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Get all the latest blog entries about the University of Miami Hurricanes from Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Last Build Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:47:44 -0400

Copyright: ©2017 Sun Sentinel

CEO of South Florida investment firm accused of operating fraud schemes

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:00 PDT

The former CEO of a Fort Lauderdale investment firm and other companies master-minded a 12-year scheme that bilked 150 people nationwide out of $19 million after convincing them to invest in diamonds, insurance, and self-storage units, federal authorities said Monday.

Daniel Joseph Touizer, a dual...


Keys in a hurry to reopen to tourists

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:45:00 PDT

Florida Keys tourism officials said Monday they will meet Gov. Rick Scott's Oct. 1 deadline to reopen to visitors after Hurricane Irma pounded Monroe County.

The announcement, which came shortly before the governor was scheduled to meet with Monroe County officials in Marathon, followed the first...


Time-lapse shows Hurricane Irma's eerily still eye amid wind gusts

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:35:00 PDT

A dramatic time-lapse video in Naples shows Hurricane Irma’s winds buffeting a house with winds in one direction, then another, with a calm intermission as the storm’s eye passed over the neighborhood.

Ryan Potter set the camera up to capture footage of the hurricane before evacuating with his...


Trump ignores Puerto Rico's devastation to tweet about the NFL

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:05:00 PDT

"Puerto Rico is a fantastic place and deserves the best, which is what we will deliver. Every detail will be important to me."

If only.

President Donald Trump said this about his failed golf course in Puerto Rico back in 2008, when he promised that his brand would revive a troubled resort and help...


Hot, isolated, and running out of supplies, parts of Puerto Rico near desperation

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:35:00 PDT

In the heat and humidity here in the central mountains, Meryanne Aldea fanned her bedridden mother with a piece of cardboard Sunday as the ailing woman lay on her side, relieving a large ulcer in her back.

The 63-year-old mother, Maria Dolores Hernandez, had cotton stuffed in her ears to keep flies...


Toll suspension cost state $3 million per day

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:40:00 PDT

More than $45 million in revenue is believed to have been lost when the state suspended highway toll collections to help speed evacuations and relief efforts for Hurricane Irma, Florida's Turnpike system estimates.

However, the estimated $3 million-a-day impact is not expected to hinder operations...


Jose Fernandez tributes: Marlins and others remember late pitcher on first anniversary of his death

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:53:00 PDT

Monday marks one year since Jose Fernandez died in an early-morning boat crash. Those who knew him - and many who didn't - paid tribute to the Miami Marlins' late ace with social-media posts of photos, videos and plenty of heartfelt words to mark the first anniversary of his death.(image)

Lawyers for murder-for-hire plotting woman fight to block sanctions

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:00:00 PDT

They prosecuted Dalia Dippolito for eight years and three trials in the infamous murder-for-hire plot case. Now the state wants something else: $1,200 from Dippolito’s attorneys.

The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office on Monday asked the trial judge to order the defense lawyers to pay the...


Senator questions why Gov. Scott deleted nursing home voicemails

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:00:00 PDT

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s staff might have broken the law when it deleted voicemails left by workers at a Hollywood nursing home where 11 residents died after Hurricane Irma, a South Florida lawmaker says.

Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, who represents the district that includes the Rehabilitation...


AAA: Post-Irma gas price decline will take another 'few weeks'

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:00 PDT

Gasoline prices shot up 40 cents to 50 cents seemingly overnight between hurricanes Harvey and Irma in early September.

So of course with impacts from those two storms fading, wholesalers and retailers are going to take their sweet time bringing those prices back down again.

Travel club AAA says...


Wilton Manors tax, utility bills are rising

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:55:00 PDT

Property owners in Wilton Manors will see a few of their bills rise this year, if commissioners stick to their plans when they vote Monday night.

Property taxes, water-sewer, fire service and drainage fees all are expected to rise.

Commissioners meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall to vote on a...


$50 million gift enables NSU to expand med school to Tampa

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:05:00 PDT

Nova Southeastern University plans to expand its medical school into the Tampa Bay region, with the help of a $50 million donation that will also increase scholarships for students pursuing careers in healthcare.

The donation, from Tampa cardiologist Kiran Patel and his wife, pediatrician Pallavi...


