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COVID vaccines for kids younger than 5 expected soon in Florida; should your child get one?

Mon, 06/20/2022 - 16:42

Florida’s youngest children are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, but some parents are wondering if those under 5 years old even need them. Here's the argument on both sides.

2 deputies disciplined after Bob Saget death investigation

Mon, 06/20/2022 - 15:56

Officials say two Florida deputies have each been suspended for about two weeks for leaking news about actor and comedian Bob Saget’s death before his family was alerted

Broward police agencies dole out 500+ citations in less than two weeks of railroad crossing enforcement

Mon, 06/20/2022 - 15:14

Broward County Sheriff's Office issued more than 500 traffic citations through Operation Crossing Guard. The operation ended on Friday and enforced traffic safety along railroad crossings in response to increasing motorist and pedestrian accidents with Brightline trains.

After an hours-long ‘standoff,’ deputies shot and killed a bear in a Palm Beach County neighborhood

Mon, 06/20/2022 - 15:11

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputies shot and killed a black bear on Saturday in a Royal Palm Beach residential area.

DeSantis: ‘We are not going to order’ vaccines for kids for state health departments

Mon, 06/20/2022 - 14:01

DeSantis on Monday said state health departments will not ever offer COVID-19 vaccines to kids under 5.

Fight over Florida’s new tech law headed to US Supreme Court

Mon, 06/20/2022 - 12:24

Attorneys for the state and online-industry groups plan to go to the U.S. Supreme Court in a battle about a 2021 Florida law that would crack down on social-media giants such as Facebook and Twitter.

Florida Atlantic University’s president to step down

Mon, 06/20/2022 - 11:31

The announcement came from the school’s Board of Trustees chair in a campus-wide email Monday morning. President John Kelly will stay at FAU, moving into a position in the university’s research wing.

Man drowns in Davie pond while trying to save pet parrot

Mon, 06/20/2022 - 09:18

A Davie man was out for a morning walk with his dog and pet parrot when the parrot flew into a retention pond. Thinking his parrot was in distress, he waded in after it and drowned.

No arms, 2 feet: Florida woman shares life on TikTok

Mon, 06/20/2022 - 07:28

A Florida woman born without arms shares her challenges of daily life on social media. Simple, everyday tasks, like how she opens a can of olives, or applies false eyelashes, she shows her 140,000 combined followers on TikTok and Instagram. Unpaid for now, she hoped to turn social media into her career.

‘This can save lives.’ Purple Alert, for adults with disabilities, added to Florida system for finding the missing

Mon, 06/20/2022 - 05:00

The Purple Alert Action Plan will be active July 1, sending notifications about missing adults who have mental, cognitive, intellectual or developmental disabilities. "There are times when that is the only way someone is going to be returning safely, with law enforcement activating one of these alerts," a disability advocate said.

3 people, 2 dogs jump overboard as yacht burns and sinks

Mon, 06/20/2022 - 03:45

A man from Jupiter and two others were treated at and released from a hospital after a 70-foot yacht burned and sank in New Hampshire

DeSantis taps D.C. law firm billing $725 an hour to defend culture war laws

Sun, 06/19/2022 - 07:21

A conservative Washington, D.C., law firm has emerged as the courthouse defender of much of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ culture war agenda.

Nation’s lifeguard shortage arrives on South Florida’s beaches

Sat, 06/18/2022 - 09:51

As tourists and new residents flock to South Florida's beaches, ocean rescue chiefs struggle to hire new lifeguards while current lifeguards work overtime to pick up the slack.

‘He can’t get away with this.’ Pillowcase Rapist survivor wants others to come forward; sex assault center is ready if they do

Sat, 06/18/2022 - 06:00

One survivor of South Florida's so-called 'Pillowcase rapist' in the 1980s hopes others come forward to tell their stories to keep the 'monster' behind bars forever. The Nancy J. Cotterman Center in Fort Lauderdale played a role when the Broward Sheriff's Office filed six arrest warrants for Robert Eugene Koehler, the suspect being held in Miami-Dade County on other rape charges.

Congresswoman tells of her ‘proudest moment’ as COVID-aid contracts draw new attention

Sat, 06/18/2022 - 05:30

As Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick began self-funding her successful 2021 congressional campaign, the company where she was CEO at the time started receiving a new source of income: providing COVID vaccines in underserved communities. "We risked our lives to serve the community,” Cherfilus-McCormick says. Now, those COVID-aid contracts are drawing new attention from her primary challenger's campaign.

June is a pivotal month for abortions in Florida

Sat, 06/18/2022 - 04:00

A July 1 date looms for the effective date of a new Florida law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks gestation, severely restricting access to the procedure. Several legal actions, however, could prevent that from happening -- at least temporarily.

Florida surpasses 75,000 COVID deaths; two-thirds of state in high-risk category for community spread

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 15:48

Florida reached a grim milestone this week: More than 75,000 people in the state have died of COVID-19. The new death toll comes as COVID hospitalizations are rising and two-thirds of the counties in the state have moved into the red zone for high-risk levels of community spread.

Arrest made in 2021 hit-and-run crash that killed 22-year-old mother

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 14:45

A 19-year-old Lauderhill man is facing charges in a February 2021 hit-and-run crash that killed a 22-year-old mother after he hit her while speeding over 70 mph and didn’t request paramedics to help, court records say.

Dog dragged into water, eaten by gator at Florida park

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 13:32

A dog in Florida was attacked by an alligator, dragged into the water and eaten, despite the dog owner's brief attempt to stop the attack.

Investigation: School administrators kept ransomware details secret — then used them for private business

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 13:26

Former Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie co-authored a report with a private company about dealing with crises. One author also was working for the school district at the time.

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