Boynton Beach Police Say It's Safe to Go Into Hospitals, Despite Report About Threatening YouTube Videos

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On Monday, news blog West Boca News put out a story about an apparent Situational Awareness Bulletin from the Boynton Beach Police Department regarding a man who shot almost a dozen YouTube videos describing the lax security at local hospitals.

The bulletin, which states is for Law Enforcement Use, goes on to describe the man in question as angrily talking about a "Holy War" on women in some of the videos.

For their part, the Boynton Beach PD says there is no threat, and that the bulletin was merely meant to let other law enforcement officials know that the man was being investigated.

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West Palm Beach Flight Diverted After Reclined-Seat Argument

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Reclining seats on a flight have been a major source of debate on the internet lately. So it stands to reason that it was only a matter of time the issue come around to our neck of the woods.

And now it has.

According to Delta Airlines, a flight bound for West Palm Beach was forced to divert after a female passenger complained that a woman sitting in front her reclined her seat. The woman demanded the flight turn around.

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Charlie Crist Challenges Rick Scott to Not Defend Gay Marriage Ban

Categories: Politics

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Michele Eve Sandberg
Same-sex marriages could become legal in Florida as soon as September 22, thanks to a 33-page ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle last week. That is, if Rick Scott doesn't file an appeal to stop it.

Gay rights advocates, including Rand Hoch, Florida's first openly gay judge, have already called on Scott not to intervene.

Now Charlie Crist has stepped into the fray, taking it up a notch by penning an open letter to Scott to not get in the way of Florida lifting the ban on same-sex marriage.

See also: Florida's Same-Sex Couples Could Start Marrying on September 22 If Rick Scott Team Lets Court Ruling Stand


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Florida Utility Prematurely Yanked a Solar Rebate Program, Trade Group Claims

Categories: Environment

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It's getting ugly between Florida's solar industry and the state's public utilities. All summer, both camps have been sniping at each other after Florida's power companies blocked solar industry advocates from sitting in on a policy skull session at the Florida Public Service Commission.

Now, the war of words is turning to actions. Solar advocates now claim this month Florida Power & Light yanked funding from a residential solar rebate program prematurely, with no warning or explanation.

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Founder of Medbox, RedBox of Pot, Has Green Dreams for Florida and Past Legal Troubles

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Never get high on your own supply. That classic piece of advice comes from Tony Montana in Scarface. But Pejman "Vincent" Mehdizadeh, a 36-year-old medical marijuana entrepreneur based out of Los Angeles, thinks the credo applies to dispensary workers just as much as cocaine kingpins.

In fact, the way he sees it, business owners would be better off relying on a giant safe than a human being. That was the idea behind Medbox -- the Redbox of medical weed.

"It's the equivalent of having an onsite auditor that doesn't take a break, require a salary, and doesn't steal," he says.

See also: Anti-Medical Marijuana Group Insinuates Pot Cookies Will Be Used for Rape

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Tea Party Welcomes Global Cooling Theorist/Earthquake Predictor John L. Casey

Categories: Severe Weather

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Just when you think the Palm Beach County Tea Party can't sink any deeper into the quicksand of gullibility, it brings in another clown act to prove you wrong.

Last time around, it was an uproar over a mythical U.N. plot to subvert local government via mind control. This time, crackpot science is on the menu.

See also: Tea Party: Let's Rewrite the U.S. Constitution!

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Shark Attacks Boca Raton Girl in Waist-Deep Water Off New Smyrna Beach

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A 13-year-old girl was bitten by a shark as she swam in waist-deep water off New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County on Sunday.

The girl, Alexandra Masterson, was bodysurfing around 4:40 Sunday afternoon when she felt something hit her in the leg.

It wasn't until she was carried out of the water that the wound in her left leg revealed bite marks.

See also: Shark Attacks Man Off Hallandale Beach in Waist-Deep Water

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Florida's Same-Sex Couples Could Start Marrying on September 22 If Rick Scott Team Lets Court Ruling Stand

Categories: LGBT News

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According to Equality Florida, one of the state's leading LGBT rights organizations, same-sex marriages could begin in Florida as early as September 22, if by September 21 no one appeals last week's ruling in a federal case made by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle.

On August 21, Hinkle ruled that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Any appeal of his decision would need to be filed within 30 days.

Only three people -- two of them Rick Scott appointees -- have the authority to intervene and file an appeal. If they fail to act within 30 days, Hinkle's ruling will stand, making gay marriage legal throughout the state.

Meanwhile, the Shaw case from Central Florida has been sent straight to the Florida Supreme Court, and the merged Pareto-Huntsman case in South Florida is still pending approval whether it will also be sent directly to the state's Supreme Court. Since it is uncertain whether the Florida Supreme Court will take up these cases (anytime soon), Hinkle's ruling at the federal level, if it is not appealed, would stand in expediently bringing marriage equality to Florida. If the federal case were to be appealed, it would be redirected to the Supreme Court of the United States. Though SCOTUS is the final arbiter of federal constitutional questions, it would be under no obligation to take up the case.

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Gisele Pollack, Broward DUI Judge, Fights to Save Her Career

Categories: Broward News

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Broward County Circuit Judge (and misdemeanor drug court judge) Gisele Pollack, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in early May, is now fighting to save her career after her attorneys filed a document to the Florida Supreme Court this week.

The documents specifically address the investigative panel of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission, which submitted a notice of formal charges against Pollack following her May arrest.

Pollack's attorneys argue that her arrest was the result of her struggles with alcohol dependence but that she was actively receiving treatment.

See also: Broward Judge Reportedly Came to Work Drunk

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The Broward Public Defender's Office May Soon Be the Subject of a TV Show

Categories: Broward News

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The Broward Public Defender's Office doesn't shy away from the spotlight. Besides being one of the more accessible public officials in the county, top man Howard Finkelstein is a well-known face on TV thanks to his "Help Me Howard" segments.

But now Finkelstein's whole office might be headed for a date with the camera. After a Mother Jones article dropped this month detailing the office's out-of-the-box approach to legal defense, a New York production company has expressed interest in doing a reality-TV show on the office. Producers are in town now discussing the possibility.


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