed Obama from the start,” a narrator says in the 30-second spot, shared first with POLITICO. “If you liked the last six years of Barack Obama, you’ll love the next four years of Charlie Crist.”...
  • FL: Woman Arrested for Protecting Children from Water Moccasin

    10/20/2014 4:49:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Who would have thought that it would be illegal to defend children from a poisonous snake?  This is where the insanity of extreme gun restrictions have brought us.   In Florida, a mother was at a school event during a football practice session.  A water moccasin was discovered on the practice field, but attempts to kill it with sticks were not successful.  From newsherald.com: April Dawn DeMarco, 30, was arrested for discharging a .380-caliber handgun on the practice football field of Bay High School, 300 E. 15th St., during practice last week for the local Pop Warner football team. Demarco...
  • The truth of #fangate and why Charlie Crist absolutely hates to sweat

    10/17/2014 5:40:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/16/14 | Terrence McCoy
    To understand why Florida gubernatorial candidate Democrat Charlie Crist insisted on having a fan blowing on him during the yesterday’s debate with Republican Rick Scott, which almost stopped the whole show in its tracks, thus earning the hashtag #fangate, you need to know something about Crist and sweat. One of the stranger moments of my reporting career arrived at 6 a.m. on a day in late 2012 in St. Petersburg, Fla. I was doing a lengthy profile of Florida governor Charlie Crist.... ....Charlie Crist, burdened with an almost pathological disdain for humanity’s untidiness, hates to sweat. This trait runs deep,...
  • Patient in Jacksonville being tested for Ebola

    10/13/2014 9:52:13 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    104.5FM WOKV ^ | 10-13-2014 | Jamie Smith
    A patient is being tested for Ebola at Baptist Health in Downtown Jacksonville. Hospital officials says they have admitted a patient who has flu-like symptoms, but no fever. The person told hospital staff that they has casual contact with a person who travelled to West Africa. Officials say the patient is in isolation and is being monitored to protect hospital staff and the community. There is no confirmation that the patient has Ebola, and hospital officials sayy the diagnosis is "highly unlikely." Baptist Health says they are exercising caution and using CDC protocols.
  • Florida Father's Mistakes; 20 Years for Warning Shot

    10/11/2014 1:21:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida passed a reform of its gun law this year to prevent situations such as what has happened to Lee Wollard.   Wollard says that he fired a shot to stop an assault and force a young man out of his house;  the prosecutor charged him with firing into a building, aggravated assault and child endangerment.   The young man was dating his daughter and was 17. No one was hurt, but the bullet penetrated the walls of the house and struck the house next door. Under the old Florida law, the prosecutor could offer this dilemma: plead guilty, be convicted...
  • Waldo Disbands Police Force in Tiny Speed Trap Town Amid Legal Issues (Florida )

    10/02/2014 2:00:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Oct 2014
    The police force has been disbanded in Waldo, Florida, a tiny town with a big speed trap reputation. On Tuesday, the Waldo City Council voted 4-1 to eliminate the department just weeks after the chief and interim chief resigned because of state investigations into many issues, including an illegal ticket quota
  • Bus service suspended in Lake County over bomb threat (Central Florida....again)

    10/02/2014 7:49:04 AM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 10 replies
    WESH ^ | Oct 02, 2014 | WESH2 News
    LAKE COUNTY, Fla. —A bomb threat shut down LakeXpress bus service Thursday morning over a bomb threat, authorities said. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was on scene and searching buses. One bus in South Leesburg was evacuated and passengers were checked out. No devices have been found so far.
  • Florida officials want to implement ‘voluntary’ gun-control

    09/29/2014 5:08:21 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 63 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 6/6/14 | S.H. Blannelberry
    Thanks to state preemption law, only the Florida Legislature can enact measures regulating the sale, possession, transfer of firearms in the Gunshine State. But that’s not going to stop some city and county officials from attempting to implement ‘voluntary’ gun-control, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Under a proposal backed by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, city and county officials would ask gun shops and ammo suppliers who have sales contracts with law enforcement departments around the state to follow certain “sales and marketing safeguards,” when conducting business. Those safeguards include asking the stores to run background checks on employees, train personnel to...
  • Bomb threats reported at 2 Lake County schools, cops say (Central Florida)

