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Judge Tosses Same Sex Marriage Ban in Monroe County

A Monroe County Circuity Court Judge today overturned Florida’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage after a legal challenge by six gay couples, Judge Luis Garcia found the ban effectively makes those couples 2nd class citizens. The suit alleged the state’s ban violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law. Garcia’s order allowed […]

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Whistleblowers allege corruption in DOC

Four investigators inside the Department of Corrections say the system contains corruption and violence. The four say they received retaliation when they tried raising the issues with their supervisors. They have filed a court complaint saying inmates regularly torture other inmates, and guards often smuggle contraband into prisons. The department promises cooperation with the FBI […]

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Nokomis Beach Still Closed

Nokomis Beach’s still closed for swimming because of high levels of the enterococci bacteria. has The Herald-Tribune reports the beach has been closed since last Thursday. A cause for the problem hasn’t been found yet, but officials say several things can trigger it, including algae on shore that can breed bacteria; rough surf that churns […]

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