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JUDGE GREEN LIGHTS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN ORLANDO
A Florida judge has given the clerk of courts in Orlando the green light to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting next week. Circuit Judge Timothy Shea on Wednesday ruled that Orange County Clerk of Courts Tiffany Moore Russell won’t be breaking the law if she issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples when Florida’s ban on gay marriage is lifted next Tuesday.
3 DEAD FOLLOWING HEAD-ON COLLISION
Three people are dead following a Tampa Bay area head-on collision. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that 86-year-old Beaudoin Oredore, of East Windsor, Connecticut, was driving south in a Buick Enclave on U.S. 301 in Pasco County Tuesday just before noon, when he lost control and went over a grass median into oncoming traffic. The Enclave hit a Ford Explorer, leaving Oredore and his passenger, 72-year-old Nannie Sue Couch, of Flint, Michigan, dead at the scene. The 74-year-old man and 72-year-old woman, both from Brooksville, who had been in the Explorer were rushed to area hospitals. The woman later died, while the man was left in critical condition.
HATE CRIMES DECLINE BY A THIRD IN 2014
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says the state had 124 reported hate crimes in 2013. A report from her office released Wednesday shows that hate crimes declined by more than a third in 2013 compared to 2012. The report says that more than half of the hate crimes reported last year were related to race.
KEY WEST CELEBRATES NEW YEAR
New Year’s Eve celebrations have begun with a parade of some 175 dachshunds through the subtropical island’s historic downtown. Participants in Wednesday’s Key West Dachshund Walk included canines costumed as a racehorse, wieners in buns and miniature dinosaurs. Wednesday night, tens of thousands of human revelers are expected in Key West for four warm-weather takeoffs on New York City’s Times Square ball drop.
‘DO NOT CALL’ VIOLATORS TOP LIST OF CONSUMER COMPLAINTS
Violations of “do-not-call” requests were the top consumer complaint in Florida this year. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Wednesday that Floridians registered more than 18,000 complaints about telemarketers who hadn’t adhered to their request not to be contacted.