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Monday, March 18, 2019

Smoking medical marijuana is now legal in Florida

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 5:04 PM

This afternoon, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation repealing the state's ban on smoking medical marijuana. "Over 70% of Florida voters approved medical marijuana in 2016 and today I signed SB182 'Medical Use of Marijuana' into law," DeSantis tweeted. "I thank my colleagues in the Legislature for working with...

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Say hello to 'Deputy Shaq'

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 4:15 PM

He can dunk. He can DJ a mean set. And now Shaq can help arrest you. Former Orlando Magic center and NBA star Shaquille O'Neal has accepted a job as an auxiliary deputy for the Broward County Sheriff's Office, the department announced late last week. Auxiliary law enforcement...

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Orlando's new pedestrian bridge on West Colonial Drive is now open

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 12:28 PM

The new pedestrian overpass bridge on West Colonial Drive is now open. The quarter-mile pedestrian bridge crosses the Colonial Drive area just east of Interstate 4, before reaching North Orange Avenue. City officials have said the bridge will "help provide a safe connection from the Downtown core to the...

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UCF nabs NCAA men's basketball tournament bid for the first time in 14 years

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 12:17 PM

After a 14-year drought for the University of Central Florida men's basketball team, they're finally headed back to the NCAA tournament. Better yet, the team learned during Sunday night's announcement that they received an at-large invitation (the first time that's ever happened) and are seeded No. 9 in the East Region....

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Florida wildlife officials want to arrest that Maryland asshole who tackled a pelican

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 3:08 PM

Authorities with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have filed charges against the vacationing dumbass who filmed himself jumping on a pelican in Key West, only to be immediately bitten in the face. On Wednesday, the FWC brought charges against Maryland resident Hunter Hardesty for "conservation violations regarding...

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Orlando is among the Florida cities leading the nation in vacant homes

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 2:52 PM

It should come as no surprise that second-home owners love Florida, which may explain why three cities in the Sunshine State currently lead the country in percentage of vacant homes. According to a new study from online lending company Lending Tree, 17 percent of homes in the Miami area...

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Orlando is literally the worst place in the country right now for affordable housing

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 1:57 PM

Orlando's affordable housing crisis has just imploded, in case you were wondering. Orlando Weekly made that prediction last year when a 2018 report ranked the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area second in the country for having the most severe affordable housing shortage, offering only 17 available and affordable units for every 100 extremely low-income...

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Bill that allows middle-class Florida families to get public money for private schools moves forward

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 12:06 PM

In a priority for Republican leaders, the House on Thursday began moving forward with a dramatic expansion of school vouchers, including allowing middle-class families to apply for state-funded scholarships to send children to private schools. The GOP-controlled House and Senate and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis all want to expand...

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Marco Rubio, Rick Scott split votes over Trump's national emergency declaration

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 11:05 AM

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio zigged when U.S. Sen. Rick Scott zagged during Thursday's vote to terminate the Trump administration's border wall national emergency declaration, making for a split vote between Florida's senators. Rubio joined a cast of Democrats and 11 other Senate Republicans in the 59-41 vote against Trump declaring a...

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Florida exceeds 'Million Pollinator Garden Challenge' goal

Posted By on Thu, Mar 14, 2019 at 5:10 PM

Thousands of gardens across the state of Florida are playing a part in saving pollinators and the nation's food system. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge was launched in 2015 as part of a nationwide call to revive collapsing bee colonies and improve the health of birds, bats, butterflies and...

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