In The News Today – December 16, 2015

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WTSP: Principal sends teacher to timeout

A veteran West Gadsden High School teacher was sent to timeout last week, plucked from her art classroom into a hall monitor position, after her principal claimed she wasn’t safely supervising students.

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Sun Sentinel: ‘You have to give something to get something,’ woman says at bribery and fraud sentencing

In the former Soviet Union, she prosecuted criminals. Then she came to South Florida, where she bribed government workers to approve benefits for needy clients. “You have to give something to get something,” she explained to the judge.

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Florida Times Union:  LGBT Law Debate: ‘Both sides just so dug in’

Mayor Lenny Curry wrapped up a third and final “community conversation” Tuesday on the city’s anti-discrimination laws without tipping his hand on whether he supports or opposes adding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to those protected by the law.

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NBC 2: FMFD employee steps down from job after NBC2 investigation

FORT MYERS – A Fort Myers Fire Department employee at the center of an NBC2 investigation is stepping down from his job after running his private business while his timesheet for the city said he was on the city’s time.

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Florida Today: Blackburn outlines six initiatives for Brevard schools

As Superintendent Desmond Blackburn took to the podium Tuesday night, he stood in front of a packed room of community leaders, educators and parents….

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TBO: Hillsborough board clarifies proper texting with students

TAMPA — Just weeks after the former Freedom High School girls track coach was arrested for having an affair with a 17-year-old student, Hillsborough County School District officials approved revamped guidelines on when teachers can text, tweet or Facebook message students.

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Miami Herald: Study: Florida remains ‘outlier,’ as death penalty declines nationwide

TALLAHASSEE  — Although Florida saw a drop in 2015 in both the number of death-row inmates executed and the number of criminals sentenced to death, findings from a national nonprofit research organization show the Sunshine State continues to be an “outlier” in its administration of capital punishment.

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Tampa Bay Business Journal: Florida Senate rests case in redistricting trial

The Florida Senate rested its case in support of a proposed map during the second day of a redistricting trial Tuesday, as lawyers for voting-rights organizations prepared to grill the chief map-drawer for the chamber.

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News 4 JAX:  Florida’s presidential primary ballots set

Democrats will have three candidates — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — on the ballot, according a list released Tuesday by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner.

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NY Daily News: Florida man high on flakka drives into county jail building, gets tangled in razor wire while trying to climb fence (VIDEO) 

A Florida man who had taken flakka slammed his car into a county jail before getting tangled in razor wire climbing over a fence early Tuesday, police said.

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Naples Daily News: Bush and Rubio take center stage in GOP debate, with Bush attacking Trump and Rubio defending record

Florida’s two Republican presidential candidates stood out in Tuesday night’s debate, with Sen. Marco Rubio defending against repeated attacks on his foreign policy and immigration proposals, and former Gov. Jeb Bush pointedly taking on front-runner Donald Trump.

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