5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 9

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

1 DEAD AFTER DEPUTY-INVOLVED SHOOTING IN ORLANDO

Authorities say one man is dead after firing at sheriff’s deputies in an Orlando grocery store parking lot. Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jane Watrel says the man ambushed deputies arriving at the parking lot Sunday evening. The deputies were responding to a call about a violation of a domestic violence injunction. Watrel says the deputies returned fire, killing the 46-year-old suspect. One deputy was treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg.

EX-VENEZUELAN JUDGE TO BE SENTENCED IN US DRUG CASE

A former Venezuelan judge in a major cocaine trafficking case linked to the government of former President Hugo Chavez is scheduled to be sentenced Monday. Benny Palmeri-Bacchi pleaded to charges this fall. Prosecutors say Palmeri-Bacchi conspired with a former Venezuelan Interpol director to help traffickers move Colombian cocaine through Venezuela. The Interpol director and a former Venezuelan military intelligence chief were also indicted but remain in Venezuela.

RIHANNA DIVES WITH SHARKS FOR MAGAZINE COVER SHOOT

Rihanna dove into a tank with three 8-foot-long tiger sharks at The Florida Aquarium during a photo shoot for March’s cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. The fashion icon said she was a fan of Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” movies, but they scared her so much she stayed out of the water each time a new movie was released. The magazine cover is a tribute to the original movie poster and shows Rihanna in a Chanel swimsuit draped across the shark’s jaws.

MIAMI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL TO RENAMED AFTER GOLF ICON JACK NICKLAUS, WIFE

Miami Children’s Hospital is being renamed after golf icon Jack Nicklaus and his wife. The couple’s foundation is giving $60 million to the hospital and its outpatient centers. The hospital will be renamed the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in March.

COURT HEARING COULD SPEED REVEL CASINO SALE

The Florida developer buying Atlantic City’s former Revel Casino Hotel could find out by the end of the day Monday how much longer he’ll have to wait for it. Glenn Straub agreed late Sunday night to extend the deadline for his $95.4 million purchase to be completed. The sale was supposed to close on Monday. Instead, U.S. District Court Judge Jerome Simandle will hold a hearing at 3 p.m. to hear from former tenants at Revel. The tenants say their $16 million investment should be considered before the court lets Straub buy Revel free and clear of their leases. A power plant also wants assurances its unpaid bills and debt from construction to be paid.

 

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