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Of COURSE It’s Florida: Topless thong-clad woman vandalizes McDonald’s

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Of COURSE there’s video. (Pinellas Park, Fla., police via WFLA-TV)

Topless thong-clad woman vandalizes Pinellas Park McDonald’s

A Pinellas Park woman shown topless and wearing a thong as she vandalizes a Pinellas Park McDonald’s was arrested for criminal mischief.

Full story (WFLA-TV)

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April 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm

OF COURSE it’s Florida: Zoning board member gives Nazi salute at planning meeting

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(Screenshot by Palm Beach Post)

Marcia Radosevich gave the Nazi dictator’s one-armed salute and said “Heil Hitler” while the board was discussing the powers of village staff members during the monthly Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board meeting March 5.

Full story (Palm Beach Post)

Written by Alex

March 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: Angry cross-dresser attacks car with chunks of concrete

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Of course it’s Florida.

Orlando police are looking for a man last seen dressed in women’s clothing and a wig for allegedly throwing concrete at cars on Tuesday.

According to police, one of the victims, a 21-year-old woman, saw the man while she was stopped at the intersection of Orange Blossom Trail and Amelia Street.

The man, who was dressed in a blue dress, black heels and a wig, saw her looking, became angry and threw a drink at her car, police said.

Full story (WESH-TV of Orlando)

Written by Alex

March 12, 2014 at 11:24 am

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Police Blotter of the Day: Suspect eats hundreds of dollars in cash

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Leosvel Cordova Parrado (Monroe County Sheriff’s Office)

In — where else? — Florida:

The victim told deputies they were at a party earlier and Parrado became angry and demanded they return home. She said once they were at home, he pushed her around in their residence and the two of them struggled over her wallet, which he took from her by force. The wallet contained $750 in cash. …

Parrado was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car. As Sgt. Slough was driving to the detention center in Marathon, he heard a strange noise in the back of his car. When he looked in his rearview mirror, he saw Parrado with his mouth full of cash. He was literally chewing — and choking on — the cash he had stolen from his girlfriend.

Sgt. Slough pulled over and attempted to recover the money Parrado was eating, but when he counted the remaining cash he found $277 missing from the whole amount the girlfriend said he stole. Some of the money was found in his underwear and deputies think that is where he hid it prior to eating it.

Full police statement.

Written by Alex

March 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm

And sometimes you do a story just for the headline

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An 18-year-old Florida woman was only slightly injured when she was shot by her friend’s oven, police said.

Yes. An oven. She was trying to cook waffles and didn’t know her friend was storing ammunition in the oven. So we got to write this totally straightforward headline:

Woman shot by oven while trying to cook waffles

Full story at NBC News

Written by Alex

February 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Quotation of the year

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“I refuse to let my professionalism and my femininity be defined by a piece of fabric.”

— Melissa Medley, Enterprise Florida

Florida answers critics of ‘sexist’ logo: ‘It’s just a cartoon’ (M. Alex Johnson/NBC News)

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February 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: Honestly, officer, that’s not cocaine

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FORT WALTON BEACH — A man who pulled out his pants pockets to show a Fort Walton Beach Police officer he wasn’t carrying drugs didn’t count on a plastic bag of cocaine falling to the ground.

Full story (Northwest Florida Daily News)

Written by Alex

July 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

Surprise! People are sophisticated

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Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET: Over at msnbc.com, I have a piece looking at how people have followed the Trayvon Martin case online. This is one of the projects we’re doing with Crimson Hexagon’s Forsight social media tools, which are explained in this post.

Although you might get the impression from news coverage of the case that the American public wants George Zimmerman’s head on a stake, what the American public has been saying on Twitter and Facebook and in online forums is much more nuanced.

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Police Blotter of the Day: Teens broke in, cooked gizzards

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Two 14-year-old boys were arrested Saturday night for breaking into a Chinese restaurant and cooking chicken gizzards, police said.

“I guess they couldn’t find any money so they decided to cook some food,” Gainesville Police Lt. Jorge Campos said.

Full story (Gainesville, Fla., Sun)

Written by Alex

December 20, 2011 at 8:08 am

What do you report, and what don’t you report?

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Over at msnbc.com, I’ve written up the gruesome story of a sick person who has coldly and methodically dismembered at least six cats since October and left their remains on a Florida golf course.

The details of the story are horrifying, raising a serious question: How much is enough in a news story?

Here’s what I chose to report:

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Written by Alex

December 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm

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