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What we know about the Saudi national suspect in the Pensacola Navy base shooting

The Pensacola Navy base shooter was identified as a Saudi national by Gov. Ron DeSantis Friday afternoon.

       

Source: What we know about the Saudi national suspect in the Pensacola Navy base shooting

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Buying a real Christmas tree this year? Take care of it with these tips

Taken care of properly, National Christmas Tree Association seasonal spokesman Doug Hundley said, a tree can last anywhere from three to five weeks.
       

Source: Buying a real Christmas tree this year? Take care of it with these tips

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Virginia still has dozens of racist and discriminatory laws on its books, report says

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam vows to nix dozens of racist, discriminatory laws from the state code.
       

Source: Virginia still has dozens of racist and discriminatory laws on its books, report says

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Ford workers break their silence on faulty transmissions: 'My hands are dirty. I feel horrible'

"My hands are dirty. I feel horrible," said a Ford engineer who played a key role in developing the popular compact cars.

       

Source: Ford workers break their silence on faulty transmissions: 'My hands are dirty. I feel horrible'

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Senator Stewart Files Bill to Protect Children from Obscene Acts

 



ORLANDO – Legislation that would protect children from obscene conduct, and improve prosecution of offenders, has been filed by Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando).



 



SB 1150 - Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition, clarifies that a person who performs certain acts in the vicinity of a child, whether the child is aware or not, commits an act of lewd and lascivious exhibition. Advances in technology, such as video baby monitors and nanny cams, have increased the ability to catch violators committing such obscene acts.



 



The bill was recommended by the Office of the State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit, and was inspired by a case in Orange County in which a man was caught on video pleasuring himself over the bed of a sleeping 6-year-old. At the time, the state attorney declined to press charges in the case, citing the Florida Supreme Court’s decision in State v. Werner (1992), which requires the child to be aware of the conduct in order for a violation to have occurred.



 



“I am extremely grateful for Senator Stewart’s leadership on this issue,” said State Attorney Aramis D. Ayala. “Our criminal justice system requires partnerships to be effective and, as prosecutors, we appreciate when our experience and insight is valued by members of the legislature.”



 



“It shouldn’t matter whether a child is sleeping or aware of this disgusting conduct or not,” said Stewart. “We need to be able to prosecute this offense before it escalates to something worse. The language in the statute has not been looked at in many years, and needs to be updated to account for current technology. It’s just plain wrong and we need to fix it.”



 



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Source: Senator Stewart Files Bill to Protect Children from Obscene Acts

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Birds are shrinking in North America, and climate change may be to blame

A study of more than 70,000 North American birds by the Field Museum in Chicago found warmer temperatures were associated with  smaller body size.
       

Source: Birds are shrinking in North America, and climate change may be to blame

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Is dyeing your hair safe? Avoiding permanent hair dye could cut cancer risk, study says

The study found that women who regularly used permanent hair dye were 9% more likely to develop breast cancer than those who didn't.
       

Source: Is dyeing your hair safe? Avoiding permanent hair dye could cut cancer risk, study says

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Senator Annette Taddeo and Representative Matt Willhite file Legislation Aimed at Fighting Abuse of Florida’s Water Supply

Tallahassee, Fla. – House Representative Matt Willhite (D-Wellington) files HB 861 with Senate colleague, Senator Annette Taddeo (D –Miami) who filed SB 1112 in the Senate. This proposed legislation will impose fees on bottle water operators for extracting water from State waters, including water from our Florida Springs.  The proceeds will be deposited in the Wastewater Treatment and Stormwater Management Revolving Loan Trust Fund, which will be eligible for federal matching funds, and be used for water infrastructure projects throughout the State.



"Florida is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation, inhabiting roughly 900 new residents every day.” said Representative Willhite. “With such a growing population, we must ensure that all natural resources are shared fairly and equitably. Water is our most precious resource, and it is limited.  Therefore, we must make sure that we enact policies that reflect the increasing pressures on our water supply to ensure that we are sustaining these resources for all Floridians."



