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The Republican War on Women Explodes in Floridanew

Charlie Crist's gubernatorial campaign highlights Gov. Rick Scott's failures on women's issues.
Orlando Weekly  |  Billy Manes  |  09-17-2014  |  The War on Women

What South Carolina's castle doctrine means for younew

In South Carolina, your home is your castle. So is your car, and so is your business. Under the state’s interpretation of the “castle doctrine,” as amended in 2006, civilians are allowed to use deadly force to defend themselves, but they have to meet certain requirements. Basically, if you are out in a neighborhood or in another public place, you are on shaky legal ground if you pull out a weapon.
Charleston City Paper  |  Paul Bowers  |  04-02-2012  |  Policy Issues

Budget Problems Have Florida Reconsidering Mandatory Minimumsnew

Despite the fact that some judges complain that mandatory minimums reduce their ability to use discretion in sentencing, making them drones serving the system, the state's mandatory minimums for drug crimes remained unchallenged for more than 30 years. Recently though, the state's budget has cast a light on Florida's prison spending, which has gone up along with its jail population.
Orlando Weekly  |  Jeff Gore  |  04-06-2011  |  Crime & Justice

In South Florida, Dogfighting Rages on Despite Tough Lawsnew

What seemed like a straightforward case in Boynton Beach would ultimately evolve into an expensive and drawn-out legal quagmire that would serve as a test case for Florida's new laws targeting the clandestine world of dogfighting.
Miami New Times  |  Michael J. Mooney and Tim Elfrink  |  10-26-2009  |  Animal Issues

The Hunt for Haleigh Cummings Could Bring Down a Badass Bounty Hunternew

Cobra's work on the case of missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings has landed the bounty hunter in a world of trouble. He found himself on the wrong side of a pair of handcuffs and is now facing a felony charge himself.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Lisa Rab  |  09-08-2009  |  Crime & Justice

The Leader of a High-Profile Florida Church is Enveloped in Scandalnew

Next month, Pastor Gaston Smith of Friendship Missionary Baptist is set to stand trial for allegedly stealing from a community fund named for his hero, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Miami New Times  |  Gus Garcia-Roberts  |  08-17-2009  |  Religion

The Fate of One of Florida's Most Unique Springs Rests in the Hands of a Developernew

Warm Mineral Springs may have started as a quiet backwater, but those days are over. The future of the springs now depends on how much revenue it can generate, rather than its value as an archeological site or a natural resource.
Orlando Weekly  |  Lindy T. Shepherd  |  08-13-2009  |  Housing & Development

A Rape Shines a Harsh Light on Life at Palm Beach's Oldest Country Clubnew

A small tear in the blue-blood fabric was all it took, and suddenly, the world was allowed a peek inside the Everglades Club's strange universe of racial tensions, religious discrimination, and illegal laborers. Soon, the old guard was forced to defend traditions that had gone unquestioned for decades. And no amount of money could make the problem disappear.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Lisa Rab  |  07-28-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Why the Demise of Florida's SunRail Isn't a Bad Thingnew

Florida's highly touted SunRail deal as presently conceived is a boondoggle, a corporate giveaway, an expensively ill-conceived effort that will subsidize exurban sprawl and do little to take cars off I-4. We can do better. SunRail's demise affords us that opportunity.
Orlando Weekly  |  Jeffrey C. Billman  |  06-25-2009  |  Transportation

How Jackson Hospital's Mental Health Unit Fails Miaminew

Many tragedies have plagued the deeply troubled unit of the nation's third-largest public hospital. After an exhaustive review, New Times has uncovered the following: rushed patient releases, inadequate supervision, undocumented use of restraints, and possible civil rights violations.
Miami New Times  |  Natalie O'Neill  |  06-22-2009  |  Science

Florida Bicyclists Tell of Their Encounters with Carsnew

All too often in Florida, bicycles and automobiles don't get along.
Orlando Weekly  |  Lindy T. Shepherd  |  06-11-2009  |  Transportation

Exploitative Scumbag or Entrepreneur With a Heart? Meet Mr. Showbiz!

He's reviled for trying to sell a doll in the likeness of a murdered 2-year-old girl. He's being prosecuted for defrauding customers who tried to buy his Michael Vick Chew Toy. But just who is Jaime Salcedo, and how does he live with himself?
Folio Weekly  |  Gwynedd Stuart  |  06-10-2009  |  Business & Labor

Mutual Benefits Corp. Stole a Billion Dollars by Peddling Bogus Life Insurance Policiesnew

Even with all his money and powerful friends, his latest con game is so massive that it seems almost impossible he will find his way to freedom again. But the slippery Joel Steinger has a knack for surviving so he can pull off his next scam.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Bob Norman  |  06-09-2009  |  Business & Labor

The Supreme Court Will Decide Whether to Reconsider the Conviction of the Cuban Fivenew

Miami is on trial this month. The U.S. Supreme Court will decide June 15 whether we are scum-sucking Cuba haters.
Miami New Times  |  Chuck Strouse  |  06-08-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Swamped: The Everglades Restoration Isn't Good for Everyonenew

As environmentalists absorb the biggest infusion of cash in a decade from the federal government, activists around the Glades are raising some inconvenient concerns.
Miami New Times  |  Tim Elfrink  |  06-08-2009  |  Environment

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