Lynn Rosenthal, Broward Judge Arrested for Crashing Into Cop Car, Says Doctor Gave Wrong Ambien Prescription

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On Wednesday, Broward Circuit Judge Lynn Rosenthal entered a no-contest plea to a reckless-driving charge after ramming her black BMW SUV into a police car in the Broward County Courthouse parking lot back in May.

Rosenthal, who was not in court while her lawyer entered the plea, was sentenced to three months of probation and 25 hours of community service and ordered to pay restitution.

At the time of her arrest, Rosenthal had admitted to taking Ambien, a prescription sleeping pill, the night before her accident.

Her attorney, Brian Silber, sent out a news release in hopes of explaining Rosenthal's arrest, and so that the "public can put this matter to rest once and for all."

The explanation, according to the release, and to what Silber told New Times, was that Rosenthal was accidentally given the wrong prescription by her physician.

See also: Lynn Rosenthal, Broward Judge Arrested on DUI Charge, Was on Ambien

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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Offering a Traffic App

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Being stuck in traffic sucks. But now, instead of having to look up why the traffic in Palm Beach suddenly got so wretched while still driving or waiting for the next update from the radio station, you can get an audio update thanks to a new traffic app.

The PBSO has partnered with the Audible Media Group to offer residents an audio traffic app for their Android or iPhone.

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When Your Medical Marijuana Business Fails, You're Screwed

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As support for Amendment 2 picks up across the state, Floridians are eager to get their hands in the medical weed industry game. But it's become clear recently that the Republican-controlled Legislature might cap the number of dispensaries and limit the number of people who can cash in.

Consider California. When medical pot was first legalized there, dispensaries popped up everywhere. Voters decided to limit them, and many closed down, leaving would-be entrepreneurs in the dust.

See also: How to Get Rich in the Medical Marijuana Business (or Go Broke Trying)

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Says It's No Surprise Florida Cops Were Linked to KKK

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The Ku Klux Klan on parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.
The nickname of Fruitland Park, Florida, might be "The Friendly City," but something sinister is lurking behind the Lake County city's façade of Southern hospitality.

Deputy Police Chief and Fire Chief David Borst stepped down last Thursday after the FBI confronted him with evidence that he was involved in the Ku Klux Klan -- the white supremacist group that emerged following the Civil War and is known for its conical hats.

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BSO Conducting "DUI Saturation Patrol" During Fourth of July Weekend

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Happy Fourth of July everyone!

Now that you have your entire day free and know how you plan to celebrate America's butt-kicking of Britain, here's what you need to know:

The Broward Sheriff's Office will be conducting a countywide DUI saturation patrol today and throughout the remainder of the holiday weekend.

Officers from the BSO, along with the DUI Task Force, will be actively enforcing DUI laws and identifying impaired drivers all across the county today, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Florida Man Trashed in Tell-All Book by Former Mother-in-Law, Lawsuit Says

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A short list of the worst ways to get back at an ex: poison the goldfish, glitter-bomb the car (shit never vacuums up), and here's a new one: Have your mom write a tell-all book, then ship the skinny out to everyone in his or her life.

That's the scenario laid out in a lawsuit recently filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. Local John Scott claims that his ex's mom used his marital Hiroshima as fodder for a book, painting Scott as a deadbeat a-hole with defamatory information.

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The Onion Founders Locked in Hilarious Palm Beach County Lawsuit

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Although it flopped like a dead grouper when it hit in 2008, the straight-to-DVD "The Onion Movie" was a rare misplayed hand by the world leader in smart-ass news.

Since launching in 1988, The Onion has burrowed a niche deep into the American news cycle by uncorking snark and scathing satire -- now it's a verifiable media empire. But two key figures from the brand's history are warring it out in court over... executive producer credits.

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Fourteen Years in Jail for Using a Laser Pointer? Cops, FBI Are Cracking Down in Florida

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Apparently, laser pointers are huge problem for both local law enforcement and the FBI. Nope, not your high school physics teacher who just realized she had a red LED light on her forehead the entire time some smart-ass was asking when the class would be "learning about lasers." Not your cat that can never catch the dot dancing wildly across the kitchen tile. Actual, legitimate agents and cops are the ones raising the issue.

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Sued Over Microscopic Ichetucknee Siltsnail

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In 2011, the Center for Biological Diversity struck a huge legal settlement with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that meant the agency needed to decide whether to put 757 different animals on the endangered species list. They bragged, using animals that would pull at people's heartstrings, touting photos of critters like the American wolverine, the Mexican grey wolf, and the Pacific walrus on their website. You know, fauna clearly visible to the naked eye.

One of the first animals that needed to be decided on, though, was the Ichetucknee siltsnail -- thus named for its resemblance to a grain of sand.

The center's attorney, Jaclyn Lopez, conceded to the Associated Press that the snail was not "the most charismatic animal" but said the size of its entire habitat is about the size of your apartment's living room.

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Broward Judge Ana Gardiner Disbarred by Florida Supreme Court

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Former embattled Broward Circuit Judge Ana Gardiner has been disbarred from practicing law by the Florida Supreme Court.

Back in 2008, New Times broke the story of Gardiner's improper sexual relationship with then-prosecutor and Assistant State Attorney Howard Scheinberg during a death penalty trial.

Gardiner and Scheinberg had both been working the Omar Loureiro murder trial, with Scheinberg as prosecuting attorney and Gardiner as judge of the case.

When confronted with the relationship, as well as the 949 phone calls and 471 text messages between the two, Gardiner lied under oath.

See also: Broward Judge Gardiner's Alleged Relationships With Defense Lawyers and Prosecutors Raises Troubling Questions

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