5 Things to Know in Florida for March 25

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

Orlando airport, Emirates to offer nonstop service to Dubai

For the first time, Orlando International Airport is offering daily, nonstop service to the Middle East. OIA officials announced Tuesday that starting Sept. 1, it would partner with Emirates airline to begin offering flights between Orlando and Dubai. It is the 10th U.S. destination offered by Emirates, which services to 145 destinations in 80 countries. Emirates becomes the latest international airline to launch service to OIA, adding to worldwide traffic that the airport said grew 9.6 percent in 2014 and represented 12 percent of its total traffic activity.

Police, residents, alarmed at surging gun violence in Tampa

Police and neighborhood activists in Tampa say there’s been an alarming surge in gun violence. Twice as many people have been shot to death in Tampa in 2015 than in the first three months of last year. The violence has included 15 homicides, compared with just seven in the same period last year. A small crowd gathered Tuesday outside Tampa Police headquarters for an anti-violence rally.

Child fatally shot in Miami

Police say a 10-year-old boy was fatally shot in the head as he stood outside an apartment building in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. A young girl standing nearby also was grazed by a bullet in the Tuesday night shooting. Both children were taken to the hospital, where the boy was pronounced dead. The girl is expected to recover from her injuries. Sgt. Freddie Cruz told the Miami Herald police have no leads and are trying to determine whether the children were targeted. He’s asking for the community’s help in solving the crime.

Crews rescue man impaled on Fort Lauderdale fence

A man who was trying to scale the wrought-iron fenced parking lot around the Fort Lauderdale Police Department was impaled by a 14-inch spike on top of an electronic rolling gate. Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Heiser says the man’s legs were on one side of the gate and his body on the other when nearby rescue crews found him after hearing his screams Sunday night. Heiser told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that a quick-thinking police officer put his handcuffs around the automated entrance gate so it wouldn’t open. Heiser says that “very likely saved the guy’s life.”

Sea turtle returns to Atlantic after rehabbing

A loggerhead sea turtle named Alice is back in the Atlantic Ocean after rehabbing at Volusia County Marine Science Center. The turtle was released Tuesday, nine months after stranding on a St. Augustine beach last June. She was covered in barnacles and weighed just 121 pounds. A veterinarian determined she was suffering from severe pneumonia and a microbacterial infection. The infection had spread to the turtle’s right shoulder joint and was causing her to favor her right front flipper.

 

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