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     • Question is whether Adelson family was involved in Markel murder, and motives of the suspects - Questions remain unanswered about release of evidence and possible motives for murder - were suspects trying to extort money from Adelsons? ...
     • Small explosion causes chaos at Florida A&M University - An explosion at the FAMU campus Thursday was actually a dishwasher catching fire. However it did cause a scare among faculty, staff and students at the Presidential Dining Hall. ...
     • In a surprise appearance, Shaq has a ball inspiring neighborhood kids to dream big - A surprise visit by the former star basketball player to Gainesville and the police department brought out good feelings all around as kids got to play with superstar. ...
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     • Carson wins best dressed while Trump brings up the rear in the clash of haberdashery at GOP debate - Who was dressed to win the recent GOP debate? Who wore the most stunning tie, and the best cut suit? Looks like neurosurgeon Ben Carson knows how to dress. Donald Trump, who sells a line of clothing, ironically finishes last. ...
     • FSU could receive NCAA sanctions similar to those of Penn State sex scandal - Recent events will add up to more problems for Florida State University when NCAA and Title IX investigators report their findings. ...
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     • Miracle of heart transplant puts ‘inoperable’ Rachel, 10, back in the arms of her new family - The dramatic story of how 10-year-old Rachel McCary got her new heart and a new chance to live is told by Jack Strickland who watched closely at the hospital in Gainesville while a miracle was performed. ...
     • Colorful veteran George Barnes’ last words were “Don’t give up the ship” - George Barnes found himself an outsider at the end of his life, but he made a difference to a lot of people. He gave and shared compassion, and up to the end, he fought a good fight and found a lot of friendship. ...
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     • IBM corporation helped Nazi Germany round up Jews and send them to extermination camps, author says - IBM leased its computing machines to Nazi Germany to round up Jews and send them to their deaths by the millions in World War II. ...

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    Dan Markel (FSU photo)

    Question is whether Adelson family was involved in Markel murder, and motives of the suspects

    June 08, 2016
    By: Michael Abrams


    The arrest of a suspect in the Dan Markel murder case raises as many questions as it seems to answer as law enforcement tries to find out who else may have been involved in the shooting death of the prominent young law professor in Tallahassee.

    There has been some speculation as to whether the case is being handled carefully. In releasing the information from the sealed probable cause affidavit,  the state gave the opportunity for people who may have been involved in the case to seek to flee, according to Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo, who was clearly unhappy about it.

    At the same time, DeLeo, justifiably proud of the work of his staff in collecting evidence for the arrest of a suspect in the July 2014 murder,  was asked about the whereabouts of the Adelson family.  “We aren’t on speaking terms,” he said, with what reporters deciphered as a smirk.

    Suspects in any case have a right not to talk. To say they are “not talking” imputes, however, that they may have something to hide. This may impede the process of allowing a fair trial.

    Both of these events, small as they may seem, may give defendants more ammunition to challenge the activities of the prosecution, if the day ever arrives when someone else is arrested. Whether the case has been compromised in any way is the big question.

    Weaknesses in the case?

    The failure to arrest others who may be involved in the murder,… (Read More)

    Small explosion causes chaos at Florida A&M University

    February 04, 2016
    By: Brianna Harmon and Lyric Porter

    Flying sparks and a small explosion in the Presidential Dining Room caused about 30 faculty, staff and students flee from the area Thursday about 1:30 p.m. at Florida A&M University.

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    In a surprise appearance, Shaq has a ball inspiring neighborhood kids to dream big

    January 27, 2016
    By: Jack Strickland

    Shaquille O’Neal stole the show in Gainesville, Florida last weekend. He rolled into town to support the Gainesville Police Department and to inspire and support kids in a disadvantaged neighborhood.… (Read More)

    Encounter with a manatee on kayak trip down the Wakulla River

    We set out before 9 a.m. on a foggy Wakulla river, about 20 miles south of Tallahassee, a river which flows from the famous Wakulla Springs down to the little city of St. Marks in Wakulla County.

    I had… (Read More)

    Florida Tales...
    Swept up into court, the homeless lady gets a bit of justice, a taste of mercy in daily docket

    By Jack Strickland

    Subject: A Day In Court

    Everyone should spend a day at a courthouse sitting in a courtroom. Watching justice dispensed is both educational and thought provoking. It’s not unlike the process of making sausage or drafting laws… (Read More)

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