Leaked catalog from UK surveillance arms-dealer full of gadgets sold to US cops

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Cobham PLC is a surveillance vendor who sells to some of the world's most egregious human rights abusing governments; in 2014, they provided a catalog of cyberweapons and spy tools to Florida Department of Law Enforcement, from whom it leaked. Read the rest

Hurricane Hermine Strikes Florida's West Coast

Close-up loop of Hermine, as it strikes Florida on Sep. 2. (NOAA)

Hurricane Hermine is making landfall at the time of this blog post, in the early hours of Friday morning in Florida. Millions of people are in its path, and there are related tornado watches throughout the state through mid-day Friday. A NOAA update at 1:55AM shows 2-3 inches of rain have fallen in Tallahassee, where some 70,000 people are without power already. Flash flooding is reported, and more is expected. Isolated gusts of 45-50mph have been recorded in the first two hours of landfall in the “Big Bend” of Florida's West Coast.

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Hurricane Hermine to Hit Florida's Gulf Coast with 'Life Threatening' Force

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Tropical Storm Hermine officially reached hurricane status on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, reported NASA and NOAA's National Hurricane Center earlier today. When it makes landfall, it will be the first hurricane to hit Florida since Wilma in 2005. Hermine will probably touch down along the state's eastern Panhandle in the wee hours of Friday morning, and NOAA predicts that its force and the associated water surges will be “life-threatening.”

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Florida prosecutor who bumbled George Zimmerman trial is really good at putting children in adult prisons for life

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Angela Corey is state attorney for Florida's 4th Circuit, where she's put children as young as 12 on trial as adults, facing life in prison -- in solitary, because children can't be mixed with adult populations -- without counseling, education, or any access to family. Read the rest

Listen: Florida congressional candidate losing his temper with a reporter

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Dan Bongino is a former secret serviceman running for office in Florida. In a tweet, he suggested that coverage of his backers in Naples Daily News was "propaganda."

Asked by Politico reporter Marc Caputo to be specific, they end up on a call (after some Twitter trash talk), where things go horribly wrong for Bongino. (The action gets most classy about 7m 30s in)

Caputo's being tricky—Bongino's "propaganda" remark isn't aimed at any specific claim in a specific story, even if it was a response to a tweeted Daily News URL. But Caputo knows how to work an angry idiot, and Bongino soon shits himself on a recorded call.

BONGINO: Marc, listen, you go fuck yourself.

CAPUTO: Awwwww, Dan, you're so angry!

[Crosstalk]

BONGINO: My entire following has been developed by beating on people like you. ... My audience is far bigger than yours.

Indiscreet, so say the least. But this is a fellow who talks of himself in the third person.

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Video Shows Dolphin Stealing iPad from Woman at Orlando SeaWorld

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Team dolphin all the way, you guys.

A woman at SeaWorld Orlando was trying to take a photograph of the marine mammal show with her iPad, when a dolphin popped up out of the water and grabbed it from her.

"As you can see, the dolphins can reach your loose items," a voice can be heard saying over a loudspeaker.

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Jacksonville police pension fund blows $1.8M worth of tax-dollars fighting open records requests

When Times-Union Editor Frank Denton sued the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund over breaking the law by meeting secretly to negotiate pension benefits, the fund and the city blew nearly half a million dollars fighting the case before finally losing. Read the rest

Spelling, Florida style

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Via Reddit, a photo of Pine Ridge High School, Deltona, Florida's interpretive road art. Read the rest

Orlando mass shooter visited gay clubs, used gay dating apps

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One day after Omar Mateen opened fire in a gay-friendly Orlando nightclub, killing 49 people and injuring 53 more, reports are surfacing that suggest Mateen may have been attracted to and obsessed with gay men.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Awards sonnet for the Orlando shooting victims

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Last night Lin-Manuel Miranda won the Tony for Best Original Score for the astounding Hamilton, and his acceptance speech beautifully honored the dead in the Orlando gay nightclub shooting. Read the rest

Defense lawyers: the FBI made us use a copy-shop that made secret copies for the government

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Attorneys for Dr Salo Schapiro, on trial in Miami for Medicare fraud, says that the FBI and the US Attorney have engaged in a decade-long conspiracy to improperly gain access to confidential defense documents, in a scheme that used a crooked Ft Lauderdale copy shop that slipped CDs containing scanned confidential defense documents that had been entrusted to it to the FBI and the DA. Read the rest

Elderly man kills wife because they couldn't afford her medicine

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William J. Hager of Port St. Lucie, Florida is a 86 year old man who confessed to shooting his 76 year old wife, Carolyn Hager, in her sleep, because the couple could no longer afford her medications, leaving her in pain and wanting to die. Read the rest

Florida woman bitten by shark is taken to hospital with shark still attached

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A nurse shark bit a woman in Boca Raton, Florida, and did not want to let go. Doctors were able to separate the two, and the woman was released into the wild.

Via The Hamilton Spectator:

Paramedics in Boca Raton rushed a beachgoer to the hospital with a two-foot-long nurse shark clinging to her arm after efforts to disengage it failed.

Bob Lemons, spokesperson for the Boca Raton Fire Rescue, said the 23-year-old woman was already out of the water when rescuers reached the beach. The dead shark was hanging from her arm.

"She was sitting calmly, seemed to handle it pretty well," Lemons told USA Today. But rescuers could not get the shark to release the woman's arm, so they loaded woman and shark into the ambulance and headed for Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

"This was a unique situation for us," Lemons said. "I haven't heard of something like that with us before, and I've been here almost 30 years."

The woman was treated for her injuries and released.

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Police notice alligator foot dangling out of Florida man's car dash, and bust him for killing it

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A man in Florida was cited by state wildlife officers for killing an alligator without a permit after an inspection revealed gator body parts in his pickup truck, and the poor dead critter's foot sticking out of the dashboard.

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Road rage incident led to Florida man being transported on car hood

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A disagreement between two Florida gentleman ended amicably, with one of them getting a free ride on the hood of the other's car. Read the rest

Two trucks spill beer and chips all over highway in The Most Florida Accident Ever

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Sure hope this isn't a stealth viral ad campaign. On Florida's Interstate 95 today, one truck carrying beer and another truck carrying Frito-Lay chips crashed and littered the highway with the state's official meal: alcohol and bagged snack foods with a side of sad, hopeless destruction.

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After 3d grade complaint, Florida school district bans award-winning "This One Summer" from high-school library

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Peter from the National Coalition Against Censorship sez, "A Florida parent thought 'This One Summer' was too graphic for an elementary school library. The district agreed, and then went further; they're restricting access to the graphic novel in the high school libraries as well. Read the rest

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