In The News Today – February 21, 2016

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Miami Herald:  Wditorial – New focus: ethics, jobs and reform

First, applaud Florida Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, long and loud. His refusal to place needless and dangerous gun legislation before the Judiciary Committee, which he chairs, saved lawmakers a lot of time and, likely saved many Floridians, prospectively, their lives.


New York Times: The Latest: Rubio 2nd in South Carolina’s GOP Primary

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has finished second in South Carolina’s Republican primary, according to complete but unofficial results.


Chicago Times: Hillary Clinton wins Nevada, adds to delegate lead

Hillary Clinton pulled out a crucial victory in Nevada’s Democratic presidential caucuses Saturday, overcoming an unexpectedly strong surge by Bernie Sanders and easing the rising anxiety of her supporters.


My Times: The Crisis of Minority Unemployment

The staggering problem of chronic unemployment among minority men was starkly presented in a reportfrom the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It found that in Los Angeles and New York City about 30 percent of 20- to 24-year-old black men were out of work and out of school in 2014.


St. Augustine Record: Scott’s twin goals in trouble as Legislature enters home stretch

Gov. Rick Scott’s greatest source of enduring frustration, the Florida Legislature, is once again threatening to derail his political agenda as the 2016 session enters the home stretch.

READ MORE Fla. Deputy Leaves Hospital; Suspect Sought

ORLANDO, Florida — Wearing her Sheriff’s Office uniform, Sgt. Marcy Pearce approached the small white car parked in a grassy area outside a home in east Orange County.


Miami Herald: Police: Miami Palmetto Senior High School teacher arrested for sexual battery of student

A Miami Palmetto Senior High School teacher was arrested Friday on charges of sexual battery of a minor.


NPR: Invasive Lizards Threaten Florida’s Natural Species In The Everglades

Now to the Florida Everglades, where a hunt is underway for lizards who are not just relatively new to the neighborhood, they’re considered a threat to indigenous species. The Argentine black and white tegu can grow to be several feet long.


Orlando Sentinel:Title loans trap Florida consumers in debt, critics say

Janet and James Schmitt were in a financial bind after he had surgery last year, so they took out a car title loan using their 2010 Ford F-150 as collateral.


TBO: Legislative report card: What have (or haven’t) Florida lawmakers done?

TALLAHASSEE — You elected them to do a job. They’ve been at it long enough now to see how they’re doing.


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