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After 90-Year-Old Hero’s Arrest, Florida Judge Makes Feeding Homeless Not a Crime

You may remember the story of Arnold Abbott, a proud, 90-year-old WWII veteran who embodies what the greatest generation is all about. For years, he’s help run a non-profit organization that is dedicated to feeding Fort Lauderdale’s homeless community. After Abbott was arrested following his refusal to obey the dramatic order to “Drop that plate right now” from police, the city’s new ordinance, which prohibits feeding the homeless, became national news.

Recently, hundreds of protestors marched on the local federal courthouse, many complaining that the ordinance requires such restrictive health code standards that feeding the homeless outdoors would be virtually impossible. Even Anonymous has gotten involved, temporarily taking down the city’s website. Now, all of the attention seems to have made a difference. A Broward County Circuit Judge has issued a ruling that prohibits the city from enforcing their ordinance for at least 30 days while the two sides work together to find common ground and create a new solution …

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