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'Green' Company Given $80 Million in Federal Tax Dollars Creates Three Jobs in Three Years

'Green' Company Given $80 Million in Federal Tax Dollars Creates Three Jobs in Three Years | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

A "green" energy company that received tens of millions of dollars from taxpayers while promising 70 jobs by the end of this year has created only three and received strong criticism from environmental and fiscal groups across the political spectrum.

 

In September 2008, Mascoma pledged 70 jobs at the plant by the end of 2012. On Feb. 29 of this year, Mascoma reported to the MEDC that only three jobs had been created by the grant. The company has been given the full $20 million from the state.

 

On Dec. 14, 2011, Mascoma announced a cooperative agreement with the federal Department of Energy, in which Mascoma would receive "up to $80 million in DOE funding." This agreement came in addition to $20 million that Mascoma previously received from the Department of Energy for research and development...

 

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Bees kill two dogs, injure Florida woman

Bees kill two dogs, injure Florida woman | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via WPLG Local 10:

 

PALM CITY, Fla. - A Florida woman is recovering in a hospital after being attacked by what may be killer bees.

 

Martin County Fire-Rescue officials said that the elderly woman was walking her two dogs in Palm City on Monday morning when they were attacked by a swarm of bees near a vacant lot.

 

A nearby maintenance crew saw what was going on and rushed to help the woman.

 

She was transported to the Martin County Medical Center. Her condition is not known.

 

Unfortunately, the bees killed her two pet pugs...

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Miami HEAT 'The Crown' 2011-12 Season Video Featuring Dangerflow

Miami HEAT 'The Crown' 2011-12 Season Video Featuring Dangerflow | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

HEAT VIDEO: Miami HEAT 'The Crown' 2011-12 Season Video Recap...

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Out of prison since December, Florida man linked to four new bank robberies

Out of prison since December, Florida man linked to four new bank robberies | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Orlando Sentinel:

 

A bank robber out of prison for less than six months is behind bars again after law officers Friday said they linked him to four recent bank robberies in four counties.

 

Kevin Lee Cotterman, 41, of Apopka is being held in the Seminole County Jail on robbery and related charges out of Orange and Volusia, Flagler and Duval counties. Bail is set at more than $750,000 — considerably more than is thought to have been stolen during the robberies.

 

In October 2008, Cotterman was arrested after his pickup ran out of gas in Seminole County and a deputy recognized it as the getaway vehicle from a bank robbery minutes earlier. Cotterman was sentenced to three years in prison for robbing two Bank of America branches in Seminole.

 

He was released last Dec. 26. Records show he started a company called Down Home Flooring by KC in Apopka soon after his release...

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Old Media Wake-Up Call: Introducing Facts Into The Discussion Of 'Ethics' And Music Business Models

Old Media Wake-Up Call: Introducing Facts Into The Discussion Of 'Ethics' And Music Business Models | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Techdirt:

 

I know we've written a few times now about David Lowery's now infamous shaming of an intern because she apparently doesn't give him enough of her money, but that story keeps getting attention. Thankfully, a lot of that attention comes in the form of people from all over the music business popping up to explain (1) how Lowery's factual claims are false , (2) his ethical claims are silly and (3) it's time to get with the future, rather than pine for a mythical past that never existed. Here's a collection of some of the more interesting such posts.

 

First up, we have Jeff Price from Tunecore -- the company that helps thousands of artists release and sell music. Jeff has more data on how artists make money than probably anyone else alive. And he says that nearly all of Lowery's factual claims are wrong, or at best, misleading. Here's a snippet, but the whole thing is worth reading...

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President Obama Coming To Miami Beach For Fundraiser Today Just In Time For Afternoon Rush Hour

President Obama Coming To Miami Beach For Fundraiser Today Just In Time For Afternoon Rush Hour | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via CBS Miami:

 

Air Force One is scheduled to land just after 5 p.m. at Miami International Airport. The presidential motorcade will then head to the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater where President Barack Obama will attend a fundraising reception. He’s expected to address the gathering around 8:30 p.m...

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Four Florida Men Charged in Homestead Foster Care Prostitution Ring

Four Florida Men Charged in Homestead Foster Care Prostitution Ring | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via NBC Miami:

 

HOMESTEAD - Four South Florida men are accused of running a prostitution ring that preyed on children in foster care.

 

Police and prosecutors arrested the men Monday as part of an ongoing investigation. They are charged with conspiracy, racketeering and unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

 

The Miami Herald reports the men used a teenage foster child as a recruiter. The men plied the girls with cash, affection and gifts. In turn the girls became prostitutes, bringing the ring $100 for every man they had sex with. From the $100, the girls were paid $30 to $40...

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Liam Neeson makes the most badass phone calls: 'TAKEN 2' International Trailer (2012) [HD]

Scheduled to open October 5th 2012 in U.S. theaters.

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Former South Florida ICE Chief To Plead Guilty To Federal Child Porn Charges

Former South Florida ICE Chief To Plead Guilty To Federal Child Porn Charges | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via NBC Miami:

 

The former chief of South Florida's Immigration and Customs Enforcement office plans to plead guilty rather than go to trial in July on Internet child pornography charges, The Miami Herald reported.

