53 year old Donna Chen was out walking her dog when she was struck and killed
by 22 year old Blake Talman. Her dog, a vizsla, ran off despite his injuries. He was rescued by a fisherman quite some distance away - and more than half a mile at sea
The purpose of the Super Power Building has been stated as providing a dedicated center for delivering the Super Power Rundown, a high-level Scientology training course that has not yet been released.
If I Die Young: Struggling with Addiction and Recovery.
"Last year, 249 people died of prescription drug overdoses in Pinellas County, FL. Just about everybody who knew Stacy Nicholson figured she was next. Then an empathetic judge gave her a choice: recovery, or the coffin." [more inside]
, an eight foot tall Lego man washed up ashore in Siesta Key Village, Florida. This is not
the first time
this has happened. The figures are the creation of Ego Leonard
, an enigmatic figure in his own right.
Effect of Herman Cain's proposed "9-9-9" tax reform plan on average household tax liability.
Cain is leading
the field of GOP Presidential candidates in polls of Iowa, South Carolina and Florida. Previously 1 2
61-year-old Diana Nyad is back in the water. Again.
American endurance swimmer Diana Nyad is making her third attempt
(and second in as many months) to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, a distance of 103 miles. Her previous attempt failed after a crippling asthma attack. At the time, she swore she wouldn't try again, but a week later she was already having second thoughts
. You can track her progress here.
Diana Nyad is in the water!
One of the world's greatest long-distance swimmers from age 20 - 30, Nyad set records
and was a media sensation. And then, after famously failing in a swim from Cuba to Florida (rough water sent her far off course), she quit -- and didn't swim a stroke for 30 years. As age 60 approached, however, she got remotivated to tackle the one challenge that got away
. No shark cage, no wetsuit, and an estimated 60 hours of swimming to go. CNN's tracking map
Sylvia Londono, a real estate agent and mother of two, says her condo, which she bought for $450,000 in 2007, is now worth $150,000. She has never moved in, she says, put off by the stench that rises from the site and a nearby sewage treatment plant on rainy days. “It has been the worst experience ever,” says Londono
Welcome to Biscayne Landing
! You can learn a lot about our sprawling development by reading these informational "articles
" (all internally written). Just please don't read this one
(source of above quote). Mmmk, thanks! [more inside]
Tomorrow, closing arguments
are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. (Eastern) in the Casey Anthony trial
. Since 2008, the case of the young mother accused of killing her toddler daughter, Caylee
, has captivated
the U.S. Deemed by some to be the 'social media trial of the century
,' the capital murder case
is based entirely on circumstantial evidence
. Tomorrow's hearing is being broadcast on cable station CNN Headline News
and streamed live online
If you have had sex in Florida in the last week, technically, you broke the law.
Due to some unfortunate wording, Florida's new bestiality law technically outlawed sex between two animals.
"An act relating to sexual activities involving animals; creating s. 828.126, F.S.; providing definitions; prohibiting knowing sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal; prohibiting specified related activities; providing penalties; providing that the act does not apply to certain husbandry, conformation judging, and veterinary practices; providing an effective date."
A conservative billionaire who opposes government meddling in business has bought a rare commodity: the right to interfere in faculty hiring at a publicly funded university
. [more inside]
Conceptual art collective, and part-time unemployment agency, Workforce Central Florida
recently began the "Cape-a-bility Challenge
" that has been taking
for spending $73,000 giving 6000 red capes (costing $14,000 for the capes alone) to the unemployed in their battle against the verbosely named existential super-villian Dr. Evil Unemployment
. [more inside]
Gulf Coast Dolphin Death Toll Rising.
Scientists clamor to figure out why 12 times the normal rate of dolphin deaths are being observed along the Gulf States. Results from an examination of 89 dead dolphins that washed up immediately after the Gulf oil spill have not been publicly released, but scientists concluded those dolphins "died from something environmental during the last year." Despite a steady drumbeat of stories in the media claiming that the Gulf has already been mostly cleaned up thanks to "teeny little janitors,"
getting far less media and public traction are more recent reports finding that the Gulf's sea floor is in fact still very much oily and dead
. [more inside]
Patsy Campbell has been fighting her foreclosure in Florida courts for the past 25 years
. She has not made a mortgage payment since 1985 while foiling the efforts of several banks to evict her from her home in Okeechobee, Florida.
