Biden GOP agree to 2 year budget-debt ceiling deal, work requirements for food aid

By LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK, ZEKE MILLER and KEVIN FREKING (Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reached an “agreement in principle” late Saturday as they raced to strike a deal to limit federal spending and resolve the looming debt crisis ahead of a June 5 deadline, the House speaker said. A deal would avert a catastrophic U.S. default, but risks angering both Democratic and Republican sides with the concessions made to... Read More

Toddler shot and killed in Pompano Beach

A toddler was shot and killed in Pompano Beach on Saturday afternoon, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. A little before 2 p.m., deputies responded to a call about a shooting near the 500 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Pompano Beach, the Sheriff’s Office said in a media release. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue airlifted the child to a local hospital. Later, the child was pronounced dead “as a result of the shooting,” the release said. The release did not provide... Read More

Frank Adderley, Fort Lauderdale’s first Black police chief, joins Eula Johnson on city’s Walk of Fame

Many of the places former Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley visited throughout his life, his parents were banned from entering entirely. One of them was the ocean. Adderley’s mother was eight months pregnant with him on July 4, 1961, the first day of the wade-in protests that led to the desegregation of Fort Lauderdale’s beaches. His relatives, neighbors and friends joined the protesters who gathered on the bus, rode to A1A, and stood on the all-white beach at Las Olas Boulevard... Read More

UCF dismisses baseball coach Greg Lovelady after 7 seasons

UCF baseball will have a new head coach for its first season in the Big 12 Conference after the school fired Greg Lovelady on Saturday following seven years with just one postseason appearance. The move came one day after the Knights were eliminated from the American Athletic Conference tournament and finished the year with a 33-26 record, going 12-12 in the AAC. “We appreciate all of Greg’s hard work, effort and commitment over his seven seasons,” UCF athletics director Terry Mohajir... Read More

McCarthy says negotiators are ‘closer to an agreement’ on debt crisis, but no deal yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Saturday that Republican negotiators were “closer to an agreement” that would resolve the looming debt crisis, but had not reached a deal with President Joe Biden. He said there was no firm timeline for a final compromise that would raise the nation’s borrowing limit and avoid a catastrophic default while also making spending cuts that House Republicans are demanding. House negotiators left the Capitol after 2 a.m. and returned... Read More

Father knows best: Keith Tkachuk’s words came at just the right time for Panthers

SUNRISE — Keith Tkachuk never played a game for the Florida Panthers, and hadn’t recorded an assist at the NHL level in nearly 13 years. That is, until March 29. That’s the day he might have had the biggest helper of Florida’s season. A rant on a Toronto radio station that morning by Tkachuk — a hockey legend and Florida star Matthew Tkachuk’s dad — just happened to coincide with the Panthers turning their season around. Hours later, the Panthers beat the Maple Leafs to start a... Read More

Rooftop park in works in Fort Lauderdale. Critics worry it will lure the homeless.

FORT LAUDERDALE — We know all about those trendy rooftop bars, but who builds a rooftop park?  Fort Lauderdale might, for a cool $3 million.  The park — likely the first of its kind in Broward County — would sit above a parking lot just blocks from the beach in northeast Fort Lauderdale. The site is right next to the city’s Beach Community Center, just north of Oakland Park Boulevard and west of A1A, not far from the strip of condo towers lining Galt Ocean... Read More

Need help after the catastrophic April floods in Broward? U.S., state loans still available

Small businesses, homeowners and renters have another month to apply for federal disaster loans to help recover from the April flooding that damaged hundreds of houses and companies, a Small Business Administration official said Friday. At the same time, Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity said its “bridge loan” program has another three weeks to run. Federal and state agencies quickly made millions available to business operators and residents whose companies and homes were... Read More

Red-hot Soler hits home run in fourth straight game as Marlins breeze by Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jorge Soler homered for the fourth straight game, Bryan De La Cruz had four hits — including a two-run homer — and the Miami Marlins snapped the Angels’ four-game winning streak with a 6-2 victory Friday night over Los Angeles. Miami finished with a season-high 16 hits and everyone in the starting lineup got at least one. The Marlins have also had at least 11 hits in a club-record six straight games. “Even though we’ve had a tough road trip win-loss wise, our... Read More

Biden says debt deal ‘very close’ with default deadline now set at June 5

By LISA MASCARO, SEUNG MIN KIM, KEVIN FREKING and FATIMA HUSSEIN (Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said a deal to resolve the government’s debt ceiling crisis seemed “very close” late Friday, even as the deadline for a potentially catastrophic default was pushed back to June 5 and seemed likely to drag negotiations between the White House and Republicans into another frustrating week. The later “X-date,” laid out in a letter from Treasury Secretary Janet... Read More