AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL
Aug. 25, 2018
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FLORIDA TOWN-FAKE NAME CHANGE
ORLANDO — Mayo, Florida is holding the mayo, at least for a few days. The mayor of this tiny town of less than 1,500 residents, located where Florida's Panhandle morphs into a peninsula, is announcing Saturday that the city is switching its name to "Miracle Whip." But it's a joke. By Mike Schneider and Josh Replogle. MOVED: 684 words, AP Photo.
TALLAHASSEE — President Donald Trump inserted himself into the middle of the Florida governor's race by picking sides in the Republican primary, giving a boost to U.S. Rep. DeSantis and handing Democrats a strategy against him in November if he wins Tuesday's primary. By Brendan Farrington. MOVED: 877 words.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida's 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor's office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot, Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, several congressional seats will be competitive, and Floridians will vote on 13 proposed constitutional amendments, ranging from property tax cuts to banning greyhound racing. The following are items of political interest from the past week. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 650 words.
TALLAHASSEE — Candidates in Florida's primary election for attorney general have engaged in the kind of partisan infighting usually seen in the governor's race. By Joe Reedy. MOVED: 651 words.
EXCHANGE-HUMAN REMAINS TESTING
FORT PIERCE — Human remains recovered last month off Kitterman Road in St. Lucie County had been there for more than a decade, and are expected to go to a laboratory in Gainesville for further analysis. By Will Greenlee of The Stuart News. MOVED: 982 words.
EXCHANGE-CLOSING DIVE BAR
ORLANDO — One of Orlando's most well-known dive bars, Wally's Mills Avenue Liquors, has shut down after more than six decades as a mainstay east of downtown Orlando. By Kyle Arnold of the Orlando Sentinel. MOVED: 516 words.
DEMOCRATS-2020 CONVENTION — The three cities vying to host the 2020 Democratic convention are courting party leaders and activists at their summer meeting in Chicago.
SHERIFF'S CORPORAL-DUI — A Florida sheriff's office corporal has been fired after being arrested for driving under the influence.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL-SHOOTING
JACKSONVILLE — One person is dead and two others injured after a shooting outside a Florida high school football game.
BOATERS RESCUED — Officials say the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force rescued two stranded boaters who had been traveling from Florida to the Bahamas.
MEETING FLAMINGOS — Florida Keys visitors can now have up-close and personal encounters with two exotic pink flamingos.
DISNEY LABOR — Walt Disney World will begin paying a starting wage of $15 an hour in less than three years if a new agreement is approved by workers next month.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida State cornerback Levonta Taylor doesn't look the part. The junior is generously listed at 5-foot-10 and 181 pounds. Not that those numbers interest him. The stats he focuses are 0 and 1 — as in no touchdowns he allowed in 2017 and his jersey number. Taylor temporarily lost his valuable No. 1 when coach Willie Taggart took away all of the single-digit numbers for Florida State players in the spring, summer and start of preseason camp. But Taylor is proudly wearing No. 1 again. By Bob Ferrante. MOVED: 750 words.
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