Culled from SoFla's mainstream media, here's your Cooler for the day.
A- Sun-Sentinel: Something for the kiddies to look forward to this Halloween.
Parents, check the kids' candy extra carefully this Halloween. Some Broward Republicans plan to drop a little something extra into the bags: a piece of political propaganda.B- Sun-Sentinel: Thy name is Fear!
Each is about 3 by 4 inches on heavy paper, the brainchild of Sharon Day, Broward's state Republican committeewoman. When parents go through the kids' candy, they'll find messages telling them, "Don't Make Everyday Halloween in America! Keep Barack Obama from using your hard earned dollars as his own personal 'Trick or Treat' bag!"
Broward Republican Party leaders are warning the party faithful not to trust the Postal Service with their absentee ballots.C- Sun-Sentinel: Slideshow, Boat Show pictures.
The outside of the absentee ballot envelopes are marked "Dem" or "Rep," depending on the party registration of the voter, and the party leaders said the Republican designation means something may happen to the ballots.
"This is a shame that we cannot trust the postal people," said Colleen Stolberg, the absentee ballot chairwoman for the Broward Republican Party. "These people are stealing votes from us."
D- Herald: They're stealing donated food in Liberty City.
When David Jenkins and his family came upon hard times, they turned to Curley's House of Style, a Liberty City food pantry.E- Herald: Video, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The organization provided Jenkins, now an outreach volunteer, with much-needed food and social services.
But after a break-in last weekend, the pantry's shelves are nearly empty. The 1,000 people they serve a day could go hungry.
The thieves stole an estimated $300,000 worth of food, clothes and donations, along with computers, televisions and even telephones from Curley's, 6025 NW Sixth Ct., Miami. The pantry has been burglarized before -- most recently, just two weeks ago -- but the organization has never experienced a break-in this devastating.
F- Herald: Morin.
G- Herald: Pitts, on the folks who propagated the Ashley Todd story.
It smelled worse than rotting garbage in triple digit heat, but I'm not surprised some folks swallowed it anyway.H- TC Palm: They call her "Twinkie."
Meaning the story that was a mini-sensation for about 15 minutes last week: the McCain campaign worker supposedly mugged by a black man in Pittsburgh. For those who missed it, the details are as follows. Ashley Todd, 20, claimed she was accosted by a 6'4'' black man who demanded money. When said black man saw a John McCain bumpersticker on her car, he became enraged and, in an apparent effort to make her support Barack Obama, carved a ''B'' on her cheek.
It was enough to send some conservative bloggers -- Michelle Malkin was a notable exception -- into fits of apoplexy. One, Dan Riehl of riehlworldview.com, reportedly unburdened himself of the opinion that ''Obama's run his campaign just like a street thug out of Chicago. Now we get to see what some of his worst supporters are like.'' Another spoke of ''black savages'' roaming the street. Then there's the reader who said I should be ''embarrassed'' at what this other black man had done.
Well, that slimy yellow goo you see dripping down those people's faces today would be egg. See, there's a reason this story smelled like garbage. It was. Pittsburgh police say Todd eventually confessed to making the whole thing up.
FORT PIERCE — A 220-pound woman was arrested Sunday after police say she was hanging out on Avenue D in hopes of prostituting herself out, according to an arrest affidavit released Monday.I- WPLG: Pipe dream.
MIAMI -- South Florida's real estate market may be a mess, but Miami developer Tibor Hollo still has sky-high plans -- building the tallest tower south of New York City.
The project, One Bayfront Plaza, would stand 70 stories tall and top out at 1,000 feet, the maximum height possible in the flightpath to Miami International Airport. The developers hope the curvy tower will attract international companies as tenants and conventioneers as visitors to the building's 112,000 square feet of exhibition space. The project also includes a convention hotel.