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  • New Florida Poll – Donald Trump Increases Lead and Strongly Beating Hillary Clinton...

    01/20/2016 1:45:18 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 42 replies
    Conservative Tree House ^ | January 20, 2016 | by Sundance
    A new Florida FAU poll (full pdf below) shows candidate Donald Trump extending his lead and nearing the 50% threshold. At 48% Trump has increased his lead by 11 points since the same poll was conducted a month ago.
  • Numbers add up to 2016 presidential battleground in Florida

    07/31/2015 10:27:37 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | January 18, 2015 | Anthony Man
    Florida's rapidly changing population mix, deeply divided electorate and rank as the third most populous state in the nation could give Sunshine State voters the clout to decide who will win the presidency in 2016. As the closest swing state in the country, Florida's 29 electoral votes are a huge prize that represent more than 10 percent of the total needed to win the presidency. And that means the state's voters can look forward to everything that comes with a sizzling hot presidential election contest: months of wall-to-wall ads on TV; candidates, family members and political friends courting every possible...
  • 2 Teens missing off Jupiter

    07/26/2015 7:37:46 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 101 replies
    lid time ^ | 7-24-15 | Alex Crown
    Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are searching for two missing 14-year-old boys in the vicinity of Jupiter. Austin Stephanos (left) and Perry Cohen (right), both 14, were reported missing after not returning from a fishing trip on Friday off the coast of Jupiter, Florida. They were last seen at approximately 1:30 p.m after purchasing $110 worth of fuel. Officials received a report that the boys had disappeared at about 5 p.m. after they didn’t return to shore at the expected time. The Coast Guard had covered about 5,300-square nautical miles by Saturday morning. The Palm Bay Sheriff’s Office is also providing...
  • IMPORTANT GOP House Primary Races: And How You Can Help (South & Midwest)

    05/15/2014 1:52:48 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 80 replies
    THIS IS FOR THE SOUTH AND MIDWEST (NORTHEAST, WEST, AND CALIFORNIA are in separate threads and updates are coming, see links below) This is an update of previous threads. There are numerous important House Primary Races! And places where we can WIN! PLEASE contribute! And if you can't contribute money ... the least we can do is go to their pages and give them a "like" or a tweet. All of these candidates are involved in primaries that are close (or could be close) against generally more moderate or liberal Republicans. All of these districts are winnable in November. Georgia:...
  • Watch: Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton blasts home run into stratosphere

    04/05/2014 6:36:38 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 21 replies
    SI ^ | 4-4-14 | Gabriel Baumgaertner
    Eric Stults likely regrets leaving a lifeless 89 mph fastball right below Giancarlo Stanton’s belt and over the middle of the plate. Stanton’s mammoth blasts aren’t too surprising anymore, but this shot still doesn’t have a clear landing point, or not one we can find. Perhaps the ball was reduced to smithereens. Perhaps it extended beyond the atmosphere into orbit.
  • FL-13 A Bigger Defeat Than Advertised

    03/14/2014 4:25:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 14, 2014 | Ross Kaminsky
    "............David Jolly was nearly abandoned by the Republican Party — apparently all too willing to reconstitute a circular firing squad. A Politico article less than a week before the election (probably designed to help Alex Sink) offered this pearl of political reporting: Over the past week, a half-dozen Washington Republicans have described Jolly’s campaign against Democrat Alex Sink as a Keystone Cops operation, marked by inept fundraising, top advisers stationed hundreds of miles away from the district in the state capital and the poor optics of a just-divorced, 41-year-old candidate accompanied on the campaign trail by a girlfriend 14 years...
  • Top insurer warns that Obamacare enrollment mix worse than expected [Humana, Medicare Advantage]

    01/10/2014 11:34:48 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 99 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 10, 2014 | Philip Klein
    Humana Inc., the nation's fourth-largest health insurer by market share, warned Thursday that the risk pool of applicants for insurance through President Obama's health care law would be worse than previously expected. Ever since the botched rollout of the health care law's exchanges in October, the policy community has been eager to know more about the mix of individuals signing up for insurance through the law. Because the law forces insurers to cover those with pre-existing conditions, insurers need to attract a critical mass of young and healthy individuals with lower medical costs into the exchanges to offset the cost....
  • Brit Hume: I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rubio vote against final immigration bill

