Rick Scott Comes to South Florida to Sign Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act

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For the some 70,000 people each year, it was already too late. But thanks to the push from some concerned citizens -- including a lot of South Floridians -- bike riders, pedestrians, and motorists struck by hit and run drivers will now have a little justice. And to mark the occasions, yesterday Gov. Rick Scott was in the region to pay his respects to one of the more high-profiles lives claimed by the disastrous hit-and-run loophole.

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Frack No More: Collier County Activists Drive Texas Oil Company From the Everglades

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Prospectors from Texas oil company Dan A. Hughes won't be drilling throughout the Big Cypress Swamp watershed anytime soon. That means (1) diminished revenues for Old Florida plutocrats Barron Collier, (2) one fewer threat to the Florida Panther and other species, and (3) one fewer worry for Collier County residents concerned about toxic contamination of the environment.

See also: Fracking the Everglades: Enviros Claim State Deception on Water Quality

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"Stay In Miami LeBron" Rally Going Down Today in Broward

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So it's come down to this. For now is the hour of desperation.

While the world waits (still!!) for LeBron James to make his decision on where he'll sign, and the Internet is being scoured for clues like a Dan Brown novel, South Florida sports talk radio station 104.3 FM The Ticket is holding a "Stay In Miami LeBron" rally.

Rumors and "reports" and sources have been swirling like an EF-5 tornado ripping through a trailer park, and all signs seem to be pointing to LeBron going back to the city that had pictures of his face made into urinal cakes at a local sports bar restroom.

Things, at least perceptively, are not looking good for Miami.

So, the station and its listeners have decided to hold an impromptu rally Thursday afternoon to show LeBron how he needs to not go back and play for an owner who publicly called him a coward and instead stay with the team that helped him win two championships.

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Fracking the Everglades: Enviros Claim State Deception on Water Quality

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Citizen activists opposed to oil drilling in the Everglades claim the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has issued a "bogus" clean bill of health for Texas oil company Dan A. Hughes' acid fracking operation in Collier County.

See also: Dropping Acid in the Everglades: Fracking War Drags On in Collier County

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Broward College Increases Pay to Adjuncts by $100 Per Course

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On Tuesday, members of the Broward College Board of Trustees met to discuss typical things like budgets and other college affairs. But they also took on a bigger subject: Why they, along with other college administrations around America, continue to redistribute wealth and power to a small class of business bureaucrats and away from the faculty and student populations they are supposed to serve.

The following is a set of very troubling points that run counter to the dominant PR line put out by Broward College to justify paying me and countless others poverty wages, while others in top support classes get salaries in the hundred-thousand-dollar range. I have requested a dialogue in front of the media, one in which I and my fellow adjuncts are not walking to a podium to plead our case but one that includes an open discussion about the purpose of higher education writ large.

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No Roof Left Behind To Give Free Roof to Broward Homeowner

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Earl W. Johnston Inc., No Roof Left Behind
Food and shelter are basic human essentials that are often taken for granted. But not everyone is fortunate enough to afford a safe place.

In hurricane-prone South Florida, the area is fraught with roof damage. And the cost of repairs leave some living in shoddy conditions -- with a leaky roof and cracked ceilings -- which left damaged, poses serious threats. The upcoming hurricane season starts on June 1st.

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Prompted by U.S. Supreme Court Ruling, Florida Satanist Wants to Open Meeting With Prayer

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Chaz Stevens
It was only a matter of time, really.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that government meetings are allowed to open with prayer -- even though currently in this country, the vast majority of such prayers are geared toward Christianity. The case was prompted in Greece, New York, where ministers are often invited to say opening words at public meetings. Of 120 meetings, only four opening prayers were non-Christian.

It only took four days since the court's ruling for a self-described Satanist to ask to open a meeting with a plea to his god.

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Rick Scott in Greenacres Today; Protest Planned

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Rick Scott officially kicked off his tour of Florida car dealerships reelection campaign yesterday at a Volkswagen dealership in Jacksonville. He and some Republican supporters chanted his campaign slogan, "Let's keep working!"

Today at noon, when Scott comes to an AutoNation dealership in Greenacres, a grassroots group called Florida for All plans to publicly remind Scott that continuing to work is a necessity, not a choice, for the minimum-wage workers making $7.93 an hour.

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Fort Lauderdale Pushing for "Homeless Hate Laws," Advocacy Groups Say

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Fort Lauderdale is set to pass ordinances that would make an already difficult life for the city's homeless even more so.

During a public workshop in January, it was announced that the city planned to pass ordinances that would effectively ban groups from sharing food with the homeless and make it illegal for the homeless to store their personal belongings on public property.

This means that police would have the authority to confiscate a homeless person's possessions after a 24-hour notice and keep them in storage until the person either pays a fee or can prove that he has no means to pay that fee.

On Tuesday night, these ordinances will receive second readings at the Fort Lauderdale City Commission meeting. Homeless advocacy groups plan on marching before the meeting, into City Hall, to give voice to what they're calling "homeless hate laws."

See also: A Florida City Made It Illegal for Homeless People to Cover Themselves With Blankets

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Anti-Keystone XL Pipeline Groups Calling on Sen. Bob Nelson to Vote Against Pipeline

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Environmental groups made up of 350 South Florida, 350.org, Sierra Club, and CREDO will hold a news conference outside of Florida Sen. Bill Nelson's office Monday to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.

Congress is a mere four votes away from passing a bill that would approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Nelson, 350 says, has remained on the fence as to weather he'd vote for the pipeline to be built.

While President Obama has delayed any decisions on the pipeline over the last couple of years, Keystone XL has had some support in the Florida Legislature. Rep. Mike Hill of Pensacola has proposed a House bill urging the president to consider the approval of the construction of the Keystone Pipeline.

See also: President Obama Greeted by Animal Costume-Wearing Keystone XL Pipeline Protesters

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