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Florida police help injured dog ‘at death’s door’

A dog named Hollywood is getting medical care after he was left in critical condition at a South Florida police department. 

WFOR reported that a woman left the Yorkie in a chair last week at the Hollywood Police Department.

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“Basically she just came in and said she had to go to work, said she was busy,” Rose Mone of the Hollywood Police Department told WFOR. “She found it over there somewhere and put the dog over here on the chair and walked out and that was it.”

The dog has a painful infection and a bladder blockage.  

“He couldn’t walk, he was crying,” Ed Degelsmith of Glimmer of Life, a nonprofit, no-kill rescue organization, said.

“I think if he would have (gone) to animal rescue, they would have put him down because he was so sick,” Degelsmith said. “He knows he was at death’s door and he’s got a second chance.”

According to the Glimmer of Life website, the dog’s surgery is scheduled this week.

Degelsmith has set up a GoFundMe page to help with the cost of the dog’s treatment and surgery.

Kelcie Willis of the Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Wikipedia founder aims to destroy fake news with online newspaper

According to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, "the news is broken and we can fix it.”

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Wales aims to do just that by launching Wikitribune, an ad-free online news publication financed not by advertising, but by a crowdfunding campaign.

In a video announcement for the new site, Wales said the digital age and social media have negatively affected traditional journalism, resulting in consumers’ desire for free content and news organizations’ dependence on advertising and “clicks” to meet financial goals, ultimately giving rise to fake, click-bait news.

» RELATED: Keeping it real in the era of fake news 

Wikitribune, he said, is his solution. The online newspaper, according to Wales, is “by the people and for the people,” and will be written, curated and fact-checked based on standards-based, evidence-backed journalism, by professional journalists and community members.

Authors for the no-paywall site will cover a wide range of topics, from U.S. politics to science and technology.

Initially, Wikitribune is looking to hire 10 professional journalists to work with community members to fact-check content, Wales told The Verge. While anyone can suggest edits, edits will need to be approved by an official member or volunteer.

Readers will also be able to purchase monthly subscriptions, which will allow them to suggest topics they want journalists to cover, for approximately $15.

» RELATED: Georgia did not ‘ban Muslim culture,’ as fake-news websites claimed 

“I wonder whether it will be able to scale up to make a significant impact on the information sphere -- especially on social networks such as Facebook where the main problems of fake news and misinformation occur,” London School of Economics professor Charlie Beckett told CNN.

Beckett is one of many experts who are skeptical about Wikitribune.

Joshua Benton, director of Harvard University's Nieman Journalism Lab, told the BBC that 10 or 20 people aren’t going to “fix the news.”

“There's certainly a model for nonprofit news that can be successful ... but I have a hard time seeing this scale up into becoming a massive news organization,” Benton said.

Read more about Wikitribune at The Verge.

Health Care Worries Pull Crowd To Conservative Ohio Rep’s Town Hall

LIMA, Ohio — Speaking over constituents’ often-hostile shouts and angry murmurs, one of Congress’ most conservative Republicans told a tense town hall meeting here Monday that less government regulation — not more — is the solution to their rising health care premiums.

“What we want to do is make sure we have the best health care system in the world and bring back affordable insurance plain and simple. That’s what I’m trying to do. That’s what we continue to focus on,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, the co-founder of the House’s conservative Freedom Caucus. Its firm opposition to the GOP’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act forced party leaders last month to yank their bill from a vote on the House floor.

But on the eve of Congress’ return to Washington after a two-week Easter recess, Jordan offered no clues to his party’s next move on a health care bill or the prospects for a government shutdown if Congress fails to agree before the Friday deadline on a bill to provide short-term funding to keep it operating.

More than 200 people attended the Ohio congressman’s 2 1/2-hour meeting, mostly pummeling him with questions and personal stories about their health care. Jordan heard from constituents with sick children, veterans who couldn’t access Veterans Affairs’ care and nervous families who feared what could happen to them if federal Medicaid funding is cut, among others.

