6:57 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Cockroach Eater's Death Still A Mystery

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Big puzzle this morning: What killed Edward Archbold? The expert view: These were SANITARY roaches and they're not fatal no matter how many you eat. To win a big snake.
This video posted by YouTube user John-Patrick McNown shows Archbold winning the contest (Graphic): Eddie Archbold ate so many live roaches he had to cover his mouth with his hand to keep them from crawling out.
10:55 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

NPR's Tell Me More Live From WLRN Studios At 11:00am With #npredchat

NPR's news-talk program Tell Me More is teaming up with StateImpact Florida for an extensive discussion on education in America. After launching an ongoing Twitter Education Forum (#npredchat) with leaders in education, teachers, parents and students, the program has jump-started a national dialogue on education. 

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5:49 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Governor's Gaffe: Sending Meningitis Info Seekers To Phone Sex Line

Rick Scott accidentally directed people to an adult hotline today.
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Our buddies over at WUSF caught a small faux pas made by Gov. Rick Scott today.

According to WUSF,

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4:20 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Cubans Are Not the Wealthiest Hispanic Americans

Cuban-Americans are no longer the wealthiest Hispanic-Americans in the U.S. leading into this year's presidential election.
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Historically, Cubans have been among the wealthiest Americans of Hispanic origin. However, according to a report from the Pew Hispanic Center, that's not true anymore.

According to a Pew report, Ecuadorians, Colombians, Peruvians and Salvadorans, all make more money than Cubans.

Ecuadorians have the highest median household income among these groups, at $50,000. The median household incomes for Colombians ($49,500) and Peruvians ($48,000) are slightly less than that.

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4:08 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Judge: Former Republican Party Head Jim Greer Can Sue Two State Senators

Mugshot of former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer. A judge in Tallahassee ruled Greer can continue his lawsuit against two state senators.

A civil lawsuit filed by former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer against two state lawmakers can proceed.

A judge in Tallahassee on Monday refused to toss out the suit against Senate President Mike Haridopolos and Sen. John Thrasher. Greer is suing them as well as the state Republican party over severance pay he says they promised him.

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Florida Supreme Court Fight
3:11 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

AP: Bondi Not Backing GOP On Fight Over State Supreme Court Justices

Florida Office of the Attorney General

Florida's Attorney General, Pam Bondi, says she's not backing the state GOP's effort to oust three state Supreme Court Justices.

The Florida GOP is currently endorsing a conservative effort to remove Justices Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince from the Florida Supreme Court. All three are considered by conservatives to be the most liberal members of the Court-- and they are up for a merit retention vote this year. This means Floridians will vote on whether these judges get to keep their job at the state's highest court.

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Ballot Measures
2:55 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Washington Post: 2012 Is A Busy Year For Ballot Measures

Florida has
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Anyone in Florida who has already gotten their absentee ballot for this year's presidential election will notice that there are a lot - A LOT - of ballot measures.

According to The Washington Post, voters all over the country will be voting on almost 200 ballot measures.

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1:43 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Does The Right Wing Smell Judicial Blood?

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The New York Times condemns the right-wing campaign against three justices of the Florida Supreme Court and sees an ominous pattern.
The success of right-wing forces two years ago in ousting three Iowa Supreme Court justices for participating in a unanimous ruling that allowed same-sex marriage has inspired similar efforts there and elsewhere in the country this fall.