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Sports
8:28 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Baseball Suspends Alex Rodriguez For 211 Games

He's waiting to hear his fate: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
John Angelillo UPI /Landov

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 6:49 pm

(We most recently updated this post at 6:48 p.m. ET.)

New York Yankees' slugger Alex Rodriguez, one of baseball's brightest stars and its highest-paid player, will be suspended through the 2014 regular season because he violated parts of baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the league said today.

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Politics
3:31 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Florida House To Hold Hearing On 'Stand Your Ground'

A House subcommittee will look into the state's controversial "stand your ground" law, but its chairman said he doesn't intend to support any changes.

House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, has directed Criminal Justice Subcommittee Chairman Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, to hold a hearing on the law during a committee week this fall.

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People
7:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

How This Broward Woman Became A Hero On The 4th Of July

Jennifer Bruner

Jennifer Bruner spent her 4th of July much like the rest of us: celebrating with friends at a backyard barbecue. Little did she know how her life would change in a matter of seconds on that fateful evening.

"I went over to a friend's house for a barbecue on the 4th of July," Bruner recalls, "And my friends were out on the pier lighting fireworks. One firework tipped over when it was lit and it was supposed to shoot up, but it went sideways shooting at me and this little girl."

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Wall Street
6:24 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Former Goldman Trader Found Liable For Billion-Dollar Fraud

Former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre walks to a federal court in Manhattan with his attorneys Thursday. A jury found Tourre liable in a massive securities fraud case.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:59 pm

A federal jury in New York City has found that Fabrice Tourre, the former Goldman Sachs trader who regulators say caused investors to lose $1 billion, is liable in the mortgage securities fraud case filed against him by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Regulators say Tourre, 34, a native of France who was nicknamed "Fab" in his office, packaged toxic subprime mortgages into a collateralized debt obligation that was sold to investors under the name Abacus in 2007.

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Sports
5:41 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Reports: Major League Baseball Warns Players Union Of Suspensions

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees in the dugout of the team's minor league affiliate Charleston River Dogs during a July 2 game in Charleston, S.C.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 7:31 pm

According to several news reports, Major League Baseball has given the players union a list of those facing suspensions because of doping.

In truth, this is another pit stop in the long march toward what is rumored to be the suspension of some of baseball's A-listers. Of course, the biggest target is rumored to be Alex Rodriguez.

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Sports
5:34 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Is It Fair For Baseball To Reject Drugs But Embrace Surgery?

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers has been suspended for the rest of the 2013 season after violating Major League Baseball's drug policy.
Mike McGinnis Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:05 pm

Doping in sports is back in the news and you don't need to be a sports fan to have heard about it. The PBS Newshour devoted a segment to the recent disclosure that Tyson Gay, America's top sprinter and self-declared Mr. Clean, had failed a drug test.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Gov. Scott, Cabinet Expected To Approve Removal Of Bodies At Dozier

Meredith Tise, a graduate anthropology student at the University of South Florida, measures the depth of a trench dug at the site of the cemetery last May, as the university looks for signs of unmarked graves.
Credit Edmund D. Fountain / MCT/Landov

University of South Florida researchers have gone over the head of the state agency secretary who denied their request to exhume human remains from gravesites at the closed Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet are expected to approve a land-use agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection that will give the researchers one year to search for reportedly unaccounted-for bodies of boys who died between 1900 and 1952 at the one-time "high risk" reform school.

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Public Services
2:02 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Six Of 22 Miami-Dade Libraries Could Be Saved From Chopping Block

Miami-Dade library supporters rally against potential budget cuts that threaten to close down 22 branches on Saturday, July 27, 2013, outside the Concord Branch Library.
Credit Alex M Sanchez / Miami Herald Staff

An updated plan for cuts to the Miami-Dade County budget would keep open six of 22 public libraries initially slated for closure.

