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

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

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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

David Borst is now out of a job.
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.

Florida Man crowned winner of 2015 Ernest Hemingway lookalike contest

In this Saturday, July 25, 2015 photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Charlie Boice, center, is congratulated by previous victors after winning the 2015 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Boice finally won the contest after trying for 15 years, beating out 121 other entrants following two preliminary rounds, a semi-final and two final rounds. The competition was a facet of the island's annual Hemingway Days festival that ends Sunday, July 26. Planting a playful snook on Boice is Wally Cox, left, the 2014 winner. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)
A retired air traffic controller won the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest on his 15th attempt.

Two Florida bros rescue a stranded hammerhead shark


Warning: Not recommended. If you see stranded marine life, call your local fish and wildlife authority, or ask a marine biologist. Read the rest

Florida mom abandons 3 kids in Waffle House to go drinking at nearby bar

“Waffle Nights,” Ahmed Hashim.
The restaurant chain has been in the news for a number of odd crimes lately. This one is very sad.

Florida toll collector fired for paying tolls for drivers who didn't have money

Samsonov, a military veteran who had worked at the booth for 29 years, said he was fired for covering someone’s toll fee out of his own pocket.

Florida man dislikes sea turtles, shoots a volunteer protecting their nest


A 72-year-old Marine veteran who volunteered to protect a sea turtle nest got beaten and shot in the butt for his troubles. Turtle-hater Michael Q. McAuliffe was arrested. Read the rest

They're tearing down the Adventurer's Club

The best original attraction in Walt Disney World, an interactive theater that combined live actors, live-puppeteered animatronic elements, gag bar-stools, and booze, is finally being razed. Read the rest

Florida HS Principal and student interrupted smoking pot, making out. Arrest follows.

"Police say a married Florida principal was caught in a car with a student and marijuana – and her shirt was unbuttoned." Read the rest

Jeb Bush sold patronage and favors to his top political donors

The AP analysis of Bush's 275,000 FOIA'ed emails show that "donations" to his campaign were really more like "purchases." Read the rest

Snowbirds' guide to avoiding corrupt cops on I-75

My parents just got back from a road-trip from Toronto to Florida, and used Dave Hunter's venerable Along Interstate-75 to find food and lodgings, pass the hours, and beat the speed-traps and civil forfeiture nightmares of America's great roadways. Read the rest

Carl Hiaasen's "Skink No Surrender"

Carl Hiaasen's novels are treasures of hilarity, violence, comeuppance and ardent love for Florida wilderness. The very best of them feature "Skink," a wild man of the woods with a fantastic history and a twisted sense of justice. With Skink No Surrender, Hiaasen brings his greatest character to a new generation by transforming the violent, profane anti-hero into the star of a young adult novel.

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