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FEDERAL PROSECUTOR FOUND DEAD ON FLORIDA BEACH

Hollywood police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman said Thursday that the body of 37-year-old Beranton J. Whisenant Jr. was found early Wednesday by a passerby on the city’s beach. She said detectives are trying to determine if the death was a homicide, suicide or something else. Whisenant worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami in its major crimes unit. He had joined the office in January.

WHY’D A TURTLE CROSS THE ROAD? TO LAY EGGS ON THE OTHER SIDE

Key West police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said in a news release that someone called authorities early Wednesday after seeing the giant turtle laying eggs in a nest across a four-lane highway from the beach. Crean says arriving officers blocked traffic while the turtle made her way back to the beach. But the entry into the water was blocked so she turned back to the road and began crossing again.

FLORIDA OFFICER FIRED FOR USING EXCESSIVE FORCE ON TEENAGER

Clearwater police Chief Dan Slaughter told reporters that 33-year-old Michael Leonardo made mistakes that “cannot be overlooked” when he responded to the call on April 2. Surveillance video shows Leonardo grab the teen across the chest and slam him face-first onto a sidewalk outside the shelter. The boy chipped a tooth and had scratches on his face.

FLORIDA JOINS OTHER STATES IN ENDING ‘TAMPON TAX’

Scott on Thursday approved a bill that would make feminine hygiene products such as tampons and menstrual pads tax-exempt starting next January. Florida is joining 13 other states and the District of Columbia that exempt taxes on the sale of feminine hygiene products or have enacted laws to exempt these products in the future.

FLORIDA STUDENT ACCUSED OF CHANGING GRADE FROM F TO B

Sami Ammar turned himself in at the Orange County Jail in Orlando on Wednesday and now faces a felony charge of accessing a computer without authorization. University of Central Florida professor Chung Young Chan became suspicious when he got a confirmation from a program he uses to log grades on May 4. He checked the grades and saw Ammar suddenly had a B instead of an F in the Electronics I class.


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