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1:44 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Package from FSU Shooter Delivered in Texas

Myron May

The first of several packages mailed by a man who shot three people at a Florida State University library was delivered in Texas and is in the hands of the FBI, the agency said Friday.

Authorities thought the packages could contain videos and journals from Myron May, who was killed by police officers outside the library Thursday, according to a law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because that person wasn’t authorized to release information about the case.

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8:58 am
Fri November 21, 2014

FSU To Resume Classes; Gunman In 'Crisis' Before Shooting

FSU students, faculty and staff hold candlight vigil after gunman injures three in on-campus shooting.

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:01 am

Florida State University is back open—a day after a gunman opened fire at the school’s Strozier Library. As FSU tries to get back to normal, an investigation into the shooting continues.

In the hours after three people were shot at FSU’s Strozier library, people gathered on the campus in a prayer vigils and rallies to show their support for the university. FSU Sophomore Gillian Newman says the shooting has shaken the campus community.

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9:14 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

FSU Gunman was Alumni "In a State of Crisis"

Students gathered on FSU's Landis Green after a shooting at the school's library
Credit Nick Evans

An attorney who graduated from Florida State University in 2005 was identified as the gunman who opened fire at the campus library early Thursday, injuring three people, including one critically, before he was killed by police.

But Tallahassee and university officials expressed relief that the shooting, which came as at least 450 students studied for exams shortly after midnight at Strozier Library, wasn't a bigger tragedy.

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4:54 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Students Gather On FSU's Campus After Library Shooting

Students on Florida State's Landis Green.

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 2:24 pm

Florida State University students gathered for a prayer vigil Thursday morning after a gunman opened fire at the school’s main library.

A long quad called Landis Green stretches out in front of Strozier Library, the site of last night’s shooting.  On most sunny days there are groups of people walking to class or chatting on benches, but today it was a meeting place for hundreds of rattled and mourning students.  Shortly before noon, school officials turned off the fountain for a moment of silence.  Sophomore Gillian Newman says it was a moving tribute.

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Law & Order
1:38 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

FSU Alumnus Identified As Gunman

Alleged FSU Gunman, Myron May

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:29 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A law enforcement official says the gunman who shot three people at Florida State University before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school.

 

     The official told The Associated Press that the shooter was Myron May, who graduated from Florida State before attending Texas Tech University's law school. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the name.

 

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12:25 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

FSU Shooting Live Blog

The scene outside FSU's Strozier library this morning following a shooting.

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:58 am

This blog will be updated throughout the day.

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Law & Order
9:34 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Florida State University Gunman Shot Dead By Campus Police

Tallahassee police investigate a shooting outside the Strozier Library on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday. The gunman was shot and killed by police officers.
Mark Wallheiser AP

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 8:26 am

Florida State University police shot and killed a gunman who had opened fire in the crowded university library around midnight. Three people were wounded.

Michael DeLeo, Tallahassee, Fla.'s chief of police, said the gunman appears to have acted alone.

"It will take not only hours but days to put all the pieces together," he said at a news conference this morning. "Obviously, everyone wants to know why, and that's the hard question that we're going to continue to investigate and try to find those answers for everybody."

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9:28 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Trial Delayed in Pasco Movie Theater Shooting

Curtis Reeves at his arraignment

Trial has been delayed indefinitely for a former Tampa police captain accused of fatally shooting a man during an argument in a movie theater.

Defense attorneys for 72-year-old Curtis Reeves told Pasco County Judge Pat Siracusa on Wednesday they need more time to interview witnesses. Trial had tentatively been set for March.

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12:03 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

USF Conference Marks 100th Anniversary of Dozier School Fire

13-year-old Joseph Wetherbee, who died in a dormitory fire at the Florida Industrial School for Boys (later Dozier School for Boys) on November 18, 1914. Wetherbee's family members are expected to attend a conference marking the 100th anniversary of the fire Tuesday at USF.
Credit Wetherbee family, courtesy USF Dept. of Anthropology

On November 18, 1914, a fire in a dormitory at what was then the Florida Industrial School for Boys is believed to have killed eight students and two staff members.