 

Anthony Mangione, 51, pleaded not guilty to three charges of possessing, receiving and transporting child pornography using private Internet accounts last September. But a new federal court filing shows that Mangione is scheduled to have a change of plea hearing in West Palm Beach on July 20.

 

Mangione is free on $75,000 bail. He faces up to 50 years in prison for the three counts, and each charge against him carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years...

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I went to Miami Beach, I'm sexy, I know it and all I got was this lousy shirt...

I went to Miami Beach, I'm sexy, I know it and all I got was this lousy shirt... | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

There were no less than 2 people (not traveling together) wearing this shirt on my flight from MIA to NYC today.

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Florida Driver Crashes Into Own Home: Driver says the car's brakes failed

Florida Driver Crashes Into Own Home: Driver says the car's brakes failed | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via NBC Miami:

 

A resident of a home crashed into it on Monday after the brakes of the car failed, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said.

 

At about 1:45 p.m., authorities got a report of the crash into the home at 1823 NW 16th Avenue. No one was injured, but the home and the bedroom were damaged...

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Miami Heat Championship Parade 2012: Slideshow

Miami Heat Championship Parade 2012: Slideshow | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Miami New Times:

 

White, red and black took over the streets of Downtown as hard-core Miami Heat fans celebrated the Heat's 2012 Championship title. Confetti filled the air and fans struck their casuelas and cucharas as the boys proudly showed off their gold trophy. All photos by George Martinez...

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This story combines two South Florida passions: Zombies and strip clubs

This story combines two South Florida passions: Zombies and strip clubs | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Sun Sentinel:

 

Growling man arrested outside Lauderhill strip club after spitting blood at cops...

 

28-year-old Juan Valderrama, who bouncers, police and paramedics attempted to restrain outside a Lauderhill strip club, growled and spit blood at them after attacking a woman, police said.

 

Police said Valderrama, who wound up with a cut over his eye, kept screaming "kill me" after being handcuffed. He continued yelling as Lauderhill Fire-Rescue paramedics placed him on a stretcher.

 

He then growled and spit blood at them, police said. Valderrama resisted for about 20 minutes and continued growling and yelling "kill me" once he arrived at University Hospital where he was evaluated...

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Drug Lord James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond Implicated Himself in 1994 Tupac Shakur Attack: Court Testimony

Drug Lord James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond Implicated Himself in 1994 Tupac Shakur Attack: Court Testimony | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Village Voice:

 

For nearly two decades, drug lord James Rosemond, a/k/a "Jimmy Henchman," denied accusations of his involvement in the near-fatal 1994 ambush of rap star Tupac Shakur at New York's Quad Recording Studios that marked a pivotal moment in American pop history.

 

Now, new evidence implicates Rosemond in the crime -- facts recently divulged by an unlikely eyewitness, never previously interviewed by police: Rosemond himself.

 

Rosemond secretly admitted to involvement in Tupac's ambush during one of nine "Queen For A Day" proffer sessions with the government last autumn, court transcripts show. (In such sessions, suspects under investigation choose to enter an agreement with the government to confess knowledge of certain crimes with the agreement that the information won't be used to prosecute them.) His confession unfolded as he was trying to carve out a cooperation deal that might lead to a reduced sentence, according to federal prosecutors...

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Rapper 50 Cent in bad crash: Rear-ended by Mack truck on New York expressway

Rapper 50 Cent in bad crash: Rear-ended by Mack truck on New York expressway | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via New York Post:

 

A Mack truck rear-ended rapper 50 Cent in a scary accident on the Long Island Expressway, sending him the hospital with possible neck and back injuries, according the artist’s Web site.


Thisis50.com posted pictures of last night’s accident scene and images of the rapper on a stretcher with his head and neck immobilized.


“50 cent was in a bad accident tonight as his bulletproof SUV was rear-ended by a Mack truck on the LIE in NYC,” the Web site said...

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Stephanie Dunn has '5 Favorite Things' and one of them is my twitter account

Stephanie Dunn has '5 Favorite Things' and one of them is my twitter account | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Société Perrier

 

Favorites on Twitter: For the best Miami scoop, I have to give it to Billy Corben. He either doesn't sleep or tweets telekinetically....

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Miami Heat Championship 2012 Parade in Animated GIF!

Miami Heat Championship 2012 Parade in Animated GIF! | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Crossfade:

 

Yesterday, the city's air traffic controllers and plastic surgeons called in sick to get their party on at the Miami Heat championship parade.

 

Braving the white hot heat for their White Hot Heat, they stood shoulder to shoulder (and occasionally, grinding ass to unsuspecting child looking for her mother) to celebrate our city's heroes in front of the very arena in which the Heat won the 2012 NBA title.

 

Join us as we relive some select moments from the parade in all their stuttery GIF glory...

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James Cameron Will Film Three 'Avatar' Sequels At the Same Time

James Cameron Will Film Three 'Avatar' Sequels At the Same Time | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Showbiz 411:

 

Sigourney Weaver confirmed tonight that James Cameron is shooting Avatar 2, 3, and 4 all at the same time, all with her, and starting this fall...

