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  1. 'Garbage juice' seen as threat to drinking water in Florida Panhandle county

    Water

    To Waste Management, the nation's largest handler of garbage, the liquid that winds up at the bottom of a landfill is called "leachate," and it can safely be disposed of in a well that's 4,200 feet deep.

    Three samples that were displayed by Jackson County NAACP President Ronstance Pittman at a public meeting on Waste Management's deep well injection proposal. The sample on the left is full of leachate from the Jackson County landfill, the stuff that would be injected into the well. The sample on the right shows leachate after it's been treated at a wastewater treatment plant. The one in the middle is tap water.
  2. Oh, deer! Two bucks seen on video duking it out in Tennessee

    Wildlife

    Deer generally are seen as calm and serene creatures, but that was not the case in this video posted Wednesday on the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency's Facebook page.

    A video, shot by Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency wildlife officers Amy and Bubba Spencer on one of their trail cameras, shows two bucks on their hind legs and flailing in an open field. [Facebook]

  3. A 12-foot pilot whale washes ashore on Siesta Key

    Environment

    A 12-foot-long beached pilot whale appeared on the shore of Point of Rocks Beach in Siesta Key early Friday morning, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

    The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office responded to a 12-foot whale washing ashore early Friday morning. (Sarasota Sheriff's Office)
  4. U.S. exiting climate pact could imperil some small islands

    Environment

    WASHINGTON — To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the United States pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle.

    A large pile of rubbish made up of wrecked cars, washing machines and old fridges is stacked high to form a make-shift sea wall on Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands, where rising sees could become a problem.
  5. Video: Loggerhead sea turtle found in Islamorada resident's pool

    Wildlife

    An adult female loggerhead sea turtle, discovered in an oceanside residential pool in Islamorada on Monday, has been rescued and released off the Florida Keys.

    An adult female loggerhead sea turtle, discovered in an oceanside residential pool in Islamorada on June 22, 2017, has been rescued and released off the Florida Keys. [Photo from video]

  6. Video: Wandering bear pays visit to Florida deputy

    Wildlife

    A typical service call resulted in quite the hairy visit for a Marion County deputy over the weekend.

    A bear is seen on video approaching a Marion County deputy during a service call on June 18, 2017. [Facebook]
  7. Florida Cabinet votes to buy Blue Springs, saved by long-ago secret love affair

    Water

    Florida's Cabinet voted this week to acquire 407-acre Blue Springs Park in Gilchrist County, a jewel of a spring that's been privately owned since 1958.

    A swimmer jumps from a dock into Blue Springs, a privately owned spring in Gilchrist County that the Florida Cabinet voted to buy on Thursday. It was once owned by the most powerful woman in St. Petersburg. [JOHN MORAN | Special to the Times]
  8. Filling sinkhole taking longer than expected, Mosaic says

    Water

    Phosphate giant Mosaic expected to be finished by now with filling in the massive sinkhole that opened up at its Mulberry processing plant last August. But it's not.

    An aerial of a massive sinkhole that opened up underneath a gypsum stack at a Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant in Mulberry. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  9. Surveillance camera captures Florida man finding 3-foot python under car's hood

    Wildlife

    Diane Walsh saw her husband run into their Bradenton garage. Once she found out why, she was ready to start running herself.

    Thomas Walsh of Bradenton found a 3-foot python under his car's hood when he went to check why the Chevy Impala wasn't starting. (WTSP)
  10. Cheeto the sea horse almost became a snack. Now read about Funyun

    Wildlife

    CLEARWATER — A sea horse called Funyun was released into the wild Monday after tourists found her washed up in the sands of Indian Rocks Beach.

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Don Stansell wades to a grass flat to release “Funyun” on Monday.