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Un-American Activities

| August 20, 2016

Before Donald Trump’s “extreme vetting” there was Extreme Vetter Pat McCarran, the Nevada Senator whose name graces some of America’s most xeonopbic, repressive and largely unconstitutional laws. Trump is channeling him.

The Suicide Candidate

| August 12, 2016

Donald Trump will never win the presidency. He knows it and doesn’t want it. But that makes him more dangerous, not less. He’s a fanatic. He’s a suicide candidate. And we still have three months of rampage.

First Four Cases of Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus Reported in Florida–And the U.S.

| July 29, 2016

Florida has seen a steady increase in Zika diagnoses to nearly 400, but until Friday, cases stemmed from people infected while traveling to South America. Today’s revelation is the first Florida-based set of infections.

Amazon to Open 1,500-Job Fulfillment Center in Jacksonville, 3rd in Florida

| July 27, 2016

A day after announcing the opening of a 750,000 square-foot shipping center in Romeoville, Ill., Amazon today announced it would open a slightly larger fulfillment center in Jacksonville, employing some 1,500 people. It will be the third Amazon center in Florida. Centers in Lakeland and Ruskin employ a combined 3,000 people.

In My Father’s Court: Baalbek

| July 19, 2016

The Roman ruins at Baalbek in Lebanon were among my father’s favorite haunts. He was a professional photographer. Lebanon was his studio. We discovered the country, and ourselves, through his eyes.

Black Lives Matter. Period.

| July 16, 2016

Cops are owed all the appreciation and respect their profession commands. Blacks are owed their right to life. The two are not mutually exclusive, but certain differences matter, especially when they falsely paint cops as the victims and blacks as the aggressors.

Trump Regains Lead in Florida as Clinton’s Numbers Crash Over Email Server Findings

| July 13, 2016

In a sharp reversal from three weeks ago, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has regained the advantage over Hillary Clinton in Florida and Pennsylvania and remains tied in Ohio in the latest Quinnipiac University swing-state poll.

Attorney Joerg Jaeger, Who’d Been Defending Ex-Supervisor Kimberle Weeks, Dies at 68

| July 1, 2016

Joerg Jaeger, the long-time Orlando criminal defense attorney who was representing former Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks in her criminal case, died on June 28.

Abortion Rights Mark Big Court Victory, But Effect on Florida Restrictions Unclear

| June 27, 2016

Florida supporters of recent laws requiring more stringent standards for abortion providers say the high court ruling should have no impact. Pending court challenges suggest otherwise.

Florida Congressional Candidate Evers Riles LGBT Activists With Assault Weapon Raffle

| June 20, 2016

Barely a week after the Orlando massacre, state Sen. Greg Evers drew criticism for planning to give away a semiautomatic rifle similar to that used in the attack that killed 49 people and injured dozens of others at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Proposed Bear Hunt This Fall Would Unfold In Three Separate Four-Day Periods

| June 19, 2016

The recommendation to hold the state’s second bear hunt in the past 20 years expands on a proposal from state biologists without offering hard numbers of bears that could be killed or suggesting a number of permits that could be made available or the costs of permits.

As Exceptionally American As It Gets

| June 17, 2016

Our mass shootings have developed their own set rituals and denials, none so lethal as the complicity with murder that blames the wrong targets while excusing guns.

“Grief Beyond Description”: In Orlando, Obama Comforts Survivors of Pulse Massacre

| June 16, 2016

After meeting with the families, Obama and Biden went to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, where they placed bouquets of 49 white roses — one for each of the people who died in the attack — at a makeshift memorial there.

Life Without Parole For Thomas Prins, Sentenced for Murder of Crystal Caralea Pifer, 28

| June 15, 2016

Thomas Anthony Prins was sentenced to life in prison today for the murder of Crystal Caralea Pifer, 28, of Daytona Beach in August 2015. The sentencing was delayed after Prins had fainted on hearing the guilty verdict last week.

Florida’s Political Landscape Riven By Orlando Massacre Even as Lasting Effects or Consequences Are Doubted

| June 14, 2016

Politicians and consultants are as divided as the electorate about how candidates should treat the tragedy, and the split carries over to those who think the tragedy will have dissipated by November as opposed to those who think it will impact the election.

