Full of jealousy and lust, Florida is one of the most sinful states in the U.S.

When’s the last time you committed one of the seven deadly sins? If you live in Florida, chances are it wasn’t too long ago. The financial website WalletHub ranked the most sinful states in the country, and Florida came in No. 2. We only trailed Nevada, home of Sin City itself. To generate its list, WalletHub compared each state on various metrics that represent the categories of anger and hatred, jealousy, excesses and vices, greed, lust, vanity and laziness. Florida was No. 1 for most... Read More

Broward 911 centers short-staffed, audit says

Broward County’s emergency 911 call centers are spending millions of dollars in overtime — with call-takers and dispatchers forced to work the extra hours— to make up for continuing vacancies, a county audit said. The 447 authorized staffing positions for the three centers in Coconut Creek, Sunrise and Pembroke Pines “are reasonable” to do the job, the audit said, but with an average of 30 slots vacant, workers end up being assigned mandatory overtime shifts to ensure there are... Read More

AAA: Florida a fine dining mecca of Four and Five Diamond restaurants

Florida is a fine-dining mecca, ranking high among states with the most top-rated restaurants, according to AAA. The Auto Club Group released its 2019 Five Diamond Award list and Florida ranks second for the most Four Diamond eateries, with 54 of 656. It also has three Five Diamond restaurants, ranking fifth on this year’s list of 67 nationwide. Professionally trained inspectors visited more than 650 U.S. establishments unannounced, rating them on overall food, service, decor and... Read More

Senate measure blocks access to photos, videos of mass killings

The public would be blocked from accessing photos, video or audio involving the killing of a victim of mass violence, under a measure advancing in the Florida Senate. The Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee on Tuesday backed a proposal (SB 186) that would create a public records exemption for records related to the death of an individual in incidents in which three or more people, not including the killer, are slain in an intentional act of violence. “In the age of... Read More

Ariana Grande joins The Beatles in making Billboard music history

What do Ariana Grande and The Beatles have in common? The Boca Raton pop singer has the top three singles on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, a feat that hasn’t been done since the fab five ruled the charts in 1964, according to Billboard.com Grande tops the chart with “7 Rings,’’ “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,’’ and “Thank U, Next.” The trio of singles are from her fifth album “Thank You, Next.” The Beatles led the chart with “Can’t Buy Me Love,”... Read More

New affordable organic products debut at Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s always has something new and interesting to try. The hip grocery chain has debuted a slew of new organic products and they’re affordable, which is one reason the chain is so beloved. From tea to salad dressings, here’s what’s new in store. Trader Joe’s / Courtesy Trader Joe’s Organic Spinach n Riced Cauliflower Salad. Trader Joe’s Organic Spinach n Riced Cauliflower Salad. (Trader Joe’s / Courtesy) Organic Spinach and... Read More

Sunday Bulletin Board for Feb. 24

Stay up to date with this week’s local Bulletin Board listings for South Florida. Events are subject to change. Sunday Anniversary Weekend Celebration at Butterfly World: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 24-March 3. Butterfly and Bird Park Walk discounted. Butterfly World, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. 954-977-4434. butterflyworld.com. $10 all ages; under 2 free. Sunday Jazz Brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 24. Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 561-393-7890. myboca.us.... Read More

Third person charged in Lauderdale Lakes killing

A third person has been charged in the shooting death of a Margate man. A Broward Grand Jury has indicted Kizzie Thomas, 20, for the murder of Dean Hyatt, 20. She joins Richard Michael Cunningham, 19, of Fort Lauderdale, and Kemarley Wilson, of Lauderhill, who were both arrested and charged within weeks of the murder, records showed. Thomas was arrested Tuesday for the fatal shooting that happened about 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 4, in the parking lot outside the Caravel Arms Apartments, at 4844 N.W.... Read More

Shooter seen, gunfire heard as security system records drive-by shooting

The volley of shots can be heard on a home’s security surveillance system as a gunman gets out of a car and begins pumping bullets. Police Tuesday circulated the video of the drive-by shooter who fired more than a dozen shots at a home on the 7700 block of Meridian Street in Miramar shortly after 5:45 p.m. on Feb. 10. The home’s security system recorded two incidents that day that detectives believe are linked. In the shooting, the surveillance video shows a silver-gray Nissan Maxima... Read More