    09/29/2014 8:50:16 AM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 21 replies
    ClickOrlando ^ | 9/29/2014 | Daniel Dahm
    GROVELAND, Fla. - Another bomb threat has been reported at a Lake County school on Monday morning, according to officials. Lake County Sheriff's Office said a bomb threat was reported at Clermont Middle School. Deputies and Clermont police officers are on scene investigating. It's not clear if evacuations have been ordered at Clermont Middle School. The second bomb threat report comes hours after students and staff were evacuated from South Lake High School in Groveland. School officials said students, who were taken to the school's football field, were not being released from the campus.
  • Seminole County schools evacuated after bomb threats (Central Florida)

    09/26/2014 12:50:20 PM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 20 replies
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Gal Tziperman Lotan
    Elementary schools in Seminole County were evacuated this afternoon after receiving bomb threats, a Seminole County Sheriff's spokeswoman said. Deputies evacuated Casselberry, Winter Springs, Lawton, English Estates, Red Bug, Lake Orienta, Forest City and Spring Lake elementary schools, sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Smith said in a statement. It was not immediately clear whether the threats were valid. Deputies are investigating where the calls came from. Officials are reporting that Winter Springs, Forest City and Lake Orienta have been searched and cleared.
  • Crunch time for Jeb Bush

    09/26/2014 10:04:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | September 26, 2014 | Ben White
    It’s now or never for Jeb Bush. The former Florida governor flirted with presidential runs in 2008 and 2012 but ultimately demurred, always with the flickering possibility of mounting a campaign down the road. But at 61 years old, the second son of former President George Herbert Walker Bush is now likely facing his last shot at the White House.
  • Poll: Florida governor race a toss-up

    09/24/2014 8:11:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/24/2014 | By STEVEN SHEPARD
    The Florida governor’s race — on pace to be 2014’s most expensive, grueling campaign — is a dead heat with six weeks until Election Day, according to a new poll out Wednesday. Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are neck-and-neck in the new Quinnipiac University poll. Scott is at 44 percent among likely voters, the survey shows, compared with 42 percent for Crist and 8 percent for Libertarian Adrian Wyllie. Scott has a slight edge over Crist among independents, 44 percent to 37 percent. And the gender gap tilts in his favor: He leads Crist by 8...
  • FL: Gun Taken from Victim, Suspects Arrested

    09/23/2014 10:20:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In this unusual Florida case, the two suspects are said to have attacked an armed citizen who was in his car, to have taken his gun, and fled the scene.   It all happened at a McDonald's drive-through, when the victim honked at the attackers who were ahead of him and who had received their order, but had not driven off.   From myfoxtampabay.com: Police say the Gregory Fulham got out of the car, went to the driver's side of the car behind them and started punching the man, who had pulled a gun from his glovebox. Police say Kevin Fulham...
  • Hillary Clinton to campaign for Charlie Crist

    09/23/2014 2:20:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/22/14 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Hillary Clinton will headline a fundraising dinner for Florida Democratic gubernatorial Charlie Crist next month, putting her in a key presidential state in the midterms battle, according to an invitation.
  • Reports of mass shooting in North Florida

    09/18/2014 5:16:14 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 79 replies
    WKMG ^ | 9/18/2014
    BELL, Fla. - A mass shooting has been reported in a small town near Gainesville on Thursday night.The shooting was reported in the town of Bell in Gilchrest County, which is about 140 miles from downtown Orlando.It's not clear how many victims were shot, but there are reports that children were among the victims.A news conference is set for 8 p.m. Local 6 has a crew on its way to the scene.Check back for more on this developing story.
  • Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    09/18/2014 2:32:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    politico.com ^ | 9/17/14 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most. Long-simmering doubts about her have reached a peak after two recent public flubs: criticizing the White House’s handling of the border crisis and comparing the tea party to wife beaters. ....One example that sources point to as particularly troubling: Wasserman Schultz repeatedly trying to get the DNC to cover the costs of her wardrobe. In 2012,...
  • Florida spends billions on toll lanes, but public has little input into how money is spent

    09/15/2014 5:01:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | September 14, 2014 | Eric Barton
    In the next decade, Florida’s biggest cities will add toll lanes to the state’s busiest highways. Nobody knows exactly how much it will cost. Maybe as little as $3 billion. Maybe double that. What’s clear is that when the toll lanes across the state are complete, they will become one of the largest infrastructure projects in state history. There’s little debate that the toll lanes, also called express lanes or managed lanes, make commutes quicker for those willing to pay as much as $10 to use them. But there has been little debate about the need for the projects —...
  • Florida looks to Expand Legal Hunting with Gun Mufflers

