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Jerry downgraded to tropical storm; forecasters eye two other systems

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 19:55

Tropical Storm Jerry continued churning in the Atlantic on Saturday but the former hurricane appeared to be losing some of its strength and organization, according to the 11 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

An Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft found maximum sustained...

Army of volunteers hits beaches to comb away debris

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 18:05

A 55-gallon drum with some fuel, several rusty beach chairs and lots of dead fish were among the unexpected finds on Hallandale Beach. But cigarettes butts, water bottle caps and bits of plastic debris remained atop the list of junk that thousands of volunteers stooped and scooped up across South...

Sloppy Miami Hurricanes hold on to beat Central Michigan

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 17:35

Miami Hurricanes fans were hoping for a dominant performance against Central Michigan on Saturday that would catapult the team into a bye week before UM jumps back into its Atlantic Coast Conference slate.

They didn’t get it.

UM came away victorious in a sloppy 17-12 game over the Chippewas in...

Thousands of guns taken under Red Flag law, but South Florida lags in applying it

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 09:54

Florida has taken guns away from 2,000 residents in the year and a half since the state passed its Red Flag law, but while advocates tout the measure’s success and seek to have it expanded nationwide, statistics also show that much of the state has been slow to get on board.

The law empowers police...

Big Oil is getting sued for climate change, but some cities won’t join the legal fight

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 07:38

At least two South Florida municipalities have declined to pursue lawsuits against fossil fuel companies, but as the costs of adaptation rise along with the temperature, cities, counties and even the state of Rhode Island are increasingly taking fossil fuel producers to court.

“I’m sure I don’t...

Nurses strike at Tenet hospitals in South Florida, California and Arizona

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 06:03

Registered nurses staged a one-day strike against Tenet Health hospitals in Florida, California and Arizona on Friday, demanding better working conditions and higher wages as the nation’s labor movement has begun flexing muscles weakened by decades of declining membership amid business and government...

State says it had no authority to shut down Penn Dutch earlier

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:32

State rules prevented inspectors from taking common-sense steps this week to protect consumers from buying potentially tainted food at Penn Dutch Meat & Seafood Market.

Despite 13 positive tests for the listeria bacterium in various parts of Penn Dutch’s Margate location, procedures for food safety...

Needy schools in Broward miss out on money for musical instruments

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 16:30

Some of Broward County’s neediest students won’t benefit from a program created to give musical instruments to all district schools.

The reason: Their schools don’t have a music program.

Eighteen schools are affected, and eight of those are elementary schools where at least 94% of students live...

Fight at biker bar leads to murder investigation months later

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 14:30

It started as a bar fight but ended in death four months later, and now Davie police are searching for the brawlers, who could face murder charges.

Michael Lewis Kline Sr., 57, of Davie, died Nov. 14, 2018 from injuries suffered in a beating he received about 5:30 a.m. July 4 in the parking lot...

Breast cancer in men is rarer — but more deadly

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 14:25

As South Floridians prepare to wear their pink ribbons and participate in breast cancer awareness fundraisers, men usually get involved to support their female loved ones. Now, new research shows men need support, too.

Breast cancer, while rarer in men, is much more deadly and researchers still...

Did you buy food at Penn Dutch this week? Here’s what to do about listeria concerns | Doreen’s Deal

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 13:55

So, you played a dangerous game of Ribeye Russian Roulette at Penn Dutch this week before it was ordered shut by the state Thursday afternoon for listeria concerns. Now what?

Untold hundreds of customers flocked to the Margate store to cash in on cheap meat, seafood, wine and canned items at a...

This library offers online books, videos and music for free — no matter where you live

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 13:47

You now can download a bestselling book, a hit song or a video at no charge. A plan to make people feel welcome in Broward has opened up the county’s online library collections to the world.

The free access is available to anyone who logs onto the county’s website at broward.org/Library and applies...

Fentanyl murder indictment is a first for Broward

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 13:47

For the first time since Florida passed a law addressing the state’s fentanyl crisis, a Broward County grand jury has indicted someone on a first-degree murder charge for a fentanyl-related death.

Bernard Gonzalez, 58, of Miramar, is facing a murder charge in the overdose death of a Miami woman,...

Evacuated from the Bahamas, they try to find their way in South Florida

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 13:23

When the thunder boomed in Boca Raton, Jonna Boodle shuddered aboutHurricane Dorian.

It was the day after Boodle had landed in Florida after fleeing her home in the Bahamas. Her nerves and emotions were raw, the thunder all too familiar.

“An anxiety came over me,” said Boodle, 40. “I was scared....

Worldwide Christian ministry based in Fort Lauderdale fights ‘hate group’ label

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 13:06

D. James Kennedy Ministries, the Christian organization based in Fort Lauderdale and known around the world, will continue to wear an ignominious label: hate group.

The late Rev. D. James Kennedy, who founded the ministries and Coral Ridge Presbyterian mega-church and was one of the most prominent...

Fat Boyz Barbecue to close in Deerfield Beach and open at ex-Hickory Sticks site in Fort Lauderdale

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 12:29

The local barbecue scene’s game of musical chairs — and smokers and pits — will continue in upcoming months as popular local chain Fat Boyz Barbecue plans to shut its Deerfield Beach flagship and open a new Fort Lauderdale outpost in the former home of Hickory Sticks BBQ.

“I know there’s going...

Taxi’s video records cabbie getting shot; gunman was wearing ankle monitor from earlier arrest, cops say

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 11:38

A 26-year-old Davie man with a long criminal history is facing nearly a dozen more charges after a taxi driver was assaulted and shot, police said.

During the attack, Jonathan King Jr. was wearing an electronic ankle monitor because of a previous arrest, according to Davie Police Lt. Mark Leone.


If you challenge a developer’s dream, be prepared to pay up — or shut up | Editorial

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 09:50

The Big Shots own Florida now. If you stand up to them, they will destroy you.

That’s the impact of an appeals court’s wrongheaded ruling on Maggy Hurchalla’s $4.4 million punishment for opposing a billionaire developer’s rock mine in Martin County.

It’s also the intent of a new state law that...

Sweeps target gang activity; guns, drugs and cash confiscated

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 08:50

A month-long investigation of gang activity has resulted in arrests and the confiscations of guns, drugs and money, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives arrested six people and seized about $5,000 worth of drugs, roughly $2,000 in cash, and three guns from four homes in the Franklin Park...

Hurricane Jerry track threatens Bermuda, and tropics remain active with other systems forecast to move west

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 08:10

Hurricane Jerry continued to weaken Friday, located about 130 miles northeast of Barbuda, but it is expected to remain a hurricane for a few days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Meanwhile, the remnants of former Tropical Depression Imelda drenched parts of Texas with more than 40 inches...

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