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Florida

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    February 13, 2014

    Bill Would Ban Release of Mug Shots in Florida

    When you're arrested in Florida your mug shots gets splashed across the internet in a matter of days. That's because Florida police agencies and sheriff's departments release the photos online in compliance with Florida's progressive public record laws. Though, in recent years several commercial web ... More >>

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    February 11, 2014

    Poll: 63 Percent of Floridians Support Lifting Cuban Embargo

    The Cuban embargo has been in place for well over 50 years now to little effect, and now a new poll claims that a majority of Americans, and an even larger share of Floridians, believe it's time to end it. The poll was presented this morning from D.C.-based think tank the Atlantic Council, but the ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    Meet the Three Floridians Competing in the Winter Olympics

    As native Floridians, we've always viewed the Winter Olympics as some sort of weird arctic elf games we'll never truly be able to comprehend. As it turns out, there are not that many Floridians who go on to compete in these frigid competitions compared to northern states. Though, this year there a ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    Black Babies Used as Alligator Bait in Florida

    It has been pretty well documented recently that, during slavery and into the 20th century, black babies were used as alligator bait in North and Central Florida. A guy in Sanford, near Orlando, told this story to a researcher. He said he had heard it from his grandfather. The slaves who had bab ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Florida Supreme Court Approves Medical Marijuana Ballot Question

    Despite opposition from Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Supreme Court of Florida officially ruled today that a ballot question that could approve use of medical marijuana is perfectly valid. This means that the question will now all but certainly come before voters in November. Bondi had challenge ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014
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    January 21, 2014

    Miami Brew Bus Tour Fulfills Ale Appetites and Craft Beer Queries

    We were invited to take a ride on the Miami Brew Bus for the Hopping to Hops Tour Saturday and got a behind-the-scenes look at two South Florida breweries. The tour, geared towards tourists and locals alike, starts and ends at Lokal Burgers & Beer in Coconut Grove. Attendees meet up around 11 a.m., ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Same-Sex Couples File Lawsuit to Overturn Florida's Gay Marriage Ban

    Following the lead of successful lawsuits in Utah and Oklahoma in recent months, six same-sex couples in Florida plan to sue the state in order to overturn ban on same-sex marriage. Back in 2008, Florida voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment that banned not only gay marriage but any ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Fight To Legalize Beer Growlers and Beer Tastings in Florida Heads Back to Tallahassee

    Last year, an attempt to rewrite Florida law to legalize beer growlers went nowhere fast in the state legislature. But with the craft beer industry continuing to grow in Florida, lawmakers are going to give it another shot. This year, another related bill would also legalize beer tastings, which are ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    Big Business Mega-Coalition Decides Florida Should Stop Hating Gays So Much

    Poor Republican legislators are surely going to be in a bind over this. On one hand, they're used to bending to the whims of big business. On the other, they party has gone all in on the "Yeah, LGBT people are kind of icky" front. So what are they to do when a giant coalition of some of Florida's bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Startles and Confuses Cubans, Floridians

    Prior to yesterday, most Floridians' experience with the Richter scale was limited to the former Universal Studios attraction, Earthquake: The Big One. At around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, a rare, 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck outside Cuba leaving residents of the seismically stable country -- and ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    15 Steps: We Get a First Bite of Farm-to-Fork at Eden Roc Miami Beach

    Like a phoenix, 15 Steps rose out of 1500 Degrees' hot ashes. The farm-to-table restaurant transitioned quietly from 1500 Degrees in the fall of 2013, with an official opening and name change in early December. Because the restaurant continued serving meals during the process, there was no major ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Miami's 16th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit: "It's Not Just About Smoking a Joint"

    "Why are we underground right now, sir? Why can't we be out in the open?" asks Private Miller while sitting in a smoky interrogation room during the opening scene of the 2008 movie Pineapple Express. "Why aren't we in a square right now? Why aren't we talkin' to people, lettin' them know that Item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Tanning Salons Now Outnumber McDonald's in Florida

    We live in a place called the "Sunshine State" with about 825 miles of beaches, but instead of taking advantage of those natural resources a whole lot of Floridians appear to prefer to get tan inside a salon. In fact, a new study reveals that there are now more tanning salons in Florida than there a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Florida Set Record for Gun Background Checks This Year

    More Floridians then ever went through the necessary background check to buy a firearm this year. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has conducted 823,653 background checks in 2013, toppling the previous record from last year of 797,610.

