Sinkhole threatens north Florida town’s courthouse

Bluefield Daily Telegraph -- Tropical Storm Debby has created what appears to be a giant sinkhole that threatens to badly damage the county courthouse and adjacent businesses in this north Florida town. Officials said Thursday the hole is not yet visible from above ground, but depressions in a street that runs by the courthouse, and cracks in the business buildings and a nearby parking area are evidence of its presence. "There appears to be a sinkhole," said Bob Farley, the town's administrator. Read more: … [Read more...]

Judge orders Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife to shift visits with kids to Florida

By Jennifer Delgado | Tribune reporter A Cook County judge on Tuesday ordered the former wife of NBA basketball star Dwyane Wade to shift visits with her children from Chicago to Florida until the court determines whether she interfered with a previously arranged visitation schedule. Associate Judge Helaine Leslie Berger ruled Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, of South Holland, must temporarily visit her two sons, ages 5 and 10, in Florida after her June 16 arrest in which she allegedly refused to return her children to Wade’s sister for over eight hours. Berger also said Funches-Wade can’t talk about the incident with the two boys. … [Read more...]

Florida judge allows suit for woman denied ‘morning after’ pill by prison guard

FOX NEWS -- A Florida judge has ruled a woman can sue after a prison guard refused to give her a doctor-prescribed “morning after” pill based on the guard's religious beliefs. The case is the third submitted by the Tampa woman after she was raped in January 2007 and given two of the contraception pills at a clinic -- one to take immediately and the other to take 12 hours later, Courthouse News Service reported Monday. “In this amended complaint … the plaintiff has plead additional facts sufficient to render her claims plausible," wrote U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich. Read more: … [Read more...]

Judge refuses to block Florida voter purge

FOX NEWS -- A judge on Wednesday rejected a request by federal authorities to block Florida's contentious move to remove potentially ineligible voters from its rolls. The decision could prompt some counties to revive efforts to identify registered voters who are not U.S. citizens. Many counties had suspended the effort after hearing about conflicting legal opinions. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled there was nothing in federal voting laws that prevent the state from identifying ineligible voters even if it is close to the upcoming Aug. 14 election. Read more: … [Read more...]

Lawsuit filed to remove state Supreme Court justices from November ballot

TALLAHASSEE — Two men filed a lawsuit Monday asking the secretary of state to remove three Florida Supreme Court justices who are seeking merit retention from the November ballot. Bernard Long and Veronco L "Ron" Flores of Seminole County allege that Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince broke state law when they halted a court hearing on the Senate redistricting plan so they could complete required paperwork to qualify for the November ballot. … [Read more...]