COMPENSATION EXPERT TO OVERSEE ORLANDO DONATION FUNDS
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a news release Friday that Kenneth R. Feinberg will work with the OneOrlando fund and with the National Compassion Fund. The National Compassion Fund is a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime, a nonprofit group dedicated to assisting mass shooting victims.
Rubio wants Obama to declare emergency for algae
Rubio on Friday toured a portion of the St. Lucie River where a smelly muck is fouling an area promoted as Florida’s “Treasure Coast.” The Florida Republican told of visiting one riverside home where it “smelled like an open sewer.” Rubio’s Democratic colleague, Sen. Bill Nelson, toured the area Thursday.
MAN LOSES HAND TO FIREWORK IN EARLY JULY 4TH CELEBRATION
It happened Thursday night at a Leesburg home. Witnesses told police that Brett Demascio lit the fuse, but the spark went out. He then picked up the foil-covered ball in his left hand, lit the shortened fuse and attempted to throw it. An incident report says the firework exploded early, tearing off most of the man’s hand.
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE ALLEGES COAST GUARD MISTREATING CUBANS
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Cubans should be returned home because the Florida Keys lighthouse where they landed May 20 didn’t count as U.S. soil under the “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy. Coast Guard Capt. Jeffrey Janszen says the allegations of mistreatment are “absolutely false.”
LAWSUIT: MAGGOTS FOUND ON INTENSIVE CARE PATIENT IN FLORIDA
The children of Dorothy Mooneyham of Orange Park seek over $15,000 damages from the Orange Park Medical Center. In the lawsuit filed Thursday in Clay County, Mooneyham’s children say the hospital abused and neglected a vulnerable adult and intentionally inflicted emotional distress.