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Deployed soldier comes home to surprise his wife at her graduation

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:00:00 PST

Selena Gomes thought her Army paratrooper husband was miles away in Germany and would miss her graduation.

It was her big moment: She’s the first college grad in her family.

But as the 21-year-old stood before the crowd Friday at Florida Atlantic University, President John Kelly stopped the ceremony.


Cruise ship bound for Port Everglades stricken with a stomach virus

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:40:00 PST

A stomach virus has stricken more than 200 passengers and crew aboard a cruise ship scheduled to dock at Port Everglades early Saturday morning.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited’s ship Independence of the Seas left the port Dec. 11 for a five-night Caribbean cruise.

During the week 220 cases of...


A city tried to shut down this massive Christmas display. But there's no stopping its comeback

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:45:00 PST

The sparkle is back in Mark Hyatt’s yard, and it’s brighter than ever.

His family’s massive Christmas display lights the night with a seemingly infinite number of bulbs, and this time, there even are LED lights for extra pizazz.

The Plantation attraction — one of South Florida’s most controversial...


Rubio caves on Florida-hostile tax bill | Editorial

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:15:00 PST

How bad is the Republican tax bill? So bad that Sen. Marco Rubio had to beg for crumbs that would go to middle- and lower-income Americans.

Rubio wanted a larger increase in the child tax credit. He wanted more of the credit to be refundable against payroll taxes — Social Security and Medicare...


Adventurer aims to sail into the record books

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:25:00 PST

When Nick Ziegler got the taste for adventure, there was no turning back. Now the 30-year-old aims to travel 56 miles across the Gulf Stream — on a hydrofoil kiteboard.

And Ziegler hopes his epic journey will end up in Guinness World Records.

He’s going to be setting off from North Ocean Park,...


Save thousands on used luxury cars at Off Lease Only, now with new Broward County location | Doreen's Deals

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:00:00 PST

A couple years ago, I bought a used Lexus ES 350.

I financed the 11-month-old luxury sedan through my credit union. When I stopped in to sign the paperwork, the loan officer asked me where the car was purchased because the insurance valuation far exceeded what I had paid. If I wrecked the car,...


Middle school isn't working. Here's how South Florida is fixing it.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:50:00 PST

South Florida students may soon attend a new type of middle school, where they learn job skills, take more electives and get less homework.

Middle school serves students in grades six to eight — the time when students are least engaged and parents are the least satisfied, school officials say....


More questions for Broward judge who admitted appearance of favoritism

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

There may be more trouble ahead for Broward County Judge Claudia Robinson, who agreed late last month to a 30-day suspension over accusations that she steered official work to a civil mediator who worked as an unpaid adviser on her 2014 political campaign.

The state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission,...


American Dream mega-mall on the way with no solutions for Broward traffic

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:35:00 PST

A mega-mall has been in planning for more than two years and still offers no solution to the traffic that could clog Broward’s roads.

Frustrated and concerned, Broward County officials have hired a traffic expert to see whether the developers underestimated the number of cars that would stream...


Deputy collapses in jail parking lot

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:10:00 PST

An on-duty Broward sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized after collapsing Friday afternoon, authorities said.

“We had a deputy that went into cardiac arrest in the parking lot right at the Main Jail,” said Gina Carter, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened about 2 p.m....


Pedestrian, 70, killed crossing road in Deerfield

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:00:00 PST

A 70-year-old Jacksonville man was hit by a car and killed late Wednesday night in Deerfield Beach, authorities said.

Sergey Nazarov was crossing Powerline Road in the 4300 block, a few blocks north of West Sample Road, shortly before 11 p.m., said Keyla Concepcion, a spokeswoman for the Broward...


Man who hid roommate's body in wall gets life sentence

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:50:00 PST

A Broward judge sentenced Charles Moninger on Friday to life in prison after he was convicted this week of murdering his roommate, Julianne Berger, in 2004.

“We have nothing that can be done or said to make life better for the Bergers,” said defense lawyer Arthur Marchetta. “The saddest thing is...


