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David Simmons condemns Frank Artiles comments; calls for due process, suggests PTSD might be factor

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Republican state Sen. David Simmons sharply condemned racist and vulgar comments made earlier this week by state Sen. Frank Artiles.  The behavior is nothing new, Simmons said, but he puts his faith in the Senate’s due process to determine a judgment by the body. Simmons, of Altamonte Springs, then suggested that Artiles’ behavior might be a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder — or some other circumstance — and the Senate needs to hear of any aggravating or mitigating circumstances before…

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For firefighters, emotional stress often the deadliest enemy

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Battalion Chief David Dangerfield‘s nickname was “Super Dave,” a moniker the veteran firefighter had earned over the years for his cheerful, get-things-done personality. The leader of a fire department dive team in a quiet Florida beach community of 15,000 volunteered for charities helping kids and families and was the 2013 Treasure Coast Emergency Service Provider of the Year. But one Saturday night last month, Dangerfield posted a Facebook message that revealed a world of pain behind the brave facade. “PTSD…

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Former St. Petersburg detective sues over denied PTSD-related disability benefits

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After a nearly 20-year career with the St. Petersburg Police Department, former undercover narcotics detective John Moseley says he now suffers post-traumatic stress disorder. Unfortunately for the now 48-year-old Moseley, the SPPD is saying the issue should have been mentioned earlier. Moseley, who worked for the department from 1992 to 2011, is suing the city of St. Petersburg’s board of trustees of the Supplemental Police Officers’ Retirement System for the disability benefits he contends he’s entitled. According to the former officer…

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Today on Context Florida: Polling for 2016, deadbeat dads and the 1995 tech revolution

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Today on Context Florida: For Bob Sparks, polling for the 2016 presidential campaign is a political scientist’s dream. It is not too bad for pundits, either. There is something in it for everyone. The Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday is the latest example. Donald Trump still polls the highest in some areas and the lowest in others. The same is true for Hillary Clinton. It also shows that support is growing for a core group of GOP candidates at the…

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