Same-Sex Couples Deliver Petitions to Pam Bondi's Office

Categories: Activism, The Gays

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When Monroe Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia overturned Florida's 2008 constitutional gay-marriage ban and ordered that couples wishing to be married in Key West to be allowed to do so as early as this week, Attorney General Pam Bondi worked quickly to stamp out the ruling.

Bondi's office issued a statement this week saying that the issue needs to be tackled by the U.S. Supreme Court, and appealed Garcia's ruling to the Third District Court of Appeal.

On Thursday, same-sex couples walked into Bonid's Tallahassee office and delivered 7,000 petitions signed by Floridians asking her to "stop wasting taxpayer resources defending the state's discriminatory exclusion of gay and lesbian couples from marriage."

See also: Gay Florida Couples Suing the State Will Be Heard in Court Today

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Lynn Rosenthal, Broward Judge Arrested for Crashing Into Cop Car, Says Doctor Gave Wrong Ambien Prescription

Categories: Law & Order

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On Wednesday, Broward Circuit Judge Lynn Rosenthal entered a no-contest plea to a reckless-driving charge after ramming her black BMW SUV into a police car in the Broward County Courthouse parking lot back in May.

Rosenthal, who was not in court while her lawyer entered the plea, was sentenced to three months of probation and 25 hours of community service and ordered to pay restitution.

At the time of her arrest, Rosenthal had admitted to taking Ambien, a prescription sleeping pill, the night before her accident.

Her attorney, Brian Silber, sent out a news release in hopes of explaining Rosenthal's arrest, and so that the "public can put this matter to rest once and for all."

The explanation, according to the release, and to what Silber told New Times, was that Rosenthal was accidentally given the wrong prescription by her physician.

See also: Lynn Rosenthal, Broward Judge Arrested on DUI Charge, Was on Ambien

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Florida Voters Want Clinton as President

Categories: Politics

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Marc Nozell, via Wikimedia Commons
Barack Obama's approval rating is pretty abysmal right now in Florida, at 44 percent. That number seems OK until you consider that Gov. Rick Scott is at 43 percent. Then you realize that number is terrible.

But Floridians aren't so disenchanted with the president that they're seeing red. A Quinnipiac poll released today shows that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the clear frontrunner here for 2016.

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Oil Companies Will Soon Be Firing Sonic Cannons and Killing Marine Life Along Florida's Coast

Categories: Technology

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This guy does not like loud noises.
With rising sea levels, Great Whites on the loose, and coral development quickly getting knocked down, there's a lot of trouble brewing out there along the east coast of Florida. Now we can add another to the list: sonic cannons.

Yup, you read that right. These devices are typically used by companies prospecting for oil and gas deposits. And thanks to a recent decision by the Obama administration, energy companies have been given the green light to begin hunting around the East Coast, from Delaware to Florida, for the first time.

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Adrian Wyllie, Libertarian Candidate for Governor, Supports States' Rights, Hangs Up on New Times

Categories: Fire Ant

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Adrian Wyllie was in good spirit when we got him on the phone yesterday, riding high on a burst of publicity prompted by the news he'd polled 9 percent in the Florida governor's race, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. He wasn't quite so happy 15 minutes later, when he hung up on New Times rather than pursue an uncomfortable line of discussion.

See also: Rick Scott and Charlie Crist Are Too Close to Call, Poll Says

Just to clear the decks, we kicked off by asking how Libertarianism differs from anarchism, just how little government Wyllie wants to see. "I believe government has a purpose," he said. "To protect life, liberty, and property... I'm a 'constitutionalist,' if you want to put a label on it."

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West Palm Beach Is the Ninth Happiest Place in the United States, NY the Unhappiest

Categories: Tropical Life
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You feel happy, West Palm Beach? Because a recent study by the University of British Columbia says you are. SO SMILE.

Hell, West Palm is such a happy place, sharks migrate there in droves and hang out on the beaches.

Know who isn't so happy? Those fancy-pants New Yorkers and their tall buildings and their pizzas and their cabdrivers, that's who.

The working paper, titled "Unhappy Cities" and cowritten by Joshua Gottlieb of the University of British Columbia's Vancouver School of Economics, dove into federal data to find how satisfied younger folks felt with their lives, accounting for race, education, marital status, and family size. The study found, among other things, that people are willing to relocate to an unhappy city if it means getting a good and steady job.

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Stephen Ross Buys the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale

Categories: Bidnizz, Sports

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Stephen Ross doesn't want to spend his own money to renovate Sun Life Stadium because he's apparently too busy buying hotels.

Specifically, Ross' New York-based Related Cos. Related Fund Management is dropping a reported $90 million to buy the W Hotel & Residences in Fort Lauderdale.

The group says the hotel will remain the W, instead of being renamed after a beer or a bank or something like that.

See also: Miami Dolphins "Put the Cart Before the Horse," Says House Speaker Will Weatherford

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Rick Scott and Charlie Crist Are Too Close to Call, Poll Says

Categories: Politics
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If the election for governor were held today, it would be a toss-up. Because, Florida! This according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, which was released on Wednesday.

Overall, Crist leads Scott by 45 to 40 percent. But a third candidate has emerged to screw things up, as third candidates are wont to do in tight races.

Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is garnering interest, according to the poll, which brings everything down to "too close to call" margins.

See also: Broward College to Host First Debate Between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist

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National Marriage Campaign Coming to Wilton Manors This Saturday

Categories: News

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Photo by Dennis Bratland via Wikipedia Commons
Despite the good news delivered by Chief Judge Luis Garcia this week, allowing gay couples like Aaron Huntsman and William "Lee" Jones to marry in Monroe County, the rest of Florida still awaits a similar day.

Thanks to Skyy Vodka and, well, freedom, awareness is going to be raised for this cause on Saturday, July 27, in Wilton Manors. Oh, and there's a special drink available.

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Florida Woman in Lingerie Tries to Run Over Cop in Nordstrom Parking Lot

Categories: Floriderp

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Can't a woman sleep in her lingerie in her car in the parking lot of a Nordstrom in peace?

Apparently not.

Boca Raton Police officers asked one woman dressed in lingerie and sleeping in her car to get out of her vehicle.

AND THEY NEARLY PAID WITH THEIR LIVES.

According to an arrest report, the woman woke up, locked the car doors, and then proceeded to try to run over a police officer. That'll learn ya, police officer.

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