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Floridians urged to make hurricane plans now

Floridians urged to make hurricane plans now

Tax-free weekend on disaster items is through June 4 BY LLOYD DUNKELBERGER AND TOM URBAN THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – After ending an 11-year stormless streak in 2016, Florida entered its annual hurricane season on Thursday with forecasters predicting an above-average season. The 2016 season was the most active since 2012, with 15 […]

Pulse nightclub survivor killed in car crash

Pulse nightclub survivor killed in car crash

BY GAL TZIPERMAN LOTAN ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – The last year brought some difficult moments for Jahqui Sevilla, who escaped from Pulse nightclub after the shooting started. But she was getting better — going to college, working, playing fullback for the Orlando Anarchy women’s tackle football team. Just after midnight Monday she was driving south […]

Man gets jail time for refusing to tell iPhone pass code

Man gets jail time for refusing to tell iPhone pass code

BY DAVID OVALLE MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI – A Hollywood man must serve 180 days in jail for refusing to give up his iPhone password to police, a Broward judge ruled Tuesday — the latest salvo in intensifying legal battles over law enforcement access to smart phones. Christopher Wheeler, 41, was taken into custody in a […]

Will future theme parks be based on original ideas?

Will future theme parks be based on original ideas?

Universal’s Volcano Bay doesn’t have movie, book or TV tie-in BY ROBERT NILES MERCURY NEWS/TNS Guardians of the Galaxy, Harry Potter, Fast and Furious, Frozen. Why can’t theme parks come up with new attractions based on original ideas? While some fans might long for the days when Disney opened new rides and shows such as […]

LOSERS AND WINNERS

LOSERS AND WINNERS

In random order, here’s our analysis of the aftermath of the controversy surrounding U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ commencement speech this month at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF  B-CU President Edison O. Jackson and Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Joe Petrock – LOSERS – They […]

HURRICANE ANDREW / 25 YEARS AGO

HURRICANE ANDREW / 25 YEARS AGO

It’s hurricane season again Pleasure boats docked at Dinner Key Marin in Miami-Dade County were destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in August 1992. The hurricane season officially starts on June 1, with many Floridians preparing well in advance. Click here for a clip-and-save disaster preparation guide. (CARL SEIBERT/SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL/ TNS)

‘Cat Fund’ healthy for 2017 hurricane season

‘Cat Fund’ healthy for 2017 hurricane season

BY LLOYD DUNKELBERGER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund is in its strongest financial position ever as the state heads into the annual storm season next month. But state officials may bolster the fund, which helps private insurers pay claims if Florida gets hit by a major hurricane, with […]

Workers: Unfair treatment common at hotels

Workers: Unfair treatment common at hotels

Erratic schedules, workload, hostile conditions and benefits – which can vary widely – contribute to the complexities of housekeepers’ employment. BY CHABELI HERRERA MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI – In the back rooms of hotels around the nation, managers and their workers juggle a tricky balancing act — one that the industry is sometimes loathe to discuss. […]

Rubio on Trump: ‘People got what they voted for’

Rubio on Trump: ‘People got what they voted for’

BY STEVEN LEMONGELLO ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has a message for voters: You wanted Donald Trump? You got him. “I don’t understand why people are that shocked,” the Florida Republican told the CBS show “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “This president ran a very unconventional campaign. I was there for a big part […]

Prison guards charged in chemical spraying  incident

Prison guards charged in chemical spraying incident

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Two Northwest Florida correctional officers face charges after authorities said an inmate was sprayed with a chemical agent and placed in a supply closet. William Jeffery Davis, a sergeant at Liberty Correctional Institution, was charged with malicious battery, official misconduct and submitting a false “use of force” report, according to […]