School Board member defends against criticism over welcoming Proud Boys’ support

A new Broward School Board member is being denounced by civil-rights groups, LGBTQ leaders and two of her fellow board members after saying she welcomes support from all kinds of groups, even the far-right Proud Boys. Brenda Fam, who was elected in November to a seat in the Weston and Davie area, posted the comment on Facebook on Thursday morning. She was responding to criticism over her speaking about sex trafficking at a Saturday rally on A1A in Fort Lauderdale that featured anti-LGBTQ... Read More

Lawmaker Harding resigns after feds charge him with COVID loan fraud

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida lawmaker who sponsored the controversial law critics call “Don’t Say Gay” resigned on Thursday, one day after authorities announced his indictment on charges of defrauding a federal COVID-19 loan program for small businesses. Rep. Joe Harding, a 35-year-old Republican from Ocala, sent a resignation letter to House Speaker Paul Renner, saying he needed to focus on his upcoming trial, which is scheduled to start on Jan. 11. Advertisement “Now is the... Read More

‘Skull fracture, brain bleed’: Broward man charged with killing 21-month-old boy, cops say

It’s been more than three years since a 21-month-old boy died from a fractured skull while under the care of his mother’s then-boyfriend. Authorities believed something was afoot, and on … Click to Continue » ... Read More

Hollywood man charged with death of girlfriend’s toddler son more than two years after his death

A medical examiner ruled a 21-month old boy’s death a homicide in 2019 while he was in the care of his mother’s boyfriend, authorities say. Police had arrived at the boy’s home in Hollywood to find the boyfriend giving the child CPR in the bathroom. He told them that the child had hit his head and fallen twice, affording to the probable cause affidavit filed in 2019. But doctors found injuries that were inconsistent with that account. Advertisement It wasn’t until... Read More

3 South Florida Republicans flip to vote ‘no’ on protection for same-sex and interracial marriages

Three Republican members of Congress from South Florida who voted for the Respect for Marriage Act in July switched their votes less than five months later, voting “no” Thursday on final passage. The Respect for Marriage Act, which would put protections for same-sex and interracial marriages in federal law, passed the House 258 to 169 and now goes to President Joe Biden, who has said he would sign it into law. Advertisement The ‘no’ votes came from Republican U.S. Reps. Mario... Read More