Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 16

PULSE GUNMAN’S WIDOW TRYING TO CHANGE CHILD’S NAME

The widow of the gunman who carried out a deadly shooting at a Florida gay nightclub before he was killed has filed a petition in a California court to change the name of their son. An online docket from Contra Costa County, California, shows that Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, filed the petition on Wednesday on behalf of the 4-year-old boy, who is partly named for his father.

FLORIDA PAID RAPPER PITBULL $1M IN TOURISM AD CAMPAIGN

Rapper Pitbull released his $1 million contract with Florida’s tourism marketing agency two days after the House speaker sued to find out details of the agreement. Pitbull used Twitter to make the contract public on Thursday.

US REP GWEN GRAHAM WANTS TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR, BUT WAITING ON HUBBY’S CANCER TREATMENT

U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Florida says she wants to run for governor, and she plans to run for governor. But there’s one very important factor that’s weighing on her decision: her husband has cancer. She sounded like a candidate on Wednesday evening when she spoke to reporters while helping constituents pick out Christmas trees. But she’s waiting to see how her husband’s prostate cancer treatment goes before making a final decision.

COAST GUARD SEIZES 26 TONS OF COCAINE WORTH $715M

More than 26 tons of cocaine worth at least $715 million has been brought ashore in Fort Lauderdale following multiple recent seizures by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy in the eastern Pacific. Coast Guard officers said Thursday the drugs came from 27 separate vessel interdictions and five bale recovery operations off Central and South America over the past three months.

BUCS QB WINSTON SETTLES CIVIL SUIT WITH ACCUSER

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and the woman who accused him of rape while both attended Florida State University have settled the civil lawsuit she brought against him. Federal court records show that Winston and his accuser, Erica Kinsman, “reached a compromise with contingencies” on Wednesday with joint motions for dismissal occurring within 20 days.

 

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