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Former film producer found guilty of fraud scheme that stole over $60 million, prosecutors say

Tue, 05/03/2022 - 15:32

A federal jury found Jason Van Eman, a 44-year-old former actor and movie producer from Bartlesville, Okla., guilty of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering, prosecutors announced Tuesday. He will be sentenced in July and could spend several decades in prison.

Top DeSantis megadonor doesn’t ‘appreciate’ him targeting Disney

Tue, 05/03/2022 - 14:47

One of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ top financial backers says he disagrees with Florida’s move to eliminate Disney World’s government district.

Woman shot, killed in Pembroke Pines apartment

Tue, 05/03/2022 - 11:42

A woman was shot and killed early Tuesday morning in a Pembroke Pines apartment, police said. The woman was in the apartment with her boyfriend when she was shot.

Semi-truck catches fire in multi-vehicle crash on Florida’s Turnpike in Boynton Beach

Tue, 05/03/2022 - 10:50

A crash involving a tractor-trailer and several other commercial vehicles led to a shutdown of all southbound lanes on Florida’s Turnpike in Boynton Beach early Tuesday.

Lawmakers suspect DeSantis wants to take control of Disney World’s government

Tue, 05/03/2022 - 09:22

Lawmakers suspect Gov. Ron DeSantis is planning to replace Disney World’s special government district with something he would control.

‘Action is essential’ to fix Florida property-insurance market, agency warns

Tue, 05/03/2022 - 06:55

The financial-rating agency AM Best is warning that further “action is essential” to stabilize Florida’s property-insurance market.

Watch: Launch company Rocket Lab catches booster with a helicopter, at least for a bit

Tue, 05/03/2022 - 06:05

SpaceX may shine when it comes to reusable rocket plans, but the launch services provider Rocket Lab is the first to catch one of its boosters with a helicopter.

Mike Pence, in Boca Raton, launches Republican effort to court Jewish voters

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 16:56

Republican National Committee brought in former Vice President Mike Pence to open the party’s first ever “Jewish Community Center” in South Florida, part of the party’s effort to capture slices of the electorate that are vital to Democrats if they have any hope of avoiding a midterm election wipeout.

Brightline, FEC and state seek millions in federal money help to cut down on rail deaths

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 16:08

Brightline is teaming with the Florida Department of Transportation to apply for federal help that would provide $45 million in joint funding for a rail crossing safety project along the Florida East Coast Railway line. The project is designed to cut down on the proliferation of train-vehicle collisions between Miami-Dade and Brevard counties. If approved, work could start by as early as August.

South Florida men arrested in 2021 murder of woman, deputies say

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 14:32

Jonelle Coleman was shot to death in the middle of the day in March 2021, left lying on a sidewalk in Pompano Beach. More than a year later, two men have been arrested and charged in her death, the Broward Sheriff’s Office announced Monday.

Florida responds to manatee death toll with $30 million

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 14:14

The funding will direct nearly $25 million to expand and upgrade the network of acute-care centers, such as one run by SeaWorld,

Sentencing the Parkland killer | Day 10

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 13:37

Here are updates from Day 10 in the sentencing trial of the confessed Parkland shooter.

Laurie Rich Levinson won’t seek re-election, as School Board rapidly changes

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 13:10

Laurie Rich Levinson, who has been on the School Board for 12 years, said she has no plans to run for another elected office.

Florida approves even more math textbooks after publishers removed ‘problematic’ elements

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 12:18

The state Department of Education has approved textbooks from two more publishers, including Savvas Learning Co., the one Broward County’s school district plans to adopt on Tuesday.

New details emerge in weekend shootout, standoff at McDonalds in Orange

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 11:22

An armed woman was taken into custody Sunday morning following a shootout and six-hour standoff with deputies at an Orlando McDonald’s.

Jury selection postponed in Parkland mass shooting case

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 09:40

Jury selection in the Parkland mass shooting case hit another roadblock Monday when three attorneys could not make it to court. Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer did not publicly explain why. Prosecutors wore masks in court Monday. Lawyers at the defense table, and defendant Nikolas Cruz, did not.

Bound for SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch, NASA’s asteroid probe Psyche arrives to Kennedy

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 09:34

SpaceX has only launched its Falcon Heavy three times, but it has two more possible launches slated this summer. One of them, NASA’s Pscyhe probe headed for an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter, arrived to Kennedy Space Center this week.

DeSantis slams ‘cabal’ at White House correspondents’ dinner after program wrongly said he attended

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 08:31

"I think it just shows you why that cabal of people in D.C. and New York are so reviled by so many Americans," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday. "I think it’s a reputation that’s been well deserved.”

Sharks bit 3 people in South Florida in recent weeks. Here are some safety tips for the beach.

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 02:45

In the past month, two people in Palm Beach County have been bitten by sharks, doubling last year’s total of one. Additionally, another person was bitten by a shark in the Florida Keys last week. So as the peak beach season approaches, should people be concerned by the those incidents?

Florida man charged with abusing children over 48 years

Sun, 05/01/2022 - 16:29

A Florida man already accused of child sexual abuse now faces new charges after victims came forward from as far back as 1972. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that 62-year-old Thomas Lair is facing a total of 15 counts of molestation and sexual battery

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