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Miami-Dade Schools Rehires Attorney Who Halted Northwestern Sex Abuse Probe

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Northwestern's championship football squad was at the center of the case.
In September 2006, the crime that sparked one of the darkest sagas in Miami-Dade Public Schools history happened in a Northwestern High School bathroom. That's where the school's star 18-year-old quarterback had sex with a 14-year-old freshman girl. The crime soon began the focus of a mass coverup allegation as the quarterback was allowed to lead Northwestern to a state title just days later.

Even worse, a grand jury later found that school administrators had knowingly shut down a criminal investigation into the case. Some of the harshest criticism went toward Ronda Vangates, who was in charge of overseeing district investigations and who ordered the probe shut down.

Now, Vangates has a new job: Back in the Miami-Dade Public Schools, this time as an assistant attorney.

See also: Solomon Stinson and Miami-Dade Public Schools Top Brass Back Ronda Vangates

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Rick Scott Is Still Spending Tons Of Taxpayer Cash Trying To Drug Test State Employees

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A federal judge told him to drop the plan. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals told him it was illegal. Then the U.S. Supreme Court refused to listen to his arguments.

But despite losing over and over in every court around, Gov. Rick Scott is still fighting for the right to force state employees to pee in a cup. And the legal bills for his quixotic quest are now inching toward a cool million bucks -- funded, of course, by taxpayers.

See also: Rick Scott Won't Get to Drug Test Poor People After All: Federal Court Rejects Welfare Testing

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Jeb Bush to "Actively Explore" Presidential Run

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Jeb Bush has spent the better part of the last eight years denying that he was going to run for president. Now he's finally confirmed what everyone has long suspected. He's thinking about making a run.

In a Facebook message posted today Bush announced that he will "actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States."

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Jeb Bush Will Release Emails and eBook, Hinting That Presidential Bid Is Imminent

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There are a few unmistakable signs that a candidate is about to declare his run for the White House. His travel schedule is suddenly peppered with appointments in small-town Iowa and New Hampshire. He's on Sunday morning talk shows every week trashing the opposition or talking up his narrative.

Or maybe he suddenly decides to release all 250,000 emails from his tenure as governor, as well as an eBook about his policy plans.

That's exactly what Jeb Bush promised to do yesterday, fueling headlines that the Coral Gables resident has all but punched a ticket to the GOP primaries.

See also: Jeb Bush Sure Is Acting Like a Guy About to Run For President

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Florida Has the Lowest Child Smoking Rate in the Country (Except for Utah)

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Finally, some Floridian behavior to celebrate.

A new report concludes that Florida has the second lowest smoking rate amongst high school students of every state in the union. In fact, Florida's efforts to curb youth smoking has been so successful that researchers are actually issuing a "Florida Challenge" to other states.

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Floridia Republicans Really Don't Want Marco Rubio to Run for President

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Remember when Florida Senator Marco Rubio was dubbed "the Republican Savior," and "the GOP Obama?" Yeah, so much for that. Voters in his home state have really, really chilled on the idea of Rubio running for president.

Instead, they're looking back to the past: Jeb Bush.

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Beer Growlers May Finally Be Legalized in Florida Next Year

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For the past two years, efforts to legalize beer growlers, the 64-oz. jugs that are container of choice for the craft beer movement, have faltered in Florida's legislature. One problem is that the change has often been tied up in bills that concern other beer distribution proposals.

This year, supporters hope everyone can get on the same page and pass a simple bill that only legalizes beer growlers and does nothing else.

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At Miami Beach's Tallest Condo, Board Elections Get Nasty

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The Blue and Green Diamond condo towers on Miami Beach
There aren't many buildings in Miami Beach more iconic than the Blue Diamond Condominium and its sister, the Green Diamond, the tallest structures in town. With a 16,000-square-foot clubhouse, 24-hour valet service, and private tennis courts, the condo is also among the Beach's most exclusive residences -- capped by a two-story, 11-bathroom private rooftop pool penthouse on the market for $20 million.

"Located on 500 feet of pristine beachfront property," the towers' website gushes, "our 45-story condominium towers will certainly dazzle you."

But not all is sparkling inside the Blue Diamond. The condo board association elections are approaching, and for weeks leading up to the vote, condo residents have seen enough personal mudslinging to rival any of South Florida's notoriously icky political races, including allegations of sexual harassment, pool temperature manipulation, and a vague reference to the Holocaust.

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George W. Thinks Jeb Could Beat Hillary, but Isn't Sure He'll Run

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George W. Bush seemed totally sure that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but he can't seem to figure out whether his brother Jeb is going to run for president yet.

He does however think that the former Florida governor would totally beat Hillary Clinton in 2016 if he did run. Proving that W. still hasn't quite gotten over that habit of prematurely declaring victory.

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Pam Bondi Sues President Obama Over Immigration

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has become the 18th Republican state attorney general to join a lawsuit against President Barack Obama over his immigration executive order.

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