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Florida has distributed only 2% of funds to help renters

The state of Florida has distributed only 2% of the $870 million in federal funds it has received.

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Rays hit 3 HRs, beat the Red Sox 7-3 to tighten AL East race

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Starling Marte traded by Marlins to A’s for LHP Luzardo

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Charities providing housing assistance to collapse survivors

They will be paying the first and last months rent and security deposit at new apartments.

Miami-Dade mayor defies state, mandates masks to curb spread

The delta variant of the coronavirus is causing infection surges across the state.

Inside a KKK murder plot: ‘Do you want him six feet under?’

An unknown number of klansmen were working inside the Florida Department of Corrections.

Orange County Mayor: ‘We are in crisis mode,’ as virus cases surge

The home to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort is seeing about 1,000 new cases a day.
Florida among states scaling back virus reporting just as cases surge

Florida among states scaling back virus reporting just as cases surge

The move to weekly instead of daily reporting marked a notable shift.
Florida murder suspect kills himself after police shootout

Florida murder suspect kills himself after police shootout

The suspect wasn’t hit by the deputies’ gunfire and fled to a building about a block away.
Search for bodies concludes at Surfside condo collapse site

Search for bodies concludes at Surfside condo collapse site

The site has been mostly swept flat and the rubble moved to a Miami warehouse.
Engineer: Avenue next to collapsed Florida condo could fail

Engineer: Avenue next to collapsed Florida condo could fail

Collins Avenue could crumble because a remaining perimeter wall near the road could fail.
Small flotilla leaves Miami to show support for Cuban people

Small flotilla leaves Miami to show support for Cuban people

Five boats left from Miami’s Bayside marina just before 8 a.m.
Counselors work to ease grief over Florida building collapse

Judge: $150M initially for victims in Florida condo collapse

Victims and families who suffered losses in the collapse will get a minimum of $150 million in compensation initially.
Biden looks to increase staffing of Cuba embassy

Biden looks to increase staffing of Cuba embassy

It comes a little more than a week after thousands of Cubans took to the streets of Havana and other cities across the island.
Court blocks order lifting CDC virus rules on cruise ships

Court blocks order lifting CDC virus rules on cruise ships

The judges’ issuance of a temporary stay keeps the CDC regulations regarding Florida-based cruise ships in place.
Could balloons power uncensored internet in Cuba?

Could balloons power uncensored internet in Cuba?

Governor Ron DeSantis called this week on the administration of President Joe Biden to greenlight a plan.
Protesters seek help dealing with fish-killing red tide

Protesters seek help dealing with fish-killing red tide

Amid the stench of dead fish, protesters marched Saturday along Florida’s Tampa Bay to call for state assistance in dealing with a growing outbreak...
Recovery effort at collapsed Surfside building could end soon

Recovery effort at collapsed Surfside building could end soon

The task of identifying victims had become increasingly difficult.
2 men held on Florida’s new anti-riot law in Cuba protest

2 men held on Florida’s new anti-riot law in Cuba protest

Two Florida men were arrested during a protest in support of antigovernment demonstrations in Cuba.
911 recordings show panic, disbelief when Surfside condo fell

911 recordings show panic, disbelief when Surfside condo fell

One 911 caller said she saw what appeared to be a large depression near the swimming pool.
BLM activists question equal exercise of Florida protest law

BLM activists question equal exercise of Florida protest law

The ACLU of Florida filed a motion in federal court in Tallahassee to block the law immediately.
Miami demonstrators block highway to support Cuban protests

Miami demonstrators block highway to support Cuban protests

The large group of protesters gathered at a busy Miami intersection in support of the Cubans.
Cubans in Miami talk of boating to Cuba to back protests

Cubans in Miami talk of boating to Cuba to back protests

The United States Coast Guard in Miami is monitoring any activity aimed at increasing “unsafe and illegal” crossings.
Miami's historic Black Overtown gets makeover