Seated on black folding chairs in a windowless hall of the Lima Veterans Civic Center, many in the audience followed a practice that’s been common this year at congressional members’ town hall meetings — holding up red signs when they disagreed with Jordan and, less frequently, green signs when they agreed. Jordan, unruffled by opposition, drew laughs once when he referred to a woman in the crowd as “gentlelady,” in the formal way that male members of Congress sometimes address female members when the House is in session.

Tobias Buckell told the congressman the ACA’s mandate that insurers cover preexisting conditions had made it possible for both his wife, Emily, and him to have careers as freelancers — he as a science fiction writer and Emily as an e-book designer. Buckell, the father of twin 8-year-old daughters, told Jordan the only way he could risk that career choice was because he was able to buy insurance through the law’s exchanges. He has a genetic heart condition that he said had made him virtually uninsurable before.

“We’re going to be moved to a high risk pool, we’ll pay three times as much our current rate … how will that help me?” asked Buckell, 38.

Though the most vocal members of the crowd were largely in disagreement with Jordan’s views, a quiet minority in the front of the room shook their heads and waved green signs in agreement when the congressman responded to a question by saying he did not believe health care is a universal right.

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“I do not believe health care is a right. Rights are not given to us by the government, rights come from God, although Jim acknowledged that the American people have come to accept it as a right,” said Linda Gentry, a 66-year old constituent who works for an insurance company.

Of the 17 questions Jordan was asked, 13 related to health care. Lisa Robeson, the event’s moderator, estimated that around half of the 45 questions submitted in advance focused on the topic.

Jordan’s comments on the federal government’s role in solving the opioid crisis brought what might have been his audience’s most negative reaction of the night.

Ohio has been especially hard hit in recent years. It led the nation in opioid overdose deaths in 2015, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, while Dayton, just an hour and a half south of Lima, topped a criminal justice group’s national ranking of America’s most drugged-out cities last year.

“I’m not convinced the federal government giving more money will solve the problem,” Jordan said. Instead of a “grand scheme” handed down from Washington, he suggested churches, schools and families are best equipped to handle the opioid epidemic – a remark that raised a sea of red signs across the room.

Jordan’s 4th District touches the northern part of the state near Lake Erie, and includes rural areas and suburbs of Columbus, the state capitol. He has been the district’s congressman since 2007 and he has little reason to be alarmed by contentious town halls. Jordan was reelected last November with more than 68 percent of the vote.

By the end of Monday’s town hall, some of Jordan’s constituents were divided on whether they’d heard what they came to find out.

“It’s clear to me that there is sort of a vague idea what the Republican replacement would be, and I don’t think we got a statement about that,” said Robert Kemp, 62, a health care economist that also rose to speak in favor of universal health care.

Barbara Mayer, 81, a retired teacher, didn’t mind the lack of specificity. She said it was unfair for people to demand comment on a measure that hasn’t been finalized yet.

“They’re quoting things about what Trump’s bringing out and it isn’t even public yet,” Mayer said. “People aren’t giving the new Congress a fair trial.”

Medical marijuana in Florida: Patients could gain quicker access to the drug

Florida patients wouldn't have to wait 90 days to purchase marijuana if doctors recommend the treatment, under a proposal on its way to the Senate floor for a vote.

The possibility of a 90-day requirement remains one of the biggest patient-focused differences between House and Senate measures crafted to carry out a constitutional amendment --- overwhelmingly approved by voters in November --- that legalized marijuana for a broad swath of people with debilitating medical conditions.

Other major distinctions between the two chambers involve the number of businesses licensed to grow, process and distribute marijuana products throughout the state and the number of dispensaries each licensee would be allowed to operate.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a plan (SB 406) sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican who helped craft a 2014 law that legalized non-euphoric marijuana for patients with chronic muscle spasms, epilepsy or cancer. The Legislature updated the law last year to allow full-strength marijuana for terminally ill patients, partly in anticipation of the November amendment's passage.

