Sunday, October 20, 2019

Judge rules Florida cannot deny felons their voting rights if they're unable to pay financial obligations

Posted By on Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 3:37 PM

In a battle about a constitutional amendment passed last November, a federal judge said Friday that Florida cannot deny the right to vote to felons who have served their sentences but are “genuinely unable” to pay legal financial obligations. The ruling, however, was only a partial victory for voting-rights...

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Orlando's new crosswalk art will have you seeing swans in Thornton Park

Posted By on Sat, Oct 19, 2019 at 2:34 PM

The City of Orlando posted a photo of their new crosswalk artwork in Thornton Park on Friday, and it's really something. The design evokes Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher's hypnotic, alternating patterns, with interlocked black and white swans. It's pretty damn cool to look at, but is it...

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announces official unemployment rate dropped to 3.2%

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 12:40 PM

Florida's unemployment rate ticked down to 3.2 percent in September, the state reported Friday. The rate, down from 3.3 percent in August, represented an estimated 336,000 Floridians out of work from a workforce of 10.4 million, according to numbers released by the state Department of Economic Opportunity. The seasonally...

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Florida House starts looking for money to raise teacher starting pay to $47,000

Posted By and on Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 10:17 AM

A House education panel on Thursday began delving into the issue of raising teacher pay, with a key lawmaker saying that while "everything is on the table," the panel still needs to figure out where the money would come from. Rep. Chris Latvala, a Clearwater Republican who chairs the...

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Florida kids are smoking less tobacco but vaping more, which is also pretty stupid

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 5:04 PM

The use of tobacco products among Florida’s youth is at an all-time low, but that good news is offset by significant increases in the number of children who vape, a state advisory panel was told Thursday. The results of the 2019 Florida Youth Tobacco survey of 10,844 high-school and...

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Shirtless Florida man removes 9-foot alligator from swimming pool

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 2:42 PM

A large gator was removed from a homeowner’s pool Tuesday by a shirtless Florida man. A video uploaded to social media, shows alligator trapper Paul Bedard wearing a bandana, goggles and a snug swimming-suit while removing an 8-foot, 8-inch gator from a pool in Parkland, Florida. “The gator had...

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Despite ethics violation, Trump will hold upcoming G7 Summit at his own personal Florida golf course

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 1:39 PM

Update, 3:45 p.m. | Gov. Ron DeSantis, predictably, has tweeted his support for the location. Today, the White House announced that the president will publicly host the next G7 Summit at his own private resort and golf course in Florida, which will certainly result in yet another blatant ethics violation....

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State Sen. Linda Stewart wants Floridians to know she does not oppose sunscreen

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 12:51 PM

Democratic state Sen. Linda Stewart is defending legislation that would prohibit the use of sunscreen containing chemicals found harmful to coral reefs. "A number of recent media reports have mischaracterized SB 318, relating to the Sale of Sunscreen by Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando)," says a release issued Wednesday by...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, facing foreign-money scrutiny, says two arrested donors 'appeared legitimate'

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 3:19 PM

A Soviet-born South Florida businessman arrested last week on federal campaign-finance charges seemed just “like any other donor,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday. DeSantis was among Florida Republican candidates who received contributions during the 2018 election cycle from Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who were arrested on campaign-finance charges...

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The number of Floridians diagnosed with Hepatitis A this year is about to hit 2,800

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 11:59 AM

Florida had 53 newly reported hepatitis A cases last week, bringing the total number of cases this year to 2,791 as of Saturday, numbers from the state Department of Health show. According to Florida Health, hepatitis A is caused by a contagious virus that infects the liver and can lead...

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