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  • Florida boy, 10, dies in tragic accident on park swing setFlorida boy, 10, dies in tragic accident on park swing set

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WFLA)—A Florida boy is dead after a tragic accident on a swing set in Jacksonville, authorities said. Around 6:15 p.m. Friday night, police were called to Charles Clark Park after the child was found unresponsive. Deputies said 10-year-old Nashon Green was on the swing set while his mother getting her other children ready to leave the park. “When she turned around, she saw the child and he was hanging from the swing set and his feet were not touching the ground,” Sgt. S.C. Rudlaff of the Sheriff’s Office told Jacksonville.com. “She immediately reacted, got the child off the swingset and called 911.” Investigators believe the boy was standing on the swing and its chains had gotten tangled and wrapped around his neck. The mother removed her son from the swing and called 911. Green was transported to UF Health hospital where he later died. Deputies say they do not suspect foul play. WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW: Driver arrested after wrong-way crash on Courtney Campbell Causeway Former Florida student awarded $49.3 million after being repeatedly raped by teacher in classroom Jameis Winston removed from Uber as NFL investigates 2016 groping incident AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dead at age 64 Coast Guard searching for man after boat found near Bradenton PHOTO: Navy admits flight crew created phallic sky drawing over town Tampa Holiday Tradition: Winter Village opens Friday with free ice skating, movie

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  • Florida routs UAB 36-7 - ESPNFlorida routs UAB 36-7 - ESPN

    SB NationFlorida routs UAB 36-7ESPNGAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Eddy Pineiro kicked five field goals and Florida used a stifling defense to overwhelm UAB 36-7 on Saturday. The Gators (4-6) ended a five-game losing streak with a strong second half when they gained 228 of their 409 total yards.UAB vs. Florida 2017 live stream: Time, TV channel, and how to watch onlineSB NationFlorida-UAB: Recap, score, analysis for Week 12 game (November 18, 2017)SECcountry.comUAB at Florida by the numbers: Blazers try again against SECAL.comFOXSports.com -Gatorsports.com -Tampabay.comall 50 news articles »

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  • Woman struck on head by burglar during Orlando home invasionWoman struck on head by burglar during Orlando home invasion

    A woman was struck on the head by a burglar during a home invasion in Orange County, deputies said

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  • Ex-state Sen. Ralph Shortey to plead guilty to child sex trafficking charge, lawyer saysEx-state Sen. Ralph Shortey to plead guilty to child sex trafficking charge, lawyer says

    Former Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey has agreed to plead guilty to one count of child sex trafficking in exchange for three other charges to be dismissed, Shortey's lawyer confirmed.

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  • Old Florida Festival Naples shows off state's history back to Calusas - Naples Daily NewsOld Florida Festival Naples shows off state's history back to Calusas - Naples Daily News

    Naples Daily NewsOld Florida Festival Naples shows off state's history back to CalusasNaples Daily NewsFrom left to right, Samantha Dittmann as a Spanish conquistador, Ralph Smith as a Seminole war chief and Hunter Lehr as a U.S. bomber pilot from World War II were just a few of the many historical reenactors at the Old Florida Festival in Naples on ...

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  • 'Partridge Family' star David Cassidy in critical condition'Partridge Family' star David Cassidy in critical condition

    A rep for the singer and actor says he is out of an induced coma and surrounded by family.

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  • Big fourth quarter lifts Bethune-Cookman over Florida A&M - USA TODAYBig fourth quarter lifts Bethune-Cookman over Florida A&M - USA TODAY

    Tallahassee.comBig fourth quarter lifts Bethune-Cookman over Florida A&MUSA TODAYDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bethune-Cookman ran for three fourth-quarter touchdowns — on three consecutive drives — and the Wildcats rallied for a 29-24 victory over Florida A&M on Saturday. Bethune-Cookman trailed 24-10 just six seconds into the ...Seven in a row: FAMU drops another Florida Classic as questions surround football programTallahassee.comall 7 news articles »

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  • When a high-speed chase ended in a shootout, this dog took a bullet for his partnerWhen a high-speed chase ended in a shootout, this dog took a bullet for his partner

    It was around 4 a.m. when Phillip O’Shea robbed a Palm Beach bar back in May, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, a crime that quickly spiraled into … Click to Continue »

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  • Father left sitting in own feces for weeks, son arrested, Apopka police sayFather left sitting in own feces for weeks, son arrested, Apopka police say

    An Apopka man was arrested after police said he left his father in a chair in filth for so long his skin began to rot.

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  • Deputies: Armed robed robber apprehended in Marion CountyDeputies: Armed robed robber apprehended in Marion County

    An armed man wearing a black bathrobe was caught by deputies less than 30 minutes after robbing a gas station in Marion County, deputies said.

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  • Orlando officer crashes into toll plaza, 'relieved of duty', OPD saysOrlando officer crashes into toll plaza, 'relieved of duty', OPD says

    An off-duty Orlando police officer who was involved in a fiery crash at a toll plaza Saturday morning has been relieved of their duties, according to officials.

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  • Former Florida student awarded $49.3 million after being repeatedly raped by teacher in classroomFormer Florida student awarded $49.3 million after being repeatedly raped by teacher in classroom

    MIAMI (WFLA) – A former Florida student was just awarded $49.3 million in a civil suit against a former teacher who raped her in his classroom, NBC 6 reports. In January 2014, Bresnniel Jansen Mones, a former geometry teacher at the South Dade Senior High School, was arrested on two counts of sexual acts with a familial child and one count of electronic transmission harmful to minors. According to Miami’s Leighton Law firm, the abuse first began with emails and texts and progressed to rape on top of his desk. “I was raped by my geometry professor. I was 16 years old at the time, and he had complete control over me,” the victim, now 20 told NBC 6. “I try not thinking about it and I don’t speak of it unless I have to face a certain situation. But other than that I try and go about my normal day.” Records show Jansen admitted to raping the teen before being read his Miranda Rights. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years probation and had to register as a sex offender, according to NBC 6. “While acting as her teacher, between September and December of 2013, Jansen sexually abused [the victim] on numerous occasions by engaging in oral sex and digital penetration of her vagina,” the lawsuit filed in December 2014 reads. “These acts occurred inside South Dade High School during school hours and inside Jansen’s classroom. The sexual abuse continued and escalated to rape.” NBC 6 said the jury’s verdict of $49.3 million, including $30 million in punitive damages, was returned late Tuesday. The damages break down as follows: $13,906 for the past medical expenses for the victim,; $255,000 for her future medical expenses; $4 million for past mental anguish, pain and suffering; $15 million for future mental anguish, pain and suffering; $30 million in punitive damages. The victim reportedly settled with the school district for an undisclosed amount. “It’s crazy to see how often this goes on in the world and even though so many people keep coming out, it’s still going on,” the victim said. “Speak out now. It’s never too late. Don’t be afraid. There’s people rooting for you.” WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW: Driver arrested after wrong-way crash on Courtney Campbell Causeway Jameis Winston removed from Uber as NFL investigates 2016 groping incident AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dead at age 64 Coast Guard searching for man after boat found near Bradenton PHOTO: Navy admits flight crew created phallic sky drawing over town Tampa Holiday Tradition: Winter Village opens Friday with free ice skating, movie

