Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 2

TRIAL BETWEEN HULK HOGAN, GAWKER OVER SEX TAPE SET TO BEGIN

The trial will open Tuesday in Florida. The ex-wrestler, whose legal name is Terry Bollea, sued Gawker after it published parts of a sex video in 2012. He seeks $100 million from Gawker for posting the video of him and Heather Cole, the ex-wife of Hogan’s one-time friend and radio show host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.

POLICE CHIEF GETS 4 YEARS FOR TAKING BRIBES TO HIRE EX-CON

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando says in a news release that former Longwood Police Chief Tom Jackson was sentenced Tuesday. He was convicted in October of conspiracy and bribery of an agent.

OFFICER FATALLY SHOOTS MAN AFTER STANDOFF AT HOUSE

Palm Bay police report in a news release that officers responded to the home around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday after receiving calls about a man making threats to three construction workers at a neighboring house. A 39-year-old Hispanic man exited the home several times during the standoff but then went back inside. Police say the man finally came out around 11:30 a.m. carrying a firearm. The release says an officer fired a single shot, killing the suspect.

WHY WAIT? REPUBLICAN JOLLY, DEMOCRAT GRAYSON AGREE TO DEBATE

Each candidate announced Tuesday they’ll meet for four debates around the state, regardless of the fact that Jolly still has four other Republicans to beat, and Grayson has to defeat U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy before either can get on the November ballot.

FLORIDA SENATE MAY BLOCK GAMBLING EXPANSION

A key Senate panel on Tuesday postponed a vote on a proposed deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida that would allow the tribe to add craps and roulette at their existing casinos. The bill would also allow slot machines to be added at existing dog and horse tracks across the state.

 

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