Driver was taking her goddaughters to church before fatal crash on I-95

Two young sisters were riding to church with their godmother Sunday morning when their car crashed on Interstate 95. Two-year-old Akeena Avanel Bennett was killed. Keanna Ariel Bennett, 5, remained on life support Monday at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, their mother said. Keanna was “not good,” Annette Bennett said Monday. “We’re basically keeping her life support.” Bennett established a GoFundMe page for her daughters on which she wrote, “Our children are... Read More

Status check: What’s on the agenda for the Florida Legislature’s final week of session?

It’s down to the wire for Florida’s 2019 legislative session. State lawmakers have until the end of Friday to finalize a roughly $90 billion budget that outlines spending priorities for education, health care, criminal justice, transportation and the environment. That’s the only item of business they are required to finish, but a host of other hot-button issues remain on their plate. Here’s where things stand as lawmakers head into the last week of their session. What’s... Read More

Belly full of trash found in stranded baby dolphin that was euthanized

A rare deep-water dolphin stranded on a Florida beach and later euthanized had a stomach full of trash. Biologists said they found two plastic bags and a shredded balloon during a necropsy of the young rough-toothed dolphin after it washed ashore in Fort Myers Beach Tuesday. Animal experts said the rough-toothed dolphin was emaciated and in poor health. Florida Today reports such a young dolphin should have still been with its mother but somehow wound up far from her deep-water... Read More

South Florida reacts to deadly synagogue attack in California

A deadly attack on a California synagogue over the weekend put temples in South Florida on notice — again. Exactly six months ago, a gunman killed 11 people and wounded seven others during Saturday morning services at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, shouting “All Jews must die!” before opening fire. That attack prompted synagogues throughout South Florida to step up security. The suspected gunman in Saturday’s attack at the Chabad of Poway near San Diego — 19-year-old... Read More