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  • Florida State cruises to 71-point rout of Delaware State - Orlando SentinelFlorida State cruises to 71-point rout of Delaware State - Orlando Sentinel

    Orlando SentinelFlorida State cruises to 71-point rout of Delaware StateOrlando SentinelFlorida State coach Jimbo Fisher longed for his football team to play in this type of game throughout its disappointing season. After Hurricane Irma caused a three-week layoff between the first two games, forcing FSU to play 11 consecutive contests to ...Florida State routs Delaware State 77-6Tampabay.comFlorida State plays a 'complete game' in blowout over Delaware StateTallahassee.comFlorida State beats Delaware State by 71 in just 50 minutesTomahawk NationSeminoles.comall 35 news articles »

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  • Dale Jr. reflects on Hurricane Irma's impact on Florida Keys - Palm Beach PostDale Jr. reflects on Hurricane Irma's impact on Florida Keys - Palm Beach Post

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  • Former teen idol David Cassidy in critical condition with organ failure, reports sayFormer teen idol David Cassidy in critical condition with organ failure, reports say

    Actor and singer David Cassidy is in critical condition after checking into a Florida hospital three days ago, his representatives have told multiple media outlets. The 67-year-old former “Partridge Family” … Click to Continue »

    Miami Herald / 3 h. 36 min. ago
  • Months after clashes, free speech rally held in BostonMonths after clashes, free speech rally held in Boston

    The rally moved from the Boston Common to the steps of the State House, chanting "USA" and "All Lives Matter."

    WESH / 3 h. 55 min. ago
  • Miami anti-violence activist lost her son in shooting. Now, she collapses after verdictMiami anti-violence activist lost her son in shooting. Now, she collapses after verdict

    This wasn’t the verdict Tangela Sears had hoped for. As one of South Florida’s staunchest anti-violence activists, Sears, who grew up in Overtown, formed the advocacy group, Miami-Dade Parents of … Click to Continue »

    Miami Herald / 4 h. 8 min. ago
  • Rep: 'Partridge Family' star David Cassidy hospitalizedRep: 'Partridge Family' star David Cassidy hospitalized

    "Partridge Family" star David Cassidy has been hospitalized in Florida.

    WFLX / 4 h. 31 min. ago
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    "I got some high-fives and 'good jobs' from other fans. It felt pretty good."

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  • Report:  David Cassidy, 67, in a coma with organ failureReport: David Cassidy, 67, in a coma with organ failure

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Partridge Family” star David Cassidy has been hospitalized in Florida. His representative tells The Associated Press on Saturday that Cassidy is “now conscious” and “surrounded by family.” The rep adds that Cassidy was in pain and taken to the hospital on Wednesday. No additional details were provided. The 67-year-old said earlier this year that he was struggling with memory loss. He also announced this year that he was ending his 50-year career after a few concerts. The actor and singer said that traveling and his arthritis made performing difficult. Cassidy has had numerous personal problems in the decades following his initial success, ranging from substance abuse to bankruptcy. He’s the stepson of actress and fellow “Partridge Family” star Shirley Jones. WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW: Driver arrested after wrong-way crash on Courtney Campbell Causeway Jameis Winston removed from Uber as NFL investigates 2016 groping incident AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dead at age 64 Coast Guard searching for man after boat found near Bradenton PHOTO: Navy admits flight crew created phallic sky drawing over town Tampa Holiday Tradition: Winter Village opens Friday with free ice skating, movie

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  • FSU gives USS Florida submariners VIP treatment - Tallahassee.comFSU gives USS Florida submariners VIP treatment - Tallahassee.com

    Tallahassee.comFSU gives USS Florida submariners VIP treatmentTallahassee.comDressed in their summer whites, the captain and 19 crew members of the USS Florida nuclear submarine toured Florida State's football facilities before the Homecoming game Saturday. They snapped photos of trophies and the locker room. They learned ...

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  • Florida judge sentences teen killer to life in prisonFlorida judge sentences teen killer to life in prison

    A Florida judge is keeping in place a life sentence for a man who beat and stabbed his 8-year-old neighbor when he was a teenager.

    WFLX / 6 h. 47 min. ago
  • Manhunt continues for escaped inmates from Wakulla CountyManhunt continues for escaped inmates from Wakulla County

    WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A manhunt for three inmates out of Wakulla County continued on Saturday, one day after the men escaped. Joel Cooper, Donald Cotterman and Casey Brandon escaped the Wakulla County Jail on Friday morning. Deputies say they got out through the ceiling in the jail’s library. The sheriff’s office says there are indications the inmates are no longer in Wakulla County. They have transitioned from an area search to an intelligence-based search. “Please understand that we are as frustrated about not finding these inmates at this point as you,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post. “But understand that we will not stop or relent until we find these individuals and safely return them behind bars.” Deputies and other law enforcement officers who are helping with the search have received several tips and are following up with them “aggressively.” Cooper, Cotterman and Brandon were each charged with burglary. Cotterman is also a registered sex offender and has escaped prison before.

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  • Cocaine deaths surge with rise of drug smuggling into South FloridaCocaine deaths surge with rise of drug smuggling into South Florida

    Cocaine killed more people in Florida last year than any other drug, and authorities expect it will only get worse as traffickers push more of the narcotic through the Sunshine State. Cocaine-related fatalities rose for the fourth year in a row in 2016, contributing to the deaths of 2,882 people, according to the latest data from the Florida Medical Examiner's Commission.

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  • Florida authorities still searching for 3 escaped inmatesFlorida authorities still searching for 3 escaped inmates

    After scouring a wooded area authorities in Florida are still searching for three county jail inmates who managed to escape.

