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Thousands march in Philadelphia to protest Trayvon Martin killing

Thousands of people marched in Philadelphia to protest the shooting in Florida of an unarmed black teenager, joining a growing national storm over racism. The unusually large demonstration for Philadelphia, which was comprised mostly of African Americans, followed protests in Florida and New York. The protests are dubbed “Million Hoodie…

23 states that have sweeping self-defense laws just like Florida’s

By Cora Currier, ProPublica “Stand Your Ground,” “Shoot First,” “Make My Day” — state laws asserting an expansive right to self-defense — have come into focus after last month’s killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. While local prosecutors have not arrested the shooter, George Zimmerman, the case is now being investigated…

Opponents of ‘Stand Your Ground’ law predicted ‘racially motivated killings’

Opponents of Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law objected to the measure early on, predicting that it would lead to an escalation in violence and “racially motivated killings,” according to a post at Think Progress. Think Progress cites Reuters reporting from 2005, when the law was initially proposed to the…

Jon Stewart: Iran saber-rattling meant for old Jews in Florida

On his show Tuesday night, Daily Show host Jon Stewart assured Iran that Republican candidates who appeared to be warmongering were actually just appealing to voters in Florida. “Are you familiar with Florida,” he asked Iran. “It’s a region in the south United States that we have filled with old…

Florida bill would permit prayer at mandatory school functions

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – Florida students will be allowed to offer an “inspirational message” at graduations, pep rallies and other school events under a bill on its way to the desk of the state’s Republican Governor Rick Scott. The measure was approved on Thursday following lengthy debate in both chambers…

Rescued treasure lands back in Spain from U.S.

Tons of gold and silver from the wreck of a 19th-century Spanish warship finally arrived in Spain on Saturday, more than 200 years after a British fleet sank it. The arrival of the cargo from the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedessealed the end of a five-year legal battle between Spain and the US…

Expectations of Burmese pythons overrunning Everglades called ‘premature’

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Reports that Burmese pythons are devouring almost entire populations of mammals in the Florida Everglades are premature, according to some exotic species experts and a co-author of a widely quoted study. The idea of pythons annihilating the Everglades made headlines after a January…

Florida Senate rebukes governor’s plan to sell off state prisons

Thanks to the refusal of nine Republican state Senators, Florida will not be selling 26 state-run prisons to privately owned corporations. A bill which proposed the largest prison privatization in U.S. history was struck down Wednesday morning by a vote of 21-19, despite the backing of the Republican Party and…

Snakes blamed for ‘severe declines’ in Florida wildlife

WASHINGTON — Across southern Florida, rabbits, raccoons, bobcats and foxes have been disappearing at dramatic rates over the past decade, and invasive Burmese pythons are to blame, a US study said Monday. The big snakes which are native to southeast Asia have been devouring all kinds of wildlife leading to…

Romney roars into double-digit lead in Florida: polls

MIAMI — White House hopeful Mitt Romney has opened up a commanding double-digit lead in Florida against main rival Newt Gingrich in their Republican nomination battle, the latest two polls showed on Sunday. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and millionaire venture capitalist who is considered the party establishment’s favored candidate,…

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