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FLORIDA’S MUNICIPAL PENSION PLANS RECEIVE GRADES
A Tallahassee think tank says the number of cities getting bad grades for their municipal pension plans is growing. The LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University has been evaluating municipal pension plans for several years. The report card released Thursday said that about 30 percent of the 151 plans evaluated received an A or B grade. That’s a drop from previous reports, while the number of D grades and F grades has grown.
POLICE: UBER DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER GROPING WOMAN
An Orlando driver for the Uber ride-sharing service is facing a battery charge after a woman says he placed his hand inside her shirt. Police arrested 28-year-old Ramy Botros Wednesday after he was picked out by the woman in a photo lineup. Police say Botros confirmed the incident, telling authorities “in Egypt if girl like her” is attired like she was “it means she asking for that.”
PROPOSED RULES WOULD SLOW BOAT TRAFFIC IN PINELLAS
The perennial Florida debate over whether to protect boaters or manatees is heating up again in Pinellas County, where state officials are proposing rules that would slow traffic along the Intracoastal Waterway. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reconsidering speed limits because of a rise in manatee deaths. Officials have identified 21 areas along Pinellas waterways that might warrant half-mile “slow speed” zones.
REDNECK CHRISTMAS PARADE CANCELED
A Florida Panhandle community’s Redneck Christmas Parade has been canceled, with organizers complaining that attendees have gotten out of hand in recent years. The nearly 20-year-old event was run by the Chumuckla Athletic Association. CAA president Renee Melvin saysshe used to bring her family to the event before she even started working with the association, but she would never bring her children now.
CUBAN RECONCILIATION CONFERENCE HELD IN MIAMI
A third annual conference on Cuban reconciliation is taking place in Miami. The conference Friday at Miami Dade College will feature academics and U.S. diplomats. The speakers will focus on knowledge and lessons from past conflicts that can be applied toward an eventual reconciliation among Cubans. Many Cuban families have been divided by distance and ideology since the start of the 1959 revolution.
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