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Nicaraguan Exiles 2.0: Escaping 'Cruelty That Surpasses Anything We've Seen.'

Back in April, Nicaragua erupted in protests calling for the ouster of President Daniel Ortega – who’s ruled the poor Central American country for 24 of the past 40 years and is widely accused of turning it into a corrupt dictatorship. His security forces responded with a brutality Dr. Josmar Briones had never seen. Human rights groups say police and pro-Ortega paramilitary groups have shot and killed more than 300 protesters – almost all of them unarmed students. “People shot in the chest, the head,” Briones recalls. “I’ll never forget it.” Briones was a neurosurgeon in Managua when the protests began. Speaking over lunch at a restaurant here in Doral, he says officials in the regime handed down an unwritten order to hospitals and clinics: Do not attend to wounded protesters; hand them over to police.

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Bernie Sanders Launches 2020 Presidential Campaign, No Longer An Underdog

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is giving it another go, launching a second campaign for the White House four years after surprising Democrats with a strong bid for the party's 2016 nomination. "We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it's time to move that revolution forward," the independent senator told Vermont Public Radio in an interview airing Tuesday morning . But this 2020 bid will undoubtedly be a very different presidential campaign than his quest for the...

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Activist groups opposed to President Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the U.S. southern border demonstrated Monday night at the Collier County Government Complex.

Thousands of homeless residents across Florida have been arrested in recent years on charges of asking for money in public spaces without government authorization. A lawsuit filed this month by the Southern Legal Counsel alleges that those thousands of arrests are violating the First Amendment -- a stance that has previously been upheld by U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.

Back in April, Nicaragua erupted in protests calling for the ouster of President Daniel Ortega – who’s ruled the poor Central American country for 24 of the past 40 years and is widely accused of turning it into a corrupt dictatorship. His security forces responded with a brutality Dr. Josmar Briones had never seen.

Human rights groups say police and pro-Ortega paramilitary groups have shot and killed more than 300 protesters – almost all of them unarmed students. “People shot in the chest, the head,” Briones recalls. “I’ll never forget it.”

Briones was a neurosurgeon in Managua when the protests began. Speaking over lunch at a restaurant here in Doral, he says officials in the regime handed down an unwritten order to hospitals and clinics: Do not attend to wounded protesters; hand them over to police.

DeSantis Keeps Valenstein As Environmental Chief

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Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday he intends to keep Noah Valenstein as the state’s environmental secretary, a move that quickly drew praise from a number of conservationists. 

Local law enforcement is beginning to make security plans for when Tampa hosts the Super Bowl in 2021, and human trafficking is one issue they're focusing on.


The Sarasota Police Department may soon be cracking down on the non-euphoric hemp product cannabidoil (CBD) – a cousin of the marijuana plant.

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We're now more than halfway through Black History Month. So, in honor of those of black heritage here in Southwest Florida, WGCU is featuring local African Americans from across the region — from all sorts of professions, genders and backgrounds. This is a recent conversation between WGCU’s Rachel Iacovone and a local artist who’s highlighting his community this month, in a visual way.


Agriculture Chairman Seeks State Hemp Program

Feb 18, 2019

With officials seeing a potentially lucrative industry, Senate Agriculture Chairman Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula, is proposing creation of a state hemp program. 

Bill Would Let Schools Have Opioid-Countering Drugs

Feb 18, 2019

A Senate Democrat on Thursday filed a proposal that would allow public schools to buy a type of drug that is used to treat people who have overdosed on opioids. 

Two Crises In One: As Drug Use Rises, So Does Syphilis

Feb 18, 2019

Public health officials grappling with record-high syphilis rates around the nation have pinpointed what appears to be a major risk factor: drug use.

“Two major public health issues are colliding,” said Dr. Sarah Kidd, a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and lead author of a new report issued Thursday on the link between drugs and syphilis.

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