Suspected Pillowcase Rapist was nabbed in 1990 — and allowed to go free
01/22/20 19:44 from Juice: National politics
Thirty years ago, the man now suspected of being the Pillowcase Rapist was in the clutches of law enforcement, but they let him go. On Oct. 14, 1990, Robert Eugene Koehler placed something over a woman’s face to conceal his identity as h...

Fort Lauderdale lifts alcohol ban at beach for Super Bowl weekend
01/22/20 17:04 from Juice: National politics
Heading to the beach for Super Bowl weekend? Feel free to get lit while you bury your toes in the sand — if you’re in Fort Lauderdale, that is. The city has lifted its beach ban on alcoholic beverages for three days around Super Bowl Sun...

To get free tuition, graduates would agree to work in Florida under new bill
01/22/20 16:30 from Juice: National politics
Community college could soon become free for many Florida students — as long as they don’t go elsewhere for a job. A bill that would create a new “Sunshine Scholarship” for students from low- and moderate-income families passed through c...

Impeachment primer: If you have the law, pound the law. If you don’t, pound the table | Opinion
01/22/20 15:41 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
WASHINGTON — Trial lawyers have an adage: If the facts are on your side, pound the facts. If the law is on your side, pound the law. If neither is on your side, pound the table. In the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the Hou...

It’s a bittersweet beginning of the end for Lucky’s Market employees, customers
01/22/20 15:35 from Juice: National politics
Melvin Thomas, seafood manager at Lucky’s Market, looked over the crowd of shoppers who turned out on a 45-degree morning Wednesday for the first day of the Coral Springs store’s going-out-of-business sale. “I wish it was this busy every...

It’s a bittersweet beginning of the end for Lucky’s Market staff and customers
01/22/20 15:35 from Juice: National politics
Melvin Thomas, seafood manager at Lucky’s Market, looked over the crowd of shoppers who turned out on a 45-degree morning Wednesday for the first day of the Coral Springs store’s going-out-of-business sale. “I wish it was this busy every...

Will you participate in the 2020 U.S. Census? Millions of dollars are at stake for South Florida
01/22/20 15:07 from Juice: National politics
Floridians will begin receiving the once-a-decade U.S. Census survey in just over a month. Yet once again, tens of thousands of people won’t respond — and for each of them, the state will lose money. In 2010, when the last constitutional...

Drug dealer accused of murder gets 22 years in prison for selling deadly fentanyl
01/22/20 14:45 from Juice: National politics
A plea deal Wednesday resolved the first-of-its-kind case in South Florida of a drug dealer charged with first-degree murder over a buyer’s fatal overdose from fentanyl. Calvin Warren Jr. pleaded guilty to a lesser count of second-degree...

Pillowcase Rapist suspect booked into Miami jail
01/22/20 14:36 from Juice: National politics
Robert Koehler, a sex offender who authorities think may be the infamous Pillowcase Rapist, has been booked into a Miami jail after DNA linked him to a 1983 rape case. Koehler, 60, of Palm Bay, is accused of raping a Miami woman in the 1...

On the Everglades and pre-paid college tuition, Gov. DeSantis stands up for Florida | Editorial
01/22/20 14:33 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
With two bold strokes, Gov. Ron DeSantis has protected the Everglades from being plundered for oil and families struggling to pre-pay the costs of a college education. DeSantis recently visited Everglades Holiday Park to announce that th...

Coldest overnight in several years in South Florida yields a landscape of stiff iguanas
01/22/20 14:22 from Juice: National politics
South Florida weathered some of the coldest temperatures we’ve seen in a few years around here on Wednesday morning, not to mention the fact it was so chilly that the National Weather Service’s forecast of falling iguanas turned out to b...

National Democratic Party boosting staff in Florida and five other battleground states
01/22/20 14:18 from Juice: National politics
Signaling the critical role Florida will play in the presidential election, the Democratic National Committee said Wednesday it is one of six states that are about to get an infusion of staff and offices. The idea behind “Battleground Bu...

