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Blogger critical of Gov. Scott says he’s being threatened by FDLE

BOCA RATON, Fla. — A blogger known for being critical of Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he is being “harassed at home” by members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Daniel Tilson says he got an unexpected visit from a state agent after posting something sarcastic online. Tilson said “The Magical Mystery Tour,” a song by The Beatles, was the inspiration behind a blog post on Context Florida he entitled “Gov. Rick Scott’s Magical Mystery ‘Tax Cut Calculator.'”

Tilson was being critical of a tax cut Scott was promoting in Tallahassee. “The annual savings average is $40 – $43 per person,” said the blogger from his Boca Raton home. “That’s the big tax cut, and I said, well, this is like ‘The Magical Mystery Tour.’ This is not reality. It’s almost surreal.”

After he took to social media with his commentary, two days later, he said, an FDLE investigator based out of Miami came to his door to ask questions about the blog post. When he wasn’t home, they left a card, so Tilson called the investigator. “I asked the inspector, ‘How, once you guys connected the dots between the [blog] title and the song lyric, how can you take this any further?’ And she laughed again. She laughed more than once and said, ‘That’s not my decision. I was told to come to your door.'”

FDLE provides around the clock security for the governor. Samantha Andrews, a spokesperson for the FDLE, released a statement that said, “FDLE agents will always err on the side of caution when judging the context of a blog, email, or other posting. FDLE could have better evaluated the post and is speaking to all regions to ensure better coordination in the future.”

However, for Tilson, FDLE has only given him more useful material. “They didn’t err on the side of caution, they erred on the side of idiocy. They erred on the side of arrogance.”

WOW….. smh… isn’t that against Amend#1 and #4?….. Has the Pres declared martial law ? I think everyone is an idiot and is trying to sell something that doesn’t benefit me…. are they gonna send a FDLE agent to my house? Really now?

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Serena Williams earns 700th win to reach Miami Open semifinals

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Serena Williams abused her racket, scolded herself and even made angry faces at the sun.

In the end, as usual, she took out her frustration on the ball.

The seven-time Key Biscayne champion overcame her annoyance and shaky play Wednesday for her 700th career victory, beating Sabine Lisicki 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Miami Open.

Williams won despite an unreliable serve, a poor second set and 51 unforced errors. She looked flatfooted and listless at times, and seemed especially vexed when playing on the side looking into the sun.

“It’s always tough on that side,” she said. “You just don’t see. You just have to adjust.”

She did, earning her 16th consecutive victory on Key Biscayne, where she’s the two-time defending champion.

“I know today wasn’t my best day,” she said. “I just told myself, I’m not serving the way I normally serve and hitting the way I normally would hit, so at this point all I can do is just fight and try to give 200 percent instead of 100 percent.”

The No. 1-seeded Williams’ opponent Thursday night will be No. 3 Simona Halep, who beat unseeded American Sloane Stephens 6-1, 7-5. No. 9 Andrea Petkovic plays No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro in the other semifinal.

Williams improved her career record to 700-120 and was presented with a cake on the court. Andy Murray received a similar honor following his 500th victory Tuesday

“I think my destiny was to play tennis,” Williams said. “I saw a picture where I was in a stroller on the tennis court.”

The No. 1-seeded Williams withdrew before the Indian Wells semifinal earlier this month with a right knee injury, but she has won 19 consecutive matches this year. Her opponent Thursday will be the winner of the match Wednesday night between unseeded AmericanSloane Stephens and No. 3 Simona Halep.

For much of her quarterfinal, Williams trailed in fist pumps and points, and her frustration quickly showed. After losing three consecutive games to fall behind 4-3 in the first set, the Floridian pounded the court with her racket and drew jeers in the stadium she considers her home court.

Williams won the first set only because Lisicki wobbled in the tiebreaker, hitting three shots into the net before double-faulting on the final point.

Williams played even worse in the second set, losing six games in a row, but then began to grunt louder and hit harder, with positive results. She earned the only break of the final set in the second game and held from there, serving out the match at love.

“Come on!” she shouted when it ended, as if already gearing up for the semifinal.

Tournament officials then rolled out the cake, with pink, green and purple frosting. What’s her favorite kind?

“Vanilla,” she said.

It wasn’t really Williams’ day, but she won anyway.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2015 in Sports

 

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Hazardous tsunami waves possible around Papua New Guinea after preliminary magnitude 7.7 earthquake hits off coast

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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EXPLOSION IN NEW YORK EAST VILLAGE (suspected gas leak)

Multiple injuries reported after building collapse in New York’s East Village; number and severity of injuries unknown

More than 25 units and 100 firefighters immediately dispatched to the scene of reported explosion in East Village, New York

 

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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Houthi television claims there are dozens of civilian casualties in airstrikes north of Yemen capital Sanaa

HOUTHI TELEVISION CALLS ON MEDICAL PERSONNEL TO REPORT TO HOSPITALS IN YEMEN CAPITAL SANAA- ALMASIRAH TV

Thu Mar 26, 2015 2:21am GMT
HOUTHI TELEVISION CALLS ON MEDICAL PERSONNEL TO REPORT TO HOSPITALS IN YEMEN CAPITAL SANAA- ALMASIRAH TV

Saudi Arabia launches air strikes in Yemen, sparking fears of a ‘wide war’ in the region

People seek shelter during a gunfire at an army base in Yemen's southern port city of Adem yesterday
People seek shelter during a gunfire at an army base in Yemen’s southern port city of Adem yesterday Credit: Reuters

Saudi Arabia has launched air strikes against Houthi fighters in Yemen, the Saudi ambassador in the US has announced.

The country’s rare military operation came as the Sunni kingdom vowed to do “anything necessary” to restore “the legitimate government of Yemen” after the Iranian-backed rebelsforced the president to flee his compound in the capital Sanaa yesterday.

Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir said his government had consulted closely with the US and other allies, but said the US military was not involved in the operations.

Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel Al-Jubeir speaks about Saudi Arabia carrying out air strikes in Yemen
Saudi Ambassador to the US Adel Al-Jubeir speaks about Saudi Arabia carrying out air strikes in Yemen Credit: Reuters

Nine other countries have joined the military coalition, he said, but declined to name to name them.

Foreign ships have been warned from approaching Yemeni ports, the Saudi-owned al-Hadath television channel said.

A senior leader of Yemen’s Houthi movement warned that the strikes would set off a “wide war” in the region.

“There is an aggression underway on Yemen and we will confront it valiantly,” Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of the Houthis politburo, told the Doha-based al Jazeera television.

“Military operations will drag the region to a wide war.”

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Cops: 13-year-old kills brother, 6, wounds another, 16

sco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said Wednesday that a 13-year-old boy shot and killed his 6-year-old brother, wounded his 16-year-old brother and then fatally turned the gun on himself after an argument over food.

The shooting happened shortly after 6 p.m. in Hudson, a community in suburban Pasco County about an hour north of downtown Tampa.

During a news conference Wednesday evening, Nocco said the teen used a handgun during the shooting in the family’s mobile home.

The three brothers were home alone eating dinner when an argument over food broke out.

“This is a horrific scene,” Nocco said. “This is a nightmare.”

Details such as the victims’ names and how the teen obtained the gun weren’t immediately available.

The three boys lived in the home with their mother and an 18-year-old brother. The mom was at work, and the 18-year-old wasn’t home.

It’s not yet clear who owned the gun, Nocco said.

The wounded 16-year-old called authorities, Nocco said. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and the teen is being treated at an area hospital, a Pasco County Sheriff’s news release said.

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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At least 8 preliminary tornado reports after rotating storms hit central and eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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