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Poll finds Florida voters are against campus carry and corporate tax cuts

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Florida voters don’t want changes to gun laws and are against plans to cut corporate tax rates according to a new poll released Thursday by the University of North Florida Public Opinion Research Laboratory. The poll, which surveyed nearly 1,000 voters, found 63 percent of respondents were against proposed legislation to allow concealed handguns on college campuses, with nearly half of those polled saying they “strongly opposed” the measure. “If the legislature is paying attention to public opinion, this signals…

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Drug violation led to the benching of Bucs’ back Doug Martin

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The unexplained benching of Tampa Bay Bucs running back Doug Martin cleared up Wednesday afternoon. Martin announced he is serving a four-game suspension for performing enhancing drugs. “I was notified last week of a four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy,” Martin said in a statement. “My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates. However, after numerous discussions with people close to me – including Coach (Dirk) Koetter – I am starting…

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Gators hope Antonio Callaway can be the game breaker they need

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Finally, we will see if University of Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway was worth the trouble. Callaway has just gone through one of the most controversial off-seasons in Florida history, having been banned from the team and the school since being accused of sexual assault. The school decided he did not violate rules. Head coach Jim McElwain has determined that Callaway will be able to parcipate Saturday when the Gators play against the University of Massachussetts. With Callaway on the…

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Lightning lifts suspension of unhappy forward Jonathan Drouin

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The staredown is over. Jonathan Drouin is a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization again. For how long, who knows? The Lightning announced Monday that Drouin’s holdout is over, and he is supposed to report for practice with the Syracuse Crunch today. Drouin had been suspended since Jan. 20, and his agent said that he would not continue with the Lighting “in any capacity.” However, general manager Steve Yzerman did not complete a trade of Drouin, meaning he faced…

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Bucs to lose linebacker Kwon Alexander for final 4 games

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The Tampa Bay Bucs will have to compete in their final month of the season without one of their brightest stars. Middle linebacker Kwon Alexander will start serving his suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. Alexander, the only player the Bucs have drafted on defense since coach Lovie Smith took over, had been a starter throughout the season. He has three sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles to go with his 93 tackles. Alexander has blamed his positive test on an…

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Judge decides that NFL was wrong in suspending Tom Brady

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A federal judge’s ruling has returned New England star quarterback Tom Brady to the playing field and has, in effect, taken the air out of the ball for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Judge Richard Berman ruled that the collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association did not, in fact, give Goodell the power to suspend Brady for four games for being “generally aware” that deflating the footballs had occurred. Goodell said that the NFL will appeal. “The court finds that…

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Bucs’ injured Akeem Spence suspended one game for drug policy

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Injured Tampa Bay Bucs’ defensive tackle Akeem Spence has been suspended for a game for violating the league’s drug policies. Spence’s suspension follows  his marijauna arrest in January of 2014. Spence, recovering from back surgery, is running behind the depth at defensive tackle for the Bucs, which includes starters Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald, free agent Harry Melton and newly acquired Tony McDaniel. In 32 games, Spence has four sacks and three fumble recoveries. He was a fourth-round draft pick by…

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