Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
After week in jail, Florida mom agrees to son’s circumcision
A Florida woman’s years long battle against her child’s father over the boy’s circumcision ended Friday with her agreeing to the procedure in exchange for her release from jail. In a remarkable turnaround after a week behind bars for contempt and an initial hearing in which she was ordered to remain jailed, court reconvened and a sobbing Heather Hironimus signed paperwork giving approval for the surgery, recoiling in tears and clasping her shackled hands after it was done. The shift, though under duress, threatened the hero status given to Hironimus by a bubbling movement of anti-circumcision advocates who have followed the case’s every turn.
Scott signs bill to let children secretly tape their rapists
Children will now be able to secretly record people who rape them under a bill Gov. Rick Scott signed. Scott signed the bill Friday, the day after a man was acquitted of raping his stepdaughter during a second trial ordered by the Florida Supreme Court because the victim’s secret recordings were illegal. Richard McDade was serving a life sentence for raping his stepdaughter from the time she was 10 until she was 16. At his first trial, a judge allowed as evidence conversations she recorded with an MP3 player hidden in her shirt.
Naked Florida man rescued after getting stuck on drawbridge
A naked man who had been swimming in a South Florida river was rescued after he got stranded atop a raised drawbridge. Witnesses said the unidentified man was walking across the railroad bridge in Fort Lauderdale Friday morning when it began to rise, forcing him to scamper to the top. The height was too far for fire department ladders, so two rescue workers climbed the remaining distance and secured the man with a rope harness. The bridge was then slowly lowered back down.
Suspected Jacksonville bus shooter arrested in Georgia
Authorities say a teenager suspected of shooting two girls on a school bus in Jacksonville last week has been arrested in Georgia. The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office reports that the 16-year-old boy was suffering from an accidental gunshot wound to the thigh when deputies arrested him Thursday near Hinesville, Georgia. The area is about 40 miles southwest of Savannah. The teen suspect faces two counts of attempted murder and one count of throwing a deadly missile.
Florida jobless rate drops slightly in April
Florida’s jobless rate is dipping slightly. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent in April. That’s a slight decline from the previous month. Florida added 24,500 jobs last month according to figures released Friday by the Department of Economic Opportunity. The state’s jobless rate remains higher than the national rate of 5.4 percent. There are approximately 542,000 unemployed Floridians.