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11Florida Doctor Eugenio Rodriguez Uses Pig Bladder To Re-Grow Man’s Finger (VIDEO)

A doctor in South Florida claims that he was able to grow back a man’s finger after a horse bit it off using a procedure that some might find a little unorthodox.

Paul Halpern, 33, sought out the help of Dr. Eugenio Rodriguez after his prized horse mistook his index finger for a cookie. “After the treat it made a mistake. It’s a difficult horse and it had history using our training methods,” Halpern said. “One of the guys that worked with me reached his hand in the horse’s mouth, took the fingertip out, and I jumped in the car, grabbed the rest of my finger wondering what we should do.”

Doctors weren’t initially able to save his finger, so Halpern sought out the help of Rodriguez.

The doctor said that he could get the finger to grow back without any surgery or amputation. “He really wanted to have his finger healed, and fast,” Rodriguez said. “This is something, that there actually is no experience into this.”

Dr. Rodriguez made a template of Halpern’s finger using the bladder tissue of a pig and attached it to what was left the displaced digit. Amazingly, the cells, bone, soft tissue and nail of the finger began growing into the mold.  “It’s very interesting to see a patient heal. That’s my passion, wound healing.  It is fascinating to have the new results,” Rodriguez said.

“I’m really grateful. I think it’s fantastic  I think in the future there’s going to be other uses for it but it wasn’t a life threatening injury to me it was something that was an accident,” Halpern said.

According to Rodriguez, it will take nine to 12 weeks for Halpern to make a full recovery, CBS Local reported.

A video about the story is below:

Sources: CBS LocalYouTube

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11George Zimmerman Will Ask Florida To Cover His Legal Bills

Florida taxpayers might end up footing the bill for George Zimmerman’s legal fees after his recent acquittal in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O'Mara, said he plans to ask the state to cover $200,000-$300,000 of his client's legal expenses. O'Mara said since Zimmerman was acquitted, state law requires Florida to pay all his legal costs, minus the fee that goes to his lawyers.

A motion asking Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to authorize the payments "is in the works," O'Mara said. The money, which would pay for fees associated with expert witnesses, travel, depositions, photocopies and other things would come from the state’s Judicial Administrative Commission.

The JCA is expected to challenge many of the costs.

O'Mara said he has worked on Zimmerman’s case for 40 hours a week for 16 months. At $400-an-hour, he would be owed slightly more than $1 million.

Zimmerman, 29, was acquitted last month of all charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Martin. His murder trial lasted five weeks. NAACP President Ben Jealous said his organization collected petitions with more than 1.7 million signatures calling for charges to be filed against Zimmerman for violating Martin's civil rights.

It has been reported that the petitions were going to be turned over to the Department of Justice on Monday afternoon, Fox News reported.

Sources: Fox News, Orlando Sentinel 

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11Florida Woman Vickie Rock Helps Neighbor By Fatally Shooting Abusive Boyfriend

A man is dead after a Florida woman came to the aid of one her neighbors early on Saturday morning.

Cristy Vasilakos was arguing with her boyfriend, Daniel Robertson, when she kicked him out her apartment. Robertson had been drinking and came back to the apartment and smashed a few windows.

The argument spilled onto the sidewalk and woke up Vickie Rock, who was staying the night at her boyfriend's apartment upstairs. Rock, 50, came downstairs armed with a .45-caliber handgun. She saw Robertson, 56, striking Vasilakos with a metal object and tried to intervene.

Rock was struck in the face and then fired at least one round that struck Robertson. He stumbled away and was found dead in the parking lot a few minutes later by deputies.

Vasilakos, 40, is still trying to process what happened.

"He was hurting me," she said. "I don't know what he was going through. I'm just really upset."

The two met in church more than eight years ago and he had never struck her before, The Herald Tribune reported.

"He wasn't a bad guy, which is why it is hard to believe this happened," she said. "I really thought he was a mentor for me."

Vasilakos had never met Rock before and had no idea that she had a gun. She also did not realize how seriously Robertson had been injured.

"I had no idea he was dying," she said.

"She was doing her part," Vasilakos said of Rock. "I feel like she stood her ground. He was on top of her when she shot him."

No charges have been filed as of yet.

Sources: The Herald Tribune, Northwest News And Tribune

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11Gay Florida Teen Kaitlyn Hunt Accused Of Underage Sex Arrested Again

A gay Florida teen who has already had problems with the law was arrested on Monday and charged with violating her pretrial court order by contacting her girlfriend.