    05/17/2013 2:28:01 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 17, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume warned Friday that the “Gang of Eight” efforts to pass immigration reform could be in trouble not only in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, but also in the Democratic-controlled Senate as well. Hume said by rejecting all efforts to beef up border enforcement, the bill was being condemned to “a death sentence.” “I think the bill is in trouble,” he said on Laura Ingraham’s radio program, “And it would in trouble whether they had a gang in the House or not, and will continue to be in trouble unless or until the enforcement...
  • President Obama declares parts of Florida a disaster area for damage in Tropical Storm Isaac

    10/18/2012 11:30:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | October 19, 2012 | staff
    President Obama on Thursday declared 11 Florida counties a disaster area for damage sustained in August from Tropical Storm Isaac. The declaration makes federal funding available to state and local governments. In September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency refused Gov. Rick Scott's request for a presidential declaration of disaster for damages caused by Isaac. FEMA director Craig Fugate... basically argued that Florida could handle the costs on its own. ....It was unclear late Thursday why the decision about the declaration was reversed...
  • Florida justice warns of assault on the courts ‘through partisan politics’

    09/25/2012 1:39:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 24, 2012 | Mary Ellen Klas
    As the secretive campaign against the three Florida Supreme Court justices up for merit retention took shape Monday, one of the targeted justices warned that the future of the state’s independent judiciary was under threat. "This is the most stressful time I’ve ever experienced in my life,’’ said Justice R. Fred Lewis at a meeting of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. “There is an entire branch of government to protect and defend. We cannot sacrifice fairness and impartiality and the court system to political whims." Lewis’ remarks came three days after the Republican Party of Florida announced it will oppose...
  • Boy Scouts find small child's skull in lake they were cleaning

    01/31/2012 12:46:46 PM PST · by Charlespg · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6:05 PM on 31st January 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A human skull found by two teenage Boy Scouts in a lake has sparked off a police investigation - who believe it may belong to a small child. Hollywood police say divers spent Monday morning searching Oak Lake Park, looking for bones and other evidence. Spokeswoman Lt Diana Pereira says that so far they haven't found anything after the two 15-year-olds found the skull over the weekend.
  • Maine GOP Begins Caucusing Saturday (1/28)

    01/25/2012 9:53:46 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Frontloading HQ ^ | 01/25//2012
    As it turns out, Maine Republicans in a few towns will caucus this Saturday (January 28). The original plan I spoke with the Maine Republican Party about back in September revolved around the idea of holding caucuses within a window from February 4 and February 11 with a big reveal on that final date. That is still mostly true as most of the caucus venues will hold party meetings within that window. However, there are a few caucuses that branch out quite far from those two bookend dates. The collective caucus Lincoln, Lowell, Burlington, Chester, Enfield, Winn and Howland will...
  • Seven questions for Barack Obama

    09/10/2010 6:47:54 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 8 replies · 1+ views ^ | 9/10/10 4:30 AM EDT | JOSH GERSTEIN
    Obama heads to a formal news conference Friday morning to cap off a week of events highlighting his efforts to invigorate the economy. SNIP 1. You’ve defended the constitutional right of Muslims to build a mosque two blocks from ground zero in New York, even though its deeply offensive to some 9/11 families. The Rev. Terry Jones in Florida has suggested he too has a constitutional right to burn the Quran to send a message, yet you’ve implored him not to – because it will anger and offend some Muslims. Do you worry some Americans might question why you don’t...
  • Mom Suing After (her) Wet T-Shirt Leads to Arrest at Fla. Splash Park

    08/06/2010 5:28:06 PM PDT · by llevrok · 36 replies · 2+ views
    A central Florida woman who was arrested after her shirt got wet at a kiddie splash park in Tavares is suing the city for violating her rights, the woman's attorney told AOL News. "We are trying to vindicate her [and] establish [that] what was done to her was unconstitutional and wrong," said civil rights attorney Howard S. Marks. The incident that provoked the lawsuit occurred in April when Janet Lovett and her husband took their 7-year-old son, who is autistic, to the Children's Splash Park in Tavares. While she was in the park, Lovett was splashed by water, which soaked...
  • Jeb Bush endorses Marco Rubio in Fla. Senate race

    05/05/2010 4:21:33 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 16 replies · 755+ views
    hosted ^ | May 5
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is endorsing Marco Rubio's campaign for U.S. Senate.
  • Bobcat Cubs Milk Attention From Adopted Moms

