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Sheriff’s Office supervisor accused of falsifying workers’ comp claim

Fri, 04/16/2021 - 10:23

Jennifer R. Blum, 45, a veteran communications employee at the Broward Sheriff's Office, has been accused of faking a fall and then collecting workers’ compensation for it.

Florida is having an online auction; here’s how to get a piece of the action

Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:51

Gold coins and valuable baseball cards are among the items available in the Florida Unclaimed Property Online Auction. Bidding begins April 23.

Insurance reform proposals could hurt consumers, critics say

Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:48

The next few days will determine whether Florida consumers will lose valuable property insurance coverage to insurers’ efforts to fight fraudsters who are driving up costs for everyone.

Matt Gaetz and Ron DeSantis: A friendship that may become a liability

Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:36

There is no indication that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is tied to the federal probe of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, which has also ensnared several other prominent figures in Florida Republican politics. But the investigation could spark new scrutiny of their political partnership and become a liability for DeSantis as he runs for reelection ahead of a possible presidential bid in 2024.

Democrats demand DeSantis set election to replace Alcee Hastings

Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:27

Democratic members of Congress from Florida are demanding that Gov. Ron DeSantis set an election to replace their late colleague, Alcee Hastings. The Republican governor doesn't have any incentive to hurry, since the 20th Congressional District's voters are certain to pick another Democrat to succeed Hastings.

‘Sexism is alive and well.’ Matt Gaetz’s scandal puts a new spotlight on Florida’s male-dominated capital culture

Fri, 04/16/2021 - 04:30

The Matt Gaetz scandal is putting a new spotlight on a longstanding sexually charged political culture in Tallahassee, where a long-rumored game assigned points for sleeping with interns, lobbyists, aides and other elected officials.

More perks proposed in a city that lavishes its leaders with cash

Fri, 04/16/2021 - 03:30

A raft of new benefits for part-time officeholders in the little city of Tamarac would give them one of the cushiest gigs in South Florida.

In several fateful seconds, video appears to show 13-year-old Adam Toledo toss gun, turn with empty hands raised before Chicago cop fires fatal shot (warning: graphic content)

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 17:14

Video of Adam Toledo’s fatal shooting by a Chicago police officer was released to the public Thursday, more than two weeks after the 13-year-old was killed following a foot chase in a Little Village alley.

Palm Beach County schools’ police chief resigns

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 16:46

Palm Beach County Schools Police Chief Frank Kitzerow turned in his resignation Thursday.

Former judge under investigation in election law case. But why?

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 16:00

Former Circuit Court Judge Thomas Lynch is under investigation on accusations that he violated state election law during his 2020 campaign to become Broward’s public defender.

Schools aren’t ready to ditch masks, despite recommendation from Tallahassee

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:43

Health experts like Marissa Levine at the University of South Florida are baffled why Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran would recommend abandoning masks.

Florida Senate passes ‘anti-riot’ bill, sends it to DeSantis to sign into law

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:39

The Florida Senate on Thursday approved an “anti-riot” bill championed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, sending it to him for signature into law over the objections of Democrats and civil rights groups who say the measure infringes on the fundamental First Amendment right to protest.

Broward teachers union and school district reach salary agreement

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 14:47

The Broward Teachers Union and Broward School District have struck a tentative labor agreement, marking a key step in finalizing teaching contracts and salaries.

Florida schools should not mandate face masks next school year, education commissioner says

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 12:51

In letter to superintendents, Ricard Corcoran said school districts with mandatory face masks rules should change those policies so face coverings are an option, but not required, for next school year.

How many people in Florida have been vaccinated for COVID-19? Track the state’s progress here

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 12:44

See how much of Florida has been vaccinated using our charts and maps and data from the Florida Department of Health. Data is updated every day.

Monitoring Florida’s COVID-19 statistics: These are the numbers to watch

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 12:44

Here are Florida's key coronavirus data as reported by the state, including new cases, deaths and hospitalizations.

Central Florida man, 23, buys winning $235 million Powerball ticket at Publix

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 12:24

A Central Florida man who bought a $235.4 million winning ticket is the youngest player in in Florida Lottery history to win a Powerball jackpot.

Getting more spam calls? COVID tests and vaccine sign-ups may be the reason

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 12:18

No one knows how spammers get their call lists, but with more people putting their personal information into electronic databases during the coronavirus pandemic, annoying spam calls have spiked.

Florida reports 6,762 new COVID cases, 74 more deaths

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 11:54

Florida's death toll from COVID rose to 34.907, as the total number of cases topped 2.1 million.

Florida House moves on ‘use of force’ training for police, prison guards

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 09:46

A bipartisan proposal to add hiring standards and bolster “use of force” training for police and correctional officers began moving forward Thursday in the House.

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