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Gov. Scott signs marijuana amendment into law
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Friday to implement the medical marijuana amendment that Florida voters approved last year. Amendment 2, approved by 71 percent of the voters in November, took effect on Jan. 3 and required that laws had to be in place by July 3 for how patients...
Mosquitoes in crosshairs as South Florida steps up Zika fight
Soon after this month’s record rains fell, phone calls flooded South Florida mosquito-control programs seeking relief. The thousands of daily calls were a sign that residents haven’t forgotten last year’s Zika scare. The region’s wet season kicked off this month, and officials say they are doing...
Drug treatment centers lure troubled patients to South Florida
Drug users around the country are streaming to South Florida, lured by promises of recovery in a paradise of sunshine and palm trees. Many private treatment centers here are aggressively marketing in parts of the Northeast and Midwest ravaged by the opioid epidemic, law enforcement officials say....
Smokey cockpit forces flight to Lauderdale to make emergency landing
Smoke in the cockpit forced an emergency landing for a plane headed to Fort Lauderdale from New York on Friday morning, officials said. JetBlue flight 913 landed at 10:30 a.m. in Charleston, S.C. It initially took off from White Plains, N.Y., bound for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport....
Man critical after being found facedown in pool in Miramar
A man was rushed to a hospital in critical condition after he was found facedown in a clubhouse pool in Miramar on Friday evening, authorities said. “He had water in his lungs,” said Lt. Jose Gregorisch, spokesman for Miramar Fire Rescue. The call came in at 5:03 p.m. from Solano at Miramar Apartments,...
Jeb Bush joins Tagg Romney's bid for Marlins; Jorge Mas emerges as another bidder
Jeb Bush is still interested in buying the Miami Marlins and has partnered with Tagg Romney to make a bid that competes against Derek Jeter’s, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to the Sun Sentinel. The source also confirmed that prominent South Florida businessman Jorge Mas is...
Pines teen to appear on Fox's 'So You Think You Can Dance'
This Monday’s episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” is more than just a television show for Pembroke Pines dancer Koine Iwasaki. It is a realized dream. Ever since she watched the second season of the Fox series show 11 years ago, Iwasaki has worked hard — dancing almost seven days a week — hoping...
Lighthouse Point firehouse gets $90,000 makeover for TV show
Television cameras captured the renovation of Lighthouse Point’s firehouse during four days in June, when a production crew for the show “Designing Spaces” filmed an estimated $90,000 worth of improvements. Twenty-four firefighters, men and women, live and work at the house, at 3740 NE 22nd Ave....
Homeless families to get free hotel stays for up to 21 days in new program
A new taxpayer-funded program will give the homeless free hotel stays for up to 21 days, beginning next month. One-thousand rooms will be set aside over a three-month period at two Extended Stay America locations in Fort Lauderdale and Tamarac. They’ll be reserved for homeless families with children,...
State attorney investigating Fort Lauderdale commissioner McKinzie in campaign case
Accused of campaign misconduct, Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Robert McKinzie Jr. is under investigation by the Broward State Attorney’s Office, the agency confirmed this week. The case is “likely to go on for some time,” Broward State Attorney spokesman Ron Ishoy said. McKinzie, 55, president...
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