5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 2

5 Things to Know in FloridaYour daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

‘STAND YOUR GROUND’ CASE BEFORE FLORIDA HIGH COURT

The Florida Supreme Court will hear a case that could shift the burden of proof in “stand your ground” cases. The hearing Tuesday involves a 2011 road rage incident in which an Indiana man says he was protecting his family from an aggressive driver by drawing a gun on him as he approached their car. No shots were fired, but Jared Bretherick is charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.

MIAMI-DADE TO VOTE ON TRANSGENDER BILL

The Miami-Dade County Commission is scheduled to vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would ban discrimination against transgender people. The measure would expand an ordinance that already bans discrimination based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Opponents say sex offenders would use the ordinance to legally sneak into women’s public bathrooms. Supporters say that’s not true.

SURGEON TO PAY $89K FOR MIAMI AIRPORT BOMB JOKE

A Venezuelan surgeon has agreed to pay more than $89,000 for the costs of his joke about a bomb that shut down parts of Miami International Airport for several hours. Most of the money from Dr. Manuel Alvarado will be used to reimburse five airlines that delayed flights on Oct. 22. The rest will go to the Miami-Dade Police Department, which deployed its bomb squad to search Alvarado’s luggage.

ORLANDO MAN SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS FOR CARD FRAUD

An Orlando man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for committing almost a half-million dollars in credit card fraud. Federal prosecutors said Monday that 36-year-old Tony Frith was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison for access device fraud. He also was ordered to repay almost $470,000 in restitution.

ALLIGATORS UNEXPECTEDLY HATCH AT PALM BEACH ZOO

Nine baby alligators have unexpectedly hatched at the Palm Beach Zoo. The zoo says two alligators named Fred and Wilma have lived together for more than a decade, and Wilma has built a nest every year since 1999. But none of her eggs have ever hatched. A groundskeeper at the zoo discovered a baby alligator in the couple’s habitat. Nine, in total, have hatched. A zoo curator calls it “a pleasant surprise.”

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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