5 Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 17

5 Things to Know in FloridaHHS SEC. BURWELL TO VISIT FLORIDA AS SECOND ENROLLMENT SEASON GETS OFF TO GOOD START

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell will visit Florida International University on Monday to promote the Affordable Care Act. The second season of open enrollment got underway Saturday with a relatively smooth start. Last year, nearly 1 million Floridians signed up for health insurance under the law.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA HEAD COACH MUSCHAMP FIRED

The Gators are parting ways with football coach Will Muschamp. Sunday’s announcement came one day after a gut-wrenching loss to South Carolina that summed up the former defensive coordinator’s four-year tenure as head coach. Muschamp’s close-to-the-vest style proved to be too conservative and too unsuccessful for a school with three national champions, eight Southeastern Conference titles and sky-high expectations. Muschamp will stick around for the final two regular-season games against Eastern Kentucky and Florida State.

THIRD HOLE FORMS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA YARD, SWALLOWS PART OF CAR

A third hole has formed in in the driveway of a Tampa Bay-area neighborhood and swallowed a car to its bumper. Pasco County spokesman Doug Tobin says the new hole opened Saturday in the front yard of a resident’s home. It was about six feet deep and grew about 10 feet wide. Two other holes formed earlier this week about a quarter mile away. Engineers have to confirm that the depressions are sinkholes.

FLORIDA MAN CHARGED WITH STABBING ONLOOKERS DURING FIGHT WITH GIRLFRIEND

Police have arrested a Bradenton man they say stabbed two onlookers after getting into a fight with his girlfriend. Police say 19-year-old Aaron Brown pulled into his driveway Friday night and was arguing with his girlfriend. A group of people gathered to watch. Brown told police he’d heard the witnesses talking about him so he confronted them and allegedly stabbed two of the men. But he says that was only after the group had him on the ground and beat him.

NATIONAL LGBT GROUP GIVES TOP MARKS TO ORLANDO, ST. PETERSBURG

One of the nation’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights groups gives top marks to Orlando and St. Petersburg. The nonprofit Human Rights Campaign released a report this week giving those two cities their top score of 100 for treatment of LGBT residents. Miami got only 53 points, while Fort Lauderdale fared better at 76. Overall, Florida was rated slightly above the national average.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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