Lawton Chiles

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    October 28, 2014

    Congressman Joe Garcia Fights for His Political Life

    On a Wednesday evening in early October, Congressman Joe Garcia strides through the empty lobby of a Key Largo community center, his black dress shoes clacking against the marble floor. Garcia is both affable and imposing. He has a large body and a broad face, with small dark eyes set above a prom ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Florida's First Openly Gay Judge Calls on State Not to Appeal Latest Federal Ruling

    On Thursday, in a 33-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle of Florida's Northern District in Tallahassee became the fifth judge in the state to rule against the same-sex marriage ban. Like the previous rulings, however, Hinkle immediately stayed his ruling, meaning that gay and lesbian c ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Florida's First Openly-Gay Judge Predicts Marriage Equality Will Be Legal by 2016

    Rand Hoch, Florida's first openly- gay judge, predicted that marriage equality would come to the state -- and the rest of the U.S. -- no later than by the end of June, 2016. The prediction came during Hoch's remarks at the marriage equality demonstration in Lake Worth on Sunday. The demonstration, ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013
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    October 7, 2011

    State Rep: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Doesn't Count as Teaching Black History in Schools

    ​In 1994, then-Gov. Lawton Chiles signed into law a statute that requires Florida high school kids be taught about the Holocaust and the history of black Americans.Now, the Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) of Tallahassee has filed a grievance with the Justice Department, claiming that ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    New Chief Judge Peter Weinstein No Political Novice

    Peter Weinstein, the most political judge in Broward County, was rather fittingly elected the chief of the 17th Judicial Circuit yesterday to succeed Victor Tobin. Judge Weinstein swears Stacy Ritter into office​After 14 years in the Florida Senate and a low-down and bruising loss to ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010

    Prisoner Art Offers a Glimpse Through the Bars

    A drawing by Haitian artist Jean Cadet.​Collecting and showing prisoner art is Carol Strick's second career. It started when she left her job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1994, where she worked making faience reproductions for the Ancient Egyptian collection. Her husband had di ... More >>

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    February 10, 2009

    Is Big Tobacco Using Healthy Start to Do Its Dirty Work?

    Like many nonprofits that depend on government funding, the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions is facing cuts. The organization that focuses on prenatal and infant health may have 22 percent trimmed from its 2009 budget.  Unlike other nonprofits, however, the organization has propo ... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    From Mel To Meek? Miami Congressman Launches Senate Bid

    At the top of the hour, baby-faced U.S. Rep Kendrick Meek, the Democrat from Miami, will announce his bid for the U.S. Senate in 2010 when Republican Sen. Mel Martinez steps down. Being the first from either party to declare, Meek's given himself nearly two years to campaign.Which is a good thing, b ... More >>

  • News

    April 24, 2008

    Judging Ana

    Broward Judge Gardiner's alleged relationships with defense lawyers and prosecutors raises troubling questions

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    September 5, 2007
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    August 14, 2006
  • News

    March 16, 2006

    The Naked Truth

    While the grunts take the heat, Sheriff Jenne and the rest of the BSO brass remain unscathed by Powertrac.

  • News

    September 15, 2005

    Crist Is King

    Bill Scherer's fall from grace is a clear sign from Jeb that he's chosen a successor

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    April 28, 2005

    Bullet Bob

    Smooth-talking philanthropist Bob Montgomery has a dark side you don't want to see

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    March 31, 2005

    The Corrupter

    The sheriff is selling out the public. Do you give a darn?

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    February 10, 2005

    Pulp Nonfiction

    A whistle blower alleges that U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney might have rigged the election in South Florida

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    February 10, 2005

    Unusual Suspects, Part 2

    One woman is trying to find the truth about two mysterious Coral Springs deaths

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    January 6, 2005

    Scripps...Shut Up!

    Why don't Jeb Bush's men want us to know about Scripps?

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    November 25, 2004

    Chief Walking Eagle

    Robb Tiller went from rags to riches and right back after 15 years spinning deals around the Seminole

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    June 17, 2004


    Oft-quoted USF Prof Susan MacManus is neutral. Yeah, right.

  • News

    April 1, 2004

    The Jewish Card

    Give me my job back or I'll call the Anti-Defamation League, you anti-Semite!

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    March 18, 2004
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    March 4, 2004

    All the Governor's Men

    A sweetheart hospital district deal could land Jeb Bush in front of a grand jury

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    January 8, 2004


    Yeah, Jeb's boys saved the Miami Blue. But since then, it's been open season on the environment.

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    February 27, 2003
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    January 16, 2003

    The Whitest Greens

    Augusta refugees will find everything they want -- and everyone they don't -- at many of South Florida's private clubs

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    October 31, 2002

    Hustling the Hood

    Does it matter to blacks which wealthy, middle-aged white guy is Florida's next governor?

  • News

    May 30, 2002

    Dr. Strange Train

    Or: How I learned to start worrying and hate the bullet train

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    December 7, 2000

    Bones of Contention

    The battle for the soul of the Graves Museum isn't over yet, and Gypsy Graves herself is back in the trenches

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    August 24, 2000

    This Land Is My Land

    All Clif Lirette wants is to live in peace on his property. Code-enforcement officials in Palm Beach County have other plans.

  • News

    August 10, 2000

    Reach Out and Put the Touch on Someone

    Broward County commissioner Lori Parrish claims she pays her cell phone bills herself. What she means is that her campaign contributors foot the bill.

  • News

    July 20, 2000

    Mr. Hollywood Florida

    With a little smoke, a few mirrors, and an ego big enough to reach California, Craig Marquardo wants to build his own movie-making empire in South Florida

  • News

    July 6, 2000

    Canker Sore

    State workers are cutting down homeowners' citrus trees to save Florida's fruit industry. It's a South Florida chain saw massacre.

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    January 27, 2000

    The Plot To Depose King Jenne

    Democrats and Republicans, blacks and whites, have banded together for one simple reason: to stop Ken Jenne from becoming Broward's first strong mayor.

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    December 23, 1999

    Trailer Trash Meets Palm Beach Elite

    The whole point of Billy Bowman's annual bash is to eat, drink, and party with real Floridians of all types

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    July 17, 1999

    Flipped Out Over Flipper

    Dolphin activist RussRector will do just about anything to make swim-with-dolphins programs extinct

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    July 8, 1999

    Flipped Out Over Flipper

    Dolphin activist Russ Rector will do just about anything to make swim-with-dolphins programs extinct

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    May 13, 1999

    Capitol Offenses

    The trial of former Florida House Speaker Bo Johnson reveals the unseemly roles of Broward's taxi mogul Jesse Gaddis and lobbyist Tom Panza.

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    October 15, 1998

    The Sheriff's Criminal Association

    If Ken Jenne were like most cops, he'd be investigated for being friends with felons who give him money

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    October 8, 1998

    Trinchi Warfare

    Despite ailing health, a dying constituency, and a shaky season for Democrats, politico Trinchi Trinchitella appears undiminished

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    September 10, 1998

    The Dearly Departed

    Tax collectors and employees alike have decried Susan Telli's free-spending, power-hungry ways at Broward's Hospice Care. So why is she still in charge?

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    August 20, 1998

    The Ministry of Half-Truth

    Broward's Coral Ridge Ministries says it's merely running an educational outreach. So why is it using politics to campaign against gay rights?

  • News

    March 12, 1998

    Waste-Case Scenario

    While negotiating a $21 million contract with Broward County, Unisys swept a $100 million health-insurance mess right under the rug.

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    January 22, 1998