Friday, August 18, 2017

Eustis official says city will take donated Confederate monuments

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 6:42 PM

While the majority of elected officials across America looked on in horror at the death and destruction following a Charlottesville white supremacist rally around a Confederate statue, Eustis Commissioner Anthony Sabatini saw it and said the basic equivalent of "Yeah, give me two." In a Facebook post, Sabatini said the...

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Aramis Ayala's initiative hopes to give juveniles a second chance with clean record

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 4:32 PM

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced a new initiative this week to help give juvenile offenders who haven't been arrested a second chance with a clean record. Before the initiative, police officers investigating minor crimes who decided a juvenile shouldn't be arrested would still submit a report to the...

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Florida lawmaker will file bill to ban all Confederate statues, signs and names from public property

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 1:35 PM

Florida Representative Shevrin Jones (D-West Park) says he will file legislation to immediately remove all Confederate statues, signs and names from public property in Florida. "William Faulkner once stated that ‘The past is never dead,’ but I’m here to tell you that it can damn well be buried,”" said...

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Confederate plaques removed from Daytona Beach park

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 12:53 PM

Three plaques commemorating Confederate soldiers were quietly removed this morning from Riverfront Park in downtown Daytona Beach. The plaques were removed just days after Daytona Mayor Derrick Henry, the second black mayor in the city's history, told the Daytona News-Journal that Confederate memorials should be removed from city property....

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Florida bill would protect mama bears during hunts

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Black bears mothering cubs under 100 pounds would be off-limits if the state conducts bear hunts in the future, under a measure filed Wednesday by Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando. Stewart's proposal (SB 156), filed for the 2018 legislative session, also would make the unlawful harvesting of saw palmetto berries on...

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Rick Scott's lunch with Donald Trump draws fire from Democrats

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 10:23 AM

Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday had lunch with President Donald Trump at a New Jersey golf resort, as the president continued to draw criticism for comments about a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that led to the death of a counter-protester. Scott's 1 p.m. lunch with the president at...

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

On DACA anniversary, undocumented 'Dreamers' vow not to return to the shadows

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 5:10 PM

Since President Donald Trump won the November election, Ivan Vázquez's grandma has tried to convince him to leave to California. Unlike most of Florida, California has multiple sanctuary cities and local governments that don't detain undocumented immigrants for federal immigration officials. Vázquez says his grandma felt it would be safer for him...

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Orlando's first all-electric LYMMO buses launch this Friday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 4:20 PM

Tomorrow morning LYNX will launch their first batch of all-electric LYMMO buses in downtown Orlando. The pilot program will take place at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall (400 S. Orange Ave.). Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, city commissioners and LYNX CEO Edward L. Johnson will be in attendance. LYNX is looking...

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Florida cities face 'all or nothing' choices on medical marijuana

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 1:36 PM

Florida cities and counties are in a dilemma about pot. State lawmakers approved regulations in June that left city and county officials with a Hobson's choice about the sale of medical marijuana in their communities. Local governments can either impose outright bans on medical-marijuana dispensaries or allow unlimited numbers of...

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Town hall meeting on Pulse memorial set for Sept. 13

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 12:52 PM

More than a year after the massacre, Orlando leaders are now starting the public process of discussing what a memorial and museum would look like at the gay nightclub Pulse. The onePULSE Foundation lead by Pulse owner Barbara Poma will be holding a series of town hall conversation on the memorial honoring...

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