5 Things to Know in Florida for April 1

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HEARING SET IN JUSTIN BIEBER PHOTOGRAPHER LAWSUIT

A hearing is scheduled in a Miami courtroom for motions in a photographer’s lawsuit against Justin Bieber and a bodyguard over an alleged assault. Among the motions that could be considered at Tuesday’s hearing is a request from the photographer’s lawyer seeking a second deposition with the 20-year-old pop star.

CUBAN BLOGGER SANCHEZ TO ADDRESS LATINO EVENT

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez is scheduled to address a mix of journalists, filmmakers and corporate public relations executives at this year’s annual Hispanicize conference in Miami. Sanchez’s blog Generation Y focuses on slices of life in Cuba, highlighting government dysfunction. Conference organizers say they asked her to speak Tuesday because of her powerful use of social media to break through the Cuban government’s strict control of public discourse on the island.

TRAVOLTA TO SPEAK AT OCALA FILM FEST

Silver Springs International Film Festival organizers say actor John Travolta is scheduled to make opening remarks prior to the event’s first-night screening of “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.” Travolta will appear Thursday evening at the Marion Theatre in downtown Ocala. Travolta and his wife own a home in nearby Anthony.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR TO SIGN TOUGHER SEX PREDATOR MEASURES

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is signing into law a series of measures that would require sexual predators to be locked up longer. Scott is scheduled to sign four bills at the Capitol on Tuesday. The measures the governor will sign will also require that more sexual predators be committed for psychiatric review once they finish their criminal sentences. The wide-ranging legislative package attempts to close loopholes in the Jimmy Ryce Act.

LAWMAKERS EXTOL VIRTUES OF MEDICAL POT

A bipartisan trio of state lawmakers is convinced the initiative to bring medical marijuana to Florida will pass in the fall, but they are intent on passing legislation this session that would legalize a marijuana-based extract for children with epilepsy. In a panel discussion Monday, Democrats Sen. Jeff Clemens and Rep. Katie Edwards were joined by Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz to pledge a push for passage of so-called Charlotte’s Web, a non-intoxicating oil extracted from the marijuana plant.

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