Democrat Gillum announces Florida voter-registration campaign

The former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum vows to register one million new Democratic voters in Florida, before the 2020 Presidential election.

Some Muslims In The U.S. Want To Arm Their Mosques (HBO)

In the wake of the New Zealand mosque massacre, some American Muslims believe they should arm themselves to better protect their communities. Vice founder Suroosh Alvi embeds with Muslim activist Hassan Shibley as he urges his Florida community to not fear this type of white nationalism, but to fight back.

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Why This Florida Mayor Thinks He Has A Real Shot At The Presidency (HBO)

This is a city of around 140,000 people nestled between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. On Tuesday, the city held municipal elections — incumbent mayor Wayne Messam, a Democrat, cruised to a second term. Votes cast totaled around 6,795, and as expected Messam won around 86% of them.

Messam is a first generation American a former Florida State University wide receiver. He almost went to the NFL but he didn’t make the cut. So he came home and started a successful construction business. At 44, he’s Miramar’s first black mayor. He celebrated his second term with a 4-mile run in the early morning hours of Wednesday with his regular running group.

A few hours later, he filed the necessary paperwork to launch an exploratory committee to pursue becoming the next president of the United States.

It’s crazy, but it’s not that crazy. Messam’s team sees a pathway for a young, black progressive southerner after the surprising rise of candidates like Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia. South Carolina is the third stop on the Democratic nomination calendar, and Messam supporters say a strong early showing could make him a contender there.

But there’s not much time. The first Democratic primary debate is in June, and to make the stage candidates need to create a grassroots fundraising army or start showing results in national polls. Messam starts both efforts from basically zero. But he says he’s making this run for all the right reasons.

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MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in Florida

Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for allegedly stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said. An attorney said McGregor would cooperate with authorities. (March 12)

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Ex-Fla. officer guilty of slaying black motorist

A fired Florida police officer was found guilty of manslaughter and attempted murder Thursday for the fatal 2015 shooting of a stranded black motorist, becoming the first officer in the state to be convicted of an on-duty shooting in 30 years. (March 7)

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Panhandle struggles months after hurricane

With $300 million in damage and 4,700 homeless students, school officials in Florida’s panhandle are trying to recover from Hurricane Michael. (Mar 1).

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft docks at ISS

SpaceX’s new Dragon capsule successfully docks on the International Space Station. The docking began at 1051 GMT, more than 248 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth’s surface, north of New Zealand — and 27 hours after the capsule’s launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida. IMAGES of the capsule docking on ISS

Rhino strikes, seriously hurts Florida zookeeper

A female zookeeper in Florida was seriously injured when a rhinoceros struck her. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Executive Director Tony Vecchio says the zookeeper was hurt by the rhino’s horn during a “routine training session” Tuesday morning. (Feb. 27)

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