Couple arrested in connection with North Lauderdale shooting and robbery

Two people have been arrested on charges related to a robbery and shooting in North Lauderdale earlier this week that left one man in critical condition. Daniel Gray, 20, of Plantation, and his girlfriend, Neki Lys, 18, of North Lauderdale, met with the victim and a minor boy shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday in the 4000 block of Bailey Road for “a transaction,” the Broward Sheriff’s Office said Friday. Advertisement The victim got into a car, driven by Lys, where Gray shot him, the... Read More

14-year-old charged as an adult in murder of Deerfield Beach teen

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Rickey Ferguson Jr., a 16-year-old student and football player at Deerfield Beach High School. A grand jury indicted Keantae Vaughn, a ninth-grader at Andrews High School in Pompano Beach, as an adult on Wednesday. Vaughn was arrested Dec. 30 and has been moved from the juvenile detention facility into the Broward Sheriff’s Office’s Paul Rein Detention Facility. Advertisement The South Florida Sun Sentinel... Read More

UF campus shut down in 2020 due to COVID. Now the case is headed to the Florida Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE — A potential class-action lawsuit has gone to the Florida Supreme Court in a dispute about whether the University of Florida should return fees to students because of a campus shutdown early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Attorneys for UF graduate student Anthony Rojas filed a notice this week that is a first step in asking the Supreme Court to take up the case. The move came after a divided panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal in November said an Alachua County circuit judge... Read More

A ‘beautiful course:’ Profs defend African American class blasted by DeSantis

The African American Studies course rejected by the DeSantis administration teaches historical lessons — from the medieval kingdoms of West Africa to the U.S. civil rights movement and beyond — and broader themes that explore African American artistic achievements, politics that shaped the “Black experience” and efforts to “combat the effects of inequality.” It is a “beautiful course” that celebrates “the making of the nation,” said Evelyne Laurent-Perrault, an assistant... Read More

Florida pension managers chase returns on investments amid ‘ESG’ uproar

TALLAHASSEE — As Gov. Ron DeSantis and other Florida Republican leaders regularly criticize “environmental, social and governance” investing, state pension-fund managers maintain some investments in firms that could draw fire for being overly progressive. Lamar Taylor, interim executive director of the State Board of Administration, told members of the House Constitutional Rights, Rule of Law & Government Operations Subcommittee this week that managers are expected to determine the... Read More

New legislation proposes fund to help human trafficking victims with legal costs

New legislation would provide legal help for human trafficking victims who have been accused of committing crimes while being exploited. Two linked bills filed this week by state Sen. Rosalind Osgood, a Democrat whose district covers central Broward County, would create a special trust fund for survivors, with provisions that would allow it to be spent on their legal representation. The funds could be used both on their defenses in criminal cases and to cover costs associated with getting an... Read More

Migrants in massive numbers try to reach Florida. What happens to their abandoned boats?

Grounded in sand bars, adrift in the sea or washed onto private beaches, the boats keep piling up: rafts made from styrofoam, sailboats, hollowed-out drums attached to ironing boards. Four months ago, Hurricane Ian turned boardwalks into piles of debris and moved boats miles from where they had been docked. Hurricane Nicole arrived on the east coast one month later to shake loose what Ian had not. Advertisement With the hurricanes, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,... Read More

Not ‘a king:’ DeSantis claims executive privilege to keep records secret

Gov. Ron DeSantis is using a legal concept historically wielded by the president of the United States as a justification to keep some information secret, sparking concerns from open-government advocates that Florida’s public records laws could be undermined. DeSantis has invoked executive privilege on several occasions in recent court battles, a right that is not defined in state law or mentioned in the Florida Constitution. Advertisement Most recently, a Leon County judge recognized... Read More

Chester, Gatorland’s notoriously rowdy rescue alligator, has died

Chester, one of Gatorland’s largest alligators and one with a reputation for grumpiness and an appetite for dogs, has died. He was also the attraction’s first rescue gator, Mark McHugh, Gatorland president and CEO, said in a video posted online. Advertisement Chester, thought to be born in the early 1960s, lived his early life in streams and canals near Tampa. “About 20 years ago, all of the human development started building houses and shopping centers around Chester’s neck of... Read More

Thousands have fake nursing diplomas after scam involving three South Florida schools, prosecutors say

Thousands of hopeful nurses across the country bought fake diplomas and transcripts that, despite never having taken the required courses and clinicals, showed that they had, allowing them to take national board exams and land healthcare jobs if they passed. Federal authorities announced this week that 25 people, including South Florida residents, have been charged for their alleged involvement in the scheme that resulted in those who bought the fraudulent documents shirking the minimum... Read More