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Dania Beach met in private, didn't play fair with firms that bid for city contracts, Inspector General finds

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 19:40

When Dania Beach officials set out to bolster the list of engineering firms they could call on when needed, they made a series of grave errors that exposed the city to potential litigation, the Broward Inspector General’s Office says.

They also broke state Sunshine Laws, violated their own city...

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Florida election fiascos going under congressional microscope

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 17:45

A congressional hearing convened Monday in Fort Lauderdale to scrutinize Florida’s problematic elections, and the two sides couldn’t agree on anything.

Even last year’s record breaking voter turnout — more than 8.3 million people voted, a whopping 27 percent increase from the previous midterm election...

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Man robs couple at gunpoint, stealing car, purse and other valuables

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 16:55

A couple was robbed of a car and valuables by an armed man in a Pompano Beach park, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

The carjacking happened April 29 at about 1:15 p.m. in Apollo Park, at 1580 NW Third Ave. The park is west of North Dixie Highway and the Pompano Beach Air Park.

The man...

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Congresswoman cites ‘rumors’ that Broward was the county with compromised election system

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 14:55

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson said Monday that she’s heard rumors that Broward is the county where the election system was hacked by Russians during the 2016 presidential election.

Speaking at a congressional hearing in Fort Lauderdale on voting rights and election administration, Wilson said “it’s...

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Florida election fiascos going under congressional microscope

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 06:30

Scrutiny is coming for Florida’s problematic elections — which sometimes make people wait for hours to vote, don’t get resolved for weeks after Election Day, and make the state a national laughing stock.

The Elections Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Administration is holding a field...

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Broward teen slammed by deputies leads rally to denounce police brutality

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 19:30

Weeks after his head was slammed against pavement by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy, Delucca “Lucca” Rolle joined chants denouncing police brutality.

The 15-year-old student at J.P. Taravella High School helped lead a nearly 100-person march Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, which was at least the second...

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Hail, lightning, rainstorms expected to hit South Florida this afternoon, forecasters say

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 13:15

The skies may have looked pretty on Sunday morning, but there’s nasty weather coming our way this afternoon, forecasters warn.

Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected over portions of South Florida this afternoon and evening from Jupiter to Homestead, according to the National Weather Service.

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Fort Lauderdale Air Show takes flight with blue skies, aerial acrobatics

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 11:50

The skies are blue, the traffic is light, and the crowds are growing for the 2019 Fort Lauderdale Air Show.

So far, a roaring F-22 Raptor jet fighter has gotten the biggest ‘oooohs’ and the loudest ‘aaahhhhhs’ from spectators straining to snap pictures and record video with cellphones while trying...

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As Pompano thrives as booming beach destination, it braces for even more growth

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 10:05

An explosion of shops and restaurants is turning Pompano Beach into possibly the top beachside destination between Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach.

Many businesses, attractions and other amenities have recently become available to the public — and much more is on the way.

But the evolution also...

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Scott Israel blasts Gov. DeSantis, calling charges against him ‘patently false'

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 19:35

Scott Israel told the Florida Senate on Friday that the reasons Gov. Ron DeSantis gave for suspending him as Broward sheriff are “patently false, grossly inflammatory, politically charged” and don’t establish grounds for removing him from office.

In a filing with the Senate, Israel’s attorneys...

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Man wanted for murdering his wife in Weston kills himself after SWAT standoff, cops say

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 14:25

A SWAT standoff ended with the suicide of a man suspected of killing his estranged wife in Weston, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

Angel Garcia Sanchez, 39, was tracked down at his home in the 500 block of Sheppard Road in Venus, about 40 miles south of Sebring, on Thursday night, by the Highlands...

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Worker dies in nearly 10-story fall at tower construction site

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 12:55

A construction worker died Friday after falling about 100 feet down an elevator shaft at Optima Towers, a project that straddles the boundary line between Broward and Miami-Dade, a fire official said.

The accident happened about 9:40 a.m. The Optima project is at 1010 S. Federal Highway, in Hallandale...

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Motorcyclist dies in crash with tractor-trailer on US 27

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 12:05

A Pembroke Pines motorcyclist, who did not survive a collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. 27, was identified Friday by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Omar Andrade, 43, died when his 2016 Suzuki GSX-R rear-ended a 2019 International semitrailer driven by Mitchell Merson, 61, of Savannah, Ga.,...

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Parkland decides to keep Broward Sheriff's Office after Stoneman Douglas massacre

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 11:50

Parkland has made its decision: It’ll keep the Broward Sheriff's Office as its law enforcement provider despite the widespread criticism the agency drew last year over its response to the Stoneman Douglas massacre.

The city is heeding the advice of the Center for Public Safety Management, a Washington,...

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Treasured 1964 bridge reopens after truck plowed into it

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 07:00

The famed covered bridge — the first structure built in Coral Springs — is now open to cars again.

The 1964 bridge off Wiles Road was originally the entrance to the city. It was built by Founding Father James Hunt, who wanted both a bridge to carry traffic over a canal in The Hills subdivision,...

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Teacher sought 'romantic relationship' with teen student, detectives say

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 06:40

She was a 16-year-old sophomore who investigators say was getting “special treatment” from her then-53-year-old math teacher at Cypress Bay High School in Weston.

Vincent Edward Grossi, now 54, had improved her grades in the past and the relationship turned more personal in early October, according...

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Friday funeral for veteran Sun Sentinel columnist Gary Stein

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 20:20

A funeral for veteran Sun Sentinel columnist Gary Stein is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Stein, of Coral Springs, retired from the paper in 2017 after 36 years. For 15 of those years, Stein penned some 3,500 columns for the metro section.

The 72-year-old died Wednesday at Coral Springs Medical...

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South Florida school districts could be spared in proposed tax package

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 19:20

The Florida Senate removed a controversial item in a proposed tax package aimed at forcing South Florida school districts to share millions of dollars with charter schools.

The Senate amended the House’s tax package Thursday to take out language that would have required school districts to share...

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Former Hollywood mayor Sal Oliveri dies at 90

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 14:45

Salvatore “Sal” Oliveri went from straight-talking community activist to straight-talking Hollywood politician, taking a turn as both mayor and commissioner of the city he loved.

“Sal was the salt of the earth,” Hollywood Commissioner Peter Hernandez said Thursday. “He was a great person. He was...

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Hall of Fame inductee's mission is to help Broward County seniors age in place

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 13:15

Gail Gannotta, a Sunrise resident who pioneered the Broward County Aging and Disability Resource Center’s Senior Intervention and Education Program in 1992, has remained its sole staff member and inspiration since then.

She will join nine others who will be inducted into the Dr. Nan S. Hutchison...

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