Bradley's new measure is supported by backers of the constitutional amendment, commonly known as Amendment 2. It would require that state health officials add five new licenses for "medical marijuana treatment centers," currently called "dispensing organizations." Seven license have already been granted. The Senate proposal would also require the Department of Health to add more licenses as the number of patients in a statewide registry reaches certain benchmarks.

The Senate plan would also cap at three the number of retail outlets each medical marijuana treatment center could operate, now unlimited under current law.

Bradley has said he believes the limited number of dispensaries per license is too low, but the cap is likely to be used as a bargaining chip as he and House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, who is spearheading the House's marijuana plan, seek to reach agreement on a bill before the legislative session ends May 5.

The Senate committee also tweaked Bradley's bill Tuesday to allow "snowbirds" who are eligible for marijuana treatment in other states and will reside in Florida for at least three months to be able to purchase marijuana here.

Patients, caregivers and supporters of Amendment 2 have flooded the Capitol over the past few weeks, urging lawmakers to spurn the House plan in favor of the Senate version. Both chambers' measures are ready for full floor votes as early as this week.

"The Senate keeps making their bill better, while the House keeps making theirs worse, and I've got to hope they can meet in the middle with these negotiations," Ben Pollara, the campaign manager for the political committee that backed Amendment 2, told reporters after Tuesday's meeting.

Stephani Scruggs Bowen's husband, Michael, had a seizure last week during a committee meeting as he was waiting to testify on the Senate proposal. Stephani Bowen, who told the Senate panel Tuesday she was speaking on her husband's behalf because he bit his tongue during last week's seizure, said she and her husband are lifelong Republicans who have been politically active for years.

"To say we're part of the religious right would be an understatement," Bowen, who lives in Pensacola, said.

She warned Republicans not to believe that restricting access to medical marijuana would endear them to GOP voters.

"It's similar to the primary, where my husband and I worked in state roles for the Trump campaign, where everybody knew they were going to happily vote for Donald Trump but they didn't want to tell their sisters, their mothers, and their brothers about it because they didn't want to get judged. In the meantime, we won 66 out of 67 counties. It's the same with Amendment 2," she said.

She also advised lawmakers to increase competition within the state, which she said would help bring down prices.

Holding a bottle of what she said was low-THC oil, the treatment used for her husband's epilepsy-caused seizures, Bowen said she paid $500 for the product purchased out of state.

"The exact same medication from a Florida grower will cost us $3,000 a month," Bowen said.

Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, raised concerns about the current law, which would allow license holders to contract out for virtually all functions, including growing marijuana or retailing the products.

Bradley said such subcontracting would be permitted in the Senate bill, but the final measure would likely restrict how much medical marijuana treatment centers could subcontract for services like cultivation, processing or dispensing.

"I anticipate when we get to the finish line, that would be a feature in the bill," he said.

Pollara, who backs limiting the number of dispensaries each licensee can open, echoed Brandes' concerns.

"These licenses are really a grant to do whatever you want, once you've gotten one," such as "subcontracting out a lot of the core functions of the business," Pollara said. "You're essentially allowing them to self-regulate what could be a large chunk of this industry."

Reports: Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush group agrees on deal to buy Miami Marlins

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has reached an agreement to sell the team to a group of investors that includes New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, according to a report from the Miami Herald on Tuesday afternoon.

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There are "other details to be worked out," but that deal would have to be approved by Major League Baseball, according to an MLB source.

The source told the Herald that Bush and Jeter's group has agreed to pay $1.3 billion for the team.

Though both the Marlins and the purchasing group are confident that the deal will get done, the actual process could take months to finalize.

The MLB source suggested that Bush, who recently ran for the Republican nomination for president, plans to be the Marlins’ “control person,” or the individual who would have ultimate control over franchise decisions.

The report suggests that Jeter, too, will have an active role with the team.

