The Alliance for Solar Choice Vows to Fight Florida Power Utilities

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Florida's solar industry might be up against the ropes, but it's vowing to fight on. As we reported a few weeks back, the small but feisty solar industry -- with an assist from the Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a national group pushing sun energy -- is trying to outlive the kibosh coming from Florida's all-powerful utilities. And although it's lost an important bid to enter current state discussions on the industry's future, there's a growing grassroots push for more solar options.

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

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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.


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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Florida Men Break Into Restaurant, Steal 640 Pounds of Fish

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If the economy ever gets so bad that fish becomes our new currency, these two Dania Beach thieves are going to be Rockefellers.

The Broward Sheriff's Office says two men broke into the popular dockside restaurant Rustic Inn overnight and ganked themselves 200 pounds of Maine lobster, 100 pounds of blue crab, 40 pounds of crabmeat, 100 pounds of Dungeness crab, 100 pounds of grouper, and 100 pounds of snapper.

All told, the seafood robbery is estimated at 640 pounds and worth $6,435, according to BSO.

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Florida Woman Awarded $25,000 for Having to Shake Bra During Traffic Stop

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Zoe Brugger was pulled over in Lakeland last May for a busted headlight, but what happened next had little to do with that. The 29-year-old was forced to lift up her shirt and shake her bra in an attempt by the cops to find drugs.

The incident was caught on video, and cops later searched her vehicle before coming up empty on all accounts.

Brugger, though, came up money.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Says It's No Surprise Florida Cops Were Linked to KKK

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The Ku Klux Klan on parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.
The nickname of Fruitland Park, Florida, might be "The Friendly City," but something sinister is lurking behind the Lake County city's fa├žade of Southern hospitality.

Deputy Police Chief and Fire Chief David Borst stepped down last Thursday after the FBI confronted him with evidence that he was involved in the Ku Klux Klan -- the white supremacist group that emerged following the Civil War and is known for its conical hats.

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Florida Woman Arrested for Doing Naked Yoga on the Highway

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Police in Ocala yesterday responded to a public call about an apparently crazed woman doing yoga in the middle of a road. On their way to the scene, someone else phoned 911 to inform them the lady had begun "stripping in the streets," according to the probable cause affidavit.

Wearing nothing but panties, with her jeans around her ankles, 51-year-old Michele Cernak was placed in handcuffs shortly after twisting herself into a pretzel. About 10 feet away, officers noticed a running Chevy GMC pickup truck. Cernak confirmed it was hers.

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Florida Man With Car Logo Tattooed on His Face Arrested for Identity Theft

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A Broward man with the logo for Bentley luxury automobiles tattooed on his face has been charged with identity theft to file fraudulent income tax returns. Because what better way to pretend you're other people than with a car logo tattooed on your face?

He also has a shark tattooed on his face and works at a shoe store. So, in case you were wondering exactly which guy with the Bentley logo tattooed on his face, it's the one with the shark tatted on his face who works at a shoe store.

See also: Florida Man Named Cocaine Has Drug Charges Dropped

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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Sues Florida Gentlemen's Club for Racism

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A Florida gentlemen's club -- Bliss Caberet in Clearwater -- is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in a suit that alleges that the club's owner maintains racially discriminatory practices.

After a black bartender was hired, according to the suit, club owner Michael Tomkovich instructed a new manager to fire him immediately. The manager alleged there has a policy of not hiring black bartenders.

The manager was subsequently suspended and later fired. This isn't the first time Tomkovich has been sued.

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Michael Wekerle, Financial Wild Man and Reality-TV Star, Scoops Up Anheuser-Busch Mansion

Tucked on the Intracoastal, the Anheuser-Busch estate is one of the snazzier stacks of historic brick in Fort Lauderdale. Built by America's first family of beer in 1938 by world-class designer Francis Abreu, the six-bedroom Spanish-style villa spreads out over 12,533 square feet of waterfront property, making it one of the largest such lots in town. Although no Bud progeny has picked up mail from the address since the late '60s, the estate attracts high-class house hunters. This week, the historic mansion was bought by a new owner: Canadian financial whiz and reality-TV star Michael Wekerle, who's been described as the test-tube byproduct of Warren Buffet and Mick Jagger, equal parts numbers nerd and rake.

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13 Things You Learn When You First Move to South Florida

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Moving to South Florida is no easy task. It takes gumption and balls, and you probably have to be a little nuts as well. Why? Because South Florida is insane. It's also beautiful, sexy, sweltering, and sultry. But, mostly, insane.

Now that you're here, it's important to understand that we're not just about beaches and nightclubs. You have to dig deeper to learn the true characteristics of what makes South Florida tick. And there's so much to take in.

But no worries. We've done the hard part for you, sifting through all the facts and nuggets to give you a heads-up on what you learn when you first move here.

And by "we've done the hard part for you," we mean, we've lived here for some time. And what we've learned, we pass on to you:

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