In the News: Obama to Visit Orlando, Daytona Human-trafficking Sting, ACLU Files Same-sex Lawsuit, and Obama on Russia and Ukraine
Transcript: Obama Warns Russia of ‘Consequences’ on Ukraine – In a meeting with Ireland’s prime minister Enda Kenny this morning, President Obama said that he hopes to find a “diplomatic solution” regarding Russia and Ukraine. Washington Wire – WSJ
Obama to visit Orlando – President Obama is going back to Orlando Thursday for an “event on the economy,” according to a White House statement. Orlando Sentinel
ACLU Sues Florida Officials Over Recognition Of Same-Sex Marriages – The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday night challenging the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages in other states. The lawsuit names Governor Rick Scott as a defendant, in addition to other officials. Florida Center for Investigative Reporting
Teen prostitute ‘Lola’ rescued in Daytona human-trafficking sting – A 17-year-old prostitute in Daytona Beach helped police arrest a woman on human sex-trafficking charges. She was arrested after meeting with an undercover detective and the girl at a hotel. The arrest was part of the city’s first human trafficking sting. Orlando Sentinel
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The Saint Francis House Pet Care Clinic provides free non-emergency health care for pets of economically troubled owners four times a month. In the colder months, they give out cold weather clothes and blankets because homeless shelters do not allow animals unless they are service animals.
Freshman quarterback Treon Harris has been charged with second-degree misdemeanor for driving without a valid driver’s license.
The Pledge 5 Foundation is in debt with local businesses in Gainesville. The organization owes more than $100,000, but it created a program, so that they can pay back the money they owe.
Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida Inc., is furthering its year-round fight against food insecurity for youth by providing food during the winter holidays to students who mainly rely on meals during school hours.
In exchange for a reduced sentence, some Marion County inmates participate in a prison work program. The program has produced much of the jail’s infrastructure, saving taxpayers more than $9 million in 2013.