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Jayme Closs kidnapping: Suspect aborted two previous attempts to take girl at her home

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 21:47

A Wisconsin man accused of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and holding her captive for three months made up his mind to take her when he spotted the teenager getting on a school bus near her home, authorities said Monday.

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, told detectives that "he knew that was the girl...

Broward Sheriff's Office dismisses Frank Adderley, former Lauderdale police chief

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 19:30

Frank Adderley, a longtime law enforcement leader, was dismissed from his job at the Broward Sheriff’s Office on Monday as a newly appointed sheriff takes charge.

Col. Adderley, who was part of suspended Sheriff Scott Israel’s command staff, oversaw community outreach and the civil division as...

Some chilly nights on the way, with temps down in the 50s

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 17:40

Another cold spell will hit South Florida with the overnight temperatures expected to fall into the 50s.

It’ll be chilly Tuesday morning. And it should be the even colder Tuesday night, dropping to the low- to mid-50s, the National Weather Service Miami-South Florida forecast office said.

Tuesday...

West Broward High student accused of social media gun threat

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 17:10

Another student, another school, yet another social media gun threat.

This time, a video posted to Snapchat showed a teen racking a semiautomatic handgun. Accompanying text, according to police, said: “Me if U don’t vote for me for Senioritis.”

On Monday, a 17-year-old student at West Broward High...

Trump, on shutdown’s 24th day, says he’s ‘not looking’ to call national emergency

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:45

President Trump on Monday seemed to back away from his threat to declare a national emergency to fund his proposed southern border wall and perhaps resolve the 24-day-old partial government shutdown, demanding instead that Democrats give him the $5.7 billion he wants.

“I’m not looking to call a...

Three Broward school administrators could get big raises for temporary jobs

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:25

Three Broward school administrators could get huge raises to temporarily fill vacant jobs, even though two don’t meet the minimum job requirements.

Superintendent Robert Runcie plans to ask the Broward County School Board to “task assign,” or temporarily appoint, the three administrators at Tuesday’s...

Hallandale commissioner: Muslim congresswoman might 'blow up' Capitol Hill

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:20

A Jewish commissioner from Hallandale Beach has accused a Muslim congresswoman from Michigan of being an anti-Semite who might “blow up Capitol Hill.”

Her comments were directed at U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who sparked a political firestorm soon after being sworn in to Congress on Jan. 3 by vowing...

Is Florida at risk of recession?

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:20

The chance of a recession in Florida has doubled in the past year, but the state is “pretty safe” from recession in 2019, economists said Monday.

The chance of a recession is low in the next nine months, Jerry Parrish, chief economist for the Florida Chamber Foundation said at its annual economic...

Sewage spill that killed wildlife will be discussed at meeting Wednesday

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 15:40

Pompano Beach and government agencies cleaning up city canals after a massive sewage leak plan to update residents Wednesday about the efforts to repair the environment.

For about a week after a Florida Department of Transportation contractor broke a sewage pipe beneath an Interstate 95 overpass...

Two water district board members agree to governor's request to resign

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 15:15

Two members of the board that manages South Florida’s water resources have resigned, giving Gov. Ron DeSantis a quick victory in his campaign to prevent another summer of gooey algae on the region’s coasts.

The governor last Thursday asked for the resignations of the entire nine-member board of...

Deadly gunfight began over bet on Cowboys-Rams game, cops say

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 15:10

A bet over Saturday’s football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams sparked a deadly shootout between two Delray Beach men, police said Monday.

Brandon Grant, 37, and Willie Byrd, 35, got into a heated argument because of the wager on the game, which the Rams won 30-22.

Grant...

'Shark Tank' stars give Boca students their million-dollar tips to success

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:15

They don’t always get along on their TV show. But the charismatic multimillionaires who promote entrepreneurship on “Shark Tank” thrilled more than 1,500 Olympic Heights High School students on Monday with a unified message: Don’t be afraid to fail.

They encouraged the teens to take initiative,...

Parkland to consider firing city manager

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:15

The Parkland city manager, who has clashed with commissioners over development, could lose his job this week.

At the request of the mayor, the city commission will discuss Wednesday whether to fire City Manager Bob Payton.

“I have not been successful in getting all five commissioners to agree on...

Ex-Dolphins coach Adam Gase has somewhat awkward introduction as Jets coach

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:05

Adam Gase’s introductory press conference with the New York Jets on Monday was, well, rather interesting.

It may have been underwhelming for Jets fans eager to know more about their new coach in Gase, who shared a tempered excitement about developing quarterback Sam Darnold and constructing a new...

Man killed by Brightline train near Aventura

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:05

Authorities are investigating a fatal collision between a Brightline train and a pedestrian that happened near Aventura on Monday afternoon.

The crash was near Northeast 207th Street and West Dixie Highway about 2:10 p.m. in Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Police Detective Lee Cowart said.

A man...

The shocking toll of December’s stock market drop: Americans' retirement | Opinion

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 13:40

"I'm taking a beatin' on my retirement funds. I'm sure I'm not the only one."

Those feelings expressed by a 70-something retiree in a recent Midwestern focus group reflect a growing concern among average Americans about their ability to retire — and retire comfortably — in the aftermath of one...

Student loan debt is growing faster in Florida than any other state, study says

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:55

College students in the Sunshine State are racking up debt to pay for school at a higher rate than anywhere else in the country, a recent study found.

Student loan debt in Florida ballooned 35 percent to $89.4 billion between the third quarter of 2015 and the same period in 2018, according to estimates...

Three festivals to catch this weekend: Art Deco Weekend, Delray Beach Festival of the Arts, Sistrunk-a-Fair

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:15

South Florida locals love to shamelessly obsess over appearances in Miami Beach, but Ocean Drive will be flaunting its other ample curves this weekend.

We’re referring, of course, to Art Deco Weekend, returning Friday, Jan. 18, to Sunday, Jan. 20, for its annual nod to Miami Beach’s enduring architecture...

Trump denies ever working for Russia, blasts investigators

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 11:51

President Donald Trump on Monday denied he ever worked for Russia against U.S. interests, addressing an extraordinary question that has haunted his presidency and shows no sign of going away.

Speaking from the South Lawn, Trump issued a flat denial: "I never worked for Russia." He blasted former...

Congressman Alcee Hastings being treated for pancreatic cancer

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 11:20

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings announced on Monday he is battling pancreatic cancer.

Hastings, 82, D-West Delray, said he will continue to serve as he receives treatment at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“I have been convinced that this is a battle worth fighting, and my life is defined...

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