Upstairs at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, past smiling employees at the front desk and cubicles full of researchers and staffers, lies a secluded room behind a password-protected door. Inside, unmoving taxidermies of bears, snakes, and birds stand next to rows of sterile bones, s ... More >>
You know what's great about ambulances? You don't have to drive them yourself. If you're seriously injured enough, you call 911. They send one your way. The paramedics strap you in and take you to the hospital. This shouldn't be new info for anyone, but apparently Hubert Lee Credit didn't ge ... More >>
To hear the story repeated from fine bastions of journalism like the New York Times, NPR, and CNN, you'd be lead to believe that the chimpanzee who played Cheetah, Tarzan's ape companion in the famed 1930s movie series, recently died in an animal sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida. Don't believe e ... More >>
Thousands of Florida A&M students marched to the governor's mansion last night after Rick Scott demanded the school suspend its president over a band member's hazing death. Scott agreed to meet students out front and, oy, that might have been the wrong decision.The white guv bizarrely attempted ... More >>
Perhaps she was looking to give someone the key to her heart, but instead on a recent date a Florida woman gave her paramour the keys to her car during a movie. He ended up stealing the vehicle, and when she called him, he laughed about it. Talk about a dating horror story.
Chelsea HarrisonDeer antlers: not only are they the dream accoutrement of any hunter's living room or an annoyingly prevalent feature of the mid-00's hipster aesthetic, they're also a great way to beat up your ex-boyfriend! Just ask Zephyrhills, Florida, resident Chelsea Harrison. As soon as she ... More >>
One of the largest pharmacy chains in the state has decided to fight Florida's prescription pill abuse epidemic head on. CVS Pharmacy sent out an email to certain Florida doctors this week to inform them that they will no longer fill any pain pill prescriptions they write. Authorities recently ha ... More >>
How well does Gov. Rick Scott really know Florida? Apparently not well enough to know that the area including St. Petersburg, Tampa and Clearwater -- you know, the second biggest metro area in his state -- is pretty commonly referred to as "Tampa Bay." We don't like to pull the "real Floridian" c ... More >>
Despite being a common practice in developed countries for nearly 70 years and dubbed "one of the greatest public health achievements of the century" by the CDC, water fluoridation has joined the likes of Charlie Crist and Barack Obama as the latest enemy of the Tea Party in Florida. Tea Par ... More >>
Donald Gartner of Port Richey, Florida, downed a six-pack of beer and a handful of Oxycontin Sunday night and proceeded to get arrested for causing a ruckus at his neighbor's house. He found himself released from jail a few hours later, but wasn't done raising hell. Shortly after being released, ... More >>
You'd think graffiti would be a young man's game. Especially the kind of down-and-dirty, illegal type that requires taggers to covertly leave their mark while being prepared to run like hell if anyone catches them. Well, there's always an exception to the rule.Meet 71-year-old Charles Ignatius We ... More >>
YA STINKIN GINGERA small house party turned deadly Saturday night for 19-year-old Pasco County resident Samuel Smith, an aspiring mixed martial artist who witnesses say was beaten to death by a red-haired party-goer after Smith called him a "ginger" and told him he had "weak knees," according to ... More >>
Stop us if you've heard this one before: a millionaire business mogul with little name recognition is using his vast fortune to jumpstart a surprising campaign for a statewide office in Florida. Yep, after the mixed results of Rick Scott and Jeff Greene is 2010, Craig Miller, the former CEO of th ... More >>
Republican leaders are still eager to host Florida's presidential primary election earlier than most states, but they're hoping to avoid a repeat of 2008's fiasco. Leaders plan to set the primary in early March, just days before the traditional Super Tuesday -- even if that means holding the ... More >>
So apparently Mike Huckabee reads Riptide, and apparently he thinks we're just idiots. The former Arkansas Governor-turned-Fox News host had Rick Scott on his program this weekend, and the two discussed Scott's dismal poll numbers. Huckabee decided to blame the press, and as evidence flashed a Ripti ... More >>
"Rick Scott for president? It's possible," blares a headline for a non-story in today's St. Petersburg Times. Oddly, the third sentence in the story is a quote from Scott saying, "I'm not running for president," yet the Times political editor Adam C. Smith manages to drag the story on for 832 wo ... More >>
"Are there things we don't want you to know? Yes," Brian Burgess, Rick Scott's communication director (or misdirector in many cases) tells the Times/Herald's Tallahassee Bureau. "There are things we don't want to broadcast to our opponents."Florida's Sunshine Laws are supposed to foster an o ... More >>
via Shefights.netTampa homeless advocate G.W. Rolle had a mystery on his hands. For months he'd noticed homeless men wandering around a local park with black eyes, busted lips and bad limps. Finally, he got one man to open up: For $50, he said, a local fetish website had been paying the men to endur ... More >>
A few Republicans in the state legislator and the NRA wanted to push a law that would allow anyone with a concealed weapons license to carry their gun openly on public university campuses. Of course, guns and the atmosphere at Florida public universities don't really go together, as a tragic acciden ... More >>
On Sunday, The New York Times editorial board slammed Rick Scott's decision to kill Florida's federally funded high-speed rail system and suggested he was caught up in some high-speed race to out-pander to Tea Partiers faster than other Republican governors. Though, there's one governor Scott app ... More >>
After the failed debacle of his Independent senate run Charlie Crist's legacy is in grave danger, so it's no surprise he's decided to become the "guy who finally pardoned Jim Morrison." After indicating he was open to pardoning The Doors frontman of indecency charges stemming from an infamous 1969 M ... More >>
According to two state papers, Florida gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink is set to announce Rod Smith as her running mate this Thursday at an event in West Palm Beach. Yawn. A former state senator, Smith lost the 2006 Democratic primary for governor to similarly boring Jim Davis. The move seems t ... More >>
As Rick Scott and Bill McCollum battle for the Republican nomination in the gubernatorial race, is Democrat Alex Sink silently waiting to pounce? New poll numbers suggest she's increasingly viable again as the Republicans duke it out and potential independent spoiler Bud Chiles gains steam. The s ... More >>
Democratic senate rivals Rep. Kendrick Meek and Jeff Greene met up for their first debate today hosted by the Palm Beach Post. Meek is the affable, but not exactly superstar, Democratic establishment pick, while Greene is a shady billionaire who plans on winning the election on the strength of hi ... More >>
In regards to the stupid YouTube video we talked about Wednesday, popular conservative Blogger Erik Erikson of RedState.com declares that Charlie Crist is playing the race card. Here's the Headline: "Charlie Crist Finally Pulls Race Card. Jealous of Rubio's Better Tan.""The video shows Marco Ru ... More >>
Charlie Crist has the powerAs long as I live, I don't think Florida will see a more chaotic election cycle than 2010. Now, Mel Martinez has thrown in another twist by resigning early, leaving the decision to pick his appointment to Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running to replace Martinez himself. L ... More >>
Jackson's mental health unit fails Miami.
It seemed like a foregone conclusion just a few months back that Gov. Charlie Crist would run for a relatively easy re-election. Then in November, the Republicans in Washington got their asses handed to them, and whenever Minnesota decides to get its shit together, the Democrats in the Senate will h ... More >>
This past week, The Miami Herald blasted a comforting message: The state’s proposed gay marriage ban isn’t doing so hot. Polls show Amendment 2 is lacking up to 19 percent of the voter support it needs to pass in Florida. On top of that, Mayor Manny Diaz, the Miami City Commission, and the Browa ... More >>
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