    09/16/2014 4:46:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    While the United States leads the world in most ways, it has lagged in the adoption of mufflers for guns.   In most of Europe, mufflers on guns are not controversial.   In Finland, ownership, manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of gun mufflers is a constitutional right.   On most of the continent, gun mufflers are easier to acquire than firearms; their use is considered good manners. Not so in the United States.   Due to a weird quirk in firearms law passed during the Roosevelt administration, gun mufflers require a $200 dollar tax to be paid to the federal government.  Processing of...
  • Charlie Crist Talks Faith And Florida, Says God’s ‘Not Happy

    09/16/2014 4:23:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    ...Crist spoke to over 1,000 voters on Saturday night, in Downtown Orlando about his faith and vision for the future of Florida.... The group in attendance came in the bus loads, and the venue was at capacity. They leaned to the left as they cheered Crist’s pledge to raise the minimum wage, healthcare, and supporting policies popular with the dreamers. “I did all of this as a Republican” Crist said “Imagine what I’ll do as a Democrat!”. "....I was raised a Methodist. Raised with three sisters. It makes you appreciate women more and their rights. This I know about God....
  • Obama to visit Centcom in Tampa on Wednesday

    09/15/2014 5:37:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    tbo.com ^ | 9/12/14 | Howard Altman
    ...Obama will visit U.S. Central Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, on Wednesday for a briefing from his commanders on battle plans against the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State. ....White House officials made it clear that there would also be no U.S. military forces on the ground in Syria to coordinate airstrikes, nor have any done so in Iraq. But as the President continues to coalesce U.S. and international efforts to “degrade and ultimately defeat” IS, and Pentagon officials say they are making headway against IS in Iraq, two former Centcom commanders offer mixed reviews of his plans. “I...
  • Charlie Crist sides with teachers union over black clergy in school choice program lawsuit

    09/15/2014 6:15:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 9/10/14 | Marc Caputo
    Charlie Crist is siding with the teachers union — not African-American ministers — over a new lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the state’s major school-choice program..... Crist made his choice clear Wednesday when he refused to heed the request of a major Panhandle civil-rights leader, the Rev. H.K. Matthews, who asked the Democrat to “publicly denounce” a new teacher union-led lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the major school-choice program. “You cannot stay silent on this lawsuit,” Matthews wrote. “These families deserve to know if you support or oppose the lawsuit to evict 70,000 poor — and mostly minority — children...
  • Marco Rubio: Let’s Reject The Veiled Isolationism Of Obama And Clinton

    09/14/2014 9:38:46 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 14, 2014 | Marco Rubio
    Marco Rubio: Let’s Reject The Veiled Isolationism Of Obama And Clinton Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google PlusShare via EmailMore Options By Marco Rubio September 12 Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. President Obama’s call on Wednesday for the United States to lead an international military campaign in the Middle East has the potential to begin a departure from the isolationism that he and former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton have advocated during their years in office. There is a risk, however, that the...
  • Charlie Crist Campaign implodes in Morgan Drunken Tirade (video, strong language)

    09/07/2014 10:02:58 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 26 replies
    You Tube ^ | 9/4/14
  • FL:Criminal Offers to "Mow Lawn" if let go

    09/06/2014 4:43:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    When dealing with criminals, it is important to know that they cannot be trusted.  They lie.  If you are holding them at gunpoint, they are likely to tell you anything that they think will be to their advantage.   You might hear a sob story to the effect that they needed money for their children's shoes, or that this is the "first time" this ever happened.   An interesting example just occurred in Florida, where a burglary suspect offered to mow his victim's lawn.  From myfoxtampabay.com: Cihak saw Remley digging through his living room and then fired two shots after he...
  • Times poll: Rick Scott leads Charlie Crist, 41-36

    09/04/2014 7:01:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 9/4/14 | Adam C Smith
    Republican Gov. Rick Scott has opened up a 5-point lead over Democratic rival Charlie Crist as a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll finds Florida voters mostly optimistic about the state's economic direction but decidedly sour on their gubernatorial choices.....
  • FL: 89-Year-Old Wins Gunfight with Career Criminal

