News at noon: Activists plan Markeis McGlockton vigil; Florida has no reported ‘sanctuary city’ violations; and more

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Published July 17
Updated July 17

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One year after Markeis McGlockton shooting, activists plan vigil in his honor

A year to the day after Markeis McGlockton was killed, local activist groups will honor his memory with a vigil.

Bay Area Dream Defenders, Civil Liberty Law and Answer Suncoast organized the vigil, which is planned for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 2751 Sunset Point Road. There will be multiple speakers and performers, and McGlockton’s art will be on display, said Ashley Green with the Dream Defenders.

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court’s leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99.

 

Florida has no reported ‘sanctuary city’ violations

Following President Donald Trump’s promise last week that his administration would make immigration arrests across the nation, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office said Tuesday it had not received any formal complaints about violations of the state’s new law banning so-called sanctuary cities.

The law, which went into effect on July 1, forces all state and local officials to fully comply with federal immigration laws and to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

 

Just announced: Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights to get ‘Ghostbusters’ this year

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights has snagged the rights to Ghostbusters and for the first time will feature a maze full of slimers and ghosts and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Universal announced Wednesday it will recreate memorable scenes from one of the most popular comedy-horror movies of all time at the Orlando theme park’s annual Halloween event. The 1984 film starring Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis pretty much invented the genre of special effects-driven comedy, and it went on to become a blockbuster success.

Starting Sept. 6, HHN guests will be able to follow in the footsteps of the Ghostbusters as they venture through iconic scenes from the movie, including the firehouse, New York Public Library and Temple of Gozer.

 

Democratic presidential candidates raised $3.8 million in Florida. Guess who raised half that.

Joe Biden didn’t win the first presidential debate in Florida but he did crush the 2020 Democratic field in one crucial campaign metric — Florida fundraising.

Biden raked in $2.09 million from donors with Florida addresses during the latest fundraising quarter, according to a Miami Herald analysis of federal campaign records. His haul represents 53 percent of the $3.8 million raised by 20 high-profile Democratic candidates around the state of Florida in April, May and June.

 

Mexico’s El Chapo sentenced to life in prison

The notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been sentenced to life behind bars in a U.S. prison. A federal judge in Brooklyn handed down the sentence Wednesday. Guzman was convicted in February in an epic drug-trafficking case.

The 62-year-old drug lord was brought to the U.S. to stand trial after he twice broke out of Mexican prisons. The guilty verdict triggered a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

 

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