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Storms strike college, leave trail of damage across South

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — Daybreak Tuesday revealed widespread damage after a night of violent weather in the Deep South, with a college campus shattered by an apparent tornado and thousands of buildings and vehicles battered by hail as large as baseballs. The area around Jacksonville State University was among the hardest hit as storms swept across[…]

Shooting suspect’s brother arrested on trespassing charge

MIAMI — The brother of the 19-year-old who confessed to gunning down 17 people at a Florida high school spent the night in jail after he was arrested for trespassing on the campus. Broward Sheriff’s deputies arrested 18-year-old Zachary Cruz on Monday afternoon, saying he rode his skateboard onto the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School[…]

Can cars and pedestrians safely share Miami street?

MIAMI — Sometime in the very near future, Wynwood will get something quite avant-forward, at least for Miami: A street in which cars, bikes and pedestrians share the pavement on an equal footing. It’s called a “woonerf,” it’s inspired by the Dutch, and it’s coming to four blocks in the heart of Wynwood. On March[…]

Parkland students appearing on morning shows, urge change

MIAMI — A group of students from the Florida high school where 17 people were fatally shot on Valentine’s Day fanned out to speak on morning television shows in New York as they get set to host a march in Washington this weekend. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Jaclyn Corin and Cameron Kasky appeared[…]

Officials wanted Parkland suspect committed in 2016

Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month’s Parkland, Florida, school massacre that they decided to have him forcibly committed more than a year before the shootings. But the recommendation was never acted upon. Documents in the criminal case against Nikolas Cruz show the school officials at Marjory[…]

Jacksonville Zoo teen workers getting ‘hands-on’ with animals

JACKSONVILLE — Recently at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Makaela Jenkins held a small animal that looked like a hedgehog in the palm of her hand. She encouraged wary visitors to give it some love. “It feels like a toothbrush,” she said. Makaela, 16, was full of information about the tenrec, a mammal found in[…]

Florida schools may get more help to hire resource officers

TALLAHASSEE — Florida school districts could get more money to hire school resource officers depending on what happens with a contentious program that allows school personnel to carry guns. Florida legislators this month approved a $400 million school safety proposal that includes $97 million for more school resource officers and $67 million for the “school[…]

Bridge victim’s uncle lashes out at ‘incompetence’

MIAMI — As crews removed bodies from beneath a collapsed pedestrian bridge Saturday, a victim’s uncle raged against what he called the “complete incompetence” and “colossal failure” that allowed people to drive beneath the unfinished concrete span. “Why they had to build this monstrosity in the first place to get children across the street?” said[…]

Man gets life sentence for fatal shooting of another

PENSACOLA — Authorities say a Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting another man. The Pensacola News Journal reports that 21-year-old Marquis Bryant was sentenced this week. He was convicted in December of second-degree murder. Prosecutors say Bryant shot Alphonso Leon Griffin on a Cantonment street during an argument in[…]

Florida man gives wife kidney for anniversary

HOLLYWOOD — For their 23rd wedding anniversary, Cesar Calle gave his wife Monica a kidney. The couple from Weston, Florida, spoke to reporters on Tuesday about their Feb. 19 surgeries at Memorial Regional Hospital. It was the first successful live donor kidney transplant at the Hollywood hospital where Monica Calle works. Medical team leader Dr.[…]