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Miami Hurricanes trio will return to school

Miami Hurricanes trio will return to school | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Miami starting offensive linemen Seantrel Henderson and Brandon Linder and defensive lineman Curtis Porter will return for their senior seasons, bolstering a team that should be a preseason favorite to win the Coastal Division.  

 

Henderson, a first-team Freshman All-American in 2010, has had an up-and-down career with the Hurricanes and still has yet to live up to his full potential. He had to work his way back into the starting lineup in 2012 after dealing with a few personal issues, and ended up starting the final seven games at right tackle. 

 

Linder started all 12 games at right guard in 2012 and has made 24 consecutive starts. In three seasons on the offensive line, he has played all 36 games and has made 29 starts. After two-plus injury-plagued seasons, Porter was finally healthy during the latter part of the 2012 season. He played in the Hurricanes' final four games, starting the last two contests against USF and Duke. 

 

In all, Miami returns a whopping 20 of 22 starters for 2013. You see why expectations are high in Coral Gables. 

 

Head Coach Al Golden on Henderson: "I'm really proud of Seantrel. He exhibited patience and self-restrain and approached this business decision with transparency and maturity. Instant gratification and leaving would have been easy for Seantrel; Instead, he's accepted the challenge to become the best person and player he can be. 

"I believe that Seantrel is really enjoying his teammates and wants to be a part of bringing the Canes back. There is room for growth with respect to Seantrel's game. He has started 18 games in his career, suffered through some injuries, has endured personal tragedy as well as created a number of self-inflicted distractions which we believe he has left in the past. It's essential that he continue to keep trusting our process, make great choices and surround himself with the right people. If he does this, the sky is the limit for Seantrel." 

Golden on Linder: "We're blessed to have Brandon returning to our football team. He has clearly grown over the last year and has been a beacon of consistency for our student-athletes during an extraordinarily turbulent time. He's not only the most experienced Miami Hurricane having started 29 games in his career, possessing at 24 consecutive games started streak, but he is a tremendous student and one of our finest leaders. 

"You can see in his demeanor that he has unfinished business on his mind and is excited about returning to Coral Gables for the 2013 season. Brandon will be considered among the best at his position in the ACC, if not the country." 

Golden on Porter: "We're excited to have the opportunity to work with Curtis for an entire year. He's had some unfortunate injuries which have encumbered his development over the last couple of years; however, he really came on strong during the last half of the year for us. 

"He exhibited to everyone associated with our program a glimpse of what he can become. Curtis is talented - he's smart, strong, powerful and explosive yet has room for development on and off the field. If he continues to trust his coaches, cultivates his position skills and develops consistency in his daily approach to football, he will undoubtedly develop into the type of player he wants to become. Our hope is that Curtis will start to 'enjoy the journey' as he deserves this opportunity and every measure of good fortune in 2013. We're excited that he will be joining us for his final year."

 

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L'Chaim: Kosher Meals Back On The Menu At Florida Prisons

L'Chaim: Kosher Meals Back On The Menu At Florida Prisons | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida’s Jewish inmates will once again be allowed to have kosher food while behind bars.

 

For the last five years, kosher meals were not served in prisons but the state has reversed its decision and will allow kosher meals to be served in line with the religious beliefs of Jewish inmates, the state said Monday.

 When the Corrections Department ended its Jewish Dietary Accommodation Program in August 2007, it cited both cost and fairness as issues, saying it would be impossible to satisfy the preferences of the 100 faiths represented among inmates.   The long fight over the meals came to a head in August, when the federal government sued the state over the issue, saying it “forces hundreds of its prisoners to violate their core religious beliefs on a daily basis..." (click pic to continue reading)
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Condo Commandos: Orlando condo using DNA from dogs to track owners who don't clean up

Condo Commandos: Orlando condo using DNA from dogs to track owners who don't clean up | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Vue at Lake Eola condo complex in Downtown Orlando has received numerous complaints about tenants leaving their dog's droppings at a pet park on the seventh floor of the condominium.

 

The building is hiring a company called PooPrints to collect DNA samples from the dogs.  Technicians will swab the dogs' mouths and then match that DNA to the feces.