    WFLX / 7 h. 47 min. ago
  • Record number of sea turtle nests counted in FloridaRecord number of sea turtle nests counted in Florida

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Officials are reporting a record number of green sea turtle nests have been found in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said on Friday that staff for the agency had documented approximately 39,000 green sea turtle nests. The preliminary estimates are based on an index from 27 beaches that represent about 68 percent of green sea turtle nests statewide. A final survey covering 800 miles of Florida coastline will be available in early 2018. State officials said that nearly 30 years ago only 464 green sea turtle nests were recorded on the 200 miles of beaches that are part of the survey. By 2011, there were 10,701 green sea turtle nests. The commission noted that green sea turtles nest more abundantly every other year.

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  • Federal judge orders Florida to treat sick inmatesFederal judge orders Florida to treat sick inmates

    Florida may have to pay millions to treat as many as 20,000 inmates after a federal judge ruled state prison officials failed to properly care for felons infected with the hepatitis C virus.

    WFLX / 8 h. 59 min. ago
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  • Florida university suspends 2 Greek life organizationsFlorida university suspends 2 Greek life organizations

    Two Greek life organizations at a Florida university are being suspended for separate hazing incidents.

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  • University of West Florida suspends fraternity, sorority for hazing incidents - USA TODAYUniversity of West Florida suspends fraternity, sorority for hazing incidents - USA TODAY

    USA TODAYUniversity of West Florida suspends fraternity, sorority for hazing incidentsUSA TODAYPENSACOLA, Fla. — Two University of West Florida Greek life organizations have been suspended — one for a minimum of five years — for separate hazing incidents. The suspension was enacted Thursday, and the announcement was made by UWF ...Florida university suspends 2 Greek life organizationsTampabay.comBriefs: University of West Florida suspends two Greek organizationsTBO.comTexas State University suspends Greek Chapters : Office of Media Relations : Texas State UniversityTexas State UniversityThe Lantern -New York Timesall 127 news articles »

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  • Florida roads chief praises clearing of Hurricane Irma debrisFlorida roads chief praises clearing of Hurricane Irma debris

    But with debris still along some roads, particularly in pockets of the Florida Keys, Department of Transportation Secretary Michael Dew said officials will look at how they can improve before the next storm. "I think we did an effective job, but I think we can always do better," Dew said Thursday during a meeting of the House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness.

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  • Lawmakers: $100 billion in disaster aid still not enoughLawmakers: $100 billion in disaster aid still not enough

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has sent Congress a $44 billion disaster aid request that’s already under attack from lawmakers from hurricane-hit regions as way too small. The request issued Friday, President Donald Trump’s third since hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria slammed the Gulf Coast and Caribbean, would bring the total appropriated for disaster relief this fall close to $100 billion — and that’s before most of the money to rebuild Puerto Rico’s devastated housing stock and electric grid is added in. The new installment would add $24 billion to the government’s chief disaster account and establish a new $12 billion grant program for flood risk mitigation projects. Smaller amounts would go to small business loans and to aid farmers suffering crop losses. The request followed lobbying by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, who pressed the White House for far more. There are sure to be attempts to add to the measure as it advances through the House and Senate. “This request does not come close to what local officials say is needed,” said New York Rep. Nita Lowey, top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. Even before the measure was delivered, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called it “wholly inadequate.” Cornyn worked in September to nearly double Trump’s initial request for Harvey aid and has been battling with the White House behind the scenes. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded, “I don’t think $44 billion is a low amount and my guess is if you asked any average citizen across this country they wouldn’t feel that it’s low either.” She said Texas “should step up” and provide state money to the rebuilding efforts. But she said damage assessments in Puerto Rico hadn’t been completed yet and additional requests were expected. The measure arrives as lawmakers and the White House face numerous budget-related issues by year’s end, including a deadline of Dec. 8 to avert a government shutdown. Top Capitol Hill leaders are also negotiating bipartisan spending increases for the Pentagon and domestic agencies in hopes of passing a catchall government funding bill. They are also seeking to renew a popular program that provides health care to children from low-income families. And there’s a tax bill that is Republicans’ top priority. GOP leaders have appeared wary of tackling other budget-related issues while the tax legislation was taking shape but time is running low and coming weeks are likely to bring a burst of activity. Talks on increasing tight “caps” on agency budgets have centered on a GOP plan for a two-year, $182 billion increase that still falls short of demands by both defense hawks and Democrats seeking more for domestic programs. Rossello has requested $94 billion, including $18 billion to rebuild the island’s power grid and $31 billion for housing. The White House anticipates sending another request focused on the needs of the island territory but hasn’t indicated when that would be. “Because Hurricane Maria occurred more recently, damage assessments are ongoing,” said White House budget director Mick Mulvaney. Mulvaney also asked lawmakers to consider $59 billion in spending cuts to pay for the aid, including $44 billion from benefit programs by extending automatic cuts known as sequestration over the 2025-2027 budget window. Texas and Florida officials also expressed disappointment. Abbott, the Texas governor, submitted a $61 billion request to Trump last month for Harvey-related damages, including ambitious requests for flood control and navigation projects. He called the White House request “completely inadequate.” The Florida congressional delegation asked for $27 billion. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, said in a statement that the request “doesn’t come close to providing what is needed. People are hurting and they desperately need our help, yet this request has no money to provide housing for evacuees and barely any money for Florida’s citrus growers. That’s unacceptable.” “Congress needs to pass a more robust disaster bill that actually provides the funding needed to help people recover,” Nelson said. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Congress had “proven its commitment to aid those suffering from the natural disasters of the fall.” Ryan said the House would “review the request and work with the administration and members from affected states to help the victims get the resources they need to recover and rebuild.”

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  • One arrested in Florida dairy cow abuse case; three others soughtOne arrested in Florida dairy cow abuse case; three others sought

    The Animal Recovery Mission, an animal-rights group, released video footage captured by an undercover investigator at Larson Dairy Farm in Okeechobee, Florida. The video shows dairy cows beaten with metal rods and other abuse.

    Florida News / 16 h. 47 min. ago
  • Kite surfer hospitalized after hitting buildingKite surfer hospitalized after hitting building

    Authorities say a kite surfer was hospitalized after crashing into a building near a Florida beach.

    WFLX / 17 h. 12 min. ago
  • Jail inmate dies after struggling with guardsJail inmate dies after struggling with guards

    Authorities say an inmate died after struggling with guards at a Florida county jail.