    05/01/2010 6:05:50 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 38 replies · 1,169+ views
    aolnews ^ | April 30
    Two separate groups of bobcat babies are really milking the attention they're getting from their adopted moms. In Tampa, Fla., three bobcat kittens, whose mother was killed by a hunter in Alabama, are being nursed by a domestic cat named Bobbi, whose own babies recently jumped to solid food. If that isn't strange enough, a similar case is occurring in Columbia, S.C., where three other bobcat babies are being nursed by a domestic tabby named Zoe, after they were orphaned when the abandoned house they were living under was demolished.
  • Whale trainer's death jars safe world of adventure

    02/28/2010 12:28:48 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 1,122+ views
    hosted ^ | 2 hours ago | TAMARA LUSH
    ORLANDO, Fla. — It is billed as a leisurely boat tour. The shark surfaces, its fin slicing through the water. The boat's captain, armed with a grenade launcher, blasts away at the bloodthirsty monster. Nearby gas lines explode and a column of fire erupts into the blue sky. We feel the heat from the flames, hear the shark's body churning in the water. A child hides her face in the crook of her mother's arm and whimpers as chilly water sprays everyone on the boat. Of course, it isn't real. It's the "Jaws" ride at Universal Studios in Orlando, an...
  • Planes Train Endangered Cranes To Migrate

    01/23/2010 6:42:38 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 31 replies · 1,219+ views
    npr. ^ | January 23,
    As the early-morning fog cleared at the Dunnellon airport in Marion County, Fla., and the temperatures slowly rose, 8-year-old Edon Palchar waited with his family to see whooping cranes for the very first time. The cranes, guided by an ultralight aircraft, were on their way to their winter homes at a wildlife refuge in Florida this week. Experts say there are only 350 of these rare birds left in the world. Their arrival is becoming an annual spectacle that draws thousands of bird lovers. Watching Live And On The Web For Edon Palchar, the coolest thing about the cranes is...
  • Dog banned from Gulf coast store

    12/04/2009 4:02:53 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 18 replies · 851+ views
    miamiherald ^ | 12.04.09
    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A state health inspector says a dog familiar to many regular customers at a Gulf coast gas station will no longer be able to join his owner at work. The Clearwater BP station's owner, Karim Mansour, received a warning from the Florida Department of Health on Thursday, informing him that Cody would have to go or all of the store's food - mostly bottled soda, candy and other snacks - would be declared unfit for consumption.
  • Retirement community wants girl, 6, gone

    10/22/2009 5:38:34 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 162 replies · 2,783+ views
    upi ^ | Oct. 22, 2009 a
    PINELLAS PARK, Fla.- A Florida couple said the homeowners association of their retirement community is trying to evict their 6-year-old granddaughter. Jimmy and Judie Stottler of Pinellas Park said their granddaughter, Kimberly, came to live with them as an infant when authorities took her away from her drug-abusing mother, WSTP-TV, St. Petersburg, Fla., reported Thursday. The girl has stayed with her grandparents in the retirement community since, even though the community's rules don't allow children. The couple said the homeowners association is now pressuring them to comply with the ban on children, but they are unable to move because they...
  • 7-Foot-3 Rattlesnake Caught, Killed

    09/30/2009 11:08:20 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 74 replies · 8,885+ views
    news4jax. ^ | September 30, 2009
    Giant Rattlesnake Slithers Its Way Into St. Augustine Townhouse Community ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The trappers who caught and killed a giant rattlesnake in St. Johns County said the snake was 7 feet 3 inches long. Experts said it's one of the biggest rattlesnakes they've ever seen. The rattlesnake slithered its way into Tuscany Village, a St. Augustine townhouse community, over the weekend. Someone spotted the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, now being called Rattzilla, near homes off State Road 16 and Interstate 95 and called police. Police then called Brandon Booth, a professional trapper. Booth said that when he pulled up,...
  • Green light UFO videotaped over Boca Raton

    07/10/2009 7:20:48 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 27 replies · 1,731+ views
    July 10, | Roger Marsh
    A green light UFO was spotted July 6 by multiple witnesses over Boca Raton, Florida, according to witness reports filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. One witness said it was "a green glowing diamond shaped object, about 100ft above us, floating"
  • U.S. Shark Attack Capital Named