Coral Springs driver dies after collision with tractor-trailer

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:25:00 PDT

A 28-year-old Coral Springs man died before dawn Monday when he drove into the back of a tractor-trailer on West Atlantic Boulevard, police said.

James Vieira died at the scene of the 4 a.m. crash in Pompano Beach, said Joy Oglesby, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Vieira was driving...


Hyde: Time for Heat to show why Pat Riley brought roster back | Commentary

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:00:00 PDT

Here’s a really good question to ask the Miami Heat as they start training camp with as many players from last year as any team in the NBA:

If they’re the 30-11 team that finished last season, won’t we see it immediately?

The Heat went out and bought one good player and good roster fit in Kelly...


Violence in U.S. rises for second straight year

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:50:00 PDT

Violent crime in America rose for the second straight year in 2016, but remained near historically low levels, according to FBI data released Monday.

The Trump administration immediately seized on the figures as proof that the nation is in the midst of a dangerous crime wave that warrants a return...


Boo! AT&T customer told Internet won't be restored until Oct. 31

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:20:00 PDT

It’s not even October yet, but a Dania Beach man waiting for restoration of his internet service says AT&T hurled the customer-service equivalent of a dozen rotten eggs at him on Sunday.

Thirteen days after losing his U-verse service during Hurricane Irma, Larry Linet called the company and got...


Review: Fat Boyz Barbecue in Deerfield Beach is a hit with the masses but not with me

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:25:00 PDT

Two stars for Fat Boyz Barbecue, a successful food truck that went brick and mortar in a cozy red caboose in February 2017 but where the food needs work.(image)

Key Antarctic glacier just lost a piece of ice four times the size of Manhattan

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:01:00 PDT

An enormous Antarctic glacier has given up an iceberg over 100 square miles in size, the second time in two years it has lost such a large piece in a process that has scientists wondering if its behavior is changing for the worse.

The Pine Island Glacier is one of the largest in West Antarctica,...


North Korea's top diplomat says Trump has 'declared war' on his country

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:05:00 PDT

North Korea's top diplomat said Monday that a weekend tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump was a "declaration of war" and North Korea has the right to retaliate by shooting down U.S. bombers, even in international airspace.

It was the latest escalation in a week of undiplomatic exchanges between...


'I certainly disagree with what he said': Tom Brady finally takes issue with Donald Trump

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:56:00 PDT

When the time came for the national anthem Sunday, one of the biggest questions of the day concerned New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Would Brady, who stood by his friendship with Donald Trump throughout the presidential campaign with maddeningly vague answers, take a knee in solidarity...


The post-Irma blame game

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:51:00 PDT

As the nation faces a dire and deepening crisis in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, we're continuing to look at the response to Hurricane Irma here in Florida.  Florida Plunder and Loot: Ol' FPL took it on the chin as it tried to restore power after Hurricane Irma. And the Sun Sentinel's...(image)

Trump tries to score political points by insulting football players | Opinion

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:35:00 PDT

Insulting hundreds of professional football players and their mothers seems like a bad idea, even for a guy with Secret Service protection.

But for President Donald Trump, who insulted his way to the White House, it’s just another controversy he can stoke to fuel his political muscle.

Trump scored...


Aerial mosquito spraying scheduled for early Tuesday

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:45:00 PDT

People living in parts of Davie and Cooper City may hear a low-flying plane over their homes early Tuesday as the county is scheduled to conduct aerial spraying for mosquitoes.

Weather permitting, the spraying will happen between 4 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., officials with Broward County’s Mosquito Control...


Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting with 15-year-old girl

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:34:00 PDT

Anthony Weiner's sexting compulsion cost him his seat in Congress, his shot at becoming New York mayor and his marriage, and may have even denied Hillary Clinton the presidency. On Monday, it cost him his freedom.

Weiner, 53, dropped his head into his hands and wept as a federal judge sentenced...


Shark bite off Lake Worth sends surfer to hospital

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:55:00 PDT

A shark bit a male surfer off Lake Worth beach on Sunday, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said.

He was bitten in the arm just before 2 p.m., a Fire Rescue official said.

The man, who was not identified, was treated by lifeguards before being taken to a hospital.

Zachary Johnson, of Boynton Beach, said...