News at noon: Florida pardons Groveland Four: ‘This was a miscarriage of justice’; Gov. DeSantis weighs in on using hurricane funds for border wall; and more

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Published January 11

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Florida pardons Groveland Four: ‘This was a miscarriage of justice’

After nearly 70 years, all members of the Groveland Four — four young black men falsely accused of raping a white woman in Lake County — were pardoned by a unanimous vote. The Florida Cabinet met for the first time as the state Clemency Board Friday, where they heard from family members of the men who were either imprisoned, tortured or murdered by mobs and a racist sheriff. The Groveland Four matter was only supposed to be up for discussion and families were not expecting to hear a vote today. But at the very end of the meeting, Gov. Ron DeSantis called for a vote. "I believe in the principles of the Constitution. I believe in getting a fair shake," he said. "I don't think there's any way that you can look at this case and see justice was carried out."

Gov. DeSantis weighs in on using hurricane funds for border wall

Ron DeSantis hasn't even finished his first week as Florida governor and he already appears to be on a collision course with the man who helped him get the job: President Donald Trump. On Friday, DeSantis said that it would not be acceptable for Trump to take funds from hurricane relief to be used toward the border wall. "We have people counting on that," he told reporters.

When can police compel you to give up your cell phone password?

Last month, Taphonie Prince was arrested on suspicion of committing two armed robberies in Riverview. Now he's serving a sentence of five months and 29 days in the Hillsborough County jail, not for the holdups, but for contempt of court in connection to the case. When a judge granted investigators permission to search his Android cell phone for evidence in the robberies, Prince refused to give up his passcode. If he had been arrested in another part of the state, things might gone differently for the Riverview man.

Kids share Hurricane Michael stories: ‘We were crawling through the trees and jumping’

They worried about their pets, their toys, Wi-Fi. They were scared sometimes, or nervous, or just plain bored. They are the young survivors of Hurricane Michael, kids who witnessed one of the strongest storms on record ravage the place they call home. Months after the October storm, residents of Bay County — the epicenter of the destruction — were still grappling with piles of debris, job loss and limited housing, forcing some to relocate. But by November, schools had reopened for the kids who remained, including nine fourth- and fifth-graders at Parker Elementary School who sat down in December to tell their storm stories.

Why Jameis Winston needs to buy a butt pillow

Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said Thursday that new coach Bruce Arians has a “clear vision and plan for getting our franchise back to playing winning football.” Of course Arians has a plan. He has a quarter-century of NFL experience. But as Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan … until they get punched in the mouth.” Know who can attest to that? Arians’ quarterbacks. Carson Palmer, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger — they all took a beating.

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