Tag Archives: Florida

FLORIDA: Three Nazis Arrested For Attempted Murder In Shooting After Richard Spencer’s Speech [VIDEO]

Gainesville’s CBS affiliate reports: Three men were arrested for shooting, and threatening a group of protesters with Hitler chants, following white supremacist Richard Spencer’s speech. The Gainesville Police Department was alerted to a silver Jeep arguing with a group of protesters near a bus stop at 5:30 p.m. Tyler Tenbrink, 28, William Fears, 30, and Colton Fears, 28, began threatening ...

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FLORIDA: Child Porn Raid Yields Cache Of Weapons, Bombs, Maps Of Schools, Threatening Note [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: A search of a Florida man’s home for child pornography this week yielded more than what authorities were expecting. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday it stumbled upon a disturbing array of weapons inside the Tampa Bay-area home of 24-year-old Randall Drake. Three homemade bombs and a homemade silencer, maps and aerial photos of local schools ...

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FLORIDA: Hundreds Protest But Campus Speech By Nazi Richard Spencer Goes Off With Little Incident

The BBC reports: Hundreds of protesters have marched on the University of Florida to decry a speech by a white nationalist. Richard Spencer’s event in Gainesville has prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency, and hundreds of police have also flooded the campus. Mr Spencer struggled to speak over a crowd of protesters, who jeered and chanted “go ...

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FLORIDA: Gov. Rick Scott Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Speech By Nazi Leader Richard Spencer

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Alachua County, where Nazi leader Richard Spencer is due to give a speech this Thursday on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. The Tampa Bay Times reports: “I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent,” Scott said in a seven-page executive order. Scott placed Wes ...

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FLORIDA: GOP House Candidate Claims She’s Flown In A UFO And Telepathically Communicated With Aliens

The Miami Herald reports: Florida has a U.S. senator who once flew aboard the Space Shuttle. A congressional candidate from Miami can go one better: Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera says she’s been aboard a spaceship too. But this one was crewed by aliens. As in extraterrestrials. Three blond, big-bodied beings — two females, one male — visited her when she was ...

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Orlando Honors Pulse Victims With Rainbow Crosswalk

The work finished on National Coming Out Day. CBS News reports: A crosswalk to honor the Pulse nightclub victims was completed early Wednesday by the city of Orlando. A petition on change.org for the installation of the sidewalk was signed by more than 2,000 people to pledge their support to honor the men and women who lost their lives at ...

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FLORIDA: Key West Reopens For Tourists

USA Today reports: Two weeks after Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys, the first cruise ship docked Sunday in this southernmost city, providing the first boost of tourist dollars to the storm-ravaged area. Key West Mayor Craig Cates said he agonized over the appropriate time to welcome tourists against to his city, which was spared from the worst of Irma’s ...

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KEY WEST: Island House Reports Being “Safe And Sound” After Hurricane Irma, Ready For Business Soon

Many JMG readers have written me over the last week, hoping for some inside scoop on the status of Key West’s Island House and the other popular gay guesthouses that are their Old Town neighbors. Today, we actually have some positive hurricane-related news. Via press release: Feeling humbled by our good luck, we’re happy to announce that the Island House, ...

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FLORIDA: All Keys Residents May Return Tomorrow

The Miami Herald reports: All Monroe County residents will be able to return to the Keys Sunday. This includes those who live in severely hard-hit areas of the Lower Keys between Key West and Marathon. Residents of the Middle Keys will be allowed to return Saturday morning, said Roman Gastesi, county administrator, during a Saturday morning conference call with other ...

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KEY WEST: Gay Bar Owner Feeds Hundreds

The Palm Beach Post reports: After 25 years in Key West, Jim Gilleran knows residents need a cold beer, a hot meal and a place to reconnect after a hurricane. While most bars and restaurants remain shuttered on Duval Street, Gilleran opened his 801 Bar hours after Hurricane Irma smashed past the island. He’s kept his generator operating since, serving ...

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KEY WEST: US Military Delivers Rations And Water

The Palm Beach Post reports: As life returns to a small semblance of normal in the Upper Keys, normal is still far off for residents living in the Middle and Lower Keys, where the usually raucous town of Key West was boarded up and shut down. The Marathon Airport took on the look of a disaster on foreign soil as ...

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FLORIDA: Trump Urges Rick Scott To Run For Senate

Politico reports: President Donald Trump traveled to southwest Florida with a message for the people of Fort Myers, who are recovering from Hurricane Irma: Rick Scott for Senate. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence flew to Florida on Thursday morning to visit Fort Myers and Naples, two Gulf Coast cities that Irma tore through earlier this ...

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FLORIDA: Media Attention During Hurricane Boosts Likelihood Rick Scott Will Challenge Sen. Bill Nelson

The Hill reports: Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) handling of Hurricane Irma has boosted his profile ahead of an expected Senate bid. Scott is term-limited out of the governor’s mansion, and Republicans, including President Trump, have urged him to consider challenging Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) next year. His aggressive approach to Irma, which saw him order an extensive evacuation ahead ...

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FLORIDA: At Least Five Dead At Hollywood Nursing Home After Days Without Air Conditioning [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: Five people are dead at a Florida nursing home that was evacuated early Wednesday after several days without power. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said about 100 patients were evacuated from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills early Wednesday and officials are working to relocate them to safety. Three people were found dead at the nursing home ...

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FLORIDA: Millions Face Days Or Weeks Without Power

The Washington Post reports: Millions of Floridians grappled with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Wednesday, confronting a sweltering reality: More than 40 percent of Florida still lacked electricity, and for some of them, the lights might not come back on for days or even weeks. “We understand what it means to be in the dark,” said Robert Gould, vice ...

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FEMA: 25% Of Homes Destroyed In Florida Keys

CNN reports: Initial estimates indicate 25% of the houses in the Florida Keys have been destroyed, and 65% have major damage, said Brock Long, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s administrator. Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted some way,” Long said Tuesday. He said the numbers are early estimates and could change. Irma left a trail of devastation throughout ...

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Florida Keys Evacuees Barred From Immediate Return

Reuters reports: Residents who fled the Florida Keys in anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s wrath were told they could not return to their island homes on Monday, news that angered evacuees anxious to get back to assess the damage. Authorities reported widespread damage on the archipelago off the tip of southern Florida. At the White House, U.S. Homeland Security Adviser Tom ...

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FLORIDA: 4.5 Million Without Power, Key West Largely Unscathed, Damage Much Worse In Middle/Upper Keys

The Miami Herald reports: As the waves and winds began easing Sunday, residents of Old Town emerged not knowing exactly what to expect from the most powerful hurricane to strike the Florida Keys in more than a half century. But all in all, many in Key West seemed relieved that the damage from a Category 4 Irma was not much, ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Hurricane Irma Open Thread

Overnight open thread for Irma watchers. Here’s the latest: Hurricane Irma churned toward Florida on Saturday, leaving a trail of death and destruction across the Caribbean and prompting one of the largest emergency evacuations in American history. The National Hurricane Center said on Saturday evening the eye of Irma was beginning to slowly move away from the coast of Cuba ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Storm Surge Forecast Issued For Key West

The Washington Examiner reports: A “reasonable worst case scenario” forecast shows half of Key West underwater due to storm surge, according to a Weather Channel meteorologist. Hurricane Irma, a Category 3 storm as of 11 a.m., is predicted to turn away from Cuba and make landfall in the Sunshine State by Sunday morning. Forecasters say the eye is expected to ...

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