Florida Still Feeling the Fallout of Digital Domain Collapse

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The Tupac hologram wasn't enough.

Back in 2012, New Times brought you a comprehensive post-op on Digital Domain, a California-based special effects company that grabbed a lot of attention after it resurrected hip hop legend Tupac via hologram for the 2012 Coachella music festival.

But at the same time the company was collecting kudos for the stunt, the company was sinking into financial disaster. Six months later, the company declared bankruptcy. South Florida cities are still trying to pick up the pieces.

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Allen West, Former U.S. Rep. From South Florida, Gets Tea Party Tattoo in West Palm

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"Molon Labe." It's a Greek phrase well-known to Army folk. It means "come and take it," and it's what King Leonidas supposedly told Xerxes before the Battle of Sparta. The slogan, which was used during the Texas Revolution, is also popular among Second Amendment activists today.

Military members, separatists, and gun nuts. What do these people have in common? Many of them probably watch Fox News, where former U.S. Rep. Allen West commentates. And as of yesterday, the Palm Beach Gardens resident will have something up his sleeve other than Tea Party rhetoric. He got the conservative motto permanently etched on his forearm yesterday at Ace's High Tattoo in West Palm.

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Pam Bondi Appeals Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

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It had appeared as if maybe she wouldn't, but late Thursday afternoon Florida state Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an appeal notice on behalf of Surgeon General Dr. John H. Armstrong, Secretary of Management Services Craig J. Nichols, and Washington County Clerk of Court Harold Bazzell.

On August 21, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. This meant, had no appeal been filed, that same-sex couples in Florida could start marrying on September 22.

Equality Florida Deputy Director Stratton Pollitzer said in a statement that the fault lies with Gov. Rick Scott.

"Make no mistake, the responsibility for today's appeal belongs to Gov. Scott," Pollitzer said. "This appeal would not be moving forward without his full support."

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Anti-Medical Marijuana Group Attacks John Morgan and Loopholes on Billboard

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Anti-medical marijuana group Drug Free America Foundation has taken it up a notch on their "Amendment 2 has loopholes that will lead to legalized marijuana" talking point by putting up a billboard attacking John Morgan.

Morgan, the Orland-based attorney and medical marijuana advocate who has poured millions of his own money into getting Amendment 2 passed, recently made headlines with a profanity-laced speech he gave a group of young voters during a post-debate party last week.

And while one would assume that would be the fodder for his opponents, it looks like the anti-medical weed folks are sticking to their loophole argument.

"Amendment 2 is riddled with loopholes: It is one thing to be compassionate; it's another to be reckless," the billboard says. "Does John Morgan know the difference?"

See also: John Morgan's Profanity-Laced Video: United for Care Responds


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Donald Trump Has Jumped Into the "Autism Caused by Vaccinations" Conspiracy Theory Fray

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As you may or may not know, Donald Trump is a prolific tweeter. And by that, we mean he likes to get into beefs with people or corporations on Twitter and call them losers, in between tweeting about his hotels and saying derogatory things about Obama.

And sure, it can be annoying. What with his beefing with FPL or Buzzfeed or even with fellow fringe conservatives. He's also been a big-time birther.

But all of that stuff could be reduced to simply being white noise from a very self-involved, narcissistic man with lots of time on his hands.

Yet, in the past 24 hours, Trump has gone from insufferable real-life cartoon villain to downright dangerous. His latest crusade has been to ignore medical science and inexplicably jump headlong into the "vaccinations cause autism" argument.

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Fort Lauderdale's Ten Most Pervasive Stereotypes: True or False?

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Fort Lauderdale can be a bit of an enigma these days.

It's got a lot of canals, was once the spring-break capital of the world, and is often lost in the ubiquitous sexy glow of Miami Beach.

So, is it a party town? A family town? Do people even go there anymore? What's up with the nightlife?

All valid questions. And, like most towns, Fort Lauderdale has developed some stereotypes in recent years. For better or worse, some of these stereotypes have been tough to shake. But it's always unfair to peg an entire city on stuff people are saying.

So we break it down for you. Here are Fort Lauderdale's ten most pervasive stereotypes and whether they're true or not.

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Spirit Airlines Is Getting Heat for Using the Naked Celeb Scandal to Sell Plane Tickets

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This week, your social media is probably just a clogged drain of news, speculation, rumor, and blah, all themed around the celebrity nude photo scandal. To recap: Hackers targeted big names like actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton and others this weekend, somehow springing nude photos from their private email accounts. But instead of occasioning crude jokes, the situation seems to be a tipping point, with people taking the invasion of privacy as a serious and scary breach. But that's not going to stop America's cheapest airline based here in South Florida from making a few extra bucks.

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Medical Marijuana Still Polling Strong Among Floridians

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Another poll, another strong showing for medical marijuana.

With Floridians hitting the polls in a mere two months, it's looking more and more like the majority favors legalizing marijuana. At least according to every poll that's come out since the initiative was put on the ballot.

The recent polling comes from Gravis Marketing, which says an overwhelming 64 percent of Floridians will vote for Amendment 2 come November. It's not the biggest margin we've seen, but it certainly keeps the narrative going that Floridians want to see medical weed legalized.

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Broward Schools Teach Boys and Girls Separately Because of "Testosterone" and "the Menstrual Cycle," ACLU Complaint Says

Categories: Broward News

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Let's just paint the classrooms pink and blue!
Could it be true that "boys are better than girls in math because their bodies receive daily surges of testosterone, while girls have similar skills only 'a few days per month' when they experience 'increased estrogen during the menstrual cycle'?"

That's just one bit of dubious pseudoscience upon which some Broward schools are basing their teaching, according to a formal complaint filed yesterday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.

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Fort Lauderdale Looking Into More Homeless Crackdown Laws

Categories: Broward News

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Fort Lauderdale city leaders are meeting Wednesday to look over the possibility of implementing new homeless laws that will put an end to panhandling, sleeping in public places, and even remove park benches in some areas.

Specifically, the focus will be on camping laws and looking to prevent the homeless from sleeping, eating, and encamping themselves in a public area with their belongings.

Much like a similar law passed months ago, the homeless encampment law will be about aesthetics. As the ordinance puts it, "the City of Fort Lauderdale has a substantial interest in the revitalization, preservation of property values and the prevention of the deterioration in its downtown."

See also: Fort Lauderdale Pushing for "Homeless Hate Laws," Advocacy Groups Say

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