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Hurricanes steer clear of South Florida. What’s going on?

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 16:00

Hurricanes turned out to be a bigger threat to New York City this year than to Miami. The Florida peninsula escaped any landfalls during the third-busiest season in history, a season that produced eight strikes on the United States.

Support local journalism with the Sun Sentinel’s Community News Fund

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 11:38

South Florida Sun Sentinel launched its Community News Fund to receive tax-deductible contributions from donors to support its journalism. Donations are handled by the not-for-profit Florida Press Foundation. The funds will be used to cover issues facing South Florida's communities as well as enable the Sun Sentinel to double-down on the watchdog journalism for which it's known.

2 injured after someone shoots through a home’s sliding glass door in gated community

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 11:22

The Monday night shooting happened in an upscale gated community in Miramar called the Enclave.

Rapper withdraws demand for speedy murder trial

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 10:29

Jamell Demons, the rapper known to fans as YNW Melly, withdrew his demand for a speedy trial in his murder case after his lawyer worked out a plan with prosecutors to start picking a jury in March.

Political maps released by Florida House could help GOP

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 04:44

The last time the state redrew political lines, the initially approved maps were declared unconstitutional and it took a three-year legal battle before the Supreme Court finally approved them.

Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein were ‘partners in crime,’ prosecutor says. She’s accused of sex trafficking girls for him

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 16:26

A key question for jurors will be: Was Ghislaine Maxwell an unwitting pawn of Jeffrey Epstein’s manipulations or an opportunist who knew all about his sex crimes?

New omicron variant is likely in Florida, but it will take some time to confirm that

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 15:58

Omicron may already be circulating in populous Florida, where international travelers, cruise passengers and snowbirds abound in the winter months. Researchers are testing COVID samples and wastewater to monitor for its presence.

In Orlando, DeSantis proposes raises, bonuses for first responders

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 15:56

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans for another round of $1,000 bonuses for police and other first responders.

Holness asserts Cherfilus-McCormick is ‘ineligible to hold office,’ asks court to overturn congressional voting results

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 15:49

Dale Holness, who lost a high-profile contest to Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick by five votes, is asking a court to throw out her victory. Among his assertions in a lawsuit is that one of Cherfilus-McCormick’s campaign promises — support for a government program to provide monthly $1,000 payment to most adults — amounted to an attempt to bribe voters.

Rapper YNW Melly asks for speedy trial in murder case

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 15:11

Rapper Jamell Demons, or YNW Melly, has told a Broward judge he is tired of waiting and wants to go on trial for murder as soon as possible.

Lockdown-free Florida is top vacation spot for holidays

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 15:04

Cooped-up tourists eager for a taste of Florida’s sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and warmer climates are visiting the Sunshine State in droves, topping pre-pandemic levels in recent months.

40 states want a say in Florida transgender student bathroom case

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 13:05

In two briefs filed at a federal appeals court, 40 states and the District of Columbia have chosen sides in a lawsuit about whether a transgender male student should have been allowed to use boys’ bathrooms at a Northeast Florida high school.

Orlando actor charged in Capitol riot almost talked way into staying in jail

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 12:07

A prosecutor said he wasn’t planning to seek pretrial detention for James Beeks of Orlando until learning in court that the actor didn’t accept the court’s jurisdiction over him.

Fort Lauderdale passenger accused of airplane tirade arrested in Nashville

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 11:41

A passenger on a Spirit Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale allegedly punched a flight attendant and pulled another attendant’s hair before being subdued, police said.

Inside the ‘big wave’ of misinformation targeted at Latinos in Florida, elsewhere

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 09:35

Heading into a midterm election in which control of Congress is at stake, lawmakers, researchers and activists are preparing for another onslaught of falsehoods targeted at Spanish-speaking voters. And they say social media platforms that often host those mistruths aren’t prepared.

Federal judge to reconsider health-care worker vaccine requirement, now that Florida has law banning mandates

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 08:46

A federal judge has decided to reconsider Florida’s request for an injunction against a Biden administration requirement that workers at hospitals, nursing homes and other health-care providers get vaccinated against COVID-19, now that the state has put a law in place restricting those mandates.

As Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial begins, Jeffrey Epstein’s shadow looms large

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 08:09

Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial in Manhattan, which starts Monday, is widely seen as a proxy for the courtroom reckoning that her longtime partner Jeffrey Epstein never received.

Stage set for Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 06:31

A key question for jurors: Was Ghislaine Maxwell an unwitting pawn of Epstein’s manipulations or an opportunist who knew all about his sex crimes?

New apps let you pay Florida’s highway tolls. Are they worth ditching SunPass and E-PASS?

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 05:59

Florida is seeing several apps that pledge to make it easier to pay highway tolls, but transportation officials say sticking with SunPass and E-PASS are still the best way to pay.

Carrie Meek, pioneering Miami congresswoman and champion of Black communities, dies at 95

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 05:08

Former U.S. Congresswoman Carrie Pittman Meek, the first Black person to represent Florida in Congress since the post-Civil War Reconstruction and who advocated fiercely for South Florida’s Black communities, died Sunday at her home in Miami. She was 95.

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