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He Refused to Go Back to Prison—Until the Pizza Arrived

Florida suspect nabbed after 4-hour standoff

(Newser) - "Never underestimate the power of pizza with flavored crust." That's according to Florida's Pensacola Police Department, whose promise of pizza convinced a suspect to surrender Tuesday, thereby ending a four-hour standoff. Cops responding to a report of a possible battery arrived at a home around 10am... More »

Girl, 9, Dies After 325-Pound Cousin Sat on Her: Cops

64-year-old arrested for homicide, child cruelty; child's parents also arrested

(Newser) - A 9-year-old girl was allegedly killed by her adult cousin, a 325-pound woman accused of sitting on the child to punish her for misbehaving, the AP reports. Per the Pensacola News Journal , Dericka Lindsay was pronounced dead Saturday after an incident at the home of her parents, Grace Smith, 69,... More »

12-Year-Old Fla. Girl Last Seen 5 Days Ago

A $20K reward is now up for grabs, as cops say they've exhausted all their leads

(Newser) - Hundreds of people have scoured Pensacola, Fla., in recent days in the hope of finding a missing 12-year-old girl. Now, they hope a $20,000 reward will lead to answers, as the local sheriff tells the Pensacola News Journal that "we have literally exhausted all" of their leads. The... More »

America's Oldest European Settlement Has Been Found

The colony in Pensacola predates Jamestown by nearly 50 years

(Newser) - The Pensacola News Journal has a highly interactive and informative look at a major discovery out of Florida: the oldest multi-year European settlement in the United States. “This is one of those almost once-in-a-lifetime type things,” University of West Florida professor John Worth says. "I didn’t... More »

Cops: Ritualistic Murder May Be Tied to Blue Moon

Florida mother and her 2 sons had slit throats and hammer wounds

(Newser) - An elderly woman and her two sons have been found dead at their home in Pensacola, Fla., the apparent victims of what police are calling a ritualistic murder that coincided with last week's blue moon (ie the second full moon in July). Voncile Smith, 77, Richard Thomas Smith, 49,... More »

2 Inmates Killed in Florida Jail Collapse

'Apparent gas explosion' to blame in Pensacola

(Newser) - Two inmates were killed and as many as 150 inmates and corrections officers were injured when what authorities are calling an "apparent gas explosion" collapsed part of a county jail last night in Pensacola, Fla. "We had approximately 600 prisoners in the facility at the time. Injured prisoners... More »

It's Never Wise to Flip Off the Judge in Court

Florida's Penelope Soto learns the hard way

(Newser) - It should have been a routine bond hearing on a minor drug charge, but Florida's Penelope Soto has instead become a viral video star for all the wrong reasons, reports the Miami Herald . The 18-year-old wasn't taking the proceeding too seriously, smiling and laughing as the Miami-Dade judge... More »

Storage Unit Find: Human Organs in Plastic Cups

Guy who bought contents at auction gets nasty surprise

(Newser) - A former medical examiner crudely preserved brains, hearts, and lungs from about 100 people in plastic food containers found inside a storage unit in Florida, authorities said yesterday. A man who bought the contents of the unit at auction last week in Pensacola made the discovery after being overpowered by... More »

'Taliban Toyota' Slur Wins Dealer $7.5M From Rival

Competitor told customers he was a terrorist sympathizer

(Newser) - It may be a tough time to be selling cars, but here's one way not to boost sales: Accuse your big rival of being a Taliban-loving terrorist sympathizer. A Toyota dealership in Pensacola, Florida, has to shell out $7.5 million for doing just that, reports Reuters . A jury... More »

Gulf Oil Sickens Hundreds of Florida Swimmers

Authorities are 'winging it' on water safety

(Newser) - Just when they thought it was safe to go back in the water, hundreds of swimmers reported feeling ill after braving the waves when Pensacola authorities lifted the "no swimming" flag. Local officials rejected EPA advice to close beaches and are instead relying on lifeguards to spot oil and... More »

Jimmy Buffett on Oil Spill: 'This Will Pass'

Singer's going ahead with $50M hotel even as tar balls wash ashore

(Newser) - The timing might be a bit off for tourists hoping to waste away, but that doesn't bother Jimmy Buffett, who's planning to open a 162-room Margaritaville hotel in Pensacola Beach in a week. As tar balls came ashore yesterday, Buffett said he had no plans to delay the opening. "... More »

Fla. Couple Murder Looks Like Contract Hit

Parents of 13 special needs kids 'hated' by businessman

(Newser) - The murder of Bud Billings and his wife Melanie is looking more like a contract hit than an In Cold Blood-style robbery gone wrong, Tim Padgett writes in Time. The tale centers on a boastful ex-Karate instructor in Pensacola, Fla., Leonard Gonzalez, who tells police he turned down the murder-for-hire... More »

Tropical Storm Claudette Soaks Fla. Panhandle

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Claudette lashed the Florida Panhandle with heavy rain today and is expected to make landfall by midnight, the Pensacola News Journal reports. Moving northwest at 14 mph with maximum winds near 50 mph, the storm will likely land between Panama City and Destin. Authorities have put the area... More »

Tone Loc OK After Collapsing Onstage

'80s rap superstar rushed to Fla. hospital

(Newser) - Tone Loc is on the mend after collapsing during a concert early this morning in Pensacola Beach, Fla., the News Journal reports. The 1980s rapper, 43, fell victim to the heat and the stress of a 12-hour journey from California, his manager said. The mastermind of megahits Funky Cold Medina... More »

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