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Driver killed in crash likely speeding and impaired, says Broward Sheriff's Office

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 18:30

A BMW driver was likely speeding when he failed to negotiate a turn and crashed into a commercial building in Pompano Beach, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Erving Colon, 42, of Fort Lauderdale, died Saturday after crashing his 1998 BMW 328i sedan, said Joy Oglesby, a spokewoman for...

Fort Lauderdale embraces David Beckham for Lockhart deal

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 18:10

The city of Fort Lauderdale embraced soccer legend David Beckham’s vision for Lockhart Stadium, taking the first step Tuesday toward a soccer revival for the storied property.

“It’s a great day for Fort Lauderdale,” Commissioner Ben Sorensen said, citing the multimillion-dollar private investment...

Man dies when car skids into back of stopped flatbed truck

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 17:45

A 38-year-old man suffered fatal injuries when his Mercedes-Benz hydroplaned into the back of a stopped truck at a Boynton Beach intersection Tuesday morning, police said.

Arshia Poursartip, of Boynton Beach, was rushed to Delray Medical Center, where he died, said Stephanie Slater, spokeswoman...

Shooter kills man, 23, in Pembroke Pines

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 17:10

Pembroke Pines police are looking for the shooter who killed a young man at an apartment complex early Tuesday morning.

Police found a man suffering multiple gunshot wounds when they got to the Bella Grande community in the 10300 block of Northwest Eighth Street around 1 a.m., said Amanda Conwell,...

Four cross-dressing bandits convicted for jewelry store heists

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 16:25

Four Broward County men who pulled off jewelry store heists while poorly disguised as women have been convicted by a federal jury after a monthlong trial.

The three Fort Lauderdale men and one Coral Springs man face possible life sentences for their convictions on four armed robberies committed...

Appeals court rejects state's request, refuses to block Everglades oil drilling plan

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 15:40

A plan to drill for oil in the Everglades again won a major legal victory Tuesday, one day after a false alarm in which an appeals court issued an ordering affirming the proposal and then withdrew it as “issued in error.”

The First District Court of Appeal announced that its decision in favor of...

Forman vs. Forman: First they divorced, now they’re running against each other for top county position

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 15:20

A prize fight election is brewing at the Broward County Courthouse between two high-profile exes who previously battled through a sordid divorce and allegations of mental incompetence in county courtrooms last year.

It’s Forman vs. Forman in the title bout, with control of courthouse operations...

Worker awarded nearly $1.9 million after being injured at FPL power plant

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 15:00

A Palm Beach County jury has awarded an injured worker nearly $1.88 million after a 70-pound piece of equipment fell and hit him at an FPL power plant.

Florida Power & Light Co. was found negligent by the court for causing injuries to Kenya Harvey, an employee of a subcontractor on the job for...

Flanagan High's Michelle Kefford named 2019 Principal of the Year

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 14:40

And the state honor of Principal of the Year for 2019 goes to … Charles W. Flanagan High School’s Michelle Kefford, the state Department of Education announced Tuesday.

The guiding force at the Pembroke Pines school since 2011, Kefford, 44, beat out four other principals for the title and a cash...

Drug pricing is a deadly national scandal | Editorial

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 14:35

“Your money or your life!” was a laugh line in a radio skit by the comedian Jack Benny, who pretended to be a skinflint. To the robber’s demand, Benny replied, after a long pause, “I’m thinking. I’m thinking.”

Today, your money or your life is a deadly serious dilemma that confronts Americans not...

Fraudster's delay tactics cost victims $14.6 million in premiums for junk insurance, FTC says

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 14:15

Tens of thousands of victims are still paying millions of dollars a month for “worthless” health insurance policies because the founder of the company accused of bilking them keeps delaying a key hearing, the Federal Trade Commission charged on Monday in a filing in U.S. District Court in Fort...

Patriots owner Robert Kraft gets plea-deal offer in prostitution case

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 13:35

New England Patriots football team owner Robert Kraft and other men are being offered a chance to have their solicitation-of-prostitution charges dropped as part of plea deal, the Palm Beach County prosecutor’s office confirmed Tuesday.

The offer was extended not just to the billionaire, but to...

UM quarterback Tate Martell eligible to play next season, NCAA decides

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 13:35

It’s official – quarterback Tate Martell will be able to play this season for the Hurricanes.

Martell, a transfer from Ohio State, has been granted a waiver from the NCAA that will make him eligible to play immediately, instead of forcing him to sit out the typical year required of most transfer...

Bufarella battle brewing? Name confusion and a $250 'luxury pizza' arrive with new Fort Lauderdale restaurant

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 13:15

New York had its Ray’s Pizza wars. Broward now has a Bufarella brouhaha. Bufarella Genuine Italian Gourmet is a small cheese and sandwich shop that opened in August 2018 in Oakland Park. Bufarella La Pizza Di Napoli is an 86-seat pizzeria restaurant that opened this week in Fort Lauderdale.

The...

Florida House panel passes controversial felon voting rights restoration bill

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 13:15

A bill that sets conditions on restoring felon voting rights won approval Tuesday from a Florida House committee over the objection of advocates who helped get rights restoration placed in the state constitution.

Advocates said the language goes too far, in part by requiring civil fines and court...

Republicans want to turbocharge privatization of Florida public schools | Randy Schultz

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:40

Broward County business leaders missed a big chance last Friday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed the Broward Workshop, recapping his first active weeks and promising more. Someone should have asked, “Do you intend to privatize public education in Florida?”

Nothing matters more to business owners and...

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, a pop-up dining space, coming to Las Olas Riverfront this fall

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:15

The Wharf, the pop-up dining and entertainment space along the Miami River, is sailing north to Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Riverfront this fall.

Dubbed the Wharf Fort Lauderdale, the sister location of the popular open-air lounge will take shape at 40 W. Las Olas Blvd., occupying the busy stretch...

Want to be on Jeopardy? The quiz show is looking for contestants in South Florida.

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 11:30

Who is the next South Floridian to appear on Jeopardy?

Producers of the long-running quiz show are trying to solve that clue.

A special online contestant test for South Florida residents will be held March 27, Jeopardy announced Tuesday. Those who pass the test will be placed in a pool for in-person...

Preserve more barrier islands, strengthen building codes to minimize storm damage | Opinion

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 11:05

Hurricane Michael put the lesson front and center.

Mexico Beach lay in ruins, destroyed by 155 mph winds -- roofs ripped off, walls collapsed, windows shattered. Homes that withstood the wind were gutted by the storm surge. The photo was a panorama of rubble, except for that one house.

The Sand...

Ryan Fitzpatrick discusses why he picked Dolphins, the future of his beard and more

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 10:50

New Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick believes he still has plenty left in the tank after a 14-year NFL career.

He wants to compete for the Dolphins’ starting quarterback job.

And he plans to continue sporting his glorious beard in South Florida.

Fitzpatrick, 36, said Tuesday the opportunity...

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