The John Goodman retrial has yet to start, but it's already beginning to get a little nuts after a potential juror was placed under arrest for contempt of court Thursday. The juror, Travis Van Vliet, 23, of Lithia in Hillsborough County, Googled the Goodman case, which is a no-no, and learned that ... More >>
On Friday, the Florida Supreme Court (FSC) declined to hear the so-called Shaw case, regarding a Hillsborough County lesbian couple who are seeking a divorce. The FSC explained that the Second District Court of Appeal must first rule on the case before directing it to the FSC.
In what has been a hot summer in the fight for marriage equality in the Sunshine State, the Second District Court of Appeal today asked the Florida Supreme Court (FSC) to decide whether the state's 2008 ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. A clerk at the office of the Florida Supreme Court c ... More >>
Meet the newest threat to Florida's face. The Argentine Black and White Tegu Lizard -- native to Argentina and parts of South America -- was found in Florida first back in the early 2000s. Thanks to an ability to withstand cold and reproduce rapidly, the lizards aren't going away -- the Florida Fi ... More >>
Last time we checked up on Palm Beach County students, things weren't looking too hot. The county's school system saw a dip in its overall grades, according to the Florida Department of Education's annual school grades. Two schools got D's and two schools received F grades in Palm Beach. But now t ... More >>
Uber, the app that connects people with cab and limo drivers at the tap of a button, has seen its fight to extend its business in Florida seriously watered down in the past week. The company, which at the moment operates only in Jacksonville, is upping its efforts to get the bill pushed by launchin ... More >>
Here's a story both quite Florida and quite repulsive. On Wednesday morning, a Florida man apparently decided What the hell, I'm just going to go ahead and bang my dog on my front yard. So, in broad morning daylight, for all to see, the man dropped his trousers and began having sex with his dog. ... More >>
From Burmese pythons to Lion fish to rock pythons to giant African snails, Florida is home to a plethora of invasive species. And now, the latest animal threatening to eat all of the things in the Everglades and other parts of the wild, is a particularly jerky thing called the tegu lizard. And, li ... More >>
At a time when Rick Scott's cronies are raising gazillions of dollars for attack ads and other re-election goodies, Charlie Crist is out there defending Obamacare. Ballsy! At a campaign rally in Hillsborough County over the weekend, Crist went all-in in his support for Obamacare, telling the crowd ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale police have charged the owner of an emaciated doberman on charges stemming from an unrelated incident in Polk County. When police investigated social media reports of a starving dog at 1636 Northeast 17th Avenue, they discovered 23-year-old D'Anthony Dontrel Davis -- who had three a ... More >>
UPDATE 9:03 a.m. Jackie Schutz says "Governor Scott asked Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart to convene the summit to provide the opportunity to openly discuss ideas and options to continue improving Florida's public school system. Governor Scott was not scheduled to attend." She also provided a ... More >>
Former pro wrestler "The Future" Donovan Ruddick was arrested by Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend to death. Police found a woman stabbed multiple times inside a unit at the Del Lago apartments on Tuesday evening. The woman, who remains unidentified, died ... More >>
When a Brooksville library suddenly went up in flames back on July 6, firefighters were quickly on the scene. Once there, the found a pile of wicker chairs stacked on top of one another on fire and put up against the back door. They also found 18-year-old Joseph M. Brannen standing in his firefight ... More >>
Last week we told you the horrifying news of a man who strangled his pit bull puppy, sliced it into pieces, and cooked it for dinner. Thomas Elliot Huggins, a 25-year-old Tampa man, was arrested and booked in the Hillsborough County Jail on animal cruelty charges Friday. See also: Florida Man Kil ... More >>
And now for a completely horrifying news story to ruin your day. A Florida man was arrested for killing and then cooking a 4-month old pit bull puppy. The man apparently also cut the dog into several pieces and placed them in the freezer. It was the family dog. See also: -Pit Bulls Much Less Agg ... More >>
Oh hey, lookit. A bill that would allow armed guards to walk around your kid's school has been introduced to the Florida House, because the state legislature is a fantastic entity of profound and wondrous ideas. It's called HB 1097. And it's gonna cure all our nation's ills. The answer t ... More >>
A collective "awwww, fuuuck" went out across the land as the nation took in our story that poor, poor Edgardo Toucet's penis was cut off near Orlando while operating some despicable-sounding machine known as "the peeler." Yesterday, we tried to talk with Toucet to, if anything, lend him an awk ... More >>
