Tag: Florida

How a Band of Surfer Dudes Pulled Off the Biggest Jewel Heist in N.Y. History

For its 150th anniversary, the Museum of Natural History is celebrating its many historic moments, from its 1869 founding, to the 1902 discovery of the first T-Rex skeleton, to the creation of the Teddy Roosevelt statue erected out front in 1940. One milestone not on that list: the biggest jewel heist in New York history, […]

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Violent Video Was Product of Right-Wing Provocateurs and Trump Allies

WASHINGTON — The creator of a gruesome video that showed a fake President Trump killing journalists and political opponents and that was played at a meeting of a pro-Trump group over the weekend is part of a loose network of right-wing provocateurs with a direct line to the White House. The unidentified creator of the […]

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White House Says Trump ‘Strongly Condemns’ Violent Video Attacking Media

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday said President Trump “strongly condemns” a gruesome fake video that depicts him shooting members of the news media and political rivals, which was shown at his Florida resort. But, aides said, he had not seen it and planned to view it “shortly.” “Re: the video played over the […]

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‘Wannabe’ Cop Who Shot Man Over Handicapped Parking Spot Sentenced To 20 Years

A man in Florida has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting an unarmed man during a dispute over a handicapped parking space in Florida last year. NBC News reports that 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton was shot and killed by Michael Drejka outside a Clearwater convenience store in July 2018. […]

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Florida Women Are No Joke. I Should Know.

ORLANDO, Fla. — You could say I’m obsessive about Florida. I’m always talking about it. I write about it constantly. I think about it all day long. It bleeds into everything I do. I live here — I’ve lived here my entire life — and my whole family grew up here. I am steeped in […]

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Elizabeth Warren Reportedly ‘Courting’ Andrew Gillum as Possible VP Pick

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.); former Fla. gubernatorial candidate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew GillumPhoto: Scott Eisen (Getty), Joe Skipper (Getty) Could a Warren-Gillum ticket be in the works? An election 2020 ticket featuring Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Gillum, the Democratic former mayor of Tallahassee, Fla., who came thisclose to being the Sunshine State’s […]

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Florida Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Deadly Parking Confrontation

A Florida man was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man during a confrontation last year over a handicapped parking space. The local sheriff had initially refused to arrest the gunman, who is white, citing the state’s sweeping and controversial Stand Your Ground law. During […]

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Florida Man Who Killed Black Father Over Parking Space Will Stand His Ground in Prison for 20 Years

The white Floridian who gunned down an unarmed father of three over a parking dispute has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Michael Drejka got the book thrown at him in the 2018 death of Markeis McGlockton, wherein the sentencing judge blasted the 49-year-old, calling him a self-appointed “handicapped parking space monitor.” Advertisement The […]

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21-Year-Old Florida Man Jailed for Missing Jury Service Has His Record Cleared—Now That He’s Experienced the Trauma of Prison

Deandre SomervillePhoto: Brynn Anderson (Associated Press) A 21-year-old Florida man who was locked up for 10 days for missing jury service had the rest of his sentence vacated and his record cleared Monday. Originally, Deandre Somerville was looking at a year of probation and 150 hours of community service, in addition to the 10 days he […]

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Disney World Skyliner Gondola Abruptly Stops, Stranding Passengers in Air

Vacation-goers riding a new aerial gondola system at Walt Disney World in Florida on Saturday night were stranded in the air for several hours after an unknown problem caused some of the gondolas to come to a halt. The Disney Skyliner gondola system launched on Sept. 29. Three independently running sections carrying 300 gondolas in […]

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Florida Judge Sentences 21-Year-Old to 10 Days in Jail for Missing Jury Duty

Deandre Somerville was sentenced to 10 days in prison, one-year probation and 150 hours of community service for missing a jury service in West Palm Beach, Fla.Photo: Brynn Anderson (AP) Talk about getting an “n-word wake up call” —to quote legendary comic Paul Mooney. A young black man, who said he overslept and missed jury […]

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Hurricane Chasers: An Immigrant Work Force on the Trail of Extreme Weather

CALLAWAY, Fla. — They arrived by the hundreds last year after Hurricane Michael sliced through the Florida Panhandle, packing 160-mile-per-hour winds that snapped pine trees in half, mangled steel posts, ripped off roofs and upended people’s lives. Without electricity, potable water or reliable accommodation, a rapid-response labor force got to work carting away the wreckage. […]

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Just ‘Despicable’: Actor Dressed as Gru From Despicable Me Fired After Making Racist Gesture in Pic With Biracial Child

Photo: iStock Full disclosure: I love Despicable Me with the hilarious, sometimes anti-hero, Gru and all his Minions. But a child’s family vacation featuring some of her favorite movie characters from the film was marred when an actor dressed as Gru made a racist gesture while posing in a picture with the little girl. Just […]

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Night Prowler in Florida Cut Electric Scooters’ Brakes, Police Say

He prowled the streets of southeastern Fort Lauderdale under cover of night, a pair of wire cutters in his pocket, one hand sheathed in a glove. Then, the police said, he carried out his crime: slashing the brake lines of electric scooters and rendering them useless. The suspect, Randall Thomas Williams, 59, was arrested on […]

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Florida Teachers Can Now Carry Guns at School

Some Florida teachers will be able to carry firearms in the classroom starting Tuesday, the result of a hotly debated law that was approved by the Florida Legislature in May. The law, which gives school districts the option to arm teachers, as well as security guards, was passed in response to the 2018 shooting at […]

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‘Clueless’ Actress Catches Case on Charges She Battered Hubby

Photo: Peter Kramer, File (Associated Press) Actress—and one of Donald Trump’s faves—Stacey Dash of Clueless fame was arrested after police say she pushed and slapped her husband in a domestic violence dispute. According to NBC News, Pasco County Sheriff’s officers in Land O’ Lakes, Fla., outside Tampa, arrested the actress-turned-conservative commentator on Sunday. She was […]

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‘You’re a Bad Police Officer’: Official Confronts Deputy at Awards Ceremony

The first time that officials in a southern Florida city publicly commended county deputies for their exemplary work turned out to be memorable — but not for the reasons leaders had intended. In Tamarac, Fla., about 15 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale, city commissioners started their meeting in the City Hall chambers on Wednesday with […]

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Read for Filth: City Leader Calls Out ‘Bad Police Officer’ During Awards Ceremony in Broward County, Fla.

Photo: iStock Some wild shit is forever going down in Florida; this time it’s Broward County. During a ceremony earlier this week honoring Broward County Sherriff’s Office deputies, a ballsy city official aired out an officer for allegedly falsely arresting him years before. Advertisement Surely, the last thing Deputy Joshua Gallardo thought he was walking […]

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Former M.M.A. Fighter Returns to U.S. to Face Charges in 2011 Killing

On June 1, 2011, officers with the Miami-Dade Police Department went to investigate a brush fire in a desolate area near the Everglades. Instead, they found a murder. The burned body of a man whose hands were tied behind his back lay near a dirt road, according to an affidavit. He had a slit throat, […]

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