Senator Taddeo issued the following statement: "It is unconscionable that certain corporate water bottling companies exploit our state water, without paying their fair share, while all other companies who bottle water through municipalities pay for their water.  This is a corporate welfare loophole that has allowed these companies to exploit our precious water supply.  This bill will help us bring to an end this abusive practice,” said Senator Taddeo. “The funds generated from closing this loophole will be used to support much needed storm and wastewater treatment infrastructure throughout the state.” added Senator Taddeo.



                                                           


Source: Senator Annette Taddeo and Representative Matt Willhite file Legislation Aimed at Fighting Abuse of Florida’s Water Supply

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George Zimmerman sues Trayvon Martin family, lawyer Ben Crump for $100 million

Among those named in the suit: Tallahassee attorney Ben Crump, who recently authored the book, "Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People."

       

Source: George Zimmerman sues Trayvon Martin family, lawyer Ben Crump for $100 million

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The Who concert stampede left 11 people dead 40 years ago. Here's what newspaper coverage looked like

On Dec. 3, 1979, 11 concertgoers were killed when the crowd surged to get into Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum for the Who rock concert.

       

Source: The Who concert stampede left 11 people dead 40 years ago. Here's what newspaper coverage looked like

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'Hilariously infertile:' Journey to motherhood filled with tears, laughs (and yes, shots)

Karen Jeffries was infertile, going through painful treatments in hopes of having the child she and her husband wanted. What to do? Write about all of it.
       

Source: 'Hilariously infertile:' Journey to motherhood filled with tears, laughs (and yes, shots)

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The best Cyber Monday deals you can still get on Instant Pots, AncestryDNA, Amazon Echoes, and more

Cyber Monday is may be over, but you can still get incredible deals on Instant Pots, AncestryDNA, Amazon Echoes, and more.

       

Source: The best Cyber Monday deals you can still get on Instant Pots, AncestryDNA, Amazon Echoes, and more

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The best Cyber Monday 2019 deals you can still get

Cyber Monday is almost over, but you can still get incredible deals at Amazon, Walmart, L.L.Bean, and other retailers.

       

Source: The best Cyber Monday 2019 deals you can still get

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Replacing Willie Taggart: Florida State football coaching hot board (12/2)

Florida State has fired coach Willie Taggart 21 games into his tenure at FSU. Here's a look at some of the potential candidates to replace him.

       

Source: Replacing Willie Taggart: Florida State football coaching hot board (12/2)

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Senator Janet Cruz Files Legislation Addressing Bottled Water Extraction From Florida's Springs

In response to concerns surrounding Nestlé Waters North America’s permit request that would allow the bottled water company to pump 1.152 million gallons of water per day from Ginnie Springs, Senator Janet Cruz (D-Tampa) has filed legislation that would require the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to monitor consumptive use permits for all bottled water companies, ensuring their compliance with state law. A second fee bill was also filed, which would access a surcharge of 5 cents per gallon of water extracted for the production of bottled water. This surcharge would be deposited into the Florida Water Protection and Sustainability Program Trust Fund. This state trust fund has remained unfunded since 2009.



 



“Millions of taxpayer dollars are spent on recharging Florida’s aquifer due to the over-pumping of our state’s most precious natural resource – our water,” said Senator Cruz. “We cannot stand idly by while bottled water companies make substantial profits off this public resource without paying their fair share or doing much of anything to protect Florida’s springs and drinking water for future generations.”



                                                                                                                                             



Currently, companies pay a one-time fee of $115, which allows them to pump at least 270,000 gallons of water per day from Florida’s aquifer. Senator Cruz’s legislation is modeled off a proposal introduced by Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg), who as Governor asked that bottled water companies pay a 6 cents surcharge for each gallon pumped, a fraction of the profits they earn.



 



“I do not accept the argument from bottled water companies that this pumping has a ‘negligible’ impact on Florida’s spring system,” Senator Cruz stated. “Water volume is decreasing in Florida’s springs. If these companies want to pump Florida’s aquifer and take water that belongs to Floridians, they should contribute to the Water Protection and Sustainability Trust Fund and address the environmental consequences of their business practices.”



 



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Source: Senator Janet Cruz Files Legislation Addressing Bottled Water Extraction From Florida's Springs

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