5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 27

ATTORNEY: SHOOTING VICTIM SAYS DEPUTY USED EXCESSIVE FORCE

Attorney Jack Scarola told a jury of six women and two men that Palm Beach County deputy Adams Lin violated Dontrell Stephens’ civil rights when he shot him four times in September 2013 in a confrontation that was partially recorded by the dashboard camera in Lin’s patrol car. Stephens is suing Lin in hopes of winning over $5 million to cover his medical costs and for compensation for physical and mental suffering, Scarola said.

FLORIDA MAY PAY FOR BURIALS OF STUDENTS WHO DIED AT SCHOOL

House and Senate committees on Tuesday voted unanimously for bills ordering state officials to preserve any records, artifacts or remains that were found on the site of a Panhandle school.

61 PYTHONS CAUGHT SO FAR IN FLORIDA’S ‘PYTHON CHALLENGE’

Cool temperatures and more training for hunters may be helping. The monthlong “Python Challenge” ends Feb. 14. The last public hunt for pythons on state lands, in 2013, netted 68 of the snakes, the longest measuring over 14 feet.

SAFE FOUND IN DEBRIS OF MANSION ONCE OWNED BY PABLO ESCOBAR

Demolition began last week on the waterfront property now owned by Chicken Kitchen founder Christian de Berdouare. On Monday, excavators found the metal safe as they knocked down the last walls.

GET MOVING? FLORIDA SCHOOLS MAY BE REQUIRED TO HAVE RECESS

A House panel on Tuesday voted unanimously for a bill that would require elementary schools to set aside 20 minutes each day for “free play recess.” Schools could not withhold recess for academic reasons or to punish students.

 

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