  

It will cost pet owners about $50 per dog to register them with PooPrints. 

If a tenant is caught not picking up after their dog they could be fined $100. Repeat offenders could be evicted from the building... 

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South Florida Catholic priest will take plea deal in sex abuse case

South Florida Catholic priest will take plea deal in sex abuse case | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Retired Roman Catholic priest, 69-year-old Father Neil Doherty, has pleaded no contest to multiple child sex abuse charges.

 

Attorneys for the victim said Doherty befriended a young boy who lived across the street from the church and later plied him with drug-laced sodas and sodomized him. Attorneys alleged that ritual continued for several years and that Doherty abused dozens of other boys while church officials covered it up, moving him to a different church whenever an allegation surfaced.

 

Doherty faces up to 15 years in prison. A Miami jury returned a $100 million verdict against Doherty in 2011 in a civil suit...

 

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About 800 sign up for Florida 'python challenge' hunt

About 800 sign up for Florida 'python challenge' hunt | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Nearly 800 people signed up to hunt Burmese pythons on public lands in South Florida, the first time the public is joining licensed hunters in the search for the invasive snake.

 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is holding a month-long "Python Challenge" and offering cash prizes to whoever brings in the longest python and whoever bags the most pythons. Twenty-eight python permit holders and 749 members of the public signed up for the first-ever python challenge, state wildlife officials said at its event Saturday at the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie.   

Hunters from more than 30 states will need to harvest the well-camouflaged Burmese python, which can grow to more than 17 feet long in the wild in Florida. Competitors can win prizes of up to $1,500, the commission said. The hunt ends at midnight Feb. 10.

 

The Burmese python is an invasive species that experts say is decimating native wildlife in the Florida Everglades. Florida currently prohibits possession or sale of the pythons for use as pets. Federal law bans the importation and interstate sale of the species...

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Florida woman pulls down pants, exposes herself to group of children playing football (VIDEO)

Florida woman pulls down pants, exposes herself to group of children playing football (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - A woman in Volusia County was arrested Friday night for exposing herself to a group of children, according to authorities.

 

Detectives in New Smyrna Beach said Dale Wisniewski, 45, pulled her pants down in front of nine children, ages seven through 14.

 

The children were playing football outside of the Babe James Community Center on Myrtle Avenue, police said...

 

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Florida Problems: Man accused of selling expired theme park tickets

Florida Problems: Man accused of selling expired theme park tickets | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

KISSIMMEE -- An Osceola County man sold expired theme park tickets to unsuspecting tourists who were looking for a deal, police said.

 

Pedro Rodriguez sold tickets to Legoland and Universal Orlando to a pair of tourists from Massachusetts, according to police, and when they tried to get into Legoland, they were told the tickets had expired.

 

Rodriguez sold the tickets on Craigslist and undercover officers were able to purchase more tickets from him after they responded to his ad, said Stacie Miller, a Kissimmee Police spokeswoman.

 

"It is a very common crime," Miller said. "We need to help our tourists so they will continue to come and visit our parks and help our economy..." 

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Florida Problems: 7-foot gator removed from Punta Gorda Airport runway

Florida Problems: 7-foot gator removed from Punta Gorda Airport runway | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- The Charlotte County Sheriff's Agriculture Detective Justin Treworgy, was called to Punta Gorda Airport by security concerning a 7-foot alligator very close to and approaching the main runway on Dec. 31. A commercial jet was due to arrive and could have caused a serious problem.

 

Det. Treworgy responded immediately and located the gator about 30-feet away and heading to the main runway. He was able to drive the wandering gator back from the flight line.

 

An FWC officer and airport security officer arrived and assisted Det. Treworgy in getting the gators attention. This enabled Treworgy to sneak up on the gator and get his hands around its mouth... 

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Miami Police Car Bullet Hole Mystery

Miami Police Car Bullet Hole Mystery | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Miami Police are investigating how a bullet hole ended up in the back of one of their cruisers.

