Florida

midterms

Convicted Felons on What They Want You to Know About the Midterms

"Blocked From the Ballot" gives intimate testimony and context on how convicted felons in Florida (and beyond) have long been barred from voting. Tomorrow's vote could change that—and how broader enfranchisement impacts the US as a whole.
Aundre Larrow
11.5.18
child marriage

Woman Who Was Forced to Marry Her Rapist at 11 Is Trying to End Child Marriage

Because of legal loopholes, child marriage still exists in some states. This week, the Florida State passed a bill that would make it illegal to grant a marriage license to anyone under the age of 18.
Kimberly Lawson
2.1.18
Film

Meet the Six-Year-Old Behind the Most Oscar-Worthy Performance of the Year

In "The Florida Project," Brooklynn Prince is electrifying as a homeless girl living in a community of extended-stay motel guests outside of Disney World.
Mitchell Sunderland
10.5.17
travel

Florida Girls Are Pissed That Hipsters Stole LaCroix from Them

"Stop appropriating my Fort Lauderdale slut water!" said one native who has drank the sparkling water since the mid-2000s.
Mitchell Sunderland
6.8.17
This Week in 2007

Anna Nicole Smith Dying in My Hometown Gave Me a Religious Awakening

Ten years ago this week, a pop culture earthquake erupted when Anna Nicole overdosed in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino a few blocks away from my mother's house...
Mitchell Sunderland
2.7.17
Health

For Pregnant Women in Florida's Zika Zones, Life is Full of Uncertainty

Zika has been linked to a range of birth defects in newborns, but it's asymptomatic in most cases. Faced with outbreak zones, travel advisories, and a massive Zika test backlog, some pregnant women in Miami are effectively going into seclusion—and...
Briana Fasone
10.18.16
crime

Female Tourist Put in Men's Jail, Forced to Strip to Prove Gender, Suit Claims

Fior Pichardo de Veloz has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Miami-Dade Corrections Department, and the suit raises important questions about inmates and gender.
Mitchell Sunderland
10.1.16
Religion

Forgiving Christian Group in Florida Wants Abortion to Be Punishable by Death

Abolish Abortion Florida, an evangelical group "seeking to respond rightly to child sacrifice," wants to prosecute abortion providers and women who choose to terminate their pregnancies for murder.
Kimberly Lawson
9.28.16
crime

Man Posing as Country Star Jason Aldean Arrested for Defrauding Disabled Woman

Michael Farris posed as Aldean on Facebook and lured a mentally handicapped woman into giving him cash and sex, police say.
Nancy Dunham
6.27.16
dear florida moms

Dear Florida Moms: How Do I Tell if My Boyfriend Is Talking to His Ex?

The best advice from the people least qualified to give it.
Babs and Julie
6.22.16
Q and A

We Talked to the Stay-at-Home Mom Who Handed Gov. Rick Scott His Ass

You've probably seen the explosive footage of Cara Jennings unloading on Gov. Rick Scott for cutting services to working families. What you didn't see is Jennings confront him about anti-abortion legislation. Jennings filled us in on what we missed.
Natasha Vargas-Cooper
4.7.16
reproductive rights

Idiot Lawmakers Think You Should Go to the Dentist to Get an Abortion

Florida just passed a bill to effectively defund Planned Parenthood. Anti-abortion legislators say that women seeking reproductive care can just go to an elementary school or a foot doctor instead, but the Riverview Foot and Ankle Specialists were very...
Gabby Bess
3.23.16