Florida congresswoman calls for federal probe into FPL
A U.S. congresswoman is asking the Department of Justice to investigate Florida Power & Light over claims that the utility used “dark money” to disguise sources of political funding and sway elections in Florida, as well as other allegations documented in recent news reports.
UCF removes anti-racist statements from department websites
The University of Central Florida has removed anti-racist statements from departmental websites, a move that one professor has decried as an “infringement on academic freedom” in the wake of the passage of a Republican-backed law that restricts how race can be taught. Ann Gleig, a religious studies professor, said in an email Wednesday that the anti-racist statement on the philosophy department's website and those of other departments have been taken down. The philosophy department's statement was crafted in the summer of 2020 following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, she said.news.yahoo.com
Gaetz friend faces December sentencing as he helps in probes
Sentencing for a former Florida tax collector whose arrest led to a probe of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has been set for December, as his lawyer indicated that his client continues to cooperate with federal investigators in multiple jurisdictions. After several postponements, former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg will be sentenced on Dec. 1 in federal court in Orlando for six federal crimes, including sex trafficking of a child, identity theft, stalking, wire fraud and conspiracy to bribe a public official, according to an order filed this week. Greenberg faces a minimum 12 years in prison, although court papers indicate his attorney plans to ask for less because of his continuing cooperation with federal prosecutors.news.yahoo.com
Florida city apologizes for saying 'a lot of people probably don't want to celebrate our nation right now'
A statement that questioned if July 4 celebrations were appropriate in the wake of “division, hate and unrest” across the country has prompted cheers, backlash and an apology from the city of Orlando, Florida.news.yahoo.com
Woman filmed spewing racist slurs at Orlando restaurant’s Asian staff after refund disagreement
A seafood restaurant in Orlando, Florida, took to social media to expose a woman who hurled racist abuse at its Asian staff after reportedly being denied a refund on Monday. The woman’s tirade, which was caught on surveillance and cellphone videos, occurred at around 2:55 p.m. inside King Cajun Crawfish at 924 North Mills Avenue. The restaurant said the confrontation started after the woman finished her meal — consisting of snow crabs and fried shrimp — and demanded a refund.news.yahoo.com
Teen who fatally fell from Orlando drop tower nearly 100 pounds over limit: autopsy report
A 14-year-old boy who fell to his death from an Orlando thrill ride in March was nearly 100 pounds over the weight limit of the attraction, according to an autopsy report released by the Orlando medical examiner’s office Monday.
‘49 Bells Ceremony,’ candlelight vigil held in Orlando to honor Pulse victims 6 years later
Sunday at noon, amid days of events in observance of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016, each of the 49 victims killed in the attack were recognized with the somber tolling of a bell at the First United Methodist Church of Orlando, News4JAX sister station WKMG in Orlando reported.
Visitors pay respects at Pulse Memorial on eve of tragedy’s 6-year anniversary
Saturday was an emotional time for many who came to pay respects and reflect at the Pulse Memorial site. Sunday marks six years since the tragedy where a gunman opened fire inside the popular nightclub, killing 49 and injuring more than 50.
Mother bear survives vicious attack while defending her cub
A mother bear in Spain defended herself and her cub from a vicious attack by a male bear — and then tumbled down a mountainside with the aggressor. Authorities are now trying to find the bear and her cub, which were separated during the struggle.news.yahoo.com
Florida faces $1.2 million verdict for killing citrus trees
The owner of a commercial nursery has won a $1.2 million judgment against the Florida Department of Agriculture in the latest verdict against the state agency for destroying citrus trees in the 2000s during an attempt to stop the spread of costly tree diseases. A jury in Orlando last week determined the state agency had destroyed more than 160,000 citrus plants in an effort to stop citrus greening and Gary Mahon deserved the $1.2 million as compensation at fair market value. Mahon's company, Pokey’s Lake Gem Citrus Nursery, cultivates fruit trees in Zellwood, Florida.news.yahoo.com
US Rep. Gaetz associate receives another sentencing delay
A federal judge has approved yet another sentencing delay for a former Florida tax collector who was a close associate of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz. U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell said in an order Monday that a sealed status report filed by prosecutors justifies postponing the sentencing of Joel Greenberg until August. The sentencing has been delayed twice previously.news.yahoo.com
Sleep Away Dementia? Lack of sleep may cause emotional distress, slower response times
According to the Mayo Clinic, adults should get at least seven hours of sleep per night. In the short-term, lack of sleep may cause emotional distress, slower response times, and increased stress levels. And now, long-term effects may include some irreversible health problems.
DeSantis’ trifecta: Canceling Disney’s district, masks mandate on planes, and half of Florida’s Black congressional delegation
It’s Monday, April 25, and this week political dominoes will start to fall as politicians start lining up for down-ballot races because of the now-enacted congressional map.news.yahoo.com
Sensors were adjusted on ride where teen fell to death
Sensors on a Florida amusement park ride had been adjusted manually to double the size of the opening for restraints on two seats, resulting in a 14-year-old boy not being properly secured before he slipped out and fell to his death, according to an initial report released Monday by outside engineers. The average opening for restraints on the seats on the 430-foot (131-meter), free-fall amusement park ride located in the heart of Orlando's tourist district was 3.3 inches (8.3 centimeters). An inspection of the seats showed that sensors used to activate safety lights on the two seats, indicating the harness safety restraints were in place, had been adjusted to allow for the wider openings.news.yahoo.com
Jordan Klepper Crashes CPAC and Confronts Delusional MAGA Cultists
Comedy CentralFor his latest segment exposing card-carrying members of the MAGA cult, The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper ventured to this year’s CPAC in Orlando, Florida, where Trump still appeared to have conservatives in a stranglehold.At the conference, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene claimed the election was “stolen”; MyPillow conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell had a meltdown after being asked a simple question by a reporter; and Trump called Putin a “genius” for invading Ukraine. But Klepnews.yahoo.com
Orlando residents face ‘financial eviction’ as rents skyrocket with no end in sight
Engineer Matt Swanson was working in the home office of his Baldwin Park apartment a few days ago when his wife, Katelynn, came in crying. “She was hard sobbing, couldn’t catch her breath,” Swanson said. “I asked ... ‘Did someone die?’” It wasn’t that. Instead, the Swansons had received the renewal notice from their landlord. The monthly rent on their two-bedroom was going up by $703, from ...news.yahoo.com
Volunteers continue to sign up to defend Ukraine
As Vladimir Putin's forces appear largely stymied in the face of Ukrainian counterattacks, Ukraine's resistance is being fueled by tens of thousands of volunteers, and by armaments boosted by supplies from NATO countries. Correspondent Holly Williams reports.news.yahoo.com
Did teen's big size factor in Florida amusement ride death?
A rising middle school football player in Missouri, only 14 but already 6 feet, 5 inches tall and well over 300 pounds, Tyre Sampson fell to his death from a towering Florida amusement ride. Investigators on Saturday continued to examine what happened Thursday night when Sampson dropped out of his seat from a 430-foot, free-fall amusement park ride that is taller than the Statue of Liberty along a busy street in the heart of Orlando’s tourist district not far from Disney World. The well-known civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is working with Hilliard and represents Tyre's father, Yarnell Sampson, said the family is “shocked and heartbroken at the loss of their son.”news.yahoo.com