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BY KEYSINFONET Peter Anderson, the so-called secretary general of the Conch Republic, died Wednesday after a long illness. He had been undergoing treatment for cancer in Arizona this year. The Monroe County Commission, meeting in Key West at the time of his death, called for a moment of silence for... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Deadline Miami
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ASSOCIATED PRESS BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Police in the town of Blaine, Washington, near the Canadian border found a car in a bank parking lot on July 2 that had been stolen in Miami just about two days earlier. The Bellingham Herald reports the thief was in a hurry. According to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Deadline Miami
A circuit court judge threw out Florida's congressional redistricting map Thursday ruling that the Florida Legislature allowed for a "secret, organized campaign" by partisan operatives to subvert the redistricting process in violation of the state constitution. Circuit Court Judge Terry... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Naked Politics
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Facing a rising wave of criticism, Florida Department of Corrections Mike Crews on Thursday suspended the warden of a Florida City prison where an inmate died after he was locked in a scalding-hot shower. In placing warden Jerry Cummings on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Naked Politics
After weeks of silence, and months of receiving complaints about a suspicious inmate death by a scalding shower, Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews said Wednesday that he will travel to Miami to accelerate the investigation into the death of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Naked Politics
New investigations are underway by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into the deaths of three inmates whose bodies were found in state prisons over the Fourth of July weekend, authorities confirmed Wednesday. The deaths bring the total open, in-custody... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Naked Politics
Former Department of Corrections Chief James McDonough said Tuesday that events at his former agency "smacks of torture, sadism, murder, cover up, and ignoring of the facts." McDonough, the former drug czar and DOC secretary under Gov. Jeb Bush, was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Naked Politics
After the drumbeat of allegations about years of widespread corruption, inmate abuse and mismanagement at the Department of Corrections, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews on Tuesday vowed to "hold any individuals within its Department accountable if they are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Naked Politics
Four investigators with the Department of Corrections have accused the state of Florida of running a prison system rife with corruption, brutality and officially sanctioned gang violence — and of retaliating against them when they tried to expose what was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Naked Politics
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The Betty Easley Conference Center was packed with a Who's Who of Tallahassee lobbyists Monday. Each of them were scouting out prospects at the Department of Health hearing on the rule that will be the template for Florida's foray into... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Naked Politics
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The Democratic Governors Association has funneled $500,000 to Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor now running as a Democrat against GOP Gov. Rick Scott. The donation allowed Crist's political committee to raise more cash from June 21 to June 27... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Naked Politics
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The race to cultivate and distribute marijuana for a limited medical use began Monday when state regulators opened a daylong hearing on the draft rules to allow non-euphoric, non-inhalable cannabis to be developed. The standing room only crowd in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Naked Politics
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ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES -- Casey Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, has died at age 82. Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem's daughter, Kerri, says Kasem died Sunday morning. Kasem's "American Top 40" began on July 4, 1970, in Los Angeles. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Deadline Miami