    WFLX / 17 h. 12 min. ago
  • Worker crushed to death by steel rack, cables at plantWorker crushed to death by steel rack, cables at plant

    Authorities say a worker was crushed to death by a steel rack and cables at a Florida plant.

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  • Naples Zoo opens ‘Penguins in Paradise’ exhibitNaples Zoo opens ‘Penguins in Paradise’ exhibit

    NAPLES, Fla. (WFLA/WBBH) – Penguins are calling the Naples Zoo home for the first time ever. The ‘Penguins in Paradise’ exhibit opened on Wednesday and will remain open through April. The South African penguins are accustomed to the climate in southwest Florida. Visitors to the zoo can see the penguins with a regular admission ticket.

    WFLA / 17 h. 17 min. ago
  • Love game: Serena Williams reportedly marries in New OrleansLove game: Serena Williams reportedly marries in New Orleans

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  • Prosecutor misses filing deadline to seek death penaltyProsecutor misses filing deadline to seek death penalty

    A Florida prosecutor who recently reversed a blanket policy against executions has missed the filing deadline to pursue the death penalty in a murder case.

    WFLX / 23 h. 48 min. ago
  • Florida confirms second local Zika virus infection for 2017Florida confirms second local Zika virus infection for 2017

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  • Florida let hepatitis C go untreated in prisons. Now it may cost taxpayers millions.Florida let hepatitis C go untreated in prisons. Now it may cost taxpayers millions.

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  • 3 children hospitalized after syringe incident in Seminole County3 children hospitalized after syringe incident in Seminole County

    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (WESH) — WESH 2 News has new details on a scary situation for parents in Seminole County. Three young children had to go to a hospital after they were poked by a syringe that was found on the ground.  The incident happened Thursday on a school bus with children from Altamonte Elementary School. The syringe was found near Uptown Altamonte. The students are fine, officials said, but will have to undergo repeated medical testing over the next few months to make sure they did not suffer severe injuries or contract illnesses of any kind. Three of the children made contact with the syringe; two of them were poked with it. The student who picked up the syringe was said to be about 6 or 7 years old. Police said the student started swinging it around and “poked another student in the hand and then apologized, saying it was an accident.” Officers said a different student was poked with the syringe by the student while on the school bus. He was “pretending to give her a shot,” officials said. The school district never discussed a punishment for the child, but said, “there was no malicious intent.” Police said the syringe was empty and nobody else was around at the time of the incident. Officers said they “inspected the syringe for any residue or traces of substances, however, nothing was seen.” “The needle is a very dangerous thing,” said local pediatrician Dr. Saif Haque. Haque said parents should warn their children about the dangers of needles and other unknown objects. “I highly encourage if they find a needle, they don’t understand the dangers, so call the parents and don’t touch or hold it,” Haque said. WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW: Police apologize for warning about shopping carts and drugs Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: Nov. 6 to Nov. 11 Parents arrested after Lakeland baby tests positive for methamphetamine Mother dies of suspected overdose while cleaning up son’s drug paraphernalia, coroner says Bradenton women given drugs, locked in storage unit, sold for sex, deputies say

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  • 3 inmates escape from Florida county jail3 inmates escape from Florida county jail

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  • Florida mom’s disappearance after TV show still a mystery six years laterFlorida mom’s disappearance after TV show still a mystery six years later

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  • Craig Robins: Art Basel in Miami Design District will be biggest ever as next phase of development opensCraig Robins: Art Basel in Miami Design District will be biggest ever as next phase of development opens

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  • He lured women with drugs, forced them to have sex and locked them in a storage unit, sheriff saysHe lured women with drugs, forced them to have sex and locked them in a storage unit, sheriff says

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  • He went from fighting fires to starting them, so now he’s banned from all WalmartsHe went from fighting fires to starting them, so now he’s banned from all Walmarts

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  • MBAF hosts 2017 Giving Guide Reception (Photos)MBAF hosts 2017 Giving Guide Reception (Photos)

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  • Commissioner Dale Holness pushes to keep people out of jailCommissioner Dale Holness pushes to keep people out of jail

    At the November 14 Broward County Commission meeting, commissioners unanimously supported Commissioner Holness’ agenda item to direct the Broward County Attorney’s office to expand the current  ordinance and create Broward County Adult Civil Citation Program for cannabis to include non-violent misdemeanor offenses under Florida law. In attendance at the commission meeting and voicing their support of Holness’ item were Chief Judge Jack Tuter, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Florida;  Brenda D. Forman, Broward County Clerk of Courts; Howard Finkelstein, Public Defender, Broward County; David Sharp, Broward Sheriff’s Office; and the State Attorney’s Office. Minor crimes not subject to prison time Eligible offenses would include but are not limited to, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, littering, loitering, passion of alcoholic beverages by persons under age 21, retail theft of a shopping cart. The importance of those in attendance from the judicial and court system was significant. Clerk of Court Brenda Forman offered her office as a centralized clearing house for information needed by law enforcement to implement the program, an important component needed by law enforcement.   Institutionalized racial justice system Broward County Public Defender Finkelstein thanked Commissioner Holness for introducing this item and championing this issue.   Finkelstein brought attention that for the past 60 years Broward County has had an institutionalized racist justice system.  He shared that the Sarasota Tribune did a study that showed African Americans are not only arrested at percentages that are completely dramatically inconsistent with white people but their sentences are also far more harsh. “This bill will allow law enforcement to continue doing what they’re doing but at the same time not inflict the damage that has been done to the African American community in Broward County for the past four decades.   We owe this to poor communities of color to start taking steps to remedy the harm that we have inflicted for the past four decades,” said Finkelstein. Over a year working on issue Commissioner Holness spent over a year tirelessly working on this effort. “Over this process I’ve learned there are a lot of low-income people in our jail system because of petty theft.  Judge Tuter pointed out someone could go to a Wal‑Mart and steal $18 worth of items, would be caught, give back the goods to Wal‑Mart, yet the police officer would spend three hours booking that person downtown and then the person gets locked up.  They have a $500 to $2,000 cash bond they cannot pay, they couldn’t afford it in the first place, and kept in jail, costing $140 a night.  We’re spending about $230 million annually on our jail system, which is unsustainable.  The civil citation program for juveniles has a 94 percent success rate, which comes at a savings of $14 million for tax payers,” said Commissioner Holness. According to the American Bar Association, with the court system overburdened with minor offense cases, an arrest record can have long term impacts on employability, housing, not to mention the economic impacts. Practical and prudent program “Contrary to what some believe, this program is practical and prudent and will hold people accountable for their actions. If we do not give people a chance they get caught deeper in the system.  Holistically, this program will benefit our community tremendously and will empower people not to be branded at a young age as  criminals. Most civil citations are issued to people under the age of 30,” said Commissioner Holness. The post Commissioner Dale Holness pushes to keep people out of jail appeared first on Caribbean News.

