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New DNA evidence in 1990 rape-murder case points to guilt of suspect who was acquitted

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 13:47

A man was sent to Florida's death row after he was convicted of a 1990 Pompano Beach rape-murder. But his conviction was overturned, and he was acquitted in a new trial. DNA evidence recently tested in an effort to fully exonerate him confirms Robert Earl Hayes was the real killer after all.

Man admits to trying to extort State Sen. Lauren Book, faces up to 21 years

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 13:06

Jeremy Kamperveen, the man accused of extorting State Sen. Lauren Book by threatening to release explicit photos of her, has entered a plea of no contest, his lawyer confirmed.

For president, Elon Musk leans toward DeSantis, who jokes about African American support

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 11:16

Elon Musk wrote on Twitter he was leaning toward voting for Gov. Ron DeSantis in the 2024 Republican presidential race.

Sahara dust keeping South Florida hot and hazy

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 08:56

A layer of Sahara dust that has moved from the coast of Africa to Florida is keeping the South Florida blanketed in haze, with high temperatures and dry air.

Conservative Republican Joe Budd hopes to capture South Florida congressional seat

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 07:53

Conservative Republican activist Joe Budd is running for Congress, hoping to pick up a South Florida district held for decades by the Democrats. "America First" is the theme of his kickoff video. “President Trump, you said I should run. And I will run. The political movement you began has so much more yet to accomplish."

The South Florida heat is making it feel above 100 degrees. Here’s what you need to know about heatstroke, heat rash and serious sunburn.

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 05:05

Before you spend time outside this summer, learning what to do and what not to do as the heat index climbs could have big health consequences.

Tropical depression may form late this week in southwest Caribbean, forecasters say

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 16:41

A tropical depression could form this week in the southwestern Caribbean Sea. National Hurricane Center forecasters have given it a 40% chance of developing within the next five days.

Man killed family, including 15-year-old boy, then himself at Casselberry condo, police say

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 16:29

Four people, including a 15-year-old boy, are dead in Casselberry after what police said is a triple homicide and suicide by the boy's step-father.

Defense in long-delayed ‘killer clown’ case questions prosecution over possible witnesses

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 13:36

The woman accused of dressing up in a clown costume and killing her lover’s wife in 1990 will have to keep waiting for a list of witnesses from the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office. And no new trial date has been set.

14-year-old boy charged in sexual assault of woman walking to work in Hollywood, police say

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 13:22

A 14-year-old boy is in custody after a woman working to work was sexually assaulted early Friday morning in Hollywood, police said.

Alan Grayson runs for Congress again, seeking Val Demings’ seat

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 13:21

Former congressman and Democratic firebrand Alan Grayson announced Tuesday he is running for Congress again, this time to succeed Val Demings as she runs for U.S. Senate.

Shakeup in Broward schools draws accusations of racism as superintendent defends changes

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 13:08

A flyer shared on social media about Tuesday's meeting said, “Calling all minorities in Broward County. We need your voice. … We will not return to the back of the bus!!!!”

Pompano woman disappeared in May. Deputies arrested her husband and are searching Intracoastal for her body

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 10:56

Officials are searching the Intracoastal Waterway from Hillsboro Inlet to Pompano Beach for Irene Lanning Xeniti, whose husband has been arrested and charged with murder for her death.

DeSantis reports that his net worth drops 8.5% to $318,987

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 10:52

Ron DeSantis’ net worth dropped just over 8.5% in his third year as governor.

NASA launches study of UFOs despite ‘reputational risk’

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 08:36

NASA is launching a study of UFOs as part of a new push toward high-risk, high-impact science.

The Chicago flag design: History of every star — including one for the Great Chicago Fire — and stripe

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 07:56

Dissecting the city's iconic red, white and blue configuration to explore how it came to be and why it's considered one of the best flags in the U.S.

Lin-Manuel Miranda helps launch Latinx LGBTQ support program

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 07:55

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, pop star Ricky Martin and award-winning actress/singer Michaela Jae Rodriguez will join the Hispanic Federation Tuesday to launch a new advocacy initiative serving Latinx LGBTQ+ communities

South Florida Jewish congregation challenges state’s new abortion law

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 07:24

A South Florida Jewish congregation is the second group to challenge a new state law that blocks abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, contending the measure violates privacy and religious-freedom rights.

More Fort Lauderdale towers on drawing boards, led by luxury hotel near beach

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 07:11

A luxury beach area hotel north of Fort Lauderdale's Las Olas Boulevard and west of A1A is among a fresh round of tower projects under review by the city. Others include residential towers in Harbor Beach and Flagler Village, a business hotel on Marina Mile and a low-rise apartment complex in the Uptown section.

Fred Guttenberg, father of Stoneman Douglas victim, endorses Nikki Fried for governor

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 07:01

Fred Guttenberg, one of the most recognizable, outspoken parents of children killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, is endorsing Nikki Fried for the Democratic nomination for governor. Guttenberg has become one of Florida’s most prominent activists on gun issues since his daughter, Jaime, was killed, along with 16 other people, at the Feb. 14, 2018, massacre at her school.

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