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Florida Man Guns Down SWAT Team Robot With an AK-47 -- Naked

What's crazier than locking yourself in your house and threatening to kill anyone that crosses its threshold? Walking out of your house to shoot a robot with an AK-47. Naked. While being videotaped. A Florida man accomplished all of those feats, during a recent standoff with a camera-equipped SWAT team bot. The $65,000 robot bravely attempted to enter the man's house, where it was greeted with...

Florida Governor Rick Scott Holds First Twitter Town Hall

The recently elected governor of Florida, Rick Scott, held a Twitter-based town hall meeting last Thursday night, answering questions from his constituents for 30 minutes. Scott (or @FlGovScott) didn't exactly reinvent the wheel with his answers to questions asked with the hashtag #flgov, but he is the first U.S. governor to host a town hall event on Twitter. Scott has had a Twitter account for...

Teens Arrested for Cyberbullying Classmate With Fake Facebook Profile, Nude Photos

Two teenage girls from Florida were arrested Wednesday, on allegations that they had set up a fake Facebook account in their classmate's name, and filled it with sexually explicit photos. According to the police report, the fake Facebook page first appeared on April 20th, and eventually accumulated 181 friends. A second page under the same victim's name surfaced on April 29th, and attracted...

Alex Sink Cheats Florida Gubernatorial Debate With Droid Phone

Florida's tight gubernatorial race between Democrat Alex Sink and Republican Rick Scott turned controversial Monday night, thanks to one foolhardy aide and a Droid smartphone. Prior to Monday's CNN-sponsored debate, both candidates had agreed not to use notes in their volleys back and forth. During a commercial break from the action, however, Sink's makeup artist showed her a brief message...

Forehead Tattoo Helps Florida Police Identify iPhone Thief

Joseph Eric Williams knows who he is, and he clearly wants everyone else to know who he is, too. Why else would he have the phrase 'I'm Me' tattooed across his forehead? Unfortunately for him, though, that tattoo also helped police identify him as a suspected iPhone thief. According to police in Broward, Florida, 19-year-old Williams is believed to have stolen iPhones from as many as 15...

A Man Named Justin Bieber Gets Kicked Off Facebook for His Name

Justin Bieber has a hard life. He receives tons of fan letters every day, his phone rings at all hours of the night -- and he's not even a celebrity. Unlike the teen heartthrob of the same name, this Justin Bieber, from Jacksonville, Florida is an adult, married man who enjoys playing pinball, and, by all indications, has absolutely no intention of pursuing a career in the bubblegum pop...

Google Maps Misplaces Sunrise, Florida

For the third time, Google has managed to misplace the city of Sunrise, Florida, home to 90,000 U.S. citizens and the NHL's Florida Panthers. Despite Sunrise's being a reasonably sizable place with plenty of businesses, the world's most popular search engine can't seem to keep the city in its rightful place: on the east coast of Florida just outside of Fort Lauderdale. For one month this summer,...

Dove World Outreach Center Website Pulled by Rackspace Over 'Hate Speech'

The official website of the Dove World Outreach Center unexpectedly shut down today, just two days before the Florida church's highly publicized Koran-burning event. Dan Goodgame, a spokesman for Web-hosting firm Rackspace, tells the AFP that the church's page was pulled because it "violated the Offensive Content section of [Rackspace's] Acceptable Use policy." Rackspace's policy expressly bans...

Florida Teachers Barred from Friending Students on Facebook

School officials in Lee County, Florida have issued a new set of guidelines for the upcoming academic year. This go-round, they're cracking down on Facebook. As the AFP reports, the newly published protocol explicitly warns district teachers against interacting with their students via social networking sites, in order to avoid the kinds of legal or professional pitfalls that have plagued so...

Florida Courthouse Stored 35,000 Body-Scan Images

More flip-flopping on the body-scanning debate: even though the Transportation Security Administration has roundly decreed that the millimeter-wave systems in use at several major airports do not store images of your naked bulk, the U.S. Marshals Service just admitted that it had saved "approximately 35,314 images" from a single Orlando, Florida courthouse, according to CNN. Whoops! This...

Abstinence Avatar Game Teaches Kids How to Avoid Sex, 'Winning' Is Really Losing

Now, this is exactly what we've been yearning for: a video game that teaches us how to be abstinent. With avatars. Because real gamers usually have dates galore, right? Researchers at the University of Central Florida have created just such a game, in the hopes of encouraging kids to avoid kissing and making out and stuff. "Players" must wear a motion-capture suit, equipped with special...

Taggers to Blanket Alys Beach With Digital Graffiti

Alys Beach promotes itself as the "crown jewel of Florida's Emerald Coast," but the still-green community only dates to 2004. Recognizing a need for an enticing an "extraordinary" event, town patriarch Jason Comer beseeched his residents to devise creative, alluring attractions. According to CNN, former video game reviewer Mike Ragsdale drew inspiration from the town's prevalent white walls,...

Google Earth Used to Solve Case of Illegally Dumped Boat

A Florida police officer recently used Google Earth to track down the person who had illegally dumped an old boat into an undeveloped subdivision about 15 miles from Pensacola. According to the Pensacola News Journal, after discovering the 18-foot boat, Deputy Gregory Barnes scoured fuzzy satellite images of nearby neighborhoods on Google Earth. Barnes noticed a large boat sitting in the driveway...

Woman Falls Victim to Man's Baby Fetish, Via Craigslist

After hearing this story, many folks will never again look for jobs on Craigslist. A kind-hearted woman looking to make an extra buck was duped into playing along with a man's fetish. According to a report by Florida's WKMG last month, Janet Schulte, of Melbourne, Florida, answered an ad on the classifieds site to care for a man's older brother who supposedly had a "diminished mental capacity."...

Verizon to Repay $30M Over Unwanted Phone Personalization Charges

In case you haven't heard, the country isn't exactly rolling in the money these days. Some fortunate Verizon customers in Florida might get an unexpected kickback, however, thanks to a court-ordered refund from the wireless provider after it falsely charged customers for products they didn't want. According to Broadband, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum reached an agreement with Verizon...