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  • Florida used to post inspections of troubled nursing homes. It has scrubbed the website.Florida used to post inspections of troubled nursing homes. It has scrubbed the website.

    On a good day, Olga Vasquez would dress up in the morning, apply makeup and stand in the hallway at her Hialeah Gardens nursing home, helping other residents get in and out of wheelchairs or offering unsolicited advice. On a bad day, her depression got the best of her and she would remain in bed in her nightgown.

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  • Skull found in Florida woods ID’d as woman missing since 1990Skull found in Florida woods ID’d as woman missing since 1990

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A skull found by children playing in the woods 16 years ago has finally been identified, solving a 27-year-old mystery. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and Gainesville Police Department said Thursday the remains found in Gainesville belonged to 78-year-old Ella Mae Williams, who disappeared in 1990. Williams had dementia and is believed to have wandered off, but a cause of death has not yet been determined. The investigation is ongoing. The children found the skull in 2001 and took it home. Their parents notified police. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement used DNA from the remains and compared those to samples from family members to obtain Williams’ identity. WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW: NFL investigates Jameis Winston for allegedly groping an Uber driver in 2016, report says Sarasota Uber driver shoots passenger after getting punched Florida Democratic Party chairman resigns over sexual comments Tampa police believe one person responsible for all 4 Seminole Heights murders Bradenton women given drugs, locked in storage unit, sold for sex, deputies say Navy admits flight crew created phallic skydrawing over town Tampa Holiday Tradition: Winter Village opens tonight with free ice skating, movie

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  • Florida Democratic Party chairman resigns over sexual commentsFlorida Democratic Party chairman resigns over sexual comments

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) — The Florida Democratic Party chairman is resigning after a report that he makes women feel uncomfortable. Stephen Bittel released a brief statement on the party’s Twitter account Friday shortly after four of his party’s candidates for governor called for him to step down. Bittel apologized and said he didn’t want his personal situation to be distraction ahead of next year’s elections. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and businessman Chris King all issued statements demanding Bittel leave the post he’s held since January. It was a response to a Politico report quoting anonymous women saying that Bittel would leer at them, make comments about their appearances or breasts and exhibit other behavior that made them uncomfortable. He also had a breast-shaped stress ball in his office. None of the women said he groped or assaulted them. WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW: NFL investigates Jameis Winston for allegedly groping an Uber driver in 2016, report says Boy, 11, killed after darting into traffic in east Tampa Tampa Holiday Tradition: Winter Village opens tonight with free ice skating, movie Quality of care concerns close VA surgical unit Cops: Fort Myers man left baby, 3-year-old in car while in strip club Parents arrested after Lakeland baby tests positive for methamphetamine Mother dies of suspected overdose while cleaning up son’s drug paraphernalia, coroner says Witness provides description of Seminole Heights murder suspect after 4th victim found in road Lakeland PD investigating report of man masturbating at playground

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  • Bridge Development pays $12M for site of new Broward projectBridge Development pays $12M for site of new Broward project

    Bridge Development Partners acquired the site of a planned industrial park in Pompano Beach for $12.3 million. Waste Management (NYSE: WM) sold the 40.4-acre property at 1951 Powerline Road to Bridge Powerline LLC, an affiliate of Chicago-based Bridge Development Partners. It’s just south of Copans Road, which leads to Interstate 95. The company previously secured approval for Bridge Point Powerline Road, which would total 467,832 square feet in three buildings and have 433 parking spaces. The…

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  • Bluegreen sets pricing, launches public offeringBluegreen sets pricing, launches public offering

    Bluegreen Vacations Corp. announced that its public offering will be priced at $14 a share and will begin Friday, with closing expected by Nov. 21. The Boca Raton-based timeshare developer and marketer will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under “BXG.” The company will offer 3.74 million shares, which could raise $52.3 million before expenses. In addition, Bluegreen’s current sole owner, BBX Capital Corp. (NYSE: BBX), will offer 2.76 million shares, so it could collect $38.7 million before…

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  • High School Blitz: Tampa Bay Tech TitansHigh School Blitz: Tampa Bay Tech Titans

    TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – It’s that time of year again, high school football season is underway in the Tampa Bay area! To celebrate, each Friday morning, WFLA News Channel 8’s Anthony “Double-A” Allfred visits one local high school for a pep rally to remember. This week, Double-A stopped by Tampa Bay Tech to see how the Titans are getting pumped up for their game Friday night against the Palmetto High School Tigers. Check out the video above and be sure to tune in and watch more high school football coverage from WFLA News Channel 8 during football season- High School Blitz Pep Rally Friday mornings from 6:30 to 7 a.m. on WFLA News Channel 8 Friday mornings from 7 to 9 a.m. on WTTA Great 38 High School Football Team of the Week Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. on WFLA News Channel 8 Game of the Week Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m on WFLA News Channel 8 Friday Night Blitz Show (Game highlights and scores) Fridays at 11:15 p.m. on WFLA News Channel 8 PHOTOS: Tampa Bay Tech Titans High School Blitz

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  • Tampa police believe one person responsible for all 4 Seminole Heights murdersTampa police believe one person responsible for all 4 Seminole Heights murders

    TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Cops continue to maintain a heavy presence in Seminole Heights which has many people hopeful that the person suspected of killing four people will be caught. Police are also questioning everyone they encounter which some believe is infringing on their rights. “We’ve got four dead people. How many bodies have to stack up before somebody says, ‘Hey, we’ve got to put a stop to this.’ We are stopping everyone,” said Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan, while answering questions from members of the NAACP during a community meeting Thursday night. The NAACP is concerned about an unusually high number of arrests in the neighborhood. Police have been stopping to talk to anyone and everyone in Seminole Heights. They’re searching for clues that could point them to the person who started this killing spree nearly a month and a half ago. Police say they’re confident the killer lives in Seminole Heights, that he knows these streets and knows the nooks and crannies of the neighborhood. They believe the suspect shown in surveillance videos is a male, not a female. They are also confident they only have one shooter on their hands. They do not believe this is a group or the work of a gang. Instead, It’s a lone shooter. “When we look at those videos, it really looks like it’s the same person, so we think that’s the person who’s committed four murders,” said TPD spokesperson Steve Hegarty. The reward for information leading to an arrest in the Seminole Heights murders now stands at $100,000. Manhunt underway after 4th person murdered in Seminole Heights Ronald Felton was shot and killed outside of his church in Seminole Heights. Ronald Felton's bicycle was found next to his church. Shooting victim Ronald Felton, 60. A body was found in the street in Seminole Heights on the morning of Nov. 14. Follow Avery Cotton on Facebook WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW: Deputies: Sarasota woman finds 2,076 child porn images on thumb drive in husband’s dresser MANHUNT: Florida county closes schools after 3 dangerous inmates escape from jail Boy, 11, killed after darting into traffic in east Tampa Tampa Holiday Tradition: Winter Village opens tonight with free ice skating, movie Quality of care concerns close VA surgical unit Cops: Fort Myers man left baby, 3-year-old in car while in strip club Parents arrested after Lakeland baby tests positive for methamphetamine Mother dies of suspected overdose while cleaning up son’s drug paraphernalia, coroner says Witness provides description of Seminole Heights murder suspect after 4th victim found in road Lakeland PD investigating report of man masturbating at playground    

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  • MANHUNT: Florida county closes schools after 3 dangerous inmates escape from jailMANHUNT: Florida county closes schools after 3 dangerous inmates escape from jail

    CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Schools are shut down in a Florida county as authorities search for three inmates who escaped from jail. The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office is searching the area just south of the state capital for the three men who escaped Friday morning. The sheriff’s office reported on its website that they don’t believe the men are armed, but they are considered dangerous. Other area law enforcement agencies are assisting with the search. The men are 43-year-old Joel Copper, 44-year-old Donald Cottermen and 25-year-old Casey Brandon. All are charged with burglary, and Cottermen is a registered sex offender. Here is what the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office had to say about the escape on its Facebook page- *****9:00 am UPDATE***** The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office continues to search for three escaped inmates. The inmates escaped from the Wakulla County Jail at 12:09 am this morning. The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office is following up on each of the many leads and tips that come in. Right now there is a heavy presence in the Rehwinkle & Tafflinger Road area as we investigate information that comes in. We are being assisted by FHP, FDLE, FWC, DOC, and LCSO in our search. Many of the searches are taking place in heavily wooded areas and away from main highways so the many units involved may not be easily visible to you the citizens but we assure you that we have a large force working non-stop until we locate these escaped inmates. The investigation into their escape is ongoing but preliminary evidence shows that the inmates were able to gain access through a breach of the ceiling in our Law Library. It appears that they then made their way across the building above the ceiling to an exit point where they made their escape from the facility. More information will be made available as the investigation continues but at this point OUR PRIMARY FOCUS IS APPREHENSION of these inmates. We have no indication that these individuals are armed but because they are escaped inmates they are considered dangerous. There have been no orders from the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office to remain locked in doors but if you are at home today excercise extreme caution and remain alert. If you see these inmates DO NOT approach them call the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office immediately 850-926-0800 or 850-745-7100. The escaped inmates, their descriptions, and charges they were being held on are as follows: Joel Teraill Cooper – black male 5’08” 187 lbs. date of birth 12/7/1973 charges Burglary of Business Donald James Cotterman – white male 5’11” 156 lbs. date of birth 01/19/1973 charges Burglary, Criminal Mischief & Weapon Possession. Donald Cotterman is also a registered sexual offender. Casey Martina Brandon – white male 6’02” 210 lbs. date of birth 07/05/1992 charges Burglary, Theft, Vehicle theft, and Criminal Mischief WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW: Boy, 11, killed after darting into traffic in east Tampa Tampa Holiday Tradition: Winter Village opens tonight with free ice skating, movie Quality of care concerns close VA surgical unit Cops: Fort Myers man left baby, 3-year-old in car while in strip club Parents arrested after Lakeland baby tests positive for methamphetamine Mother dies of suspected overdose while cleaning up son’s drug paraphernalia, coroner says Witness provides description of Seminole Heights murder suspect after 4th victim found in road Lakeland PD investigating report of man masturbating at playground

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  • Candidates for governor call on party chief to resign over accusations from womenCandidates for governor call on party chief to resign over accusations from women

    UPDATE: Florida Democratic Party chief resigns after accusations of workplace impropriety All four major Democratic candidates for Florida governor called on the chairman of the state party, Stephen Bittel, to … Click to Continue »

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  • Dad arrested after leaving his young kids in the car while he was in a strip clubDad arrested after leaving his young kids in the car while he was in a strip club

    Here’s something not to do when you want to get your strip club fix on: Leave the kids in the car. A Fort Myers man somehow missed that memo on … Click to Continue »

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  • Miami's up, FSU's down and Lane Kiffin is trolling along in a wild year for football in Florida - ESPNMiami's up, FSU's down and Lane Kiffin is trolling along in a wild year for football in Florida - ESPN

    ESPNMiami's up, FSU's down and Lane Kiffin is trolling along in a wild year for football in FloridaESPN"Who would have thought that we'd be sitting here at this time of year and have more wins than Florida and Florida State combined?" he asked at his weekly news conference. "That's pretty neat." Yet his Florida Atlantic team is not the only one that can ...and more »

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  • Growers feel the squeeze as county's citrus industry dropsGrowers feel the squeeze as county's citrus industry drops

    In this Nov. 8, 2017 photo, Steve Crisafulli examines a tree in a USDA test grove on North Merritt Island, Fla. The grove has four or five varieties of citrus trees with 10 different root stocks to see how they do.

