While Florida state government bans the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in official business, this coastal fishing village of about 500 people and more water than dry land is being swallowed by the sea. But town officials here are fighting back with some success.
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State environmental officials ordered not to use the terms “climate change” or “global warming” in any government communications, emails, or reports, according to former employees, consultants, volunteers and records.
In a court filing, a woman identified as Jane Doe #3 alleges that well-known criminal defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, were involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s international sex ring.
Over the last decade, Florida has shed thousands of state jobs and it is evident throughout a host of state agencies that these staff reductions have prevented Florida’s government from doing its job effectively.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement's troubled five-year-old automatic fingerprint identification system (AFIS) has cost far more to maintain than it did to design and build because of technical problems. It is now so unstable that it is causing delays during investigations and arrests across the state.
Dr. Evan Zimmer has been indicted for racketeering, convicted separately with the misdemeanors offenses of drunk driving and soliciting a prostitute. Something he’s also managed to do: to hold on to his medical license.
When the state of Florida handed over incentive funds of $3 million to airline AirTran in 2008 for a new systems-operations center, the deal included a caveat: a public announcement of AirTran’s featly to Florida.
In January 2011, when the FBI looked into the alleged Boston Marathon bomber and dismissed him as a potential threat, agents in the Boston field office pursued another person they suspected could be a terrorist.
A year after George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin in Central Florida, gun control is at the center of national debate. But Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law isn't part of the discussion.
Florida’s K-12 public education system has graduated hundreds of thousands of students in the past decade who couldn’t read, write or solve math problems well enough to take some college-level courses.