Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Marco Rubio tells donors he is running for president
Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday took on Hillary Rodham Clinton in his first words as a presidential candidate, telling top donors he is running for the Republican nomination because the 2016 race for the White House should be about the future, not the past. The first-term Republican from Florida, 43, also told his most generous backers that he feels “uniquely qualified” to pitch his Republican Party as one that will defend the American Dream. Rubio spoke on a conference call with donors before a flashy political rally set for Monday night in Miami.
Harvard’s Julio Frenk is new University of Miami president
Julio Frenk was once the parallel to Donna Shalala, when he was just starting as Mexico’s Minister of Health and she was the outgoing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary. Their career paths are in sync once again. Frenk was selected Monday as the next President of the University of Miami, after approval by members of the school’s board of trustees. He will take office Sept. 1, three months after Shalala’s 14-year run at the school comes to an end. The 61-year-old Frenk comes to Miami from Harvard, where he’s been the Dean of the Faculty at its School of Public Health.
Official: Man killed in Lamborghini crash was track employee
A Lamborghini driven by a customer at an exotic-car racing attraction on Walt Disney World property crashed into a guardrail, killing a driving instructor who was in the passenger seat, a spokeswoman said Monday. Gary Terry was a senior operations manager at the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World, and he also was a professional driving instructor, said Lauren Swoboda, a spokeswoman for Petty Holdings LLC, which operated the attraction.
Artist Britto sues Apple, design firm over use of art
Artist Romero Britto is suing Apple Inc. and a design firm in Miami federal court, accusing them of misusing his color-splashed images and distinctive style in marketing campaigns. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from Cupertino, California-based Apple and the design duo Craig Redman of New York and Karl Maier of London. Britto’s lawsuit claims copyright infringement and unfair competition. Apple’s “Start Something New” marketing campaign was cited in the lawsuit as one recent example of misuse of Britto art.
Space Station run stalled by storm clouds
SpaceX will have to wait another day to deliver groceries and an espresso maker to the International Space Station. Fast-approaching storm clouds prevented the unmanned rocket from blasting off Monday afternoon. The company will try again Tuesday afternoon, but more bad weather is forecast. The odds of acceptable conditions are just 50-50.