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  • Estate Investment Group approved for 302 apartments in Miami-Dade (Renderings)Estate Investment Group approved for 302 apartments in Miami-Dade (Renderings)

    Estate Investment Group received city approval for the Soleste Alameda apartments in West Miami. The Miami-based developer led by Robert Suris plans to begin construction of the 302-unit apartment project at 6290 and 6320 S.W. 8th Street within 30 days. The 1.9-acre site currently has a motel and a retail building, which would both be demolished. The site is just south of Miami International Airport and just west of Coral Gables. Soleste Alameda would have two mid-rise strictures as to avoid the…

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  • Ross Stores sells Miami-Dade location for $16MRoss Stores sells Miami-Dade location for $16M

    The parent company of Ross Dress for Less sold the building housing its Aventura store to a local investor for $16.38 million. The deal was brokered by Engin Yergin of Common Capital Partners and his associate Steven Brodsky. They said Ross Stores (Nasdaq: ROST) sold the 27,380-square-foot building at 18495 Biscayne Blvd. to Yad Mgd LLC, managed by Jacobo Azout. He’s an executive at Aventura-based Elion Partners. Yergin said Ross leased the building from the buyer and the retailer’s strong…

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  • Brightline parent sells Coral Gables HQ office to City National BankBrightline parent sells Coral Gables HQ office to City National Bank

    Florida East Coast Industries has a new headquarters space identified.

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  • Hedge fund led by ‘World’s Most Feared Investor’ buys stake in South Florida companyHedge fund led by ‘World’s Most Feared Investor’ buys stake in South Florida company

    Elliott Management, a $34 billion hedge fund, has acquired a 7 percent stake in Mednax and intends to engage company leaders regarding “strategic options.” In August, Bloomberg published an article called "Elliott Management head Paul Singer the 'World's Most Feared Investor.'” The article said Singer’s activist investor strategy led to the ousting of Arconic Inc.’s CEO and a battle with fellow billionaire Warren Buffett over the takeover of Oncor Electric. He was also in the headlines…

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  • Open-air retail replacement for Sears at Aventura Mall breaks groundOpen-air retail replacement for Sears at Aventura Mall breaks ground

    Seritage Growth Properties broke ground on the Esplanade at Aventura, which will replace the Sears at the Aventura Mall. Demolition of the big-box Sears store started on Friday. The New York-based company (NYSE: SRG) will build 215,000 square feet of retail and restaurants in an open-air setting full of shade trees out outdoor seating. A Sears store will not be part of the Esplanade. That store closed earlier this year. Seritage is a REIT that acquired the Sears and Kmart real estate portfolio…

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  • Florida parents arrested after baby tests positive for methamphetamineFlorida parents arrested after baby tests positive for methamphetamine

    According to an arrest report, 20-year-old Nicole Finley and 29-year-old Bruce Nowlen brought their child to a Florida hospital to treat an infection on his leg, and the child tested positive for methamphetamine. Finley told detectives the child had been bitten by mosquitoes a few days earlier, and one of the bites became infected.

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  • Reserve to share its lions, tigers, cougars, leopardsReserve to share its lions, tigers, cougars, leopards

    In this Nov. 7, 2017 photo, K. "Simba" Wiltz, CEO, Central Florida Animal Reserve dishes up a variety of meats for 'Gabriel', a Siberian Tiger in Osceola County, Fla. CFAR will soon open its gates to booked tours in Osceola County.

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  • Killer on probation gets medical pot prescriptionKiller on probation gets medical pot prescription

    In this Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 photo, Miguel Valdes inhales medical marijuana using a vape device at his attorney's office in Miami. Valdes, a convicted killer who is on probation, was recently allowed to use medical marijuana to deal with his schizophrenia.

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  • A dead frog was found in their water at Waffle House — but it was already too lateA dead frog was found in their water at Waffle House — but it was already too late

    It’s unclear who leaped first, the couple or the frog. When Claire Sheats and her husband sat down for a meal at a local Waffle House in Tallahassee last week, … Click to Continue »

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  • Florida Argentum Reports That Appeals Court Strikes Down Emergency Stay in Generator CaseFlorida Argentum Reports That Appeals Court Strikes Down Emergency Stay in Generator Case

    Florida Argentum reports that the Florida's First District Court of Appeal issued a response to its motion filed last week and determined that an "automatic stay" of the Division of Administrative Hearings' Final Order invalidating Emergency Rule 58AER17-1 does not exist during the appeal. Florida Argentum has interpreted the ruling to mean that the Emergency Rule is invalid and is not in effect as of October 27, 2017, the date the Final Order was issued .

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  • Arrest warrants issued in cow abuse case; new video shows dead cow pile-upArrest warrants issued in cow abuse case; new video shows dead cow pile-up

    A Central Florida sheriff’s office issued arrest warrants Thursday to several employees of a large dairy farm who were caught on undercover video abusing cows, according to news reports. Last … Click to Continue »

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  • First TV ad released in Florida's 2018 race for governorFirst TV ad released in Florida's 2018 race for governor

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  • Why aren’t women going public with sexual harassment claims in Tallahassee?Why aren’t women going public with sexual harassment claims in Tallahassee?

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  • Wealthy Florida Republican likely to benefit from estate tax repealWealthy Florida Republican likely to benefit from estate tax repeal

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  • 'Girls on the Run' teaches young ladies how to be healthy, confident 'Girls on the Run' teaches young ladies how to be healthy, confident

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  • Prescription drug deaths keep rising in FloridaPrescription drug deaths keep rising in Florida

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  • Dismembered dog found in cooler in South FloridaDismembered dog found in cooler in South Florida

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  • Florida woman drowns after fight at retention pond, investigators sayFlorida woman drowns after fight at retention pond, investigators say

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  • Major job fair in Sunrise on ThursdayMajor job fair in Sunrise on Thursday

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  • McLennon takes over Lauderhill ChamberMcLennon takes over Lauderhill Chamber

    McLennon takes over Lauderhill Chamber by Tanya Ragbeer The Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce held its 14th Presidential Installation Breakfast on Friday, November 3, at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center. Outgoing president, Melissa Dunn, CEO of MD Marketing Network, handed over to Sharon McLennon, CEO, Splendor Realty, Inc. Chamber’s uniqueness “Here’s what’s unique about our Chamber,” said Dunn, “Even though the president only serves one year, we are all still very involved in the Executive Board.” The Chamber boasts several past presidents on its Board, which ensures continuity of leadership. “I’m still very much involved,” Dunn added, “but I want to focus more now on growing my business.” McLennon has been with the Chamber for many years, serving in several capacities. She was the treasurer and has been a member of the Board for many years. “She is more than ready!”  Dunn opined. Awards handed out Commissioner Hayward J. Benson , Jr. Ed.D. (center), received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce (l-r) Immediate Past President Melissa Dunn, Past President Winnifred McPherson, incoming President Sharon McLennon, Past President Maria Munro, Past Chair John Beckford, and Board Members Ann Marie Clarke, Esq. and Karelle Chang. Photo credit: Don Parchment At the breakfast, the Chamber gave out awards to outstanding members and the City of Lauderhill.  Commissioner Hayward J. Benson, Jr, received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Vanessa Deslandes received the Volunteer of the Year Award, and Dennis Hawthorne of Dennis Shipping received the Small Business of the Year Award. Visit Lauderhill One of the Chamber’s successes is the Visit Lauderhill initiative which is the brainchild of past president Maria Munroe, and a collaborative effort with the organization and the city.  Visit Lauderhill was created to enhance the reputation of the area as a tourist destination, as well as to promote its events and businesses. For recent article on the Lauderhill Chamber, visit the link: Three outstanding Caribbean Women honored by Chamber of Commerce The post McLennon takes over Lauderhill Chamber appeared first on Caribbean News.