    08/28/2014 2:18:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A decorated WWII veteran, who never fired a shot while overseas, won a battle with a robber half his age on Saturday.   The hand to hand combat lasted until Arthur M. Lewis and the robber were both exhausted.   Lewis had shot the robber six times, four times in the chest, once in the arm and once in the wrist and leg.  Lewis himself was wounded with a graze to his left arm. Lewis' girlfriend says that people think of him as frail, but he is anything but frail. The alleged robber, Lennard Patrick Jervis, has been arrested...
  • FL:Legaly Blind, Homeowner Shoots Intruder who Cut Power

    08/28/2014 9:47:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Melchisedec Williams is 50 years old and legally blind.  He has no sight in his right eye, and only minor vision in his left, because of Glaucoma.  He took in his 15 year old nephew to try to help straighten the boy out after he got into trouble at his mother's house.   The nephew disappeared a week ago.  He was arrested last Sunday on a separate charge, the family reports.  From theglobaldispatch.com: Melchisedec Williams was woken up on Sunday night when he heard a crash and stomping. The 50-year-old man grabbed his gun, Tampa police said. The intruder, armed with only...
  • Big Bobcat Killed by Top Predator in Florida

    08/26/2014 6:02:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A Florida man demonstrated human' occupation of the top predator spot by shooting a big bobcat that had lost its fear of men.   The big cat was killing and eating a chicken a day for a month, and killed the last one just feet from the man  and his children. Florida Farm Where Bobcat Killed 30 Chickens From local10.com: "Saturday evening we were sitting in the hot tub and right there, you see the feather on the ground? The cat came out of nowhere, killed a chicken right in front of us, like 8 feet away. Just splattered blood...
  • (Tropical Storm)Cristobal Will Bring Rough Surf To US Eastern Beaches

    08/24/2014 2:55:23 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies
    Accuweather.com ^ | 8-24-2014 | Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist
    Kristina Pydynowski, Senior MeteorologistAugust 24, 2014 Tropical Storm Cristobal has taken shape and is expected to become a hurricane and impact the Atlantic beaches of the United States with hazardous conditions. Tropical Depression Four strengthened into Tropical Storm Cristobal at 6:20 a.m. EDT Sunday. Cristobal was churning near the southern Bahamas at that time. Cristobal is forecast to stay east of the U.S. this week. However the Atlantic coast will not be free of impacts from the tropical system. "Even if a tropical storm or hurricane was to stay east of the Atlantic coast of the U.S., a strong system...
  • Florida Judge Deals a Blow to Democrats on Districting

    08/22/2014 11:33:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    NYTimes ^ | August 22, 2014 | IZETTE ALVAREZ
    Florida Judge Deals a Blow to Democrats on Districting By LIZETTE ALVAREZ AUG. 22, 2014 MIAMI — In a blow to Florida Democrats, a state judge on Friday approved a slightly modified congressional map drawn by the Republican-dominated Legislature and decided that the 2014 election could proceed under the old map, which he had ruled unconstitutional. Two days after a sharply partisan hearing on the new map, Terry P. Lewis, a state judge in Leon County, concluded that the rejiggered boundaries for seven districts, while not perfect, “sufficiently” addressed his constitutional concerns. A coalition of Democratic-leaning voter rights groups had...
  • FL: Couple wins Gunfight with Intruder

    08/19/2014 3:32:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The  intruder broke in the back door, which had a deadbolt lock.  He then chased the wife, and started fighting with the husband, who was still in bed when he heard the wife's cries for help.   The intruder, Marquise Trevel  Yates, had a gun, but initially used it as a bludgeon.  It is unclear exactly how many guns were involved, or who fired how often.  From news4jax.com: According to the police report, Coker retrieved his personal firearm and exchanged gunfire with Yates. Coker's wife, Pam, also fired her personal handgun at Yates, who died at the scene. Later, this...
  • 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...
  • FL: Gun v. Car: Gun Wins

