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Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:41:47 EDT

Florida auto licenses, tags, issued through private companies could cost you more
Drivers in Florida who renew their licenses and tags through a private company could soon face additional fees to do so. Some county tax collectors are blasting the idea, including … Click to Continue »
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:03:10 EDT

Senate tries to bring ‘peace’ with Groveland Four apology
Hoping to provide closure in a decades-old case of racial injustice, the Senate formally apologized Thursday for the prosecution and persecution of four black men accused of raping a white … Click to Continue »
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:29:37 EDT

Amid Miami’s opioid crisis, addicts now get clean needles, life-saving drug
On the edge of Overtown, the hot zone for Miami’s heroin and fentanyl crisis, about 20 drug users a day stop by offices in two unremarkable tan trailers. In one, … Click to Continue »
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:12:35 EDT

A convicted child molester has disappeared in Florida
U.S. Marshals want the public’s help in finding a child molester with a history of carrying firearms and attempting sexual assault on children. And they’re offering a $2,000 reward for … Click to Continue »
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:04:50 EDT

Hearing in machete-murder case can be secret, Miami appeals court rules
A key pretrial hearing in a South Florida murder case can be held in secret because of publicity surrounding the killing, a Miami appeals court ruled Wednesday. The decision upends … Click to Continue »
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:57:53 EDT

Senate apologizes for Dozier School abuse
With one senator pointing Wednesday to “violations of fundamental human decency,” the Florida Legislature has formally apologized for the mistreatment of juveniles held at the Arthur G. Dozier School for … Click to Continue »
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:52:05 EDT

Need a passport? Get ready to travel elsewhere — the Miami office is shut down
Cliff Levine and his wife embarked Monday afternoon on the 12-hour, 865-mile trek from Miami to New Orleans, with their 2-year-old in the backseat. The Davie family had no choice. … Click to Continue »
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:57:55 EDT

He moved, but kept going home to sell drugs because business was so good, cops say
Like clockwork, a maroon four-door car would arrive at 4 p.m. at a residence in the 1900 block of Fifth Street. Sometimes he would park at the building; other times … Click to Continue »
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:56:08 EDT

Florida is on fire, but homeowners stand down from the worst
Evacuation orders have been lifted in Collier County where a brush fire has been raging over the weekend along with two others in Lee and Polk counties and more than … Click to Continue »
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:52:09 EDT

Intruder leaves panties in woman’s car and home to see her wear them, cops say
A Florida man is accused of leaving underwear for a woman and breaking into her home to remove some of her own. A woman called the Bay County Sheriff’s Office … Click to Continue »
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:28:28 EDT

How Artiles went from defiance to resignation: Four extraordinary days at the Florida Capitol
Last Monday afternoon, at the start of the state Legislature’s seventh week of session, Sen. Audrey Gibson raced up three floors to present one of her bills to the Florida … Click to Continue »
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:21:56 EDT

House backs off attempt to weaken anti-gerrymandering amendments
The Florida House on Friday agreed to back off an attempt to weaken the Fair Districts amendments to the Florida Constitution and passed a narrower Senate proposal that sets new … Click to Continue »
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:47:29 EDT

Teen wears prom dress honoring Black Lives Matter movement
A Florida teen is using her dress to make a social statement. Seventeen-year-old Milan Morris went to her high school prom wearing a dress that features images of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown and other faces that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. … Click to Continue »
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:42:33 EDT

Miami lawmaker resigns over racial slur scandal
Sen. Frank Artiles resigned from the Florida Legislature on Friday, consumed by a scandal that erupted three days earlier over a diatribe of insults the Miami Republican unleashed against two … Click to Continue »
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:16:29 EDT

Controversy over Miami lawmaker’s racial slur engulfs Florida Legislature
Controversy raged in the Florida Capitol for a second day Thursday over Sen. Frank Artiles’ racist and sexist tirade, distracting and slowing down the Legislature just two weeks before the … Click to Continue »
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:07:57 EDT