It turns out that those were among the first of an untold number of deaths at what became the Dozier School for Boys.

The reform school in the Panhandle town of Marianna was finally closed in 2011 after decades of alleged abuse and violence perpetrated against students.

University of South Florida researchers have been trying to identify a number of students buried in unmarked graves on the site.

And now, USF will host a conference Tuesday to mark the 100th anniversary of the fire, which was one of the earliest signs of trouble at Dozier.

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Law & Order
1:22 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Bucs Among NFL Teams Targeted by DEA

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (right) catches a touchdown pass over Redskins safety Ryan Clark Sunday in Landover, MD. The Bucs, who won 27-7, had their medical staff visited by Drug Enforcement Agency representatives following the game.
Credit Mitchell Layton / Getty Images

Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least two visiting NFL teams’ medical staffs, including that of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as part of an investigation into former players’ claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs.

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9:04 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Florida Man Executed for Stepdaughter's Slaying

An undated arrest photo from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows inmate Chadwick Banks. Banks was executed Thursday for raping and killing his stepdaughter in 1992. Banks was also convicted of murdering his wife the same day.
Credit AP Photo/Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement

A Florida man who fatally shot his sleeping wife and then raped and killed his young stepdaughter 22 years ago was put to death Thursday for the child's slaying.

Chadwick Banks, 43, was pronounced dead at 7:27 p.m. EST Thursday after a lethal injection at Florida State Prison, the office of Gov. Rick Scott said.

Banks was condemned for the September 1992 killing of 10-year-old Melody Cooper. Banks also received a life sentence for the murder of his wife, Cassandra Banks, in the attack in the Florida Panhandle region.

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9:14 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Jury Awards $35 Million Damages to Polk Smoker

A jury in Polk County has awarded $35 million in damages to a former Florida smoker who underwent two lung transplants.

The jury's decision Wednesday on behalf of 61-year-old Richard Boatright of Bartow against Philip Morris USA and the Liggett Group tobacco companies. The cigarette makers routinely appeal all such verdicts.

Attorney Sheldon Schlesinger says Boatright started smoking at age 12 and liked the cowboy used in Marlboro ads.

The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 tossed out a $145 billion class action verdict.

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5:51 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Execution Set for Thursday, 19th Under Scott

This undated arrest photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows inmate Chadwick Banks. Banks is scheduled to be executed Thursday for the 1992 murder of his 10-year-old stepdaughter.
Credit AP Photo/Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement

A Florida man is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday, and he’ll be the nineteenth inmate put to death during Governor Rick Scott’s first term.

Scott is close to meeting the all-time record of 21 executions set by former Governor Jeb Bush’s during his two terms.

Scott has also signed more death warrants than any other modern day Florida Governor in one term.

Following Wednesday's Cabinet meeting, Scott said it’s his duty.

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3:46 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

81-Year-Old Charged with Looting Tangerine Grove

Credit AP

  

 Deputies in Florida say an 81-year-old man picked thousands of tangerines - 11 truckloads worth - and then sold the stolen bounty at a nearby market.

Herman Southall was charged Wednesday with 11 counts of transporting citrus without a certificate, grand theft of more than 2,000 pieces of citrus and trespassing. He is being held at the Polk County Jail on an $8,500 bond.

Southall and another man were found by deputies Wednesday picking fruit in a Dundee grove after a Sheriff's Office helicopter pilot saw them. It's unclear if he has retained an attorney.

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8:22 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Supreme Court Takes Up Battle Over Attorneys' Fees

Florida Supreme Court Justices, 2014
Credit Florida Supreme Court

In an issue watched closely by business, labor and trial-lawyer groups, the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday weighed the constitutionality of limits on attorneys' fees in workers-compensation insurance cases.

Justices heard arguments in a case that stemmed from injuries suffered in 2009 by a South Florida man, Marvin Castellanos, during an altercation with another worker at their employer, Next Door Company. After a dispute about a workers-compensation claim, a judge approved $822.70 in benefits for Castellanos -- and a $164.54 fee for his attorney.

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