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Diaz steps down as leader of Florida Democratic Party

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 16:44

Two months after Democrats suffered historic losses across the state, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz resigned Monday.

Broward magistrate works two months without law license

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 15:36

Broward magistrate Yves Laventure worked for two months with an inactive law license, presiding over dozens of cases involving people whose family members were challenging their ability to make their own decisions because of mental health or substance abuse issues.

Witness calls Florida college surveys about diversity ‘highly problematic’ with ‘chilling effect’ on classroom speech

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 15:31

A federal judge began hearing testimony in a trial over the constitutionality of a 2021 state law requiring colleges and universities to survey students and staff members about “intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity” on campus.

Florida judge poised to consider lawsuit filed against DeSantis over Texas migrant flights

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 14:19

A Leon County circuit judge will hear arguments this week about whether he should toss out a lawsuit filed by a Sen. Jason Pizzo, D-North Miami Beach, after Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration flew about 50 migrants from Texas to Massachusetts in September.

Brightline shows off renderings of futuristic Orlando airport station

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 14:05

Brightline offered the public some preliminary views of its futuristic station at Orlando International Airport, the end point of its soon-to-open extension from West Palm Beach to Central Florida.

12 hospitalized, including children, after three-car crash in Davie

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 13:23

Nine adults and three children were hospitalized after a three-car crash on Interstate 75 in Davie Saturday evening, officials said.

Jared Moskowitz becomes a vice chair of congressional gun violence prevention task force

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 13:22

U.S. Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Parkland, will serve as a co-chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in the U.S. House, continuing his yearslong work on the issue. As a state representative, Moskowitz was instrumental in passage of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which raised the age to purchase a rifle from 18 to 21, created a statewide waiting period for long-gun sales and made it easier for law enforcement to seize weapons from people suspected of being dangerous.

Gas prices again falling, by as much as 20 cents. But don’t get used to it.

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 13:12

Gas prices are beginning to fall again following a steep increase just before the New Year. But don't get too comfortable with lower prices. Here's when they are poised to climb again.

South Florida health care executive’s convictions on fraud, money laundering upheld

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 09:52

A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of Philip Esformes, a South Florida health-care executive, on charges of fraud, illegal kickbacks and money laundering.

Body of Delray boater found in Palm Beach County lake a day after vessel flips

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 09:37

The body of a Delray Beach man was recovered from Lake Osborne in central Palm Beach County after his boat flipped over the weekend and he was ejected.

New UF president Sasse says he knows Trump criticism shaped his legacy in US Senate

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 09:32

Nebraska’s outgoing U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse knows he may be remembered more for his criticisms of former President Donald Trump than for the policies he supported during his eight years in office. He ended his run in the U.S. Senate to become president of the University of Florida.

Florida transgender female athlete lawsuit revived by judge

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 07:51

A federal judge has reopened a legal battle about a 2021 Florida law that bars transgender female students from playing on women’s and girls’ sports teams.

Man shot and killed in central Broward; second person taken to hospital

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 06:17

The victims were found shortly before 2:45 a.m. Monday in the 1400 block of Northwest 27th Avenue in unincorporated Broward.

DeSantis response to migrant wave appears to be under way. FHP on scene of Keys landings

Sun, 01/08/2023 - 08:50

Six Florida Highway Patrol troopers responded to a single landing on the ocean side of Key Largo around 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

FAU searches for new president — but it could be secretive

Sun, 01/08/2023 - 06:00

The names of the candidates hoping to replace FAU President John Kelly, who stepped down Dec. 31 after 14 years, will remain secret unless they become finalists, according to a law passed last year by the Florida Legislature.

Arrest made in North Lauderdale homicide

Sat, 01/07/2023 - 15:45

The arrest comes after deputies found an unresponsive man with multiple gunshot wounds in the 8200 block of Southwest Fourth Court in North Lauderdale about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

House speaker drama raises new fears on debt limit

Sat, 01/07/2023 - 13:41

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California finally secured the House speakership in a dramatic vote ending around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, but the dysfunction in his party and the deal he struck to win over holdout Republicans also raised the risks of persistent political gridlock that could destabilize the American financial system.

Former death row inmate from South Florida incapacitated by ruptured brain aneurysm

Sat, 01/07/2023 - 07:00

Former death row inmate Seth Penalver, who was found not guilty after a third trial in a 1994 triple murder, is now incapacitated after experiencing a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Pickleball wars in Fort Lauderdale: Will courts be built on a trash heap? Not quite.

Sat, 01/07/2023 - 07:00

Two guys want to build a world-class pickleball complex at Snyder Park with 42 courts, a restaurant and floating dock. Critics call it another land giveaway but pickleball fans can't wait to play.

Broward school district asks for external review on data breach concerns

Sat, 01/07/2023 - 05:30

The Broward school district largely kept mum about a ransomware attack in 2021, refusing to document an investigation and waiting months to tell 50,000 potential victims. But then many of the key details were included in a report written by three former school administrators. Now, the district is asking for a review by outside agencies.

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