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  1. Where have the stone crabs gone? Shortage of Florida delicacy drives up prices

    Wildlife

    Less than halfway through Florida's lucrative stone crab season, traps are drying up, dealing another blow to a fishing industry still recovering from a beating delivered by a brutal Hurricane Irma.

  2. Florida man accused of killing Ollie the pit bull faces 17 counts of animal cruelty

    Crime

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The Florida man accused in the brutal stabbing death of a pit bull named Ollie is facing 17 counts of aggravated animal cruelty — one for each of 16 deep stab wounds and one for trapping the dog inside a suitcase.

  3. President Trump says the U.S. 'cannot afford' a Roy Moore loss in Alabama

    Nation

    PENSACOLA — President Donald Trump on Friday urged voters to elect a Republican Senate candidate in Alabama who has been dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct, warning that America "cannot afford" to have a Democrat win the hard-fought campaign instead.

  4. University of Central Florida Greeks won't hold social events, serve alcohol for 6 weeks this spring

    College

    ORLANDO — University of Central Florida fraternities and sororities won't host social activities or any events with drinking for at least the first six weeks of the spring semester, up from the two-week ban on alcohol that has been in place in the past.

  5. Amid reports of rapes, beatings, cover-ups, grand jury to probe juvenile justice abuses

    State Roundup

    Disturbed by stories about the rape of teens by supervisory staff, a pandemic of sometimes savage force, brutal beatdowns ordered by youth care workers and policies that permit the hiring of violent offenders, Miami-Dade's state attorney wants to know more about what is going on in the Florida juvenile justice …

  6. Poll: Are tougher penalties in Florida for texting while driving a good idea?

    State Roundup

    Florida lawmakers are considering making driving while texting a primary offense, so that law enforcement can pull you over if they see you do it.

  7. This Disney food is delicious: 5 holiday treats only available in December

    Florida

    One thing Walt Disney World has mastered in recent years is driving the public into a frenzy for over the top food. It's often offered for a limited time or, like the creamy Dole Whip, at a limited number of food stands.

    Sandy Claws Orange-Vanilla Cake Push-Pop is one of the holiday treats that are only going to be available through the end of December, and this one will only be in the Magic Kingdom


Photo courtesy Walt Disney World
  8. A Florida man collapsed with a 'Do Not Resuscitate' tattoo. Doctors didn't know what to do

    Health

    Doctors in Miami faced an unusual ethical dilemma when an unconscious, deteriorating patient was brought into the emergency room with the words "Do Not Resuscitate" across his chest.

    An unconscious patient's chest tattoo reads "Do Not Resuscitate" and is accompanied by a signature, which has been blurred out. [New England Journal of Medicine | via Washington Post]
  9. 'Fight Doctor' Ferdie Pacheco will be honored with a public memorial in Miami

    Boxing

    MIAMI — Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, the beloved "Fight Doctor," famed for his role as Muhammad Ali's ringside physician, will be remembered by family and friends with a memorial service this month at the Historic Lyric Theater in Miami's Overtown.

    Ferdie Pacheco with one of his paintings, "The Women Cigar Workers and the Lector," outside of the Centro Ybor. [Times (2000)]
  10. Did the Florida Legislature heed the warning in this 1997 sexual harassment case?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — There has been only one known legal case against the Florida Legislature for a sexual harassment claim, but that 20-year-old lawsuit could serve as a template if the Senate decides that allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala are legitimate.

    Linda Phelps, an assistant purchasing administrator for the now-defunct Joint Legislative Management Committee, sued the state after complaining of unwanted sexual advances by her boss, Bobby Hinson. She and her lawyers were awarded $165,000 in 1997, one of the costliest settlements for harassment in the state over the past 30 years. [Photo courtesy of Phelps]