By Oliver Darcy, on Apr 17, 2013
Brevard Community College (BCC) has fired a professor after a school investigation concluded she required students to sign a pledge to vote for President Obama in the run-up to the 2012 election.
The school’s spokesman John Glisch, said the Board of Trustees voted Wednesday morning to terminate mathematics professor Sharon Sweet with an overwhelming vote.
“The board voted 3-1, with one member absent, to dismiss professor Sweet,” Glisch told Campus Reform Wednesday afternoon.
“The termination took effect immediately, ending pay and benefits for Sweet who had been suspended with pay under provisions of the United Faculty of Florida collective bargaining agreement with the college, pending the board’s decision,” the school added in a press release.
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Sen. David Vitter and Rep. Bill Cassidy have introduced companion bills in their respective houses that would grant Louisiana and several other Gulf and Atlantic states control over a greater area of offshore waters.
The Offshore Fairness Act would extend the offshore jurisdiction of states from Louisiana to Virginia to more than 10 miles. Along the Gulf Coast, Texas and the west coast of Florida enjoy state boundaries that extend nine miles into the sea, while Louisiana’s, Mississippi’s and Alabama’s control stops at three miles off their coasts.
“My bill is a simple matter of fairness for coastal states like Louisiana,” Vitter said. “The bill doesn’t only grant states’ rights to energy resources with additional property rights, it also gives them exclusive fishery management authority over reef fish within the new boundary.”
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Pensacola News Journal
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Pensacola Christian College has gained control of a website a former student once used to criticize its doings.
The website – www.pensacolachristiancollege.com – was once the online presence for The Student Voice, a publication that started in the mid-1990s and frequently criticized the college. The Voice’s site was last updated in 2003.
Now, users who click on the site will be directed to PCC’s main website, www.pcci.edu.
The site’s former owner, Peter Gage, agreed to hand it over after a lawsuit was filed against him last week in the Northern District of Florida that accused him of cybersquatting and tarnishing the college’s name and trademark.
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Published on Mar 28, 2013
A flock of animated birds descended on the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as the new Angry Birds Space Encounter attraction officially opened in Florida on March 22.
Visitors can come face-to-face with Angry Birds Space characters. including Super Red, Lazer Bird, Space Bomb and Incredible Terence, as they follow their kidnapped eggs into an inter-galactic wormhole, encounter Space Pigs and discover their superpowers, all while learning about math, science, engineering and technology.
Seffner, Florida– UPDATE: Police now say that the 36-year-old man who disappeared when a sinkhole opened up underneath his Seffner, Florida, bedroom early Friday is presumed dead.
It’s not confirmed, but I think it’s safe to presume,” Hillsborough County fire department spokeswoman Jessica Damico said Friday morning.
A large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of a house near Tampa, trapping a 34-year-old man in the rubble.
The home collapsed late Thursday in a Brandon neighborhood. By early Friday, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials determined the home had become too unstable to continue rescue efforts.
Fire rescue spokeswoman Jessica Damico said Bracken Engineering officials determined the home’s bedroom is the center of the sinkhole, which measures about 100 feet across.
Listening devices and cameras were placed in the hole but there had been no contact with the missing man by early Friday.
Engineers condemned the house, reports CBS Tampa affiliate WTSP-TV, which says the man was asleep when the hole opened.
A Houma native is on a mission to determine whether an ancient skull is of earthly origin.
The so-called “Starchild skull” is a curiously shaped skull that its curator, paranormal researcher and author Lloyd Pye, has been studying for extraterrestrial descent since it was entrusted to him 14 years ago.
Pye said he believes using a new state-of-the-art tool, the Illumina Genome Sequencer, to retrace the ancient DNA can provide a definitive conclusion about the skull’s origin. The price tag for such a test, however, is in the millions of dollars.
Pye, 66, who lives in Florida, claims the skull is roughly 900 years old and was discovered in the 1930s in a Mexican mineshaft. It has garnered a reputation in the paranormal community as the offspring of an extraterrestrial or a genetic mutation.
New Orleans, La.-
A week before mandatory budget cuts go into effect, the Department of Homeland Security releases illegal immigrants being held in detention centers across the country as a cost saving measure.
That reportedly includes releases from detention centers in Louisiana, Texas and Florida.
Bryan Cox, public affairs officer for the New Orleans office of US Immigration and Customs enforcement was unable to provide FOX 8 with exact numbers of detainees released in Louisiana. He says several hundred detainees were released nationwide. Cox confirms that ICE administrators directed field officers to review the detained population to be sure it is line with available funding.
Fighter jets intercepted two small planes that violated flight restrictions set up in Florida for President Barack Obama’s visit. The first, a Cessna 152, entered the restricted airspace just before noon Saturday near the Palm City resort where the president is staying, according to Army Lt. Col. Mike Humphreys.The military’s North American Aerospace Defense Command sent a F-16 fighter jet and a Coast Guard helicopter to intercept the plane, he said.
Five hours later, F-16s intercepted a Lancair 320, a smaller craft that seats two passengers, the defense command said.
NEW ORLEANS —A Florida man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for sex trafficking charges involving a teenage girl he drove to Louisiana to work as a prostitute for him.
U.S. Attorney Dana Boente said Thursday’s sentencing of 30-year-old Benson Coriolant, of Orlando, Fla., caps his New Orleans-based office’s first sex trafficking conviction.