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Making Sense of Victim Portrayals

The cover of the current issue of New York Magazine is a composite shot of photographs of 35 of the women who claim to have been sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby. The corresponding feature includes highly stylized portraits of the women wearing shades of white and silver as well as the women’s individual stories, including video testimony. We talk with The Poynter Institute’s Kelly McBride about why the magazine chose to tell the story this way and how it’s being received.
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A Beginning Teacher Boot Camp Tries to Educate

Tallahassee Insiders Take Aim At Pot License

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Influential Tallahassee insiders --- and a former lawmaker who is the grandson of one of Florida's most-renowned citrus barons --- have banded together with the owner of an abortion clinic to get in on the ground floor of the state's burgeoning medical-marijuana industry.

A Florida legislator wants a criminal investigation into Planned Parenthood, but the organization calls the request "politically motivated."

State Rep. Charles McBurney, a Jacksonville Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, asked for the inquiry in a letter Thursday to the head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Psssst — Need a phony ID? A fraudulent tax refund? Insurance money from a sham car crash? Florida may have just what you're looking for.

Since the first settlers hacked their way into the mangrove tangles and drained much of the swampland, sunny South Florida has been virtually synonymous with shady deals and scams.

CVS Health Corp. deliberately overcharged some pharmacy customers for generic drugs by submitting claims to their insurance companies at inflated prices, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco.

The suit says those inflated prices led to higher co-pays for customers that exceeded what they would have paid for the drugs if they had no insurance and participated in a CVS discount program.

Jo-Ann Johnston / Saint Leo University

The new school year starts up soon and teachers are already preparing. A beginning teacher boot camp at Saint Leo University on Friday brought together 20 recent grads who will be in a classroom this year, to give them a final low-down before the students sit at their desks ready to learn. 

 The Beginning Teacher Boot Camp started at Saint Leo four years ago to provide new teachers with advice and tips that aren't usually given in a college class or can be missed during internship.

Floridians Continue To Hang Up Traditional Phones

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As more evidence of the transformation of the telephone industry, the Florida Public Service Commission released a report Friday that said the number of residential wirelines in the state has dropped by about 6 million during the past decade.

Meanwhile, the report said Florida had about 19 million wireless-phone subscribers as of the end of 2013 --- nearly one wireless device for every resident of the state. The Public Service Commission sends a report to the Legislature by Aug. 1 each year about the status of competition in the telecommunications industry.

An environmental advocacy group has a message for locals about the Burmese python. These non-native, invasive snakes are changing the ecosystem within the everglades. And the Conservancy of Southwest Florida says if you encounter one, do not kill it.  They’re asking you to report it through an app on your smartphone.

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The largest Florida corporate donor to a super political action committee backing former Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential run is NextEra Energy Inc., the company that owns electric utility giant Florida Power & Light.

Bush, a leading Republican contender, knows the company well. In 2009, more than two years after leaving office, he penned an opinion piece in the state capital's newspaper urging regulators to approve the utility's proposed rate increase for Florida customers.

Injunction Overturned In Consumer Loan Fight

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An appeals court Friday tossed out a temporary injunction that Attorney General Pam Bondi and the state Office of Financial Regulation sought amid a legal fight about high-interest consumer loans.

Defendants in the case have contended that the loans are not subject to Florida law because they were made by Western Sky Financial LLC, which is owned by a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and does business from within the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota, said the ruling by the 2nd District Court of Appeal.

Lawsuit Seeks To Halt Return Of Bear Hunting

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Conservation groups want a judge to shoot down the return of bear hunting in Florida and to halt the pending sale of bear-hunting permits.

With permits for this fall's hunt going on sale Monday, the Seminole County-based group Speak Up Wekiva filed a lawsuit in Leon County circuit court Friday challenging the constitutionality of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-approved bear hunt.

"There is no evidence to support the supposition that hunting bears in remote wildlife management areas will reduce conflicts in suburbia," the lawsuit contends.

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