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     • Markel letter writer said he must be shut down ‘by all means necessary’ - FSU Professor Dan Markel, shot down brutally last week, thought his family was in danger two years ago in a dispute on the Web. He was seen by some as an elite representative of law schools that were misleading students into thinking there were career opportunities. ...
     • 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. ...

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    Dan Markel (FSU photo)

    Markel letter writer said he must be shut down ‘by all means necessary’

    July 25, 2014
    By: Michael Abrams

    Copyright 2014
    The words were bitter and threatening.

    Enough so that Florida State University professor Dan Markel felt that his family and his own life may have been in danger.

    Whatever the words portended, Dan Markel was murdered brutally two years later, July 18, in his Betton Hills home in Tallahassee by someone police say may have known him. Police say he was shot in the head.

    Police are still searching for anyone who might know something about this murder which left two young boys without a father, and the university without one of its most productive law scholars.

    Markel was highly regarded by almost everyone who knew him in the world of academic law. Tributes to him say he was helpful to younger scholars in a way that forged a new sense of academic community among them.

    At 41, he was a national resource in the “invisible” university of his colleagues everywhere, one of the highest goals of any teacher in the academic world. 

    His writings were erudite, and he could be both creative and philosophically challenging for even the most knowledgeable of his colleagues.  He never hesitated to help younger scholars by reading and criticizing their manuscripts, which he did assiduously and for which he somehow found spare time.

    Yet there were those who found some of the edges rough. Even those who knew him and praised him said that he never refrained from expressing himself critically.  A few of his law students… (Read More)

    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… (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)

    Was Markel a victim of road rage or some kind of nasty argument the day he was shot?

    The police say that the window of Dan Markel’s car was bashed in when he was found shot.
    It takes some anger to bash in a car window, or at least the motivation that you are going 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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