5 Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 28

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HAZING TRIAL STARTS 1 FAMU BAND MEMBER

The trials of three of four members of Florida A&M University’s marching band on charges of felony hazing and manslaughter have been postponed until April. But the trial of a fourth member began with jury selection Monday, nearly three years after drum major Robert Champion died from being beaten. Judge Renee Roche delayed the trial for defendants Benjamin McNamee, Aaron Golson and Darryl Cearnel after their attorneys said they did not have the opportunity to question witnesses about hazing charges that were added to the case.

FEBRUARY TRIAL SET IN MLB STEROID CASE

A trial date has been set for four men charged in Major League Baseball’s performance-enhancing drugs scandal. All four were involved with Biogenesis of America in Coral Gables operated by Anthony Bosch, who has already pleaded guilty and is cooperating with investigators. The clinic is now closed. The trial is set for Feb. 9. Besides the criminal charges, the Biogenesis case resulted in suspensions by MLB of 14 players including a record season-long suspension for New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.

10 CUBAN MIGRANTS FOUND NEAR MIAMI, 3 MISSING

Ten Cuban migrants have been rescued and a search continues for three more after their raft broke apart miles from Miami. The U.S. Coast Guard received a report that several people were in the water and clinging to debris Monday shortly after 10 a.m. Two pleasure crafts rescued five people while Miami-Dade Fire Rescue found three more. Two other rafters swam ashore to Elliott Key.

CASINO MAGNATE SPENDING MORE TO DEFEAT POT MEASURE

A Las Vegas casino magnate is kicking another $1 million to defeat a proposal to legalize medical marijuana. Sheldon Adelson has now donated a total of $5 million to the group that wants to defeat the constitutional amendment that will be on the November ballot. Adelson, a high-profile Republican donor and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., is the largest single donor to the Drug Free Florida Committee. The committee is using the money to pay for television ads criticizing Amendment 2.

MAN DIES WHEN SON CRASHES CAR IN SOUTH FLORIDA

Authorities say a man died when his son lost control of their vehicle and crashed in Coral Springs. The crash happened Sunday evening after the younger man struck the median, causing the vehicle to flip over. Coral Springs police Sgt. Carla Kmiotek told the Miami Herald the father was pronounced dead at the scene. His son was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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