Miami’s historic Black Overtown gets makeover

Miami was one of numerous Black cities across the country where interstate highways were built.
Florida breaks annual manatee death record in first 6 months

Florida breaks annual manatee death record in first 6 months

841 manatee deaths were recorded between Jan. 1 and July 2.
Search in Florida collapse to take weeks; deaths reach 90

Search in Florida collapse to take weeks; deaths reach 90

The Miami-Dade Police Department said three young children were among those recently identified.
Artist uses his brush to turn Surfside’s pain into hope

Artist uses his brush to turn Surfside’s pain into hope

Roberto Marquez flew from Dallas to Miami nearly two weeks ago, hoping to add his hands to those digging through the rubble of a...
Death toll in Florida condo collapse now 79

‘Heartbreaking’: Death toll in Florida condo collapse now 79

Miami-Dade Fire Chef Alan Cominsky said it is unclear how the long the recovery effort will take.
DeSantis parts with Trump in response to Surfside tragedy

DeSantis parts with Trump in response to Surfside tragedy

DeSantis has stood somberly with local officials, including Democrats, as they assessed the damage.
Crews give up hope of finding survivors at collapse site

Crews give up hope of finding survivors at collapse site

“No chance of life” in the rubble as crews shifted their efforts to recovering more remains.
10 more victims found in Florida condo rubble; death toll 46

10 more victims found in Florida condo rubble; death toll 46

The work continues to be a search and rescue operation and has not yet transitioned to a recovery mode.
Tropical Storm Elsa makes landfall along Florida Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Elsa makes landfall along Florida Gulf Coast

The storm made landfall in lightly populated Taylor County with maximum sustained winds clocking 65 mph.
Gaetz associate pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges

Judge grants sentence delay for cooperating Gaetz associate

U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell rescheduled for Nov. 18 the sentencing date for Joel Greenberg.
4 more victims found in rubble; death toll rises to 32

UPDATE: 4 more victims found in rubble; death toll rises to 32

The discovery of four more victims in the rubble of a collapsed Surfside condominium building raised the death toll to 32, officials said Tuesday...
Search back on after rest of Surfside condo demolished

Search back on after rest of Surfside condo demolished

The demolition opened up a previously unreachable area for rescuers.
Explosives bring down rest of Surfside collapsed condo

Video: Explosives bring down rest of Surfside collapsed condo

Demolition crews set off explosives late Sunday that brought down the damaged remaining portion.
Counselors work to ease grief over Florida building collapse

Counselors work to ease grief over Florida building collapse

A cadre of mental health counselors has also been deployed to help families confront grief.
Judge blocks Florida law aimed at punishing social media

Judge blocks Florida law aimed at punishing social media

Judge Robert Hinkle granted a preliminary injunction stopping the new law from being enforced.
Biden brings message of comfort to Surfside

‘We can do it’: Biden brings message of comfort to Surfside

Biden also met with first responders hunting for survivors among the rubble in Surfside.
Surfside: Tunneling rescuers spot voids, search for survivors

Safety concerns halt rescue efforts at condo collapse site

Search crews that have been atop the pile of rubble stopped work shortly after 2 a.m.
Four more bodies found in condo rubble; at least 16 dead

More human remains emerged from condo rubble; at least 18 dead

Elected officials have pledged to conduct multiple investigations into the sudden collapse.
Delia Fiallo, mother of telenovelas, dies in Florida, age 96

Delia Fiallo, mother of telenovelas, dies in Florida, age 96

Delia Fiallo, a native of Cuba who was considered the mother of Latin America’s telenovelas.
Condo board boss warned of worsening damage before collapse

Condo board boss warned of worsening damage before collapse

The condominium President wrote that structural problems had “gotten significantly worse.”
Surfside: Tunneling rescuers spot voids, search for survivors

Surfside: Tunneling rescuers spot voids, search for survivors

The death toll rose by just four people Sunday, to a total of nine confirmed dead.
Before building collapse, $9M+ in repairs needed