Kaitlyn Hunt, 19, is accused of having sex with her then-14-year-old girlfriend. Hunt was 18 at the time. She was expelled from school and charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery.

Hunt says the sex was consensual, but the state of Florida considers intercourse with a person under 16 to be a felony offense, as previously reported on Opposing Views.

A pretrial court order forbade Hunt from contacting the victim. There are now allegations that Hunt met with the victim and sent her sexually explicit photos via the Internet.

Prosecutors also say that Hunt's mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, has been asking the victim to delete text messages that she exchanged with her daughter.

Hunt now faces the possibility of more criminal charges.

Sources: The Huffington Post, WFTV

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11Florida Trooper Steven Coppola Admits To Taking UNF Spinnaker Newspapers (VIDEO)

A surveillance video obtained from University of North Florida Police shows two men taking a stack of newspapers from a dormitory on the university’s campus. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles confirmed that one of the men seen taking the Spinnaker newspapers is Florida State Trooper Steven Coppola. Detectives were able to determine Coppola’s identity by connecting him to a vehicle that is seen in the video.

“[UPD] contacted us just to say that there had been this incident, and that they had determined that it was an FHP member who was on this surveillance video, and we corroborated that he was,” said Leslie Palmer, the director of communication for the DHSMV.

Spinnaker reporter Connor Spielmaker shed some light on the subject.

"He was a student at one point and I don't think right away, but shortly after somebody realized this guy might be a FHP officer," Spielmaker said.

Coppola is a UNF graduate. He left a message for the Spinnaker explaining that he took the newspapers because he was concerned about an item in the police beat section about the arrest of his 25-year-old friend, Joshua Hott, for video voyeurism.

"There was an article in the police beat, there was a man named Joshua Hott, who was arrested for video taping someone using the restroom," Spielmaker said. "He said that he had taken the paper to cover up and protect Joshua Hott's brother, who is still a student."

The editor-in-chief of the Spinnaker, Jacob Harn, is deciding what to do next.

“We don’t think that justice has been served in this case, and whether it was 20, 100, or 2,600 papers that were taken, it’s still a form of censorship,” Harn said. “I see that our right to free speech — as outlined in the Constitution, the First Amendment — I see that that’s not safe either.”

A video of the theft is below:

Sources: UNF Spinnaker, First Coast News

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11Witness Rachel Jeantel Says Trayvon Martin Was Followed By A ‘Creepy Ass Cracker’

A pivotal witness in the Trayvon Martin shooting case took the stand in a Florida courtroom for the second straight day on Thursday. George Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Don West, attacked the testimony of prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel and tried to show that her account of what she heard before the shooting has changed during the last year.

In the weeks after Martin was shot by Zimmerman, Jeantel had a friend write a letter for Martin's parents about a phone conversation she had with Martin as he walked from a convenience store back toward his father’s fiancé’s home in a gated community. West harped on the fact that although Jeantel recently revealed that Martin told her he was being followed by a "creepy-a--cracker," that detail was left out of the letter.

"Why wasn't 'creepy-a-- cracker' in prior interviews?" West asked.

"Nobody asked me," Jeantel replied.

"He started walking then noticed someone was following him," read the letter. "Then he decided to find a shortcut cause the man wouldn't follow him. Then he said the man didn't follow him again. Then he looked back and saw the man again. The man started getting closer. Then Trevon turned around and said, 'Why are you following me!!' Then I heard him fall. Then the phone hung up. I called back and got no response. In my mind I thought it was just a fight. Then I found out this tragic story. Thank you." 

The letter, which misspells Trayvon’s name, was written in cursive so Jeantel has never actually been able to read it. That fact became evident during an embarrassing moment when Jeantel was asked to read the letter out loud in court. Jeantel had not previously made it known that it was a friend who wrote the letter.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with second-degree murder in Martin’s death.

West’s questioning of the confrontation between Martin and Zimmerman is key because the defense plans to show that Zimmeran acted in self-defense when he fatally shot Martin, Fox News reported.

When Jeantel was asked by West if she had previously said that she heard someone being hit during the end of her call with Martin, she responded, "Trayvon got hit."

"You don't know that? Do you? You don't know that Trayvon got hit," West answered back. "You don't know that Trayvon didn't at that moment take his fists and drive them into George Zimmerman's face."

Zimmerman, 29, could get life in prison if he is convicted.

Sources: Fox News, ABC News

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