    06/11/2009 11:52:21 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 7 replies · 710+ views
    livescience ^ | 5 June 2009 | Robert Roy Britt
    The shark attack capital of the United States is New Smyrna, Fla., sort of, according to the International Shark Attack File. The beach is in a county that has logged 210 attacks on humans. No. 2 is North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii and Long Beach Island in New Jersey gets the No. 3 spot. Truth is, shark attacks are rare (learn how to avoid them). Globally there are a few dozen a year, with 4 deaths last year. In Florida, there were 32 in 2008 and the same number in 2007, with no fatalities. The overall number of attacks had risen...
  • Reward [$12,500] offered for information on dead cats

    06/05/2009 7:26:19 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 23 replies · 741+ views
    miamiherald. ^ | 06.05.09
    LAUDERHILL, Fla. -- Another reward is being offered for information that will help authorities figure out who or what is killing cats across South Florida. The Clydey Foundation Inc., a Miami-based nonprofit group, says it will give a $5,000 reward for information on the slaughtered cats, whose mutilated bodies have been found in Miami-Dade County and nearby Lauderhill. Organizations and private donors have also raised a $7,500 reward for information on the Miami-Dade cases, which have occurred around the Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay neighborhoods. Local officials and police say more than a dozen dead cats have been reported this...
  • Bradenton, Fla. last minute Tea Party

    04/15/2009 5:13:20 PM PDT · by ThreePuttinDude · 30 replies · 1,218+ views ^ | 4-15-2009 | TPD
    A TeaParty in Bradenton Fla. was put together in a hurry. The owners of a local citrus company let us use their facility for the get together. We had speakers from local citizens to politians from local and state organizations. The best part of the whole event had to be the kids that will be featured below. The kids seemed to be as excited as the parents that dressed them up. Fun was had by all, and the event was uplifting for all that I could see. Pictures below:
  • Chief: Man In KKK Photos Was Police Officer

    02/08/2009 1:57:22 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 45 replies · 4,118+ views
    msnbc ^ | Sun., Feb. 8, 2009
    FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. - A local sheriff's office said Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers and photos ended up in his mailbox.The sheriff said one of the men seen in it was a police officer.The photo sparked an internal investigation by the Fruitland Park Police Department, and now one of its officers has resigned in the wake of the allegations.The first complaint surfaced three weeks ago, when the Sumter County Sheriff's Office said someone was putting up KKK recruitment fliers around town.Investigators said a post office box connected to the fliers came back to Fruitland Park police Officer James Elkins.
  • Man held in Fla. on charge of threatening Obama

    08/07/2008 1:18:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies · 346+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8-7-08 | CURT ANDERSON
    MIAMI - A man is being held in Florida by federal authorities on charges of threatening to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. ADVERTISEMENT Raymond Hunter Geisel was ordered held without bail Thursday at a brief court hearing. The Secret Service says Geisel made the threat during a training class for bail bondsmen in Miami in late July.
  • The Ultimate, Inside Baseball – the 2008 Democrat Convention

    04/19/2008 8:05:01 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 18 replies · 121+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 19 April 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    You may be unfamiliar with the website, Politico. It is popular on the Internet, but only with political junkies. People who want to read stories about the inside baseball of politics, the little steps behind the scenes which wind up controlling the visible, public results. If you find that subject as dull as ditch water, skip this column. Otherwise, read on. Today (19 April) Politico ran an article by Avi Zenilman, entitled “The Dean 25 could decide Clinton's fate.” The article points out that the Credentials Committee of the Democrat National Convention will first get the issues of seating the...
  • Kids try to rob cop shop

    03/15/2008 9:02:03 AM PDT · by RDTF · 17 replies · 902+ views
    cnn ^ | March 15, 2008 | Bob Kaple WPBF
    video at link
  • FBI raid shutters Medicare insurer (WellCare - formerly owned by George Soros)

    10/25/2007 7:52:37 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 543 replies · 4,035+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 10/25/07 | Kris Hundley
    For the past two years, analysts have been asking how fast-growing WellCare Health Plans of Tampa has been able to make so much money running government health plans for the poor and elderly. Now government investigators may be asking the same thing. On a rainy Wednesday morning, more than 200 federal and state agents swarmed WellCare's campus on Henderson Road in Tampa, forcing employees onto the sidewalk and into their cars. Steven Meitzen, 51, who arrived at WellCare about 9:40 a.m. for a job interview, said he was initially told it was a bomb scare. "Later on, I talked to...
  • Seminole Tribe of Fla. buying Hard Rock

