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Knife-wielding man killed by deputy was a ‘tortured soul’, his family says

South Florida Local News - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 16:05

Jeffrey Guy Sacks, 26, of Parkland, was identified as the knife-wielding man shot and killed by a Broward sheriff's deputy on Thursday night in North Lauderdale. His family says he had a history of mental illness, and they wonder whether police did enough to deescalate the situation.

COVID vaccine demand drops, threatening statewide immunity

South Florida Local News - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 16:01

Even with all adults in Florida now eligible for COVID vaccination, demand has dropped dramatically in the last week.

How medical marijuana, powerful allies fueled rise of Orlando doctor now embroiled in Matt Gaetz sex scandal

South Florida Local News - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 15:45

The rise of Matt Gaetz ally and Orlando hand doctor Jason Pirozzolo from secondary political player to successful entrepreneur and major GOP fundraiser was fueled by connections to powerful Republican friends and the ascendant medical marijuana industry.

Here’s where to find a COVID-19 vaccine in South Florida

South Florida Local News - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 14:36

Here is where to find COVID-19 vaccines in South Florida. Starting this week, the Department of Health sites in Broward County allow walk- or drive-up vaccines with no appointments.

DeSantis, Scott to attend fundraising dinner at Mar-a-Lago

South Florida Local News - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 14:11

“We are in good shape,” Michael Barnett, chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party, said about Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's reelection chances next year. The two are expected to attend Saturday's Lincoln Day fundraising dinner at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.

Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham tapped by Biden administration for key education position

South Florida Local News - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 12:12

President Joe Biden announced Friday that he plans to nominate former Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham to serve as an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education.

Man with AK-47 assault rifle busted in Midtown Manhattan subway station

South Florida Local News - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 12:10

The man was busted near a cell phone charging station by the turnstiles leading to the A, C and E lines around 12:30 p.m.

Florida reports 7,296 new COVID cases, with 92 more deaths

South Florida Local News - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 11:27

Florida's COVID death toll reached 35,000 Friday, with the number of cases standing at more than 2.1 million since the beginning of the pandemic.

DeSantis opposes plan to increase weekly unemployment benefits to $375, saying goal is to get people back to work

South Florida Local News - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 11:20

“Our unemployment is what it is... It’s fine.” Gov. Ron DeSantis said when asked if he supports increasing unemployment benefits for jobless Floridians by $100 a week to $375.

Sheriff’s Office supervisor accused of falsifying workers’ comp claim

South Florida Local News - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 10:23

Jennifer R. Blum, 45, a veteran communications employee at the Broward Sheriff's Office, has been accused of faking a fall and then collecting workers’ compensation for it.

Florida is having an online auction; here’s how to get a piece of the action

South Florida Local News - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:51

Gold coins and valuable baseball cards are among the items available in the Florida Unclaimed Property Online Auction. Bidding begins April 23.

Insurance reform proposals could hurt consumers, critics say

South Florida Local News - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:48

The next few days will determine whether Florida consumers will lose valuable property insurance coverage to insurers’ efforts to fight fraudsters who are driving up costs for everyone.

Matt Gaetz and Ron DeSantis: A friendship that may become a liability

South Florida Local News - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:36

There is no indication that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is tied to the federal probe of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, which has also ensnared several other prominent figures in Florida Republican politics. But the investigation could spark new scrutiny of their political partnership and become a liability for DeSantis as he runs for reelection ahead of a possible presidential bid in 2024.

Democrats demand DeSantis set election to replace Alcee Hastings

South Florida Local News - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:27

Democratic members of Congress from Florida are demanding that Gov. Ron DeSantis set an election to replace their late colleague, Alcee Hastings. The Republican governor doesn't have any incentive to hurry, since the 20th Congressional District's voters are certain to pick another Democrat to succeed Hastings.

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