Earlier this week, Toxie, NPR's cutest toxic asset died
. One of the mortgages bundled into this asset was an investment property in Bradenton, Florida, which, like many Florida homes, has never been occupied or served as anything other than a financial instrument. Boston.com's Big Picture recently took a look from above
at the effects that this (and previous) housing bubbles have had on the development of Florida's cities and landscapes. How do you design a city that nobody plans to live in? (Previously
Adam Higginbotham wrote an interesting article in 2007
about Chuckie Taylor's reign of terror in Liberia. (Note: PDF link) [more inside]
Skunk-apes are more than just Bigfoot's stinky southern cousins. They have their own Research Headquarters
, beach movie
, and "investment-quality" commemorative coins
. Oh, and Skunktoberfest
. (Sadly, Mefi's own Skunkape
remains a mysterious mystery.)
Before David Koresh, there was simply "Koresh."
Cyrus Reed Teed was an eclectic physician from New York who experienced a "divine illumination" (Google Books)
in 1869. He recruited over 200 followers
to settle a utopian commune in Estero, Florida
based on his revelation of a unique hollow-earth theory called the Cellular Cosomogony
. Elaborate experiments
showed conclusive "proof" that the world's surface was a concave sphere. Despite this, his movement failed to gain traction; relations grew increasingly strained between the Koreshans and the Lee County locals. In 1906, the aging Dr. Teed was severely beaten in a Ft. Myers street brawl (PDF, see pp. 12-14)
and died from his injuries on December 22, 1908. His martyrdom sealed, the Koreshans refused to bury the remains (PDF)
in the belief that their messiah would be resurrected on Christmas Day. The commune has been preserved as a state historic site
where Floridians can learn more about the cult leader in their backyard
. [more inside]
C.W. Roberts Contracting in Florida has come up with a simple and inexpensive method
to remove crude oil from the Gulf of Mexico. [more inside]
There is a rhesus macaque monkey
on the loose in Saint Petersburg
. It seems to get around
. It has been shot with tranquilizer darts a number of times, but always gets away. It has been roaming the Tampa Bay area for at least a year
. It has fans
Rising up from deep within the aquifer, cool clear water flows from hundreds of springs that dot the Florida landscape. Florida springs
are natural wonders that are threatened constantly. [more inside]
The season now approaches for snowbirds to make their way to warmer climes for the season. Among them will be members of Amish and Menonnite orders.
In the 1920s, farmers were persuaded to come to Sarasota, Florida and begin using the land for agricultural purposes. Among the items surmised best to grow in the soil was celery, produce already commonplace in Amish farms in the northern bands of the US. And so, some made the trip to begin farming, only to later learn it was a scam, but the weather and surroundings enticed them to stay or visit on a regular basis. Pinecraft, Florida
is the winter home for many of these people. [more inside]
Sassy lesbian couple in Florida celebrates 70 years together
after having to keep their relationship secret for decades. You go, girls!
For generations, anglers have performed worm grunting
(a.k.a. charming, fiddling, snoring, rubbing, or calling) to entice worms out of the ground. Worm grunting even has its very own annual festival
. After accompanying Grunting King Gary Revell
Vanderbilt neurobiologist Kenneth Catania has explained why
scraping a "stob" or twanging a pitchfork brings the worms a-callin'. [more inside]
A little over two weeks into the season, Major League Baseball has already seen four near no-hitters
. Meanwhile, Mitchell High School senior Patrick Schuster has thrown four in a row
For Their Own Good.
"They were screwed-up kids, sent to the reform school in Marianna for smoking, fighting, stealing cars or worse. The Florida School for Boys -- that'd straighten them out." A well-written and heartbreaking feature from the St Pete Times
. Includes an extensive list of supporting news links (going back to 1932)
and a gallery of portraits
by Edmund D. Fountain
A photo essay by Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden
. [more inside]
Time for some good news, for a change: Man saves dog from shark attack
Student artwork from the Ringling College of Art and Design
in Sarasota, FL. Departments include computer animation, photography and digital imaging, interior design, and others. [more inside]
The Great Schlep. Sarah Silverman
explains why you should get your fat Jewish ass on a plane to Florida to convince your grandparents to vote for Obama.
