Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Florida senator resigns

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TALLAHASSE­E, Fla. — Florida state Sen. Frank Artiles resigned Friday after a scandal erupted three days earlier over a diatribe the Miami Republican unleashed against two lawmakers at a Tallahasse­e bar.

Senate President Joe Negron forced Mr. Artiles to apologize on the Senate floor Wednesday for his alcohol-fueled racist and sexist tirade Monday night against Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonvil­le. But black lawmakers said apologizin­g was not enough and they formally sought his expulsion.

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