Saturday, December 13, 2008

FLORIDA DIGEST December 13, 2008

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From Safe Schools South Florida

-Jamaican Lesbian Spoken Word Poet Staceyann Chin
Comes to Miami January 19-23, 2009
Featuring Tigertail SpeakOut Workshops & Slam for Gay Youth
Tigertail Productions continues its SpeakOut project for the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered) community with a weeklong residency with nationally recognized New York-based Jamaican lesbian spoken word poet and performer Staceyann Chin. School and community workshops, as well as a poetry slam evening, geared towards GLBT youth, and a reading and panel discussion for the general audience, take place throughout Miami-Dade County. All events are free. For more information and a full schedule visit or call Tigertail Productions at 305 324 4337. [...] In addition, there will be a similar open-to-the-public teen workshop held at Pridelines Youth Services, 180 NE 19th Street in Miami, on Tuesday, January 20 at 6:00 pm.
WHEN: January 19-23, 2009
*Workshops for gay teens at high schools and community venues, Tuesday through Thursday, January 20-22
*Slam and open mic for gay teens, Thursday, January 22, 5:30 pm, at Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 22nd Street, Miami Beach Panel Discussion, Race, Sex and Gender Panel Discussion, Monday, January 19, 7:30 pm, The Light Box at Miami Light Project, 3000 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 100, Miami
*Reading and Performance, Friday, January 23, 7:30 pm, Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
*All events are free. For more information call 305 324 4337 or online at


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-Gov. Crist weds in St. Petersburg
By Brendan Farrington | The Associated Press
Gov. Charlie Crist became the first sitting Florida governor to wed in nearly 42 years, exchanging vows Friday evening with New York socialite Carole Rome in a church ceremony. Crist, 52, and Rome, 39, met at a dinner in New York City in September 2007 and the romance took off quickly. Less then 10 months later, Crist proposed, giving the millionaire socialite a sapphire engagement ring at his rented condo in downtown St. Petersburg.,0,5029608.story

-Funds put Everglades on road to restoration
$1 million allocated to help solve water flow problems with the Tamiami Trail
By David Fleshler | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Bush administration officials gathered Friday at Everglades National Park to announce additional restoration funding and prepare to hand over to a new administration the difficult, frustrating, lawsuit-producing job of restoring the South Florida wilderness.,0,1616547.story

Miami Herald
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-Florida Gov. Crist's wedding tonight marries money to politics
By Fred Tasker, Miami Herald
The weather should be beautiful -- crisp and clear, in the low 60s -- at 9 p.m. tonight when Charles Joseph ''Charlie'' Crist Jr., 52, weds Carole Rome, nee Oumano, 39, before 200 or so friends and allies at the United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg.

-Florida pulling plug on Port of Miami tunnel
Florida pulled the plug for a Miami tunnel that's been in the works since the late 1980s. Will the DOT reallocate more than $1.3 billion to other projects?

-Miami shows off its help for the homeless
Many big cities are reporting a rising homeless population, but Miami isn't one of them.

-Deerfield Beach mayor arrested on felony corruption charge
The mayor of Deerfield Beach, who once claimed the city would be better off in his hands, was spending Friday night in Broward County Jail. Albert Capellini, who has held public office for almost two decades, was charged with corruption by the state attorney's office on Thursday.

Fort Report
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-Challenge to Florida Democratic Party chairwoman folds
By Michael C. Bender
Miami-Dade Democrat Bret Berlin just closed his campaign to unseat Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman. Continue reading for his letter explaining why.

-Florida Crystals opposing state deal with US Sugar
A major competitor of U.S. Sugar filed a complaint alleging its $1.34 billion dollar deal to sell the state land won't advance Everglades restoration and only lines the pockets of U.S. Sugar, a spokesman for Florida Crystals said Friday.

-Previous deals cloud new House speaker
By Alex Leary
House Speaker Ray Sansom appointed key policy leaders for the 2009 Legislature on Tuesday, but the news remained in the shadow of a controversy that has been the talk of the Capitol for weeks.

-House speaker sold political soul, and at a bargain price
Sunday, December 07, 2008
At first, the job that one of Florida's three most powerful politicians took
at a state college just looked bad. Now, it looks awful. House Speaker Ray Sansom, R-Destin, accepted a $110,000 administrative position at Northwest Florida State College last month on the same day he was sworn in as speaker. It looked bad because, according to what was known at the time, Rep. Sansom this year had sponsored a bill to let the former Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Rep. Sansom's Panhandle district get a new four-year mission and a new "State College" designation.


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