August 28, 2004 |
A state rule barring the 15 Florida counties with touch-screen voting from conducting manual recounts is at odds with state law, which requires hand recounts in some close elections, a judge ruled Friday. A coalition including a labor union, government watchdogs and other interest groups sued the state, arguing that the law required provisions for hand recounts in every county, no matter what voting technology was used.
August 20, 2005 |
After 15 seasons in the major leagues, Mike Stanley finally made it to a world series. He can thank his son. Stanley and another former major leaguer, Dante Bichette, are coaches on the Maitland, Fla., team at the Little League World Series. Now, Stanley looks around and marvels at the sights: anxious kids punching gloves, groundskeepers tending pristine fields, green mountains towering beyond the outfield fence.
March 25, 2011
Southeast regional No. 2 Florida (29-7) vs. No. 8 Butler (26-9), New Orleans, 1:30 p.m. PDT, Channel 2 Florida can't be as sloppy offensively as it was against BYU if it wants to beat Butler. The Gators need to be patient against a smart Butler team on both ends of the court. Offensively, the Gators have more size up front and need to take advantage, not jack up 3-pointers. Butler runs a lot of screens, and Florida especially has to worry about Bulldogs guard Shelvin Mack from beyond the arc. Look for Butler's guards to have success applying defensive pressure against Florida's backcourt.
March 18, 2004 |
Prosecutors in Bartow, Fla., dropped all child pornography charges against R. Kelly after a judge ruled that photos allegedly showing the singer having sex with an underage girl were illegally seized. The decision, announced Wednesday, doesn't mean that Kelly is out of trouble. The R&B singer still faces 14 counts of child pornography in his home state of Illinois, stemming from a videotape allegedly showing him having sex with an underage girl.
April 18, 1987 |
Migrating bluefish with razor-sharp teeth apparently are mistaking swimmers for their favorite prey, mullet, and have bitten at least five people, authorities said. Victims were attacked Thursday when they swam into a feeding frenzy of the fish as they migrated northward for the summer, but none of the swimmers were seriously injured, officials said.
February 4, 1997 |
Tobacco companies, in defending a lawsuit brought by the state of Florida, won't be able to use the defense that cigarette smokers assumed the risks of smoking, a Florida judge ruled. Florida, along with 19 other states, is suing the $50-billion tobacco industry to reclaim Medicaid money spent treating smokers under the federal-state health-care plan for the poor. Florida is seeking at least $800 million in damages.
March 7, 1990 |
A blazing meteor streaked across the night sky over southern Florida Tuesday, appearing almost directly overhead, an official at the Buehler Planetarium said. "This was very, very bright--brighter than most fireballs ever get," said Ralph Battaline at the planetarium. "It was about 100 times brighter than the brightest star in the night sky."
July 2, 2004 |
Florida must release a list of suspected felons it wants purged from voter registration rolls so the names can be checked to avoid errors that wrongly disenfranchised voters in the state's disputed 2000 election, a state judge ruled Thursday. CNN, ABC and other news and civil rights groups sued to get copies of the list to check its accuracy before November's presidential election.
November 4, 2004 |
Lawyers for hundreds of thousands of Florida smokers asked the state's highest court to reinstate a $145-billion punitive damage award against Altria Group Inc.'s Phillip Morris USA unit and other U.S. cigarette makers. Stanley Rosenblatt, who represents about 700,000 Florida smokers, asked the state Supreme Court to reverse a lower-court ruling that threw out the verdict returned by a Miami jury in 2000. Florida's 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled in May 2003 against the plaintiffs.
May 11, 2004 |
Philip Morris USA said a Florida appellate court affirmed a jury's 2003 decision that ordered it and Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. to pay damages to a former smoker with lung disease. The jury awarded about $6.54 million to John Eastman but found Eastman, a former smoker with a respiratory illness, to be 50% at fault. It found Philip Morris USA, the largest U.S. cigarette maker, liable for 40% of the damages, or about $2.