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Homosassa Man Dies Parking Lot Race Track Sunday

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A Homosassa man died Sunday evening in a hospital after being injured earlier that morning when a truck rear-ended his bicycle in the parking lot of a RaceTrac gas station.

Following the 8:43 a.m. collision at the RaceTrac on the corner of U.S. 19 and West Homosassa Trail, medics transported Jeromy Landon Bresler to Ocala Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, according to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) crash report.

Bresler later died at 6:07 p.m. He was 36.

According to FHP’s report, Bresler rode into the gas station’s parking lot ahead of a southbound Chevrolet pickup driven by 32-year-old Weeki Wachee resident Jamie Jo Fox-Brady, who didn’t see Bresler and collided with the back of his bicycle.

FHP reported that alcohol was not involved. Charges are pending.

Gas prices shot up yesterday

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We went shopping at Publix in Shoppes of Sugarmill going by the Shell gas station on corner of 19 and Cardinal Street the price for regular was $2.44 per gal on the return trip the price had gone up 14 cents to $2.58 per gal could this crazy price increase be the result of laying out of fencing for the new Seven Eleven

that’s to be on the opposite corner on Cardinal? Isn’t competition suppose to reduce prices or are the stations going to try and make a killing before the new stations are finished?

Florida governors have been around the world in search of jobs but have sometimes found criticism instead

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By Skyler Swisher | South Florida Sun Sentinel | May 31, 2019 | 6:06 PM

Florida governors have been around the world in search of jobs but have sometimes found criticism instead
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis led the Florida delegation to the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem on Thursday May 30, 2019. (Photo provided by governor’s office) (Courtesy)

Florida governors have crisscrossed the globe from Tokyo to Paris in hopes of returning with high-paying jobs and foreign investment.

Sometimes, they found controversy instead.

Gov. Ron DeSantis finished his first international trade mission Friday, a four-day business development trip to Israel. A delegation of more than 100 people, including lobbyists, business leaders, academics and elected officials, joined him.

The governor helped broker research agreements, rubbed elbows with the Israeli business community and stirred up some controversy of his own.

His decision to hold a Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem 6,000 miles away from Florida’s Capitol led to a lawsuit from open government advocates and criticism that he was giving more access to lobbyists in his trade delegation than the public who couldn’t attend. The administration responded by saying the meeting was only ceremonial.

He isn’t the only governor to hit bumps.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist answers questions in a news conference after an ethanol roundtable during a trade mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 5, 2007.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist answers questions in a news conference after an ethanol roundtable during a trade mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 5, 2007. (File / Sun Sentinel)

Former Gov. Charlie Crist’s 12-day trade mission to Europe racked up $430,000 in expenses in 2008 as the state’s economy faltered. Business executives paid for the governor’s part of the trip, but Crist faced political fallout when his $8,000 first-class airfare and $2,179-a-night suite near London’s Hyde Park were disclosed.

The tab even included $320 for his signature electric fans he used to keep himself cool when delivering speeches.Governor Crist and entourage traveled in style across Europe as businesses and taxpayers footed the bill »

Former Gov. Rick Scott became a punch line on Spanish television in 2012 when he acknowledged a literal elephant in the room at the time he met the country’s monarch — who was embroiled in a scandal involving an elephant-hunting trip to Botswana.

“I’ve ridden elephants. I’ve never tried to shoot one,” he quipped, bringing up a touchy subject for the king.

Invariably, the trips lead to questions over whether taxpayers are footing the bill for politicians to enjoy lavish, self-serving outings at their expense.