Before Surfside building collapse, $9M+ in repairs needed

Owners of units were just days away from a deadline to start making steep payments toward major repairs.
Families of the missing visit site of Surfside condo collapse

Families of the missing visit site of Surfside condo collapse

After 4 days, more than 150 additional people were still missing in Surfside.
Friends, family describe missing in Florida condo collapse

Friends, family describe missing in Florida condo collapse

Families around the world remained stuck between waning hopes and widening fears Saturday.
1st cruise ship to sail from US as industry seeks comeback

1st cruise ship to sail from US as industry seeks comeback

Industry officials hope the Celebrity Edge’s voyage serves as a bookend for people.
Surfside condo collapse update: 159 still missing, 4 dead

Death toll in Florida collapse rises to 4; 159 still missing

About 160 people were still unaccounted for Friday a day after a Surfside condo building collapsed.
Many feared dead after Surfside beachfront condo collapses

Many feared dead after Surfside beachfront condo collapses

Nearly 100 people were still unaccounted for at midday, death toll could climb sharply.
Wing of Miami-area condo collapses; at least 1 person dead

Wing of Miami-area condo collapses; at least 1 person dead

The seaside condo development was built in 1981 in the southeast corner of Surfside.
Vaccinated visitors soon can take off masks at Disney World

Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary party starts Oct. 1

Walt Disney World is planning an 18-month celebration in honor of its 50th anniversary.
Life’s Rewards: St. Pete writes Amazon TV series to lure tourists

Life’s Rewards: St. Pete writes Amazon TV series to lure tourists

Travel marketers draw quarantine-weary tourists to the area’s sugar sand beaches.
Bodies of two young girls pulled from Lauderhill canal

Bodies of two young girls pulled from Lauderhill canal

The bodies were found, hours apart, investigators are treating the case as a homicide.
Claims of murder plot against GOP candidate in Pinellas County court

Claims of murder plot against GOP candidate in Pinellas County court

Claims by a Republican congressional candidate that another GOP hopeful plotted to kill her landed Tuesday in a Clearwater courtroom. Anna Paulina Luna, who plans...
Deadly Pride parade crash appears unintentional

Officials: Deadly Pride parade crash appears unintentional

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said the early investigation shows it was an accident.
Driver crashes into crowd at Pride parade in Fort Lauderdale; 1 dead

Driver crashes into crowd at Pride parade near Fort Lauderdale; 1 dead

Some witnesses said the crash appeared to be an intentional act.
Judge rules for Florida on CDC order blocking cruise ships

Judge rules for Florida on CDC order blocking cruise ships

The judge ordered both sides to return to mediation to attempt to work out a full solution.
Amid red tide outbreak, Florida beckons visitors to beaches

Amid red tide outbreak, Florida beckons visitors to beaches

Images of beaches littered with dead fish could threaten to keep visitors from coming.
Florida Power & Light topples last coal chimney

Energy milestone: Florida Power & Light topples last coal chimney

The plant was built in 1995. FPL shut the plant down more than two years ago.
COVID-19 cases delay long-awaited Royal Caribbean cruise

COVID-19 cases delay long-awaited Royal Caribbean cruise

The brand new Odyssey of the Seas was to set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on July 3.
Mackenzie Scott makes large gifts to 3 Florida schools

Mackenzie Scott makes large gifts to 3 Florida schools

The former wife of Amazon founder donated $40 million each to two state universities in Florida.
Vaccinated visitors soon can take off masks at Disney World

Vaccinated visitors soon can take off masks at Disney World

Face masks is optional for visitors to the theme park resort who are vaccinated.
Royal Palm Beach supermarket shooter made Facebook threats

Royal Palm Beach supermarket shooter made Facebook threats

Timothy J. Wall, 55, had been making the threats for some time before he walked into Publix.

