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Florida bill would let bullied students go to private school

FORT LAUDERDALE — From third to fifth grade, Alyson Hochstedler says bullies slammed her son into lockers and punched him. One threatened to stab him. The public school’s administration did little to stop his tormentors, she says, so the mother of five transferred her son to private school, using a state grant for low- and[…]

End of an era: FloridaTimes-Union downtown newspaper presses close

JACKSONVILLE — It’s the end of an era: The Florida Times-Union’s newspaper presses at its downtown location are done. The Times-Union of Jacksonville reports pressmen fired up the old presses Saturday night for the last time. It marks one of the last editions of the newspaper to be printed in Jacksonville, ending of run of[…]

City attorney: Challenge to gay rights law ‘defective’

JACKSONVILLE — The city attorney in Jacksonville says an initiative intended to challenge a new gay rights law cannot be legally placed on the November ballot. The Florida Times-Union reports that city general counsel Jason Gabriel said in a memo this week that the initiative is “defective” because it would grant local voters a power[…]

Church says gay teacher fired by Miami Catholic school

MIAMI — A gay schoolteacher has been fired by a Miami Catholic school after marrying her same-sex partner in an apparent violation of church rules, church officials said. Archdiocese of Miami officials confirmed to the local newspaper that first-grade teacher Jocelyn Morffi lost her job at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School on Thursday, the[…]