Here's reason number 342 why getting work through a temp agency sucks: having your pecker and balls sliced off by a foam-cutting machine. (On a related note, this is reason number one why working at a foam-cutting factory sucks.) Edgardo Toucet is suing Spartan Staffing in Hillsborough County Co ... More >>
Last Thursday, 37-year-old Jeff Bush was swallowed whole by a sinkhole that appeared under his bed in his Tampa home. The sinkhole was reportedly 30 feet wide and 60 feet deep, and, tragically, Bush has yet to even be found. The last anyone heard from Bush was when the other occupants of the home h ... More >>
Being a teacher takes up a lot of one's time. There's barely time to chitchat, let alone have conversations to iron out some misunderstandings. So naturally, the best thing to do in that situation is hire a hit man to murder the fellow teacher you've got a beef with. Pretty simple solution, really. ... More >>
A wild bobcat was spotted roaming the streets of a gated community in Boynton Beach recently.Stories of a bobcat walking around the neighborhood had been circulating for some time, but amateur photographer Thelma Myerson actually ran into it one sunny afternoon and took a picture of it.The cat stopp ... More >>
Police say 29-year-old James Newman and 18-year-old James Misleveck escaped from a Wisconsin correctional facility last week, then stole cars and a shogun and kidnapped a woman from a casino. They were then allegedly spotted at a robbery in Hillsborough County on Sunday, thousands of miles away.Afte ... More >>
Florida has landed in fifth place in the annual beachwater quality rankings from the Natural Resources Defense Council. While some counties had as many as 13 percent of their water samples exceed federal bacteria standards, Broward County's number was down at 2 percent; Palm Beach and Miami-Dade wer ... More >>
Hold onto your crucifixes -- this one's ridiculous.A Tampa judge has decided a lawsuit can go forward against the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office after a female rape victim accused a prison guard of refusing to give her a doctor-prescribed emergency contraception pill because "it was against th ... More >>
There isn't any evidence to prove that Rep. Connie Mack intentionally used $18,000 in taxpayer money to send political postcards all over the state, but there isn't anything about the situation that makes Mack look good.If you haven't heard about it already, all the recent hullabaloo is ov ... More >>
A Hillsborough County woman called authorities yesterday when she found an injured bobcat on Route 301 in Riverview, outside of Tampa. It was hit by a car but wasn't seriously injured, according to WTSP.One thing led to another, and now it's going to die.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia CommonsDo you know who's driving your family around?Last week, we brought you the story of taxi drivers who must wear socks. This week is a little bit different.According to NaplesNews.com, Lee County is considering giving cabdrivers background checks.Wait... what?!
Taxi drivers should just say NO to toe socks. The St. Petersburg Times reported recently that an independent taxi agency in Hillsborough County has a weird requirement: Drivers must wear socks.And that is evidently not an option.The agency, the Public Transportation Commission, basically regulate ... More >>
Photo: FDLEEnrique SotoIt takes an especially brutal sex crime to qualify a sex offender as a "predator." The Florida Department of Law Enforcement currently lists eight sexual predators who have absconded -- meaning they're not living at the address in the sex offender registry. Based on th ... More >>
Flickr: Jeffrey BeallWaste Management has a strangle-hold on the Broward trash industry.Let's not get too carried away with the celebration for our soon-to-be cheaper trash bills.We had been paying $98.50/ton for trash. And now Broward residents will pay $61.75/ton. That's because we've finally p ... More >>
It's hard out here for the pimped. Last week, Craigslist announced the site would eliminate its "Erotic Services" section and replace it with an "Adult Services" category, which employees are said to monitor for illegal activity. The change comes after national media attention on Philip Ma ... More >>
A woman perishes in a collision with an Indian leader's kin. Her family cries cover-up.
With a few days left before the state legislative session goes into OT, we are almost ready to pronounce its legacy: This year, 2009, was the one in which Florida slipped off an economic cliff, but not before saving us from our oversexed selves. Sunrise Sen. Nan Rich would slip a chastity belt on Fl ... More >>
Doesn't really look like Obama, but he smiles. And he's black(ish).After eight years of watching Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Michael Moore crack wise over the dunderheadedness of a Republican president, the arrival of a Democrat in the Oval Office means the Republican humorists get their turn.B ... More >>
As the economy goes further into the tank, there's at least one guy in Broward County whose business appears to be thriving like never before: David Bogenschutz, the go-to defense attorney for ethically challenged judges, indicted politicians, and just about anyone else with a high pr ... More >>
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