PBSO identifies shooter at Royal Palm Beach Publix supermarket

The sheriff’s office identified the suspect as Timothy J. Wall, 55, of Royal Palm Beach.
Raptors, twists and drops on Universal’s new Jurassic ride

Raptors, twists and drops on Universal’s new Jurassic ride

The ride features actors from the Jurassic Park movies recreating their roles.
Florida board of education bans ‘critical race theory’ from its classrooms

Florida board of education bans ‘critical race theory’ from its classrooms

Florida will adopt new rules to shield schoolchildren from curricula that could “distort historical events.”
Val Demings launches bid to oust Rubio from Senate

U.S. Rep. Val Demings launches bid to oust Rubio from Senate

The Florida race will undoubtedly be among the most high profile and expensive battles next year.
Police: 3 dead, others hurt in Miami grad party shooting

Miami-Dade OKs plan after spike in gun deaths

Miami-Dade commissioners unanimously approved Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s proposal.
Police: 3 dead, others hurt in Miami grad party shooting

Police: 3 dead, others hurt in Miami grad party shooting

Three people are dead and at least five others injured following a shooting.
Casey Hamilton Plant City teacher emerges as Tik Tok star, eyes Hollywood

Plant City teacher emerges as Tik Tok star, eyes Hollywood

He is the human embodiment of “dance like no one’s watching,” with a disarming wholesomeness.
Red tide limits harvesting at aquatic farms in Tampa Bay

Red tide limits harvesting at aquatic farms in Tampa Bay

Elevated levels of red tide have shown up near the Hillsborough-Manatee line.
Jobless Floridians push governor to extend jobless benefits

Jobless Floridians push governor to extend jobless benefits

With just weeks left before his $300-a-week federal unemployment checks run out, panic is setting in.
Democrat Nikki Fried announces run for Florida governor

Democrat Nikki Fried announces run for Florida governor

Fried, 43, is hoping to be the first Democrat to win a governor’s race since Lawton Chiles was reelected in 1994.
As pandemic wanes, Florida’s DeSantis seizes national stage

Gov. DeSantis bans transgender women from school sports

The new law, sure to be challenged as unconstitutional, inflames an already contentious discussion.
As pandemic wanes, Florida’s DeSantis seizes national stage

As pandemic wanes, DeSantis seizes national stage

Now that the pandemic appears to be waning DeSantis is heading into his reelection campaign.
Gun violence has to stop: Every weekend it’s the same thing

Gun violence has to stop: Every weekend it’s the same thing

Authorities called on the public to help identify the shooters at two Miami venues.
Memorial Day: Expect crowded airports, packed Florida hotels

Memorial Day: crowded airports, packed Florida hotels

Expect crowded airports and long waits for car services if you’re traveling to Florida for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. And good luck finding...
Coast Guard: 2 dead, 10 missing after boat overturns in Keys

Coast Guard: 2 dead, 10 missing after boat overturns in Keys

A boat traveling from Cuba overturned near the Florida Keys.
Universal hikes base pay to $15 an hour at Orlando resort

Universal hikes base pay to $15 an hour at Orlando resort

The higher wages apply to both full and part-time workers starting June 27.
Governor DeSantis signs bill for Seminole sports betting deal

Governor DeSantis signs bill for Seminole sports betting deal

Opponents questioned whether the compact will survive a legal challenge.
South Beach Wine & Food Festival helps hurting restaurants

South Beach Wine & Food Festival helps hurting restaurants

Some of the biggest celebrity chefs are in Miami this weekend.
Researchers find origins of Florida colony

Monkey business: Researchers find origins of South Florida colony

A colony of monkeys has lived for about 70 years in urban South Florida.
Brand New Guitar Hotel Brings 'Las Vegas' Feeling to South Florida

Florida OKs sports betting operated by Seminole Tribe

The Seminole Tribe will be able to operate sports betting under an agreement with DeSantis.
Gaetz associate pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges

