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Parents turn to Uber to shuttle kids. But it's not allowed.

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:50:00 PDT

Teenager Emily Lieber needed a ride home from the bus stop, so she did what her parents might do: She called Uber.

When the driver showed up, he told the Hollywood teen, then 13, that she was too young to ride. So she called another Uber. And off she went.

Emily is one of many teens who are turning...


Florida on alert for disturbances behind Tropical Storm Harvey

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:45:00 PDT

Forecasters are watching two disturbances behind Tropical Storm Harvey — but the chances of the first one forming into a storm dropped slightly Friday afternoon.

Tropical Storm Harvey looks to be taking a path south of the state.

The first disturbance following Harvey is about 500 miles east northeast...


Tweet from 'Unite the Right' organizer insults slain protester Heather Heyer: 'Fat, disgusting Communist'

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:45:00 PDT

A tweet from the account of the far-right activist who organized the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally insulted the protester who was killed at the event, saying late Friday night that her death was “payback time.”

"Heather Heyer was a fat, disgusting Communist," said the tweet on the account...


Verdict from Judge Judy: Cousin Bruce Sherman perfect fit as Marlins owner

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:05:00 PDT

Everyone who follows baseball is familiar with Derek Jeter, the popular face of the group with an agreement pending to purchase the Miami Marlins.

Jeter’s primary partner, Bruce Sherman, is the mystery man in the deal. But not to Judy Sheindlin, known to millions of TV viewers as Judge Judy and...


No solar specs? Grab that colander! Five wacky ways to watch the Great American Eclipse

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:50:00 PDT

Don't have solar specs to watch Monday's Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21?

Join the crowd. Protective eye wear is proving to be a hot commodity. Stores and online outlets are sold out.

Don't bark at the moon. Instead, grab a colander or cereal box to make your own viewing equipment to safely watch...


Modern updates bring 83-year-old Miami Beach home into the present

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:00:00 PDT

Over its 83-year existence, a Mediterranean-styled estate in Miami Beach has undergone updates and renovations – putting new life into the two-story home, yet retaining its Old World charm.

Built along the Intracoastal Waterway and situated on a 37,100-square-foot lot, this nine bedroom, 11 bathroom...


Broward Boulevard overhaul: Here's what to expect

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Drivers using Broward Boulevard to head to work, the performing arts center or the beach are in for a bumpy ride over the next year.

Expect more detours, lane closures and slow-moving traffic until the $16 million makeover that began last fall is completed by next summer. The construction of a...


Millions in taxpayer dollars used to settle shootings by deputies

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:45:00 PDT

Shootings by Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies are costing taxpayers more money, with the tally reaching $6 million since the start of 2016, according to a Sun Sentinel review.

In the past 18 months, five cases have been settled for more than $300,000, the previous highest payout for such claims...


2 Kissimmee Police officers shot: 1 dead, another not expected to survive

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:10:00 PDT

One officer was killed and another was gravely injured Friday night in a shooting that the Kissimmee Police chief said might have been an ambush in McLaren Circle.

Police Chief Jeff O’Dell reported Officer Matthew Baxter was killed and Sgt. Sam Howard was shot and is in grave condition. The uniformed...


Teen found guilty of murdering aspiring pastry chef

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:55:00 PDT

The confession D’Marcus Tucker gave to detectives was not coerced and his DNA, found on the victim’s comforter, was not misidentified, a jury decided Friday as they found the teen guilty as charged of first degree murder, burglary and petty theft.

Tucker, 18, now faces a maximum sentence of life...


Road-rage shooting on I-95 leads to arrest, troopers say

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:20:00 PDT

A Jupiter man was arrested early Friday after bullets flew on Interstate 95 in what state troopers say was road rage.

Michael Allen Shepherd, 49, shot at another motorists and hit the pickup’s door, said Sgt. Mark Wysocky, of the Florida Highway Patrol.

Shepherd was taken into custody in West Palm...


Cash is no longer king for South Florida homebuyers

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Cash deals are by no means dead, but they aren’t dominating the South Florida housing market the way they once did.

Sales without mortgages are happening less frequently as investors flee and traditional buyers gain easier access to financing, industry observers say.

In the second quarter, 46 percent...


For homeless, a shower offers dignity, hope of a clean start

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:20:00 PDT

Can a shower and a bar of soap change a life?

Perhaps not.

