= "The Sunshine State"




(Created on 07/09/2016)





  • Most recently the supervisor of public information and community relations for the Miami Police Department in Florida, Moss, 51, was sworn-in as Ferguson police chief on Monday afternoon. He will be the second black chief of police in Ferguson, a 21,000-resident inner suburb of St. Louis, after Interim Chief Andre Anderson resigned in December." - 9 May 2016
  • Elephants bow out at top US circus - 2 May 2016
    "The 11 Asian females from the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus are being retired amid changing attitudes to animals used as performance acts...
    They will be housed at a conservation centre in Florida run by the company...
    Elephants have been used in American circuses for 200 years...
    In increasing numbers of US cities, it has become harder for circus elephants to perform, with some outlawing the use of the bullhook - a sharp instrument used in training."



  • Florida holds hunt to kill 320 bears - 25 October 2015
    "Florida is holding its first bear hunt in more than two decades, despite opposition from animal rights campaigners."


    "Activists said Florida should focus on waste management, not killing bears."

  • Major US circus group to stop using elephants in its shows - with a video - 5 March 2015
    "Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus said many spectators were no longer comfortable having elephants as part of the show...
    Feld Entertainment, Ringling's parent company, said its 43 elephants would live at an animal conservation centre in Florida."

  • Woman, 92, 'shot at man over kiss snub' - 22 March 2011
    "A 92-year-old Florida woman has been arrested after she allegedly fired shots at a neighbour who refused to kiss her...
    She then allegedly fired four rounds into Mr Bettner's house from a semi-automatic pistol, shattering a window...
    Mrs Staudinger, who denies asking Mr Bettner for a kiss, faces charges of aggravated assault and firearms offences. "

  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter "is an addition to Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida.
    The area's attractions are set in and around a recreation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the nearby village of Hogsmeade.
    The park was officially opened to the public on June 18, 2010."
  • US man freed by DNA evidence after 35 years in prison - 18 December 2009
    "A US man has become the longest-serving prisoner to be freed
    after DNA evidence proved he was innocent of the crime
    he was convicted of three decades ago...
    He said the support of his family and his religious faith
    had helped him get through his ordeal...
    Last year Florida passed a law that means Mr Bain is entitled
    to $1.75m (£1.08m) for the time he spent in jail while innocent."




    Disney World, Florida







  • Push for Gun Control After Orlando Shooting - Text + Audio - 14 June 2016
    "The killing of 49 people Sunday at a gay nightclub in Florida has led to new calls for gun control.
    One proposal would ban military style weapons, such as the one used in the Florida attack.
    But the proposals are likely to fail, as they did after earlier mass killings."

  • Boy, 4, Shoots Mom, Gun Activist - Text + Audio - 13 March 2016
    "A Florida mom remains hospitalized after she was shot in the back Tuesday by her 4-year-old son.
    Her Facebook page shows Jamie Gilt, 31, is a gun advocate and bragged about teaching her 4-year-old how to shoot.
    Police are investigating whether she did enough to keep the gun out of reach of her son."

  • Florida’s Key West: Close to Perfect, Far From Normal - Text + Audio + Video - 26 December 2015
    "The holiday season is a popular time to visit Key West, the warmest place in the continental United States.
    The tropical island off the coast of Florida offers an escape from cold weather and reality itself."







Cartoon: Back to School - 30 August 2012
"The latest lesson from 
Cartoons for the Classroom
entitled 'Back to school in a connected age',
features a couple of cartoons
which look at the problems
caused by the use of technology
in classrooms. This one is by Jeff Parker,
the editorial cartoonist for Florida Today. 
I particularly liked it because it's 
not so far from the truth ..."




Cartoon: Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law
- 26 March 2012
"Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law 
is under scrutiny after the killing of an unarmed
black youth, Trayvon Martin, by a neighborhood watch leader.
This week's lesson 
from Cartoons for the Classroom features
a cartoon on the subject by Jeff Parker,
editorial cartoonist for Florida Today..."







  • Dreams of Dalí: 360º Video
    "Go inside and beyond Dalí’s painting Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s Angelus and explore the world of the surrealist master like never before. Experience Dreams of Dalí in the special exhibit Disney & Dalí: Architects of the Imagination at The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, or at"



  • Food Chains - Trailer
    "Executive Produced by Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) and Eric Schlosser (Food Inc, Fast Food Nation), FOOD CHAINS exposes the abuses rampant in farm labor in the United States and reveals the forces behind that exploitation through the narrative of an intrepid group of tomato pickers in Florida, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who are battling the 4 trillion dollar global supermarket industry - and winning!
    There is more interest in food now than ever before, yet, no one is talking about the people who pick our food, the hundreds of thousands of hard working individuals to whom we are all connected through our purchases at supermarkets, farmers' markets and restaurants."