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FLORIDA JUDGE SKEPTICAL ABOUT FIXING MAP NOW
A Florida judge says he’s “extremely skeptical” about changing the state’s congressional districts before the 2014 elections. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis held a three-hour hearing Thursday to consider what to do after he ruled that current districts are illegal because they were drawn to benefit the Republican Party. Lewis said he will try to have a final ruling by the end of next week. But he signaled he is unlikely to go along with the groups that sued the Florida Legislature.
2ND FLORIDA DEPUTY GETS PRISON IN PONZI CASE
A second former Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy has been sentenced to prison for falsely arresting a woman as part of a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme operated by a disbarred lawyer. A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Jeff Poole to a year and a day behind bars for a civil rights conspiracy conviction. Poole had faced up to 10 years but got less because he cooperated with prosecutors.
MIAMI SEQUARIUM FINED BY OSHA
The Miami Seaquarium has been issued a $7,000 fine for allowing trainers to work with a killer whale without sufficient protections. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the citation earlier this month. The citation is considered “serious” by the federal agency. OSHA says trainers worked with a killer whale in a pool and from the side of a pool without using physical barriers.
NEW JERSEY MAN KILLED IN DIVING ACCIDENT
A New Jersey man is dead following a diving trip in the Florida Keys with his teenage children. Monroe County Sheriff’s officials say 45-year-old Gary Lanier of Kenvil, New Jersey, died Wednesday off of Key Largo. Witnesses and his children, ages 15 and 18, told deputies Lanier began having trouble as he surfaced from his dive. One of the dive mates began assisting him and helped get him onto the vessel.
SUSPENDED WR ARRESTED ON DRUG COMPLAINT
Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has been arrested in Oklahoma on a complaint of marijuana possession. Blackmon, a former standout at Oklahoma State, was arrested Wednesday evening in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond. Police said they noticed his sedan go around stopped traffic in an attempt to get into a turn lane. Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said an officer detected a “heavy smell of marijuana” coming from the car, and that Blackmon admitted had smoked “a blunt” while driving and had another in his vehicle. Blackmon was arrested and booked into the Edmond jail, where he posted $657 bond.
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