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Miami Herald loses appeal of “black outs” in public records

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A Florida appeals court has ruled that state agencies don’t have to give a specific reason when they black out an individual bit of information in a document produced under a public-records request. Specifically, a three-judge panel of the the 1st District Court of Appeal said the state’s “Public Records Act does not require agencies to specifically identify the statutory exemption relied upon for each redaction on a redaction-by-redaction basis.” But one of the judges separately warned that Monday’s opinion…

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Pinellas County appeals $16.5 million judgment

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Pinellas County has filed an appeal to try overturning a $16.5 million judgment for a developer denied a zoning and land use change. The notice of appeal, filed Monday, comes days after Judge Walter L. Schafer Jr. turned down the county’s motion for a new trial. Clerk of Court Ken Burke transmitted the appeal to the Second District Court of Appeals on Tuesday. But the Pinellas County Commission never formally voted to appeal the judgment. “There was no formal agenda…

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NCAA denies the appeal of Gators’ quarterback Will Grier

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For one of the few times all season, something has not gone right with the Florida Gators. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the NCAA has decided to reject the appeal of Gators’ quarterback Will Grier. Grier will remain suspended until next Oct. 15, just before the team plays against Missouri. Grier was suspended by the NCAA for use of a banned substance. Grier said it was an over-the-counter supplement and did not check with the Florida medical staff. Sophomore Treon…

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State House candidate fails to qualify because of 1 cent discrepancy on qualifying check

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Adam Smith points out a must-read cautionary tale about how state Rep. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, was spared a tough primary, because her rival Neil Combee wrote a check to the state for  $1,781.81 – instead of the requiring filing fee of $1,781.82.  According to the Lakeland Ledger: Stargel had mailed her papers and check to qualify days ago, noting that it was her practice so as to have time to correct any mistakes. Combee mailed his check Wednesday afternoon. “I called during…

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