Broward Democrat tries diplomacy after his party’s demands didn’t get him sworn in to office

Dan Daley is trying a new approach — diplomacy, deference and respect — in his quest to start his new job as a Florida state representative. He said Wednesday he would reach out to House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, and “respectfully” ask that he be allowed to take office for the annual legislative session, which runs from March 5 to May 3. That’s a much different tack than the Democratic Party took last week when it criticized Oliva and demanded that he seat Daley... Read More

In this church it’s not just the preacher wearing a fancy collar

These dogs are on their best behavior when they’re in the house of God. The pooches calmly sit in pews, seldom raising a fuss. “We sometimes have 10 to 12 dogs at a time,” says Father Albert Cutie, the rector at the Saint Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Plantation. “You never really hear them much — unless they encounter each other after Communion and then they begin to bark at each other. But everybody expects that.” Saint Benedict’s Episcopal Church, whose motto is “all... Read More

Roger Stone preparing to move out of luxury Fort Lauderdale home — even if judge doesn’t lock him up

Even before finding out if a federal judge will revoke his bail and lock him up, Roger Stone has decided to move out of his $9,500-a-month home in a luxury neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale. A “For Rent By Owner” sign has gone up outside Stone’s rental house in the Las Olas Isles, which is in the finger islands between downtown Fort Lauderdale and the beach. The home was the site of the dramatic, pre-dawn raid at which Stone was arrested on Jan. 25. Stone said the 29 agents arrived at... Read More

An official first date and new boyfriend for South Florida trans teen Jazz Jennings

Romance continued to blossom for South Florida trans teen Jazz Jennings. In the latest episode of her reality show TLC’s “I Am Jazz, the 18-year-old introduced her boyfriend Ahmir Steward to her family. In the show, she has chronicled her gender confirmation surgeries, her family and dating life. Things seemed to go well for Steward and the Jennings who have had concerns about a new man in their daughter’s life. “Jazz has gone on dates before but this is the first time that... Read More

Teach hotel workers to spot human trafficking, Florida senator proposes

A year ago, state Sen. Lauren Book wanted to allow human-trafficking survivors to sue hotels that turned a blind eye to abuse. But after that idea did not pass, the Plantation Democrat is back with a different proposal: training hotel employees to spot trafficking. “Florida is one of the hotbeds for human trafficking in the United States. We can and must do more,” said Book, chairwoman of the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee. Book’s bill (SB 540), filed for the... Read More

Palm Beach County elections supervisor warns about potential voter intimidation effort

Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Wendy Sartory Link warned Wednesday that mysterious, official-sounding calls going to some voters in advance of the March 12 municipal elections may be an attempt at voter intimidation. Link said she’s referred the matter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office. A man’s voice on the automated robo-calls went to an unknown number of people Friday through Tuesday who had requested vote by mail... Read More

Panthers fans will be ‘Truckin’ to BB&T Center for Grateful Dead Night

On March 8, the Florida Panthers will hold their sixth Grateful Dead Night as they take on the Minnesota Wild at BB&T Center. Fans who purchase tickets to Grateful Dead night receive limited T-shirts paying homage to event as part of the ticket package. The Grateful Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and inspired passionately devoted fans for decades, starting in the 1960s. Upper-level goal zone seats are $42, club level goal zone tickets are $64 and Lower... Read More

Woman armed with meat cleaver shot by deputy, Broward sheriff says

A woman in Dania Beach who was chasing another woman with a meat cleaver ran toward deputies and they shot her Wednesday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrived to 103 N.E. Third St. after a domestic disturbance was reported to 911 at about 11:05 a.m. The initial call described a woman chasing another woman with the large knife, and that’s what deputies found, Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said. “They observed the altercation occurring and provided multiple warnings to the... Read More