    08/14/2014 6:31:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Hummers are very capable vehicles, but like all machines, they are not more capable than  the people operating them.  In Fort Worth, Florida, a man spent all day drinking and getting a tattoo done.  When he decided to leave, he started driving erratically over the lawn and neighbors driveway.   When the lawn's owner started screaming, the neighbor grabbed a firearm of unidentified make and caliber/gauge. The neighbor fired one shot that deflated the front passenger tire; Gonzolez-Lopez backed up, then started toward them.   The neighbor then shot out the passenger side rear tire.   The Hummer driver retreated and drove...
  • 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...
  • 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,
  • 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.
  • Court rules Florida doctors may NOT harass patients about gun ownership

    08/06/2014 8:53:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 19 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/6/14 | Doug Book
    In 2011, the State of Florida passed a law popularly referred to as “Docs vs Glocks” which prevents doctors meddling in the gun ownership prerogatives of their patients. Why would such a statute be necessary? The following is a portion of a policy statement included on the website of the American Academy of Pediatrics: “Until handguns are banned, we recommend that handguns and handgun ammunition be regulated, that restrictions be placed on handgun ownership, and that the number of privately owned handguns be reduced. Firearms should be removed from the environments where children live and play …” Uppermost in the...
  • Jeb Bush quietly ramping up potential presidential bid

    08/06/2014 7:13:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 67 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/31/14 | Ian Mohr
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been traveling to New York in the past month to quietly meet with high-flying business leaders to ramp up interest in a potential presidential bid, sources tell Page Six. “He’s been meeting with groups of up to 15 people at private homes to tell them about some of his moderate points of view,” a source said.
  • AZ;FL;CT:Three Gun v. Knife Incidents in a Day

    08/05/2014 9:17:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Gun v. knife defenses are fairly common, but usually the person with the knife realizes that they are outclassed by someone with a gun, and runs away.   To have three such cases where the person with the knife is shot,  in one day, is uncommon.  It may mean that more self defense cases are being covered; it may simply be a statistical fluke. The most dangerous situation for a defender facing someone with a knife, is to not know that their opponent is armed until they are under assault.  The first case involves alleged defense of another in Phoenix,...
  • Suni Sands [FL], for a time:

    08/02/2014 5:52:29 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 6 replies
    tcpalm ^ | 7-31-14 | Kit Bradshaw
    They're older and live in one of Jupiter's most beautiful spots — Suni Sands. The community is 80 years old. Other parts of Jupiter are younger, and have been recognized by the Jupiter Town Council. But Suni Sands' 80-year-anniversary wasn't celebrated by anyone but those who live in this community of about 110 homes. RESIDENTS AWARE The residents of Suni Sands know that Charles Modica has purchased this mobile home community, the land under their mobile homes, and that their rent between $600 and $900 a month could end if and when Modica decides to develop the property. What they...
  • FL: Armed Citizen Prevents Carjacking

    07/31/2014 7:44:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An armed citizen in Bradentown, Florida stopped an attempted carjacking when he fired a round at his own vehicle during the attempt.   Apparently there were two suspects.  One was in another car.  When the victim showed that he was armed by firing a shot, one carjacker took off in another vehicle, abandoning his accomplice, who fled on foot.   From bradenton.com: The victim said he was carjacked at gunpoint while sitting in front of the CVS Pharmacy at 4302 Cortez Road at 4:26 a.m. Wednesday, according to a release. The victim said he obtained a gun and fired at...
  • Fla. mom arrested for allowing 7-year-old son to walk to park alone

    07/30/2014 6:13:49 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 77 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7-29-2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    "I honestly didn’t think I was doing anything wrong. I was letting him go play,” she told the station. As Dominic was passing by a public pool, lifeguards asked him where his mother was. “They asked me a couple questions, and I got scared so I ran off to the park and then they called the cops,” Dominic said. Police found the boy in the park playground playing with other children. He had a cellphone around his neck that was given to him by his mother, a police affidavit said. Police took the boy home and the mother was arrested...
  • Warm Water Sparks Flesh-Eating Disease Warning in Florida

    07/29/2014 11:36:50 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/29/14 | KATIE M
    Home> Health Warm Water Sparks Flesh-Eating Disease Warning in Florida Jul 29, 2014, 12:12 PM ET By KATIE MOISSE Katie Moisse More from Katie » Katie Moisse Health Editor via Good Morning America PHOTO: Crescent Beach in Sarasota, Fla. is pictured in this file photo. Florida Officials Warn About Deadly Bacteria in Water Next Video Flesh-Eating Bacteria Survivor Gets Service Dog Auto Start: On | Off Florida health officials are warning beachgoers about a seawater bacterium that can invade cuts and scrapes to cause flesh-eating disease. Vibrio vulnificus –- a cousin of the bacterium that causes Cholera –- thrives in...
  • Florida poll: Most back legal marijuana

