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Jury selection in trial of confessed Parkland school shooter enters second phase

Jury selection in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting case entered the second of three phases Monday, with lawyers looking to weed out those whose views on the death penalty are too inflexible to be part of a fair trial. Confessed gunman Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty in October to 17 counts of first-degree murder, so the jury is being asked only to decide his punishment. A jury’s ...
PARKLAND, FL
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Panthers’ Brunette says facing Tampa Bay ‘is a great opportunity for us’

After winning their first playoff series in more than 25 years, the Florida Panthers will face a familiar foe in the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Panthers pulled off a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory against the Washington Capitals in Game 6 Friday to close out the series, winning their first postseason series since 1996 — when they reached the ...
TAMPA, FL
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Dave Hyde: Miami Heat, Florida Panthers start big playoff series — and blame TV for it happening at same time

Sorry if I’m distracted writing this Florida Panthers column. I’m on a second keyboard simultaneously writing a Miami Heat column. Both of our local teams are alive in the playoffs and — inexplicably and irretrievably — play Tuesday night to start an unfortunately overlapping schedule in what should be their rock fights of playoff series. It’s like two cousins having simultaneous weddings. Can ...
MIAMI, FL

Celtics’ Marcus Smart joins Heat’s Kyle Lowry on East finals injury watch

The Miami Heat are not alone with their injury concerns at point guard in the Eastern Conference finals. The Boston Celtics announced Monday that Marcus Smart, winner of this season’s Defensive Player of the Year award, suffered a mid-foot sprain in Sunday’s Game 7 deciding victory over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks in the East semifinals. Smart is listed as questionable for Tuesday’s 8:30 p.m. ...
MIAMI, FL

Needless yearbook censorship fight reveals anguish to come | Editorial

Gov. Ron DeSantis and like-minded ideologues in the Legislature are drawing Florida into a culture war. Their battlegrounds of choice are public schools as they target racial and sexual minorities, people who defy DeSantis’ dictates and books challenging far-right dogma. Worst of all, they’ll shove local officials, taxpayers and most of all, students, into the line of fire. A recent meeting of ...
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Home fraud ‘is out of control.’ Inside the crackdown that just led to two arrests

The homeowners are dead. But their true heirs have been stiffed out of their rightful inheritance in an elaborate effort to steal entire houses in South Florida, investigators say. Authorities on Monday arrested two women they say got control of two homes in Cooper City by using forged and falsified documents. The women profited by $510,000 for the sale of the homes, investigators said. ...
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL

Man shot and killed after he climbs through window of Lauderhill home, exchanges gunfire with people inside

A man is dead after a brazen act late Sunday night when he climbed through the front window of his estranged girlfriend’s home, confronting her and a man who shot the intruder to death after he drew a gun on them, police said. Waiting in a car parked outside the home: the four children of the intruder and his estranged girlfriend. Somebody called 911 from a home on Northwest 23rd Street about ...
LAUDERHILL, FL

Lady Gaga tour coming to Hard Rock Stadium in September

Lady Gaga will perform at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sept. 17 as part of The Chromatica Ball global stadium tour. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 20, through Ticketmaster.com. A series of presales will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The tour includes 20 stops so far and will offer the first public performances of music from her Grammy-winning 2020 album ...
MIAMI GARDENS, FL

Things to do in South Florida this week: Halsey, Sting, rocking for Ukraine

The week began with a light show early Monday, the Super Flower Blood Moon, an eclipse bathing the lunar surface in red. Here on Earth, in our corner of it, red will be the color of the week as the Florida Panthers and the Miami Heat continue to stoke playoff excitement in sports bars, restaurants and family rooms across South Florida. This is history, folks. Never have these two local teams ...
MIAMI, FL

Who has the edge: Heat-Celtics could go the distance, and why it could be in Heat’s favor

About the only sure thing in the Eastern Conference finals is take the under. This will not be about who can outscore who. Instead, this well could be how low can you go? Which, to a degree, makes sense, considering how Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo believes that the 2022 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award won by Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart should be his. It starts Tuesday at 8:30 ...
MIAMI, FL