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FLORIDA DIGEST - April 30, 2009

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-New library can help curb hate crime, sheriff says
Shortly after becoming sheriff in 2007, Al Lamberti was jolted by a state report showing Broward was the most diverse county in Florida - and also No. 1 in hate crimes. That's what led him to appear at the April 23 ribbon-cutting for the gay-oriented Stonewall Library and Archives. More than simply a political statement by the county's top elected official, the Republican sheriff said the Stonewall Library would ultimately improve public safety.,0,1274081.story

Steve Rothaus
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-Three South Florida GOP House members voted in favor of hate crimes law
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Mario Diaz-Balart
Source: Log Cabin Republicans

South Florida Blade
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-Florida Bar Assoc. supports gay adoption
Christian firm files challenge against pro-gay stance
Florida's Supreme Court is stepping in to resolve a petition filed between The Florida Bar Association and anti-gay organization Liberty Counsel, regarding Florida Bar Association's rights to file an amicus, or "friend-of-the-court," brief in support of gay adoption.


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-Broward, Palm Beach counties improve scores on FCAT Writing test
First in series of FCAT results for state's fourth-, eighth- and 10th-grade students
By Akilah Johnson
South Florida schools wrote their way to higher FCAT Writing scores compared to last year, and they did better than the state. About 89 percent of Broward students and 88 percent in Palm Beach County earned the coveted 3.5 on the writing portion of the high-stakes test this year, according to Florida Department of Education scores released this morning.,0,779716.story


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