Gaetz associate pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges

Joel Greenberg, a longtime associate of Gaetz’s, appeared in federal court in Orlando.
Disney World and Universal Studios loosen pandemic mask requirements

Disney World and Universal Studios loosen pandemic mask requirements

Florida’s major theme parks are adjusting their face mask policies.
One Good Thing: 98-year-old hosts virtual women’s group

One Good Thing: 98-year-old hosts virtual women’s group

For Berlin, who began hosting “The Ladies Room” at the JCC’s Sandler Center in 2000, the show needed to go on.
Indicted Parkland school superintendent gets $740K severance

Indicted Parkland school superintendent gets $740K severance

Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie’s tenure will end no later than Aug. 10.
Gov. DeSantis expands private school voucher program

Gov. DeSantis expands private school voucher program

The bill is projected to allow more than 60,000 previously ineligible students to seek vouchers.
3 hurt in Aventura Mall shooting as shoppers scatter

Police: 3 hurt in Aventura Mall shooting as shoppers scatter

Aventura Police said two groups of people had begun fighting, sparking the shooting.
Norwegian Cruise Line threatens to skip Florida’s ports

Norwegian Cruise Line threatens to skip Florida’s ports

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line is threatening to steer clear of Florida.
Appeals court: Ex-US Rep Brown should get new trial

Appeals court: Ex-US Rep Brown should get new trial

She had served just over two years of a five-year sentence for fraud and other crimes.
Once GOP governor of Florida, Crist now runs as Democrat

Once GOP governor of Florida, Crist now runs as Democrat

Christ held an outdoor rally that sought to contrast his record with that of Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Gov. DeSantis suspends all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in Florida

Gov. DeSantis suspends all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in Florida

Some mayors decried Republican-led preemptions as a power grab.
Florida Legislature passes $101.5 B budget

COVID? What COVID? Florida Legislature passes $101.5 B budget

The Senate unanimously approved the budget before the House voted 117-1 in favor.
Florida GOP awaits governor’s signature on new voting rules

Florida GOP awaits governor’s signature on new voting rules

Republicans said the legislation, passed on a party-line vote, was needed to guard against fraud.
Court upholds conviction of officer in slaying of Corey Jones

Court upholds conviction of officer in slaying of Corey Jones

A Florida police officer who gunned down a Black motorist whose car had broken down six years ago could legally be convicted of both...
Center Academy in Miami

Private Miami school won’t employ vaccinated teachers

The Centner Academy in Miami sent a notice to parents informing them of a new policy.
Prosecutors: Broward Superintendent lied about contacting witnesses

Prosecutors: Superintendent lied about contacting witnesses

The state’s response explains why Broward County Schools Superintendent was charged with perjury.
US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports

Johnson & Johnson vaccine resumes throughout Florida

Shots using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine resumed Sunday at federally supported mass vaccination sites.
Brand New Guitar Hotel Brings 'Las Vegas' Feeling to South Florida

Florida reaches new gambling agreement with Seminole Tribe

The agreement would greatly expand gambling in the state, adding legalized sports wagering.
SpaceX’s third crew launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX’s third crew launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

The four veteran astronauts will reach the International Space Station for a six-month stay.
DeSantis signs Florida’s anti-riot bill, cites Chauvin trial

Gov. Ron DeSantis sued over new ‘anti-riot’ law that creates tougher penalties

The nonprofit group Legacy Entertainment & Arts Foundation filed the lawsuit in Orlando.
Broward County Schools superintendent charged with perjury

Broward County Schools superintendent charged with perjury

Superintendent Robert Runcie was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Guilty verdicts in Floyd’s death bring joy — and wariness

Guilty verdicts in Floyd’s death bring joy — and wariness

From Florida to Minnesota people cheered, marched, hugged, waved signs and sang jubilantly.
GOP targets ballot drop boxes in Florida and elsewhere

GOP targets ballot drop boxes in Florida and elsewhere

Republicans say they want to ensure the boxes will be a secure way to cast a ballot.
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