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Voting-rights groups want Supreme Court to hear redistricting case

August 29, 2014
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By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A coalition of voting-rights organizations and individual voters wants the Florida Supreme Court take up the legal battle over the state’s congressional districts. In a notice of appeal filed Friday with the 1st District Court of Appeal, the groups – which include the League of Women...
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Gay marriage case sent to Florida’s Supreme Court

August 27, 2014
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By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Florida’s ban on gay marriage is now in the hands of the state’s highest court after an appeals court asked that the justices resolve the controversial prohibition. The request Wednesday from the 2nd District Court of Appeal for the first time puts the Florida Supreme Court...
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Judge Terry Lewis approves Legislature’s newest redistricting map

August 25, 2014
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Judge Terry Lewis approves Legislature’s newest redistricting map

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA It’s beginning to seem like the second time is the charm for the Legislature when it comes to following the anti-gerrymandering Fair Districts amendments, approved by voters in 2010. Lawmakers’ first effort at crafting districts for the state Senate was rejected by the Florida Supreme Court;...
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Five questions for John Morgan

August 20, 2014
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Five questions for John Morgan

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan is spearheading a move to pass a constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in the state, putting millions of dollars of his own money and his considerable public-speaking skills behind it. He’s also backing an employee of his law firm...
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Plaintiffs in Florida redistricting suit say Leon County judge should reject new map

August 18, 2014
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Plaintiffs in Florida redistricting suit say Leon County judge should reject new map

  By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A Leon County judge should draw a new congressional map instead of using one the Legislature crafted in a special session earlier this month, a group of voters and voting-rights organizations said in a filing Monday. Lawyers for the individual voters and the organizations, who...
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Florida Supreme Court to consider damages in UCF player’s death

August 13, 2014
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Florida Supreme Court to consider damages in UCF player’s death

The Florida Supreme Court said Wednesday it will take up a case stemming from the 2008 death of University of Central Florida football player Ereck Plancher, who collapsed after a series of conditioning drills.
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Florida legislators convene special session to redraw congressional maps

August 8, 2014
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Florida legislators convene special session to redraw congressional maps

SUPER-FAST SPECIAL SESSION By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz quickly ordered lawmakers into a special session this week to revise the congressional map struck down by Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis. Proving that the process is on hyper-speed, the chairmen of the committees...
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Orlando Weekly nominated for three AAN awards

June 18, 2014
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Orlando Weekly nominated for three AAN awards

Congratulations to Ashley Belanger, Erin Sullivan and Jessica Bryce Young, all of whom are finalists in the Association for Alternative Newsmedia's 2014 awards
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Best of Orlando Bracket: Help us pick new categories for our Readers Poll

April 10, 2014
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Best of Orlando Bracket: Help us pick new categories for our Readers Poll

Best of Orlando celebrates our city's very best, but sometimes we miss important mentions. Vote on your favorite new category to help us cover more ground.
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Legendary filthy-mouth Amy Schumer comes to Orlando

February 18, 2014
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Legendary filthy-mouth Amy Schumer comes to Orlando

Amy Schumer has got it going on. The attractive blond comic stars in her own Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, which returns for a second season April 1. She’s also in the midst of writing the script for Train Wreck, the new Judd Apatow flick (starring her!) due out in 2015. And she’s booked an...
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