Posts Tagged ‘ florida ’

Obama surges ahead of McCain

Sep 22nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

Republican candidate John McCain faces the daunting task of trying to square his long history of advocating corporate and financial deregulation - the sort of loose controls many blame for the turmoil on Wall Street. Senator McCain now says more controls are needed to prevent a repeat of the turmoil that sent the stock market plunging, as he tries to recover from a damaging series of gaffes regarding the unfolding crisis.



The ‘Real’ Girlfriend Experience

Sep 21st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

My first date with a prostitute would be at a bowling alley in west Broward. We could talk about whatever she wanted. Do whatever she felt like doing. As long as it didn’t involve anything even close to sex.



Obama Criticizes McCain on Social Security

Sep 21st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

While Senator McCain has not called for a full privatization of Social Security, he has supported the concept of allowing individuals to invest part of their payroll taxes in stock and bonds. But the idea has taken on a new air of political vulnerability because of the upheaval on Wall Street, which Senator Obama has sought to seize on.



The New McCain: More Aggressive and Scripted on the Campaign Trail

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

As John McCain worked his way through Florida and Ohio this week as the Republican presidential nominee, he was a candidate transformed. He unsmilingly raced through a series of relatively brief speeches, reading often from a teleprompter, and served up a diet of the kind of sound-bite attacks that he used to dismiss with an eye roll.



Saggy pants ban ‘unconstitutional’

Sep 17th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A Florida judge has deemed unconstitutional a law banning saggy pants that show off the wearer’s underwear. The law was approved by Rivers Beach voters in March after supporters of the bill collected nearly 5,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot.



Woman Tries to Hit Officer with Mini-Van, Runs Over Self Instead

Sep 16th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A Florida woman trying to flee Baker County Sheriff’s deputies accidentally ran over herself Sunday afternoon. Police say she first tried to hit a deputy and then lost control and hit a lawn mower.



Kidnapping Victim Grabs Gun, Shoots Abductors

Sep 9th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A man in the back seat next to the victim laid his handgun in his lap while he typed a text message. The victim grabbed the gun and shot that person, then shot one of the people in the front seat.



Clinton Stumps for Obama, but With Little Fire at Palin

Sep 9th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

The absence of heavy fire directed at Gov. Palin had been expected, given a reluctance by Senator Clinton to turn her campaigning into a battle between two women. Yet advisers to Senator Obama said Mrs. Clinton was nonetheless their best surrogate to counter the Republican ticket’s new drive to win over her former supporters.



Boy, 8, hands out pile of $20 bills - all fake

Sep 6th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

The fake money came to light when one child tried to pay for lunch. A cafeteria worker marked the note, and it didn’t react to the marker. She then alerted the dean of students, who found out that several students had fake $20 bills.



Obama Camp Turns to Clinton to Counter Palin

Sep 5th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

With the McCain-Palin team courting undecided female voters, including some who backed Senator Clinton in the Democratic primaries, Senator Obama’s aides said they were counting on not only Mrs. Clinton but also Democratic female governors to rebut Ms. Palin — and, by extension, Mr. McCain.