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Florida court battle opens over shielding names of police officers involved in shootings

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 08:06

The city of Tallahassee and news media organizations are trying to persuade a circuit judge that a 2018 constitutional amendment aimed at protecting victims’ rights does not allow police officers involved in use-of-force cases to keep their identities secret.

One person led away by deputies after shooting in North Lauderdale

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 07:55

Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a shooting in North Lauderdale.

Armed robbers shoot at man as he flees a holdup in Miramar

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 07:14

Miramar police are searching for two men who carried out an armed robbery on July 7. The incident was recorded by surveiillance cameras at a nearby business.

Florida legislator challenges qualifications of Palm Beach County judge nominated by DeSantis to Supreme Court

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 05:40

A Democratic state representative on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging one of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ latest appointments to the Florida Supreme Court, arguing that Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Renatha Francis is unqualified for the post.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony clashes with Scott Israel, his ousted predecessor, in candidate forum

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 19:44

Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony traded blows Monday night with his predecessor Scott Israel over powerful police unions that have been targeted by Black Lives Matter protesters as blocking needed reforms.

Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks tests positive for COVID-19

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 18:03

Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks is the second elected county official to go public Monday with a COVID-19 diagnosis. State Attorney Dave Aronberg announced Monday that he too has the virus.

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg tests positive for COVID-19

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 17:03

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg has tested positive for the new coronavirus. According to WPTV-Chan. 5, Aronberg sent an email informing his staff of his diagnosis in Monday.

Neighbors kept calling 911 worried about kids’ safety. Now a boy is dead.

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 16:08

There were dozens of complaints. No one apparently did anything to intervene. Now, a child is dead. Breyson Plummer, 7, died this month at a Fort Lauderdale home that was routinely where police were being summoned for help.

After massive increase in COVID-19 cases, what’s next for Florida?

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 15:38

Florida faces a rough few weeks at least from COVID-19, according to experts, although there are faint signs of hope in the flurry of statistics that indicate the disease’s future.

‘Just a nightmare’: Family, friends of woman critically injured in Fort Lauderdale hit-and-run appeal for information

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 15:33

Lynn Hessley was crossing State Road A1A near Seville Street about 10:30 p.m. on July 3 when a Ford Mustang struck her and kept going.

Broward teachers union changes mind on endorsing former Sheriff Scott Israel

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 15:20

The Broward Teachers Union rescinded its endorsement for former Sheriff Scott Israel amid a backlash over his response to the Parkland school shooting.

Some phone carriers are flagging Florida contact tracing efforts as spam

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 12:59

Some people receiving calls from state-hired contact tracers are reluctant to answer because some phone companies are automatically flagging the number as potential spam.

Two days of record counts: Florida adds 12,624 COVID cases Monday, one day after US record-shattering 15,300 cases

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 10:50

Florida added 12,624 cases of COVID-19 Monday, shy of Sunday's record but continuing the trend of high daily case counts.

Florida Republican mail fliers push mail-in ballots, even as Trump bashes them

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 10:31

Despite President Donald Trump’s continued railing against voting by mail, his fellow Republicans in Florida are continuing to encourage GOP voters to request mail ballots.

Florida hospitals need convalescent plasma for coronavirus patients

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 09:33

As coronavirus cases surge, so too does the need for convalescent plasma transfusions at hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.

Actor Kelly Preston of ‘Jerry Maguire’ fame dies at 57, husband John Travolta confirms

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 05:06

Actor Kelly Preston has died at age 57 after a two-year battle with breast cancer, her husband said.

Florida takes center stage in politics, sports as coronavirus cases soar

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 04:18

The usual glare of the national spotlight that shines on Florida during an election year will grow more intense in the next two months, as the Sunshine State plays host to several major events with nationwide interest amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

Disney reopens as a different world with masks, social distancing and light crowds

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 15:41

“Disney World is a world very different than the one that closed back in March,” one expert says as Disney opens up again with new safety rules and crowd limits.

Police execute search warrant at home of St. Louis couple who pulled guns on protesters on private street

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 12:38

Authorities executed a search warrant at the St. Louis mansion of a white couple whose armed defense of their home during a recent racial injustice protest drew widespread attention, their attorney confirmed Saturday.

President Trump commutes sentence of longtime confidant Roger Stone

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 11:12

President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone for crimes related to the Russia investigation, just days before he was set to report to prison.

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