 

Officers noticed the bullet hole around 10:30 Thursday night when removing items from the trunk of the car in the area of Northwest 79th Street and North Miami Avenue...

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South Florida parents report baby missing 18 months after he disappeared; get arrested for child neglect

South Florida parents report baby missing 18 months after he disappeared; get arrested for child neglect | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

The parents of a boy who was last seen about 18 months ago have been arrested after each one implicated the other in the child's disappearance, Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy said Friday.

 

The boy's father, Calvin Melvin Jr., 27, and the child's mother, Brittney Sierra, in her 20s, were taken in custody on child neglect charges after they both allegedly admitted they failed to provide care for the child, Flournoy said.

 

Police said they have not yet found the child, Dontrell Melvin, who was 5 months old when he was last seen.

 

Flournoy said that the parents each separately described “an area of interest and concern” where police could search to determine whether “the child has been harmed..." 

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Florida Governor Rick Scott rewards donors with high-ranking posts

Florida Governor Rick Scott rewards donors with high-ranking posts | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Four of Scott's five nominations to the Florida Board of Governors on Thursday have made large contributions to the Governor's campaign or political action committee (PAC) in the last few years.

 One of the board members, who will help deciding the fate of the state's 12 universities, is former Miami Dolphins and Florida Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga, who has made five donations to Scott's PAC totaling $465,500.   Other Scott and GOP loyalists rewarded with posts Thursday include Ned Lautenbach, Alan Levine, and Wendy Link.  All three - along with their respective spouses - made maximum individual contribution of $500 each to Scott's gubernatorial campaign in 2010. 

Lautenbach kicked in another $25,000 to the Republican Party of Florida in November 2010 then $15,000 to Scott's "Let's Get to Work" PAC in April 2012...

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Miami Beach Strikes Deal With Police Union Over GPS Tracking of Cop Cars

Miami Beach Strikes Deal With Police Union Over GPS Tracking of Cop Cars | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Now cops are close to implementing a high-tech system that could prevent incidents like that July 3, 2011 crash. In an interview with Riptide, Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez said the city had reached an agreement with the police union to activate GPS trackers already installed in cops' squad cars.

 

Last month, Riptide revealed the expensive stand-off between the City of Miami Beach and the Fraternal Order of Police over the use of GPS trackers (called AVLs, or "automated vehicle locators").

 

The technology, which cost over $500,000 to install on more than 350 city vehicles, had yet to be activated in police patrol cars because of cops' concern that their home addresses could wind up in the hands of public-records-savvy criminals.

Martinez said an agreement has been reached with the union, and he expects to sign the deal this week or the next.

 

Under the deal, Miami Beach police officers' cars locations will be recorded 24/7. However, GPS data from within a three-mile radius of a cop's house will be exempt from public record requests...

 

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South Florida Woman Bilked Schools Out of More Than $100,000 In Cleaning Supplies Scheme

South Florida Woman Bilked Schools Out of More Than $100,000 In Cleaning Supplies Scheme | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

A South Florida woman is facing fraud and grand theft charges after police say she bilked schools out of more than $100,000 for cleaning supplies through a fake company.

 

Christen Rector, 37, was arrested on Tuesday in the scheme which dates back to 2009, Sunrise Police said Thursday.

 

Sunrise Police say they were contacted in December by the superintendent of Unified School District in Sterling, Kansas, who said they had paid a company named C & J Supplies over $8,000 for cleaning products over the course of several months but never received anything.

 

Detectives discovered at least 17 different school districts and three cities in different states had paid C & J, police said. The victims that were contacted said they never received any products from C & J...

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Florida colleges rank high in ‘sugar daddies’ paying student tuition

Florida colleges rank high in ‘sugar daddies’ paying student tuition | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Nearly three thousand U.S. college students went online in the search for a 'sugar daddy' to fund their education last year...


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Four Florida universities — Florida International University in Miami-Dade, the University of Central Florida in Orlando, the University of South Florida in Tampa, and Florida State University in Tallahassee — made the Top 20 list of fastest-growing “sugar baby” memberships for SeekingArrangement.com, a website with more than two million users worldwide.

