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A misleading COVID-19 map from the CDC left out data for Florida. Just like that, it changed overnight.

South Florida Local News - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 16:24

Overnight, a federal map shifted from showing Florida as having low levels of COVID transmission to having moderate or even substantial levels in some counties.

SpaceX launches Starlink mission along with 2 Earth observation satellites

South Florida Local News - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 16:18

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday evening, lighting up the sky just after sunset.

At Ghislaine Maxwell trial, ex-Epstein staffer testifies underage girls visited mansion

South Florida Local News - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 16:04

A former housekeeper testified Thursday that two women who have accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexually abusing them as underage teens were repeated visitors to his Palm Beach mansion, summoned by the financier or his associate Ghislaine Maxwell.

Here’s where to find coronavirus vaccines in South Florida

South Florida Local News - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 14:36

Here are the places where you can find COVID-19 vaccines throughout South Florida.

Public reprimand scheduled for absentee Palm Beach County judge

South Florida Local News - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 14:28

A Palm Beach County judge will go before the Florida Supreme Court on Feb. 9 to receive a public reprimand after justices concluded last week that she “acted inappropriately by failing to devote full time to her judicial duties.”

Holiday mail will include vote-by-mail ballots for some South Floridians

South Florida Local News - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 13:55

Mixed in with early holiday cards, bills and junk mail, 140,000-plus South Floridians will begin receiving something else on Saturday: vote-by-mail ballots. The arrival of the ballots kicks off the first phase of voting in four elections in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Homeless man stabbed, killed teenage biker in apparent random act of violence, police say

South Florida Local News - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 13:43

A homeless man with a history of random violence stabbed and killed a 14-year-old boy riding his bike during a chance encounter and without apparent motive, a Florida police chief said. “I would best describe it as an innocent child victim having a chance encounter with a very violent criminal,” said Palm Beach Gardens Police Chief Clinton Shannon.

DeSantis slams Biden’s measures to halt spread of omicron variant

South Florida Local News - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 12:13

Gov. Ron DeSantis indicated Thursday he was not going to take any new measures against the spread of the omicron variant in Florida, instead slamming President Biden’s travel restrictions despite the restrictions he himself imposed last year.

South Florida law school creates Ben Crump social justice center

South Florida Local News - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 08:21

Ben Crump is a prominent Black civil rights attorney who has gained national notoriety representing victims of police brutality and vigilante violence.

Florida Power & Light execs worked closely with consultants behind ‘ghost’ candidate scheme, records reveal | Special Report

South Florida Local News - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 07:46

Secret records show Florida Power & Light executives coordinated with the operatives behind the dark-money nonprofit Grow United.

‘Cancer symptoms don’t stop when you cross state lines.’ Florida denies short-term visitors medical marijuana

South Florida Local News - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 04:30

Florida doesn't allow short-term visitors to use medical marijuana, but a push is on to change that.

Ghislaine Maxwell defense attacks actor accuser’s account of sex trafficking

South Florida Local News - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 16:33

A key accuser against British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell had testified in graphic detail on Tuesday about the alleged encounters in the 1990s, including in Palm Beach, portraying Maxwell as an active participant. On Wednesday, defense attorneys sought to undermine her credibility.

Longtime Broward Judge Jack Luzzo and wife die over Thanksgiving weekend

South Florida Local News - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 15:11

Retired Broward Circuit Judge John “Jack” Luzzo, who served on the bench from 1981 until his retirement in 2017, died last Friday, less than 24 hours after the passing of his wife, Barbara. They were married for 51 years.

‘Just got robbed at gunpoint.’ Details emerge in Hollywood carjacking that led to chase, teen suspect’s death

South Florida Local News - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 14:28

The carjacking victim told police he was in line for the car wash when two men appeared on either side of his car and ordered him out. When he didn’t get out quickly enough, the 16-year-old yelled “Think we are playing? We’re not f--- around,” according to a report provided by police.

Casino and poker room appeal Florida gambling ruling

South Florida Local News - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 13:43

Two pari-mutuels have appealed a Florida federal judge’s decision to dismiss a challenge to a gambling agreement that gave the Seminole Tribe control of sports betting in the state.

DeSantis seeks election fraud crackdown but ignores dark money-backed sham candidates

South Florida Local News - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 12:24

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants a new law enforcement division to investigate and punish election crimes, such as voter fraud, despite scant evidence of fraud cases in 2020. But he’s said little about the ongoing criminal case involving “ghost” candidates that helped swing one South Florida state senate race in the GOP’s favor and influenced two others, and hasn’t proposed anything to combat the tactic.

Is Florida really the safest state in the U.S. for COVID? Don’t trust this CDC map that went viral online

South Florida Local News - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 11:19

A U.S. map circulating widely online shows Florida with COVID-19 transmission rates lower than any other state — a rosy view that many are touting as proof that Florida is managing the pandemic better than others. But an analysis of the data behind the map shows missing numbers for Florida that leads to misleading conclusions.

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