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Spanish Explorer Ponce de Leon First Sighted Florida in 1513

Today in Latin American history, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first sighted land in what is now Florida in 1513. Ponce de León named the land La Florida ("Flowery Land") upon landing there during the Easter season. continue reading »

Former Pinochet Lieutenant Sued in Florida for Torture, Death of Victor Jara

The Center for Justice and Accountability ("CJA") and pro-bono counsel Chadbourne & Parke, LLP ("Chadbourne") today announced that they have filed a lawsuit on behalf of the surviving family members of Chilean folk singer and social icon Victor Jara, who was imprisoned, tortured and executed in Chile during the early days of the brutal military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet on September 11, 1973. continue reading »

Florida Backs Off Bid to Bar Public Contracts for Firms With Cuba Ties

Florida authorities have decided not to enforce a law that bans the state and local governments from hiring companies that have business ties with Cuba, The Miami Herald reported. continue reading »

Florida Shooter Posed Possible Security Threat Before Attack

The man who murdered six people in the Miami suburb of Hialeah was a solitary person who had left his job at Miami Dade College when he learned of plans to fire him over concerns he might engage in violence. continue reading »

Gold Coins from Sunken 1715 Spanish Galleon Found at Ocean’s Bottom near Florida

A total of 48 gold "escudos" making up part of the treasure from a 17th-century galleon have been recovered on Florida's east coast, the media reported Monday. continue reading »

Fertility or Birth Rate? What Jeb Bush Really Meant

Jeb Bush got the Twitter to flutter over the weekend because of something he said. He was speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington when he made this statement: continue reading »

Florida Gov. Vetoes Bill Allowing Undocumented to Obtain Driver’s Licenses

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have allowed the issuance of driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants accepted into the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. continue reading »

Spanish Foreign Minister Attends Flag Ceremony in Miami

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo attended a flag ceremony on board the Spanish navy training vessel Juan Sebastian Elcano in Miami on Sunday. continue reading »

Luxury Homes Fuel Miami’s Latest Real Estate Boom

Miami is entering a new real estate "boom," fed mainly by the investments of Latin Americans which have transformed the face of the city and, with its luxury homes, become one of its greatest draws. continue reading »

St. Augustine, Florida Pays Tribute to Ponce de Leon

St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest city in the United States, pays tribute Saturday to Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon (1460-1521), who discovered Florida in 1513. continue reading »

Florida Celebrates 500 Years and Spanish Explorer Ponce de Leon

Florida this weekend is commemorating the 1513 arrival of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon on its shores, a landing and expedition that marked the beginning of the Spanish presence on mainland North America and, in effect, put the continent on the map. continue reading »

Florida Evacuates Families After Detecting Possible Sinkhole

Officials in Florida evacuated several homes located four kilometers (about 2.5 miles) from the spot where a sinkhole swallowed and killed a man on the state's west coast a month ago and another sinkhole was detected nearby in early March. continue reading »

Fisherman Discovers Two-Headed Bull Shark Fetus in Florida

A fisherman in the Florida Keys discovered a live bull shark fetus with two heads, something that scientists had never seen before in that species. continue reading »

Florida Police Call Off Search for Man Swallowed by Sinkhole

Florida officials abandoned their attempt to recover the body of a man who was swallowed by an enormous sinkhole that opened up late last week in the bedroom of his house, presumably killing him. continue reading »

This is How You Fight Voter Suppression (VIDEO)

Watch this video to ensure you know how to register to vote and what to bring with you to the voting booth! In 2011, Florida made some important changes to its voting laws. Ever Floridian needs to understand these changes particularly African Americans, continue reading »

Trayvon Martin Shooter George Zimmerman Mislead Court, Has 48 Hours to Surrender

The judge in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial revoked his bond and ordered him to surrender within 48 hours because he misled the court about his finances. continue reading »

LATINO BLOTTER:  Guatemalan Native Charged with Having Sex with Neighborhood Poodle

In Fort Lauderdale, Florida Jenson Bolla-Sosa was arrested and charged for sexual abuse and bestiality with the neighbor's poodle, Mimi. continue reading »