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Life of the party: How Facebook, and a Florida community, rescued an autistic boy’s birthday

A Florida community rallied around a heartbroken 6-year-old boy with autism – in an amazing way – after no one showed up for his birthday party. Like most kids his age, Glen Buratti was hoping to have a fun-filled day with classmates that was planned around his birthday. video platformvideo … Read More

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‘God bless America’: School board fights back against atheist bullies

Florida’s Nassau County School Board won’t be bullied by an atheist group who tried to shut down a student’s right to free speech and stop him from saying, “God bless America.” A Yulee High School student who was initially reprimanded for saying, “God bless America,” has been approved to continue … Read More

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Florida Five: Gov. Scott orders less testing in schools, Lobbyist’s daughter eyes state Senate seat

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Gov. Scott orders less testing in state's public schools – Florida Gov. Rick Scott is suspending a test given to the state's 11th graders. Scott said Wednesday he will issue an executive order that will suspend one of the … Read More

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Leaked word on Wasserman Schultz’s possible Senate run draws early scorn

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the sharp-tongued solon from South Florida, is strongly considering making a run for the Senate if incumbent Republican Marco Rubio makes good on his potential U.S. president run. And the critics are already stinging. Word of Wasserman Schultz’s Senate ambitions came … Read More

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Florida Five: Big GOP names hosting party fundraiser, Twitter blasts a Wasserman Schultz Senate run

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Florida's big GOP names hosting fundraising event for state party – The Republican Party of Florida is breaking out the big guns to send a message of unity after a month that has been marked by internal squabbles. On March 2, … Read More

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Kindergarten ’Fight Club’? Teacher suspended for filming kids getting beat up

A kindergarten teacher in Jacksonville, Fla. is accused of videotaping one student beating others, and doing nothing to stop the fights while they were going on. According to the Florida Times-Union, the Duval County School District launched an investigation of Rita Baci, a teacher at a … Read More

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Florida Five: Lobbyists rake in $30 million, Senate committee approves campus gun bill

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Firms collect nearly $30 million in legislative lobbying fees during final quarter of 2014 – Representing virtually every industry sector in Florida, registered legislative lobbying firms reported earning nearly $30 million during … Read More

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Shots fired; mayhem erupts as nearly 1,000 teens storm movie theater

Nearly 1,000 teenagers overran a suburban mall movie theater in Ocoee, Fla. Sunday night, causing a riot that spread outside the mall. About 200 kids got inside the theater before security gates were closed.  Witnesses reported shots fired outside, according to WKMG-TV. "Everybody just started … Read More

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Florida Five: Rand Paul wows Sarasota, Mayor working to raise statewide profile

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Sen. Rand Paul honored by Sarasota County Republicans at an airport rally on Saturday – Sounding more and more like a candidate for the Republican nomination for president next year, Kentucky's independent-minded, constitutionally … Read More

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Courtroom cracks up as feisty 80-year-old makes ‘sweetheart’ judge lose it

An elderly woman in prison garb took command of the judge, the lawyer and all the inmates in a Florida courtroom on Friday. Dolores Sheinis, 80, had Broward County Judge John Hurley in stitches as she stood before him on charges of resisting arrest and an injunction barring her from visiting her … Read More

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DNC selects Philly for convention; cheesy Wasserman Schultz video is absurd

Democratic National Committee chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz took to Facebook and Twitter with a video to announce they Democratic convention will be held in the city of brotherly love in 2016. In true Wasserman Schultz fashion the video was ridiculously rife with clichés. Wasserman … Read More

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Mom burns home of daughter’s killer down to ground: ‘I am the big bad wolf this time’

A mother with a burning desire for revenge got it — legally. Diena Thompson, the mother of Somer Thompson, a 7-year-old girl from Orange Park, Fla. who was sexually assaulted and brutally murdered in Oct. 2009, got to burn down the house of the killer Jarred Harrell. video platformvideo … Read More

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Florida Five: Wasserman Schultz video promotes Philly convention, Cuban cigars could be in Fla. soon

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Watch: Democrats unveil Philadelphia convention with Philly cliché-laden video – Philadelphia is abuzz with news this morning that the Democratic Party will be coming to town for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, a bit of … Read More