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Five Things to Know in Florida for Apr. 1

Five Things to Know in Florida for Apr. 1

JUDGE SAYS CREAMERY’S ALL-NATURAL SKIM MILK ISN’T SKIM MILK The Ocheesee Creamery sued the state after it issued an order to call its product “imitation skim milk” because it doesn’t add vitamins after cream is removed from whole milk. A federal Judge ruled in favor of the Department of Agriculture on Wednesday, saying the creamery […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 9

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 9

TECHNICIAN TESTIFIES ABOUT CAMERA IN HULK HOGAN CASE David Rice testified that someone needed to manually push a button to make a recording with the camera. Hogan is suing Gawker for posting an edited version of a sex tape of him and Clem’s wife, taken in Clem’s bedroom. BILL REQUIRES ARREST BEFORE POLICE CAN SEIZE […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 8

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 8

HULK HOGAN SAYS HE WAS ‘COMPLETELY HUMILIATED’ BY SEX VIDEO Testifying in his privacy lawsuit against the Gawker website, Hogan said he didn’t authorize the tape to be made or authorize Gawker to publish it. Hogan said when he realized that his best friend, radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, was involved in making […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 4

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 4

TAMPA LOOKS AT CIVIL FINES FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION The city council voted 6-1 in favor of the move Thursday. The ordinance will have to make it through a second hearing March 17 before it goes to Mayor Bob Buckhorn for his signature. NEW ABORTION RESTRICTIONS CLOSER TO BECOMING LAW IN FLORIDA The state House passed […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 3

DETECTIVES: FAKE TEEN DOCTOR STOLE $34,000 FROM PATIENT A judge ordered a teenager accused of being a fake doctor to take a mental health exam. Judge Joseph Marx ordered Wednesday that 18-year-old Malachi Love-Robinson could be released provided he undergoes the examination by Friday. EXECUTION DELAYED WHILE LAWMAKERS WORK TO FIX SYSTEM The Florida Supreme […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 2

TRIAL BETWEEN HULK HOGAN, GAWKER OVER SEX TAPE SET TO BEGIN The trial will open Tuesday in Florida. The ex-wrestler, whose legal name is Terry Bollea, sued Gawker after it published parts of a sex video in 2012. He seeks $100 million from Gawker for posting the video of him and Heather Cole, the ex-wife […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 1

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 1

FLORIDA OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS CUSTODY FOR DOCTOR’S CHILDREN Officials with the Florida Department of Children and Families are meeting to discuss a temporary custody solution for the daughters of slain Bonita Springs doctor Teresa Sievers after her husband was arrested in connection with her death. Sievers’ husband, Mark, was arrested Friday. On Saturday, a Lee […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 26

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 26

GRAND JURY QUESTIONS ARISE IN FLORIDA DEPUTY SHOOTING CASE Defense attorney Eric Schwartzreich said at a hearing Thursday that one grand juror might have been biased against Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Peter Peraza because his daughter was facing drunken-driving charges. A judge, however, agreed with prosecutors that the juror should not have to testify about […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 17

CAPTAIN OF THE DOOMED FREIGHTER EL FARO EMAILED HIS SUPERIORS ASKING ABOUT CHANGING THE ROUTE HOME The email from Michael Davidson asked whether he could take a slower route home from Puerto Rico. The El Faro sank Oct. 1 while sailing from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico, killing all 33 aboard. Investigators are seeking answers about […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 9

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 9

WEATHER FORECAST CALLED FOR STORM-FORCE WINDS The National Weather Service says its Ocean Prediction Center was alerting for a strong storm four days in advance of a cruise ship running into trouble in the Atlantic. Weather service spokeswoman Susan Buchanan says the forecast for the Hatteras Canyon to Cape Fear area called for storm-force winds […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 8

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 8

POLICE INVESTIGATE MASS SHOOTING AT FLORIDA NIGHTCLUBS A shooting erupted inside a nightclub packed with hundreds of people in Orlando’s tourist district early Sunday, killing two people and injuring 10 others. Early Saturday, a shooting broke out at a Tampa strip club, killing two and injuring at least seven people. STATE GOP LAWMAKERS BACK LGBT […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 5

FLORIDA, VULNERABLE TO ZIKA VIRUS, GETS READY FOR FIGHT Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state has three new cases of Zika and he’s adding a fifth county to his health emergency declaration. Scott said Thursday at a news conference in Tampa that the 12 cases in Florida are all from people who became infected […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 4

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 4

2ND DAY IN RESENTENCE HEARING FOR CONVICTED CHILD KILLER Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Schlesinger will hear expert testimony and evidence Thursday in the case of Michael Hernandez, now 26. Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 2004 slaying of 14-year-old Jaime Gough. FLORIDA GOVERNOR, SURGEON GENERAL TO DISCUSS ZIKA READINESS The […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 1

5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 1

SHERIFF’S DEPUTY AND THE UNARMED BLACK MAN HE SHOT AND PARALYZED ARE BOTH EXPECTED TO BE CROSS-EXAMINED IN A FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT Two interruptions due to 22-year-old Dontrell Stephens’ chronic pain have delayed the completion of his cross-examination until Monday. Meanwhile, Palm Beach County Deputy Adams Lin has testified that Stephens flashed a dark […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 27

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 […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 26

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 26

COAST GUARD RESCUES 13 FROM SINKING SHIP The Coast Guard responded Monday night after getting a call that a yacht was taking on water off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. The boat will be towed to shore. LAWSUIT AGAINST DEPUTY WHO SHOT UNARMED MAN SET TO BEGIN Opening statements are scheduled Tuesday in the federal lawsuit filed by 22-year-old […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 25

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 25

TRIAL SET TO OPEN IN LAWSUIT FILED BY MAN SHOT BY DEPUTY Opening statements are expected in the federal lawsuit filed by a young black man who was unarmed when he was shot and left paralyzed by a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy. DEPUTY CRASHES INTO CAR ON INTERSTATE 95 The Broward Sheriff’s deputy was […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 13

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 13

NEW TRIAL FOR WOMAN ACCUSED OF LURING EX TO HIS DEATH IS UNDERWAY IN OCALA Nineteen-year-old Amber Wright is among a group charged in the killing of 15-year-old Seath Jackson in 2011. Prosecutors say Wright lured Jackson to a house where he was beaten and shot multiple times. His body was then burned in backyard […]