Broward County’s Perry Thurston to lead Florida Senate Democrats
01/22/20 14:02 from Juice: National politics
Broward County’s Sen. Perry Thurston is in line to lead Florida Senate Democrats. The Fort Lauderdale lawmaker was unanimously designated Wednesday to head the Senate Democratic Caucus for the 2022-2024 legislative term. "The 2022-2024 t...

Sen. Scott wrong on evidence in Trump impeachment trial; Trump’s lawyers wrong about impeachable offenses; a dysfunctional court system | Letters to the Editor
01/22/20 13:51 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
Scott wrong on impeachment evidence I watched the impeachment proceedings last week and was disgusted by Sen. Rick Scott’s remarks. He said that it was the House’s job to collect evidence, and basically said he would not accept any new e...

Apartment rents still climb across South Florida — but not as sharply as before
01/22/20 13:38 from Juice: National politics
Apartment rents kept increasing across South Florida in 2019, but not as steeply as prior years, a national survey has found. The rise of rent prices “has been slowing down in South Florida ever since the peak of December 2014, when the ...

Iguanas and peacocks may not fly as emotional support animals anymore
01/22/20 12:10 from Juice: National politics
You may no longer see peacocks on planes , as the U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed tightening rules that have, until now, required airlines to accommodate emotional support animals. Also out: Iguanas, pigs, squirrels , duck...

Teen could be witness for Parkland massacre trial. But she’s too traumatized to testify, lawyer says
01/22/20 11:39 from Juice: National politics
She’s 17 years old, and two years ago she witnessed something no one should — the mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. On Tuesday, an attorney for the teenager appeared in court, asking a Broward judge to protect her from...

After a chilly night, South Florida’s temperature should thaw out and rise (just like the iguanas)
01/22/20 11:33 from Juice: National politics
After a freezy and breezy overnight, South Florida was waking up Wednesday morning to see two things thawing out and creeping back up: the temperature and the lizards. Approaching 7 a.m. it was 40 degrees in Fort Lauderdale, a drop of ab...

Florida judge rejects underground utilities rule challenge
01/22/20 08:32 from Juice: National politics
Key challenges to the regulators’ rules over underground power line projects by Florida Power & Light Co. and other electric utilities in the state have been rejected by a state judge. Critics say that could ultimately lead in increased ...

Legislators may shield themselves from public — Florida House ramps up probe into Chinese influence — Biden gets 2 more endorsements from delegation
01/22/20 07:00 from Florida Playbook

What’s Top Round and why is it coming to Fort Lauderdale?
01/22/20 07:00 from Juice: National politics
When Top Round — A California-based restaurant chain that specializes in deli sandwiches — opens in Fort Lauderdale near the end of January, it will be one of several firsts. Not only will this be the first location in Florida, it will b...

Cops make arrest at Antonio Brown’s house after alleged battery
01/22/20 05:11 from Juice: National politics
Hollywood police swarmed former NFL player Antonio Brown’s house on Tuesday afternoon after a 911 call alleging battery. Cops responded to the call at about 2 p.m., according to Hollywood Police spokesman Officer Christian Lata. The alle...

Pillowcase Rapist suspect caught through DNA evidence from 1983 cold case
01/21/20 21:07 from Juice: National politics
Thirty-six years ago, a man broke into a young woman’s Miami home, covered her face with a blanket and raped her, police say. He stabbed her stomach, likely with an ice pick, while threatening to kill her. Robert Eugene Koehler, a 60-yea...

After a chilly night, South Florida’s temperature should thaw out and rise (just like the iguanas)
01/21/20 19:49 from Juice: National politics
After a freezy and breezy overnight, South Florida was expected to awake Wednesday morning to see two things thawing out and creeping back up: the temperature and the lizards. “After tonight, we’re going to see moderating temperatures,” ...

Laura Loomer, self-described 'most banned’ woman by social media, finds a platform with Florida GOP chairman
01/21/20 19:41 from Juice: National politics
Laura Loomer has been banned from Facebook, Twitter and Uber for violating hate-speech policies, but she found a platform to express her views in the Florida Capitol on Tuesday. The far-right provocateur and South Florida congressional c...

