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Two El Paso teachers asked for notes to comfort their students. They received thousands

Fourth grade teachers Teresa Garrett and Elvira Flores asked Facebook for postcards "to help our students know there is plenty of good in the world.

       

Source: Two El Paso teachers asked for notes to comfort their students. They received thousands

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Client says Arizona massage therapist's 'cuddling' session turned sexual

A Phoenix woman's complaint says a "cuddling" session with a massage therapist turned sexual.

       

Source: Client says Arizona massage therapist's 'cuddling' session turned sexual

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Missing boater's wife talks about the search

Stephanie Young McCluney, wife of missing boater, Brian McCluney who went fishing with Justin Walker on Friday and have been missing since.

       

Source: Missing boater's wife talks about the search

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Fugitive lived in isolated bunker for 3 years to evade arrest in Wisconsin

Jeremiah Button was sleeping in a homemade bunker in the woods on the morning of Aug. 9 when his three-year run from the law came to an end.

       

Source: Fugitive lived in isolated bunker for 3 years to evade arrest in Wisconsin

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More than 40 charged in federal court from Mississippi ICE raid, but no company officials

So far, more than 40 arrest warrants have been filed in federal court resulting from the Aug. 7 immigration raid.

       

Source: More than 40 charged in federal court from Mississippi ICE raid, but no company officials

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Hundreds answer husband's viral post to attend funeral of El Paso mass shooting victim

Margie Reckard, one of 22 killed in the El Paso Walmart mass shooting, was honored by more than a thousand people.

       

Source: Hundreds answer husband's viral post to attend funeral of El Paso mass shooting victim

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Report: LGBTQ-hate violence increased during Pride month, Stonewall's 50th anniversary

The U.S. National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs reported an increase in hate violence against LGBTQ people during Pride Month and Stonewall 50.

       

Source: Report: LGBTQ-hate violence increased during Pride month, Stonewall's 50th anniversary

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'Dead zone': Data confirms dire warnings about algae growing in Chesapeake Bay

Maryland scientists have been warning of a growing "dead zone" in the Chesapeake Bay. Data confirms their dire warnings.

       

Source: 'Dead zone': Data confirms dire warnings about algae growing in Chesapeake Bay

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Tennessee executes Stephen Michael West by electric chair

Stephen Michael West was sentenced to death for the 1986 stabbing deaths of Wanda Romines, 51, and her 15-year-old daughter, Sheila Romines.

       

Source: Tennessee executes Stephen Michael West by electric chair

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A black man was looking for parking. A white woman felt threatened and called the cops

Royal Oak, Michigan police are investigating after officers reportedly stopped a black man because a white woman said she felt threatened

       

Source: A black man was looking for parking. A white woman felt threatened and called the cops

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Florida police found an unusual 'burglary' suspect at a local high school: A raccoon inside a vending machine

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office shared photo and videos of a raccoon stuck in a local high school's vending machine.

       

Source: Florida police found an unusual 'burglary' suspect at a local high school: A raccoon inside a vending machine

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Gulf County Resident Matt Terry Appointed to Triumph Gulf Coast Board of Directors

Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) today announced the appointment Mr. James Matthew “Matt” Terry, SRA of Port St. Joe to the Board of Directors of Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc. Mr. Terry is the owner of Appraisal Group of North Florida, LLC.



“Matt Terry is a lifelong resident of the Florida Panhandle with deep roots in Gulf County. As a business owner and community leader, he will be an excellent addition to the Triumph Board of Directors, and a strong advocate for our great legacy communities across the Panhandle as they work to overcome the lasting impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill as well as the devastation caused last fall by Hurricane Michael,” said President Galvano.



Background



The eight Florida counties disproportionately affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill include: Bay, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Wakulla Counties. The disproportionally affected counties receive 75 percent of all economic damage settlement funds received by the state.  



In 2013, the Legislature created Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc., to ensure economic damage settlement funds coming to the state would both benefit the eight disproportionately affected counties and be properly accounted for. The Triumph Gulf Coast Board is tasked to make awards to programs and projects that meet the priorities for economic recovery, diversification, and enhancement of the disproportionately affected counties. The corporation is required to abide by the state’s public record laws and public meeting notice requirements.



In 2017, the Florida Legislature unanimously passed and Governor Scott signed into law House Bill 7077, which amended the Gulf Coast Economic Corridor Act expanding the board to seven members and requiring the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to appoint an additional member from the private sector in one of the four least populous disproportionately affected counties ensure that two such counties are represented on the board. In 2017, Senate President Joe Negron appointed Gulf County resident, Mr. Jason Shoaf. Mr. Terry’s appointment fills the board vacancy created by Mr. Shoaf’s election to the Florida House of Representatives. The appointment takes effect immediately and expires on June 29, 2021.  


Source: Gulf County Resident Matt Terry Appointed to Triumph Gulf Coast Board of Directors

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Report: Uber spent $200K a year on balloons for staff anniversaries; stickers to be used instead

To cut back on costs, Uber is cutting helium balloons, which cost the company over $200,000 a year, a report says.

