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Student activists holding sit-in at Florida Gov. Scott’s office over Zimmerman verdict

Members of a student activist group remained inside the Florida state Capitol Wednesday afternoon, determined to wait until they can ask Gov. Rick Scott (R) in person to revisit several state laws they say endanger youth of color around the state. Ciara Taylor, political director for the Dream Defenders, told…

School board members among 109 New Jerseyans faking income for free school meal program

New Jersey state Comptroller Matthew Boxer announced on Wednesday that 109 public employees, spouses and family members will be prosecuted on fraud charges after a state investigation (PDF) found they lied about their incomes to qualify for a free school lunch program, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported. “What we learned…

Online activist stifles ‘opportunistic’ Zimmerman juror’s attempt to land a book deal

The woman behind a petition to stop one of the jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial from writing a book about her experiences told Fusion on Tuesday that even she was surprised when it succeeded. “I was expecting to start that Change[.org] petition, go to sleep, wake up in…

Sysco facing thousands in fines for ‘runaway train’ of food storage violations

Food distributor Sysco could be forced to pay thousands of dollars in fines after officials with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) found insects and rodent droppings at storage sheds the company used for perishable foods throughout northern California, KNTV-TV reported on Tuesday. “I think this became, based on…

Jimmy Carter compares Trayvon Martin protests to ‘race riots’

Former President Jimmy Carter compared the demonstrations calling for justice on behalf of the family of slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to violent outbursts in the country’s past in an interview with WXIA-TV on Tuesday. “I’ve seen outbreaks of this before, in California, when the black man was being beat up…

John Oliver on Kate Middleton’s pregnancy: ‘Where’s my f*cking baby?’

The news that Kate Middleton’s expected due date on her pregnancy passed without a delivery didn’t sit well with Daily Show interim host John Oliver on Tuesday night. “No no no no no, sorry, I refuse to wait any longer.” Oliver demanded before kicking off the show’s coverage. “I guess…

Maher tells David Letterman: Being a minority baseball owner ‘better than being a minority in Florida’

Real Time host Bill Maher admitted to being a minority owner of the New York Mets in an interview Tuesday with David Letterman, which brought along some perks. “Still and all, you get free tickets, right?” Letterman asked. “Better than being a minority in Florida,” Maher responded, a reference to…

Blagojevich’s appellate attorneys call judge a ‘rubber stamp’ for prosecutors

Attorneys for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) filed an appeal challenging his 14-year jail sentence on corruption charges, accusing the federal judge of never giving their client a fair shake in his original trial, WGN-TV reported on Tuesday. In the appeal (PDF), filed late Monday night, Blagojevich’s attorneys call…

San Jose woman loses nearly 100 cats to house fire

A San Jose, California woman narrowly escaped a fire inside her home, but almost 100 cats she had rescued and cared for died in the blaze early Tuesday morning. “I don’t allow, candles, matches, no Christmas trees, anything,” Carol Miller told KGO-TV after fire officials arrived to extinguish the fire.…

Santa Clara ‘Keystone Kops’ yank support from their ‘bully’ female sheriff

Sheriff’s deputies in Santa Clara, California issued a vote of no confidence on Monday to their commanding officer in the midst of her re-election campaign. The San Jose Mercury News reported that the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association (DSA), along with the Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA), refused to…

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