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OS Political Pulse Car hits SunRail in Sanford, driver injured

A car hit a northbound SunRail train near Sanford around 7:30 p.m.

OS Political Pulse Cops: Man led police on 100-mph chase, crashes into pond

A Maitland man fired a gun into an Eatonville home, then led police on a 100-mph chase on Interstate 4 that ended when he crashed through a fence and into a pond, police said.

Naked Politics Scott seeks to make his 'un-slickness' an asset

Gov. Rick Scott's two-week campaign bus tour rolled through the Panhandle Thursday, where he cast himself as an economic problem-solver in contrast to the opportunism of his opponent and predecessor, Democrat Charlie Crist.

OS Political Pulse Trucker tried to do 'right thing' in fatal accident, friends say

Glen Gilberto Estien's life ended suddenly on a sunny afternoon when he tried to stop for a firetruck.

OS Political Pulse 70 dead cats found at home after tenants tipped off authorities

Douglas Westcott, 55, arrested on child porn charges after Crime Stoppers tip

OS Political Pulse Questions after student fatally shot self

Investigators are working with a Sanford boy's family and school officials to understand why the 14-year-old killed himself at a Lake Mary middle school.

OS Political Pulse Winter Garden may bring prayer back to its meetings

Winter Garden's City Commission began its meeting Thursday evening with a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance — its first gathering since ending a long-standing practice of opening with a prayer.

Naked Politics Rick Scott to campaign with one of GOP's least-liked in FL: the 'horrific' Chris Christie

@MarcACaputo

Say you're Rick Scott, and you've struggled for years to overcome a likability problem -- then why not campaign tomorrow with one of your party's least-liked major candidates to run for president, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie?

OS Political Pulse Manatee adventures of Lil Joe lead to Disney

Lil Joe, the 25-year-old manatee who has been a star at zoos and theme parks across the country and had a brief return to the wild, has been hanging out at Walt Disney World in the kind of setting that looks to be home for the rest of his life.

OS Political Pulse Appeal of 'Les Miserables' endures

Heather Quinn is determined to see Orlando Shakespeare Theater's production of "Les Miserables," which opens Friday night.

OS Political Pulse Brewery, garage crucial to Winter Garden's downtown future

When a new microbrewery opens next year in Winter Garden, city leaders hope visitors can find a place to park nearby.

OS Political Pulse Tropical Storm Edouard forms in Atlantic; Florida eyes disturbance

Tropical Storm Edouard, 11 p.m.

Naked Politics If Thrasher goes to FSU, his Senate seat is up for grabs

@tbtia

State Sen. John Thrasher is among four finalists to become Florida State University's next president. He has made clear that if he gets the job he will step down from the Legislature.

We won't know until Sept. 22 or 23 if Thrasher will get the FSU job or not. But people are already talking about who could replace him in the Senate and how that could shape the chamber for years to come.

OS Political Pulse Tim Tebow joining 'GMA'

Starting Monday, you'll see Tim Tebow in a new role: contributor to ABC's "Good Morning America."

Naked Politics Rubio, Nelson: Fight against Islamic State will be long, difficult

@CAdamsMcClatchy

Responding to President Barack Obama’s Wednesday night speech laying out his strategy for a broader military campaign against the Islamic State, Florida’s two U.S. senators cautioned that the effort could be long and difficult.

OS Political Pulse FSU Faculty Senate votes against Thrasher as presidential finalist

The Florida State University Faculty Senate, wanting the school's next president to be a distinguished scholar with higher-education leadership experience, voted 39-23 on Wednesday to oppose the inclusion of influential state Sen.

OS Political Pulse FSU Faculty Senate votes against Thrasher as presidential finalist

The Florida State University Faculty Senate, wanting the school's next president to be a distinguished scholar with higher-education leadership experience, voted 39-23 on Wednesday to oppose the inclusion of influential state Sen.

Naked Politics FSU students, alumni join 'support John Thrasher' campaign

@tbtia

A group of students who support state Sen. John Thrasher becoming Florida State University's next president are taking their campaign online. The SupportJohnThrasher.com website has begun collecting the names of people who want to publicly back this powerful alum and controversial candidate for the job.

OS Political Pulse Siemens to build All Aboard Florida trains

Siemens announced Thursday that All Aboard Florida has selected it to build locomotives and passenger coaches for its planned high-speed rail line from Orlando to Miami.

Naked Politics Crist says homeowners are paying higher property insurance premiums under Scott

It didn’t take long for Charlie Crist to fire a major volley in the battle for the governor’s mansion, taking aim at incumbent Rick Scott’s record on homeowner’s insurance.

Naked Politics Legislators want regulators to explain lapses in greyhound racing regulation

Saying that's Florida's delayed prosecution of greyhound abuse laws is unacceptable, three Florida lawmakers have ordered state regulators to provide them detailed answers to questions involving animal cruelty and abuse allegations.  

Naked Politics Wedged over vouchers, Charlie Crist sides with teacher unions over school-choice pastors

@MarcACaputo

Charlie Crist has made education policy a centerpiece of his campaign, but it’s also a wedge issue dividing two Democratic constituencies: teacher unions and black ministers who support school vouchers.

Naked Politics FSU Faculty Senate takes stand against Thrasher

@tbtia

Florida State University’s Faculty Senate, the legislative body representing the institution’s roughly 2,000-member instructional force, has officially come out against state Sen. John Thrasher becoming the school’s new president.

Naked Politics Miami federal judge to David Rivera: Act like a man

@MarcACaputo @PatriciaMazzei

Before David Rivera’s confidante was sentenced in a campaign-finance scheme on Wednesday, a federal judge had some advice from the bench for the former Miami congressman: Act like a man.

Naked Politics (More) mold found in Miami-Dade civil courthouse

@PatriciaMazzei

The Dade County Courthouse appears to be helping judges and attorneys campaigning for a new building -- a $393 million issue that will be before Miami-Dade voters in November.

OS Political Pulse New early-voting site to open at UCF

The Orange County Supervisor of Elections office and the University of Central Florida have arranged for an early-voting site on campus that will be open to any Orange County voters in the days leading up to the Nov.

OS Political Pulse New early-voting site to open at UCF

The Orange County Supervisor of Elections office and the University of Central Florida have arranged for an early-voting site on campus that will be open to any Orange County voters in the days leading up to the Nov.

OS Political Pulse Lawmakers OK $25 million for springs clean-up

Lawmakers OK $25 million for springs clean-up

OS Political Pulse Lawmakers OK $25 million for springs clean-up

Lawmakers OK $25 million for springs clean-up

Naked Politics Republican state House leaders gone fishin'

Being a Florida Republican state lawmaker can sure be fun.