    12/07/2006 6:48:21 AM PST · by presidio9 · 15 replies · 709+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/07/06 | ROBERT BARR
    The Seminole Tribe of Florida is buying the Hard Rock business, including its massive collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia, in a $965 million deal with British casino and hotel company Rank Group PLC, the tribe announced Thursday. The Hard Rock business includes 124 Hard Rock Cafes, four Hard Rock Hotels, two Hard Rock Casino Hotels, two Hard Rock Live! concert venues, and stakes in three unbranded hotels. With it, the tribe acquires what is said to be the world's largest collection of rock memorabilia, some 70,000 pieces including Jimi Hendrix's Flying V guitar, one of Madonna's bustiers, a pair...
  • Birders Excited About Woodpecker Sightings (Ivory Bill - Florida)

    09/26/2006 5:35:56 AM PDT · by blam · 68 replies · 2,551+ views
    Press Register ^ | 9-26-2006 | Bill Finch
    Birders excited about woodpecker sightings Tuesday, September 26, 2006 By BILL FINCH Environment Editor Auburn University researchers published evidence today of what some are describing as an ivory-bill woodpecker "Shangri-La" in the Florida Panhandle, a couple of hours east of Mobile. Researchers said they've had 13 sightings of the ivory bill, long thought to be extinct, and have recorded some 300 distinctive calls and sounds associated with the giant woodpecker, the largest in the United States and a virtual Holy Grail for many birders. The last clear photographs of the bird -- and uncontested proof of its existence -- date...
  • Harris Wins Fla. GOP Senate Nomination

    09/05/2006 9:07:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 70 replies · 1,286+ views
    My Way News ^ | Sep 5, 10:52 PM (ET) | STEVEN WINE
    MIAMI (AP) - U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris overcame a campaign ridiculed even by her own party to easily claim the GOP nomination for the Senate on Tuesday, and Rep. Jim Davis held a narrow lead in the race for the Democratic nomination to succeed popular Gov. Jeb Bush. Harris next faces an uphill battle against the Democratic incumbent, Sen. Bill Nelson, who had no primary challenger. With 62 percent of the precincts reporting, Davis led state Sen. Rod Smith 46 percent to 42 percent. The winner will face Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist, who claimed the Republican nomination to replace...
  • 6-Year-Old Fla. Girl Charged With Felony For Kicking Teacher's Aide

    05/31/2006 10:41:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies · 782+ views ^ | May 31, 2006 | Staff
    NAPLES, Fla. -- A 6-year-old special education student who kicked a Naples teacher's aide and spent several hous in juvenile jail is facing felony battery charges. Her mother, however, wants to know why the case has gone so far. Takovia Allen suffers from behavioral problems and attends a special class at Lely Elementary in Naples. According to an arrest report, on May 2, a teacher was trying to line up students to go to music class. Takovia refused to go and kicked the teacher's aide in the ankle. After a discussion among school officials and two law enforcement officials called...
  • Woman Shoots Gator That Attacks Her Dog ( "Hunting Citation" Inside her Home )

    05/17/2006 8:16:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies · 1,114+ views
    (AP) ^ | May 17, 2006 | (AP)
    A woman has shot an alligator that came into her home and attacked her dog. When the reptile came into the lanai of her home east of Bradenton Saturday and attacked her golden retriever, Frey went and got her gun. After Frey and her daughter managed to push the gator out of the lanai through the dog door, she blasted away at it four times. The alligator barely bled from gunshots to the neck and shoulder, Frey said, and wildlife officer put it back in the lake. The deputy gave Frey a warning citation for hunting without a license.
  • Florida dike may not survive next hurricane

    05/03/2006 9:07:07 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 58 replies · 1,522+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | May 3, 2006 | associated press
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The dike keeping the nation's second-largest lake from overflowing has a high chance of failing in the event of another hurricane and poses "a grave and imminent danger," according to a state-hired panel of engineering experts. Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday he was worried about the report, which noted that the dike has a one in six chance of being breached in the event of a hurricane. Bush said he would discuss the findings, issued late Monday, in a meeting Tuesday with Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff and R. David Paulison, head of the Federal Emergency Management...
  • Lakeland, Fla., Marine survives the kill zone of roadside bomb

