5 Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 5

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

FLORIDA SERVICE SET FOR SLAIN JOURNALIST SOTLOFF

A service is being held at a South Florida temple for journalist Steven Sotloff, whose killing at the hands of Islamic militants has sparked international outrage. Rabbi Terry Bookman says the service Friday afternoon at Temple Beth Am in Sotloff’s hometown of Pinecrest will be open to the public. Sotloff attended the Temple Beth Am school as a child. His mother Shirley Sotloff teaches preschool there.

FLORIDA AGENCY FINES CIRCLE K STORES $1 MILLION

The state is fining Circle K Stores $1 million for operating a check-cashing service without a license. The Florida Office of Financial Regulation announced a settlement with the gas station and convenience store chain on Thursday. Circle K agreed to pay the fine and will now be granted a license to operate check-cashing services at their Florida stores. The chain had been operating the service without a license since 2009.

USF ST. PETE BUSINESS SCHOOL NAMED FOR WOMAN

A 78-year old woman raised in Germany and who emigrated to the U.S. with $30, and who later started and sold a successful surgical instrument company, is now the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s top benefactor. The university announced Thursday that it received a $10 million gift to name its business school the Kate Tiedemann College of Business. The gift is by far the largest ever in USF St. Pete’s 49-year history.

4 BODIES FOUND; YOUNG BOY MISSING

Deputies checking on a 4-year-old boy at a Tampa Bay area home instead reported finding four dead adults nearby. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reports that investigators are searching for Ismael Tristan Santisteban and his father, 28-year-old Adam Matos. The boy was last seen Aug. 28 at the Hudson home. Deputies had reportedly gone to the house that day on a domestic call involving Matos.

MAINTENANCE WORKER DROWNS IN POND

An investigation is underway after a maintenance worker was found under a 4-wheeler vehicle in a retention pond at a Jacksonville apartment complex where he worked. Sgt. J.T. Carey told The Florida Times-Union that officers responding to The Preserve at Paradise Thursday evening said the man apparently toppled into the pond while riding the vehicle as part of his job.

 

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