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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Court rules Florida can’t keep ex-felons from voting because they're poor

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 5:45 PM

Delivering a harsh rebuke to Gov. Ron DeSantis, an appeals court on Wednesday upheld a federal judge’s decision that the state cannot bar voting by felons who can’t afford to pay court-ordered fees and fines. A requirement that felons pay “legal financial obligations,” such as fees, fines and restitution,...

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A new, right-wing Florida coffee shop called 'Conservative Grounds' opens this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 3:40 PM

Tampa Bay will soon be home to a coffee shop dedicated to Trump, guns, and conservative values. Conservative Grounds, which officially opens this weekend, has all of your basic coffee and espresso drinks, as well as a replica of the White House’s Oval Office (complete with cardboard cutouts of...

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Seminole County alligator flips inflatable kayak, stranding two boaters

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 1:47 PM

Imagine your nice, relaxing kayak ride being rudely interrupted by an alligator who flipped over your inflatable boat. That's exactly what happened to two kayakers on the Econlockhatchee River on Monday, and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents. The kayakers, who ended up getting lost after the incident, had...

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George Zimmerman sues Democratic presidential candidates over Trayvon Martin birthday tweet

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 12:18 PM

George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012, has filed suit against presidential hopefuls Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren for posting tweets about Martin on Feb. 5, which would have been his 25th birthday. The lawsuit argues, though the...

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Trespasser at Orlando theme parks under investigation after posting YouTube videos

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 11:40 AM

A series of YouTube videos showing Central Florida theme park trespassers after-hours is being investigated by law enforcement. The videos, posted by content creator Matthew St. Cyr, feature him trespassing after hours into attractions at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. St. Cyr has explored several theme parks, including...

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Flu is a bigger worry for Florida than coronavirus

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 10:02 AM

The flu remains a far deadlier illness to worry about in Florida than the coronavirus, state lawmakers were told on Tuesday. While the coronavirus that started in China has spawned massive media attention – and reams of misinformation – Tampa General Hospital physician and University of South Florida faculty...

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Massive bird migration captured on radar over Florida

Posted By on Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 11:42 AM

On Monday, the radar from the U.S. National Weather Service captured a massive swarm of birds migrating from South America over Florida. The agency posted a clip of the radar to its official Twitter account Monday morning, showing the giant swarm of birds flying over Key West. “Key West...

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Apopka preacher and Trump spiritual advisor tells churchgoers to pay her instead of their bills

Posted By on Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 9:55 AM

Paula White-Cain has one of those remarkable rags-to-riches American stories, rising up from a poor, rural Mississippi upbringing and teenage pregnancy to preaching before megachurches in Apopka, making and giving $8 million "to God" in 2009, and landing a job in the White House. (And marrying a guy from Journey!)...

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Florida man with hepatitis A sues Denny's

Posted By on Sat, Feb 15, 2020 at 11:56 AM

A Florida man who contracted hepatitis A is suing the restaurant chain Denny’s, Inc. and the company that operates a Denny's franchise in Osceola County. The lawsuit alleges that William Reyes ate at a Denny’s restaurant in Kissimmee in October and “within a few days began experiencing nausea, constipation,...

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Florida court allows prosecution over AR-15 photo

Posted By on Sat, Feb 15, 2020 at 11:53 AM

A state appeals court Friday said prosecutors can pursue a case against a former North Marion High School student who sent a Snapchat photo to a student showing an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and the caption, “Show and Tell @NM on Monday.” The ruling by a three-judge panel of the...

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