 

The site matches “sugar babies” — who may or may not be in college — with well-to-do “sugar daddies” who are willing to help support them.

 

What do the sugar daddies get in return? Companionship, the website says.

 

The University of Central Florida has the fastest-growing membership of all Florida schools, coming in at No. 4 on the SeekingArrangement.com list. UCF has 291 students using the site, 221 joining in the last year.

 

The University of South Florida ranked No. 5 on the list, with 212 new users in 2012, followed by No. 7 FIU and No. 14 FSU with 187 and 111 new users this year, respectively. FSU is new to the Top 20 list.

 

Many schools in the Top 20 are located in the South, a fact site organizers attribute to the economy in the region...

 

BIGGEST COLLEGE USERS OF SUGAR DADDY SITE: 

 

1. Georgia State University

2. New York University

3. Temple University

4. University of Central Florida

5. University of Southern Florida

6. Arizona State University

7. Florida International University

8. University of Georgia

9. Indiana University

10. Texas State

11. Kent State University

12. Penn State

13. University of North Texas

14. Florida State University

15.Tulane University

16. Michigan State University

17. University of Ohio

18. Columbia University

19. University of Alabama

20. University of California Los Angeles 

 

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550 pounds of marijuana offloaded in Key West, 8 alleged smugglers in custody

550 pounds of marijuana offloaded in Key West, 8 alleged smugglers in custody | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Five hundred and fifty pounds of marijuana worth about $500,000 was offloaded from a U.S. Coast Guard cutter in Key West on Monday, the agency said.

 

Eight suspected drug smugglers in the case were put in the custody of Homeland Security Investigations, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

 

When two small Coast Guard boats approached their suspicious vessel near Isla de Tortue, Haiti on Dec. 27, the crew dumped packages containing marijuana in the water and attempted to flee, according to the agency...

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Rick Scott gave $1.6 Million tax subsidy to gun company for promising to create 63 jobs

Rick Scott gave $1.6 Million tax subsidy to gun company for promising to create 63 jobs | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

From Bloomberg News:

 

In Florida, Republican Governor Rick Scott hailed an incentive for the West Hartford, Connecticut-based Colt Manufacturing Co. in 2011 saying it showed the state was "a defender of our right to bear arms." The deal, for 63 jobs, was worth about $1.66 million in state and local incentives, according to Enterprise Florida, the state's economic development arm. The agreement penalizes the company $50,000 if it doesn't produce all the jobs.

 

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So, let's get this straight? The company got $1.66 million in breaks to produce a couple dozen jobs, and if they didn't produce those jobs all they had to do was pay back $50,000? Yeah, sounds like a perfect deal.

 

Interestingly, not even all Republicans were on board with dolling out big tax breaks to gun manufacturers. 

Florida state Senator Nancy Detert, chairwoman of the Commerce Committee, tells Bloomberg News that she doesn't want Florida to be known for gun manufacturing. She's busy crafting legislation that would make it harder to give incentives to companies that don't specialize in science and technology in response...

 

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Miami Dolphins Worried About Marlins Park Backlash When They Propose Public Financing For Stadium Renovations Today

Miami Dolphins Worried About Marlins Park Backlash When They Propose Public Financing For Stadium Renovations Today | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

The Miami Dolphins are trying frantically to convince state and local governments to finance $400 million in renovations to Sun Life Stadium, but their former tenants, the Miami Marlins, may have killed any public support for such a plan for good.

 

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will announce a plan for stadium renovations that includes asking for the state and Miami-Dade County for financing. Recent attempts, including a 2011 bill to raise hotel taxes to fund a renovation plan were scuttled by lawmakers.

 

The Miami Herald polled Miami-Dade residents in October, and 84% opposed spending public money to build a roof on Sun Life Stadium.

 

It's been reported that the team will ask the state to raise its sales tax rebate from $2 million to $4 million. Miami-Dade County will be asked to raise mainland hotel taxes from 6% to 7%, with the extra 1% earmarked for the stadium (roughly $10 million a year).

 

The rest would be paid by Ross himself. The total cost is expected to be $400 million, nearly twice the bud gent of a 2011 plan released as part of the hotel tax bill...

