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Top 5 at noon: DeSantis voted against hurricane aid; no special session on stand your ground; and more

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RON DESANTIS WANTS TO LEAD FLORIDA THROUGH HURRICANES. HE VOTED AGAINST HELPING SANDY VICTIMS.

One of Rep. Ron DeSantis’ first votes in Congress was also one of his most controversial. The day after he was sworn into office, Jan. 4, 2013, DeSantis voted against a $9.7 billion relief package for the New York and New Jersey victims of Hurricane Sandy. It was an eyebrow-raising vote for a Florida lawmaker representing coastal communities susceptible to hurricanes, but one that established DeSantis in Washington’s most conservative circles, Steve Contorno writes.

FLORIDA LEGISLATURE WON’T MEET ON ‘STAND YOUR GROUND’ BECAUSE OF REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION

Lawmakers won’t hold a special session on the state’s "stand your ground" self-defense law, as Republican opposition has made it impossible for Democrats to force a session.

UBER AND LYFT ARE MAKING TRAFFIC JAMS WORSE, NOT BETTER

Have you heard that Uber and Lyft are helping alleviate traffic congestion by getting us to give up our personal cars? That reassuring notion, nurtured by the ride-hailing services, gets repeated often, business columnist Graham Brink writes. He’s heard various forms of the bromide three times this summer. The reality: They haven’t relieved congestion and probably won’t, at least anytime soon, according to transit consultant Bruce Schaller’s provocative report released last month.

RICHARD DYER, CAREER TEACHER AT PLANT HIGH, REMEMBERED AS BIG MAN WITH BIG HEART

His heart was bigger than his head, according to a friend, and that’s saying a lot considering Richard Dyer stood 6 feet 3 and was an NBA draft pick in 1966. At first, you might not know that kindness defined the straight-laced Plant High School basketball coach and science teacher who once joked to a new instructor that the key to maintaining order in the classroom is to hold off on smiling at the students until April. The same man was known to visit a friend’s mom in rehabilitation, bringing her a latte, week after week. Mr. Dyer, who taught at Plant High for nearly 40 of his 74 years, died Aug. 2.

DEPUTIES: PASCO WOMAN THREATENED JUDGE, ASKED ON FACEBOOK ABOUT CLOCK TOWERS ‘WITHIN SNIPING RANGE OF THE COURTHOUSE’

On Aug. 1, Jeanie Lynn Bowman appeared in the West Pasco Judicial Center with a request: She wanted a judge to lift a no-contact order in a battery case where Bowman was the victim. Circuit Judge Mary Handsel denied the request. Later that morning, deputies said, Bowman took to Facebook to air her grievances. And according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, what she posted led to her arrest Thursday on a charge of making written threats to kill or do bodily harm.

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