5 Things to Know in Florida for May 18

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

Marlins fire Redmond as manager

Mike Redmond has been fired as manager of the Miami Marlins, a team off to a disappointing 16-22 start after an aggressive offseason. Sunday’s announcement came shortly after the Marlins were nearly no-hit by Atlanta’s Shelby Miller. Justin Bour singled with two outs in the ninth inning of a 6-0 loss that completed a three-game sweep. Redmond’s replacement will be announced Monday. Bench coach Rob Leary also was fired.

Federal judge will hear case of Florida woman who fled to avoid son’s circumcision

The case of a Florida woman who fled to avoid her son’s circumcision is entering a federal courtroom for the first time on Monday. Thirty-one-year-old Heather Hironimus was arrested Thursday in the long-running dispute over the removal of her 4-year-old child’s foreskin. She went missing with the boy nearly three months ago and ignored a judge’s warnings that if she didn’t appear in court and give consent for the circumcision to proceed, she faced jail.

Florida’s citrus mascot to star in new animated series

The Florida Department of Citrus announced last week plans to turn its comic hero Captain Citrus into a series of web-based short videos. The agency has paid Marvel Comics $1 million to create Captain Citrus in hopes of bolstering orange juice’s reputation as a healthy and wholesome drink. Captain Citrus will be voiced by a fifth-generation citrus grower, 24-year-old Christian Spinosa.

Divers to remove thousands of tires from failed coral reef project

State environmental officials are undertaking a massive two-year project to remove 90,000 tires from the bottom of the ocean floor in Fort Lauderdale. The failed 1970s tire reef project off Hugh Taylor Birch State Park was an attempt dispose of tires in an environmentally friendly way. But few corals grew and the tire bundles broke apart and drifted onto the natural reefs and kill coral. The 2-year $1.6 million project started last week.

3 killed, 2 injured in rollover crash in Ocala National Forest

Three people were killed and two teenagers are in critical condition after a crash in the Ocala National Forest. Marion County Fire Rescue officials said an SUV rolled over early Sunday morning, ejecting all five occupants. A 40-year-old woman and man and a 14-year-old girl were pronounced dead at the scene. Two teen girls were flown to the hospital where they are listed in critical condition.

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