Tag Archives: Florida

FBI Arrests Wife Of Pulse Nightclub Shooter


USA Today reports: The wife of Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people in a shooting rampage at an Orlando nightclub last June, was arrested Monday on a charge of obstructing justice, a federal law enforcement official told USA TODAY. Noor Salman was taken into custody by the FBI at her Northern California home. The law enforcement official, who ...

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BREAKING: Mass Shooting At Fort Lauderale Airport


According to breaking reports, nine people were injured and at least one is dead in an apparent mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport this afternoon. The shooter is reportedly in custody. Thousands of passengers have been evacuated out onto the tarmac. Former White House press secretary and CNN commentator Ari Fleischer happened to be there and he’s live-tweeting from ...

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Fort Lauderdale Becomes “World’s First” Destination To Use Transgender Models In Mainstream Advertising


Via press release: The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau will launch a new global marketing and advertising campaign on January 9th featuring three transgender models, and will become the world’s first destination to use transgender models in mainstream destination advertising. Greater Fort Lauderdale’s campaign, which also features straight, gay and lesbian models, follows the destination’s long and storied ...

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PAYOFF: Pam Bondi To Get White House Job


It looks like Pam Bondi is getting her reward for refusing to investigate Trump University three days after Hair Furor gifted her campaign with $25,000. The Tampa Bay Times reports: Immediately after Donald Trump was elected president, one Florida name was floated above the rest for a job in his administration: Attorney General Pam Bondi. About two weeks out from ...

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Trump Presidency Pre-Sale Nets $420,000


About 800 socialites, business moguls, and lobbyists paid a minimum of $525 each to be in the presence of Hair Furor and his children at Mar-A-Lago’s sold-out New Year’s Eve bash. Teen Vogue reports: Incoming White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks attempted to dismiss concern that the Mar-a-Lago’s pricy New Year’s Eve Party comprised yet another conflict of ...

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High-Rollers Rush To Buy Access To Trump At Mar-A-Lago’s “Opulent And Majestic” New Year’s Eve Bash


The Huffington Post reports: Tickets were on sale for a lavish New Year’s Eve party that President-elect Donald Trump and his family are hosting at the Mar-a-Lago Club this weekend, which once again raises those thorny ethics question that have dogged Trump’s presidential transition. Mar-a-Lago sold the tickets, according to Politico reporter Kenneth Vogel. Since Trump himself owns the Palm ...

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Swag Tuesday: Ending Anita


We have a very special Swag Tuesday today – three autographed copies of Ending Anita, our own Father Tony Adams’ recounting of how two Key West bartenders become the first couple in Florida to win a same-sex marriage lawsuit. From the book’s Amazon description: ENDING ANITA is the story of Aaron Huntsman and Lee Jones, the two gay, outspoken and ...

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ORLANDO: Families Of Three Pulse Victims Sue Social Media Outlets For Helping To Radicalize The Shooter


The Orlando Sentinel reports: Family members of three men killed in the Pulse nightclub attack are suing Twitter, Facebook and Google, claiming that the social media companies allowed the so-called Islamic State to post propaganda and push its agenda. The suit was filed Monday in a federal court in eastern Michigan on behalf of the families of Tevin Crosby, 25; ...

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Morning View: Island House Key West


Alas, our annual holiday week at the eternally fabulous Island House is drawing to a close and tomorrow morning we’ll head back up the Overseas Highway to Fort Lauderdale. This year’s visit got off to a bit of a rainy start, but it’s been clear skies and 80 degrees ever since. (And yes, I’ve been noting the 10 degree wind ...

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Morning View: Island House Key West


Yesterday I arrived in Key West for my eighth (maybe ninth) annual holiday stay at the fabulous Island House. The joint was jumping last night but things are rather sedate at the moment due to the hour and a bit of warm rain. On Thursday I’ll be attending the book launch party for Ending Anita, our own Father Tony Adams’ ...

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FLORIDA: Federal Appeals Court Rules That Middle Schools May Form Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs


The Orlando Sentinel reports: A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned a lower-court ruling that supported the Lake County School Board’s decision to block middle-schoolers from forming a gay-straight-alliance club to combat bullying. In a battle dating to 2011, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling found that the Equal Access Act, which requires federally funded secondary schools to treat all ...

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FLORIDA: Recount Lawsuit Claims Hillary Won State


Law Newz reports: Three voters in Florida filed a lawsuit in state court seeking a recount of the votes in November’s presidential election. The voters claim that Hillary Clinton really won Florida, but problems including hacking, faulty voting machines, and voters being turned away from the polls led to a Trump victory. They sued Governor Rick Scott, Donald Trump, State ...

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ORLANDO: Pulse Nightclub Owner Declines To Sell After City Makes Offer To Create Permanent Memorial


The Orlando Sentinel reports: Barbara Poma, the owner of Pulse, said Monday that she does not plan to sell the nightclub to the city of Orlando. Mayor Buddy Dyer’s staff recently revealed that the city had negotiated a $2.25 million purchase price for the club, where 49 people were killed and dozens more were injured in a mass shooting June ...

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Rick Scott To Meet With Trump, Might Be Tapped To Run Department His Former Hospital Company Defrauded


Politico reports: Gov. Rick Scott will be flying to New York on Thursday to meet with President-elect Donald Trump in Trump Tower. “He wants to congratulate [Trump] on his big win and help him reinvent the federal government,” said Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz. Scott was an early supporter of Trump and ran a super PAC that raised $20 million for ...

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FLORIDA: 150,000 Attend Orlando Pride [VIDEO]


Orlando’s ABC affiliate reports: More than 150,000 people gathered in downtown Orlando Saturday for the 12th annual Come Out with Pride festival, the first since the Pulse nightclub massacre five months ago. The event, which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community, began at noon and featured an afternoon parade through Thornton Park. Pulse employees and relatives of the slain served as parade ...

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Pam Bondi: I’m Honored To Serve The Man I Refused To Prosecute After He Donated $25,000 To My Campaign


Via Politico: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, the only statewide elected Republican who endorsed Donald Trump before the state’s GOP primary, secured a spot Friday on the executive committee of the president-elect’s transition team. “I’m honored to serve President-elect Donald J. Trump in making this historic transition and assisting in finding the best individuals to bring change to Washington on ...

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OPEN THREAD: More Results As Race Stays Tight


It’s been nearly two hours since the first polls closed and the race in Florida remains perilously close with Trump in the lead. We should get the calls in several key states in the next hour. Embedded below are the live streams from four major outlets. Join the nail-biting.

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ORLANDO: City To Buy Pulse For Permanent Memorial


The Orlando Sentinel reports: The city of Orlando has reached a deal to buy the Pulse nightclub for $2.25 million and plans to eventually transform the site of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history into a memorial. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday that the city won’t rush to change the club, once a mainstay ...

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FLORIDA: Federal Prosecutors Say Man Accused Of Anti-LGBT Terror Threats Had 59 Facebook Accounts


The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Federal prosecutors are confident that former Wilton Manors resident Craig Jungwirth used Facebook to threaten to “exterminate” gays and lesbians in South Florida, but they can’t tell yet which account he used to issue the ominous statement. Jungwirth had 59 different accounts, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Anton told a federal judge during a hearing Monday. ...

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Former US Attorney General Janet Reno Dies At 78


The New York Times reports: Janet Reno, who rose from a rustic life on the edge of the Everglades to become attorney general of the United States — the first woman to hold the job — and whose eight years in that office placed her in the middle of some of the most divisive episodes of the Clinton presidency, died ...

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