Trade mission highlights

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • More than 10 meetings and events were held with Israeli business leaders.
  • Roundtable discussions were held on school safety and the environment.
  • More than 20 research agreements and other partnerships were signed.
  • A Florida Cabinet meeting was held at the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
  • The governor signed a bill that aims to stop anti-Semitism in the state’s public schools

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‘Wow, What Is That?’ Navy Pilots Report Unexplained Flying Objects

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“These things would be out there all day,” Lt. Ryan Graves said. “Keeping an aircraft in the air requires a significant amount of energy. With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.”CreditCreditTony Luong for The New York Times

By Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean

WASHINGTON — The strange objects, one of them like a spinning top moving against the wind, appeared almost daily from the summer of 2014 to March 2015, high in the skies over the East Coast. Navy pilots reported to their superiors that the objects had no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes, but that they could reach 30,000 feet and hypersonic speeds.

“These things would be out there all day,” said Lt. Ryan Graves, an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot who has been with the Navy for 10 years, and who reported his sightings to the Pentagon and Congress. “Keeping an aircraft in the air requires a significant amount of energy. With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.”

In late 2014, a Super Hornet pilot had a near collision with one of the objects, and an official mishap report was filed. Some of the incidents were videotaped, including one taken by a plane’s camera in early 2015 that shows an object zooming over the ocean waves as pilots question what they are watching.

“Wow, what is that, man?” one exclaims. “Look at it fly!”

No one in the Defense Department is saying that the objects were extraterrestrial, and experts emphasize that earthly explanations can generally be found for such incidents. Lieutenant Graves and four other Navy pilots, who said in interviews with The New York Times that they saw the objects in 2014 and 2015 in training maneuvers from Virginia to Florida off the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, make no assertions of their provenance.

But the objects have gotten the attention of the Navy, which earlier this year sent out new classified guidance for how to report what the military calls unexplained aerial phenomena, or unidentified flying objects.Video 1:08‘Look at That Thing’: Footage Shows Pilots Spotting Unknown ObjectVideos filmed by Navy pilots show two encounters with flying objects. One was captured by a plane’s camera off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla., on Jan. 20, 2015. That footage, published previously but with little context, shows an object tilting like a spinning top moving against the wind. A pilot refers to a fleet of objects, but no imagery of a fleet was released. The second video was taken a few weeks later.CreditCreditU.S. Department of Defense

Joseph Gradisher, a Navy spokesman, said the new guidance was an update of instructions that went out to the fleet in 2015, after the Roosevelt incidents.

“There were a number of different reports,” he said. Some cases could have been commercial drones, he said, but in other cases “we don’t know who’s doing this, we don’t have enough data to track this. So the intent of the message to the fleet is to provide updated guidance on reporting procedures for suspected intrusions into our airspace.”

The sightings were reported to the Pentagon’s shadowy, little-known Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which analyzed the radar data, video footage and accounts provided by senior officers from the Roosevelt. Luis Elizondo, a military intelligence official who ran the program until he resigned in 2017, called the sightings “a striking series of incidents.”Navy pilots from the VFA-11 “Red Rippers” squadron aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in 2015. The squadron began noticing strange objects just after the Navy upgraded the radar systems on its F/A-18 fighter planes.CreditAdam Ferguson for The New York Times

Navy pilots from the VFA-11 “Red Rippers” squadron aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in 2015. The squadron began noticing strange objects just after the Navy upgraded the radar systems on its F/A-18 fighter planes.CreditAdam Ferguson for The New York Times

The program, which began in 2007 and was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who was the Senate majority leader at the time, was officially shut down in 2012 when the money dried up, according to the Pentagon. But the Navy recently said it currently investigates military reports of U.F.O.s, and Mr. Elizondo and other participants say the program — parts of it remain classified — has continued in other forms. The program has also studied video that shows a whitish oval object described as a giant Tic Tac, about the size of a commercial plane, encountered by two Navy fighter jets off the coast of San Diego in 2004.

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Spectrum Services were Out get Credit on your bill information

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Homosassa Florida Service Outage 5.29.2019

Spectrum services for areas in Homosassa, Florida (not sure if any other areas) on Wednesday May 29, 2019 were out for at least six hours! A fiber optic cable had been cut and all services phone, tv, and internet were out! Be sure to call customer service at 855-889-9081 to receive credit on your bill. They will not give you credit for this outage unless you request it.

