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Jury could get case against 3 charged in FAMU hazing death
Prosecutors are close to wrapping their case against three former band members charged with manslaughter and hazing in the death of a Florida A&M University drum major. State attorney Jeff Ashton says he expects to call his final witness – the medical examiner that performed the autopsy on 26-year-old Robert Champion- and rest his case Thursday morning. Champion, of Decatur, Georgia, collapsed and died following a brutal hazing ritual aboard a parked bus after a football game in November 2011.
Orlando to host huge Latino expo in 2016
Orlando will be hosting one of the largest gatherings of Latino leaders next year. The National Council of La Raza said Wednesday it had chosen Orlando for its annual conference in 2016. La Raza officials say Orlando was picked because it has one of the fastest-growing Latino communities in the nation and is located in the nation’s largest swing state, when it comes to presidential politics.
Feds to review Tampa police bicycle laws
The U.S. Department of Justice will review the Tampa Police Department’s enforcement of bicycle laws after a newspaper investigation found 79 percent of the agency’s bike tickets go to black residents. The Tampa Bay Times investigation published showed that Tampa police issue more bicycle tickets than any other agency in Florida, including those in Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando combined.
Officials investigate hazing rumor in the student’s drowning
Bethune-Cookman University is investigating the death of a student to determine whether hazing could have been involved. University spokeswoman Keisha Boyd told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that officials have heard “rumors” that hazing could have been involved with the drowning of 22-year-old Damian Parks. Students who were with Parks say he was pulled out to sea by a strong current. His body washed up on the sand Monday morning. Parks was reported missing after going swimming with friends at 3 a.m. Sunday.
Cruise line to offer free drinks on Miami-based ship
Norwegian Cruise Line is offering free booze to attract more customers on short cruises out of Miami. The cruise line says it will include wine, beer, spirits and soda up to $11 in the cost of the fare on Norwegian Sky starting in January. The ship sails from Miami on three-and four-day cruises. The Miami Herald reports the company slightly raised the base price of cruises on the 2,204-passenger ship for next year, but not as much as it would cost to buy a drinks package on other cruise lines. Those packages typically run about $50 a day per person.