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Florida man sentenced to life in prison for machete slaying at grow house

TAMPA, Fla.(AP) – A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after he was convicted of breaking into a marijuana grow house and killing a man with a machete, AP reports. Yuniel Sentmanat-Gonzalez, 41, was convicted late Tuesday night of first-degree felony murder, burglary of a dwelling and attempted robbery. Prosecutors said Sentmanat-Gonzalez and five others broke into the residence where a man was operating a marijuana grow house inside his Brandon home in 2015. The group shattered the sliding glass door and rushed into the house where the man in the home fought back and...

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Positive COVID-19 tests delay launch of Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Royal Caribbean is being forced to postpone the inaugural sailing of one of its cruise ships after eight crew members tested positive for COVID-19, reported CNN. The Odyssey of the Seas’ scheduled Caribbean voyages out of Fort Lauderdale were originally set to begin on July 3 but they’re now being pushed back to the end of July. Although all of the Odyssey’s 1,400 crew members were vaccinated against COVID-19, the positive tests came before the vaccines were fully effective. Royal Caribbean said passengers who were booked on the Odyssey will be given other options, reported...

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Disney parks to restart firework show in latest lifting of rules

AP — Disney announced plans to restart the firework show at both Florida and California theme parks on Tuesday. This is the companies latest move in relaxing the regulations put in place during the pandemic. The firework show will resume at the beginning of July at Walt Disney World in Florida. The show was put on hold as an effort to stop people from gathering together after the parks reopened, as reported by the AP. Starting on Tuesday, face masks are optional for guests attending Disney World in Florida, if they are vaccinated. Proof of vaccination is not required. “As we continue...

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Shark bites two off Florida coast

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A 12-year-old Florida boy and a 71-year-old man are recovering after being bitten by sharks in two separate encounters on Monday. Volusia County officials told WESH that the man was standing in knee-deep water in New Smyrna Beach when he was bitten on his right foot. The boy was bitten after jumping off his surfboard in waist-deep water when a shark bit him in the right calf. The man was treated on the scene, while the boy was taken to a nearby hospital. The post Shark bites two off Florida coast appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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DeSantis signs bill requiring moment of silence in Florida schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a South Florida Jewish temple to denounce anti-Semitism and stand with Israel, as the Republican governor cloaked himself in religion Monday while signing a bill into law that would require public schools in his state to set aside at least one minute of silence for children to meditate or pray. His visit to the Shul of Bal Harbour, a Jewish community center in Surfside, Florida, had the air of a campaign event. DeSantis seemed to blush when the Rabbi Sholom Lipskar introduced him as a “great governor and future world leader.” It has...

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Florida nursing homes report COVID-19 infection rates nearly double the national average

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coronavirus cases are increasing in Florida nursing homes, according to recently released data. The Florida AARP says that 19% of Florida nursing homes are reporting new COVID-19 cases in the last four weeks. That number has increased by 5% since mid-May, according to the data. “Not only are new reports of nursing home resident cases on the rise, but nearly 50% of Florida nursing homes continue to report new cases of COVID-19 among staff at these facilities.” Said Dionne Polite, the AARP Florida interim state director. “Encouraging vaccination of Florida’s long-term...

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Lightning strikes car on I-75

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Lightning struck a car on westbound I-75 on Monday morning. Florida Highway Patrol responded to the incident near mile marker 30.5 just after 11:20 a.m. Troopers said lightning hit a 2018 Nissan Rogue during a heavy rainstorm, damaging the roof antenna and electrical system of the car. The lightning strike also left a 7-foot-long, 4-inch-wide gouge in the pavement on the interstate. The driver of the car, a 48-year-old man from Naples, was not injured. The car was towed and a roadway repair crew was notified of the damage on the interstate. The post Lightning...

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Florida man attacks person with shopping cart

MIAMI, Fla. – A Miami man is facing charges after allegedly attacking a homeless man by stomping on his head and hitting him repeatedly with a shopping cart Saturday. Dexter McQueen, 36, is facing charges of second-degree murder and aggravated battery after witnesses told police he was seen dragging a man onto the road around 10:30 p.m., according to the Miami Police Department According to the arrest report, McQueen was seen fighting with another man in the median of State Road 90 near Southwest 122 Avenue in Miami. McQueen started stomping on the man’s head before grabbing a...

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Retired Immokalee teacher swims 12 miles around Key West while raising money for student’s tuition

Steven Becker and his friend from college had a big goal on their minds. They spend the weekend swimming 12 miles around Key West. “The whole purpose of the swim was to raise money for college scholarships,” said Steve Becker. “My goal was to raise about five to six thousand dollars, which is how much it costs to send a student to Florida college university for a year and we appear to be on track.” They are closer to their goal of helping students with the Immokalee Foundation, a non-profit that empowers students in the city where Becker used to teach.  “I just really have...

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Florida man missing after trying to save father, son swept out by current

APOLLO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Deputies are searching for the body of a good Samaritan who tried to rescue a father and son who drowned off a beach south of Tampa. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said the rescuer was also caught by the current in Apollo Beach. The sheriff’s office said the father was found dead late Friday, and the child was found and taken to a nearby hospital, where he died. “Our hearts break for the father and son who lost their lives tonight,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “The horrible sight led a selfless stranger to sacrifice his own life, in an attempt to save them.” Their...

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