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  • Francis Suarez is the New Mayor of MiamiFrancis Suarez is the New Mayor of Miami

    Francis Suarez is the New Mayor of Miami The City of Miami has a new mayor. He is Francis Suarez who was convincingly elected from a field of four candidates in mayoral elections held on Tuesday. Suarez who will replace Tomas Regalado who served as Mayor of Miami for the past eight years won convincingly with 86 percent of the votes cast, easily defeating his competitors Christian Canache, Cynthia Jaquith and Williams Alfred Armbrister Sr. Of the 13,754 votes cast Suarez, 40, won 11,790 votes. Young but experienced Although a relatively young man Suarez is an experienced city politician, having represented the city’s District 4 for two terms. He is also from a political family. His father Xavier Suarez is a former City Of Miami Mayor. It is expected that Suarez will be sworn in on November 15. In Tuesday’s election, Suarez seems to have grasped the support of Caribbean Americans voters residing in Miami. Impressed by visionary approach Linda Hall, said she normally don’t participate in municipal elections, but she was impressed by “the youthfulness” of the new mayor and his visionary approach. “Miami is one of the world’s  most famous cities, but enough is not being to make it a prosperous city, at least for the majority of people like myself who are from the Caribbean. WE need a young leader with vision, and I also like what Suarez said about improving the quality of life of the city’s residents.” As a City Commissioner Suarez also served as Vice-Chair of the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization, tasked with approving federally required plans and transportation policies, and as President of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities. During his campaign for mayor said he is dedicated to elevating the quality of life of the residents he serves by way of focusing on transportation and connectivity issues within the city and beyond, nurturing the growth of a tech-based economy in the area and, by extension, job creation and international opportunities with Latin America and the Caribbean. For more on the former Mayor of Miami, visit the link: Miami Mayor and City Commissioner reaffirm commitment to immigrants The post Francis Suarez is the New Mayor of Miami appeared first on Caribbean News.

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  • Miami-Dade approves Equal Pay for VendorsMiami-Dade approves Equal Pay for Vendors

    Miami-Dade County Commissioners today approved legislation sponsored by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava to help close the gender wage gap. The measure will require County contractors to sign an affidavit affirming that they are complying with the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Women living in poverty Roughly one in five women in Miami-Dade County live in poverty. If the wage gap were closed today, the poverty rate among women in our community would drop by more than half, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Pay employees fairly  “By asking those who do business with the County to pledge to pay their employees fairly, independent of their gender, we are affirming our commitment to ending the wage gap,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “Approval of this resolution helps us make Miami-Dade County the premier place for working women in America.” Sponsored ordinance One of the key findings of the Commission for Women’s 2016 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Miami-Dade County is that women make 87 cents to every dollar a man earns. In 2015, Commissioner Levine Cava sponsored an ordinance adopting the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This ordinance, unanimously adopted by the County Commission, requires annual reports to be written and to provide benchmarks that can be used to measure the progress of issues affecting women, including issues related to equal pay. Commissioner Levine Cava said the single issue of the wage gap has far-reaching implications for quality of life in our community. In addition to reducing poverty, closing the local wage gap could provide the County with a competitive advantage economically by attracting and retaining talent needed to excel, promote healthier families, and make our community more vibrant, she said. For previous article regarding equal pay in Miami-Dade County, click the link: Report shows Miami-Dade women earn significantly less than men The post Miami-Dade approves Equal Pay for Vendors appeared first on Caribbean News.

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  • Jerk Festival to Honor Ruddy SchaaffeJerk Festival to Honor Ruddy Schaaffe

    Domino Tournament to Honor Ruddy Schaaffe at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is almost here, and organizers are working overtime to deliver big on Sunday, November 12, at Markham Park, Sunrise. Festival goers from all walks of life will enjoy a variety of mouthwatering jerk foods, entertaining cultural presentations, explosive performances, and the tournament domino lovers look forward to each year: Jerk Domino! Domino tournament to honor Ruddy Schaaffe This year, the tournament will honor the life of Ruddy Schaaffe who passed away on May 17. He was the coordinator and director for the festival’s annual domino tournament. “Ruddy was an avid domino player who worked tirelessly to elevate the game and bring worldwide recognition to domino as a sport,” says Abdul Muhsin, chairman of the board of JJFUSA, Inc. “His commitment and love for the sport was immeasurable and we will miss his ever-strong presence at the Jerk festival.” Playing for love of the game Every year domino lovers vie for first place in the tournament, which gets off the ground at 12 noon. There’s a cash prize for 1st place to 8th place; but more importantly, players do it for the love of the game and bragging rights. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 11:45 a.m. Entry fee is $20.  Main sponsor Graig Zinn Automotive Group is the main sponsor of the Jerk Domino Ruddy Schaaffe Memorial Tournament, and the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will make a donation to the Ruddy Schaaffe Memorial Fund. If you’d like to make a donation, go to https://give.miamifoundation.org/Ruddy. Organizers are encouraging everyone to come early and enjoy the domino tournament and everything else the festival has to offer! Tickets are on sale now at www.jerkfestival.com or selected retail outlets in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. The 16th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is presented by Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc. in association with Partners for Youth Foundation. Sponsors are Grace Foods, Publix Supermarkets, Western Union, Guinness, Sprint, The Jamaica Tourist Board, Greater Ft. Lauderdale Visitors & Conventions Bureau, WAVS 1170, National Weekly and South Florida Times. For more on the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, click the link: Where Culture Meets Cuisine The post Jerk Festival to Honor Ruddy Schaaffe appeared first on Caribbean News.

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  • Palm Beach County to flush pipes with chlorinePalm Beach County to flush pipes with chlorine

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