ACLU Fires Back Against Pam Bondi Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Bid

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In less than three weeks gay couples across the Sunshine State may be able to get married -- may. As we reported earlier this week, Attorney General Pam Bondi is pretty much doing everything in her legal power to pump the brakes, including an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. With the court showing signs they're willing to hear the case, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has filed legal briefs asking the highest court to back off.

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DUI Trial for Broward Judge Cynthia Imperato Begins

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The last couple of years, we've had a handful of South Florida judge get busted for driving while under the influence of one substance or another. On Wednesday, opening statements began for the DUI trial of Broward circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato.

Imparato, 57, was busted for DUI back in November of 2013 after driving home from a social gathering with fellow judges and lawyers at Maggiano's restaurant in Boca. Imaparato has admitted to having two glasses of wine, but denies she was impaired when cops pulled her over.

She denied a plea deal that would have given her 12 months probation. Now, she's facing possible jail time if she's found guilty.

See also: Gisele Pollack, Broward County Drug Court Judge, Charged With DUI

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Coral Springs and Miramar Are The Worst College Towns in US, According to New Ranking

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The reasons to move to South Florida are pretty long -- beaches, sun, lack of snow, easy driving conditions -- just kidding on that last one. One reason apparently not to move down to the region? College.

Despite a sprinkling of fine institutions of higher learning all over the tri-county area, a handful of local towns are clunking around at the bottom of WalletHub.com's ranking of the Best & Worst College Cities and Towns in America.

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Jeb Bush Announces He's Exploring a Run For the Presidency

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And here we go...

After months of speculation and hinting and non answers, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced on Tuesday morning that he's starting an exploratory run for the Presidency of the United States of America.

As all pols do nowadays, Bush took to social media to announce his intentions.

Jeb, the brother of President George W. and son of President George H.W. says he talked about running for the White House over Thanksgiving weekend.


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Pam Bondi Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Block Florida Gay Marriage

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Pam Bondi just won't leave gay marriage alone. Despite the growing consensus in the Sunshine State drifting toward marriage equality, the state's top law official now is asking the country's highest court to block same-sex-marriage next month -- the latest move in Bondi's campaign to keep Florida's gay population from tying the knot.

This time, she says its to avoid "statewide confusion."

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Debra Villegas, Scott Rothstein's Right-Hand Woman, May Get Prison Time Cut Short

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Debra Villegas (left) and friend, Melissa Lewis, who was murdered by Debra's husband Tony.
Convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein's right-hand woman, Debra Villegas, may be getting her prison time reduced, if a judge listens to the prosecution's recommendation.

Villegas received the maximum sentence of a decade in prison in 2010 for her role in Rothstein's $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme. But prosecutors are recommending U.S. District Judge William Zloch that he reduce Villega's prison time for cooperating with them in nailing other, more prominent members of Rothstein's scheme, including his attorney Christina Kitterman.

Villegas has so far served 3-1/2 years at the medium-security federal prison in Coleman in Central Florida.

See also: Sentencing Debra Villegas

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Protesters to Disrupt Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale (UPDATED)

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Evan Rowe is an adjunct professor of history at Broward College.

See Update at end of text. There were two arrests.

It just so happens that Christmas 2014 is coinciding with social tensions over both police brutality and treatment of the homeless population.

That should make for an interesting scene as protestors from various groups are planning actions to coincide with tonight's Winterfest boat parade in Fort Lauderdale.

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Lake Worth to Let Atheist to Lead Satanic Invocation Before Commission Meeting

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Atheist Preston Smith giving his invocation last week. The mayor and several commissioners walked out.
The City of Lake Worth has accepted the request of an atheist to give a "Satanic" invocation before an upcoming commission meeting.

Atheist and blogger Chaz Stevens sent his request to the city last week, after news broke that Lake Worth's mayor and a few commissioners had walked out during a fellow atheist's invocation December 2.

See also: Lake Worth Commissioners Walk Out During Atheist Invocation

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Stephanie Kraft, Former Broward School Board Member, Found Guilty in Corruption Trial

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Back in 2010, then-Broward School Board member Stephanie Kraft and her husband, Mitchell, a former Tamarac city attorney, were arrested on unlawful compensation, bribery, and other charges. On Thursday, a Broward jury found Stephanie guilty of official misconduct.

The verdict ends a corruption odyssey that began in 2007, when Stephanie and Mitchell gave two shady South Florida developers, Bruce and Shawn Chait, what the Broward State Attorney's Office called "illegal assistance." The Chaits hired Mitchell to help them get school-required development fees for one of their building projects reduced by up to $500,000.

See also: ARRESTED: School Board Member Stephanie Kraft and Husband Mitch


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2014 Winterfest Boat Parade: Where to Watch, Park, and Avoid Traffic

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The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade takes place this Saturday night, and if you're planning on going, this is your life-hack-guide to navigating the night. "The Greatest Show on H2O" aka "The World's Most Watched Boat Parade" aka "Why Does A Boat Show Have Multiple Nicknames" is going with a "TV's Greatest Hits" theme this year; so you can expect boats recreating your favorite boob-tube shows from over the years to be sailing by you all-night-long.

The parade travels along the New River, then travels east to the Intracoastal waterway in Fort Lauderdale, then north to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. There is expected to be lots of traffic, bridge closings, and a shortage of parking in the area; so here are some tips that will save you some frustration Saturday, and get you to the water in time for the fun.

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