A Florida cop used a police database as a personal dating service. He called 150 women, authorities say.

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a Gulf Coast community south of Tampa. The couple who answered the officer’s knock ‘ visits to their home under the guise of being there for police business,

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There was a policeman at the door. It was June 2018, in Bradenton, Fla., a Gulf Coast community south of Tampa. The couple who answered the officer’s knock quickly realized something was off.

Bradenton Police Sergeant Leonel Marines asked the couple if he could speak to their adult daughter. As Bradenton Police Chief Melanie Bevan revealed to reporters last Thursday, Marines had briefly encountered the young woman earlier that day in a parking lot, then followed her home.

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Good Friday morning. The election is basically here. Saturday is the first day for county elections supervisors to send absentee ballots to Florida voters overseas. Ten days after that, on October 2, domestic absentee ballots start going out. If the election were held today ‘ and if the public polling is right ‘ Democrat Andrew Gillum will probably be the first African-American governor in the state’s history. But those are two big ifs. This election, like the Senate race and top-of-the-ticket races before it, is going to be close.

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HUH? ‘ When we first reported that a Republican activist and donor had used the N-word, Gov. Rick Scott’s Senate campaign wasted little time to announce it would refuse the $1,000 he gave and donate it to charity. But former Rep. Ron DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign decided it would keep the money. By our count, factoring in money that Steve Alembik and his company have given to DeSantis and two political committees that have backed him, that’s about $9,250 outstanding (prior to the controversy, DeSantis had previously refunded about $11,000, but Alembik said it’s because he asked for the money back over an accounting issue). Had DeSantis given up the money yesterday, he would likely have had second-day headlines that said he was distancing himself from the donor, or disavowing him. Instead, this is what he got …

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Customers line up in July 2008 at the South Florida Pain Clinic in Wilton Manors.’ It was one of the first clinics opened by Christopher George of Wellington, who with his twin brother, Jeff, would grow his enterprise into one of the largest pill mills in the country from clinics in Palm Beach and Broward counties. (Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel; Credit Image: ‘ Sun-Sentinel/ZUMA Wire)

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Reliably red on the political map, Huntington is a West Virginia town with a 182-year-old university, a storied football team and more than 100 churches.

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The five top Democratic candidates for Governor will debate 7 p.m. Wednesday at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Cohen Center in Fort Myers. The event will be broadcast live on WINK News in Southwest Florida and on Winknews.com.

‘This will be the first time all five Democratic candidates ‘Andrew Gillum,’Gwen Graham,’Jeff Greene,’Chris King’and’Philip Levine’ will share a stage for a formal debate,’ the release said. ‘After Wednesday, there is one more scheduled debate before the Aug. 28 Democratic primary.’

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‘Taking back the Governor’s Mansion is critical to ensuring a better future for all Floridians,’ said FDP Chair’Terrie Rizzo. ‘Thankfully, we have been gifted with an amazing group of Democratic candidates.’

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