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George Zimmerman's New Gig: Gun Store Guard

He's reportedly patrolling shop as volunteer

(Newser) - George Zimmerman hasn’t been on the radar much after a failed celebrity-boxing attempt and his family’s public tiff with Roseanne earlier this year, but Mashable has tracked him down at his new gig: guarding a Florida gun store. A police report obtained by Mashable says a patrolling officer... More »

Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies

Oceana Irizzary's father was also killed in Sunday accident

(Newser) - The 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said today. Oceana Irizzary's father also was killed Sunday. The two, of Fort Stewart, Ga., were walking along Caspersen... More »

Florida to Beachgoers: Beware Flesh-Eating Bug

High levels of Vibrio bacteria found in state waters

(Newser) - Crash-landing planes aren't the only hazard on Florida beaches: The state has warned that high levels of flesh-eating Vibrio bacteria have been detected in its waters, Gawker reports. The naturally-occurring bacteria, which thrives in warm, moderately salty water, causes around 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths in the... More »

Mom Threatened With Forced C-Section

Jennifer Goodall gave birth Friday after much drama

(Newser) - Two weeks before she gave birth to her fourth child, a Florida hospital threatened to force a C-section on 29-year-old mom Jennifer Goodall "with or without [her] consent," Jezebel reports. Goodall wanted to try delivering vaginally before agreeing to what would be her fourth cesarean—if it was... More »

Plane Kills Man on Florida Beach

His daughter was critically hurt by light aircraft

(Newser) - A man walking along a beach in Florida with his young daughter yesterday afternoon was killed by a crash-landing light plane. Police say 36-year-old Ommy Irizarry from Georgia was killed and his 9-year-old daughter, Oceana, was critically injured when the 1972 Piper Cherokee touched down at the edge of the... More »

Cops: Angry Drunk Driver Runs Himself Over

Case of road rage does not end well for him

(Newser) - A Florida man made a series of questionable decisions this week that culminated in him being run over by his own truck, reports Raw Story . Let us count the ways, from an account in the Gainesville Sun :
  • Beer: Cops say Joseph Carl, 48, was almost three times over the legal
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Naked Burglars Steal 60 Burgers From Beach Eatery

Florida trio broke in wearing underwear, then stripped, as cameras caught it all

(Newser) - "Dumb, dumber, and dumbest." That’s how a waitress at Doc's Beach House in Bonita Beach, Fla., describes the three guys who broke in—clad only in their skivvies—in the wee hours Sunday and five minutes later made off with 60 hamburgers, 3 pounds of bacon,... More »

Wife Dies After Accusing Hubby of Gay Encounter

Michael Doster is a suspect, says sheriff's office

(Newser) - Michael Doster is suspected of killing his wife after a gay-sex rendezvous at a Florida nude beach—but so far no witnesses have stepped forward in the case, Gawker reports. According to an affidavit, Doster's wife Pamela caught him giving a man oral sex last weekend at a nude... More »

Chikungunya Virus Moves Into US

Florida sees first locally-acquired cases

(Newser) - It's official: Chikungunya has come to the US. In the likely event you haven't heard of it, Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne disease that causes severe (though only occasionally fatal) fevers, joint pain, and swelling, Health Day explains. There are no treatments for it save rest and painkillers. It'... More »

Florida Court Clears Way for Gay Marriage in Keys

Overturns ban, applies only to Monroe County

(Newser) - A judge in the Florida Keys overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage today after a legal challenge by gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens. The ruling by Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia applies only to Monroe County, which primarily consists of the Keys, and... More »

Endangered Florida Habitat Getting a Walmart

Dwindling rockland is home to many rare species

(Newser) - A South Florida forest that's home to a trove of endangered and almost-endangered plant and animal species, including the bald eagle, indigo snake, and Florida bonneted bat, is about to be invaded by a far less rare creature: Walmart. The University of Miami this month sold 88 acres of... More »

Cops: Foster Mom Left Toddler in Hot Car

Monique Williams was arrested yesterday after incident at Florida Publix

(Newser) - The wave of kids-in-hot-cars stories continues: A Florida foster mom was arrested on child neglect charges after police say she left a 15-month-old in a hot car for 20 minutes yesterday while she shopped. An employee of Apopka's Publix grocery store saw the boy in the car, with the... More »

Judge Scraps GOP-Drawn Florida Map

Calls it a 'mockery' of amendments requiring non-political districting

(Newser) - Republicans "made a mockery" of recent Florida constitutional amendments requiring lawmakers to draw fair political districts, a state judge ruled yesterday, ordering that two particularly egregious districts be redrawn—and with them, probably all districts that touch them. "Republican political consultants or operatives did, in fact, conspire to... More »

Hackers Turn Construction Sign Into Obscene Message

Florida drivers exposed to latest meme

(Newser) - The construction sign on Boyette Road in Ruskin, Fla., was supposed to alert motorists about lanes being closed. Instead, reports WFTS-TV , its lights spelled out an obscene phrase that we'll list only by acronym: FHRITP. (Click the link to see the sign in full, or almost full.) For... More »

Amateur Sleuths: We Found Old War Fort

US soldiers used Fort Harrell in the second Seminole War

(Newser) - Three amateur explorers have uncovered what they say are the remains of an old US Army fort in South Florida—a find harking back to the time of Andrew Jackson and the removal of Native Americans to lands beyond the Mississippi River. Shawn Beightol, a Miami-Dade school teacher, says a... More »

Sheriff's Workers Smash Hard Drive for New Sheriff

Good news is ... new lawman has fewer emails to read?

(Newser) - Here's a treat for an incoming sheriff: The outgoing staff apparently pulverized the last sheriff's hard drive and left behind none of his files. Not only that, there was blood on the drive's remains. An outgoing sergeant at the Broward Sheriff's Office in Florida told Internal... More »

Man's Whole Body Pulled Through Wood Chipper

It's not clear how worker fell in while landscaping

(Newser) - It was, as a witness pointed out, like a scene from a movie, and "horrifying": A landscape worker died yesterday afternoon in Davie, Fla., when he fell into a wood chipper; his entire body was pulled through. "I look outside and I see some piles of blood,"... More »

Couple Falls Overboard, Treads Water for 14 Hours

Sean McGovern, Melissa Morris ultimately rescued

(Newser) - On Saturday morning, four fishermen saw birds hovering over the waters seven miles off the Hallandale Beach shore in Broward County, Florida. Usually, their presence signals fish in the water. But not this time. Instead of fish, the men—two of them off-duty sheriff’s detectives and one a firefighter/paramedic—... More »

Cops: Mom Brands Kids, Promises Ice Cream

Kayla Oxenham, 23, denies charges of child abuse

(Newser) - A Florida mom has been charged with child abuse after she allegedly branded her children so she could identify them as her kids. Kayla Oxenham, 23, allegedly used a lighter to heat up a stick then burned her 5- and 7-year-old daughters on the arm while noting she "forgot... More »

Florida Executes Killer

John Ruthell Henry is third US execution in 24 hours

(Newser) - Florida has executed a man who fatally stabbed his wife and her young son in 1985—the third US execution in less than 24 hours since Oklahoma's botched procedure in April . The governor's office says John Ruthell Henry was pronounced dead at 7:43pm after a lethal injection.... More »

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