       

Source: Report: Uber spent $200K a year on balloons for staff anniversaries; stickers to be used instead

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Senate Democrats Call for Inclusion of Gun Reform Measures, Including Assault Weapons Ban, in Upcoming “Mass Shootings/White Nationalism” Committee Hearings

Seeking to ensure that the weapons capable of killing scores of innocent people in less than 60 seconds are part of the upcoming Senate committee discussions on mass murder and white supremacy, Senate Democratic Leader Audrey Gibson on Wednesday requested that three key gun reform measures be included in the Senate President’s call for action.



“Despite prominent attempts by some to equate white nationalism with mental illness, we are hopeful that the Senate will more closely examine it for what it is, namely, an expression of hatred fueling much of the violence we are witnessing nationwide,” wrote the Jacksonville Democrat to Senate President Bill Galvano.



“Clearly however, more is at play than just one factor. Whether the massacre unfolded in El Paso, Dayton, or Las Vegas, Newtown, Parkland, or Pulse, the one inescapable common thread that has bound each and every one of these horrific mass shootings is the presence of an assault weapon. In Florida, the problem is compounded thanks to easy access to these weapons, lack of background checks for private gun purchases, and constraints placed on family members preventing them from proactive measures to stop a tragedy before it happens. These are the critical elements Senate Democrats have attempted to address in the past, yet continue to await the full attention of the Florida Legislature.”



The legislation Senate Democrats are requesting be added includes the following:




  • Assault Weapon and High Capacity Magazine Ban Bill - Senator Stewart


    • Brief Summary: This bill bans the sale or transfer of assault weapons or high capacity magazines in the State of Florida. Requires that all assault weapons or high capacity magazines possessed prior to October 1, 2020 be accompanied with a certificate of possession. Bans the possession of assault weapons or high capacity magazines without a proper certificate of possession. Does not apply to Law Enforcement Agencies or the U.S. Military.



  • Risk Protection Order Bill SB 114 - Senator Berman

    • Brief Summary: Also known as a “red-flag law.” This bill would add parents, grandparents, spouses, siblings, and guardians to the list of individuals able to request a risk protection order, allowing a judge to require law enforcement officers temporarily remove firearms from the possession of an individual that the petitioner has reason to believe poses a threat to themselves or others.



  • Background Check Bill - Senator Farmer

    • Brief Summary: This bill would eliminate the exemption on background check requirements for private sales of firearms (otherwise known as the gun-show-loophole). Currently Florida Statutes require that a background check be performed on all firearm sales carried out by a licensed dealer. There is no requirement for sales between two non-licensed individuals. This bill would require that all private sales or transfers of firearms be facilitated by a licensed firearms dealer, who would in turn be required by law to perform a background check.?



  • Background Check Bill SB 94 – Senator Book

    • Brief Summary: This bill would also eliminate the exemption on background check requirements for private sales of firearms. The legislation, however, would also apply to the sale or transfer of a firearm via the internet.





Without these measures, Leader Gibson warned, Floridians will continue to remain vulnerable to anyone driven by hatred and easy access to guns developed for the battlefield. And she called on the legislature to break the hold the gun lobby has maintained, preventing many widely-supported reform measures from either hearings or passage.



“Had the shooter in El Paso trained his sights on a city or town in Florida, not one of the safety measures adopted following Parkland – under 21 gun sale prohibition, expanded background checks, bump stock bans - would have stemmed the body count. His act of terrorism was carried out with a single, unmodified AK-47-style semi-automatic rifle, legally purchased in Texas and easily available at gun stores and through private sales here in Florida,” she wrote.



“In the name of white nationalism, 22 people died, and 26 were wounded after an anti-immigrant gunman opened fire on back-to-school shoppers in El Paso. Hatred drove him; some say hatred even pulled the trigger. But should we fail to give these bills the thorough consideration they deserve, we continue to risk the lives of every family, every child - every Floridian - who looks to us for leadership and solutions to this escalating threat to their safety. We continue to provide the means by which that trigger can be pulled.



“For far too long, both in Florida and nationwide, common-sense gun reforms have been thwarted by the gun lobby. They are intent on maintaining the status quo, no matter the cost in lives, no matter the families they help to destroy. Their version of solutions has been and continues to be more guns, and Florida is awash in them. In both Pulse and two years later, Parkland, the destruction they unleashed is testament to the hold they maintain on this legislature. We have the power to finally break that grip. We also have the moral obligation.”



 



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Source: Senate Democrats Call for Inclusion of Gun Reform Measures, Including Assault Weapons Ban, in Upcoming “Mass Shootings/White Nationalism” Committee Hearings

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'Uncaged' Sistine Stallone: When dad Sylvester literally pushed me into shark-filled waters

Sistine Stallone recalls that time when her joking father pushed her into shark-filled waters off Bora Bora. "I had a full-on panic attack."

       

Source: 'Uncaged' Sistine Stallone: When dad Sylvester literally pushed me into shark-filled waters

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