Jury acquits West Palm man, 76, on charges he raped child 27 years ago

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:05:00 PST

It took only two hours for a Palm Beach County jury on Friday to return a not guilty verdict for a 76-year-old man who was accused of raping a 4-year-old girl 27 years ago.

John Joseph Sheehan, who was arrested early last year following a long-delayed investigation, walked out of the courthouse...


Do people get justice when judges and lawyers are Facebook friends?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:30:00 PST

When the judge is Facebook friends with your prosecutor or the other guy’s lawyer, should you worry?

This question of whether relationships on social networks run afoul of judicial ethics is now before the state Supreme Court.

“How would it make you feel if you had a case in front of a judge where...


Report: Profits for Broward's two public hospital systems going opposite ways

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:35:00 PST

Broward County’s two publicly owned hospital systems continued to move in opposite financial directions in 2016, with net income of troubled Broward Health dropping to $15.9 million, while Memorial Healthcare posted a $226 million profit — $85 million more than in 2014.

Those results, along with...


Former Palm Beach State College President Edward Eissey dies at 89

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:40:00 PST

Former Palm Beach State College President Edward Eissey shepherded the county’s largest institution of higher learning from a junior college to a community college, expanding its campuses, staff, student body and curriculum.

Eissey died Thursday. He was 89.

Just about anyone connected with the...


DEA warns of deadly contaminated cocaine in South Florida

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:45:00 PST

As if cocaine wasn’t deadly enough, federal authorities warned Friday that powerful, synthetic opioids are contaminating South Florida’s cocaine supply.

Forensic chemists discovered opioid-laced cocaine in more than 180 samples seized by law enforcement over the last two years, according to the...


Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach is taking its amenities to new heights — literally

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:45:00 PST

Imagine bypassing rush-hour traffic in a private helicopter and getting to the airport in less than 10 minutes.

The Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach will be offering that opportunity, and more, to its residents.

From the Residences, owners will take a short ride on the property’s house yacht...


Who's been visiting Trump at Mar-a-Lago? It's a secret.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:25:00 PST

President Trump is expected to head to his Winter White House in Palm Beach for the holidays, but records showing who will be rubbing elbows with the First Family at his Mar-a-Lago Club aren’t available to the public.

The Trump administration has swatted down attempts by government watchdog groups...


Man confronts knife-wielding car burglar in Walmart parking lot

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:40:00 PST

The man peering into car windows and trying door handles caught the attention of Miguel Angel Leon, who suspected he had spotted a holiday season Grinch in action trying to burglarize cars.

Leon was sitting in his car at a Walmart Tamarac, waiting for his wife who had run into the store to buy...


FIU to suspend fraternity activities after student deaths nationwide

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:05:00 PST

With the new year, all Greek life activities will be suspended at Florida International University for at least a month, the school’s president announced Friday.

“This decision is a consequence of growing concerns about the state of fraternity and sorority life at FIU, as well as around the nation,...


600 come to Fort Lauderdale to work on climate change

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:20:00 PST

About 600 government officials, environmental leaders and business executives gathered in Fort Lauderdale this week to discuss how to fight sea-level rise and other effects of the warming climate.

The meeting took place at the Broward County Convention Center, just yards from the upward creeping...


Hotel taxes — not just for tourism anymore?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:20:00 PST

Tourist tax dollars could pay for roads, sewers and other projects under a bill being debated in the Florida Legislature.

Currently, taxes on hotel rooms must go to tourism marketing or projects directly related to attracting tourists, such as beach renourishment or facilities such as aquariums...


AIM, aka AOL Instant Messenger, dead at 20

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:50:00 PST


AOL's Instant Messenger service was finally erased from the internet on Friday after the company made the announcement in October that Dec. 15 would be the chat platform's last day on earth.

Long gone are the days where parents would mandate time limits on teens' internet usage as you messaged...


Congressional candidate accuses elections chief of wrongly destroying 2016 ballots

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:20:00 PST

Congressional candidate Tim Canova said Friday that Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes wrongly destroyed ballots from the August 2016 primary while his court case seeking to review them was pending.

Records from the election, which Canova lost, aren’t entirely gone. Snipes’ office made...