Brevard County

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Cruise Ship Just Misses Jet Skiers

Young women rescued right before Carnival Magic barreled into them off Florida coast

(Newser) - "There's people on a Jet Ski … right in front of the boat, and now we're going to hit the Jet Ski." That's an observer's play-by-play in a YouTube video now making the rounds after a very close call in Florida waters over the... More »

Killer Florida Mom Shot Her 4 Kids 18 Times

Tonya Thomas, children had troubled past

(Newser) - Tonya Thomas shot her four children 18 times in Tuesday's massacre , and two of them were shot as the gun pressed against their chests, according to the medical examiner's report. She used jacketed, hollow-point bullets, which cause more damage than full-metal jacket rounds, and used a single Taurus... More »

Cops: Florida Mom Kills Her 4 Kids, Herself

Friend got a warning text from Tonya Thomas, didn't see it

(Newser) - A 33-year-old mother shot and killed her four kids, ages 12 to 17, before killing herself as police closed in on her home today, reports MSNBC . Police say they don't have a motive, but they say Tonya Thomas sent a text to a friend about 3am declaring that she... More »

Florida County's Libraries Ban 50 Shades of Grey

Cite concern over 'pornographic' EL James books

(Newser) - A Florida county's library system has banned the erotic-fiction 50 Shades of Grey trilogy in light of its "perceived pornographic nature," a spokesman tells NBC Miami . Brevard County's 17 libraries had ordered 19 copies of the three EL James books, and there was a waiting list... More »

Florida Politician's Deal: 1 Book, 1 Copy, $152K

Florida Senate president was well paid for (very) obscure book

(Newser) - Florida Democrats are having fun with an AP story noting that the Republican president of the state senate got the princely sum of $152,000 to write a book on politics for Brevard Community College. The kicker is that only one copy of Florida Legislative History and Processes exists—at... More »

Man Gets 15 Years for Breaking Into Prison

Fear of reprisal from manslaughter victim made Florida man want back in

(Newser) - Usually prisoners get in trouble for breaking out of jail, but not Sylvester Jiles. He was sentenced to 15 years for breaking back in. The 25-year-old Florida man was put on seven years probation after being convicted of manslaughter, and was released from the Brevard County Detention Center. However, once... More »

Ex-Astronaut Faces Romantic Rival in Court

Nowak's alleged victim says she's still afraid

(Newser) - The Air Force captain who was allegedly stalked and attacked by Lisa Nowak testified today she is still afraid of the ex-astronaut. At a pretrial hearing in Orlando, Colleen Shipman told the court she would feel more comfortable if Nowak continues wearing an ankle monitor that tracks her location, the... More »

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