Cook County prosecutors drop all charges against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett

In a stunning move, Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on disorderly conduct charges for allegedly staging a phony attack and claiming he was the victim of a hate crime. “We believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,” a prosecutor said in court in announcing the dismissal of all 16 counts. There had been no clue that prosecutors planned the about-face move before the... Read More

Watch spring breakers foil gas station gunman who wanted to rob them

Four young men came to South Florida from Indiana for spring break and ended up in a life or death struggle with a gunman at a gas station in Oakland Park. When it was all over, they were shaken up but unhurt, the man with the gun got away — but his alleged accomplice was later arrested. It happened just before 3:45 a.m. Sunday, outside a Mobil gas station at 901 W. Oakland Park Blvd., the Broward Sheriff’s Office said. The four were returning from a night out in Miami Beach and were... Read More

Smash and grab car burglars take only paperwork from ‘numerous’ vehicles, cops say

Electronic devices, designer sunglasses and other valuables were left behind, but one or more car burglars made off with a bunch of owners’ manuals after shattering the passenger side windows of “numerous” vehicles during a car burglary spree in Wilton Manors, police said. It happened between 3 and 5 a.m. on Monday in the parking lot at a residential condominium complex at 2124 N.E. Fifth Ave., investigators said. The burglar or burglars broke into the vehicles’ glove compartments,... Read More

Freebee, a no-charge ride-hailing service, expands to Doral, adds 10-passenger cars

Freebee, the free ride-hailing service that has beguiled passengers throughout traffic-choked South Florida, is expanding to Doral, shuttling schoolchildren in Miami Lakes and adding 10-passenger cars to its all-electric fleet. … Click to Continue » ... Read More

Ultimate Software top executives to reap millions from buyout

Top executive officers of Ultimate Software would be collectively $102 million richer as result of a planned buyout of the company by a private equity firm, according to the Weston-based company’s recent securities filing. Founder and CEO Scott Scherr alone would gain $37 million as a result of the $11 billion transaction, should it be approved by shareholders. Many other Ultimate Software employees are likely to benefit from the transaction as well, as the company gives restricted stock... Read More

Here’s where the next Brightline stations may one day open in South Florida

Brightline, the South Florida commuter train line being rebranded as Virgin Trains USA, may add a pair of stations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and PortMiami. Launched last year as Brightline, the line’s trains now operate daily service under the Virgin Trains moniker among the downtowns of West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The new stations at the airport and seaport would cost between $20 and $30 million and take 18 months to build, according to a proposed... Read More

Worried about PTSD in your Parkland student? Here’s what to look for and how to get help

Upon waking on Sunday morning, March 24, I was completely shocked and devastated to find that another member of the Parkland community — a student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High … Click to Continue » ... Read More