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This is the motocycle Edward Barone was driving in last year's crash in Orange City. Statements from a convenience-store worker, along with diligent detective work, resulted in charges against a couple in a crash near a busy Volusia County intersection last year that killed a 20-year-old Sanford man.

 

"Stand your ground" statutes benefit whites more than blacks, are unnecessary and cause minority men to live in fear, several experts said Friday to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission as it evaluates racial disparities in the laws. But one dissenter, an African-American lawmaker from South Carolina, said the law benefits black defendants by putting in place an extra hurdle in the way of arrest by police officers who may have hidden racial biases.

 

"Stand your ground" statutes benefit whites more than blacks, are unnecessary and cause minority men to live in fear, several experts said Friday to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission as it evaluates racial disparities in the laws. But one dissenter, an African-American lawmaker from South Carolina, said the law benefits black defendants by putting in place an extra hurdle in the way of arrest by police officers who may have hidden racial biases.

 

On the same 2012 day Alynda Lee Segarra, the singer-songwriter behind Hurray for the Riff Raff, celebrated her 25th birthday, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Inspired by a recent visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Segarra released a video for "Everybody Knows " on her next birthday, paying tribute to the slain teenager.

 

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2012CA003218 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. UNKNOWN HEIRS OR BENEFICIARIES OF THE ESTATE OF LYNN BLOOD A/K/A LYNN MARIE BLOOD, DECEASED, et al Defendant .

 

The Florida Department of Transportation is holding a second alternatives public meeting for the Goldsboro Community Gateway Improvements PD&E study. In response to the feedback from the first alternatives public meeting in June, additional alternatives will be presented that improve the connectivity, access, mobility and safety associated with the existing transportation network within and around the Goldsboro Community and other nearby facilities in Sanford.

 

When Mayor Jeff Triplett was elected in 2010, he vowed to change the long-held perception that Sanford was filled with racial divisions, bad cops and good old boys. Now Triplett, credited for helping keep Sanford calm even as thousands of protesters descended on the city's streets, is running for another term.

 

A beachside strip club manager and two bouncers were arrested over the weekend and charged with beating and robbing a 55-year-old patron from out of town, police said. The fracas a week earlier at Lollipop's Gentlemen's Club on North Grandview Avenue left the Nebraska man on a business trip bleeding in an alley with a broken nose, chipped tooth, road rash and a concussion, according to police reports.

 

There is so much going on in Orlando music news and live shows this week, it's difficult to believe this is only a small part of it. In a press release issued last Friday it was announced that Firestone Live would be changing their name.

 

Central Florida - SunRail trains are operating on a normal schedule Monday, October 13 with 34 regularly scheduled train trips per day.

 

I'll be in Jacksonville on Friday, Oct. 10, to cover the opening show in a six-night stand by Garth Brooks at the Veterans Memorial Arena. That's a long way from Orlando, but the country star does have a few documented local connections: Most notably, Brooks name-checked The Barn in Sanford, where he performed in the early days, in "The Old Stuff," a 1995 song about being on the road: "We played The Barn down in Sanford Florida."

 

When the weather cools down in Orlando , the music scene explodes with live music choices thanks to the festivals kicking into high gear. It's been said before, but this time of year in Orlando, it would really help if a music fan could be in several spots at once to enjoy the terrific music going on.

 

No Civil Rights Charges Against George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Death Because 'There Isn't a Case, and There Never Was,' Says Project 21's Horace... No Civil Rights Charges Against George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Death Because 'There Isn't a Case, and There Never Was,' Says Project 21's Horace Cooper WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 -- The National Center for Public Policy Research issued the following news release: Responding to a report that the U.S. Department of Justice will not file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, a legal expert with the Project 21 black leadership network said federal intervention was a mistake from the beginning and something any new nominee for attorney general should pledge to avoid during his or her tenure.

 

Old Dominion University students sat in rapt attention Thursday evening as a man in a dark suit talked about his kids. He was not a polished public speaker.

 

It's a call no principal wants to get: A bomb threat has been called in, and the school might be at risk. Should students and staff evacuate? Students walked through the rain to churches, crowded onto school football fields or crouched in corners while police swept halls and classrooms for bombs.

 

The Justice Department's civil rights division is unlikely for lack of evidence to move ahead with federal charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, The Washington Post reported. The department has been unable to establish that Zimmerman, who identifies as Hispanic, shot the 17-year-old Martin on purpose because he was African-American.

 

Jeanine Taylor Folk Art presents its sixth annual Halloween art show and sale in Sanford the first weekend of October. "Spirits In Sanford" opens with a reservation-only preview party on Friday, Oct. 3, and then a public exhibition on Saturday, Oct. 4. This juried art show, created for those with a passion for Halloween, draws collectors from up and down the East coast.

 
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