New Florida Law: Insurance Companies Can't Charge Higher Rates for People Who Own Guns

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Senate Bill 424, a bill that would protect Florida gun owners from being discriminated against by insurance companies, is headed to Gov. Rick Scott's desk to be signed into law after passing via a 74-44 vote in the state House on Tuesday.

Much to the delight of gun advocacy groups and the NRA, this means that it's now basically illegal for insurance companies to deny coverage or increase rates for a person who owns a gun.

The bill, cosponsored by Republicans Matt Gaetz in the House and Sen. Tom Lee, says that "unfair discrimination on the basis of gun ownership in the provision of personal lines property or personal lines automobile insurance is a discriminatory insurance practice."

See also: Top Six Gun-Related Bills Being Discussed by Florida Legislature

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Downtown Hollywood to Expand Its Mural Project

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Jill C. Weisberg
Street artists, 2 Alas, created this mural as part of the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project.

Last Wednesday, the Hollywood commission approved the Community Redevelopment Authority's request to expand its Downtown Hollywood Mural Project (DHMP), according to Jorge Camejo, the CRA's executive director.

Currently, the mural district occupies two streets, Harrison Street and Hollywood Boulevard. The expansion would triple its size and span Federal Highway and Dixie Highway.

The CRA launched its first wall in August 2012, with a mural by artist David "Lebo" Lebatard. The wall, situated across from Young Circle, drew controversy and criticism among residents and city officials.

To date, 11 murals have been created, ten by local artists. This distinguishes downtown Hollywood from Wynwood, where many of the walls in the gritty and hip neighborhood were painted by international artists.

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101 Cantina Closed, to Be Replaced by the Filling Station Gastropub

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Photo by Michelle Friswell

Last week, it sorta kinda maybe really looked like troubled bar 101 Cantina in Boca Raton had shut down. Days later, the signage for 101 Cantina was removed, and now a sign on the door confirms the college bar's demise.

A new eatery called the Filling Station is scheduled to open in its place -- though there could be some confusion, because there's a Filling Station and Garage Bar that is an award-winning burger dive in downtown Miami -- our sister publication Miami New Times named it one of the ten best neighborhood bars -- and it's been around since 1994.

The font on The Filling Station and Garage Bar's website is even similar to the font in the sign pictured above.

But it's a different The Filling Station that is replacing 101 Cantina, home to much college debauchery in the last year, in Boca Raton.

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Jameis Winston Rape Case Botched by Tallahassee Police, According to New York Times

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Photo by David July via Wikipedia Commons
The New York Times published an in-depth report on how the Tallahassee Police Department handled the Jameis Winston rape case this past November.

And while there are no new game-changing revelations and a lot of what the report covers we wrote about here on the Pulp, it does go into detail at how poorly the TPD seemed to have handled the case and how its ineptitude could also continue to mar Winston and FSU's image.

Or, as the chief assistant state attorney in the case said, though there may not have been a crime committed, it "sheds some light on the way Mr. Winston operates" and on what may be "a recurring problem rather than some type of misunderstanding that occurred in an isolated situation."

See also: Jameis Winston Accuser Is Begging Rick Scott to Investigate the Tallahassee PD's Handling of Her Case

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Watchdog Groups to Call on Florida Legislature to Come Through With Ethics Reform and Open Government

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A Florida watchdog coalition, headed by the nonprofit group Integrity Florida, is scheduled to hold a news conference in Tallahassee on Wednesday morning to remind lawmakers of their promises to bring ethics reform and transparency to the Sunshine State's government.

Joining Integrity Florida will be the First Amendment Foundation, Common Cause Florida, and Citizens Awareness Foundation. The groups are coming together to call Tallahassee to make sure to push a couple of open government and ethics reform bills that are stalled in the Florida Legislature.

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Florida Man With "Inhuman Strength" Goes on Violent Rampage in Palm Beach Supermarket

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A man went on a violent rampage at a Greenacres grocery store, fighting off police officers with what they say was an "inhuman strength" and shouting that he wanted food.

Officers even tried Tasering him, but that did little to subdue the man, who was described as having veins bulging out of the sides of his neck during his state of excited delirium.

According to a Greenacres Police report, the man even lifted a woman off the ground and began choking her.

It took a team of police officers to finally tackle and take the man down, according to the report.

See also: Crazed Naked Florida Man Bites Man in Face, Injures Police Officer Before Being Shot by Deputies

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Christopher George, Pill Mill King, Has Sentence Reduced

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Christopher George, the onetime Broward/Palm Beach pill mill kingpin who was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison last year, saw that sentence reduced on Friday thanks to his role in snitching against two doctors.

During a hearing on Friday where George was not present, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra ruled to shave three and a half years off George's prison term, which would cut it to 14 years.

George's lawyers were hoping for at least a 50 percent reduction. But Marra cited George's boastful and haughty testimony during his trial as reason to deny that request.

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Traffic Will Be Insane on Fort Lauderdale Beach This Weekend Due to Tortuga Music Festival

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Photo by Alex Markow
This weekend, the Tortuga Music Festival and its 20,000 sunburned attendees will invade Fort Lauderdale Beach. They'll bring alcohol, cowboy hats, coolers, and -- unfortunately -- traffic.

Tons and tons of traffic.

See also: Make Your Own Free Custom Tic Tac Packs at Tortuga Music Festival

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Palm Beach County Closer to Importing Trash for Money

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

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Broward County Sheriff's Office
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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