The tentative change would save the Culmer, Lakes of the Meadows, Lemon City, Little River, Opa-locka and Shenandoah branch libraries, bringing the total number of library closures to 16.

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Crime
7:49 am
Wed July 31, 2013

In Florida, A Clash Over Exhuming Bodies At Reform School

Metal crosses mark graves at the cemetery of the former Arthur Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla. Investigators in Florida using ground-penetrating radar and soil samples say there are nearly 100 unmarked graves on the grounds.
Michael Spooneybarger Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 12:32 pm

Researchers at the University of South Florida are fighting with the state over access to the grounds of a now-closed reform school.

For decades, the Dozier School for Boys was notorious for the harsh treatment boys received there. Now, a forensic anthropologist and her team want permission to exhume dozens of bodies they found in unmarked graves, but are meeting resistance from state officials.

White House Boys

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Urbanism
7:45 am
Wed July 31, 2013

How You Can Help Improve Miami's Public Spaces

Credit Mark Hogan/Flickr

Miami doesn’t have a lot of public spaces. Experts say things like parks and plazas are in short supply, and that might hurt the city’s ability to attract and retain talented workers.

In order to change that, the Miami Foundation is trying out something new. It's holding a contest for ideas to make more public space in the county and awarding $100,000 in prize money to implement the best ideas.

Battling History

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Economics
9:05 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Local Politicians Spend A Week Trying To Live On Florida's Minimum Wage

Credit FlickR.com/Images_of_Money

Two South Florida politicians said a week spent just "getting by" -- has gotten to them.  

Broward County Commissioner Martin Kiar and State Senator Dwight Bullard agreed last week to spend five days trying to live on Florida's current minimum wage of $7.79 an hour.

Kiar says the week-long budget he drew up for himself left only $106 dollars for food, travel and entertainment for him and his family.

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Labor
9:04 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Fort Lauderdale Airport Employees Demand Higher Pay On Minimum Wage Anniversary

It is the fourth anniversary of the last time the United States’ raised the minimum wage, which is currently set at $7.25 per hour. Florida’s minimum wage is slightly higher at $7.79, but this is below the calculated “living wage” for most Floridian families

A living wage allows an individual or family to meet basic needs and have a normal standard of living.

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News
8:35 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Fiery Explosions Rock Florida Propane Tank Plant

A Blue Rhino propane gas plant burns, as seen in a frame grab from an AP video. The fire sent at least seven workers to the hospital Monday night.
AP

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 11:23 am

A series of fiery explosions ravaged a Blue Rhino propane gas plant in central Florida's Lake County late Monday night, forcing nearby residents to be evacuated. The detonations reportedly lasted for some 30 minutes and were heard as far as 10 miles away. A fire at the plant raged into the early morning hours.

Update at 11:10 a.m. ET: Work Continues; No Sign Of Sabotage

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Health Care
4:56 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Canvassers For Health Coverage Find Few Takers In Boca Raton

Volunteer Tammy Spencer goes door to door in Boca Raton., Fla., on July 27 to spread the word on the state's health exchange.
Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 4:19 pm

Tammy Spencer did a double take when she read the address on her paper and looked at the house in front of her.

Spencer, a volunteer with the nonprofit Enroll America, was spending a hot and humid Saturday morning knocking on doors in Boca Raton, a mostly posh South Florida city, looking for people without health coverage. She wanted to let them know about new online insurance marketplaces that open for enrollment Oct. 1.

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Crime
8:05 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Gunman, Six Others, Killed In Florida Apartment Standoff

Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 9:05 am

A Florida gunman seized hostages and killed six people in an eight-hour standoff at an apartment complex that ended early Saturday when a SWAT team stormed the building and fatally shot the assailant.

The deadly incident occurred in Hialeah, a town just a few miles north of Miami. Police were quoted by The Associated Press as saying the bodies of three women and two men were found at the scene and that another man had been killed nearby. Two hostages were unharmed.

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