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Gators say no

Gators say no

Racist leader won’t speak on campus BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The University of Florida is refusing to allow White nationalist leader Richard Spencer to speak on campus next month, citing “serious concerns” about safety in the aftermath of a deadly weekend clash in Charlottesville, Va. In a message to […]

Judge rejects new trial, acquittal for Brown

Judge rejects new trial, acquittal for Brown

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A federal judge Wednesday set a Nov. 16 sentencing date for former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown after rejecting her requests for a new trial and an acquittal on corruption charges. Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat who served 24 years in the U.S. House, was convicted in May on charges related to […]

FHP: Ticket quotas will not be tolerated

FHP: Ticket quotas will not be tolerated

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A prohibition on ticket quotas will become part of training for supervisors and higher-ups in the Florida Highway Patrol, a top highway-safety official told Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet on Wednesday. Terry Rhodes, executive director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and […]

Visitation canceled at all Florida prisons this weekend

Visitation canceled at all Florida prisons this weekend

BY GAL TZIPERMAN LOTAN ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – The Florida Department of Corrections has canceled visitation at all 149 of its facilities this Saturday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 20, citing a security threat. The cancellation is a response to “credible intelligence indicating that small groups of inmates at several institutions may attempt to disrupt […]

Lack of broadband hurts higher education in rural areas

Lack of broadband hurts higher education in rural areas

BY LLOYD DUNKELBERGER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The lack of high-speed internet services in many rural areas is one of the challenges hindering Florida’s efforts to increase college degrees and spur economic development, a new report shows. Some 680,000 Floridians do not have access to a broadband internet service that would allow […]

ADOPTIONS

ADOPTIONS

A home for Sabrina One Church One Child of Florida is reaching out to families and individuals in communities across the state in efforts to help find permanent homes for children. Children featured in this monthly spotlight are waiting for a permanent home and/or mentor. They have no family identified to adopt them. Sabrina was […]

FLORIDA COURIER / OUT AND ABOUT

FLORIDA COURIER / OUT AND ABOUT

A stop along the way After stopping in Abilene, Kansas during a cross-country trip, Chayla Cherry and Charles W. Cherry III read the inscriptions on the graves of former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, his wife, Mamie, and their son Doud during a tour of the Eisenhower Library and Museum. (FLORIDA COURIER / CHARLES W. CHERRY […]

Lawmakers take aim at opioid crisis

Lawmakers take aim at opioid crisis

BY NATHALIE SCZUBLEWSKI THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA LAKE WORTH – Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala held a roundtable discussion Tuesday in Palm Beach County with lawmakers, local leaders and public-safety officials to address Florida’s opioid crisis. Palm Beach County is one of the epicenters of the epidemic. From January through May of this year, […]

Miami-Dade complies with Justice Department on ‘sanctuary’ status

Miami-Dade complies with Justice Department on ‘sanctuary’ status

BY DOUGLAS HANKS MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI – For the first time since it began extending the detentions of local inmates sought for deportation, Miami-Dade County received word from Washington that it won’t be treated as a community giving “sanctuary” to immigration violators. An Aug. 4 letter to Mayor Carlos Gimenez from the Justice Department said […]

Free services available Aug. 19 at 7 Tampa Bay laundromats

Free services available Aug. 19 at 7 Tampa Bay laundromats

Current Initiatives is hosting its third annual Tampa Bay Laundry Day on Saturday, Aug. 19 to ease the financial burden laundry services can place on lower-income families. The multi-location event is part of the Laundry Project, which provides the funds, detergent and other items needed to wash and dry the clothes and linens of families […]

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