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    December 20, 2013

    Florida Unemployment Drops to 6.4 Percent, Miami-Dade's Drops 1.5 Percent in a Month

    Florida's unemployment levels continue to drop. For this past November the rate was 6.4 percent, down from 6.7 percent in October. It's the ninth straight month since March that Florida's unemployment rate has been below the national average. Meanwhile, Miami-Dade's unemployment rate dropped an as ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    Florida Is by Far the Most Dangerous State for Homeless

    The conventional narrative holds that Florida is a wonderful place to be homeless. There's lots of sunshine and warm weather. There are public beaches. And sure enough, homeless people abound. But according to a disturbing study released this past Friday, this notion couldn't be further from the g ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    Floridians Lead the States in Accidentally Destroying Their iPhones This Year

    Let's have a moment of silence for all our dearly departed smart phones. Because, apparently, in Florida there were a lot that left us this year. According to Squaretrade's annual "Clumsiest States Index," Florida led the states in damaging and destroying iPhones this year. (Well, technically Wash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Gay Rights in Florida: Progress Is Here

    Despite the fact that Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale boast among the highest populations of LGBT folks in the country, Florida has long been a troglodyte in the area of equal rights. But recently, there has been an uptick in enlightenment. 1. Last month, the Florida Supreme Court granted a le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Florida Bill Would Make it Illegal to Smoke in Cars with Kids Onside

    If you've got a baby on board you might want to start throwing your butts out. A Republican legislator from Jacksonville has filed a new bill that would make it illegal for anyone to smoke in their car or truck while a minor is also in the vehicle.

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    November 19, 2013

    Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Planned at the Local House Tonight

    Though the Philippine Islands are about a 22-hour flight from Miami, South Floridians can surely empathize with the people of the area. After all, we are acutely aware of the deadly force of a monster storm, as evidenced by our experience with Hurricane Andrew.

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    November 13, 2013

    Florida's 825 Miles of Beaches Are Coming to Google Map's Street View

    Have you ever wanted to take a trip down one of Florida's beaches without leaving your computer? Well, that's kind of sad, but starting next year you'll be able to. Visit Florida, the state's tourism and marketing arm, has teamed with Google to use their street mapping technology to capture all 82 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Zagat Says Python-Topped Pizza in Ft. Myers Best Represents Florida

    Zagat has declared the "Everglades Pizza" at Evan's Neighborhood Pizza in Ft. Myers as the pizza that best represents the state of Florida. The pie contains somewhat, er, original toppings, such as python, whole frog legs, and alligator sausage. It also costs $45 for a 14-inch pie. You may rememb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    House Subcommittee to Debate Stand Your Ground Today

    Florida's convoluted gun laws are up for debate today, although not really. It kind of just felt nice to say that for a second. It's true that the criminal justice subcommittee of the Florida House of Representatives will hold a 5-hour hearing about Stand Your Ground, among other things. However, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Florida Man Opens Fire When Man Tries to Cut Him in Chick-fil-A Drive-Thru Line

    Safety tip: do not mess with a Floridian in a fast-food drive-thru line. You do so at your own risk. A incident at a Jacksonville Chick-fil-A is just the latest violent outburst caused in the state by someone cutting in a fast-food line.

