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Surrounded by residential areas, Taksim Meydani (Taksim Square) is the symbolic center of Istanbul and the most cosmopolitan city in Turkey.

Recent years have seen growing unrest in the nation that straddles Eastern Europe and Western Asia. On Friday night, the friction between dissidents and the government reached a new level. One of the epicenters of that was Taksim Square.

Late that night, social media started buzzing with reports that an attempted coup d'état was underway in Turkey. Cafés closed and Friday night festivities came to a halt. Citizens withdrew cash from ATMs, procured supplies, many stocking up on water, then fled city centers to make their way home. People carried out these and other tasks in a quick and mechanical way, without argument.

On Friday night, young soldiers lined the famous Istiklal Street on one side of the square. On the opposite side of the square, police vehicles and police calmly stood by. It was a curious sight: The police clearly outnumbered the soldiers, yet did not approach them for hours.

The government encouraged citizens via Twitter to flood into the public spaces to protest the attempted coup. This would later prove to be an effective tactic.

The protestors swarmed military personnel and pushed them into the center of the square where the Republic Monument is located. The soldiers were surrounded by the angry mob, but would occasionally fire live rounds into the air to dissuade the crowd from overwhelming them.

The police cautiously stood by while civilians doled out their brand of justice. This type of mob justice is encouraged in Turkey; thus, hordes of men feel entitled to mete out punishment.

The soldiers had also taken control and closed major bridges and airports in Istanbul without major incident, but, much like in Taksim Square, were unable to contain the mobs and police that swarmed them. There are reports that the mob beheaded or possibly lynched a soldier on the Bosphorous …   More

Klan Attempts to Prove it Still Exists

In an apparent effort to prove that the Ku Klux Klan is still capable of spreading hate somewhere other than the internet, a couple of ignorant Southside boys in a pickup truck papered Riverside with racist fliers yesterday morning. This was the latest local effort to recruit perpetual-adolescent bigots with low IQs and big dreams of reliving the pre-Civil War "glory days" when their ancestors were poor yeoman farmers one drought from starvation.

Similar messages were distributed in various neighborhoods around Jacksonville last March and November. In November, News4Jax reported meeting with a man identifying himself as Grand Dragon Ken with the KKK; in a conversation in his (probably) dumpy Southside, Jacksonville home, Ken (who declined to give his last name or confirm whether Barbie was the mastermind of his Grand Plan) ranted nonsensically about various complex policy issues he clearly didn't understand and said the fliers were the beginning of a major statewide recruitment effort.

Whites in Riverside were miffed. One wondered aloud if the alleged Klansmen knew that only liberals live in Riverside. Reminded that Donald Trump's local HQ is in the neighborhood, she shrugged, "Well, I guess there's one place they could recruit members."

“I didn’t even realize the Klan still existed,” said hipster “Bob” between sips of Aardwolf Belgian Pale Ale at a Five Points bar. “And now that I do, I’m kind of embarrassed for them. I mean, get a clue. Overt racism is so 20th century. Now it’s all about systemic racism.”

At Folio Weekly Magazine’s suggestion, Bob, who gave a fake name in case his girlfriend finds out he was at the bar when he was supposed to be volunteering at a homeless shelter, dialed the central North Carolina phone number listed on the flier. While listening to the outgoing voice message, he had what can only be described as an “attack of the …   More


On July 15, residents of the Riverside woke to find racist fliers inside bags of white rice outside their homes and on the streets. Again.

The fliers, of which Folio Weekly Magazine has obtained four pictures, are credited to the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, otherwise known as KKK Knights. As of press time, FWM has received approximately a half dozen reports from individuals claiming they or their friends found the fliers. All say they found the fliers in Riverside.

The flier to the right was found in Riverside this morning. (Image altered to block out offensive language and the group's phone number.)

Two sources said that unknown individual(s) in a burgundy pickup truck with its windows blocked by towels to obscure view of the occupants distributed the fliers early in the morning.

Similar messages were distributed in various neighborhoods last March and November. In November, News4Jax reported meeting with a man identifying himself as a Grand Dragon Ken with the KKK; in a conversation in his Southside, Jacksonville home, Ken (who declined to give his last name) said the fliers were the beginning of a major statewide recruitment effort.

Other sources said they have received similar fliers with anti-LGBTQ messages in the past.

The north-central North Carolina phone number and website included on the flier matches that of the KKK Knights' phone number on the group's website. A voicemail FWM left at the number was not returned.

The voicemail greeting says the group is “the largest and most active white clan in the United States.” The greeting goes on to say, “Hey whites, for far too long these liberals have lied to you about what the Bible really says when they tell you that you’re supposed to love your neighbor,” and quotes two verses of Leviticus, 19:8 and 21:7, which it implies justifies separation of the races.

The KKK Knights’ website adamantly denies that is a hate group. Rather, it …   More


News4Jax contributed to the reporting on this story. 


Weeks ago Medical Examiner Valerie Rao categorically denied awareness that her predecessor, Margarita Arruza, was diagnosed with early onset dementia while still in office. But a deposition obtained by Folio Weekly Magazine may prove that Rao not only knew - she knew years before Arruza retired at the end of 2010.

