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Good ... afternoon. It's April 3, 2014, the 501st anniversary of the "discovery" of Florida.

Let's start with these two paragraphs from this morning's paper about how Visit Florida and Coastal Living teamed up to make a regrettable oopsie doops:

Visit Florida doesn't take responsibility for the veracity of the ads because of how many of them it buys and arranges.

"That would require us to spend money to hire a full-time fact checker," Torian said of the agency, which the Legislature gave $63.5 million in public dollars for this fiscal year.

And how about this sentence in this story by Weston Phippen? Hours later, other workers at the complex discovered that the shape in the Dumpster was not a mannequin, but a 96-year-old resident of the complex who had jumped 16 stories to her death sometime during the night. Got Gawkered. Why wouldn't it?

This one, too, from Mike Van Sickler: Matt Gaetz is a public records attorney but introduced legislation in the House this year that would seal from public view the court records of "stand your ground" cases in which charges are dropped.

Read this gem by the Times' Lisa Gartner.

Says the Times' editorial board about the latest would-be Gunshine law: This is reckless legislation that would make Florida a more dangerous place in emergency situations that are already dangerous enough.

Says Joe Maddon: "To always live in your comfort zone is really boring. Anxiety lives in the future."

Never let anybody tell you West Palm Beach doesn't do anything well. Ditto Jacksonville, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale. Yay, Florida!

Because who doesn't like macaroni and cheese?

[Last modified: Thursday, April 3, 2014 11:23pm]


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