Punta Gorda police release video of officer shooting, killing woman during civilian training
Police released surveillance footage showing the moment former Punta Gorda Police Officer Lee Coel shot and killed 73-year-old retired librarian Mary Knowlton in August, 2016 during a "shoot-don't shoot" training exercise at a citizens police academy. The edited video released to the media does not show the actual shooting. … Click to Continue »
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:37:14 EDT

Legislative complaint seeks to expel Miami lawmaker from Senate over ‘racist rant’
Forced by Florida Senate leaders to show contrition, Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles stood on the chamber floor Wednesday morning and told his colleagues he was sorry for using curse … Click to Continue »
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:10:50 EDT

Trump’s tweet misleads about the formation of MS-13 gang
President Donald Trump blamed former President Barack Obama on Twitter for the formation of one of the most notorious gangs. “The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed … Click to Continue »
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:58:51 EDT

Does Florida’s Death Row overrepresent African Americans as state lawmaker says?
The decision by Orlando-area prosecutor Aramis D. Ayala to no longer seek the death penalty in murder cases has injected a racial discussion about Death Row into the Florida legislative … Click to Continue »
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:17:55 EDT

Miami lawmaker accused of using racial slur once referred to ‘hajis’
In 2014, when then-state Rep. Frank Artiles was running for reelection in Miami-Dade County, someone secretly recorded him at a polling place — and caught him using a slur for … Click to Continue »
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:50:50 EDT

Miami state senator curses at black lawmaker — and refers to fellow Republicans as ‘niggas’
Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles dropped the n-word to a pair of African-American colleagues in private conversation Monday night — after calling one of them a “fucking asshole,” a “bitch” … Click to Continue »
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:27:20 EDT

Almost 70 years later, Florida prepares apology to families of the Groveland Four
The Florida Legislature moved closer Tuesday to extending an historic apology to the families of four black men who were wrongly accused of rape in 1949 then tortured, murdered or … Click to Continue »
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:41:55 EDT

Autistic 10-year-old arrested while mother tries to reason with officers
A mother in Florida filmed her 10-year-old son being arrested and led to a police car in handcuffs from his elementary school by two officers on April 12. According to reports, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office served the young boy a juvenile version of a warrant for an incident that occurred in November 2016, when he allegedly kicked a teacher. … Click to Continue »
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:09:42 EDT

She ran a heroin party house, and made customers pay a cover to get in, cops say
A Florida woman is accused of running a heroin party house — and collecting a cover charge before customers could go inside to get high. The 37-year-old Sarasota woman, Danielle … Click to Continue »
Sun, 16 Apr 2017 15:00:00 EDT

South Florida’s shrinking agriculture industry fights to stay in the game
The bright crimson tomatoes wilted in the South Florida heat, then rotted right on the vine. It had been weeks since anyone ordered tomatoes from Sal Finocchiaro’s farm in Homestead, … Click to Continue »
Sun, 16 Apr 2017 13:25:19 EDT

‘F--- it! I’m drunk and I don’t want to do any more tests!’
As Indian River Deputy Scott Carmine described the tableau that greeted him Wednesday afternoon in Sebastian, the situation required minimal sleuthing. After all, a 2002 four-door Mitsubishi stuck in Community … Click to Continue »
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 21:26:38 EDT

Middle school teacher wanted on child pornography charges commits suicide in Nashville
Corey Perry, the youth basketball coach and Palm Beach County middle school teacher on the run from child pornography charges, reportedly committed suicide in a rundown Nashville motel Friday. The … Click to Continue »
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:06:52 EDT

New details emerge about where the victims of the Pulse massacre died
Thirteen people died in the bathrooms of Pulse nightclub as police surrounded and negotiated with the shooter, Omar Mateen. The breakdown of where the 49 victims of the June massacre … Click to Continue »
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:57:36 EDT

FBI puts up money to find fugitive former teacher, coach facing child-porn charges
The FBI announced a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a former middle school teacher indicted on child pornography charges. But the … Click to Continue »
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:30:41 EDT

Trump’s return to Mar-A-Lago means “security zones” on the nearby waterways
The return of President Donald Trump to his Palm Beach Mar-A-Lago resort Thursday afternoon for the Easter holiday prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to set “security zones” for the Intracoastal … Click to Continue »