 

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Report: NCAA scheduling meetings to discuss specific allegations with individuals associated with Miami Hurricanes

Report: NCAA scheduling meetings to discuss specific allegations with individuals associated with Miami Hurricanes | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
The nearly 2-year-old NCAA investigation into Miami's compliance practices may be nearing an end.

 

Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday that the NCAA is scheduling meetings to discuss specific allegations with individuals who are believed to have committed violations found during the inquiry. Some meetings will take place Monday, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the NCAA nor Miami authorized them to reveal the developments publicly.

 

The reviewing of specific findings is a sign that the investigation phase is ending, meaning Miami may finally receive its notice of allegations letter in the coming days. Typically, schools review at least one draft of the notice before it formally arrives.

 

Earlier this month, Miami coach Al Golden told the AP that he did not expect the university to be surprised by the NCAA's findings.

 

"We just want to receive the notice," Golden said. "The day we do that is the day we take a big step forward. I don't think there's any question that will be a release. And the good thing there is we don't anticipate any shock or any surprise."

 

Miami's receipt of the notice of allegations is simply the end of one phase of the process.

 

Up next would be the sanctions phase, when the actual penalties against the Hurricanes would be handed down. Typically, schools and individuals named in the notice of allegations have 90 days to file a response to the NCAA's findings, all of which would be reviewed by the committee on infractions -- which operates separately from the NCAA's investigative arm.

 

If the notice of allegations is, in fact, looming, that means Miami may find out its punishment by perhaps May or June...

 

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VIDEO: Florida deputy chokes handcuffed inmate and slams his head on desk; gets fired

VIDEO: Florida deputy chokes handcuffed inmate and slams his head on desk; gets fired | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Surveillance video was released showing the incident that cost a Pinellas County deputy his job last year.

 

Desmond Quinn, 40, was fired in October after an internal investigation was conducted over an attack on an inmate.

 

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says its one of the more blatant violations regarding use-of-force that he's seen in his career.  Video from inside the Pinellas County Jail shows 22-year-old David Fowler being booked for a DUI arrest.  The Citrus County resident complained to Quinn about pain from the handcuffs, and that's when the video shows Quinn wrap both hands around the young man's throat, smash his face into the counter and then slam him into the floor.

 

Quinn worked at the Sheriff's Office for five years. Before that, he spent 13 years with the Florida Department of Corrections.   But this was not the first time Quinn was in trouble for roughing up people under arrest. He was suspended and went through re-training for appropriate use of force in 2010 after he tipped over the wheelchair a belligerent suspect was sitting in as he was being booked into jail...

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Florida man arrested for moonshine possession in Craigslist investigation (VIDEO)

Florida man arrested for moonshine possession in Craigslist investigation (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

The Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco says 23-year-old Daniel David Pawa was in possession of moonshine and a firearm.

 

In six years working in Palm Beach County courts, Judge Ted S. Bocras told the court that he has never seen the charge before. 

 

A Probable Cause Affidavit says agents posted an advertisement on Craig'slist with the title reading, "Moonshine?"  An agent says he received a text message back and he eventually met Pawa.

 

According to the report, Pawa offered to sell the undercover agent gallons of 185-190 proof moonshine liquor for $100-$150.00 per gallon...

 

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State of Florida Mounted Unprecedented Attack on Civil Liberties: ACLU

State of Florida Mounted Unprecedented Attack on Civil Liberties: ACLU | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Florida's Republican governor and GOP-led Legislature have mounted an unprecedented attack on civil liberties over the past two years, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report Thursday.

 

The Florida Republican Party responded with a defense of Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature against ACLU allegations that they've violated voting and free-speech rights, reproductive and religious freedoms and the U.S. Constitution's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

 

The state GOP issued a written response saying "the ACLU has largely failed Florida taxpayers, who voted for and support many of the initiatives that the ACLU opposes."

 

Those initiatives include a purge of non-citizens from voting rolls, drug testing of welfare applicants, restrictions on voter registration drives and a reduction in early voting days.

