SON OF IMAM CONVICTED IN TALIBAN CASE SUES US
The son of a Muslim cleric convicted in Florida of supporting the Pakistani Taliban has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government. Irfan Khan claims he was maliciously prosecuted and falsely imprisoned for 319 days, mostly in solitary confinement. The lawsuit filed this week in Miami federal court seeks unspecified damages under a law that allows private citizens in certain cases to sue the federal government.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA QUESTION BEFORE SUPREME COURT
The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether a proposed constitutional amendment to allow marijuana use for medical reasons should be on the ballot next year. Attorney General Pam Bondi, House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz want the court to keep the initiative off the ballot. The justices will listen to both sides Thursday.
MIAMI SCHOOLS CHIEF NAMED SUPERINTENDENT OF YEAR
The chief of Miami-Dade Public Schools has been named superintendent of the year. The Florida Association of District School superintendents announced Alberto Carvalho as the state’s top district educational leader Wednesday.
AMUR LEOPARDS BORN AT JACKSONVILLE ZOO
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is welcoming two endangered Amur leopard cubs. The infant females were born Nov. 16 and given their first checkup by zoo staff on Tuesday. They were each 4 pounds. Zoo officials say this is the third litter for the parents, Makarii and Nicolai, since they arrived at the zoo in 2006. Makarii gave birth to one cub in 2011 and two in 2012.
SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AFTER FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING
Two Orlando-area high school students got into fight Wednesday at the bus pickup area and one of them opened fire, wounding the other, police said. A 17-year-old student from West Orange High School was taken into custody while a 15-year-old had injuries to his face and stomach, police and school officials said. The younger teen was alert when he was taken to a hospital, where he was in stable condition.