With Common Core set to go, Florida opens survey on new math, language arts standards

With Gov. Ron DeSantis determined to rid Florida’s public schools of Common Core, his administration’s next task is to figure out what language arts and math standards should replace them. To that end, the Florida Department of Education has opened a survey, seeking input on what educators, parents and others might not like about the Common Core standards and what they think should be adopted in their place. Florida’s version of Common Core — called Florida Standards — spells out... Read More

Man shot dead in front of his Fort Lauderdale home

A 28-year-old man was gunned down and killed in front of his Fort Lauderdale home on Saturday night, police say. Detectives were hunting for the suspect Sunday and still trying to piece together what happened, Detective Tracy Figone said. Here’s what they do know: Roy Palarchie was shot several times at 9:06 p.m. in front of his home in the 400 block of Northwest 13 Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene. “This is an active investigation and circumstances surrounding the incident... Read More

Wrong-way crash kills two, including Miccosukee police officer, on Alligator Alley

A wrong-way driver caused a predawn crash Saturday that killed him and a Miccosukee police officer on Alligator Alley near U.S. 27, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Curtis Woolwine, 32 of Plantation, and Miccosukee Officer Steven Greco, 40, both died in the head-on crash that happened about 5 a.m. Saturday, just east of an Interstate 75 toll plaza, the Highway Patrol said. Courtesy of Salvatore Greco Miccosukee Officer Steven Greco, far right, was killed in a crash on I-75 while on his... Read More

Ex-cop accused of pawning guns and gear

A former Hallandale Beach officer has been jailed on the charge he illegally pawned police guns and other equipment that belonged to the force, police said. Yan Kleyman, 33, made 15 pawn shop transactions between March 11, 2017, and Aug. 6, 2018, selling police weapons and equipment that included a semi-automatic rifle, a Glock pistol and several laser sights, according to his arrest report. Kleyman’s thumbprint was on each of the pawn transaction documents, investigators said. He turned... Read More

10 more dismissed from Broward Sheriff’s Office under new regime

Add 10 more names to the list of more than a dozen who have left the Broward Sheriff’s Office since Gov. Ron DeSantis replaced Sheriff Scott Israel last month with Gregory Tony. This week’s dismissals include a captain who got into trouble last year over a homophobic Facebook post and the community outreach team he oversaw. Collectively, they made nearly $850,000 annually, records show. “With any new administration there comes changes,” Tony said in an emailed statement. Capt.... Read More

Florida Panthers near vote to replace gun show at War Memorial

The Florida Panthers are serious about plans to replace the gun show at War Memorial Auditorium — a multimillion-dollar investment to provide public ice skating and hockey rinks, and indoor sports fields. The chilly new sports destination could be part of a larger overhaul for the city’s Holiday Park, a 93-acre playground off Federal Highway, south of Sunrise Boulevard. The Panther plans could get a boost Tuesday, when city commissioners are expected to vote to formalize their intent to... Read More

21 new specialty license plates could be coming to Florida

It’s been years since Florida got a new specialty license plate, but 2019 could see the approval of 21 new ones that would raise charitable funds for everything from the Pulse shooting to gopher tortoises to beekeeping to plates for universities outside the state. The majority of them, though, would be part of a sweeping bill that would also see the elimination of several plates by raising the minimum number of registrations required annually, as well as cap the total number of possible... Read More

The electric scooter rage: Which ones are the best to rent?

You’ve surely heard about the electric scooters you can rent in Fort Lauderdale. Maybe they sound like a fun way to get to your next meeting, join friends at a coffee shop, or see the beach. Now what? You have to make some choices, starting with whose scooter you rent. Four businesses rent the scooters now, and two more might be on the way. Fort Lauderdale’s e-scooter program has provoked considerable debate since it began in November, with fans calling the scooters fun and efficient and... Read More

Carjacking suspects crash in Plantation after high-speed police chase

An armed carjacking, a high-speed police chase through two Broward cities and a violent crash Thursday left one man hospitalized and his two friends in jail. The carjacking and pistol whipping of victims happened outside a Wells Fargo bank on Hillsboro Boulevard at South Military Trail in Deerfield Beach. Then just before midnight, Fort Lauderdale police alerted Plantation officers that they were chasing a stolen 2019 Mazda sedan from North State Road 7, according to police reports. Officers... Read More

Mom beat kids, forced them to kneel for eight hours, cops say

A 30-year-old Coral Springs woman beat two of her young children and forced them to kneel for up to eight hours as punishment, police said. Jessiezaibeth Fuentes-Ruiz surrendered herself Wednesday for an incident that allegedly happened in October, but this was not the first time she has faced allegations of hurting her children. “This is the fifth time Ms. Fuentes-Ruiz has been investigated by Child Protective Services for abusing her children,” Assistant State Attorney Eric Linder told... Read More