Laura Loomer, self-described ‘most banned’ woman by social media, finds a platform with Florida GOP chairman
01/21/20 19:41 from Juice: National politics
Laura Loomer has been banned from Facebook, Twitter and Uber for violating hate-speech policies, but she found a platform to express her views in the Florida Capitol on Tuesday. The far-right provocateur and South Florida congressional c...

Cops make arrest at Antonio Brown’s house after alleged battery
01/21/20 18:54 from Juice: National politics
Hollywood police swarmed former NFL player Antonio Brown’s house on Tuesday afternoon after a 911 call alleging battery. Cops responded to the call at about 2 p.m., according to Hollywood Police spokesman Officer Christian Lata. The alle...

Iguanas won’t be sold in Florida pet shops, if Senate bill moves forward
01/21/20 18:33 from Juice: National politics
Fed up with runaway reptiles, a Broward County state senator wants to outlaw the sale of iguanas in Florida pet shops. Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Lighthouse Point, has filed a bill that would add the green iguana and the black and white tegu li...

Lucky’s Market closing all but one Florida store
01/21/20 18:11 from Juice: National politics
Get ready to take one last sip 'n stroll, South Florida. Lucky’s Market is about to close for good. The chain will close 20 of its 21 stores in Florida by Feb. 12, confirmed Jason Rief, Lucky’s regional store director. Plans to open 14 o...

Rash of deaths by train prompts Broward team to seek solutions
01/21/20 17:45 from Juice: National politics
Calling the link between mental health and train-related fatalities an "epidemic,” civic leaders in Broward have assembled a team meant to reduce the number of intentional and accidental deaths by trains through education, counseling — a...

Learning about the Holocaust has helped me become a better Iranian | Opinion
01/21/20 17:17 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
I’m often asked why I, an Iranian and technically a Muslim, am involved in Holocaust education. I have a philosophical and a moral answer: History shows that ignoring the plight of our fellow human beings in any country can lead to trage...

Anti-Semitic harassment investigated at Boca Raton High
01/21/20 16:11 from Juice: National politics
A series of anti-Semitic incidents at Boca Raton High School culminated last semester with a boy making a swastika on a classroom wall. Yvonne Ricardo, guardian for a 16-year-old Boca High student victimized by the boy, said the girl has...

NRA still wrong on Second Amendment and the Constitution | Randy Schultz
01/21/20 16:01 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
After all these decades, can’t Marion Hammer find a new line? One Florida Senate committee has passed an expansion of background checks for firearms sales. The National Rifle Association’s Florida lobbyist responded by calling Senate Bil...

Wild one: Rapper Flo Rida opening new vodka distillery in Fort Lauderdale
01/21/20 15:16 from Juice: National politics
The club can’t handle Flo Rida, but can South Florida handle the chart-topping rapper’s new vodka distillery? The multiplatinum Miami-based artist is the new co-owner and brand ambassador behind Old Sistrunk Distillery, a food and drink ...

Gov. Ron DeSantis appoints Stoneman Douglas victim’s dad Ryan Petty to state Board of Education
01/21/20 14:40 from Juice: National politics
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday appointed Ryan Petty, father of one of the 17 people killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, to a seat on Florida’s State Board of Education. Petty has become a prominent school safety ad...

Florida provides perfect backdrop for GOP to offer serious climate action | Editorial
01/21/20 14:33 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
While meeting in South Florida, ground zero for climate change in the state, top Republican leaders have an opportunity to at least begin to change attitudes toward climate action. There is good reason for the Republican National Committ...

Pillowcase Rapist suspect tells judge, ‘I’m not guilty’
01/21/20 14:30 from Juice: National politics
A 60-year-old sex offender who is suspected of terrorizing South Florida women decades ago as the Pillowcase Rapist was led into a courtroom Tuesday, where he blurted out, “I’m not guilty.” Robert Eugene Koehler is being held without bon...

