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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida man who threw alligator into Wendy's "just a prankster," says mom

A Florida man "tossed" an alligator into a Palm Beach County Wendy's, reports WPTV, earning 23-year-old Joshua James of aggravated assault and unlawful possession of an alligator.

"FWC officials say 23-year-old Joshua James pulled up for his order and after a server handed over a drink and turned around James reached into the back of his truck and tossed the 3-and-a-half foot gator through the drive-thru window. The incident report showed a picture of the gator inside the restaurant."

The incident, in Loxahatchee, Fla., happened in October last year, but it took U.S. Marshals several months to track him down. James was taken into custody early February, 2016. His mom says he's a harmless prankster. Read the rest

Florida mayors write to GOP presidential hopefuls demanding action on climate change

Open letters from the mayors of 15 Florida cities and towns to Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush urge both would-be presential candidates to acknowledge the reality of anthropogenic climate change, and to take urgent action to remediate it. Read the rest

Worried about Chinese spies, the FBI freaked out about Epcot Center

Muckrock has secured the FBI's files on Epcot Center, revealing the panicked thrash that the prospect of a semi-circle of international pavilions around a toy artificial lake set off in Cold War atmosphere of 1981. Read the rest

Miami police union smears woman who posted video of cop beating handcuffed suspect in police cruiser

The woman recorded video of a Miami cop punching a suspect who had already been handcuffed and put in the back of a cruiser; the video was interrupted by another officer trying to seize her phone. Read the rest

Former Florida cop fired for KKK ties got a new job working in a Florida elementary school

The FBI found no criminal wrongdoing, or evidence that any other officers were involved with the KKK.

Homeland Security worker's triple homicide was blue moon ritual killing, says Florida Sheriff

The suspect worked at a local Naval base, but there's no talk of terrorism because he was also white.

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