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Florida news briefs, Feb. 3


Democrats' challenge dismissed

A federal appeals panel dismissed a challenge Friday by Florida Democratic Party activists hoping to rebuke the national party for stripping the state of its delegates.

Victor DiMaio asked the court to rule that the Democratic National Committee disenfranchised Florida's Democratic voters by taking away the state's delegates when it defied the party by scheduling its primary before Feb. 5.

The party later decided to penalize Florida by restoring their delegates but only giving them half votes. The dispute was later settled and all delegates got full votes at the August convention.


Child dies in gun horseplay

An 11-year-old boy died from a gunshot wound to the forehead after he and friends were playing with a loaded gun that went off, sheriff's officials said.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office identified the boy Monday as Jason Gilmore of Lake Worth. Deputies say a 9-year-old was holding the weapon when it fired Sunday. A sheriff's spokeswoman said the children were playing with a laser on the weapon when it discharged.

Investigation revealed the gun, a Glock .40, was stolen from a car in West Palm Beach in January.

Associated Press

Florida news briefs, Feb. 3 02/02/09 [Last modified: Monday, February 2, 2009 9:06pm]
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