Shark attack decline continues, possibly from changes in Florida migrations
01/21/20 13:58 from Juice: National politics
Shark attacks remained “unusually low” for the second year in a row, possibly reflecting a change in Florida migrations by a species responsible for the most bites, according to an annual report released Tuesday. There were 64 shark atta...

New Korean BBQ restaurant: A hot Bae starts sizzling at Hard Rock
01/21/20 13:45 from Juice: National politics
Fans of Korean barbecue have a new place to get their grill on. Bae Korean Grill opened this month in the retail wing of the expanded Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. The 175-seat restaurant is dark, chic and clubby, fea...

Florida Panthers reportedly to host 2021 NHL All-Star Game
01/21/20 12:10 from Juice: National politics
The Florida Panthers will host the 2021 NHL All-Star weekend, according to a report from The Athletic . An official announcement that next year’s festivities are heading to the BB&T Center in Sunrise is expected in the coming days. South...

Wanee Block Party in Fort Lauderdale has Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, Allman Betts Band
01/21/20 11:21 from Juice: National politics
The 2020 edition of the Allman Brothers-sponsored Wanee Block Party will return to Revolution Live in downtown Fort Lauderdale on April 25 with performances by Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening , Stephen Marley, Blues Traveler and Jaim...

Florida's GOP senators and impeachment — The nerve of Jeff Greene — The winning lobbyists for plastics
01/21/20 07:00 from Florida Playbook

Electric scooters thrive in Florida as they vanish from some other parts of U.S.
01/21/20 07:00 from Juice: National politics
Electric scooter rentals are likely to stay in Florida — even though some companies have started pulling their business out of other parts of the country. The e-scooters, which grew popular on U.S. streets in 2018, have helped thousands ...

Bill Galvano’s leadership on gun safety is politically risky, but more important, courageous | Editorial
01/21/20 06:00 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
When it comes to firearms in Florida, the arc has bent toward less regulation for more than 20 years. From “stand your ground” to “docs vs. Glocks,” Florida’s been on the front lines in the effort to weaken gun laws at the expense of com...

Why Lake Okeechobee’s water level matters to South Florida | Opinion
01/21/20 06:00 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
The future of South Florida’s water is hanging in the balance in an obscure government rule-making process that could set a dangerous precedent affecting all of the region’s families, farmers, fishermen, businesses and tourism providers....

Heat survive Kings 118-113 to move 7-0 in overtime, 19-1 at home
01/20/20 21:34 from Juice: National politics
Not in this house. And never in overtime. Basically, the Sacramento Kings found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena. So make it 19-1 at home and 7-0 in overtime for the Miami Heat after a game...

Motorcyclist dies in I-95 crash near Hallandale Beach Boulevard
01/20/20 20:28 from Juice: National politics
A motorcyclist died in a crash on Interstate 95 near Hallandale Beach Boulevard, officials said Monday. Jorge Wrves, 75, of Pembroke Pines, was heading south on Interstate 95 on a Honda motorcycle when he, for an unknown reason, went pas...

Dozens arrested as ATV and dirt bike riders take to South Florida streets
01/20/20 19:31 from Juice: National politics
Some call it “Bikes up, Guns down.” Others say “Wheels up, Guns down.” Both monikers, which refer to hundreds of brash riders of off-road vehicles and bikes on South Florida streets during the Martin Luther King Jr. day weekend ― suppose...

Dolphins’ Brian Flores hopes new additions to coaching staff can help him put his vision into fruition
01/20/20 19:23 from Juice: National politics
Brian Flores’ first season as Miami Dolphins coach ended with a stunning road victory over the New England Patriots to reach five wins and earn the No. 5 draft pick in the NFL draft in April . Flores’ second offseason quickly began with ...

Suspected ‘Pillowcase Rapist’ arrested in 1980s reign of terror. ‘I don’t believe it,’ ex-wife says.
01/20/20 15:32 from Juice: National politics
A man believed by law enforcement to be the infamous Pillowcase Rapist, who is wanted for sexually assaulting over 40 women in South Florida during the early 1980s, has been arrested in Brevard County, the Miami Herald is reporting. The ...

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