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Farmworkers, supporters to march in Tampa; continue demands on Wendy’s, Publix

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On Wednesday afternoon, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will make its final stop in Tampa on a 12-city “Return to Human Rights Tour.” There, the CIW will march from a Publix location to a Wendy’s franchise in Tampa, to escalate its national boycott against the hamburger chain. Both the March and Vigil for Human Rights is a CIW boycott in response to the retailer’s decision to abandon its relationship with tomato growers and shift purchases to Mexico rather than participate in…

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Blake Dowling: The road, fast food and Session — all aboard!

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Session is here in the Capital City, beginning with a Monday bash at Associated Industries to welcome those from all over the state. The Legislative Session kickoff has been on my calendar for a decade now; it is a great event and a nice chance to reflect on the past year and the one coming just ahead. Mayor Andrew Gillum wants to run for governor, legal pot is everywhere, POTUS can give a good speech. What else? Charlie Christ switched back…

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Man who threw alligator now throwing self on mercy of court

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The Florida man who threw an alligator through a drive-thru window is now throwing himself on the mercy of the court. The Palm Beach Post reports that 24-year-old Joshua James agreed in court Friday to plead guilty to unspecified misdemeanor charges on May 31 and let Judge Barry Cohen decide his sentence. James was arrested in February on charges that he threw the 3 1/2-foot gator into a Wendy’s last October. He was charged with several felonies, including assault with…

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Rotten tomatoes? Farmworkers sue Palm Beach over protest ban

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A U.S. farmworkers coalition is suing Palm Beach, alleging the wealthy town’s ordinances effectively bar the group from its constitutional right to hold a protest near the home of a billionaire fast-food executive. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, representing about 40,000 field workers, wants a federal judge to allow a planned demonstration March 12 near the home of Wendy’s Company board chairman Nelson Peltz. At issue is the company’s refusal to pay a penny-per-pound fee for its tomatoes to supplement…

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Fries with that? Man accused of tossing gator at drive-thru

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Alligators have been used as shoes, briefcases, university mascots, lunch and now, authorities say, a deadly weapon. Joshua James, 24, was arrested Monday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials say he threw a 3.5-foot alligator through a Palm Beach County Wendy’s drive-thru window in October. He’s also charged with illegally possessing an alligator and petty theft. Jail records show he was released on $6,000 bail Tuesday. He…

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Tampa Bay area McDonalds workers protest unsafe work conditions

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This afternoon in Tampa, approximately 70 fast-food workers, many McDonalds employees, and their allies held a demonstration protesting health hazards that they say they’ve incurred on the job. It’s the latest effort by activists behind the “Fight for $15” campaign to get fast-food workers a higher wage and the right to join a union, primarily funded by the Service Employees International Union. Blue Reiner works at the McDonalds at Fletcher Avenue and 22nd Street in Tampa. He says he has…

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