Five Things to Know in Florida for Apr. 5

SCIENTISTS BEMOAN SEAWORLD DECISION TO STOP BREEDING ORCAS

They say they will gradually lose vital opportunities to learn things that could help killer whales in the wild. SeaWorld’s 29 captive orcas in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio will remain on display for perhaps decades to come and will be available in the meantime for study by outside scientists.

US JUDGE OKS $20 BILLION SETTLEMENT FROM 2010 BP OIL SPILL

The settlement, first announced in July, includes $5.5 billion in civil Clean Water Act penalties and billions more to cover environmental damage and other claims by the five Gulf states and local governments. The money is to be paid out over a 16-year period.

BUSINESSMAN CARLOS BERUFF RELEASES HIS FIRST TV AD IN FLORIDA SENATE RACE

The ad called “Forget Them” will begin airing statewide on Wednesday and will highlight his outsider status. Beruff says in the ad that Washington politicians are useless and are “screwing up” the country. He says his opponents are simply looking for a promotion and he isn’t a politician, but rather a businessman running for Senate.

1 FATALLY SHOT, 2 INJURED DURING ROBBERY AT SOCCER FIELD

The shooting happened late Sunday near a field in Boynton Beach where the victims had been playing soccer. Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said in a news release that Miguel Figueroa is charged with felony murder and robbery with a firearm. Investigators are looking for another suspect. One man died at the scene. The others were treated for their injuries.

UNDERWATER ART EXHIBITION DEBUTS ON FLORIDA KEYS REEF

On Sunday divers finished installing a dozen 3-foot-by-4.5-foot photo illustrations on the 523-foot Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg. The ship’s bottom lies 140 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. Created by Austrian art photographer Andreas Franke, the images are encased in plexiglass and mounted in stainless steel frames sealed with silicone.

 

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