Wednesday, September 19, 2007

FLORIDA DIGEST September 19, 2007

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Do your part to fight the right-wing state-wide anti-gay initiativeto amend the Florida constitution.

Friday, September 28, at the GLCC, Ft. Lauderdale - 11:45am to 1:30pm.

Michael and I promised to get a minimum of 10 people to attend thislow dollar boxed lunch - only $25 - to learn about Florida Red And Blue andthe multiple efforts to overcome this hateful amendment. Florida Red andBlue has already raised over $1 million, but our work is only beginning.

Will you support us with this? Every GLBT person in Florida needs to be apart of this effort.

Boxed Lunch Series
Friday, September 28
Noon - 1:30pm
Networking 11:45am
GLCC - Ft. Lauderdale

Send us an e-mail and let us know if you'll join us on the 28th.

And...... If you can't attend, we'll be glad to accept your check made outto "Florida Red and Blue."

Ray and Michael



Caribbean carnival finds a home in Fort Lauderdale this year

Caribbean festival will go to stadium this October
By Brittany Wallman
September 19, 2007

Fort Lauderdale

The Broward Caribbean Carnival won a reluctant approval from the cityTuesday night, in a vote that rescued the large cultural event just threeweeks before the big festival.

The parade and carnival, freshly rejected by Miramar and desperate for avenue, will be allowed to return Oct. 7 to the Fort Lauderdale Stadium, nextto Lockhart Stadium, near Commercial Boulevard and Powerline Road.

The carnival appeared headed for another rejection, as commissionerscomplained about the last-minute request and raised concerns about theevent's track record of traffic and trash problems. It was last held at thestadium two years ago.

Urged by Mayor Jim Naugle, commissioners approved the request in a 3-2 vote,with Vice Mayor Carlton Moore and Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom alsovoting in favor. However, enough police officers must be hired to providesecurity, and city recreation staff must agree after a meeting today thatthe event meets all requirements.

Police Chief Bruce Roberts had expressed concerns about whether he couldline up the 45 officers that might be needed.

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Gay & Lesbian Leadership

UNITE FTL Membership Meeting Changed

Due to scheduling and logistical issues, the UNITE Fort LauderdaleMembership meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, September 19, 2007 is beingpostponed.

The next Membership meeting will be:

Wednesday, October 17, 2007
7:00 P.M. in the main room of the GLCC
1717 North Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311


The Detroit News

Federal prosecutor from Florida caught in child sex sting

Paul Egan / The Detroit News

A federal prosecutor from Florida was ordered held in custody Monday afterhe appeared in U.S. District Court in Detroit on a charge that he flew toDetroit intending to have sex with a 5-year-old girl.

John David R. Atchison, 53, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., an assistant U.S. Attorneyin Florida's northern district, is expected to appear again in court for adetention hearing on Tuesday.

He was caught in an Internet child sex sting run by the Macomb CountySheriff's Department and the FBI and arrested Sunday when he flew intoDetroit Metropolitan Airport from Pensacola, Fla., according to a criminalcomplaint filed in federal court in Detroit.

A sheriff's deputy posed as a mother who was interested in finding someoneto have sex with her children, in a sting that has already netted aCalifornia paramedic and numerous other alleged pedophiles from around thecountry.

According to the complaint, Atchison reassured the sheriff's deputy who wasposing as the child's mother that he would not hurt the 5-year-old becausehe goes "slow and easy," and "I've done it plenty."



CBS News

Fred Thompson's Florida Faux Pas?

Republican Hopeful Pleads Ignorance On Contentious Everglades Oil DrillingIssue

(AP) Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson seemed taken by surprisewhen asked Tuesday about oil drilling in the Everglades, apparently unawareit's been a major Florida issue.

Before answering, he laughed at the question.

"Gosh, no one has told me that there's any major reserves in the Everglades,but maybe that's one of the things I need to learn while I'm down here,"Thompson said after talking over state issues with Gov. Charlie Crist.

Thompson, who has called for seeking U.S. oil resources wherever they exist,was asked by an Associated Press reporter whether that included drilling inthe Everglades.

"I'm not going to start out by taking this, that or the other off the tablein terms of our overall energy situation," he said.



