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Records: Joel Greenberg doled out contracts to politicians, strategists tied to figures in Florida’s political scandals

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 16:49

Before he resigned in disgrace last year, Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg doled out dubious contracts to a number of Republican politicians, political strategists and other allies, many with links to the scandals that have rocked Florida politics this month, according to audit documents, emails and other records reviewed by the Orlando Sentinel.

Joel Greenberg cooperating with feds since last year in Matt Gaetz sex trafficking probe: report

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 16:46

Joel Greenberg, the disgraced former Seminole County tax collector facing a slew of federal charges, has been cooperating with investigators since last year and has revealed alleged paid sex encounters involving himself and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Broward sheriff gets into crash while responding to a shooting in progress

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 15:50

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony held a news conference Friday about the Deerfield Beach shooting but said nothing about getting into a car accident.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s 14-hour visit to Chicago on July 6, 1959: An hour-by-hour timeline

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 15:27

A look back at the first visit of a reigning British monarch to the Windy City in 1959.

DeSantis political group piles up cash for reelection campaign, raising more than $9 million so far this year

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 13:18

Ron DeSantis will not appear on the ballot until 2022, but newly filed finance reports give a glimpse of the financial advantages he and other Florida Republicans will have as they seek to hold on to governor’s office and almost all other levers of political power in Florida.

Florida suspends use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 12:53

Florida will temporarily stop use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, after it was linked to rare and dangerous blood clots, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday.

Congressional candidate Sharief’s ex turns up at Holness campaign kickoff — and endorses Holness

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 12:23

Amid political alliances and rivalries, several political enemies of congressional candidate Barbara Sharief have endorsed congressional candidate Dale Holness. One stood out: Miramar City Commissioner Maxwell Chambers — Sharief’s ex.

Baltimore man arrested after Fort Lauderdale airport partly evacuated due to bomb threat

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 12:00

Julius Barnes is accused of making a false bomb threat that caused the partial evacuation of Terminal 3 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

What was that flash of light in the South Florida sky Monday night? The answer may surprise you.

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 11:31

The bright flash of light seen by many in South Florida was likely a fireball, experts say.

‘Please don’t kill me,’ shooting victim pleads during carjacking in North Lauderdale

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 09:35

A man who was shot and carjacked on April 7 is heard on surveillance video begging for his life. As many as three suspects remain at large, detectives say.

Florida to devote $115 million to shut down troubled Piney Point phosphate site

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 08:31

The state expects to put more than $115 million toward closing the site of a former phosphate plant where a reservoir leak set off a wastewater crisis in Manatee County.

Dale Holness announces congressional candidacy — with boost from Alcee Hastings’ son

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 18:56

Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness announced his candidacy for the Congressional seat held by the late Alcee Hastings.

Motorcycle driver dies in morning crash on I-95

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 16:24

The crash involved three vehicles — a motorcycle, an SUV and a sedan. The man on the motorcycle did not survive, FHP said.

Rail crossing won’t be closed on Broward Boulevard after all

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 15:06

The Florida Department of Transportation announced that the Florida East Coast rail crossing will remain open, after an outcry from city and county officials.

Hold the horses: Gambling change could end harness racing at Pompano Park

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 14:58

Harness horse racing could be coming to an end at Pompano Park with a proposed gambling changed being discussed by the Florida Legislature.

Joel Greenberg pushed Matt Gaetz for help getting Trump pardon: report

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 14:12

Joel Greenberg, the disgraced former Seminole County tax collector at the center of a widening federal investigation, “repeatedly” pushed his friend U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz to help him get a pardon from then-president Donald Trump, according to a report by Politico.

After YouTube pulls DeSantis video for mask fallacies, governor holds another COVID-19 talk with same docs

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 13:31

After YouTube took down a video last week of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ coronavirus roundtable because of misinformation about mask-wearing, DeSantis doubled down Monday and invited those same panelists back to the state Capitol for more discussion.

Florida reports lowest COVID case count in six months

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 11:41

Florida reported 1,613 new COVID cases, the lowest number since Oct. 12. The state also reported 35 more deaths.

Biden spending plan for Florida: bridges, trains, veterans, broadband, healthcare and more

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 10:46

The White House released state-by-state “fact sheets” Monday that outline what President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan, a $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill, would underwrite across the nation, with Florida’s needs ranging from bridges to healthcare for veterans.

Inside the case of a Florida tax collector that ensnared US Rep. Matt Gaetz

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 10:10

Joel Greenberg, a onetime local official in Florida, is accused of an array of crimes, including bribery, stalking and corruption.

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