Thursday, April 20, 2017

Florida Senate backs bill on beer sponsorship at theme parks

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Beer companies would be allowed to sponsor events and participate in other "cooperative" advertising with major Florida theme parks under a bill approved by the Senate on Wednesday. The legislation (SB 388) would let beer manufacturers participate in up to 25 events or promotions each year at theme parks that...

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Florida wildlife officials put black bear hunt on hold for at least 2 years

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 7:43 AM

State game commissioners agreed Wednesday not to hold a bear hunt for at least two years, over the objections of hunters who decried the delay as giving in to "bleeding hearts." The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, after more than four hours of emotional testimony from hunters and animal-rights...

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Miami senator apologizes for racist, sexist tirade but remains under fire

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 7:38 PM

A firestorm continued to swell Wednesday over racially tinged and expletive-laced remarks Sen. Frank Artiles hurled this week, as demands for the Miami Republican's ouster grew and Senate leaders appointed a special master to investigate whether he should be sanctioned. Artiles berated Sen. Audrey Gibson, a black Democrat from Jacksonville,...

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Sheriff's Office investigating noose mailed to State Attorney Aramis Ayala

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 12:15 PM

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating a noose mailed to the office of Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala after she announced she wouldn't pursue the death penalty under her administration. Records show Eric Edwards, chief investigator for Ayala's office, contacted deputies with the Sheriff's court security division on March...

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Florida tennis match interrupted with loud sex noises

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 11:34 AM

Yesterday's tennis match between Frances Tiafoe and Mitchell Krueger at the Sarasota Open was interrupted with loud sounds of people having sex. The sex noises can be heard at around 15 seconds into the video above, and then again around the 1:50 mark. It's unclear whether the noises were coming from nearby,...

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Here's the design you all decided on for the next official Orlando flag

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 11:04 AM

Orlando's city flag is getting a much needed facelift, and the results are in, at least for the popular vote. With 1,474 votes tallied, the leading design was a flag that features a white "O" shaped as both a rainbow and a reflection in the water, with a light blue Lake...

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Decades after being falsely accused of rape, Groveland Four get apology from House

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Six decades later, Carol Greenlee can still remember visiting her father when she was a young girl. "I'm the child that went to the prison one Sunday with my mother, and my daddy kissed me on the head and said, 'Don't bring her back no more. It's too hard,' "...

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Florida lawmakers would prohibit smoking medical marijuana in compromise

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 12:21 AM

Florida patients may be able to vape or munch on medical-marijuana products but they almost certainly won't be allowed to light up joints or take bong hits, under a compromise being worked on by House and Senate leaders. Lawmakers are trying to reach consensus on a proposal to carry out...

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Miami senator curses at black colleague, uses racial slur against fellow Republicans

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 12:06 AM

Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, is expected to publicly apologize Wednesday morning for a tirade at a club that included making derogatory comments about a fellow senator and using a racial slur, Senate President Joe Negron said late Tuesday. The apology will come after news reports about Artiles berating Sen. Audrey...

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

State Attorney Aramis Ayala says a noose was sent to her office

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 2:44 PM

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala says a noose was sent to her office after she announced last month that she wouldn't seek the death penalty for cases during her tenure. Ayala made the remarks last week to host Paul Porter during a radio interview on WHPB 98.5 The Wire,...

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