“Here We Go Again:” This Judge Blocked Another Mississippi Abortion Ban and He’s Tired

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n May 27, 2019

A U.S. district judge temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy Friday evening, after the only abortion clinic left in Mississippi sued to stop the law from going into effect.

And in his sarcastic, searing opinion, Judge Carlton Reeves makes it clear that he’s fed up with the Mississippi legislature’s attempts to restrict access to abortion.

“Here we go again,” Reeves wrote in his opinion’s very first line. “Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability.”

Late last year, Reeves struck down another Mississippi law that sought to ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. In his Friday opinion, Reeves pointed out that the Supreme Court has repeatedly held that a woman has a right to get an abortion prior to fetal viability — which generally occurs at 24 weeks. REST OF STORY HERE…

Gov. DeSantis and Florida Leaders in Israel

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A group including Gov. Ron DeSantis, politicians, business leaders, lobbyists and academics land in Tel Aviv on Sunday.

A Visit Florida ad was the first thing to greet the Florida delegation to Israel as they disembarked in Tel Aviv after a 12 hour flight. [Jeffrey Schweers / Florida Society of News Editors]

By Jeffrey Schweers 3 hours ago

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – While Florida slept nearly 100 politicians, business leaders, lobbyists and academics flew to Israel after a 30-minute delay caused by security checks.

This intrepid reporter was among at least a dozen other passengers pulled into a private, secure room to have his bags checked one last time before boarding. Israeli security put our laptops and cameras under intense scrutiny.

We touched down in Tel Aviv after an uneventful flight at 6:05 p.m. Israel time (11:05 EST), and were greeted by a Visit Florida advertisement exhorting visitors to “Follow Your Sunshine” upon disembarking. The Florida tourism agency just announced that it was laying off 44 of its 135 employees after state lawmakers slashed its budget by more than a third.

Young said there are 35-40 VISIT FLORIDA billboards around Tel Aviv https://t.co/AaBuMNFEft— Jeff Schweers (@jeffschweers) May 26, 2019

This reporter also caught a glimpse of Gov. DeSantis behind a rope line on his cell phone wearing a navy blazer and his trademark black cowboy boots.

The delegation breezed through security and customs and were greeted by our Israeli hosts before boarding charter buses to the Hilton where most of delegation is staying while in Tel Aviv.

A meet and greet is planned for later today.

I had brief chat with Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz, who plans to tour the Israeli emergency management center at the Gaza border tomorrow.

Sen. Lauren Book said she’s excited to meet with security experts tomorrow morning to learn more about school security.

And Rep. Randy Fine hopes to talk to experts about water quality, given his concerns about the Indian River Lagoon.

USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA Statehouse Reporter Jeffrey Schweers is accompanying Gov. Ron DeSantis and his 90-plus member delegation on his Israeli business development mission this week as a pool reporter for the Florida Society of News Editors. Schweers will provide regular reports and updates from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for Florida’s newspapers. Follow him on Twitter for updates @jeffschweers.Jeffrey Schweersuz

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Regions Bank Charges $2.00

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REGIONS BANK HOMOSASSA FLORIDA

My son gave me a check for Mother’s Day and I went into Regions Bank in Homosassa the facility where it was drawn from and because I did not have an account there they charge me $2.00 to cash my Mother Day’s gift! What’s wrong with this picture this isn’t the way it use to be, things are terribly wrong in this country and although this may seem trival after all it’s only two dollars, two dollars can nearly buy you a loaf of bread, it shows the depth of conniving and surreptitious activities  going on everyday to the detriment of the people!   Corl Gregory

Two Editors on How to Make an Abortion Ban Funny

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The cofounders of satire site Reductress talk about how they’re capturing people’s collective rage.