According to numerous sources, Arruza was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, a type of dementia, in the latter half of 2010, but it wasn’t widely known until the publication of FWM cover story, “Truth, Justice or the Angela Corey Way,” on June 22, which reported on Corey’s alleged failure to inform defense in homicide cases in which Arruza autopsied the alleged victims. By law, prosecutors are required to inform defense of any exculpatory evidence, such as the incapacity of a potential witness.

Last month, we reported that Rao became extremely agitated when we questioned her about the reasons for Arruza’s retirement.

Asked if she knew Arruza was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Dr. Rao said, “I am totally unaware of that.” Asked if she had noticed anything out of the ordinary with Arruza’s behavior in the months before her retirement, which was effective on December 31, 2010, Dr. Rao said she had noticed “no atypical behavior.”

FWM has obtained a 2013 deposition from a homicide case that may contradict Rao’s statements.

The following is an exchange between Rao and an assistant public defender during the deposition in the case of Florida v. John Collins Jr.:

Public Defender: How long was Dr. Aruso [sic] sick before she left?

Dr. Rao: I would say about – she started to decline in about early 2009 or maybe even late 2008.

Public Defender: And why would you say that?

Dr. Rao: Because there were some observations that the employees made along the way.

Public …   More

Corrine Brown Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Charges

Earlier today U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown pleaded not guilty to 24 federal counts of conspiracy and fraud. Brown’s chief of staff, Elias Simmons, was also named in the indictment.

The conspiracy charge alleges Brown and Simmons donated and solicited donations to a fraudulent, Virginia-based charity called One Door for Education. According to the indictment, Brown, Simmons and the charity’s president Carla Wiley used a vast majority of the donated funds for personal expenses. The charity, which never received status as a non-profit organization, despite claims made by Brown, is alleged to have donated only $1,200 to those in educational need, despite raising over $800,000.

Additional charges included theft of government funds, concealing facts on financial disclosure forms, scheming to conceal facts, obstruction of due administration of internal revenue laws, three counts of filing false tax returns and 16 counts of wire and mail fraud.

If convicted on all charges, Brown faces up to 357 years in prison and fines of up to $4.8 million. Simmons could be sentenced to 355 years and fined up to $4.75 million.

The indictment claims Brown used money from the charity to fund a golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, a luxury box seat for a Beyonce concert in D.C. and a luxury box for a football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins. Additionally, prosecutors in the case allege Brown, Simmons and Wiley used funds to finance personal plane tickets, auto repairs and Caribbean vacations. Wiley pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in March.

Brown avoided questions about her role in the alleged conspiracy during a statement to the press after charges against her were announced. Brown spoke for about two minutes and focused on her efforts to secure funding for the Jacksonville Federal Courthouse, the lack of minority participation within the courthouse and the failure of federal authorities to investigate Omar Mateen before the …   More

You Might be a Northeast Floridian if…

Being a Northeast Floridian is a special kind of being. Whether you're a riverrat, a seadog or a landlubber, you know that Downtown is not now, nor ever was, on fire in the figurative sense (in the literal sense, however, fo sho).

True Northeast Floridians will eat a full meal outside on a 90 degree day, bring sweaters to work everyday in the summer because 72 feels freezing, and know that a House Divided is much more than a bible verse and Abraham Lincoln speech. Orange and blue can be friends with red and black or maroon and gold, really, they can! If you're local or just local-ized, you know just what we mean.

For all you newbies and wanna-be natives, we've compiled this handy dandy list of all the ways and means that you might be a Northeast Floridian, if...

1.  You can tell the difference between yellow fly, fire ant and mosquito bites

2.  You get excited when it frosts

3.  Your parking priority is shade, not proximity to the entrance

4.  You know better than to feed the seagulls

5.  You won't go anywhere without air conditioning

6.  You measure distance in minutes

7.  You’ve burnt yourself on your seatbelt buckle

8.  You carry a cooler at all times just in case (Gals: you’ve kept makeup in that cooler)

9.  You go to the flea market just for the boiled peanuts

10.  You eat fish and grits for dinner

11.  You’ve become a connoisseur of local shrimp and beer

12.  You can articulate the nuances of flavor and technique between Woody’s, Bono’s, Sonny’s, Monroe’s, Jenkin’s, Cotton’s, Mojo’s and various other local barbecue joints

13.  You’ve fallen in love with the Atlantic Ocean

14.  You’ve developed very strong feelings about Florida-Georgia Weekend … regardless of what sports you like, if any

15.  You’ve mastered ninja-level motionlessness to avoid …   More

First Case of Zika-Related Microcephaly Confirmed

The Florida Department of Health this morning confirms that the first case of Zika-related microcephaly has been diagnosed in the state.

According to the department, a woman from Haiti who contracted the virus in her home country has given birth to a baby with Zika-related microcephaly.

Though a relatively benign virus for most who contract it, Zika, which has symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes), can be devastating on fetuses born to mothers infected with the virus during pregnancy.

