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Broward judges dismiss 24,000 red-light camera cases

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Two Broward County traffic court judges dismissed some 24,000 pending red-light camera ticket cases totaling more than $6.3 million. The judges ruled Monday that the program violates Florida law. Attorney Ted Hollander of Ticket Clinic told the South Florida Sun Sentinel his office argued for more than four years that the program was an improper delegation of police power. He says videos were sent to American Traffic Solutions in Arizona where employees did the screening. Florida law says only law enforcement…

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Gulf oil spill likely to reach Florida Keys, Miami, report says

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Hundreds of skimming boats prepared Friday to return to calmer Gulf waters in the wake of Hurricane Alex and resume cleanup of the massive BP oil spill, which scientists now predict is likely to reach the Florida Keys and Miami in the months ahead. Using computer simulations based on 15 years of wind and ocean current data, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report Friday showing a 61% to 80% chance of the oil spill reaching within 20 miles…

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Has oil spill entered Gulf Stream, reached Fort Lauderdale?

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From the Broward New Times:  the Yesterday, a Fort Lauderdale-based yacht captain, was boating about 12.5 miles offshore from Port Everglades when he and his passengers noticed the oil slick pictured above.  According to the captain, the slick was about a half-mile long. It was unlike anything he had seen in years on the water. He collected a water sample. He wondered: Could it be from the oil spill in the Gulf? Continue reading here.

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GOP candidates for attorney general coming to Tiger Bay on Thursday

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In late March the two Democratic candidates for attorney general joined us.  Now it’s the Republicans’ turn, and all four announced candidates will converge on the Tigers’ Den for a debate/joint appearance.  They are (in alphabetical order): Holly Benson, a three-term legislator from Pensacola and twice an agency head in the Crist administration. Pam Bondi, an assistant state attorney and criminal prosecutor in Tampa.  Her high-profile cases have made her a frequent guest on cable television, and she is known…

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Florida Legislature takes steps to add the homeless to hate-crimes law

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Prompted by the 2006 homeless attack in Fort Lauderdale that gained worldwide notoriety, the Florida Legislature is moving to add the homeless as a protected class under state hate crimes laws. Senate and House committees approved legislation that would make prejudice-driven attacks against the homeless a hate crime, meaning longer jail sentences for offenders. The issue will get more consideration during the legislative session, which starts March 2. Florida has led the nation for four consecutive years in violent attacks…

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