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Costco’s ‘free replacement’ car batteries aren’t really free, lawsuit claims

Tue, 02/14/2023 - 06:43

Have you ever tried to return your car battery to the story where it was bought and ask for a new one? Costco now faces a lawsuit stating that it charged for customers for the marked-up price of a new when it returned the old one. The lawsuit states that the company failed to make good on its free-replacement battery promises between 1995 and 2010.

Transgender community fighting back against Florida’s maneuvers to make care difficult to get for children

Tue, 02/14/2023 - 05:15

Florida’s transgender community geared up to fight the state's action that prohibits puberty-blocking hormones and gender-affirming care for minors.

Countering DeSantis, Broward Democrats launch effort to buy and distribute banned books

Tue, 02/14/2023 - 05:00

A Broward Democratic Party has people buying books about Black and LGBTQ subjects for donation to tiny neighborhood libraries in an effort to provide students with books and information that’s being removed from public schools. It’s an effort to get books in the hands of students in the face of heightened challenges on what they can access in their schools and to counter Gov. Ron DeSantis and groups such as Moms for Liberty.

‘The silent toll.’ Five years after the Parkland shootings, trauma still rocks the community ‘every single day’

Mon, 02/13/2023 - 20:18

Though half a decade has passed since 14 students and 3 teachers were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the battle to recover from the consequences of this tragedy continues. Small steps signal major victories among thousands who grapple with grief, and triumphs can be as simple as making it to a therapist’s office.

Politically connected interim president of New College gets $699,000 salary plus perks

Mon, 02/13/2023 - 17:18

The New College of Florida board of trustees — now dominated by conservatives chosen by Gov. Ron DeSantis — voted Monday to approve hiring DeSantis ally Richard Corcoran as the interim president with a salary of $699,000, about $400,000 more than the previous president.

Big expectations for Broward’s interim schools chief: She ‘needs to get us back on track’

Mon, 02/13/2023 - 16:46

Earlean Smiley negotiated a package Monday morning with School Board Chairwoman Lori Alhadeff. The rest of the board will vote on it during a meeting Wednesday, and she’ll start immediately after the vote.

DeSantis ponders ending AP classes for Florida students

Mon, 02/13/2023 - 14:43

Gov. Ron DeSantis is threatening to ban Advanced Placement courses and the SAT college exams for high school students.

Nikki Fried launches bid for Florida Democratic chair

Mon, 02/13/2023 - 14:43

Former Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is the latest Florida Democrat to announce a bid for state party chair.

Neighbor rescues boy from armed kidnapping in Pembroke Park, police say

Mon, 02/13/2023 - 13:47

A Pembroke Park man known to his neighbors as “Mr. George” is facing battery and armed kidnapping charges after a minor boy said the man tried to force him into his home, according to Pembroke Park Police.

Otters invade Florida backyards, and it’s a good thing

Mon, 02/13/2023 - 10:42

The river otter is a Florida native, but there’s a good chance you’ve never seen one outside of a zoo. But river otters can be found in every region of the state except for the Keys, and their presence indicates a healthy ecosystem.

Parkland victims’ families create and expand foundations to keep memories of loved ones alive

Mon, 02/13/2023 - 08:00

Charities and foundations have been created to commemorate those who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland five years ago.

The legacy of Parkland: Changes in school safety and gun laws

Mon, 02/13/2023 - 06:00

Changes like red-flag laws and higher minimum ages to purchase guns that were implemented in the past five years remain part of the legal legacy of the Parkland mass shooting.

Broward schools drops Herff Jones as cap-and-gown vendor

Mon, 02/13/2023 - 05:00

Herff Jones executives and lobbyists have spent the last three months trying to persuade the School Board to keep the company, but the School Board votes to terminate.

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