This news comes just hours after Marlins president David Samson ripped to shreds a Forbes magazine report suggesting that the Bush/Jeter group was the only one interested in buying the team. Forbes had reported earlier in the day that another potential ownership group — this one including Tagg Romney, son of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine was out of the running to buy the Marlins.

“As with most things published by Forbes regarding the Miami Marlins,” Samson told the Herald, “this most recent story is also inaccurate. There are inaccuracies contained in each paragraph.”

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Cute baby alert: Mom is a Jacksonville firefighter, dad is a Jacksonville officer

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office shared a picture of its newest addition on Twitter on Tuesday.

Baby Crnolic's mom and dad both serve Jacksonville, JSO said.

TRENDING: Brawl at Orange Park Mall involved up to 60 people, Clay County Sheriff's Office says

Dad is an officer for JSO and mom is a firefighter for the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

Congratulations to the Crnolic family!

When daddy is a #JSO policeman and mommy is a JFRD firefighter you get this. Does it get any cuter? Welcome to the family baby Crnolic! #JAX pic.twitter.com/4Xg57ww3C7— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) April 25, 2017

Brawl at Orange Park Mall involved up to 60 people, Clay County Sheriff's Office says

RELATED: 8 people arrested at Orange Park Mall brawl Christmas 2015

A video of Saturday's brawl at the Orange Park Mall has gone viral -- it now has more than 800,000 views on the Action News Jax Facebook page.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said up to 60 people may have been involved in the brawl, which led to five arrests, including three juveniles. 

Facebook posts suggest the fight was premeditated.

Action News Jax spoke to a mother of one of the girls who was arrested. She says her daughter is a victim.

She said her daughter went to the mall with her friends to watch a movie when people started bullying them. 

The mother does not want to be identified but says her daughter was pummeled on a couch in the mall. Her 15-year-old daughter was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer, but the mother insists her daughter is the victim.

“They were walking around the mall bullying my daughter and her friends,” the mother said. “My daughter and friends [were] minding their own business and the adult and the other girls starting picking on them and saying stuff ... The adult spit in my daughter’s face.”

Action News Jax did some digging and found a Facebook post at 11:44 a.m. Saturday that said "video shoot @6 it's a movie." It was followed by another post with a picture of the brawl at 6:21 p.m. that said “21 likes who wanna see it."

Action News Jax also found a photo of a group of girls at the mall wearing identical airbrushed T-shirts.

The mother of the arrested teen says her daughter didn’t know the other girls.

“They don’t know them from a can of paint,” the mother said.

This isn’t the first time there has been a fight at the mall. Back in Christmas 2015, 150 people got into a brawl that resulted in eight arrests. 

Despite the trouble, the mother says she will allow her daughter to go back to the mall.

“I will, yes, because she’s not a troublemaker,” the mother said.

Orange Park Mall officials say the safety of shoppers, retailers and employees is a “top priority.” 

2 Clay County Fire Rescue employees under investigation for alleged racial comments

Two Clay County Fire Rescue employees have been placed on paid administrative leave while they are under investigation for alleged racial comments, harassment and creating a hostile work environment.

Clay County Fire Chief Lorin Mock told Action News Jax that the employees are on administrative leave to determine if the allegations are factual.

Brawl at Orange Park Mall involved up to 60 people, Clay County Sheriff's Office says

"We take it very seriously," Mock said.

Mock said the fire department's human resources department said the employees' names can't be released at this time. Mock issued the following statement to Action News Jax:

"Following allegations of inappropriate conduct by two employees within the Clay County Public Safety Department, county fire department leadership initiated an investigation of the claims. The investigation includes the use of external legal counsel.  "The county takes very seriously allegations of such misconduct by its employees, and those employees have been placed on Administrative Leave pending the outcome of an investigation."

This is a developing story. Refresh this page, follow @ActionNewsJax on Twitter and watch CBS47 Action News Jax at 5 for the latest updates.

Third Hernandez suicide note addressed to inmate, lawyer says

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