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

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Byron Maharrey knows what a Florida panther looks like. The former chairman of the board for the Florida Sportsmen's Conservation Association had seen the elusive cats near Palatka and around his home by Lake Kissimmee before. And he swears he saw one of these rare cougar subspecies while hunting there last month. Maharrey was sitting in a chair surrounded by decoy turkeys when an unseen force knocked the outdoorsman onto his gun and ran away. The tawny color and the long tail were dead giveaways that this was no mere bobcat.

"Florida Wildlife Commission has always said there's no documented case of panther attacks on humans," he tells the Pulp. "I don't think they can say that anymore."

See also: Oil Companies Are Planning to Drill in Florida Panther Habitat

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Palm Beach County Closer to Importing Trash for Money

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Ahh, Palm Beach County... palm trees swaying with the waft of putrid refuge in the breeze.

Palm Beach County is a dump.

Or, at least, it's going to be, after county commissioners voted 4-3 vote to seek bids from waste haulers from all parts outside of Palm Beach just so they can land some big money for a new incinerator.

The commissioners argue that the money would give trash revenues a lift so they can lower trash-disposal bills for Palm Beach County residents and businesses.

Naturally, there's been some backlash.


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Florida Drivers Warned About Fake Toll Violation Letter Scam

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The Florida Department of Transportation is warning people about a mail scam involving a fake letter asking to pay an overdue toll fine.

The letter, which comes from the official-sounding but extremely fake Toll Enforcement LLC, or TELC Inc., is trying to dupe people into sending a cashier's check for $57 to cover a final warning notice for an outstanding toll payment.

The letter goes on to warn the recipient that failure to comply will lead to a $500 penalty or a suspension of his or her driver's license.

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Kayla "2 Drunk 2 Care" Mendoza Bond Set at $600,000

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Kayla "2 Drunk 2 Care" Mendoza made her first court appearance Tuesday afternoon after having been arrested and formally charged with the deaths of Marisa Catronio and a passenger, Kaitlyn Ferrante, in a wrong-way car accident on the Sawgrass Expressway last November.

Broward Judge John "Jay" Hurley set Mendoza's bond at $600,000.

The families of Catronio and Ferrante had pleaded with Hurley to deny Mendoza's bond.

Mendoza is facing eight criminal charges, including DUI manslaughter.

See also: Kayla Mendoza, "2 Drunk 2 Care" Motorist, Arrested Monday With Eight Charges

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West Palm Beach Doctor Bills for More Medicare Reimbursements Than Any Other Doctor in the Country

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Dr. Melgen operates four offices in Florida, although his flagship practice is in West Palm Beach.
Salomon E. Melgen lives in a 5,000-square-foot North Palm Beach mansion. He travels by private jet to the Dominican Republic with New Jersey senators. He's the subject of not one but two current FBI investigations. The 59-year-old eye surgeon has yet another claim to notoriety now, the New York Times reports this morning.

Although the multimillionaire ophthalmologist's online biography states Melgen isn't a "cookbook doctor," a data analysis of Medicare has led some to think he might be cooking his books. In 2012 alone, he billed the government for $21 million in reimbursements.

He's far from the only Florida health professional who's raising eyebrows -- Asad Qamar, an Ocala cardiologist, was paid $18,154,816 by Medicare that year, and Alexander Eaton of Fort Myers got back $10,726,482.

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Pedophilia Rumors Roil Florida Pagan Community

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Pagans are unorthodox but they do have their limits, apparently, and rumors that some of their number have crossed the line by advocating pedophilia have cast a cloud over the Florida pagan community's big annual May Day shindig, the Florida Pagan Gathering.

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- Local Pagans Get Down With Heavenly Hubba-Hubba

Now in its 20th year, the FPG -- "one of the top 10 Fire Festivals in the world" -- was founded by the Palm Bay-based Church of Iron Oak and is now overseen by the Temple of Earth Gathering Inc. This year's, in Lake Wales, a Beltaine celebration "will honor Aine, the Celtic Queen Under the Mound, and Aengus mac Og, the Celtic God of Love." For an admission charge of about $100, attendees will "pass through one of four gates of their choice (North, East, South, or West) and be smudged and asperged as they enter."


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Seminole Tribe Sued Over Deal With '90s Alt-Rockers Candlebox

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Candlebox hasn't been spending too much time dominating the pop charts lately, but unlike a lot of alternative-rock acts that rode the grunge wave to popularity in the '90s, the band is still alive and kicking.

2013 was supposed to be a big year for the 'Box. Band members were celebrating a 20th anniversary and had a new album to promote. Then, according to a lawsuit filed last month in federal court, they ran into a bad business partner: the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

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Fort Lauderdale Among Top 20 Cities in Investments in Public Safety

Categories: Broward

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Feel free to keep your doors unlocked from now on, Fort Lauderdale! (*Just kidding; don't do that.)

Because of 239 cities with a population greater than 100,000, Fort Lauderdale ranks as the 19th city that invest the most resources in public safety.

This, according to NerdWallet.com, which crunches numbers on banking and finance.

Specifically, NerdWallet wanted to see how U.S. cities survived the great recession of 2008 and were able to keep their police and fire departments intact.

See also: Fort Lauderdale Named Seventh "Most Exciting" Midsized City


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Photobomber Who Does Handstands All Over Fort Lauderdale Beach Is Josh Krasner

Categories: Tropical Life

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How Krasner spends most of his time.
It seems like 27-year-old Josh Krasner spends more time upside down than right-side up. His Instagram (@krasnation) is chock-full of his signature inverted stance, where he balances on his forearms, his legs shooting up in the air.

"It's a whole bunch of yoga moves, depending on where I place my hands or how I hold my legs," Krasner explains. "I have no idea what it's called off the top of my head." Not quite a handstand or headstand, we refer to the move as a forearmstand.

He claims it's a lot easier than it seems, but once you spot his flip-flops in the air, you can't leave Fort Lauderdale Beach without taking a selfie with him.


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Cris Carter's Wife Gets Into Fight With Woman During Boca Tennis Match

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Melanie Carter, wife of former Miami Dolphins and Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, apparently got head-butted Tuesday morning after fighting with another woman over a tennis match.

According to a Boca Raton Police Department incident report, Melanie was playing a doubles tennis match with a couple of other women when a line judge made a call she didn't agree with.

Things got heated. One of the women on the opposing team and Melanie began to argue, and the next thing everyone knew, the two were on the ground in an all-out brawl.

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