‘Immoral,’ ‘barbaric’ for insurer to deny cancer therapy, says judge who had same cancer

A federal judge in Miami removed himself from a case on Monday after saying that he could not be impartial in deciding a lawsuit that challenges UnitedHealthcare, one of the … Click to Continue » ... Read More

Oil dumping ground is still a mess 40 years later

After decades of delays, an estimated 100,000 gallons of oil and other pollutants continue to slosh around under the ground in southern Broward County, one of the nation’s worst hazardous waste dumps. The mess, created by a used-oil refinery and oil storage center in the 1950s and ’60s, lies not far from drinking wells used in Hollywood and Hallandale Beach. It was discovered 40 years ago when oil started to bubble up in a parking lot. Now the owner of the property, who bought it... Read More

Solar-powered houseboat provides luxury solutions to sea-level rise

The Arkup houseboat, a green-energy luxury floating home that can adapt to sea rise, docks off Palm Island near Miami Beach. The floating house has solar panels, impact resistant windows and can withstand hurricane winds of up to 155 miles per hour. … Click to Continue » ... Read More

Second girl dies from crash on I-95, family says

Akeena Avanel Bennett and her sister Keanna Ariel Bennett were on on their way to church Sunday, driving in the South Florida sunshine with their godmother to a service in Fort Lauderdale. But instead of an afternoon of song and prayer, the girls’ family is in mourning. There was a devastating crash on Interstate 95 and trips to a hospital. Akeena, 2, died in the crash. Keanna, 5, who had been on life support at the hospital, died Monday night, according to a post on their mother’s... Read More

Violent video games may have primed the Parkland school shooter

“Die, die, die,” the Parkland school shooter wrote in a story for language arts class in middle school. His explanation: It was a line from his “Call of Duty” warfare video game booklet. Teachers were concerned that he was spending too much time playing “inappropriate” video games — as much as 15 hours a day, some neighbors told investigators. His mother struggled to limit his playing time, believing it was a source of his hostility at home. The role of video games in the... Read More

Florida Legislature bans texting while driving; bill headed to the governor

A bill that allows police to stop drivers just for texting is headed to the governor after several years of hitting roadblocks in the Florida Legislature. The House voted 108-7 Monday to make texting while driving a primary offense. Gov. Ron DeSantis has indicated he will sign the bill (HB 107), which would bring Florida in line with most other states. Florida is one of the most lenient states in the nation when it comes to texting and driving, and crashes are skyrocketing as people... Read More

Man left deadly crash to ‘drop off his weed’ at home, deputies say

After a Dania Beach man hit a pedestrian, he saw the body on his windshield. But instead of immediately calling police, he first drove home to stash his marijuana, an arrest report said. Terrance Pressey, 37, still was on the phone with 911 when he got back to the crash scene and saw paramedics attempting to save the injured pedestrian’s life, the report said. “Oh s—,” Pressey told the dispatcher. “They are doing CPR.” Madhusudhan Bhetwal, 53, died at the scene in the 5100... Read More