    04/04/2006 5:49:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 456+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Apr 3, 2006 | Cpl. Mark Sixbey
    CAMP MERCURY, Iraq (April 3, 2006) -- Lance Cpl. Jason Willis has a new look on life after recovering from injuries he incurred just over a month ago. While driving a seven-ton truck on a late-night re-supply mission in late February, the heavy equipment operator attached to Headquarters and Support Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, was struck by an improvised explosive device. “I remember it quite well,” said the 23-year-old from Lakeland, Fla. “It went off right next to my door and blew it in three spots, through the window, gun port and through the floorboard.” At first he...
  • Fla. Bill Would Give Dogs a Place at Table

    02/24/2006 2:12:05 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 76 replies · 1,118+ views ^ | 2 24 06 | DAVID ROYSE
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Some Florida cities would like to throw a dog a bone _ or maybe a burger and some fries. Dogs would be able to sit with humans at outdoor restaurant tables in some communities under a measure advancing in the Florida Legislature. The bill, approved by a House committee Wednesday, would create a three-year test program to allow cities to grant restaurants that want to host dogs special permission to do so under certain conditions. Rep. Sheri McInvale, an Orlando Republican, filed the bill after some restaurant owners complained because they were threatened with fines for allowing...
  • Mayoral Candidate's Signs Urge Voters To 'Vote Gay'

    02/20/2006 11:03:28 PM PST · by presidio9 · 21 replies · 979+ views
    NBC 6 South Florida ^ | February 20, 2006
    A Wilton Manors mayoral candidate has posted somewhat controversial campaign signs in an effort to attract gay voters. The signs for candidate Seth Solomon say, "Vote! Gay! Vote!" and they're drawing a lot of attention. "I think it's wrong to be putting anything prejudicial on signs, and discriminatory," said Melissa Vojtik, vice president of the Dolphin Democratic Club, a gay and lesbian political group, which supports incumbent Mayor Scott Newton. NBC 6's Nick Bogert reported that Wilton Manors' gay voter population is substantial, perhaps 30 or 40 percent. Solomon said he hoped the signs would prompt coverage of his low-budget...
  • Children Decide To Forgo Trip Rather Than Sell Unhealthy Candy (PC Alert)

    02/06/2006 5:53:01 AM PST · by Cagey · 75 replies · 1,415+ views
    WFTV-NEWS ^ | 2-3-2006
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- For more than a year, some children at North Side Elementary School learned about the health dangers posed by candy and empty snacks. So when Monique Manigat's gifted class of fourth- and fifth-graders was asked to sell chocolate bars, potato chips and hard candy to fund class trips, the 19 children decided that would be hypocritical and refused. "If they tell us to don't eat junk food and then after school we sell it, that disobeys what they said," said Daphnie Auguste, the 10-year-old ringleader. She hasn't raised one dollar toward her personal $455 goal. "I'm...
  • Experience pays off for Destin, Fla., native

    01/24/2006 3:31:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 285+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 24, 2006 | Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Zahn
    FALLUJAH, Iraq (Jan. 24, 2006) -- “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror; I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do,” Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote. For one Marine, past experiences have developed him into a capable team leader. Drawing on what Marines he served under taught him, Lance Cpl. Jeffrey M. Roberts, a 21-year-old Destin, Fla., native, has become a team leader for...
  • Anti-nude law KOd by Fla. court

    01/22/2006 8:46:23 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 34 replies · 876+ views ^ | 1 22 06 | DAYTONA BEACH
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Let's get naked! A federal judge struck down Daytona Beach's anti-nudity laws, saying they're unconstitutional. Regulations prohibiting public nudity and nudity in places that sell alcohol violate the First and 14th amendments' protections of free speech and equal protection, the judge decided. Daytona Beach also failed to prove its claim that adult nightclubs create secondary negative impacts on levels of crime, prostitution and illegal drug activity in neighborhoods, the judge wrote. "We won on every single issue," said Daniel Aaronson, a lawyer representing Lollipops Gentleman's Club in its federal lawsuit. Public nudity has been an issue...
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native keeps Division rolling in Iraq

