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Police flush out man accused of stealing restaurant plumbing

St. Petersburg - St. Petersburg, Fla. police have arrested a homeless man accused of stealing plumbing parts from toilets in a number of restaurants in the area. The alleged thief is one Brian Rinda, said to be 28 years old.

The Public, or the Utilities: Florida PSC’s True Customer Promoted

Inside the story of when Florida Power & Light announced its selection of Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC. to build a $3 billion, 500-mile natural gas pipeline through three states.

World OutGames Miami launches crowdfunding effort

Miami Beach - The WorldOut Games has announced they are launching a crowdfunding effort to aid participants who are in need of assistance to attend the event in Miami, Fla., in 2017.

Snake in the dashboard causes scare on I-95 in Virginia

Two men driving a U-Haul truck from New Hampshire to Florida got quite a scare Friday morning when a snake poked its head out of the dashboard. To make matters worse, the men were driving along heavily-traveled Interstate 95 in Virginia.

Den of deadly venomous snakes seized in Florida home

West Palm Beach - Responding to a complaint from a neighbor, police in West Palm Beach Florida, found themselves in a home that was a virtual den of snakes. They also found the owner of said snakes, who seemed to have trouble keeping his story straight.

Mother drives with baby in trunk to avoid being cited

A 19-year-old Florida mother drove with her five-month-old infant in the trunk of her car to avoid being cited for not having a car seat.

Op-Ed: The Red Cross — Talking with Volunteer first responders Special

Between 2012 and 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 62.2 million Americans volunteered in some way. This is one-fifth of the country's population giving approximately eight billion hours at a value of $173 billion.

Court shuts downs $11 million diploma mill in Florida

For years, a few companies in Florida have been offering high school "diplomas" from "accredited" schools to consumers for a flat fee.

Citrus greening hits Florida's orange supply

Miami - Florida produced 104 million boxes of oranges last year. This was half the amount from 10 years ago. The reason? An infection called citrus greening.

Mom turned in by 7-year-old son for allegedly cooking meth

Edgewater - A Florida mom faces drug and child neglect charges after her son revealed "mommy's bad stuff" in the trunk of her car to their landlord.

Photo Essay: Christmas in America's oldest city – St Augustine Special

Twinkling lights, twinkling eyes and happy faces await those who wish to go back in time and experience the holidays as the first settlers in America did nearly 450 years ago in St. Augustine, Fla.

Florida’s Public Service Commission does everything but serve the public Promoted

In Florida, as in most states, utility companies wield enormous power over both consumers and the elected officials who are meant to regulate them. This influence inevitably leads to conflicts of interest.

Op-Ed: Ten years later, photographer still remembers Hurricane Charley Special

Punta Gorda - It was 10 years ago that a reported tropical storm Charley was to make landfall about 90 miles north of Tampa as a weak category 2 hurricane. Instead, it made a sudden sharp right-hand turn and 30 minutes later, hit Charlotte Harbor as a category 4 storm.

Cat-eating Burmese python captured in Florida

Port St. Lucie - They can grow up to 23-feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds, and they are the apex predator of Florida's Everglades. We're talking about the Burmese python, a non-native species that has gotten loose, reproduced and taken over our southernmost state.

Monstrous red tide bloom moves in on Florida

A monstrous red tide bloom, the largest seen in Florida since 2006 is advancing on the state's beaches. It has already killed thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico, and officials are now concerned about health risks if it washes ashore.

Florida enacts lionfish ban, but is it too little, too late?

Fort Myers - If you want to see a perfect eating machine in action, you can hardly do better than watching a hungry lionfish. Since its introduction into the Atlantic off the Florida coast in the 1980's and 1990's, the fish has been on a disastrous feeding frenzy.

Florida father who beat son's sexual abuser now wants donations

Daytona Beach - Some who applauded the Daytona Beach father who battered a man he'd allegedly caught sexually abusing his son last week are now starting to retract their praise after seeing that he later tried to capitalize off the situation via crowd sourcing.

She's bluesy, ballsy, beautiful and brilliant – meet Beebs Special

Beebs and Her Money Makers are a funk, soul band with a slight twist of ska who are playing the Journeys/Warhead stages on this year's Vans Warped Tour.

Florida father pummels accused pederast

Daytona Beach - All men are innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law, but that didn't stop one Florida father from delivering swift, violent justice on a man he allegedly found touching his son.

Man claims he snapped photo of two-headed alligator

Recently some images of a two-headed alligator have surfaced, and they have caused a stir on the Internet, and have people questioning whether or not the images are real.