But for thousands of homeless men and women in South Florida, that shower can at least provide a sense of dignity that can be critical to survival on the street.

“I felt like I was in heaven,” said Peggy O’Neal, her blonde hair dripping as...


Rare Dragon Blood tree must come down, Fort Lauderdale told

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:20:00 PDT

It’s mystical, medicinal and beloved — and likely the only one of its kind in South Florida.

The end is seemingly near for a venerable dragon blood tree in downtown Fort Lauderdale, across from city hall.

The distinct tree’s origins are in Yemen but the city’s stately specimen stands on a grassy...


Trump ousts chief strategist Steve Bannon, who returns to helm at Breitbart News

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:36:00 PDT

Steve Bannon, the blunt-spoken and divisive strategist who rose from Donald Trump's conservative campaign to a top White House post, was pushed out by the president Friday, capping a turbulent seven months marked by the departure of much of Trump's original senior staff.

A favorite in the farther-right...


Got a flat cycling around Miami Beach? Try new, free bike repair station

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:55:00 PDT

Cyclists who suddenly get a flat tire as they’re riding around Miami Beach now have a repair station at their disposal.

The city has installed a bike repair station pilot program at 11th Street and Washington Avenue by the Miami Beach Police Department. The new station, which was installed in mid-July,...


Fatal crash ties up traffic on 14th Street Causeway in Pompano Beach

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:10:00 PDT

Motorists are advised to avoid the Northeast 14th Street Causeway in Pompano Beach because of a fatal two-vehicle crash, authorities said.

The crash happened about 7 p.m. in the 2700 block, said Gina Carter, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

One driver was rushed to a hospital and the...


Sober-home taskforce has now arrested 32 in crackdown

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:40:00 PDT

A Palm Beach County taskforce has arrested four people this month in a crackdown on unscrupulous practices in the drug recovery industry, bringing the total to 32 arrests.

Steven Johnson, 45, and his wife Melissa Johnson, 36, both from Palm Springs, were arrested Monday and charged with patient...


Man shot in Sunrise roadway, police say

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:20:00 PDT

A man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds was found in a Sunrise roadway Friday night, authorities said.

Paramedics were called to the 2100 block of Northwest 64th Avenue at 9:15 p.m., said Officer Michelle Eddy, a police spokeswoman.

The man is possibly in his early 30s. Rescuers performed CPR...


Medical marijuana shops won voters' approval. Some cities still ban them.

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:15:00 PDT

Relief from pain may not be around the corner for those seeking pain relief with marijuana. Never mind that nearly three-fourths of Florida’s voters agreed pot should be legal for medical use.

At least six South Florida cities have banned, or plan to ban, the dispensaries where legal marijuana can...


Suspected thief tosses $2,440 and debit cards as police chase him, cops say

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:00:00 PDT

When a SunTrust bank employee saw a man dipping multiple debit cards into an ATM and getting cash, he became suspicious and called police, authorities said.

After a foot chase during which Alexander Iracahe tossed $2,440 and a dozen debit cards into bushes and on top of a storm drain, Hallandale...


Police search for Jeep Liberty involved in deadly hit-and-run

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:10:00 PDT

Authorities believe the vehicle that hit and killed a 56-year-old man and fled the Lauderdale Lakes scene was a Jeep Liberty.

It was likely a 2002 through 2007 model and should have front-end damage, said Keyla Concepcion, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Anthony Presley was trying...


Palm Beach County Republicans stand by Trump's handling of Charlottesville

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:45:00 PDT

Leading Republicans around the country, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, have been critical of President Donald Trump’s response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., but there weren’t any hints of dissatisfaction with the president at the party’s premier annual summer South Florida event.


President's arts advisers — including Coral Springs lawyer — resign over Charlottesville comments

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:30:00 PDT

The presidential committee on the arts and humanities – including Andrew Weinstein of Coral Springs – resigned en masse Friday in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s handling of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va.

Weinstein, like the others who resigned, were holdover appointees...


Pedestrian killed after stepping into traffic on Oakland Park Boulevard police say

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:20:00 PDT

A man walking along Oakland Park Boulevard last month stepped off the sidewalk directly into the path of a Jeep Wrangler, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Jose Fontanez-Ayala, 61, of Oakland Park, was hit just after 11 p.m. July 13 and was pronounced dead a half hour later at Broward Health...