    01/10/2006 4:02:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 280+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 10, 2005 | Sgt. Ryan S. Scranton
    CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq (Jan. 10, 2006) -- When Lance Cpl. Paul E. Harden was told he would be leaving for Iraq with Truck Company from the Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, he didn’t know what to think. He was young, enthusiastic and relatively new to the Marine Corps. The only images he could conjure up were those of the resulting damage left behind after the battle for Fallujah in November of 2004. When the 21-year-old, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native and motor-transport mechanic got here in February last year, he was surprised. Instead of demolished buildings and a...
  • Three Clearwater, Fla. natives from same high school together in Iraq

    09/20/2005 10:38:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 293+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sep 20, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Lucian Friel
    CAMP AL QA’IM, Iraq (Sept. 20, 2005) -- Some people say the Marine Corps is a small community in a small world. Three Clearwater, Fla., natives who live less than five minutes from each other are proof of that theory. Sergeant Chris Whitman, 23, Cpl. Matt Orth, 22, and Lance Cpl. Benjamin Hallstrom, 22, are all deployed here with the same unit, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. The three Marines are all graduates of Clearwater High School; Whitman in 2000, Hallstrom in 2001 and Orth in 2002. Whitman and Orth were in Junior Marine Corps Reserve Officer Training Corps together...
  • DNA frees Florida man after 26 years (prosecutor-Janet Reno)

    08/04/2005 11:30:11 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 26 replies · 1,461+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | August 4, 2005 | Associated Press
    MIAMI -- A man who spent 26 years behind bars as Florida's "Bird Road Rapist" was released from prison Wednesday after DNA evidence cleared him in two of the attacks and cast doubt on whether he was responsible for any of the crimes. "Victory," 67-year-old Luis Diaz said as he walked out of the courthouse a free man. He said he planned to spend time with his family, was not bitter about the time he lost and didn't blame prosecutors. "They did their job. You have to respect that," he said later at a news conference. Payment for his years...

    11/02/2004 9:17:40 PM PST · by crushelits · 33 replies · 170+ views
    crushelits ^ | November 2, 2004 | crushelis
    Fox's Cameron says: KERY CAMP CONCEDES FLORIDA
  • White House Race Coming Down to Fla., Ohio

    11/02/2004 8:06:56 PM PST · by 4kevin · 36 replies · 203+ views
    AP ^ | 11.02.04
    President Bush and challenger John Kerry traded early swing-state victories Tuesday night, a tension-packed conclusion to a race for the ages fought out over Iraq, the economy and terrorism. With results coming in from Connecticut to Colorado, the race remained wide open. The candidates sweated out a long night of vote counting and excruciating Electoral College math: It was too close to call in Ohio and Florida, with a combined 47 electoral votes out of the coveted total of 270. Kerry won the battleground state of Pennsylvania, worth 21 electoral votes. Among the other battlegrounds, Bush won West Virginia's five...
  • Local News Anchor Charged With Prostitution

    10/18/2004 6:42:57 AM PDT · by KidGlock · 84 replies · 6,184+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/18/04
    Local News Anchor Charged With Prostitution Fri Oct 15, 5:09 PM ET Local - WJXT A local television news anchor was arrested on prostitution charges Thursday. Darryl Tardy was arrested at Westside Regional Park. Police said the arrest was part of their normal undercover work to eradicate prostitution. Officers said they chose the park because of complaints from nearby residents. It has also been the site of prior prostitution arrests. According to a police report, Tardy asked an undercover officer if he was a cop and demanded that he prove that he was not. Tardy was reportedly arrested after...
  • Absentee ballots' errors total 2% (Palm Beach voter alert!)

    08/30/2004 5:42:25 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 639+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 8/29/04 | Deana Poole
    Here we go again. Four years after the 2000 election fiasco, Palm Beach County's three-member canvassing board will meet Monday to determine the intent of about 300 absentee voters who incorrectly filled out their broken-arrow primary election ballots. The canvassing board also will look at about 180 absentee ballots where voters either failed to sign ballot envelopes or whose signature differed from the one on file with the Supervisor of Elections Office. In total, the questionable ballots make up about 2 percent of the 23,395 absentee ballots the elections office had received by Saturday, three days before Tuesday's primary election....
  • Young in Florida Dangle from Meat Hooks, for Fun

    07/18/2004 4:03:10 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 44 replies · 2,421+ views
    miami(reuters) ^ | 7/18/04 | reuters
    MIAMI (Reuters) - Law enforcement officials in the Florida Keys are mystified by a bizarre new pastime -- young people dangling themselves from meat hooks on a popular sandbar.