 

The ACLU has been involved in 11 lawsuits -- including 4 still-pending cases -- that have challenged Scott's executive orders and measures passed by the Legislature or defended Florida constitutional amendments against lawsuits by Democratic and Republican politicians. 

 

Many of them have successfully resulted in injunctions or orders against the state; the state is currently appealing several of those...

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Kardashians sue 10-year-old Florida makeup company for having a similar name to their brand new makeup line

Kardashians sue 10-year-old Florida makeup company for having a similar name to their brand new makeup line | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
The founders of Altamonte Springs makeup company Kroma, which is being sued over the Kardashians' new makeup line "Khroma Beauty," has filed a $10 million countersuit against the sisters.

 

Lee Tillett, founder of the high-end, all natural Kroma Makeup line, first had a lawsuit filed in December by Boldface, the company that has launched the Kardashians' new makeup line, Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Khroma Beauty.

 

The lawsuit was filed over the company's name, with the Kardashians' company having the "h" in Khroma, similar to "Kroma" with no "h."

 

The Kardashians' makeup line hit stores in November 2012. The Kroma store has been around for 10 years...

 

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Former Miami Hurricanes tight end and assistant coach Rob Chudzinski hired as new Cleveland Browns head coach

Former Miami Hurricanes tight end and assistant coach Rob Chudzinski hired as new Cleveland Browns head coach | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Coaching experience: Résumé includes 19 years of experience, including nine seasons in the NFL. The breakdown: 1994-95 -- University of Miami, graduate assistant; 1996-2000 -- University of Miami, tight end coach; 2001–03 -- University of Miami, offensive coordinator; 2004 -- Browns, tight end coach; 2005-06 -- San Diego Chargers, tight end coach; 2007-08 -- Browns, offensive coordinator; 2009-10 – San Diego Chargers, tight end coach/assistant head coach; 2011-12 – Carolina Panthers, offensive coordinator.      

 

Playing experience: He was a three-year starter at tight end for the University of Miami from 1986-90. He was part of two national championship teams. He attended St. John's Jesuit High in Toledo.

 

Education: Chudzinski earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1990 and added a master's degree in business administration in 1996.

 

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South Florida Woman Said She Burned Down Hookah Lounge in "Fit of Rage" After She Was Raped There

South Florida Woman Said She Burned Down Hookah Lounge in "Fit of Rage" After She Was Raped There | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

A woman arrested for first-degree arson said she torched a hookah lounge in Delray Beach in a “fit of rage” after she was raped, authorities said.

 

The fire in the early hours of Jan. 1 caused a total loss of the building housing Ali Babas Hookah Lounge, at 2709 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach Police said in an arrest affidavit.

 

Authorities said that after the fire they found “Predator” spelled out in large letters with red duct tape on the front door, and a white couch cushion outside that had a bloodstain and “Predator” written on it.

 

An Ali Babas employee said that he, the woman and many customers had been drinking alcohol that night, that she passed out on the couch, and that he locked the doors and left her sleeping there at about 2 to 2:30 a.m., the affidavit said.

 

The woman said that after she drank vodka and smoked part of a joint that the employee gave her, she felt drugged and not in control of her body. She said the employee raped her while she was lying on the couch and took pictures of her naked with his phone, the affidavit said...

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Florida State Senator Files Bill To Limit Ballot Length

Florida State Senator Files Bill To Limit Ballot Length | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

TALLHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – In a move to avoid another ballot debacle like we saw in 2012 when an overly long ballot bogged down the voting and tabulation process, a Democratic state senator wants to limit how many ballot questions lawmakers can pose.

 

Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, filed a proposed constitutional amendment (SJR 254) on Thursday seeking limit to three the number of proposed amendments the Legislature could put on the ballot in any one election.

 

The proposal wouldn’t affect proposed amendments that make it to the ballot through the initiative process.

 

A number of observers, including Republican Gov. Rick Scott, have suggested that the length of the ballot – several pages in some counties – was at least partly to blame for the very long lines on Election Day in some places.

 

Voters in Miami-Dade County reported waiting more than six hours...

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