St. Johns Water Management District Transfers Gemini Springs Addition to Volusia County

| June 14, 2016

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board voted to donate the 947-acre Gemini Springs Addition to Volusia County with a conservation easement to protect its conservation values and to comply with the mitigation permit requirements.

Adam Putnam Says Orlando Mass Murderer Had Cleared All Legally Required Background Checks

| June 13, 2016

Putnam runs the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which oversees weapons permits in Florida. The department hasn’t released Mateen’s application paperwork.

Gov. Scott Requests Federal Emergency Declaration in Wake of Orlando Massacre

| June 13, 2016

Calling the massacre at an Orlando nightclub “an attack on our state and entire nation,” Gov. Rick Scott early Monday asked President Barack Obama for a federal emergency declaration in Florida.

NRA Calls for Renewed and Extended Hunt Of Florida Bears that “Terrorize Homeowners”

| June 1, 2016

Florida wildlife officials approved a controversial bear hunt last year but have not made a decision about another hunt yet. They’re expected to receive a staff recommendation by June 22.

Voices From the Grave
Maj. Sullivan Ballou’s Last Letter to His Wife

| May 30, 2016

Maj. Sullivan Ballou’s letter to his wife, written a week before he was killed at Bull Run in 1861, is one of the great eulogies of sorrow and divided duty to nation and family. As a memorial to the victims of war, who include survivors, especially civilians, the letter has few equals.

Retired Deputy Edward Lueck Gets 15 Years in Prison Over Child Sex Assaults

| May 24, 2016

The victim was 5 years old at the time of the crimes, and was a neighbor of Lueck’s, who is a 69-year-old retired Volusia County Sheriff’s deputy.

Are We Finally Ready For Smart Guns? Daytona’s iGuns Technologies Aims For Yes

| May 21, 2016

The iGun’s chip technology only works within centimeters and makes it impossible for anyone other than the person wearing the ring to fire it. Some gun advocates are resistant for various reasons.

“I’m Dead, I’m Dead,” Handcuffed and Repeatedly Tased Man Says Just Before Dying

| May 20, 2016

Chase Sherman was in handcuffs, in the back seat of his when he was Tased 15 times by Georgia police though he was unarmed, and his parents had called 911 to come help.

FPL Bills Customers for Unbuilt Nuclear Plants But Wants Out of Justifying Need

| May 18, 2016

Attorneys for consumers and business and environmental groups are fighting FPL’s request for a waiver from filing an annual analysis about the feasibility of adding two nuclear reactors in South Florida.

St. Johns County Commissioner Bill McClure Will Run For Crenshaw Seat in Congress

| May 16, 2016

St. Johns County Commissioner Bill McClure formally announced Monday that he will run to succeed retiring Republican Congressman Ander Crenshaw in a Northeast Florida district.

Ormond Beach’s Robert Harris, 18, Killed in Train Collision on a Trestle Off U.S. 1

| May 16, 2016

Robert M. Harris, a resident of Ormond Beach, who turned 18 two weeks ago, was killed in a collision with a Florida East Coast train on a trestle behind the River Grille restaurant near U.S. Highway 1 Sunday evening.

Florida School of Art Exhibit Opens at Hand Art Center May 13

| May 12, 2016

The paintings date from approximately 1825 to 1925, and include work by renowned landscape artist George Inness, Ash Can School realist painter Robert Henri and Highwaymen painter Harold Newton.

The Republican Responsibility to Reject Trump

| May 8, 2016

Derision, racism, default and brutality are strange ways to go about making America great again. Let’s hope for the GOP’s sake and everyone else’s that Republicans have the clarity not to fall for Trump’s latest reality show.

Housing Restrictions on Sex Offenders Spread Even as Evidence Shows They Don’t Work

| May 7, 2016

The restrictions can make offenders’ lives less stable by severely limiting their housing options, and can push them away from family, jobs and social support — all of which make it more likely they will abuse again.

Volusia County Wants Out Of the Next Bear Hunt

| May 5, 2016

The Volusia County Council on Thursday unanimously approved a “symbolic” resolution urging the commission to reinstate a prohibition on hunting Florida black bears.

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