Florida’s COVID-19 cases and positivity rate plunged this week to their lowest levels since the first week of the summer when the Delta wave began its surge through the state. The number of new cases for the week dropped to 15,314, according to a report released Friday by the Florida Department of Health.
Pandemic homebuyers from out of state sent the South Florida real estate market soaring out of reach for many local buyers. But there are early signs that the high-spending competition is starting to retreat back to the northeast. That may give an opening to local buyers who have had to sit out the market for months.
It was the rare statement victory that proved nothing. Yes, following five months of seething after getting swept out of the first round of the playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks, the Heat produced payback with a 137-95 victory Thursday night over the defending-champion Bucks in their season opener at FTX Arena.
Observations and other notes of interest from Thursday night’s 137-95 Miami Heat victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at FTX Arena: — Second-largest margin of victory in franchise history. — Most points on an opening night. — A solid first step. — And in light of how last season ended, a necessary first step.
An 11-year veteran, Markieff Morris made sure he arrived to Miami Heat camp in NBA shape. He also knew, having worked out for years during offseasons in South Florida with Heat players, that it wouldn’t be good enough. “I came in in somewhat good condition,” he told the Sun Sentinel ahead of Thursday night’s season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks at FTX Arena.
A man trying to run away from an attacker with a knife was stymied by a passing train Wednesday, police in Fort Lauderdale said. The attacker was able to catch up the man and stabbed him to death, police said. His body was found near the train track at Northeast Fourth Avenue and Northeast Progresso Drive.
After a 2020 pandemic-altered season when all eligible teams earned a spot in the postseason, Florida’s high school football playoffs have returned to the ratings percentage index system that began in 2019. In Classes 8A-5A, district winners will earn one of the four top seeds, while the four non-district winners with the highest RPI in the region will receive at-large bids.
As COVID hospitalizations start to decline in South Florida, many local health care systems are beginning to update protocols and lessen restrictions on allowing visitors, etc. Here are the current policies at South Florida’s major hospitals. Call or check the websites below to verify requirements before visiting any rehabilitation center or health care facility.
It all started with a call about a suspicious person. A young man tooled around on a bright red bicycle, pulling up to parked cars and giving the door handles a good tug. But within 25 minutes of the police call to the upscale suburban neighborhood, the emergency was no longer about a possible burglar on a bike.
Stinky sewage bubbling up into kitchen sinks and bathroom toilets is forcing the evacuation of the south wing of The Waterway condo on Hollywood beach, city officials say. Residents in 15 units have until 9 a.m. Monday to remove their belongings. They won’t be allowed to return until the problem is fixed — and that might not be for another four weeks, said Hollywood spokeswoman Joann Hussey.
As rents in South Florida soar out of reach, more people are finding themselves priced out — and onto the streets
It’s been two weeks since Sean Jeremy’s landlord raised his rent beyond what he could afford. For now, the only place he can afford to live is in his car. Soaring rents in South Florida are putting others like Jeremy is a similar bind.
These privacy fences are as tall as Michael Jordan. And they’re turning Fort Lauderdale ugly, mayor says
Forget the classic white picket fence. Imagine driving down a Fort Lauderdale street with home after home walled off by tall privacy fences made of wood or vinyl — anything that can block out prying eyes. That may be where the fast-growing city is heading, Mayor Dean Trantalis fears, as crowds and crime heighten the yen for privacy.
Camden Brown and Gemari Sands did not see much of the field when Cardinal Gibbons beat St. Thomas Aquinas last season, so they made the most of their opportunities when the teams squared off on Saturday. Brown, a senior wide receiver, scored two touchdowns, and Sands, a junior running back scored three as St. Thomas rolled to a 39-14 victory over the Chiefs at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton.
It was a no sweat Saturday for Aaron Reed at the 34th annual Las Olas Art Fair. The figurative abstract artist from Conyers, Ga., was among thousands enjoying a sunny day with temperatures in the 80s and low humidity. And he wasn’t worried about selling his work.
Florida’s COVID-19 cases and positivity rate plunged again this week, adding momentum to the recovery from the state’s summer ordeal with the disease. The number of new cases dropped to 19,519, down from 25,792 the previous week, according to a report released Friday by the Florida Department of Health.
Standing in front of a Broward judge Friday morning, Parkland school gunman Nikolas Cruz finally uttered the word so many have waited to hear him say. “Guilty,” he said. Again. And again. Four times, he admitted committing a crime — though it was not the crime that made him one of America’s most vilified.
Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz plans to plead guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder, sources confirmed late Thursday. He also plans to plead guilty in the jailhouse assault case scheduled to start next week, the Sun Sentinel has learned. WSVN-Channel 7 broke the news of the mass shooting pleas late Thursday afternoon, citing unnamed sources.
After Hurricanes’ ‘you’re-in-or-you’re-out’ bye week, Manny Diaz admits some players ‘probably won’t’ return
After the Miami Hurricanes’ disappointing 2-3 start, coach Manny Diaz noticed that dissension and friction had trickled into the team’s locker room, with some veteran players losing playing time to younger players. “There were some sit-down, one-on-ones saying, ‘Look, if you’re not happy with your role now, if you don’t raise your level of play, it’s going to get worse and we’re going to have to move on,” Diaz said.