- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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WRITER SUSAN SPENCER-WENDEL DIES

Susan Spencer-Wendel, whose best-selling book “Until I Say Goodbye” chronicled her fight to life joyfully as she battled Lou Gehrig’s disease, died Wednesday in West Palm Beach. She was 47. She was a reporter for The Palm Beach Post when she first noticed a change in her health in 2009. She was diagnosed two years later.

SUPREME COURT HEARS APPEAL ON 10-20-LIFE GUN LAW

The attorney for a man sentenced to 80 years in prison for firing his gun into the air wants the Florida Supreme Court to give judges discretion to allow concurrent sentences when applying the state’s 10-20-life gun law. Jonathan Kaplan argued Wednesday that requiring stacked mandatory sentences from a single incident wasn’t the intent of the law.



MIAMI DROPS BID TO HOST DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

Miami is dropping its bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Organizers had been putting together a bid to host the event downtown at the AmericanAirlines Arena. But in an email last week to city and county government officials, organizers recommended withdrawing from the process. They claimed there wasn’t enough time to put together a winning proposal.

EX-EXPRESSWAY AUTHORITY BOARD MEMBER PLEADS GUILTY

A former Orlando Orange County Expressway Authority board member has pleaded guilty to violating Florida’s open meetings law and could testify before the grand jury as part of an ongoing state attorney’s office investigation into the agency.

WWII VETERAN, 90, GETS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA

A World War II veteran graduated from a Jacksonville high school more than 71 years after he dropped out to fight in Europe. Ninety-year-old Jack Koolik received his diploma Monday with students from Darnell-Cookman Middle and High School. Like the rest of the graduates, he wore a cap and gown for the ceremony.

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