Florida Today

House, Senate approach budget accord

By Paige St. John
Florida Capital Bureau

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida legislative leaders have agreed to target the state'scoming budget cuts as opposed to across-the-board trims, and to go deeperthan Gov. Charlie Crist suggests, hoping that will avoid more pain later.

House Speaker Marco Rubio said Tuesday his negotiations with SenatePresident Ken Pruitt now clear the way for pre-special session agreement onFlorida's spending reduction goals.

Crist offered lawmakers a plan containing $983.2 million in cuts.

"I think everyone in the Legislature is leaning toward a little more thanthat, to be prudent," Rubio said. "Now, over the next week, members willmake decisions on where the cuts will happen and to what extent."

There is no decision on whether to take up Crist's proposal to stoke thestate economy with $337 million in increased road and school construction."If there is a movement among the members to go in that direction, theycould," Rubio said. "My job with Pruitt is to set the parameters of thesession."



Florida Today

Allen trial moved to November

Attorneys want jurors from across Brevard

TITUSVILLE - Attorneys for state Rep. Bob Allen want to pull potentialjurors from across Brevard County -- not just the north end -- for thesolicitation for prostitution case against the seven-year lawmaker.

Allen's attorney Greg Eisenmenger said it would "not be realistic" to seat ajury for the trial moved to Nov. 5 without a pool of least 100 jurors fromacross Brevard.

About 40 to 50 residents from the Titusville area were called for jury duty.The remainder would either drive up to Titusville Historic Courthouse fromother parts of the county or the trial could be moved to the Harry T. andHarriette V. Moore Justice Center in Viera.



The Miami Herald

Posted on Tue, Sep. 18, 2007

No-fault insurance talks gain momentum


As talks continued in Tallahassee Monday on ways to reform Florida'scontroversial no-fault auto insurance law, agreement is emerging on cappingfees for medical care after an auto accident.

Finding an acceptable method to contain these costs has been a majorsticking point for lawmakers eager to preserve the no-fault law.

The current law, which expires Oct. 1, requires drivers to buy $10,000 ofpersonal injury protection, or PIP, which pays their medical bills after anauto accident. PIP's critics contend the current system breeds fraud andendorses excessive billing by health providers.

Some initial consensus seems to be forming around a bill proposed by Sen.Bill Posey, the Rockledge Republican, which includes a fee schedule thatwould limit the pay for most hospital and emergency services at 200 percentof Medicare's current payments.



Gainesville Sun

Sep 19, 2007

Taser aftershock

Sun staff writer

Following the Tasering of a University of Florida student at a politicalevent Monday, the university has been thrust into a growing national debateabout the limits of free speech, the appropriate role of law enforcement andthe politically charged environment of modern times.

The incident that has sparked such controversy took place Monday afternoon,when 21-year-old Andrew Meyer was arrested and shot with a Taser gun duringa town hall forum attended by U.S. Sen. John Kerry.

Meyer had approached an open microphone to question Kerry, but hismicrophone was cut off when he used some salty language that dreworganizers' objections. Shortly thereafter, UF Police Department officerstried to physically remove him from the University Auditorium, but resortedto the use of a Taser gun when he did not "comply," according to officers.

Speaking before more than a dozen cameras from media outlets across thenation Tuesday, UF President Bernie Machen lamented that the very "civildiscourse" universities are meant to promote was not protected at the forum.But Machen said the incident is still under review, and he told The Sun hethought it was "an open question as to whether or not the student impededcivil discourse."

"I hate it. I hate it. I hate it," Machen said in a telephone interview. "Ihate a U.S. senator not being able to have a full and open dialogue (at UF)... My disappointment is the fact that it didn't work."



Naples Daily News

Sen. Nelson: River of Grass under attack from Bush administration

Florida's senior senator will hold a congressional hearing today into whythe Everglades was taken off UN 'danger' list
By Amie Parnes

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

WASHINGTON - For years, Sen. Bill Nelson has been trying to get hiscolleagues to understand the troubles plaguing Everglades National Park.

He frequently carts a container of tar-like muck through the halls ofCongress to prove his point about the park's poor water quality, whilepushing for the passage of a massive water bill that will ultimately bringnew life to the River of Grass.

Two weeks ago, Nelson, a Democrat, toured the park with Sen. Barbara Boxer,D-Calif, the chairwoman of the Senate committee that oversees environmentalprotection and public works, so she could see the problems for herself. Theytoured the park on foot and by airboat.



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