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And this is why women are afraid:

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Woman gets restraining order against violent ex; he kills her and a coworker and injures her friend the following day.

This is getting a large amount of local press primarily because it happened in a tourist area, and both the local news and all businesses on International Drive are eager to assure everyone that no, no, this doesn't usually happen to tourists and this is a domestic violence issue only. (If you watch the video you will see the obligatory shot of a typical tourist assuring visitors she didn't see anything.) But the family of the victim is quite right. This woman was trying to do everything right: she got a job, she made plans to get more education and become a nurse, and, yes, she informed the police that her ex was violent and dangerous, and yet even in one of the most heavily policed local areas (Orlando: keeping International Drive safe for you!) she was still murdered.

What a horrible, horrible thing for those kids to live with. I do hope they'll be able to heal.

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In other news I got an excessively annoying bill from Florida Hospital today which has me raging. I don't understand why they can't set up a NORMAL billing process that keeps track of, just at random, THE AMOUNTS PATIENTS HAVE ALREADY PAID. While they are at it it would be helpful not to change prices AFTER billing for the same procedure. I checked my receipt and checked with my online account just in case this was a Chase Bank screwup, and it isn't. I foresee annoying telephone calls ahead.

But, before that, a friend I haven't seen in more than a year is stopping by, so, friendship first. Better than any hospital for blood pressure issues.

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