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    November 6, 2013

    22 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Florida

    Florida, we've had it rough lately. In the past week, some truly horrific headlines have surfaced. First, the headless and fingertip-less body of West Palm Beach woman Kimberly Lindsey was found in a canal in Hendry Country. Then her husband, a Fort Lauderdale doctor whom police suspected had comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Real-Life Florida Horror Stories To Scare You This Halloween

    Halloween in Florida can feel redundant since living in the Sunshine State is often inherently a horror story. All future slasher and disaster flicks should be filmed here. For one, the people are usually coated in sweat and tears (no makeup artists required), and the fauna includes sharks, alligato ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    Florida Is the Eighth Most Dangerous State in the U.S., Report Finds

    There's really no doubt that Florida leads the nation -- if not Planet Earth -- in insane crimes. In the past month, we've had an elderly guy showing up pants-less and masturbating at a McDonald's drive-thru, a woman twerking obscenely in front of a school bus full of kids, and the inventor of the W ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    All Seven Florida College Football Teams Won on Saturday for the First Time Ever

    If you are a fan of a Florida Division I FBS football team, you had good reason to celebrate Saturday. It didn't matter which team you were rooting for. For the first time since the FAU Owls became an FBS subdivision team in 2005, all seven Florida teams won games the same day. Yes, even FIU and USF ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Florida's Texting-While-Driving Ban Starts Today, Will Probably Stop No One From Texting While Driving

    If you're texting a link to this story on your iPhone while you sip coffee and weave through morning traffic on the Dolphin Expressway using your knees -- JUST STOP IT. Years of appealing to your common sense clearly hasn't helped, so perhaps you'll respond to the news that beginning today, texting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Florida Man Left Toddler in Pickup Truck While He Drank at Strip Club

    Florida, we have an epidemic, and it's time that the suits up in Tallahassee did something about it. Riptide is urging Rick Scott and our state legislature to pass a comprehensive law mandating that all strip clubs include an attached child care center, because stories of people leaving their kids l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Totally Biased Holds an Intervention For the Entire State of Florida

    "Dear Florida, your sweet oranges are second only to your sweet spring break parties," started the intervention for Florida held last night on FX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. "But you are out of control and we no longer feel safe around you. I mean, you have a lot of machete attacks." Yes, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    13.7 Percent of All College Football Recruits Come From Florida, Which, OK, Duh

    Sure, Florida is one of the most populous states in the country, but it represents only 6 percent of America's population. Though, it's probably not a surprise that Floridians have represented 13.7 percent of college football recruits since 2008. That's surpassed (and just barely) only by Texas.

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    September 9, 2013

    Miami Has the Lowest Percentage of People Working in Science and Engineering in the Nation

    Gov. Rick Scott is pushing for Florida students to get degrees in science and engineering, but when those students graduate they might have to travel far away to actually find employment. A new analysis of census data finds that Florida's metros have a shockingly low numbers of people working in s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    AHF, Group That Mandated Condoms in Porn in LA, Turns Its Eyes to Florida's Porn Industry

    The group that successfully pushed for an ordinance in Los Angeles that required all adult productions to use condoms on set has now set its eyes on Florida's less regulated porn industry. If they're successful, they may have to start packing condoms on the Bang Bus.

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    August 23, 2013

    Florida Condo Association That Banned Gay Couple Residents Retracts Policy

    A Florida condo association that had recently rewritten their bylines in a way that effectively banned non-married couples from buying or leasing in their neighborhood has retracted the policy after an uproar from gay rights groups. The Casa Di Amici Condominium Association near Sarasota now claim ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Florida Wants To Use Drones To Fight Mosquitoes

    According to Phys.org the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is evaluating how realistic it could be to use drones aka "unmanned aerial vehicles" in the battle against Mosquitoes. Hell yeah, science! The battery powered war machines would weight less than two pounds and be equipped with tiny i ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Florida Tourism Numbers Set Record

    Despite its never-ending supply of bad PR in the national press, Florida's tourism business is booming. The state's tourism officials claim that 23.4 million people visited the Sunshine State in the second quarter of 2013. That's the largest amount of people to visit Florida during the second quarte ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    Google Is Photographing Every Inch of Florida's Beaches for Its Street View

