Five Things to Know in Florida for May 13

2ND WEBSITE POSTS AUCTION FOR GUN THAT KILLED TRAYVON MARTIN

An online gun auction website yanked George Zimmerman’s ad to sell the pistol he used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, saying it wanted no part in the deal, but a second site offered to post it. A listing for the weapon was removed from the GunBroker.com site Thursday morning, minutes after the auction was to begin, as negative traffic about the sale exploded online. In a statement posted on its website, GunBroker.com said listings are user generated, and that the company reserved the right to reject listings at its discretion.

TELL THE FDA WHAT YOU FEAR MORE: ZIKA, OR GMO MOSQUITOES?

If you feel strongly about this issue, you have until midnight Friday to make your opinion known as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers whether to approve an effort to kill the disease-carrying mosquitoes by releasing genetically engineered bugs in Florida. The biotech firm Oxitec plans to release non-biting male mosquitoes that have been modified to produce offspring that don’t survive after mating with wild females. Researchers believe that within a few generations, this should sharply reduce the mosquito population.

ACLU SUES SCHOOL DISTRICT OVER TRANSGENDER BATHROOM POLICY

The ACLU filed the Title IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Education against Marion County Public Schools. The complaint comes after the school board passed the resolution 4-1 last month after a parent claimed that his son’s rights were being violated because he didn’t like sharing the Vanguard High School bathroom with another student that was born female but now identifies as male. The ACLU’s complaint says a transgender student was suspended several days later for using the men’s restroom at school, despite having done so for years.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FINES FLORIDA FARM $1.4 MILLION DOLLARS

According to a news release sent Thursday, Department of Labor investigators found that Red Diamond Farms violated provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act and H-2A temporary agricultural program.

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN BIDEN PLAYS NICE WHILE PICKING SIDES IN FLORIDA SENATE RACE

Biden campaigned with U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in Orlando on Thursday but refused to say anything bad about his opponent, Congressman Alan Grayson. Biden said Grayson is “a fine guy,” but he endorsed Murphy because he thinks he’ll work better with Republicans.

 

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