AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL
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WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama is marking the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by urging Americans to participate in a week of action to get people signed up to vote. The former first lady, a co-chairwoman of a nonpartisan organization to encourage voting, announced Monday that the When We All Vote Week of Action will be held Sept. 22-29. Flagship events will be held in at least 12 cities, including Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and New York. The group wants volunteers to host events in other communities that week as well. By Ashley Thomas. SENT: 302 words with AP Photos.
CONTRACTOR KICKBACKS — A Florida man who worked as a project manager for a company that has done tens of millions of dollars in energy efficiency work for the U.S. government has pleaded guilty to charges he took more than $2.5 million in kickbacks. Bhaskar Patel, of Windermere, Florida, appeared in federal court in Vermont on Monday.
SCOTT-COLOMBIA — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is traveling to Colombia to attend the inauguration of the nation’s next president. Scott’s office announced late Sunday that the governor will fly to the Latin American nation to attend the swearing in of President-elect Ivan Duque. The governor will return on Wednesday.
BYSTANDER SHOOTS SHOOTER — A bystander who was lawfully carrying a firearm shot a gunman who had started firing at a back-to-school festival along Florida’s Space Coast. Florida Today reported Monday that the gunman was shot in the head and airlifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
EARNS-SEAWORLD — SeaWorld swung to a second-quarter profit on a boost in attendance at its theme parks. Shares jumped 13 percent at the opening bell Monday.
FATAL BOAT CRASH — A man died and a woman was injured when their boat hit a piling in the water near Tampa. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in an email that the man and the woman were thrown into the water when their 15-foot Gheenoe crashed late Sunday afternoon.
GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Dan Mullen has more than an offensive rebuild on his hands. The Gators had their worst scoring defense since 1946 last season, leaving Mullen and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham with plenty of room for improvement on that side of the ball. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.
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