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Florida Child Welfare Investigators Criticized for Incompetance

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Say you're a child welfare investigator.
You get numerous reports that children in a particular family are being abused. Most recently, you hear they are being tied up and confined to a bathtub. How can you tell if...
Florida investigators overlooked warning signs, and little girl died.

Basketball Team Cries Foul Over Player Disqualifications for State Tournament

Three of the best players on a Florida youth basketball team have been barred from playing in the league's state finals. Their disqualifications don't stem from on-court offenses, though. Instead, the players from the 12-and-under Boynton Hoops...

Teachers Pass Out Treats In Pill Bottle to Calm Test Anxiety

Two teachers gave their students candy in a pill bottle and at least one caregiver says that sends a bad message. Credit: Charles Williams, Flickr
Two Florida teachers tried to "mellow out" their fourth grade students by passing out mint candies ...

Cancer Patients Take Flight to 'North Pole'

Maria Jannotti watches her daughter Carla Jannotti pet Pete the Penguin at the North Pole tucked away at an Orlando International Airport maintenance hangar. Credit: Stephen Hudak, Orlando Sentinel / MCT
Kids whose lives have been consumed with ...

Mom Picks Up Daughter On Horse, School Balks

A Florida mom rode her horse to school to pick up her daughter. Credit: News4Jax.com
A Florida mom tried to rein in a new school-dismissal policy -- literally. A new parking policy at Crystal Springs Elementary School in Jacksonville, Fla....

Woman Fakes Kidnapping Story to Woo Ex Back

It was a heart-stopping story: A mother leaves her five-month-old infant with a nanny, who then disappears with the child. Mom and Dad, an ex-boyfriend who had never met the child, face news cameras on Christmas Day, begging for the return of their s...

Florida Ban on Gay Adoptions Ruled Unconstitutional

For thirty years, gays and lesbians have been prohibited from adopting in Florida. Thanks to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman, however, that is no longer the case. The decision came about as a result of a suit filed by Frank Gill who, along wi...

Dad Chains Himself to Electric Meter to Save Daughter's Life

Many of us at one time or another have experienced he desperation of not having enough money to cover the monthly bills. While that situation is uncomfortable and stressful, it generally isn't life-threatening. But for a father in Highland Park, Flor...

Girl called racist for wearing Palin T-shirt

Ashleigh Jones got a lot more than she bargained for when she recently donned a "Go, Sarah, Go" T-shirt and wore it to school. The twelve-year-old Florida native was called a racist by her classmates at New Smyrna Beach Middle School. Jones had volu...

Mom forced to drop toddler from carnival ride

A family day at the fair turned into a frightening situation in Florida recently, when mom Sheri Pinkerton found herself dangling from the "Crazy Bus" ride, nearly 40 feet above the crowd ... clinging to her two-year-old daughter. The pair had been e...

Man and autistic son rescued after being swept to sea

Thank goodness this is a story with a happy ending. From the outset it might seem as if the odds were against young Christopher Moreno and his father, Walter, when they were swept out to sea just off the coast of Daytona, Florida. Both were rescued a...

Would you take your kids to Costa Rica?

When I was a kid, everyone took their family vacation to Florida. Sure, some opted for California, where there is a Disney Land and other beaches, but for the most part everyone went to Florida with their kids. As we've gotten older, and the Intern...

Florida Principal not so much a pal

It cost the school district over $300,000 in legal fees, sent teachers to sensitivity training, and trampled the constitutional rights of students, and yet, many in the Florida community of Ponce de Leon still support principal David Davis' "witch hu...

Florida man trades baby's name for $100 in gas

If the newest celebrity baby names got you buzzing last week, try this one on for size. When Florida resident David Partin's girlfriend, Samantha, gives birth to their son this winter, he'll be named "Dixon and Willoughby Partin." That might not be s...

Save money, visit Disney World virtually

It cost us a fair bit of change when we visited Disneyland last year, which is a big part of why we haven't been back since. Now, we can save all that money and avoid the hassle of crowds and cross-country travel by visiting Disney World in Florida v...

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