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Florida voters will be asked in November whether to automatically restore voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences. This comes as the state clemency board has been ordered to revise its process for restoring rights. Now some state candidates are weighing in.

Kimson Green, a sophomore at Northwestern Senior High School about to be inducted into the National Honor Society, was shot and killed on Sunday, April 7.  According to police, gunfire erupted while Green was talking with friends in front of an apartment building in Liberty City.

 

On Tuesday, hundreds of Northwestern students walked out and marched to protest gun violence. Teachers and staff joined as they walked through the housing project where the shooting happened.

Guests for Sundial Thursday, April 12 2018:

 

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg had his marathon chat with members of Congress. And there was a firestorm over local TV stations owned by Sinclair Media all reading the same script about “fake news.”

But lost in all that media news is a significant shift in the local media landscape in Tampa Bay.

My guest today is Eric Raddatz. He’s a man of many...things, known by many people around southwest Florida. He’s probably most publicly known as the man behind the Fort Myers Film Festival, which he founded in 2010. He also founded the Naples International Film Festival the year before. But, when it comes to his work Eric is definitely best known for his work as Presentation Editor at Florida Weekly. He’s one of the main forces behind the papers’ visual aesthetic. He’s also a regular contributor on NBC2 News in Fort Myers, the Creative Director at Florida Southwestern State College, and the Presentation Editor at the Babcock Ranch Telegraph.

My guest today is Eric Raddatz. He’s a man of many...things, known by many people around southwest Florida. He’s probably most publicly known as the man behind the Fort Myers Film Festival, which he founded in 2010. He also founded the Naples International Film Festival the year before. But, when it comes to his work Eric is definitely best known for his work as Presentation Editor at Florida Weekly. He’s one of the main forces behind the papers’ visual aesthetic. He’s also a regular contributor on NBC2 News in Fort Myers, the Creative Director at Florida Southwestern State College, and the Presentation Editor at the Babcock Ranch Telegraph.

A vote by Miami-Dade commissioners this week is causing concern among Monroe County residents and environmental advocates who say a collaboration between Miami-Dade and Florida Power & Light is developing too quickly.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn wants to divest the city's employee pension fund from companies that make guns and ammo.

 

A recent staff review found that about $300,000 of the more than $800 million pension portfolio is linked to these kind of companies, according to city spokesperson Ashley Bauman. The decision to divest is ultimately up to the seven-member retirement board that oversees Tampa's employee pension fund.

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Editorial: Facebook...for Grown Ups?

Apr 12, 2018

With Facebook in the news lately because of privacy concerns about its business model I was reminded of a Gulf Coast Live show we did back in 2008. It was called Facebook…for Grown-Ups? My guest was Dr. Nicole Ellison, she was, and still is, an assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State University. She was doing research at the time on college students' use of Facebook, and its more established predecessor Myspace. She was looking at things like how it builds what she called ‘social capital’. Well, I sat down and re-listened to that show through today’s ears and wow, talk about a throwback Thursday!

Florida business leaders are pushing back against a potential change to Florida’s constitution. It would require businesses to verify new workers are eligible to work in the U.S.

Starting Friday, you’ll be able to see Abraham Lincoln and the Statue of Liberty in a way you’ve never seen them before.

The city of Tallahassee is offering to foot the bill for about 130 residents in Tallahassee’s Southside to switch from septic tanks to sewer.

"It is no longer proper."

With those five words, Leopold Mozart put an end to his daughter's music career.

The names of four deadly hurricanes that slammed parts of the United States, Central America and the Caribbean last year are being retired.

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