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Florida TSA Agent Dumps Grandpa's Ashes On Floor, Laughs (VIDEO)

Florida TSA Agent Dumps Grandpa's Ashes On Floor, Laughs (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via rtv6:

 

INDIANAPOLIS -- John Gross, a resident of Indianapolis' south side, was leaving Florida with the remains of his grandfather -- Mario Mark Marcaletti, a Sicilian immigrant who worked for the Penn Central Railroad in central Indiana -- in a tightly sealed jar marked "Human Remains."

 

"They opened up my bag, and I told them, 'Please, be careful. These are my grandpa's ashes,'" Gross told RTV6's Norman Cox. "She picked up the jar. She opened it up. She used her finger and was sifting through it. And then she accidentally spilled it."


Gross says about a quarter to a third of the contents spilled on the floor, leaving him frantically trying to gather up as much as he could while anxious passengers waited behind him.
"She didn't apologize. She started laughing. I was on my hands and knees picking up bone fragments. I couldn't pick up all, everything that was lost. I mean, there was a long line behind me."

 

TSA rules say a crematory container in carry-on baggage must pass through the X-ray machine at the security checkpoint.


But the agency's own website says human remains are to be opened under, “no circumstances..."

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Florida Man Gets Prison Time For Tanning Bed Video Voyeurism Child Porn Scheme

Florida Man Gets Prison Time For Tanning Bed Video Voyeurism Child Porn Scheme | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via CBS Miami:

 

STARKE (CBSMiami/AP) — Doyce Dean Griffis, 49, from Florida, set up a tanning bed and charged customers an extremely cheap price to use it has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison for secretly videotaping his female clientele.

 

Griffis pleaded guilty in February to five counts of producing videos of child pornography.

 

Griffis operated a tanning bed in a barn on his Starke property for 11 years. Customers paid $2 to use the tanning bed. Government officials say Griffis recorded them as they undressed and got into the bed, using a two-way mirror and a hole in the vent...

 

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Penn State: Matt Sandusky Chronicles Years Of Alleged Abuse By His Father (GRAPHIC AUDIO)

Penn State: Matt Sandusky Chronicles Years Of Alleged Abuse By His Father (GRAPHIC AUDIO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Mediaite:

 

As NBC’s Michael Isikoff reported Tuesday morning, Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach and convicted child sex offender Jerry Sandusky, had secretly met with police during his father’s trial, telling them that he too had been a victim of sexual abuse.

 

NBC obtained the 29 minutes of audio, and it includes graphic descriptions of several instances of alleged molestation. At one point, the younger Sandusky describes pretending to be asleep or hiding in the fetal position to avoid being touched. He became suicidal, admitting to police that he’d wanted to die...

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Tight End Travis Johnson Commits To University of Miami Hurricanes

Tight End Travis Johnson Commits To University of Miami Hurricanes | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via SB Nation:

 

Jun 25, 2012 - The Miami Hurricanes will look to extend their legacy of excellent tight end play with the addition of Travis Johnson, a top tight end target out of Tampa Jesuit High School who committed to the Hurricanes Monday night. He recently participated in one of Miami's summer camps...

 

Johnson Tweeted: Truly Blessed To Say I Have Committed To Play Football At The University Of Miami ! ‪#TheU‬ ‪#CanesLife‬

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Tampa looking at $24.8 million in police personnel costs for Republican National Convention

Tampa looking at $24.8 million in police personnel costs for Republican National Convention | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Tampa Bay Times:

 

TAMPA — Paying local and out-of-town officers working the Republican National Convention is expected to cost nearly $25 million — about half of what Congress appropriated to secure the convention.

 

The Tampa City Council will be asked Thursday to sign off on spending $24.85 million of the city's $50 million federal convention security grant on personnel.

 

Of that, $4 million is for city salaries. The rest will go to the estimated 3,000 or more officers being brought in from 63 other agencies from around the Tampa Bay area and across Florida...

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When I get 10,000 twitter followers, I'm gonna give away a bunch of cool swag

When I get 10,000 twitter followers, I'm gonna give away a bunch of cool swag | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Thanks Twitterami: Just got 8,800 followers. When I get to 10,000, I'm gonna give away a bunch of cool rakontur swag from The U, Cocaine Cowboys, Square Grouper, Limelight, et al.

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10-Year-Old Florida Boy Removed From Grandfather's Care After Getting A Tattoo (VIDEO)

10-Year-Old Florida Boy Removed From Grandfather's Care After Getting A Tattoo (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via First Cosat News:

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In the Garrison family, it's a tradition.

 

"He got his initials out there on the right leg at the very bottom," said Jerry Garrison.

 

All of the family members have their initials in ink.

So when Jerry Garrisson's 10 year old grandson wanted his initials tattooed on his leg...

 

"I didn't see why a tattoo was such a big issue to begin with, and I didn't see where none of this was right,' he said.

 

Garrisson says the Department of Children and Families came to his house with another concern, and when they saw his grandson's tattoo, they told him it was a problem.

 

Because of other allegations, DCF placed his grandkids in foster care...

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