Florida inmates smuggle gun into prison to shoot themselves

Lake City - To paraphrase the poet Robert Burns, "the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry." Two Florida inmates can testify to that as an elaborate scheme to get their sentences reduced by shooting each other was a bust.

Man paints house like American flag to protest code enforcement

Bradenton - In a classic protest song, Bob Dylan once said "the answer is blowin' in the wind," much in the way of an American flag. For one Florida man, the answer was in the American flag, but this flag was certainly not blowing in the wind.

Bear ruins relaxing hammock area

Daytona Beach - Something very amusing happened recently as a bear recently wandered into a Daytona Beach backyard. It kicked back in a hammock and relaxed a bit as you can see in the attached video.

Port St.Lucie has a mayor with a heart Special

Port Saint Lucie - It is rare today to find a public official with an open genuine heart, but it is not impossible. JoAnn Faiella, mayor of Port St. Lucie, is such an individual.

Review: 'Young World Travelers and the Magical Crystal Globe' is a gem Special

Tarpon Springs - "Young World Travelers and the Magical Crystal Globe" is an educational children's book written by a Florida gift shop owner and Greek-American author Demetra Travaris-Lecourezos. It was co-created by Constantinos "Gus" Lecourezos.

Fire that killed four in Florida was arson, officials say

Tampa - A man who appears to have died along with his family when fire destroyed their rented Florida mansion this week had recently bought gas cans and fireworks, authorities said today.

Florida passes medical marijuana bill for epileptic children

Tallahassee - A strain of low-potency marijuana became legalized in Florida yesterday to help treat epilepsy and cancer patients, including children.

Proposed bill in Florida could kill craft brewing industry Special

Tallahassee - The fate of craft beer brewing in Florida is in the balance as a new bill has been introduced to regulate the craft beer industry. Craft brewers are calling it “extortion” and claim it favors big beer distributors.

Pedophile sting finds dwarf in van, urine

Longwood - Christopher Lanning embarked on an 18-hour cross-country journey to Florida with the intent of sleeping with an underage girl.

Man burns down his apartment to stop bug infestation

Orlando - A Florida man took drastic action when he discovered his apartment was infested with bugs — rather than call an exterminator, he decided to kill them with fire.
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I took my new camera on a test drive...
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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke  Florida.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
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Behind the Scenes at the RNC
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Officials work at the scene of a multi-vehicle wreck on Interstate 75 at Paynes Prairie on Sunday  J...
Officials work at the scene of a multi-vehicle wreck on Interstate 75 at Paynes Prairie on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, south of Gainesville, Fla.
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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke  Florida.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
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The Casa Monica Hotel  a four diamond resort that was built in 1888 glows as its lights are reflecte...
The Casa Monica Hotel, a four diamond resort that was built in 1888 glows as its lights are reflected in the fountains across the street.
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Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke  Florida.
Protest of Ten Commandments monument in Starke, Florida.
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Peacock at Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.  St. Augustine  Fla.  9/9/13
Peacock at Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. St. Augustine, Fla. 9/9/13
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Mark Abaire   the man charged with $1 felony soda theft in Fla.
Mark Abaire,, the man charged with $1 felony soda theft in Fla.
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Screenshot of Fla. daycare facility where 4-year-old Jordan Coleman was in care of at time he was le...
Screenshot of Fla. daycare facility where 4-year-old Jordan Coleman was in care of at time he was left in hot car.
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Large clay jars placed about the grounds of the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park are early Span...
Large clay jars placed about the grounds of the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park are early Spanish water urns called "TINAJONES." St. Augustine, Fla. 9/9/13
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Florida Caverns State Park; Photo Credit: Kelly Jadon  2013
Florida Caverns State Park; Photo Credit: Kelly Jadon, 2013
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Walkway and park leading up to the Bridge of Lions. The lights from the bridge color the calm waters...
Walkway and park leading up to the Bridge of Lions. The lights from the bridge color the calm waters of Matanzas Bay.
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Behind the Scenes at the RNC
Behind the Scenes at the RNC
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Representatives of the Chiefs and Jaguars at mid-field for the coin toss.  Jacksonville  Fla.  9/8/1...
Representatives of the Chiefs and Jaguars at mid-field for the coin toss. Jacksonville, Fla. 9/8/13
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Swimming pool at the Holiday Inn Resort.  Pensacola Beach  Florida
Swimming pool at the Holiday Inn Resort. Pensacola Beach, Florida
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I took my new camera on a test drive...
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