FPL Is Asking for Public Funds to Fight Off Clean Water Rules

Categories: Environment

Florida Power & Light wants to use public funds to fight off clean water rules. FPL went before the Florida Public Service Commission on Wednesday, asking it to allow the utility company to collect $228,500 from ratepayers to lobby against proposed water rules by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA has put together rules that would affect regulation of cooling ponds at FPL plants throughout Florida. But FPL says the rules are overreaching and would mean that current facilities and electric utility projects could be impacted and, thus, could mean more expenses.

Environmental advocates are calling FPL's request outrageous.

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Boyd Corbin, Once Arrested for Fighting a Drag Queen With a Tiki Torch, Runs for Wilton Manors Mayor

Categories: Broward News

Since Halloween 2012, Boyd Corbin has not kept quiet. On that evening two years ago, the Wilton Manors resident donned an ironic KKK costume, grabbed a tiki torch, and went to the epic Georgie's Alibi holiday party. By the time the night was over, Corbin had gotten into a brawl with a drag queen, a scuffle that would eventually land him in criminal court facing felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (tiki torch).

Ever since, he's been a constant presence in town, making endless speeches about the injustice of his case at City Commission meetings and handing out packets of information. But his one-issue assault on the town's political establishment has grown: Corbin is now running for mayor.

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Sun Sentinel Digital Services Promises to Help You Use Twitter but Has No Clue How to Use Twitter

Categories: Technology

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The Sun Sentinel doesn't just offer local journalism to the good folks of Broward and Palm Beach. It also offers digital services to businesses and websites. This separate branch of the paper, called 435 Digital by Sun Sentinel, promises to help any interested entities "grow your presence online," "increase your social media followers," and "manage all social media interactions for you."

It does all of this whilst also running a Twitter account that might very well be managed by a Boston terrier with an astigmatism.

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Congressman Asks FBI to Investigate USA Swimming Over Child Sex Abuse

Categories: Crime

This past spring, New Times published a cover story detailing widespread sexual abuse in competitive swimming. The story detailed many Florida connections, including allegations about one Fort Lauderdale coach who was accused of videotaping boys in a bathroom but was barely investigated.

Now, California Congressman George Miller has asked the FBI to look into the matter.

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Rick Scott Admits He Postponed an Inmate's Execution So Pam Bondi Could Throw a Party

Categories: Politics

In September of 2013, we brought you the story of Attorney General Pam Bondi asking Gov. Rick Scott to postpone the execution of an inmate on Florida's death row so she could throw herself a fundraiser.

Scott honored Bondi's request, and the execution of Marshall Lee Gore was stayed so she could have her shindig.

During Tuesday night's third debate between Scott and Charlie Crist, the former governor brought up the story and directly asked Scott if he did indeed stay Gore's execution so Bondi can have her fundraiser. Scott admitted he did, though he gave a nonanswer in explaining it.

See also: Pam Bondi Gets Execution Rescheduled So She Can Hold a Fundraiser

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Fort Lauderdale Homeless Feeding Restrictions Approved; Advocates Say They'll Feed Them Anyway

Categories: Broward News

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In what came down to an all-nighter, Fort Lauderdale commissioners voted to approve a new ordinance that sets restrictions on how churches and groups can feed the city's homeless.

Commissioners met on Tuesday and went well into Wednesday morning, ending their meeting at 3:30 a.m. after having heard from advocacy groups and citizens calling on them not to pass the ordinance.

With protesters chanting outside City Hall, the commission voted 4-1 in favor of the new regulations, with Dean Trantalis as the only dissenting vote. And while the ordinance will officially become law on October 31, homeless advocates have already announced that they'll be feeding the homeless anyway.

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Parents Unhappy With "Flawed Principal Selection" at Bethune Elementary

Categories: Broward News

Courtesy of Bethune Elementary Supporters
Bethune Elementary School of the Arts is about to name a new principal approved by a selection committee. But a growing number of parents and faculty say they're unhappy about this.

The current principal, Michelle L. Alvarez, who was chosen as an interim principal at the beginning of the school year, is popular among students, parents, and teachers.

But the selection committee announced that it vetted a new candidate and was set to recommend Wanda E. Haynes as the school's new principal. That is, until parents rallied to express their displeasure.

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Scott-Crist Debate: The Twitterverse Responds to Brutal On-Air Smackdown

Categories: Politics

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Well, that was brutal. Fangate obviously didn't cool down any tempers. Last night, Gov. Rick Scott met challenger Charlie Crist in the final gubernatorial debate. If you plugged into the live feed from Jacksonville, you witnessed the only show outside of the WWE featuring well-tanned and slightly delirious egos pounding each other with metaphoric metal chairs.

Both the current and former governor unloaded full clips of personal attacks, umbrage, and criticism. They bashed each other on backstory, on lifestyle, on who grew up poor and who grew up rich, who was friends with scumbags, who was a scumbag. It was ugly. And ultimately, it didn't move voters much. The latest Quinnipiac poll put both candidates at 44 percent.

The reason, it seems, is that Florida voters are just sick of both Scott and Crist. A dive into tweets from last night's debate illustrates the late-election-season malaise.

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Ten Reasons the Dolphins Will Win the AFC East

photo by: Morgan Coleman
We sling a lot of poop at the Miami Dolphins around these parts. And for good reason. They suck. They tend to stuff all our Sundays, loyalties, and hope into a cannon and fire it into an active volcano like Xenu.

But screw that. We're going to forge ahead and -- perhaps against all sense and reason -- say that the Dolphins are actually going to not only get into the playoffs this year but win their division. Why? Because things just might be lining up to do so. Also, because screw it. Mostly, because screw it.

See also: Are Ryan Tannehill's Toe-Thumbs to Blame For His Struggles?

Now, the odds are against any of this happening. Bovada has the Dolphins' chances of winning the division at +900. And history is clearly against them. But here are ten reasons we think they'll take the AFC East:

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Tonight: Protest at Palm Beach Sheriff's Office Over Excessive Use of Force

Categories: News


Alarmed at a recent rash of bloody encounters between Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies and members of local immigrant communities, immigrant right's groups are planning to demonstrate tonight at the sheriff's Lake Worth station.

See also: Palm Beach Deputies Caught on Video Beating Man

The 5 p.m. rally will be one of many coast-to-coast, a national day of protest against police brutality called by the October 22 Coalition, an alliance of left political and social justice groups.

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