Same-Sex Marriage to Go On: Supreme Court Denies Pam Bondi's Request

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Earlier this week, Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an emergency request with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in an attempt to keep the ban on same-sex marriage in place past the January deadline, when LGBT couples were going to be allowed to legally wed in the state.

But on Friday, the Supreme Court delivered a blow to Bondi's plans as they denied her motion for a stay on U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle's original ruling that Florida's same-sex ban was unconstitutional.

In other words, same-sex couples wishing to get married on January 6 and beyond are once again free to do so.

See also: Florida's First Same-Sex Divorce Granted by Broward Judge

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Report: String of Armed Robberies Around Las Olas Boulevard

Categories: Crime

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photo by: Ian Witlen
A string of armed robberies have been going down in Las Olas lately, according to an announcement from Las Olas Village, a group that describes itself as an "urban renewal project dedicated to revitalizing a key section" of the area.

The group is calling for a bigger police presence in the area after what it's calling "a dangerous pattern of robberies" have been happening near Las Olas Boulevard.

Particularly, the group says at least one of the armed robberies have happened in the parking lots behind the restaurants Rocco's Tacos, located at 1313 E. Las Olas Blvd.,
and Fork & Balls, located at 1301 E. Las Olas Blvd. They also say there was a robbery that happened in the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church, located at 401 SE 15th Ave., which is one block south of East Las Olas Blvd.


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Rand Paul is Going Off on Marco Rubio on Social Media Over Cuba

Categories: Politics

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Barack Obama's announcement that the U.S. and Cuba are moving forward to improve diplomatic relations has gotten Marco Rubio all hot and bothered. Rubio has been the leading voice in speaking out and criticizing the president's decision to thaw relations with the island nation. He's called Obama the worst negotiator since President Carter, and accused the president of coddling tyrants.

Rubio even went after fellow senator Rand Paul after the Kentucky senator said Obama's plan was "probably a good idea."

In response to this, Rubio told FoxNews that Paul doesn't know what he's talking about. And then Paul took to social media and started blasting Rubio on his Facebook and Twitter pages.


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Satanic Invocation Could Come to Almost Every City in Florida

Categories: Politics, Religion

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Festivus Pole erected in Capitol Rotunda
Satan could be coming to your city's commission meeting very soon. Atheist and blogger Chaz Stevens was recently given the go-ahead by Lake Worth to lead a Satanic invocation before one of their upcoming meetings. And, with his foot firmly in the proverbial door, Stevens is looking to knock down the entire proverbial building.

Buoyed by Lake Worth's giving him a slot to give his invocation, Stevens is set on getting one done in just about every city throughout the Tri-County area, and possibly beyond.

"Depending on the responses," Stevens tells New Times, "if we get enough cites giving me the go-ahead, I'll probably franchise it with places in northern Florida, if anybody wants to help join the cause."

See also: Atheist Requests to Lead Satanic Invocation at Lake Worth Commission Meeting

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ACLU Fires Back Against Pam Bondi Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Bid

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In less than three weeks gay couples across the Sunshine State may be able to get married -- may. As we reported earlier this week, Attorney General Pam Bondi is pretty much doing everything in her legal power to pump the brakes, including an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. With the court showing signs they're willing to hear the case, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has filed legal briefs asking the highest court to back off.

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Miami Dolphins Drinking Game For the Remainder of the Season

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Photo by: April McKay
The Miami Dolphins aren't technically eliminated from playoff contention. That is to say, they still have a mathematical shot to get in, as long as the Steelers, Ravens, Chiefs and Colts all die in plane crashes and their stadiums are collectively swallowed by sink holes. THEN THERE'S DEFINITELY A CHANCE.

So, technically, the Dolphins still have something to play for other than pride.

Still, Dolphins fans are not holding out any hope. But that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun for the last two games watching the burning dumpster that is our beloved Miami Dolphins.

And by "a little fun," we mean get totally plastered. Here now is the official Miami Dolphins Drinking Game for the last two games of the season.

Cheers!*

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Retired NYPD Cop Arrested for Sexually Abusing Girl in Boynton Beach

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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
A retired NYPD cop who moved down to South Florida after fighting crime in the Big Apple has been arrested for raping a teenage girl in Boynton Beach.

On Thursday, Daniel Guadalupe, 56, who is reportedly a former member of New York's finest, was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on charges of sexual battery, lewd or lascivious molestation and false imprisonment.

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Fort Lauderdale Man Who Had Skype Sex With Teen Girl Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison

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Marckenson Chery, the 29-year-old Fort Lauderdale man who had cyber-sex sessions on Skype with a 15-year-old girl from San Francisco has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

Last April, Chery, who went by the Skype name "Swag likeus Robinson," admitted to authorities that he met the girl online in late 2013 via an anonymous online chatting site called Omegle.

He then plead guilty to one federal charge of enticement of a minor, and awaited to hear his fate from U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles on Wednesday.

See also: Fort Lauderdale Man Had Alleged Skype Sex With 15-Year-Old Girl

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DUI Trial for Broward Judge Cynthia Imperato Begins

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The last couple of years, we've had a handful of South Florida judge get busted for driving while under the influence of one substance or another. On Wednesday, opening statements began for the DUI trial of Broward circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato.

Imparato, 57, was busted for DUI back in November of 2013 after driving home from a social gathering with fellow judges and lawyers at Maggiano's restaurant in Boca. Imaparato has admitted to having two glasses of wine, but denies she was impaired when cops pulled her over.

She denied a plea deal that would have given her 12 months probation. Now, she's facing possible jail time if she's found guilty.

See also: Gisele Pollack, Broward County Drug Court Judge, Charged With DUI

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Coral Springs and Miramar Are The Worst College Towns in US, According to New Ranking

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The reasons to move to South Florida are pretty long -- beaches, sun, lack of snow, easy driving conditions -- just kidding on that last one. One reason apparently not to move down to the region? College.

Despite a sprinkling of fine institutions of higher learning all over the tri-county area, a handful of local towns are clunking around at the bottom of WalletHub.com's ranking of the Best & Worst College Cities and Towns in America.

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