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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Dixie County residents are being pushed out of their homes as flood waters rise after a deluge of rain in the past 24 hours. About 45 homes and 30 roads have been affected throughout the county. Emergency responders said they rescued seven people so far including a family of five, one elderly woman in her car and one man.
A new app called Tiger Selfie hopes to educate people about the abuse big cats endure and discourage people from paying breeders who sell tiger photographs. Fifty percent of proceeds from the app will go to wildlife sanctuaries like Big Cat Rescue.
The UF chapter of Zeta Beta Tau was suspended indefinitely after they were accused of disrespecting veterans while on a retreat in Panama City Beach this April. In student conduct hearings held July 6, the university found the fraternity in violation of at least three different sections of the Student Conduct Code.
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The Hal Brady Recreation Complex in Alachua and Champions Park in Newberry are hosting teams for the Babe Ruth League World Series. Sixty-one teams will compete in various tournament styles beginning on July 31 and ending with the championship games on August 4.