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Cruz Formally Indicted on First-Degree Murder Charges

March 7, 2018 - 6:45pm
Nikolas Cruz in court

Accused school shooter Nikolas Cruz, 19 -- for the most part held in solitary confinement in a county lock-up since his arrest -- was formally charged Wednesday with 17 counts of first-degree murder. As it stands, he could be sentenced to death if convicted.

Lawyers for Injured Parkland Student Go after Four 'Negligent' Agencies

March 6, 2018 - 5:45pm
Kyle Laman

While Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature were busy crafting a $500 million school safety plan for Florida, the family of an injured student was preparing what could be the first of several lawsuits in connection with the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Katie Edwards-Walpole: I Won't Run for the House Again

March 6, 2018 - 6:00am
Katie Edwards-Walpole

Rep. Katie Edwards-Walpole -- widely admired around the state, a lawmaker Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz told me Monday "is among the top five most effective legislators in either party I've ever worked with" -- has announced she won't run for reelection in November.

On SSN's 8th Anniversary, We Celebrate YOU

March 3, 2018 - 6:00am

When our first Sunshine State News team arrived wide-eyed in Tallahassee in 2010, all hell was about to break loose and we didn't know it.

Big Retailers Limiting Rifle Sales Stirs Reaction from Pro- and Anti-Gunners

March 1, 2018 - 7:15pm
Gun walls of a Dick's Field & Stream store

Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, and Dick's Sporting Goods, which has more than 600 shops -- 37 of them in Florida -- announced Wednesday major gun reform policies in their outlets, and ever since have been hearing praise from the anti-gun lobby and boobirds among the nation's hunting class.

The 'Five Million Dollar Ant Bite Case' Goes to Appeals Court ... as the Legal World Watches

February 27, 2018 - 2:15pm
First District Court of Appeal

A Hamilton County jury verdict that has drawn the attention of national legal scholars and civil justice reform advocates goes before the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee next week.

Democrats, 'Party of Intellectuals,' Ignorant on the Second Amendment

February 27, 2018 - 6:00am

The Florida Democratic Party strikes me as a spotless leopard right now. Aren't these the folks who in 2016 called themselves the Party of Intellectuals and joined Hillary in crowing about their superiority to "deplorable" Republicans?

Emotional Marjory Stoneman Douglas Hockey Team Wins State Title

February 26, 2018 - 12:30pm
Marjory Stoneman Douglas hockey team celebrates Sunday

Eleven days after Nikolas Cruz killed 17 and injured 14 others on their Parkland campus, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School varsity hockey team pulled off a near-miracle tournament victory to claim the state championship.

How Bill Nelson Is Souring the Milk of Human Kindness, or Trolling Grief for Campaign Cash

February 24, 2018 - 6:00am
Bill Nelson

It's one thing to politicize a tragedy that's left dozens of your constituents grieving. Unsavory as it is, it happens every election year on both sides of the aisle. 

More Americans Blame Mass Shootings on Mental Health than on Gun Laws, Says Poll

February 23, 2018 - 11:45am
Nikolas Cruz in court

Far more Americans blame mass shootings on inadequate mental health care than blame them on lax gun laws, according to a poll out this week from ABC News  and the Washington Post.

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