    Next time you're sprawled out on a towel on South Bech or lying in a hammock under a palm tree on Key Biscayne, don't be alarmed if a man comes stumbling by wearing a backpack with more than 15 cameras sticking out in every direction. He's probably not a Girls Gone Wild perv, just a Google Street V ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    OTC Opens Funky Buddha Taps, 1,000-IBU IPA Tap Takeover With Super-Rare Dogfish Head 120

    OTC restaurant in Brickell pulled rank and managed to host a Funky Buddha Brewery tap takeover this Friday and a 1,000 IBU takeover on August 1. The August 1 takeover will be a battery of some hefty IPA (India Pale Ale) beers with each of their IBU ratings, or international bittering unit, totalin ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    Justice Department Sues Florida Over Shoddy Care of Disabled Children

    The U.S. Department of Justice officially filed a lawsuit today against the State of Florida for its "deliberate indifference to the suffering" of disabled children and violating the Americans with Disabilities act. The DOJ first warned Florida about the matter two years ago, but has decided Rick ... More >>

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    July 16, 2013

    The Daily Show: Florida Is "the Worst State"

    "Just because you're shaped like some combination of a gun and a dick doesn't mean you have to act that way," said Daily Show guest host John Oliver during the show's recap of the George Zimmerman case. He also suggested that Florida change its nickname from "The Sunshine State" to the more blunt "T ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    Equality Florida Pursuing Legal Challenge to Florida's Gay Marriage Ban

    Will Florida's path to legalizing same-sex marriage come through the courts? Equality Florida is currently seeking plaintiffs to join a suit that would challenge Florida's constitutional ban on any legal recognition of same-sex partner.

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    July 2, 2013

    "Flordia": Florida Misspelled Twice on I-95 Sign

    Oh, hahaha. Silly Florida. Look at those idiots. They can't even spell their own state's name correctly on their own damn interstate signs. Listen, you snobby fuckers, this time it wasn't actually our fault. It was Arkansaw's.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Defense of Marriage Act Is Unconstitutional, Supreme Court Rules

    In a major move toward gay marriage equality, the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act -- which denied federal benefits such as social security survivor payments to gay couples -- is unconstitutional. What does that mean for Florida's gay couples? State law still forbid ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    Rick Scott on DOMA Repeal: Nothing Changing in Florida

    Rick Scott didn't have much to say today when asked about the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act aside from correctly noting that nothing is really going to change all that much in Florida. See also: Defense of Marriage Act Is Unconstitutional, Supreme Court Rules

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Inside the Secret Lives and Scary Risk-Taking of South Florida's Sugar Babies

    Prostitutes or students? Vulnerable victims or tech-savvy businesswomen? Whatever your opinion on sugar babies, there is no doubting one label in this part of the country: it's popular. According to leading sugar baby website Seeking Arrangement, Florida coeds are taking up the profession like nowh ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    Florida's Retirees Are Raking in the Dough: State Ranks Fifth for Retiree Income

    The retiree is the unofficial mascot of the Sunshine State, and apparently people 65 and older are doing pretty well for themselves when it comes to money. A study compared the median income of those 65 and older with the pre-retirement 45-64 age group. Nationally, retirees make just 57 percent of ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    Thousands of Floridians' Private Prescription Info Leaked From State's RX Database

    As part of Florida's efforts to crack down on pill mills, the state initiated an online database in 2009 that tracked the store prescribing and dispensing data for controlled substances. Well, according to the ACLU, the private medical data of more than 3,000 Floridians has now leaked from that da ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Maps Prove South Florida Speaks Differently Than the Rest of Florida

    Florida, of course, is not so much a culturally unified state as it is a patchwork of distinct regions with their own mannerisms and idiosyncrasies. A series of maps taken from an North Carolina State University survey have been making the Internet rounds this week. They map out what parts of the ... More >>

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