Tag Archives: Florida

ORLANDO: Pulse Owner To Unveil Memorial Plans

The Orlando Sentinel reports: As the one-year anniversary of the Pulse terror attack nears, the nightclub’s owner, Barbara Poma, next week will announce details about plans for a permanent memorial at the scene of the nation’s largest mass shooting. “Pulse has always been a part of me, but after this tragedy which took 49 lives, it became a part of ...

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FORT LAUDERDALE: Activists Slam Mayor For Coming Prayer Breakfast With Anti-LGBT Hate Group Leader

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Calling his message hate speech, critics have unleashed a torrent of opposition against one of the speakers for the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast — and against the Fort Lauderdale mayor himself. Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, a conservative Christian who has spoken out against same-sex marriage and adoption of children by same-sex couples, is ...

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FLORIDA: GOP Senator Resigns After Racist Tirade

Hurling the N-word at black colleagues is where the Florida GOP draws the line, apparently. The Miami Herald reports: Sen. Frank Artiles resigned from the Florida Legislature on Friday, consumed by a scandal that erupted three days earlier over a diatribe of insults the Miami Republican unleashed against two lawmakers at a Tallahassee bar. In a letter to Senate President ...

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FLORIDA: Democrats Demand Resignation Of GOP State Senator After He Lobs N-Word At Black Lawmakers

The Miami Herald reports: Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles dropped the n-word to a pair of African-American colleagues in private conversation Monday night — after calling one of them a “fucking asshole,” a “bitch” and a “girl,” the two senators said. Over drinks after 10 p.m. at the members-only Governors Club just steps from the state Capitol, Artiles told Sens. ...

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Trump Makes Rare Church Appearance [VIDEO]

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: President Donald Trump arrived with First Lady Melania Trump and other family members for the 11 a.m. Sunday morning Easter services at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach. Trump, in a dark suit and red tie, waved to photographers across the street from the church. He was accompanied by his wife, daughter Tiffany, ...

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FLORIDA: Trump’s Motorcade Takes Detour To Evade Hundreds Protesting His Hidden Tax Returns [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: President Trump on Saturday reportedly took a longer route than usual on his way back to his Mar-a-Lago resort in what reporters said appeared to be an attempt to avoid large crowds of Tax March protesters. According to pool reports, Trump’s motorcade made a long loop to get back to Mar-a-Lago after leaving Trump International Golf Club ...

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SO MUCH WINNING: Federal Appeals Court Upholds $335K Award To Miami Painters Stiffed By Trump

The Read Deal reports: A Miami-based paint company stiffed three years ago by President Donald Trump’s Doral golf resort may finally get paid. The Third District Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the Trump National Doral Miami’s petition to throw out a lower court’s prior ruling affirming a nearly $35,000 construction lien The Paint Spot placed on the property, and ...

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Mar-A-Lago Kitchen Hit With 13 Code Violations

The Miami Herald reports: Just days before the state visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach private club, Florida restaurant inspectors found potentially dangerous raw fish and cited the club for storing food in two broken down coolers. Inspectors found 13 violations at the fancy club’s kitchen, according to recently published reports — ...

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ORLANDO: Wife Of Pulse Terrorist Pleads Not Guilty, Trial Date Set For One Week Before Attack Anniversary

Orlando’s NBC affiliate reports: The wife of the gunman in the Pulse nightclub massacre has pleaded not guilty to charges of aiding and abetting her husband and obstruction of justice. Noor Salman, wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, made a brief appearance before a judge in the Orlando federal courthouse Wednesday. Salman’s attorney waived the reading of an indictment ...

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Georgia Pastor Who Said Pulse Victims “Got What They Deserved” Convicted On 8 Child Molestation Charges

BOOM. The Florida Times-Union reports: In a matter of an hour, a jury of three men and nine women found Kenneth Adkins guilty Monday of eight child molestation-related charges stemming from his sexual relationship with a teenage girl and boy at his church seven years ago. The controversial, anti-gay pastor showed no emotion as the verdict was read. He will ...

