5 Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 18

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FLORIDA MAN GETS LIFE IN PRISON FOR LOUD MUSIC KILLING

A 47-year-old man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. A life sentence was mandatory for Michael Dunn after prosecutors did not seek the death penalty. Dunn was convicted of first-degree murder at a second trial in September after jurors deadlocked on the charge at his initial trial in February. Prosecutors say Dunn, who is white, fired 10 times into a sport utility vehicle carrying black teenagers in November 2012, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Georgia.

DAD FATALLY SHOOTS 2 KIDS, SELF

A man shot his three children, killing two, and then turned the gun on himself after an argument with his wife at their central Florida home Friday morning. Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson confirmed the dead as 52-year-old David Mohney, 11-year-old David Mohney and 14-year-old Savanna Mohney. Another child, 9-year-old Lauren Mohney survived and is in critical condition at an Orlando hospital. The mother fled to a neighbor’s house and called police.

SCOTT REQUESTS ENGLISH LEARNER FLEXIBILITY HEARING

Gov. Rick Scott is petitioning U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a hearing on Florida’s denied request for flexibility on testing students still learning English. Florida was granted an extension from No Child Left Behind in August, but federal officials declined the state’s request regarding English language learner accountability. The state asked that it be allowed to withhold Florida schools and teachers from accountability for English language learner achievement on state tests until after two years of instruction.

US COMMISSION WEIGHS IN ON STAND YOUR GROUND

Experts have told a federal civil rights commission evaluating racial disparities in “stand your ground” laws that they benefited whites more than blacks, that they were unnecessary and that they caused minority men to live in fear. But one dissenter, an African-American lawmaker from South Carolina, made the case that the law benefited black defendants by putting in place an extra hurdle toward arrest by police officers who may have hidden racial biases. Rep. Todd Rutherford’s voice was in the minority Friday among the more than a dozen experts who testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING TOILET HANDLES, PIPES

Police have arrested a man for stealing the handles and pipes from toilets in various parks and restaurant restrooms around one Florida city. St. Petersburg Police said Friday that they arrested a 28-year-old homeless man for stealing the plumbing from various restaurants, including Cracker Barrel, Burger King and Bob Evans. Police released a photo of a pile of metal toilet parts.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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