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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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Emergency Management Services of Pasco County

Pasco County Commissioners today rescinded the evacuation order for residents affected by flooding in the Elfers area. They also lifted a Flood Watch on the Anclote River. Officials say Elfers residents are now safe to return to their homes.

Commissioners also declared a Local State of Emergency to help recovery efforts from this week's heavy rains. They met during a special session Friday afternoon.

Five presidential candidates spoke to the National Urban League Conference in Fort Lauderdale Friday.

The conference, which runs through Saturday, focuses on improving jobs, justice and education in American cities.

 

Democratic and Republican candidates talked about how government can address the conference theme: “Save Our Cities.”

Environmentalists To File Suit Over Bear Hunt

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Environmentalists plan to file suit today against the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission seeking to stop the state's first bear hunt in two decades. They say the hunt scheduled for October is unconstitutional.

The Center for Biological Diversity and Speak Up Wekiva plan to file suit in Leon County.

In addition to the newsroom, advertising, circulation and related support functions, the Tribune’s four-acre headquarters also houses its printing presses. Tribune publisher Brian Burns said the newspaper is exploring options for printing, including contracting with other press operations and acquiring newer presses for printing offsite. “The sale of our property creates liquidity with cash flow, and will assist us in reinvestment into our circulation and marketing while also paying down debt,” Burns said.

Associated Press

 The Coast Guard says it's suspending its search at sunset for two teenage fishermen who've been missing for a week.

Capt. Mark Fedor says the search continues for the  two 14-year-olds from Tequesta in the meantime. He said the search has been a `true all hands on deck effort'.

Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos went missing last Friday and their capsized boat was found Sunday. The Coast Guard has searched waters from South Florida up through South Carolina without success.

Hillary Clinton’s Cuban Ghosts

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It was her husband, President Bill Clinton, who signed the embargo into federal statute in the first place. At the time, in 1996, the president faced re-election. He desperately wanted to win Florida, as it started to emerge as the nation’s most-crucial swing state. And early on that year, Cuba became a major flashpoint when Fidel Castro’s regime shot down two Brothers to the Rescue rafter-aid group airplanes over international waters, killing four activists from Miami. The exile community erupted. Politically speaking, the president felt he had little choice. He had to sign what was known as the Helms-Burton Act.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Studies show that only about half of the veterans who need mental health care seek treatment. And of those who get care – many drop-out before treatment is complete.

“So, we’re only reaching a third of people ultimately who need the treatment,” said retired Army Col. Dr. Charles Hoge. He works as a civilian at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he used to head up PTSD research.

Orangecta.com

The American Federation of Teachers is removing the president and other leaders from the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association. 

According to a report by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Orange County union leaders, particularly the president, Diana Moore, were not following the rules that provide checks and balances, like ignoring the number of signatures needed on credit card purchases. There were also issues with internal elections. 

Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP

Following his own advice, Jeb Bush is taking his presidential campaign to the neighborhoods and churches where Hispanics and

African Americans live and worship in an effort to broaden his appeal among minority voters.

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