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FLORIDA: Trio Robs And Kidnaps Man After Luring Him On Grindr, Steals His Dog, One Suspect Arrested

The Palm Beach Post reports: A man was robbed and kidnapped Saturday after he visited the Boynton Beach residence of another man he met on a social networking site, according to an arrest report. The victim, who is not being identified by Boynton Beach police, was taken at knife point back to his home, which was then ransacked by three ...

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FLORIDA: Manatees Removed From Endangered List

Hey! Actual good news! The Miami Herald reports: The manatee — for decades the poster mammal of environmental decline in Florida — is officially no longer an endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Thursday that the manatee will instead be designated “threatened” — a status change that reflects a boom in population over the last decade. ...

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ORLANDO: City And County Officials Unveil Pulse Anniversary Plan For “A Day Of Love & Kindness”

The Associated Press reports: Orlando and Orange County officials want the first anniversary next June of the Pulse nightclub massacre to be marked with acts of love and kindness. Elected officials on Monday said that June 12 officially would be dedicated as “Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness.” Officials also announced a series of events planned ...

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FLORIDA: Federal Courts May Not Have Jurisdiction In Pulse Victims’ Lawsuit Against Killer’s Employer

Orlando’s ABC affiliate reports: A lawsuit filed by the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre and their families against the gunman’s wife and employer is in jeopardy of being dismissed in federal court. Federal Judge Kenneth A. Marra filed the order questioning if the federal court system had jurisdiction in the case, determining that as presented it did not. The ...

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FLORIDA: Federal Court Orders State To Reissue Death Certificates To Reflect Pre-Obergefell Marriages

CBC Miami reports: Gay marriage has been a hot topic in and out of courtrooms for the past several years. Another issue is being fixed to help those who lost loved ones before the epic court ruling. Florida widows and widowers whose spouses died before the U.S. Supreme Court declared state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional can have the death ...

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FLORIDA: Multiple Homes Destroyed After Man Burning Books Sparks Massive 400 Acre Wildfire [VIDEO]

Florida, because of course. CNN reports: At least 10 homes in Nassau County, Florida, were destroyed in a wildfire caused by a man who was burning books Wednesday. Only a few minor injuries to emergency personnel have been reported in what’s being called the Garfield Road Fire, according to the Florida Forest Service. But it has burned an estimated 350 ...

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ORLANDO: Local Businessman Launches Scholarship Fund For LGBT Students In Honor Of Pulse Victims

The Associated Press reports: An Orlando businessman is raising money for scholarships for gay students in order to honor the 49 patrons killed during the Pulse nightclub massacre. Barry Miller said Monday the fund would award 10 scholarships each year, each worth $4,900. Students would have to self-identify as “out,” attend an institution of higher learning full time and have ...

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FLORIDA: North Bay Village Becomes State’s 8th Town To Ban Ex-Gay Torture As Statewide Bill Languishes

Via press release from the South Florida LGBT rights group SAVE: On Tuesday night, North Bay Village voted to enact its own local ban on so-called conversion therapy. At the urging of SAVE, the Village, located just outside of Miami, became the latest jurisdiction in South Florida to adopt such a ban. “This year we’re hitting the ground running in ...

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PALM BEACH: County Officials Seek To Recoup Millions In Security Costs By Taxing Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Club

The Palm Beach Post reports: President Donald Trump has taken to calling his Mar-a-Lago spread on Palm Beach the “winter White House.” Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner wonders if it should have another name: “municipal service benefit unit.” Kerner’s name is far less catchy than Trump’s, but it could give the county a way to impose a special tax ...

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FLORIDA: GOP Gubernatorial Prospect Appoints Hate Group Leader To Constitutional Review Commission

Some of you might recall the time this guy declared that stopping gay marriage was worth dying for. Well, gay marriage wasn’t stopped and he’s not dead – but his evil continues: House Speaker Richard Corcoran defended his appointment of conservative activist John Stemberger to the Constitution Revision Commission, the panel that reviews and suggests changes to the state’s governing ...

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