Culture & Society

Department of Justice reopens Emmett Till case

BY: - July 12, 2018

New evidence in the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi has surfaced, prompting the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen the case. The DOJ will not say what information has come to light to elicit the new investigation, but it is part of the DOJ’s efforts to solve civil rights-era so-called “cold cases.” […]

Legendary conservationist Nat Reed dies at 84

BY: - July 12, 2018

One of the most prominent conservationists in Florida, Nathaniel Pryor Reed, died Wednesday. Reed was 84 and passed away after falling and hitting his head while on his annual Canadian salmon fishing trip. Reed was a lifelong resident of Jupiter Island on Florida’s southeast coast. “In a long career spent both in and out of […]

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“Unless we get our friggin’ medicine, we’re not going to be able to get well and stay well.”

BY: - July 12, 2018

Marijuana activists called on Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday to drop the state’s challenges over two lawsuits related to medical marijuana. The 2016 constitutional amendment legalizing pot for medical purposes has faced multiple challenges to implementation — but activists are not giving up. “Unless we get our friggin’ medicine, we’re not going to be […]

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Bolder Bigotry: Florida Muslim residents face uptick in hate crimes, harassment

BY: - July 12, 2018

It was a Saturday evening in early May when the leader of a mosque in South Florida checked a 40-second voicemail on his cell phone from an unidentified number. He was out of town but was the emergency contact for the Masjid Jamaat ul Muttaqeen mosque in Pembroke Pines. That evening, the mosque was expecting […]

Go Sidney Go! 99-year-old vet rolls through Fla.

BY: - July 11, 2018

99-year-old World War II veteran Sidney Walton rolled into Tallahassee today to meet with Gov. Rick Scott as part of a nationwide tour where he hopes to meet with the governors of all 50 states before his 100th birthday. “This is an opportunity for my dad, at 99 years old, to meet anyone who would […]

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Stigmatizing kids? New law forces families to disclose student’s mental health treatment

BY: - July 11, 2018

Registering a student for public school involves submitting everything from proof of immunizations, health exams and birth certificates to details about gender, race, emergency contacts and more. But the newest registration requirement this upcoming school year is a little-noticed provision that is now drawing concern, confusion and criticism as administrators grapple with Florida’s new school […]

No scheduled public debates among candidates for Florida’s top legal job? That’s weird.

BY: - July 10, 2018

It’s July already, and polls say most people don’t yet know who they will vote for in the August 28 Republican primary for Florida Attorney General – the state’s top legal job. Anyone looking to learn more about the two Republicans and two Democrats vying for Attorney General through a public debate is out of […]

Shooter Cruz’s mom was an “enabler,” Pinellas sheriff says

BY: - July 10, 2018

Accused Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooter Nikolas Cruz had a series of behavioral and anger issues dating back to preschool, and his mother was an “enabler,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chairman of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission said today. Looking back at Cruz’s behavior, “It is death by a […]


The boy lawmaker from the family farm grows up — into a sellout

BY: - July 10, 2018

It’s shocking how Adam Putnam doesn’t get the respect he so richly deserves. The man has something like $37 million in his campaign account. As Commissioner of Agriculture, he’s got name recognition less accomplished politicos can only dream of, what with “Adam H. Putnam” emblazoned on every gas pump from Chumuckla to Miami Beach. He […]

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Update: St Augustine votes for Confederate monument with “context”

BY: - July 9, 2018

Update: The St. Augustine City Commission voted 4-1 on Monday evening to advance the recommendation by a local committee to add “context” to the city’s controversial Confederate monument and keep it standing, despite recent protests. Before voting on the matter, the city commission heard from the public for more than two hours, with supporters of […]

Patronis’ Democratic opponent calls him “unfit to serve” over comment to African-American clemency applicant; Patronis releases meeting transcript

BY: - July 6, 2018

The campaign for Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has released a statement in response to criticism from two Democratic candidates – CFO Democratic challenger Jeremy Ring and Attorney General candidate Sean Shaw (a member of the Florida House of Representatives) in response to a recent Florida Phoenix story. The story, published Thursday, highlighted a moment during […]

State Rep. Sean Shaw demands apology from CFO Jimmy Patronis for “racially biased” questions

BY: - July 6, 2018

In response to a Florida Phoenix story, Florida State Representative Sean Shaw, who is running for Attorney General,  is calling for Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis to apologize for his “racially biased” questioning of an African-American applicant at the June 14 clemency hearing in Tallahassee. “It is one thing to try to determine the good […]