    07/28/2014 4:56:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/28/14 | Jonathan Topaz
    A majority of Florida voters support legalization of recreational marijuana, a new poll says. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, 55 percent of Florida voters back legal possession of small amounts of recreational pot, compared with 41 percent who oppose it.
  • Federal court upholds Fla.'s docs vs. glocks law (good news)

    07/26/2014 11:02:57 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 33 replies
    WBTW News 13 ^ | 07/25/2014 | AP
    A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights. The ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta overturned a previous decision that had declared the law unconstitutional. An injunction blocking enforcement of the law is still in effect, however. By a 2-1 decision, the appeals court upheld the law as a protection of patient privacy rights and said that the limits imposed by it were...
  • (Florida) Rep. David Jolly backs same-sex marriage ruling

    07/22/2014 8:12:29 AM PDT · by rarestia · 19 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Staff
    U.S. Rep. David Jolly said Monday he supports the recent decision striking down a Florida gay marriage ban. A Republican, Jolly said that while he believes in traditional marriage because of his Christian faith, he also thinks government should support gay marriage. In an interview with partner newspaper the Tampa Bay Times, Jolly (R-Indian Shores) described himself as "a 41-year-old less-government conservative," and said same-sex marriage is "an issue of less government and personal liberty." During a Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 televised campaign debate earlier this year, Jolly was asked about the issue and said, "I believe God saw...
  • Daytona Beach father beats man he found raping child, police say

    07/18/2014 10:55:50 AM PDT · by magellan · 107 replies
    Daytona Beach News Journal ^ | July 18, 2014 | Patricio G. Balona
    DAYTONA BEACH — A Daytona Beach father who walked in on a man sexually battering his 11-year-old son Friday said he did what he had a right to do and beat the man unconscious leaving him in a puddle of blood, according to a 9-1-1 call. "I just walked in on a grown man molesting ...," the upset father told a dispatcher. "And I got him in a bloody puddle for you officer." Police responding to the Daytona Beach home at 1:07 a.m. Friday after the father called them found Raymond Frolander, 18, of Holly Hill lying motionless on the...
  • Florida State Surgeon General Letter to HHS Regarding Unaccompanied Children

    07/18/2014 9:56:11 AM PDT · by Politico2isBack · 72 replies
    Florida Department of Health ^ | July 18, 2014 | Dr. John H. Armstrong
    July 18, 2014 Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20201 Craig Fugate, Administrator Federal Emergency Management Agency U.S. Department of Homeland Security 500 C Street SW Washington, DC 20472 Secretary Burwell and Administrator Fugate: The Florida Department of Health has received unconfirmed reports that the federal government is bringing unaccompanied minors from the border to Florida today. On July 17, we received unconfirmed information that dozens of children were being brought by plane into Miami on Friday. This same day, ABC news reported that "the federal government is so...
  • ‘Do You Know Who the [edited] I Am?’ FL Cop Pulls over the Wrong Guy…

    07/17/2014 12:19:31 PM PDT · by blueplum · 40 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | July 15, 2014 7:38pm | Josh Feldman
    A Miami cop pulled someone over last month on a routine traffic stop, but the ensuing mess resulted in an internal investigation because it turns out the man this police officer pulled over was actually a higher-ranking officer in the same police department. Officer Marcel Jackson pulled over Lieutenant David Ramras and things got intense really quickly. In a video captured on Jackson’s GoPro camera, you can see them fighting and Jackson forcing Ramras to the ground. Other officers nearby run up to....(video at link)
  • Florida Reaction to same sex ruling

    07/17/2014 12:35:33 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 7/17/14 | Alex Leary
    Attorney General Pam Bondi said she would appeal, and spokeswoman says: "With many similar cases pending throughout the entire country, finality on this constitutional issue must come from the U.S. Supreme Court." Sen. Bill Nelson: "We’ll see whether the state appeals. Meantime, as I’ve said, I believe it's wrong to discriminate against any class of people including on civil marriage.” Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist: "Today was a great step towards equality in Florida. It is my hope that Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi will accept the decision of the judge and allow all Florida adults to marry...