Four Florida Panther Deaths in Less Than Two Weeks Raises Number to 12 Overall in 2014

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Sadly, it seems the only way you can catch a glimpse of an endangered and beautiful Florida panther is by spotting a dead one on the road. Unfortunately, two panthers were found dead in the span of a couple of days.

On Friday, a hiker walking through the Picayune Strand State Forest spotted the carcass of a panther. While the cause of death is still unknown, it marked the 11th dead panther found in Florida this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Then, on Monday, another dead panther was reported just north of Lake Placid in Highlands County. This one was reportedly run over by a vehicle, which is the most common cause of death for Florida panthers.

That brings us to four dead panthers in a little over two weeks and 12 overall for the year.

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Broward-Based Spirit Airlines Is the Most Complained About Air Carrier, Study Finds

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Extra bag? Hand over the credit card. In-flight soda? Fork it over again. On time? Ha. Right. Need to use the bathroom in flight? Gimme that card again.

Ladies and gentleman, welcome to Spirit Airlines.

If you've booked a flight on the fast-growing discount airliner in the past few years, no doubt you've run into Spirit's no-frills, eff-the-customer, you-need-us-we-don't-need-you approach to service. And sure, the Miramar-based air carrier may actually not be charging for bathroom time (yet), but the general idea is that it offers air travel stripped of nearly all amenities. It's pay to play.

And as such, according to a recent report, Spirit has racked up the most complaints of any U.S. plane chain over the past five years.

See also: Bride Says Spirit Airlines Ruined Her Wedding

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Activists Call Fort Lauderdale's Proposed Ordinances "Homeless Hate Laws"

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Food Not Bombs distributing meals in Sarasota, which was named the worst place to be homeless in America in 2006.
Despite the warm weather, Florida is one of the worst places to be homeless in the country. Almost every year, the state gets ragged on by the National Coalition for the Homeless for being one of the "meanest" in the union. Cities like Miami, Sarasota, Pensacola, and St. Pete have been specifically targeted for either passing laws or getting litigious regarding the rights of their most disenfranchised residents.

Now Fort Lauderdale is gearing up to join the list of places that activists say openly discriminate against the homeless. On the agenda for tonight's City Commission meeting are two ordinances that, if passed, would effectively ban homeless people there from relieving themselves or owning personal property.

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Anti-Scientology Conference in Clearwater May 5-11

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Scientology's headquarters in Clearwater.
It's kind of amazing that there's anyone left in Scientology, given all of the bad press this so-called religion has received -- from Tom Cruise's couch-jumping, revelations about Xenu, and some high-profile exits from the church.

But one drive past the organization's headquarters -- a historic building called "Flag" in downtown Clearwater -- and you'll see devotees swarming, dressed in crisp white shirts and dark pants, evidence that some people are still believers in the elaborate scheme devised by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

See also: Ken Dandar Messed With Scientology, and Now the Spies Are After Him

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City Electrician Says Coworker Almost Killed Him With Explosion Prank

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A City of Fort Lauderdale electrician survived a fiery 480-volt explosion at a wastewater lift station in February. The electrician, Brian Farmer, blames a mechanic's prank (turning off the circuit breakers) for the unnecessary danger.

Farmer has filed complaints against the mechanic, Jerry Marshka, to his boss, human resources, and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

"I am afraid for the City of Fort Lauderdale, my co-workers, and myself," Farmer wrote in an email to his boss.

See also: Florida Man Told to Stop Masturbating in Front of Apartment Window Sets Apartment on Fire

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Christopher George, Pill Mill King, Has Sentence Reduced

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Christopher George, the onetime Broward/Palm Beach pill mill kingpin who was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison last year, saw that sentence reduced on Friday thanks to his role in snitching against two doctors.

During a hearing on Friday where George was not present, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra ruled to shave three and a half years off George's prison term, which would cut it to 14 years.

George's lawyers were hoping for at least a 50 percent reduction. But Marra cited George's boastful and haughty testimony during his trial as reason to deny that request.

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Palm Beach Elementary School on Lockdown Because of Books

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The same Palm Beach County elementary school that was put on lockdown several months ago because of a bobcat wandering the premises, was put on lockdown Monday morning due to a suspicious package.

Turns out, the package was a box of books.

Grove Park Elementary School, located at 8330 N. Military Trail, was evacuated after a package was discovered on the south side of the school's campus near the bus loop, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

See also: Palm Beach Elementary School on Lockdown Because of a Bobcat

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Charlie Crist's First Field Office to Open in Broward This Week

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The Charlie Crist campaign has announced that it will open an office in Broward County this upcoming weekend.

The field office, which will be located at 320 S. University Drive in Plantation, is the first Crist field office to open in Florida as the former governor preps for another go at Tallahassee.

The Broward office's grand opening will be held on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and will be the central hub for the most Democratic county in Florida to start its push to get the once-Republican governor back into office as a Democratic governor.

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Seminole County Woman Mauled by "Highly Habituated" Bear

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Seminole County is the bear-attack capital of Florida. Residents of the sylvan subdivisions lining Markham Woods Road frequently see the creatures in their backyards and know to watch out for deer on the drive home. Wildlife is just part of the neighborhood. But now, wildlife officials say, the bears there are starting to attack. After cohabitating with humans for so long, they've have become fearless.

We at the Pulp welcome our new ursine overlords.

Terri Franna, a 44-year-old Lake Mary resident, was mauled by a bear over the weekend and is now recovering. Although initial reports suggested she might have been attacked by as many as five of the animals, the Sun Sentinel reports today that it was only one.

See also: Hunter Says He Was Attacked in First-Ever Florida Panther Attack

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Mug-Shot Monday: Guess What Pharrell Had Under the Hat

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You spoke; we listened. Back by popular demand, welcome to Mug-Shot Monday, a longstanding New Times franchise focusing on the week's most eye-catching mug shots from South Florida's tat heads, tough guys, derp faces, and femmes fatale. Click on and enjoy.

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