5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 19

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

6TH MAN SET TO PLEAD GUILTY IN MLB STEROID CASE

A sixth man is set to plead guilty for his role in illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to Major League Baseball players and other athletes. A federal judge scheduled a plea hearing Friday for 48-year-old Juan Carlos Nunez. Like others in the case, Nunez is charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids such as testosterone. Court documents say Nunez told at least one unnamed professional baseball player he could help obtain steroids.

HAITIAN MACHETE FENCING AT MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL

The Haitian art of machete fencing is being showcased at the Borscht Film Festival in Miami. Machete fencing is an obscure martial art with roots in the Caribbean country’s history of slavery and rebellion. A short film by Jonathan David Kane, “Papa Machete,” is being screened during the festival Friday at the Little Haiti Cultural Center and Saturday at the Adrienne Arsht Center.

FLORIDA TO RELEASE NOVEMBER UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS

Florida is releasing the last round of unemployment numbers for the year. Florida’s jobless numbers for November will be released on Friday by Gov. Rick Scott. The rate for October was 6 percent, or a slight drop from the previous month. The state’s rate currently is higher than the U.S. rate of 5.8 percent.

MAN SHOT BY DEPUTIES DURING DOMESTIC DISPUTE

Sheriff’s deputies shot a man while they investigated a domestic battery report at a home in Holiday. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office says deputies shot the man after he threatened them early Friday. They had received information that the man’s girlfriend had been battered and would not answer the door or allow anyone in the house, north of Tampa.

26 DESKTOP COMPUTERS STOLEN FROM BETHUNE-COOKMAN UNIVERSITY

Authorities say two men stole 26 desktop computers from a storage shed at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. The theft took place in mid-November but officials didn’t realize the computers were missing until five days later. It took another four days to report the theft to police.

 

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