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Video appears to show Florida deputy elbowing teen in head

Feb. 18, 2019 11:29 AM EST

FORT MYERS SHORES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's department has launched an internal investigation after a video posted on social media appeared to show a deputy elbowing a handcuffed teenager in the head. Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said Deputy Blake Grossi had been placed on administrative...

Parkland shooting victims are remembered in silence

Feb. 14, 2019 7:27 PM EST

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and other schools across the U.S. bowed their heads in a moment of silence and took part in volunteer projects Thursday to mark the anniversary of the shooting rampage that claimed 17 lives. But for many Parkland students, the tragedy was...

After shooting: 'You can't really trust other students'

Feb. 14, 2019 4:02 PM EST

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) — Some students have difficulty trusting classmates outside their circle. Parents say interactions with school staff are more impersonal. Teachers worry that added security detracts from learning. The Parkland massacre a year ago upended school life across Florida. In the year since a...

Where are Stoneman Douglas students, parents, officials now?

Feb. 14, 2019 11:22 AM EST

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The massacre that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School pushed students, parents, officials and others into the national limelight, something most never sought. A look at where some of the most prominent are today: STUDENTS EMMA GONZALEZ -- Gonzalez, 19, became known...

Florida governor wants grand jury to investigate schools

Feb. 13, 2019 6:04 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Saying that parents remain frustrated with school officials' responses to last year's Valentine's Day massacre, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday called for a statewide grand jury to investigate whether school districts are following laws enacted in the wake of the attack...

Education unions oppose calls to arm teachers

Feb. 11, 2019 6:15 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The nation's two largest education unions reiterated their opposition to arming teachers as a response to school shootings Monday, saying more guns on campuses will make them less safe. The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association joined with...

Where are Stoneman Douglas students, parents, officials now?

Feb. 10, 2019 10:34 AM EST

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The massacre that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School pushed students, parents, officials and others into the national limelight, something most never sought. A look at where some of the most prominent are today: STUDENTS EMMA GONZALEZ -- Gonzalez, 19, became known...

State: 83,000 voters in Florida didn't cast a valid ballot

Feb. 5, 2019 6:57 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Whether they meant to or not, more than 83,000 Florida voters didn't cast a valid vote for governor, according to a new report prepared by state officials. The combined total of invalid ballots outnumbered Republican Ron DeSantis's margin of victory over Democrat Andrew Gillum by...

County with voting problems to spend $15M on new machines

Feb. 5, 2019 5:00 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida county where voting problems led to the suspension and resignation of its elections supervisor is spending $15.7 million on new voting machines. The Palm Beach Post reports that Palm Beach County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday on the purchase of 900 scanners,...

Sen. Scott invites Parkland father to State of the Union

Feb. 4, 2019 1:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is taking the father of a teenager who died in the Parkland school shooting to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday. Scott announced Monday he's bringing Andrew Pollack to the speech. Pollack's daughter, Meadow, was one...