Reductress

What’s funny about a total abortion ban? Very little. Yet last week, people were gleefully sharing the darkly humorous headlines and stories published by the women’s satire site Reductress, guffawing at its acerbic coverage of the extreme anti-choice laws coming out of Georgia, Ohio, and Alabama to tens of thousands of retweets.

The site has been unsparing in its criticism. A favorite subject of the recent slate of stories is the conservative hypocrisy surrounding abortion legislation: “I Believe God Gave Us All Free Will—Except Pregnant Woman,” reads one headline, accompanied by a photo of an Alabama Governor Kay Ivey grinning; “Senator Says the Only Acceptable Way to Kill a Fetus Is With a Gun,” reads another; “Life Is Sacred, That’s Why This Nonviable Fetus Should Stay Inside Me So We Can Both Die,” reads a third.

Reductress lays bare the components of recent anti-choice legislation that amount to pure cruelty, like the lack of exceptions for rape and incest in Alabama’s abortion ban: “Life Begins the Second a Girl’s Uncle Decides on Incest,” contributor Alexandra Ozeri wrote in a May 15th headline.

And headlines like “What Surprised Me Most About Becoming a Parent Was That I Was Forced to by the Government” are both funny and a punch to the gut—as some people on Twitter pointed out, the world in which these headlines simply reflect reality seems to have grown frighteningly near.

REST OF STORY HERE…

The EPA’s Lies About Air Pollution Are Killing Americans

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In its latest move to protect industry, the government has ensured that we’ll see more deaths from asthma, heart problems and cognitive degeneration.

In 1948, a severe bout of smog killed 20 people and sickened 7,000 in the small town of Donora, Pennsylvania. The fatal air pollution, spurred by a steel mill, was not unheard of during the time, but it catalyzed a national movement for better air. Two years later, President Harry Truman called the first national air pollution conference. By 1963, Congress had passed the Clean Air Act.

More than six decades later—despite significant progress—air pollution continues to be a problem, with more than 40 percent of Americans still exposed to unhealthy air. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency under President Donald Trump has decided to pose an arbitrary threshold by which to define unhealthy air in order to protect fossil fuel companies and their unchecked emissions. Given that science has confirmed that no level of polluted air can be healthy, this will not only threaten us now, but for generations to come.

“The newer science seems to show effects at lower and lower levels of pollution,” said Edward Avol, a professor of clinical preventive medicine at the Environmental Health Sciences Center at the University of Southern California. “The EPA is saying ‘we don’t care about that anymore’.”

Avol, who served on panels that advised both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, pointed to the mounting evidence that even minor amounts of air pollution can cause premature deaths, impacting heart health, asthma rates, and even cognitive performance. This is particularly dangerous for children and the elderly, since both are more vulnerable to pollutants. Stories of families that have moved because of air pollution are cropping up, most recently in California, where corporate entities exacerbate wildfires.

“The EPA is saying ‘we don’t care about that anymore’.”

The U.S. already uses a significant amount of health spending on air pollution-related injuries. According to a Rand report that looked at hospital admissions, the state of California alone could have saved upwards of $193 million if air quality improved. And Columbia University’s Steve Cohen pointed out that the U.S. investment of $65 billion to clean up air has resulted in $1.5 trillion in economic benefits in the form of health and workforce savings.

The EPA’s new lowered standards will burden communities of color and poor people the most. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences earlier this year found that pollution caused by the consumption of fossil fuels by non-Hispanic white people impacted Black and Latino populations the most. And the people most impacted by coal plant and mining emissions, which the administration is seeking to protect, are also largely in financially strapped communities.

These policy changes build on the Trump administration’s deliberate decimation of environmental protections. The move to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the Obama-era strategy for implementing renewable energy, started soon after the 2016 election. And some Republican representatives have been trying to dismantle the EPA altogether. The real-life impacts of these moves are far-reaching, from cases of sulfur dioxide poisoning in communities in Houston to increased levels of arsenic and mercury in West Virginia waterways. REST OF STORY HERE

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