Gulf search continues for Florida family missing on sailboat after second body found

The Japan Times

TAMPA, FLORIDA/MIAMI – The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday said it had recovered a second body in the search for a family whose sailboat went missing off the Florida coast four days ago. The body was found at 11:06 a.m. EDT (1506 GMT), 4 miles (6 km) from where the first body was recovered on Wednesday afternoon, the Coast Guard said in a news release. It did not disclose further details on the discovery. Shortly after, an aircraft with U.S. Customs and Border Protection located a sailboat mast, approximately 101 miles (163 km) from Fort Myers, Florida, the release said. Crews continued to search for survivors, the Coast Guard said in a Twitter post after the second body was discovered.

Judge extends Florida's voter registration to Oct. 18

PBS NewsHour

Rain batters homes as the eye of Hurricane Matthew passes through Daytona Beach, Florida on October 7. Photo by Phelan Ebenhack/Reuters TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A federal judge on Wednesday extended voter registration until Oct. 18 in the battleground state of Florida, due to the disruption and damage from Hurricane Matthew. During a hearing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker agreed to extend the deadline for six more days. He had already extended the Oct. 11 deadline one day, after the Florida Democratic Party filed a lawsuit last weekend, following the hurricane's brush with Florida's east coast. Democrats had asked Republican Gov. Rick Scott to extend the deadline, but Scott turned down the request and said people have had enough time to register. The Florida Democratic Party lawsuit pointed out that Scott himself urged Floridians to "evacuate, evacuate, evacuate" ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

Florida lawmaker urges GOP governor to probe Jeffrey Epstein's work release from jail

The Japan Times

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA - A Florida lawmaker known as a champion for child sexual abuse victims asked Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday to authorize a state investigation into the circumstances of wealthy convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's freedom to leave jail on work release a decade ago. Democratic state Sen. Lauren Book said in a letter Tuesday that the Republican governor should authorize a Florida Department of Law Enforcement probe into how the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office handled the case. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw announced last week that his office would internally investigate Epstein's time at the county jail, but Book said that's not enough. "When an atrocity occurs in our state and there is a breakdown involving law enforcement, I believe it is appropriate for FDLE to step in and investigate," Book wrote to DeSantis. "If Epstein was able to abuse young girls while under supervised work release, we need to understand very clearly when and now these egregious lapses and abuses occurred so they cannot be repeated."

DeSantis Picks Trump Administration Official for High Court

U.S. News

After leaving Bondi's office, Muniz became a partner at the Jacksonville, Florida, office of a large law and lobbying firm. He defended Florida State University in a Title IX lawsuit filed by Erica Kinsman, a former student who said she was raped by quarterback Jameis Winston in 2012. Winston, who denied any wrongdoing, was never charged with a crime by police in Tallahassee, and the state attorney's office declined to pursue a criminal case against him. In 2016, FSU agreed to pay Kinsman $950,000, the largest settlement ever for claims regarding a university's indifference to a student's reported sexual assault.

Florida governor declares state of emergency before white nationalist's campus speech

The Japan Times

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Citing past clashes and protests, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency in advance of a speech white nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to give at the University of Florida. The state's Republican governor warned in an executive order Monday that a "threat of a potential emergency is imminent" in Alachua County, in north Florida. Spencer participated in a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to deadly violence in August. Scott's executive order will allow local law-enforcement authorities to partner with state and other law-enforcement agencies to provide security for the event. The university has already said it expects to spend $500,000 on security.