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Florida men plead guilty to harassing endangered manatees

By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) – Two men caught on video in a cannonball-style jump onto Florida manatees were sentenced on Wednesday to two years probation and community service for harassing the endangered sea cow. The men, who previously pleaded guilty, also were ordered to post an apology on…

Judge reneges on promise to deaf girl with 65 IQ, sentences her to 15 years in baby’s death

A deaf babysitter with an IQ of 65 from Sanford, Florida who accidentally let an infant in her care drown was sentenced to 15 years in jail on an aggravated manslaughter charge — even though the judge had promised that if she pleaded no contest, he would impose a sentence…

Successful Florida accountant arrested for holding three women as sex slaves

A successful certified public account in Gainesville, Florida was arrested last week on charges related to his alleged enslavement of three women in his expensive suburban home. According to police, Timothy Deegan illegally detained the women in a drugged state for months on end, during which time he prostituted them…

Rising sea levels will be too much, too fast for Florida

By Harold R. Wanless, University of Miami It is amazing for me to see the very aggressive building boom underway in south Florida; on the beaches and barrier islands, throughout downtown and in the low western areas bordering the Everglades. They are building like there is no tomorrow. Unfortunately, they…

Florida GOP lawmaker: Common Core school standards will make your kid as gay as possible

Replacing Florida’s Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) with a new statewide school exam based on the Common Core standards is part of an agenda to turn kids gay, according to one Florida lawmaker. In video published by Think Progress on Monday, State Rep. Charles Van Zant (R) warned the company hired…

Florida man escapes cops’ clutches in stolen car but runs into alligator’s jaws

Police in Port St. Lucie, Florida, got an unexpected assist in catching an alleged car thief, when the suspect’s escape was cut short after he crashed into an alligator. WPTV-TV reported that 22-year-old Calvin Rodriguez faces five counts of grand theft auto charges for various thefts from local supermarket parking…

Florida town’s choice: Violate Supreme Court ruling or open meeting with Satanic prayer

Less than three days after the Supreme Court ruled in Town of Greece v. Galloway that prayers before town meetings did not violate the Constitution’s ban on endorsing religion, a self-styled Satanist in Deerfield Beach, Florida has asked city officials to let him open a meeting with a Satanic prayer.…

‘Bloody Jesus’ actor ordered down from roadside cross for endangering drivers in Florida

A Jesus impersonator in Florida had his roadside Easter show interrupted by police who said that the bloody display was causing drivers to nearly crash their vehicles. The spokesperson for the Lee County Sheriff’s office told WFTX that the man playing Jesus was asked to come down off the cross…

93-year-old Florida mayor seeks 20th term in runoff election

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Voters in a central Florida town will decide on Tuesday whether to re-elect their 93-year-old mayor for a record 20th term in office. Mayor John Land of Apopka, population 41,000, is facing opposition for the first time in a decade after finishing second…

Florida suspends heavily-criticized voter purge efforts until 2015

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott’s administration is abandoning its renewed effort to remove non-U.S. citizens from the voter rolls, the state’s top elections official announced on Thursday. Secretary of State Ken Detzner, in a memo to county election supervisors, said the latest attempt at…

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