Wasserman Schultz, Rick Scott and the Surfside tragedy
12/09/21 07:01 from Florida Playbook

At Ghislaine Maxwell trial, witness’s ex-boyfriend describes cash payments to teen girls at Epstein’s Palm Beach estate
12/08/21 19:22 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A former boyfriend of a woman who says she was paid to give sexual favors to Jeffrey Epstein, starting at age 14, testified Wednesday at the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell. He said he drove three girls he knew to Epstein’s estate in Palm Bea...

Mistrial declared in murder of Davie woman found stabbed in her home. Suspect, who escaped courthouse and eluded manhunt, will stand trial again.
12/08/21 19:09 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A Broward judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the murder case of a former fugitive accused of stabbing a Davie woman to death in her home more than seven years ago. The mistrial comes a day after the same jury threw the courtroom into...

Body found by search dog in South Dade wetlands. It may be remains of abducted woman
12/08/21 18:52 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A frantic day of searching for an abducted woman in dense wetlands with police helicopters, all terrain vehicles and dogs appears to have reached a tragic end with the discovery of human remains.

Mistrial declared in murder of Davie woman found stabbed in her home. Suspect, who escaped courthouse and eluded manhunt, will stand trial again.
12/08/21 18:13 from Juice: National politics
A Broward judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the murder case of a former fugitive accused of stabbing a Davie woman to death in her home more than seven years ago. The mistrial comes a day after the same jury threw the courtroom into...

With omicron pending, businesses and citizens weigh how to proceed
12/08/21 17:10 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
As a new COVID variant appears on the horizon, state laws contradict federal laws, and local officials battle the state, leaving businesses, schools and citizens to devise their own safeguard.

Nikki Fried didn’t properly disclose income, Florida ethics panel says
12/08/21 17:05 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A Florida ethics panel on Wednesday announced it has found probable cause that Democratic candidate for governor Nikki Fried violated state law for failing to properly disclose her income on financial forms.

South Florida zookeeper sentenced to federal prison after undercover FBI agent discovers child porn on computers
12/08/21 17:03 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Justin David Alban, a 31-year-old who worked as a zookeeper at a safari park in Palm Beach County, used an online file-sharing network called BitTorrent to download child pornography over an 18-month period from 2019 to 2020, prosecutors...

Publix heiress Carol Jenkins Barnett dies at 65
12/08/21 16:11 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Carol Jenkins Barnett, a well-known philanthropist and the billionaire daughter of the Publix Super Markets founder, died Tuesday night at her home in Lakeland, the company said. She was 65.

Groups slam Florida over removal of anti-bullying resource
12/08/21 16:05 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Advocacy groups are criticizing the Florida Department of Education for removing an anti-bullying webpage from its site, saying the decision will harm LGBTQ students.

Manatees will receive emergency rations of romaine lettuce if starvation looms this winter
12/08/21 14:39 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A total of 757 manatees died, mostly from starvation, over the past year around the Indian River Lagoon, where pollution from farms and lawns has killed off seagrass. State and federal officials are preparing to feed them romaine lettuce...

Sports betting is again illegal in Florida, but some betters still have cash in the Hard Rock Sportsbook. Here’s how to get it back
12/08/21 13:46 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
With sports betting off the table once again in Florida, many bettors who used the Hard Rock Sportsbook app now are eager to cash out and get their money back.

COVID-19 in Florida: Here’s the latest data including cases, deaths, vaccinations and more
12/08/21 13:35 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Here are the updated statistics on COVID-19 in Florida including new cases, deaths, hospitalizations, testing positivity and vaccinations.

Florida firms balk at searching old death files to pay out life insurance policies
12/08/21 13:32 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday waded into a battle about the constitutionality of a 2016 state law that put new requirements on life-insurance companies to determine whether policyholders have died.

Body cam video documents deputy’s fatal shooting of 88-year-old Florida man
12/08/21 13:23 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A body camera video shows that a Florida deputy who fatally shot an 88-year-old man while checking on his welfare repeatedly identified herself and asked him to put down his gun, firing only after he threatened to shoot her and then move...

Mistrial declared in murder of Davie woman found stabbed in her home. Suspect, who escaped courthouse and eluded manhunt, will stand trial again.
12/08/21 12:15 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A Broward judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the murder case of a former fugitive accused of stabbing a Davie woman to death in her home more than seven years ago. The mistrial comes a day after the same jury threw the courtroom into...

Hard Rock Sportsbook refunds: How do I get my money back from the Florida betting app?
12/08/21 11:11 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
With sports betting off the table once again in Florida, many bettors who used the Hard Rock Sportsbook app now are eager to cash out and get their money back.

South Florida has elections in January. Monday is deadline to register to vote.
12/08/21 11:04 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Monday, Dec. 13, is the deadline to register to vote in the January elections to finalize the next South Florida member of Congress and choose three members of the Florida Legislature.

When democracy is left stranded at the post office | Editorial
12/08/21 10:41 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
For 286 voters in the recent Democratic primary in Congressional District 20 that was decided by five votes, ballots mailed before Election Day were not counted. No election should be decided by the Postal Service. No voter should ever b...

Florida deputy shoots, kills 88-year-old after he pulls gun during welfare check
12/08/21 09:41 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A sheriff’s deputy fatally shot an 88-year-old man while doing a welfare check at the man’s home on Tuesday, officials said.

Keep boat parades safe and fun for all | Opinion
12/08/21 09:29 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
It's holiday season, and in South Florida, that means it's boat parade season. The folks at Sea Tow Fort Lauderdale and the Sea Tow Foundation have some safety tips for boaters and spectators to enjoy this Floridian holiday tradition.

Body of missing Florida woman Kathleen Moore found, police say. Her boyfriend is charged in her death.
12/08/21 07:21 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Kathleen Moore, 34, and Colin Knapp, 30, had been in an “on-again, off-again” relationship for about five years, police said. Moore’s body was found Tuesday under some brush about 150 feet from Knapp’s house..

Partisan School Board elections make perfect sense | Letters to the editor
12/08/21 07:00 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
With the country so polarized, a reader argues, returning to partisan School Board elections makes sense.

Fried campaign tries to smack down ethics charges
12/08/21 06:58 from Florida Playbook

Caretaker beaten and abducted from Southwest Miami-Dade home, cops say. Have you seen her?
12/08/21 06:52 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A 27-year-old caretaker was beaten, dragged and “taken against her will” from a Southwest Miami-Dade home early Tuesday morning, according to Miami-Dade police.

Woman testifies Ghislaine Maxwell abused her at age 14
12/07/21 21:57 from Juice: National politics
One of Ghislaine Maxwell’s accusers offered some of the most explicit descriptions so far at the New York trial of Maxwell’s alleged grooming of underage victims, who prosecutors say were lured into “a pyramid scheme of abuse.”

Confusion after Broward juror recants manslaughter conviction
12/07/21 21:33 from Mayo on the Side / South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A Broward jury will return to court Wednesday after a confusing day in the case of Dayonte Resiles, who was found guilty of manslaughter in the 2014 death of Jill Halliburton Su only to have the verdict rescinded because a juror recanted...

Confusion as Broward jury walks back manslaughter conviction before declaring itself hung
12/07/21 20:28 from Juice: National politics
Dayonte Resiles was found guilty Tuesday of manslaughter in the 2014 stabbing death of Jill Halliburton Su, but the verdict was nullified immediately when one juror announced she did not agree with the verdict. The judge ordered the jury...

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