As simple as a typo
. Your vote in the 2008 U.S. election won't
if voter caging
parties can help it. Vote caging
works basically like this - (1) Send do-not-forward mail to the address listed on your registration. (2) If it comes back return to sender, your registration is challenged and can be thrown out without notice
. "A challenged voter will likely cast a provisional ballot....Nearly a third of all 1.6 million provisional ballots cast in 2004 were thrown out." Previously (somewhat)
. [more inside]
In 2002, Miles White died in a car crash
. The car was being driven by his friend Adam Jacoby, and the accident occurred after they were chased by
Deputy Scott Lawson of the Polk County, Florida Sheriff’s Office. The St. Pete Times now claims that “sexual pervert” Lawson hit them, causing the accident
. [more inside]
Who can forget when Harmony and Grits played at Nero's Nook? This is a big stack of pics that I scanned as a single collection. Most are 8"x10", but a few are snapshots. They represent something of a snapshot of the bar and entertainment scene in the Gulf Coast resort town of Fort Walton Bch, FL, circa 1970s. Most are of bands, entertainers and a few strippers. If you are from this area, you may well recognize some of the faces. They are in no order.
"Some Florida teens believe drinking Mountain Dew or smoking marijuana will prevent pregnancy and that swallowing a capful of bleach will prevent HIV/AIDS."*
As a result, lawmakers are pushing "for an overhaul of sex education in the state. State lawmakers said the myths are spreading because of Florida's abstinence-only sex education
"On Tuesday, a bill that would 'require a more comprehensive approach' to sex education narrowly won approval from a state Senate committee."*
in Tampa, FL has issued a 30-day sex challenge
: If you're married, have sex every day
(PDF of daily workbook). If you're not married, don't have sex at all
(PDF of daily workbook). There's a blog
, there's a billboard
, there's a lot of press
. [more inside]
The coddled "terrorists" of South Florida.
Examining our governments double standard with regard to providing a safe haven for terrorists
. Alpha 66
continues to carry out
I watched man burn to death, heard others screaming in the fog.
A massive, 50-car pileup, the result of three or more crashes on I-4, has led to at least 3 fatalities and 82 injuries in central Florida near Orlando. The smoke and fog
were so bad that rescue efforts were hindered. Drivers with no visibility did not know whether to stay in their burning cars or risk running out onto the highway for help.
"I've got a shotgun. Do you want me to stop 'em?"
On November 14, 61-year old Joe Horn saw two men breaking into his neighbor's home. He called 911, told the operator what he could see through his window. As Horn watched the men, he grew more and more agitated, saying he was going to go outside and shoot them. When the men left the neighbor's home, Horn went outside and did just that.
Now, Texas gets to argue over the hero
status of Joe Horn in the public square (a debate made more volatile by concerns that race was been a factor
), while weighing the merits of that state's recent adoption of Castle Doctrine
(aka "Stand Your Ground" Law). First adopted by Florida in 2005
, Castle Doctrine is now law in 19 of 50 states
. So what does this mean for Joe Horn? Public accusations of vigilantism aside, what Horn did is arguably legal under Texas law
... or, at least, it would be
had he shot the two men after dark.
With few cows, no ice, and lacking refrigeration the only dairy product reliably available to the Florida Keys in the late 18th century was condensed milk
. Add a local plantation abundance of small, sour key limes
(known to most as West Indian limes
; not the more common Persian/Tahiti lime
), and inevitably someone -- perhaps Aunt Sally
-- put them together to create the quintessential Florida Keys
confection known as key lime pie
. [more inside]
A gay Republican news story
that you probably didn't read about in the paper: In late August, Ralph Gonzalez
--Republican strategist, former Georgia GOP executive director, and "political powerhouse
(along with his roommate, David Abrami, another Republican political consultant) by Gonzalez' "friend" and former Marine Jason Robert Drake. Characterized as the result of a "lovers' quarrel," it's a bizarre crime story that should've made at least a ripple in the national news, given some other recent incidents
. But it never did. [more inside]