Tonight: Fort Lauderdale Votes on More Anti-Homeless Laws

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Tonight, Fort Lauderdale city commissioners will vote on two ordinances: one which that would ban camping downtown, and another that would ban panhandling in many city locations.

This past spring, the city passed an ordinance that allows police to confiscate homeless people's belongings, and another that strengthened a law against defecating in public. Commissioners have also said they want to more strictly regulate groups that pass out food to the homeless, and it's expected that such a law might be introduced this fall.

The laws have come as a response to the business community, whose members have complained that the presence of homeless people drives away customers. But advocates for the homeless say these measures amount to "anti-homeless hate laws," which make it difficult for the homeless to perform basic living functions such as sleeping and eating. The criminalization of homelessness is a trend that's happening around the country. (Pensacola this year briefly made it illegal for homeless people to have blankets.)

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Medical Marijuana Town Hall Meeting Going Down at Broward College Tuesday

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The debate for legalizing medical marijuana has been traveling throughout Florida the past few weeks, and now it's making its stop in our neck of the woods.

United For Care and Drug Free Florida will be going head-to-head before the public in Broward, in a town hall debate Tuesday morning.

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Rick Scott Has Appointed Fewer African-Americans to Judgeships Than Previous Governors

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In the first four years of his governorship of Florida, Rick Scott has apparently appointed fewer African-Americans to judgeships in the state than the past two governors in that same time span.

This, according to new data released by Scott's office over the weekend.

In all, Scott has appointed none black attorneys to Florida judgeships in four years, which include reappointments of three judges. Those three judges work smaller courts, such as traffic and injury cases.

When it comes to more prestigious seats -- such as trial and circuit court, Scott has appointed only two African Americans in the last four years.

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Young Stars of The Maze Runner Bring Dystopian Tale to Life (VIDEO)

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Darkness. Vision is consumed by darkness and the sound of knobs turning and metal clashing. Light flickers in, and things start to come into perspective. It's a lift; something is being carried up -- but to where? The screeching of a pulley is joined by the panting of a young boy, distraught and confused.

Suddenly, the doors open and a group of kids stands awaiting the nameless boy and the lot of supplies that come with him. One from the group, Gally, jumps into the container to welcome the new arrival: "Day one, Greenie, rise and shine."

A few panning shots of the scene and things become clear: The boys are trapped in the middle of an ever-changing maze.

"We wanted to set out for that to be the end result: the experience," says Dylan O'Brien, who plays the nameless, hyperventilating boy we later learn is called Thomas in The Maze Runner.

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Reversible Lane Gates on I-595 Have Been Hit Over a Hundred Times

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Earlier this year, I-595 opened up reversible lanes in order to smooth over congestion during rush hours and generally make commuters' lives a bit easier.

In order to keep from having people accidentally drive into oncoming traffic at the wrong time, officials erected warning gates to go down during the respective times.

Shockingly, turns out the gates haven't been 100 percent effective and the barriers have been crashed into over 100 times.

The good news is that the gates kept these people from driving into oncoming traffic. So, technically, the gates are working.

See also: New Reversible Lanes on I-595 Coming Soon: Try Not to Drive Directly Into Incoming Traffic!

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Lawsuit: Church and Charter School Enabled Man to Use Kids as "Sex Slaves"

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In 2012, Jeffery London, a former youth pastor and charter-school dean of students, was accused of a vicious pattern of sexual assault with the poor kids he let stay with him at an unlicensed foster home dubbed "London's Hotel." The investigation reportedly involved up to 40 possible victims.

When London went to trial in early 2014, a jury found him not guilty. But this October, he's scheduled to again face a jury on 18 additional criminal charges coming from four more accusers.

Additionally, a civil lawsuit has dropped in Broward filed by four alleged John Doe victims rehashing the allegations. The target of this suit: not London but the charitable institutions that allegedly enabled the abuse.

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Miami Dolphins Lose All Their Running Backs in Bills Loss

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Well, it was fun while it lasted.

The Miami Dolphins got their butts pounded by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday to the tune of 29-10. And while the offense did put up a little bit of a fight in the second half, it was mostly a disaster.

Terrible passes, blocked punts, a kickoff returned for a TD, four sacks, and really, really bad coaching led to the beatdown.

And then there was losing Miami's best player not only for the game but for maybe a month, if not more. Knowshon Moreno left the game with a dislocated elbow. And it looks like his backup, Lamar Miller, will also miss significant time with an ankle injury.


Here are six things we learned from their debacle:

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Troubled Greyhound Trainer Gets Relicensed While Complaints Take Years to Resolve

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James "Barney" O'Donnell, 84, is a well-known greyhound trainer from Miami Lakes who has raced dogs around the country.

In 2011, O'Donnell was accused of forging a dead veterinarian's signature on paperwork for 94 dogs. In 2013, a raid of O'Donnell's cages at Florida Kennels in Hialeah turned up hypodermic syringes containing anabolic steroids as well as mysterious IV bags. Since 1995, O'Donnell has been charged with nine public (noncriminal) complaints, including animal abuse. He's been either reprimanded or fined three times, according to state records.

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Anti-Medical Marijuana Group Pouring $1.6 Million Into TV Ads (UPDATE)

Categories: Marijuana

United For Care campaign manager Ben Pollara released a statement on Drug Free Florida's planned TV ads:

"It's no surprise Drug Free Florida Committee is making such a large buy so far out from Election Day. When your basic position runs completely counter to public opinion, millions in misleading advertising is the only strategy available. But no amount of advertising can overwhelm the basic facts. Floridians know the benefits of medical marijuana are real, and the people of this state are deeply compassionate. We believe the overwhelming majority will vote to make sure patients no longer have to risk incarceration for listening to their doctors and seeking relief from debilitating diseases and medical conditions."

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With the vote a mere two months away, the No On 2/Drug Free Florida people are decidedly taking it strong to the hoop with their TV airtime buys, trying to get their message across to as many people as possible.

The Miami Herald's Marc Caputo reports that Drug Free Florida is putting in $1.6 million in TV ads for the first week of October, and are promising more to come after that.

See also: Anti-Medical Marijuana Group Goes After John Morgan's Profanity-Laced Speech in Ad

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9 Reasons Buffalo Bills Fans Are the Worst

The 2014 Miami Dolphins season is well underway! And while lots of other sites will be breaking down each game, and list reasons why the Dolphins will or won't win, while analyzing players, coaches, and match-ups against their respective opponent week to week, we won't.

Not us. Not here. Instead, we're focusing on why every week's opponent has the worst fanbase in all the NFL.

This week, the 1-0 Dolphins are set to play the division-rival Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Orchard Park.

Here are 9 reasons why their fans are the worst:

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