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5 Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 28

Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2014 at 09:15 PM

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

CRIST PUTS ASIDE DOUBTS THAT DEMS SUPPORT HIM

Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is putting aside doubts about whether Democrats accept his political conversion. Now his challenge will be motivating them as he takes on a tougher task beating Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the general election. Crist easily defeated former Sen. Nan Rich in Tuesday's primary. But he and other Democratic leaders are stressing that activists need to help turn out voters in November.

HOSTAGE MOM

The mother of an American journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants is pleading for his release in a video aimed directly at his captors. Shirley Sotloff, who lives in the Miami area, addressed the leader of the Islamic State in seeking the return of 31-year-old Steven Sotloff. Shirley Sotloff says her son shouldn't pay for U.S. government actions in the Middle East and that as a journalist he cared about the weak and oppressed.

REP. JOE GARCIA TO OBAMA ADMINISTRATION: BLOCK VENEZUELA'S SALE OF US-BASED CITGO

Florida Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia is calling on the Obama administration to block Venezuela's sale of U.S.-based Citgo Petroleum Corp. A Venezuelan official said earlier this month the country would sell its oil refining and distribution network in the U.S. for the right price. Analysts say the proposal reflects the social government's urgent cash shortage.

WALDO COPS SAY THEY'VE BEEN UNDER TICKET QUOTAS

Five Florida police officers told the Waldo City Council that they've been under a quote to write traffic tickets, which is a violation of Florida law. The Gainesville Sun reports Officer Brandon Roberts told councilmembers on Tuesday night they were required by Chief Mike Szabo to write 12 speeding tickets per 12-hour shift, or face punishment. He offered an electronic presentation and printed emails as evidence.

POLICE: 911 BOTCHES CALL ABOUT CHILD LOCKED IN CAR

A 911 dispatcher is in trouble over his response to a mother who called for help after her 10-month-old son accidentally locked himself in her car, police said. Shana Dees said she put her son Jack in his car seat Saturday afternoon and when she went to move a shopping cart, Jack hit the lock button on the keychain remote, The Tampa Tribune reported. She called 911 because it was hot inside the vehicle and said she was shocked by the dispatcher's response.

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