In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that Zika can cause microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects in a fetus whose mother contracts the virus during pregnancy. The CDC notes, however, that not all women will deliver babies with birth defects.

According to the CDC, microcephaly is a disorder in which the baby's head and brain may be much smaller than expected. Microcephaly ranges from causing no obvious physical or cognitive impairments to causing extreme physical and cognitive impairments.

Individuals with severe microcephaly may never be able to function independently and, according to the CDC, may suffer from seizures, developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, motor coordination problems, difficulty swallowing, and hearing and vision impairment.

The CDC recommends that medical providers of care to pregnant women with a history of travel to Zika-affected areas consider testing the women for the virus. It also urges women who are pregnant to refrain from travelling to Zika-affected areas.

Florida Governor Rick Scott released the following statement in response to the news:

It is heartbreaking to learn that a baby has been born with Zika-related microcephaly in our state and my thoughts and prayers are with the mother and child. Following this news, I have requested the CDC to immediately host a call with Florida health care professionals to discuss the neurological impacts …   More


Florida’s First District Court of Appeal will take briefs on the “sham candidate” case brought by four Northeast Florida plaintiffs who want to open the Republican primary race for State Attorney to non-Republican voters. Plaintiffs contend that State Attorney Angela Corey colluded with divorce attorney Kenny Leigh to file as a write-in candidate in order to close the primary. Plaintiffs further allege that closing the primary gives Corey a political advantage while excluding the majority of voters in the Fourth Judicial Circuit, which they say violates federal law.

Retired Clay County Judge Richard Townsend, who Chief Judge Mark Mahon appointed to hear the case, dismissed the voter-plaintiffs’ lawsuit on June 17. Townsend wrote that the question of a candidate’s intent in joining a race was not a new issue under Florida law, and that the case has already been settled by precedent. Leigh is the fourth person to enter the race, joining former prosecutors Wes White and Melissa Nelson, and incumbent State Attorney Angela Corey.

But plaintiffs’ attorneys say that Leigh’s candidacy presents a new question for the court. In a message to Folio Weekly Magazine, attorney Betsy White, partner in one of the law firms that filed the suit, explains why the Scott case is different from the precedent Judge Townsend relied on.

“In Brinkman, there was no allegation that the write-in candidate was a total sham, and there was no federal cause of action alleged,” she wrote.

In a later message, White added, “In my opinion, Mr. Leigh has made it clear that his candidacy is a sham to support Ms. Corey's campaign, to which he has made financial contributions.”

In addition to alleging that Leigh’s candidacy is a “sham” and not real opposition under Florida’s Universal Primary Amendment (UPA), the plaintiffs — all non-Republicans — allege they are being denied …   More

Zika Virus Reaches Duval County

In an updated daily Zika virus update, the Florida Department of Health this afternoon confirmed that the first case of Zika virus has been diagnosed in Duval County. This case, as all others in the continental United States, is travel-related. No locally-acquired cases have been diagnosed.

The Department of Health also amended its Declaration of Public Health Emergency to include Duval County.

The virus has previously been found in Clay (two cases) and St. Johns (two cases) Counties. It has not yet been found in Nassau County.

Zika virus is a relatively benign sickness, often causing fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis or red eyes. It is only fatal in extremely rare circumstances.

The virus' most devastating impacts are on fetuses. Mothers who contract the virus during pregnancy are at risk of their baby developing microcephaly, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes as, "a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age." Babies with microcephaly range from having no cognitive or noticeable physical defects to having obvious physical and extreme cognitive defects.

There is no cure for Zika virus. The Department of Health recommends that women who are pregnant or may become pregnant avoid travel to Zika-affected areas. Thus far 38 pregnant women in Florida have been confirmed to have contracted Zika. The counties of affected pregnant women are not being disclosed.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has applied for additional funding from Congress to fight Zika virus.

Contact Florida's Zika Virus Information Hotline at: 1-855-622-6735.   More

The Award for Most Hypocritical Response to the Pulse Massacre by a Local Goes To...

The aftermath of the tragedy that occured last weekend at Pulse Orlando has brought people together in shared grief and common cause. More than ever, people have shown love and support for the LGBTQ community and the victims of this terrible mass shooting.

This horror has also given disgusting bottom dwellers the opportunity to get up on their twisted soapboxes and spew hate, vitriol and hypocrisy out into the world as is their wont.

Locally, the most flagrant offender is Ken Adkins, a "Pastor" - or is it "Bishop"? #confused - for whom the term 'internet troll' was surely coined.

Here's a rancid sampling of his Twitter response to the largest mass shooting in U.S. history:


And another:

Funny, we thought gay (and lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer) folks were Americans...


And another:


But don't worry, guys, the good Bishop/Pastor is praying for you:

Something tells us he might not be praying for the same things you are.

Something like this, admittedly created before the shooting BUT conveniently retweeted by Adkins on June 13 after Kelly Pope (@Pope_Yes) called him out.


Send cards, congrats and encouragement on this monumental achievement to Adkins via Twitter, @PastorKenAdkins.


Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Adkins' Twitter handle as @PastorAdkins.   More