For those who use Facebook as an outlet to voice their political opinions, one feature makes the boldest statement: officially endorsing the candidate of your choice on the social media platform.
To endorse a candidate, users only have to complete five steps:
According to Facebook, users who post their endorsements to a public audience can be featured on candidates' pages if the candidates decide to repost any specific endorsement status.
Only pages that mark a figure as a politician, political candidate or government official can have the endorsement option.
Among those who can be endorsed are presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Duke, a Great Pyrenees that won a third one-year term as honorary mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota, in August, and Mayor Stubbs, a cat that has been the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, since the 1990s.
A family dog was snatched and killed by an alligator during the weekend when it ran from its owner to chase a rabbit.
Sue Fortenbery told WFTS she was walking with her grandson and her 1-year-old Jack Russell, named Bolt, over the weekend in Pinellas County when Bolt ran off to chase a rabbit. The next thing she could hear was his yelping after he went through a hole in the fence and into the waterway at the preserve.
“The screams is what you can't stop hearing, the yelping," she told WFTS.
There are several openings on the trail, and Fortenbery said those openings are what led to Bolt being taken away by the alligator.
"If the fence wasn't open like this, he couldn't have gone through and the gator couldn't have got him," she said.
Fortenbery told WFTS that she is upset with Pinellas County officials after they told her they wouldn’t remove the gator but would keep an eye on the area. At the moment, the gator is not considered a nuisance “because they had no other complaints” and a better description of the animal would be needed.
WFTS reports the county has yet to survey the area and is asking the public to contact the Parks Department if the gator shows up again.
Gator attacks have been in the news recently with the incident at the Disney resort in Orlando when a child was dragged into the water and killed. A gator was found in Florida with a body in its mouth, and a 10-foot gator had to be put down after it attacked a woman.
Read more at WFTS.
An intimate moment among a group of manatees led to a standstill with traffic in Tampa on Tuesday.
WFTS reports that dozens of people exited their cars to view the “manatee mating ball,” which is when at least seven male manatees are competing for the attention of a single female, with the end goal being to push her into shallow water in order to mate. The act is a rare sight, with WFTS adding that it only can be seen every three to five years.
“The easiest way to identify a mating herd is when there are groups, a large number of manatees that look to be frolicking with each other in shallow waters, generally climbing on top of each other,” Kane Rigney, a manatee biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said in a video from May. “There will be up to 20 to 25 manatees in some circumstances with a single focal female, and there will be a lot of splashing, a lot of physical interaction with the manatees, kind of like a big bait-ball of fish, but you’ll see the manatees up on shore, rolling on top of each other and climbing.”
Rigney added that manatee mating season begins as early as March, but can take place through the summer and into October and November.
“We generally ask the public to stay away from mating herds — we like to allow that natural process to take place,” he said in the video. “Any interruption to that process can be considered harassment — but not only for manatee safety, but also for human safety. A lot of these manatees that you will see are thousand-pound animals, and at any time, those animals can change their behavior and roll onto a human causing very serious injury.”
Read more at WFTS.
Brookynn Cahill was set to attend a showing of “Bad Moms,” the new comedy starring Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis, on Friday evening with a large group of other Florida moms at a Fort Myers, Florida, theater, but according to her and other members of the group, they were forced to leave because of their children, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
According to Amber Cebull, one of the moms, there is a rule in place at Regal Cinemas that doesn’t allow children under the age of 6 into R-rated movies after 6 p.m., but "no one had communicated that children under 6 were not allowed in R-rated movies," she said. "We had breast-feeding moms with infants, one 4 weeks and one 7 months, and they refused them entry."
The mothers were the only two in the group with infants.
Cebull told WTSP the group was refunded the cost of the tickets.
Cahill told the News-Press that an employee singled out, along with another member of the group of around 50 women, Juliana Valverde, mentioning that there was a showing of a more kid-appropriate movie, “Ice Age: Collision Course,” playing in an hour.
"They made me feel like a terrible person for bringing my child," Cahill said.
Cahill said she and Valverde went back into the theater playing "Bad Moms." She said the manger told them to leave when they were caught.
"I think that they have a right to have their rules for their theater," Cahill said. "But I think it needs to be a little different with the age limit. Young babies are sleeping and being perfectly fine. If our babies are going to make a noise, we know how to handle this situation."
Valverde told the News Press that the manager also asked Valverde to “cover up” while she was breast-feeding in the theater. "I am very modest about breast-feeding and, because of the fact I was doing it, I was even more embarrassed. I always have a blanket to cover," she said.
“There’s always people that are going to feel uncomfortable and they shouldn’t,” Valverde told WTVR. “I don’t need anyone’s approval to feed my baby.”
The News-Press added that Florida is among the states “that allow women to breast-feed in any public or private place and exempts breast-feeding from public indecency laws.”
According to the News-Press, the group of women left the theater with Cahill and Valverde and got refunds for their tickets.
Two Fort Myers mothers were asked to leave a showing of "Bad Moms" because they brought their infants along to the...Posted by 10News WTSP on Monday, August 1, 2016
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