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Virginia police officer in pepper-spraying of Black Army officer is fired

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 08:15

One of two police officers accused of pepper-spraying and pointing their guns at a Black Army officer during a traffic stop has since been fired, a Virginia town announced.

They wanted police reform. But the push for new laws turned out to be much harder in Florida.

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 05:48

As the legislative session draws to a close, a package of criminal justice reform bills has languished. But proposals to crack down on unruly protesters and further protect police officers have sailed through various committees and chambers of the statehouse.

Wild weather in South Florida caught on video as winds topple trees, ruin beach outings

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 04:44

A marine warning was in effect early Monday, with thunderstorms, winds up to 30 mph, and waterspouts possible off the coast.

Death of congressman Alcee Hastings sets off political showdown, as candidates line up to replace him

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 13:08

At least 13 candidates are deciding whether they want to take a shot at the seat of longtime congressman Alcee Hastings. Ripple effects will spread down through Broward and Palm Beach counties and the state Capitol.

Teenager dies when electrocuted during Florida storm

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 12:57

A 17-year-old girl died Sunday during a strong storm that swept through central Florida, damaging homes and businesses.

Hit-and-run driver in Boca Raton kills federal judge, hits boy, claims she’s Harry Potter, cops say

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 11:20

According to police, a driver struck and killed a New York federal judge in Boca Raton on Friday. The driver then drove away and hit a 6-year-old boy. She went on to crash her car in Delray Beach and told paramedics she was "Harry Potter," cops say.

Trump goes after Pence, McConnell in speech to party donors

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 11:14

It was supposed to be a unifying weekend for a Republican Party at war with itself over former President Donald Trump’s divisive leadership. But Trump himself shattered two days of relative peace in his closing remarks to the GOP’s top donors when he insulted the party’s Senate leader and his wife.

Murder charges against six young people: How the robbery of an MMA fighter netted many arrests

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 07:00

Mixed martial arts fighter Aaron Rajman was shot to death in his West Boca home on July 3, 2017. Six people were indicted on murder charges, with cases still pending against four individuals.

Sprawling federal case against Joel Greenberg: What each charge against him means

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 15:00

The news that a plea agreement is in the works for Joel Greenberg, Seminole County’s disgraced former tax collector, came more than a week after prosecutors filed their fourth indictment against him, raising the number of federal charges he faces to a staggering 33.

Patricia Flury, former mayor of Dania Beach, dies at 84

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 11:34

Patricia Flury, Dania Beach mayor from 2002 to 2013, has died after a long battle with cancer.

Deputies back off noise complaint — after they’re told the sheriff is at the party

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 11:08

A loud party in Parkland put sheriff's deputies in a potentially awkward spot: Confront their boss or look the other way?

Teenage boy wounded as home is sprayed with gunfire in Miramar

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 08:24

Several shots were fired at a Miramar home overnight wounding a teenage boy and police are searching for the shooter.

Leaders remember Alcee Hastings as champion of Black-Jewish relations and champion of Israel

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 07:00

“The Jewish community has lost one of their loudest voices and defenders." Jewish leaders said South Florida U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, who died on April 6, was a strong advocate for Black-Jewish community relations and a champion of Israel.

Florida evangelicals on vaccine: Right thing to do or mark of the beast?

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 06:55

Few communities have been more divided over the vaccine than the sprawling expanse of Christian churches and denominations classified as evangelical. Among religious demographic groups, white evangelicals were the most likely to reject COVID vaccines, with 45% saying they would not get the shot.

Many long-term care staffers refused the vaccine. Now they have more infections than residents.

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 05:00

Despite attempts to offer shots at all nursing homes and assisted-living centers in the state, 62% of staffers have declined — posing the single biggest threat to the more than 25,000 elderly people in those facilities who are also unvaccinated.

Matt Gaetz speaks at pro-Trump women’s group event in Doral: I’m ‘not going anywhere’

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 18:33

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, embroiled in scandal after it was reported recently he had been targeted by federal sex-trafficking investigation, continued to dismiss the accusations as “smears” and said he’s “not going anywhere” Friday, during an event with a conservative women’s group in Doral.

Suspected gunman in Hollywood shooting turns himself in to police

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 18:01

The 22-year-old man who police said shot another man in Hollywood turned himself in to the police on Friday, one day after the shooting. Hollywood Police circulated Tyler Santiago’s photo on Thursday night and said the public should consider him armed and dangerous. About 24 hours later, he turned himself in.

‘I have not yet begun to fight,’ Matt Gaetz vows at Trump’s Doral golf club

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 17:50

“When you see the anonymous sources and insiders forecasting my demise, know this: They aren’t really coming for me. They’re coming for you. I'm just in the way," U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz said at a high-profile appearance Friday night at former President Donald Trump’s Doral golf club in Miami

Palm Beach County School District doesn’t plan to offer remote learning in fall

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 16:14

Most students who attend Palm Beach County public schools are likely to return to in-person learning in August,

Protest bill backed in Florida Senate after emotional debate

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 15:22

With critics warning that the bill would chill free speech and have a disparately negative impact on Black people, a key Senate committee Friday approved a controversial measure that Republicans argue is needed to crack down on violent protests.

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