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     • Nation’s tragic cycle of police-citizen violence reminds of a killer’s oath at Florida State prison - The battle between the good guys and the bad guys takes on new meaning alongside a drastic increase in police-related shootings. It is a vicious cycle and well-illustrated by two ex-Florida prisoners who shot and killed four policemen in California years ago. ...
     • Police profiled my car, surrounded me with guns in terrifying mistake - and maybe there is a lesson - Columnist could easily have been more than simple victim of a mistake - he might have been shot by police. Young people need to know that there are times when authority must be obeyed. It could happen to anyone. ...
     • This is how Florida’s prison mills turn small-time criminals into monsters - Instead of rehabilitation, prisoners like Dontae Morris are spit out into society to become more accomplished felons and even murderers. Morris went on a rampage and killed five people, including two police officers. Florida has to do better. ...
     • Florida Daffodil Society shows off some of the astonishing blooms for late winter, early spring - Daffodils are blooming and the Florida Daffodil Society, in its 20th anniversary, shows off some of the best varieties to residents. ...
     • Is young mother who is hauled off to prison a victim of state neglect in child abuse situation? - A young mother who "shocked the conscience of the court" for starving her child did not need to be sentenced to 17 years in prison where she will never get the treatment she needed for neglecting her child. ...
     • The story out of Florida prisons: released, unskilled inmates forced again into life of crime - Dyson A. Graham returned to prison after a hijacking last week, and his life symbolizes what goes on in Florida prisons- which fail to rehabilitate and send unprepared parolees back to a life of crime. ...
     • Cascades Park will have its grand opening on March 14 - After four years of construction, the new Cascades Park will open next month, with its ampitheatre and many events planned in the next 18 months. ...
     • Other shoe ready to fall in Jameis Winston case as alleged victim hires gender-equity attorneys - Jameis Winston as well as FSU may be scrutinized under a fresh legal limelight as the attorney for an FSU student has hired some legal help with expertise in gender equity cases in sports. ...
     • Questions linger about disappearance of Tiffany Sessions, despite naming of purported killer - Questions linger about the suspect in the disappearance of the University of Florida student 25 years ago - despite the fact that a fresh link to a convicted rapist and murderer who died in prison is thought by many to have solved the case. ...
     • Fresh evidence surfaced as grand jury indicted lawman in death of former FAMU student - A second grand jury has indicted a North Carolina law enforcement officer in shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell, a former FAMU student. ...
     • Need tooth pulled or cavity filled? It’s free on Saturday as dentists ‘give back’ to community - A dental association will drill, extract or clean for free on Saturday for those who need dental care and can’t afford it. ...
     • Runaway bride took him for his money so homeless vet wants divorce under Florida’s ‘lemon law’ - Some people have all the bad luck. Here’s a 30-year veteran of the Navy, homeless, who finds the ‘love of his life’ and the next day she runs away with his money. A true story told by columnist Jack Strickland. ...
     • Retired policeman ’shattered the world’ of family with one shot from gun at Tampa movie theatre - Former police officer could spend his life in prison after confrontation in a movie theater that left a family without a father. ...
     • I survived frantic emergency with sickle cell at the hospital - Millions of people of African descent suffer from sickle cell anemia. My story is personal, but no different than many. I feel lucky to have survived and to tell this story. ...
     • ‘Thanksgivukkah’ provides tasty recipe for celebration as the holidays combine for Jewish residents - A rare combination of the holidays Thanksgiving and Hanukkah means that Jewish Americans are finding delicious ways to celebrate both holidays at once. ...

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    Police shoot and kill camper in New Mexico police video (link below story)

    Nation’s tragic cycle of police-citizen violence reminds of a killer’s oath at Florida State prison

    April 09, 2014
    By: Jack Strickland

    The battle between the good guys and the bad guys seems to be escalating.

    A policeman is shot at a routine traffic stop. An innocent citizen needlessly gunned down by seemingly trigger-happy policemen who mistakenly thought they were in danger.

    The line separating the good guys and the bad guys blurs. Today’s news is saturated with stories like these.

    For many, a policeman becomes the bad guy when he takes the life of an innocent person. The truth is there are good guys and bad guys on both sides of the badge.

    The drastic increase in police related shootings seems to be caused by decreased respect for both policemen and the sanctity of the lives of the people who cross paths with law enforcement agencies.

    A ‘shoot first and ask questions later’ mentality seems to prevail on both sides of the issue.

    Video of police shooting camper went viral

    Last month a video of a police shooting in Albuquerque, New Mexico went viral. Policemen wearing swat team body armor were dispatched to a remote area in the foothills surrounding the city. They were carrying assault rifles and were accompanied by police dogs on leashes ready to attack.

    They were sent to that remote area to confront a single homeless man camping there. His offense was camping in a remote unauthorized area. The camper was asleep when the police arrived. When awakened he was unhappy with the disturbance. He was reluctant… (Read More)

    Police profiled my car, surrounded me with guns in terrifying mistake - and maybe there is a lesson

    March 30, 2014
    By: Jack Strickland

    It was terrifying. I was profiled. At mid-morning I was casually driving down the street near my home in Gainesvile close to the university when I suddenly captured the attention… (Read More)

    This is how Florida’s prison mills turn small-time criminals into monsters

    March 18, 2014
    By: Jack Strickland

    How do you transform a small time crook into a monster and serial killer?

    It seems to be fairly simple.

    All you have to do is send… (Read More)

    Decision to over-indulge at spring break can harm your future or cost your life- here are some rules

    By : Raymond Coleman

    The time is drawing near again. Students from all over the U.S are powering their way through midterms with one goal in mind -  get to spring break!

    The yearly tradition is to travel to… (Read More)

    Florida Tales...
    Kids at hospital show No.1 Gator basketball team true courage as laughter, smiles are shared

    By Jack Strickland

    The number one nationally ranked Florida Gators basketball team faced two daunting challenges last week, one of them unknown to sportscasters.

    They destroyed perennial powerhouse Kentucky on the basketball court on Saturday afternoon.

    But earlier… (Read More)

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