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FLORIDA CONTINUES TO GET OLDER
Florida’s population continued to get older last year from a combination of natural aging and new residents, and the state had the highest rate of residents older than 65 years old. New estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that Florida grew by 1.2 percent from 2012 to 2013, and the state now has about 19.5 million residents.
WOMAN CLEANING CAGE BITTEN BY COBRA
An employee cleaning a snake cage at a Florida wildlife sanctuary was in critical condition after being bitten by a cobra early Thursday, wildlife officials said. The woman was bitten on the hand around 5:30 a.m. by a spectacled cobra about three feet in length at McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary in Loxahatchee, said Katie Johnson of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
JUDGE WON’T DISMISS DODGERS’ PUIG LAWSUIT
A Miami judge has denied a motion by Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL’ pweeg) to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Cuban man blaming the player for his imprisonment and torture on the communist island. In the lawsuit, Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot claims he was falsely accused by Puig of involvement in human trafficking and was subjected to torture in Cuban prisons.
HIGH COURT OVERTURNS DEATH SENTENCE
The Florida Supreme Court is throwing out the conviction of a death row inmate after new DNA evidence raised questions about whether or not he murdered a woman nearly 30 years ago. A divided court on Thursday overturned both the conviction and death sentence imposed on Paul C. Hildwin. He was entenced to die for killing 42-year-old Vronzettie Cox, whose nude body was found stuffed in the trunk of a car parked in some Hernando County woods in September 1985
FAMU DROPS 2 ATHLETIC PROGRAMS
Florida A&M University has announced it will suspend the men’s golf and men’s tennis programs to keep in line with Title IX requirements. Athletic director Kellen Winslow says the university did not want to suspend the teams, but must due to the athletic department’s “fiscal situation.”