U.S. Rescuers are searching for a cruise ship crewman who went overboard off the coast of Florida on Thursday. Personnel onboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas cruise ship alerted the Miami coast guard early on Thursday morning of the incident involving a 26-year-old member of staff, according to a statement by the U.S. Coast Guard. The ship was 37 miles east of the Hillsboro Inlet off the coast of Pompano Beach, which links the Intracoastal Waterway to the Atlantic Ocean, when the employee went missing. No other details about the missing individual have been released. The missing person’s colleagues witnessed the moment the worker fell from the ship at around 2:30 a.m., Owen Torres, a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean told the Associated Press. The vessel was sailing to Port Everglades to complete a six day cruise to the Bahamas at the time. According to Torres, the captain was notified and stopped the vessel so attempts to rescue the crewman could … [Read more...] about Cruise Ship Crewman Goes Overboard Off Florida, Coast Guard Search Begins
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Mark Berman, Antonia Noori Farzan, Eli Rosenberg and J. Freedom du Lac, The Washington Post Published 1:43 pm CDT, Thursday, October 11, 2018 A US flag waves outside the collapsed 15th Street Flea Market in Panama City, Florida, in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael on October 11, 2018. - Residents of the Florida Panhandle woke to scenes of devastation Thursday after Michael tore a path through the coastal region as a powerful hurricane that killed at least two people. less A US flag waves outside the collapsed 15th Street Flea Market in Panama City, Florida, in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael on October 11, 2018. - Residents of the Florida Panhandle woke to scenes of ... more Photo: EMILY KASK/AFP/Getty Images Hector Benthall, right, gets a hug from his neighbor Keito Jordan after remnants of Hurricane Michael sent a tree crashing into Benthall's home on October 11, 2018 in Columbia, South Carolina. … [Read more...] about Trump declares disasters in Florida, Georgia; storm churns through Carolinas
If Judge Brett Kavanaugh can't save his chance for an appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court because of sexual misconduct allegations, President Donald J. Trump would be forced to start the search anew. One place Trump might look is at the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee. Trump's original list of possible Supreme Court nominees included Charles Canady, 64, the chief justice of the state's highest court and one of its most conservative members. The list first surfaced in the weeks after Trump was elected in 2016. A personable man with circular, rimless glasses, Canady speaks with a soft, rural accent that reflects his roots in what long-timers still call "Imperial Polk County." A native of Lakeland, Canady is, like Kavanaugh, a graduate of Yale Law School who grew up in a Democratic political family. His father, Charles Canady Sr., was for nearly two decades a top adviser to then-U.S. Sen. Lawton Chiles, the last Democratic governor of Florida. The younger Canady, first elected … [Read more...] about If Kavanaugh falters, could it open the door for this Florida justice?
Emma Brown and Beth Reinhard, The Washington Post Published 7:34 pm CDT, Friday, August 31, 2018 Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's surprise victory in the race to become the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida was fueled in part by a compelling personal biography: The son of a school bus driver and construction worker, he was the first of his parents' seven children to graduate from high school and go to college. At age 23, he became the youngest city commissioner the Florida capital had ever seen. "Between my mother and father, they are the best examples of hard work that I know to this day," Gillum said Tuesday night, after support from progressives vaulted him over older and better funded primary opponents. A less savory narrative threatens to collide with that heartening origin tale. Over the past year, a federal grand jury has been conducting a public corruption investigation in Tallahassee. The probe drew little notice beyond the capital during the primary … [Read more...] about Corruption probe looms over Democrat’s historic campaign for Florida governor
A weatherworn home in Huntington, W.Va., epitomizes the devastation brought to the area by drugs. “Hopelessness is the disease,” Huntington Mayor Steve Williams says. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post) Florida cuts off oxy: Death, devastation follow by Pat BeallThe Palm Beach Post Hard-luck neighborhoods bordering Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital regularly send locals to the emergency room. As a medical student, Dr. Hansel Tookes had a pretty good idea of which ones were on the needle. “Here in Miami, we have a lot of career injection drug users,” said Tookes, now an assistant professor at the University of Miami. “People who have injected for 20 years.” They were older. They were poorer. They were the usual suspects for injection-drug illnesses: skin and heart infections, hepatitis C, HIV. Until, in late 2011, they suddenly weren’t. That year, Tookes and his colleagues started seeing a different kind of heroin user. … [Read more...] about Florida cuts off oxycodone: Death, devastation follow